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Problems of Compositionality : Studies in Philosophy - Zoltan Gendler Szabo

Problems of Compositionality

Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 15th November 2001
ISBN: 9780815337904
Number Of Pages: 134

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This book is a critical discussion of the principle of compositionality, the thesis that the meaning of a complex expression is fully determined by the meanings of its constituents and its structure. The aim of the book is threefold: to clarify what is meant by this principle, to show that its traditional justification is insufficient, and to discuss some of the problems that have to be addressed before a new attempt can be made to justify it. The book is primarily written for philosophers of language, but it is of interest to linguists and psychologists as well.

Preface
The Principle
Statement of the Principle
Alternative Formulations
Parallelism
Substitutivity
Functionality
Summary
Linguistic Semantics
Is Semantics Empirical
The First Dogma
The Second Dogma
Semantics without Epistemology
Semantics without Ontology
The Third Dogma
Summary
The Argument
The Argument from Understanding
Meaning and Understanding
The Strong Principle of Understanding
The Modest Principle of Understanding
Understanding and the Missing Shade of Blue
Summary
Adjectives in Context
The Context Thesis
The Color of a Painted Leaf
Problems of 'Good'
Ways of Being Good
Varieties of Incompleteness
Ways of Being Green?
Summary
Descriptions in Context
A Parallel
Referring and Quantifying Phrases
Two Objections to the Quantificational View
Replies to Donnellan's Objection
Replies to Heim's Objection
Methodological Considerations
Coreferring Phrases and File-Cards
Summary
In Place of a Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780815337904
ISBN-10: 0815337906
Series: Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 134
Published: 15th November 2001
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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