Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake?

Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake?

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The nature of reference, or the relation of a word to the object to which it refers, has been perhaps the dominant concern of 20th-century analytic philosophy. Extremely influential arguments by Gottlob Frege around the turn of the century convinced the large majority of philosophers that the meaning of a word must be distinguished from its referent, the former only providing some kind of direction for reaching the latter. In the last twenty years, this Fregean orthodoxy has been vigorously challenged by those who argue that certain important kinds of words, at least, refer directly without need of an intermediate meaning or sense.And Other Essays Howard K. Wettstein. cognitive phenomena. Indeed, if the new theorist adopts this vocabulary of aquot;thoughts, aquot; then when he rightly admits that an utterance of, say, aquot;Vulcan is my favorite planetaquot; fails to express such a thought, anbsp;...

Title:Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake?
Author:Howard K. Wettstein
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 1995


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