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Meaning without Truth$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.001.0001

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The Vagaries of Use, Part Two

The Vagaries of Use, Part Two

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(p.41) 3 The Vagaries of Use, Part Two
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Meaning without Truth
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Stefano Predelli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.003.0003

This chapter considers further results of settlement, grounded on an expression’s syntactic structure and on its truth-conditional meaning. The importance of the distinction between character and settlement is highlighted by the presentation of a few criteria for a ‘Fallacy of Misplaced Character’. As an example of the perils of Misplaced Character, section three discusses the case of ‘I exist’, a sentence often improperly deemed to be true by virtue of character alone. The final section introduces a preliminary treatment of a further component within linguistic uses, namely force, and discusses examples in the vicinity of Moore’s paradox.

Keywords:   settlement, misplaced character, force, moore’s paradox

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