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Paul Horwich


The aim of this work is to demystify linguistic meaning—to characterize the underlying nature of this phenomenon in such a way that its familiar attributes become intelligible. To that end, one must consider whether a word's meaning derives from what it refers to, from the way it was defined, from some associated mental image, from its evolutionary function, from a prototype structure, from an inferential role, or from something else. The basic strategy adopted here for answering this question is to scrutinize a range of general features of meaning that have often been thought to provide clues ... More

Keywords: acceptance, Paul Horwich, inferential role, meaning, philosophy of language, reference, truth, understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019823824X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Horwich, author
University College London
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