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Mon Sep 8 2003

Books: Philosophy of Language: Shiffer

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  1. wrightj, The Things We Mean: Shiffer

Message 1: The Things We Mean: Shiffer

Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 10:59:29 +0000
From: wrightj <>
Subject: The Things We Mean: Shiffer

Title: The Things We Mean
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press,	
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Author: Stephen Shiffer				

Hardback: ISBN: 0198241089, Pages: 376, Price: $65.00
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Paperback: ISBN: 0199257760, Pages: 376, Price: $24.95
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Stephen Schiffer presents a groundbreaking account of meaning and
belief, and shows how it can illuminate a range of crucial problems
regarding language, mind, knowledge, and ontology. He introduces the
new doctrine of 'pleonastic propositions' to explain what the things
we mean and believe are. He discusses the relation between semantic
and psychological facts, on the one hand, and physical facts, on the
other; vagueness and indeterminacy; moral truth; conditionals; and the
role of propositional content in information acquisition and
explanation. This radical new treatment of meaning will command the
attention of everyone who works on fundamental questions about
language, and will attract much interest from other areas of
Lingfield(s): Philosophy of Language
Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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