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Tue May 29 2018

Books: Meaning, Context and Methodology: Conrad, Petrus (eds.)

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Date: 23-Apr-2018
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Subject: Meaning, Context and Methodology: Conrad, Petrus (eds.)
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Title: Meaning, Context and Methodology
Series Title: Mouton Series in Pragmatics [MSP] 19
Published: 2017
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Sarah-Jane Conrad
Editor: Klaus Petrus
Hardback: ISBN: 9781501512179 Pages: 231 Price: U.S. $ 114.99

What methodological impact does Contextualism have on the philosophy of language? This collection sets out to provide some answers. The authors in this volume question three ultimately connected assumptions of the philosophy of language. The first assumption relates to the predominant status of referential semantics and its power to explain truth-conditional meaning. This assumption has come under attack by the context thesis and a number of papers pursue the question of whether this is justified. The second assumption gives priority to assertive sentences when considering language use. The context thesis changes our understanding of language use altogether; possible implications from this methodological shift are addressed in this volume. According to the third assumption, philosophical analysis amounts to nothing more than conceptual analysis. The context thesis risks undermining this project. Whether conceptual analysis can still be defended as a methodological tool is discussed in this volume.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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