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Philosophy after ObjectivityMaking Sense in Perspective$
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Paul K. Moser

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195081091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195081091.001.0001

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Meaning, Interpretation, and Analyticity

Meaning, Interpretation, and Analyticity

(p.106) 3 Meaning, Interpretation, and Analyticity
Philosophy after Objectivity

Paul K. Moser

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an account of notions, meaning, and analyticity appropriate to semantic foundationalism and thereby reveals what lies at the basis of explaining, evaluating, and arguing for justification. It introduces semantic interpretationism, according to which meaning depends on understanding, and understanding depends on a certain kind of interpretation of tokens: interpretation of tokens as indicating or expressing something. However, this chapter opposes the view that meaningful linguistic use is essentially social. This chapter's account of meaning is comprehensive in a way that does not tie meaningful linguistic use to cognitive linguistic use that is, truth-valued use. It allows for the meaningful use of terms whose meaningfulness does not depend on a role in truth-valued statements. This chapter uses semantic interpretationism to refine the semantic assumptions central to semantic foundationalism. It also explains how its approach to analyticity can handle such questions with ease and cogency.

Keywords:   meaning, interpretation, regularities, semantic, analyticity, carnap, Quine, epistemology, postmodern writers, standing sentences

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