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The Grammar of Meaning : Normativity and Semantic Discourse - Mark Norris Lance

The Grammar of Meaning

Normativity and Semantic Discourse

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521583008
Number Of Pages: 468

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What is the function of concepts pertaining to meaning in sociolinguistic practice? In this study, the authors argue that we can approach a satisfactory answer by displacing the standard picture of meaning talk as a sort of description with picture that takes seriously the similarity between meaning talk and various types of normative injunction. In their discussion of this approach, they investigate the more general question of the nature of the normative, as well as a range of important topics specific to the philosophy of language, including the work of Quine, Sellars and Wittgenstein.

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From the hardback review: 'Lance and O'Leary-Hawthorne have a completely novel interpretation of and approach to the claim that the concept of meaning is a normative one. Meaning talk is not talk about something that is already there - not even linguistic norms that are already there. It is rather an attempt to bring something into existence - to 'establish' norms that will make possible mutual understanding and practical cooperation. This excellent study makes a signal contribution to our understanding of one of the most central and controversial topics in the philosophy of language.' Bob Brandom, University of Pittsburgh From the hardback review: 'The Grammar of Meaning contains a lot of interesting philosophy. It ingeniously defends the radical claim that meaning-ascriptions do not have worldly truth-makers, but are more like endorsements or recommendations. And there is much more, including a subtle investigation of normativity itself.' William G. Lycan, University of North Carolina

The ends and means of translation: critical reflections on Quine's indeterminacy of translation thesis
Synonymy, analyticity and a priori authority
Where do we go from here? A pragmatist account of normative judgement
The epistemology of meaning and the analysis of meaning
Robust meaning theories and canonical dispositionalism
Reduction and naturalism
Realism and factuality
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ISBN: 9780521583008
ISBN-10: 0521583004
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.74