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Meaning Without RepresentationEssays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and Naturalism$
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Steven Gross, Nicholas Tebben, and Michael Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722199.001.0001

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Anti-Representational Semantics

Anti-Representational Semantics

Four Themes

(p.3) Anti-Representational Semantics
Meaning Without Representation

Nicholas Tebben

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   truth, reference, expressivism, normativity, naturalism

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