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Meaning Without Representation: Essays on Truth, Expression, Normativity, and Naturalism

Steven Gross, Nicholas Tebben, and Michael Williams


Much contemporary thinking about language is animated by the idea that the core function of language is to represent how the world is and that therefore the notion of representation should play a fundamental explanatory role in any explanation of language and language use. The chapters in this volume explore various ways this idea may be challenged as well as obstacles to developing various forms of anti-representationalism. Particular attention is given to deflationary accounts of truth, the role of language in expressing mental states, and the normative and the natural as they relate to issu ... More

Keywords: representation, expressivism, pragmatism, truth, naturalism, normativity, reference, rule-following, metaphysics, deflationism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Gross, editor
Johns Hopkins University

Nicholas Tebben, editor
Towson University

Michael Williams, editor
Johns Hopkins University

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