Language in the World: A Philosophical Enquiry

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 160 pages
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What makes the words we speak mean what they do? Possible-worlds semantics articulates the view that the meanings of words contribute to determining which possible worlds would make a sentence true, and which would make it false. In the first book-length examination from this viewpoint, M.J. Cresswell argues that the nonsemantic facts on which semantic facts supervene are facts about the causal interactions between the linguistic behavior of speakers and the facts in the world that they are speaking about.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A simple formal language
5
2 Predicates and functors
20
3 The isomorphism problem
34
4 Quantification
49
5 Transmundism
59
6 Putnams Meaning of meaning
72
7 Lewis on languages and language
94
8 Causation and semantics
115
9 Beliefdesire psychology
128
10 Direct knowledge
140
References
152
Index
155
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