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The intentionality of words

Ori Simchen

in Necessary Intentionality

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608515
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608515.003.0003
The intentionality of words

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Having gone through the modal metaphysical background in the first two chapters, the third chapter turns to examining the question of whether nouns are necessarily about whatever they are about or whether they are only contingently so. The argument in favor of necessity here proceeds via the essentialist claims that, first, it is of the nature of a referring token of a noun to be produced by a particular referential intention, and second, that it is of the nature of a referential intention to specify that which it specifies. A suggestion about how to think of the truth conditions for instances of disquotation in light of the above is presented at the end of the chapter,

Keywords: type; token; phonology; essence; referential intention; disquotation

Chapter.  11910 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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