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Reflections on Meaning

Paul Horwich

Abstract

The broad aim of this work is to explain how mere noises, marks, gestures, and mental/neural symbols are able to capture the world, that is, how words and sentences (in whatever medium) come to mean what they do, to stand for certain things, to be true or false of reality. Paul Horwich’s answer takes off from Wittgenstein’s appealingly demystifying remark, that the meaning of a term is nothing over and above its use, and proceeds with a groundbreaking articulation and defence of that idea, showing how it can deal successfully with Quinean and Kripkean forms of scepticism about meaning, with th ... More

Keywords: meaning, true, Wittgenstein, use, Quine, Kripke, thought, language, vagueness, Chomsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/019925124X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Horwich, author
Graduate Center, City University of New York
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