Demonstrative sense: an essay on the semantics of perceptual demonstratives

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Avebury, Nov 20, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 132 pages
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This book examines questions relating to the sense and reference of demonstrative expressions. It is argued that these expressions have sense which is object-dependent in two different respects. Also included is a discussion of the relationship between the sense of a demonstrative and its linguistic meaning. It is argued that unlike its sense, the linguistic meaning of a demonstrative determines its reference. The author also claims that demonstratives are rigid designators, although not in Kaplan's sense, arguing that Kaplan's restriction imposed on the rigid designation thesis is unjustified. It is also claimed that the thesis that sense is object-dependent cannot be defended taking Evans' and McDowell's point of departure, and the author provides a new argument in favour of object-dependence.

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