This introductory chapter is organized around four themes: truth and reference, expression and expressivism, normativity, and naturalism. It begins by distinguishing several different kinds of anti-representational semantic theories, and suggests that the difficulty involved in providing a general account of anti-representationalism may be due to the fact that there are many dimensions of representationality. It goes on to discuss the significance of each of its four themes for anti-representational approaches to the theory of meaning. Each theme highlights the promise of anti-representational theories and/or poses challenges to them. For instance, the disquotational accounts of truth and reference that are an essential part of some anti-representational theories may be in tension with the fact that truth seems to have a normative aspect. In the course of discussing the significance of these four themes, it also provide summaries of the remaining chapters in the volume.
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