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Truly Understood

Christopher Peacocke

Abstract

This book argues that truth and reference have a much deeper role in the explanation of meaning and understanding than has hitherto been appreciated. Examination of specific concepts shows that a grasp of these concepts has to be characterized in terms of reference, identity, and relations to the world. The book develops a positive general theory of understanding based on the idea that concepts are individuated by their fundamental reference rules, which contrasts sharply with conceptual-role, inferentialist, and pragmatist approaches to meaning. It treats thought about the material world, abo ... More

Keywords: truth, reference, meaning, understanding, conceptual-role, inferentialist, pragmatist, mental phenomena, consciousness, mental action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199239443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239443.001.0001

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Christopher Peacocke, author
Columbia University
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