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Charles Travis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.001.0001

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Insensitive Semantics

Insensitive Semantics

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(p.150) 6 Insensitive Semantics
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Occasion-Sensitivity
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Charles Travis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.003.0007

What is insensitive semantics (or semantic minimalism? This may become clear in this chapter from Cappelen and Lepore's objections to their opponents. They signal two main opponents: moderate contextualists and radical contextualists. This chapter presents the position of the latter. It argues that the former position collapses into the latter; Radical contextualism is incoherent, or inconsistent, on various counts, as this chapter shows. The chapter concludes therefore that semantic minimalism is the only game in town.

Keywords:   moderate contextualists, radical contextualists, minimalism, Cappelen and Lepore

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