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Terms and Truth : Reference Direct and Anaphoric - Alan Berger

Terms and Truth

Reference Direct and Anaphoric

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780262524377
Number Of Pages: 251
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In this book, Alan Berger further develops the new theory of reference -- as formulated by Kripke and Putnam -- applying it in novel ways to many philosophical problems concerning reference and existence. Berger argues that his notion of anaphoric background condition and anaphoric links within a linguistic community are crucial not only to a theory of reference, but to the analysis of these problems as well.The book is organized in three parts. In part I, Berger distinguishes between two styles of rigid designation. Based on this distinction, he develops a theory of reference change for rigid designator terms and shows how this distinction sheds light on identity statements. In part II, he offers an account of belief attribution containing vacuous names within the belief context, of intentional identity statements, and of true negative existential statements. In part III, he analyzes anaphoric expressions (i.e., expressions whose reference is determined in part by other clauses or sentences in a given discourse) and presents a formalization of anaphora and plural quantification.

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"A major work. Berger offers an elegant examination of issues that have been in controversy for the last forty years and that have been and are being discussed by the best philosophers of language. But where others have tended to offer piecemeal solutions, Berger offers a unified account based on a small set of principles." - Gilbert Harman, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University"

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Distinction between Two Styles of Rigid Designation and Its Application
A Distinction between Two Styles of Rigid Designationp. 3
A Theory of Reference Transmission and Reference Changep. 13
S-Type Terms and Their Anaphoric Chainsp. 41
Propositional Attitudes and Vacuous Names
The Disquotational Principle, De Re and De Dicto Belief Attributions, and an Agent's Perspectivep. 73
Propositions and Belief Attributions Containing Vacuous Namesp. 91
Intentional Identity and True Negative Existential Statementsp. 119
Pronouns and Anaphora
Anaphoric Pronouns: Some Proposed Analysesp. 159
A Formal Semantics for Plural Quantification, Intersentential Binding, and Anaphoric Pronouns as Rigid Designatorsp. 203
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780262524377
ISBN-10: 0262524376
Series: Terms and Truth
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32