9781405196697

Semantic Relationism

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    9781405196697

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    1405196696

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-17
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

Kit Fine argues for a fundamentally new approach to the study of representation in language and thought. His key idea is that there may be representational relationships between expressions or elements of thought that are not grounded in the intrinsic representational features of the expressions or elements themselves. Based upon the first Brown/Blackwell lecture series and the John Locke lectures, this ground-breaking work is essential reading for anyone interested in the general nature of representation.

Author Biography

Kit Fine is Silver Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at New York University, and specializes in metaphysics, logic, and philosophy of language. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies and is a former editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic. He is the author of Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects (Blackwell, 1985), The Limits of Abstraction (2002) and Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers (2005) and the co-author of Worlds, Times and Selves (1977). He has also written papers in ancient philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and economic theory, in addition to the papers in his central fields of interest.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Coordination among Variables
The Desiderata
The Problem
The Contextualist Response
The Dismissive Response
The Instantial Approach
The Algebraic Approach
Relational Semantics for First-order Logic
Coordination within Language
Frege's Puzzle
Rejecting Compositionality
Semantic Fact
Closure
Referentialism Reconsidered
A Relational Semantics for Names
Transparency
Coordination within Thought
Intentional Coordination
Strict Co-representation
The Content of Thought
The Cognitive Puzzle
Coordination between Speakers
Kripke's Puzzle
Some Related Puzzles
A Response
A Solution
A Deeper Puzzle
A Deeper Solution
The Role of Variables in Belief Reports
Some Semantical Morals
Postscript: Further Work
Index
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