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Language in the World : A Philosophical Enquiry - M. J. Cresswell

Language in the World

A Philosophical Enquiry


Published: 11th March 2008
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What makes the words we speak mean what they do? Possible-worlds semantics articulates the view that the meanings of words contribute to determining, for each sentence, which possible worlds would make the sentence true, and which would make it false. M. J. Cresswell argues that the non-semantic facts on which such semantic facts supervene are facts about the causal interactions between the linguistic behaviour of speakers and the facts in the world that they are speaking about, and that the kind of causation involved is best analysed using David Lewis's account of causation in terms of counterfactuals. Although philosophers have worked on the question of the connection between meaning and linguistic behaviour, it has mostly been without regard to the work done in possible-world semantics and Language in the World is a book-length examination of this problem.

"The discussion is extremely thorough and clear, and the dedicated reader with almost no technical sophistication will be able to gain a solid grasp of the system. This is an admirable accomplishment." The Philosophical Review

A simple formal language
Predicates and functors
The isomorphism problem
Putnam's -Meaning of 'meaning'-
Lewis on languages and language
Causation and semantics
Belief-desire psychology
Direct knowledge
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ISBN: 9780521046213
ISBN-10: 0521046211
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 11th March 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.23