LINGUIST List 31.2768

Thu Sep 10 2020

Books: Language and scientific explanation: Asoulin

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Date: 01-Sep-2020
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <Sebastian.Nordhofflangsci-press.org>
Subject: Language and scientific explanation: Asoulin
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Title: Language and scientific explanation
Subtitle: Where does semantics fit in?
Series Title: Conceptual Foundations of Language Science
Published: 2020
Publisher: Language Science Press
                http://langsci-press.org

Book URL: https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/274

Author: Eran Asoulin
Electronic: ISBN: 9783961102631 Pages: 96 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access
Abstract:

This book discusses the two main construals of the explanatory goals of semantic theories. The first, externalist conception, understands semantic theories in terms of a hermeneutic and interpretive explanatory project. The second, internalist conception, understands semantic theories in terms of the psychological mechanisms in virtue of which meanings are generated. It is argued that a fruitful scientific explanation is one that aims to uncover the underlying mechanisms in virtue of which the observable phenomena are made possible, and that a scientific semantics should be doing just that. If this is the case, then a scientific semantics is unlikely to be externalist, for reasons having to do with the subject matter and form of externalist theories. It is argued that semantics construed hermeneutically is nevertheless a valuable explanatory project.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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