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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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Obstinacy and Reflexivity

Obstinacy and Reflexivity

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(p.198) 12 Obstinacy and Reflexivity
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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/9780199695638.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the semantic properties of typical uses of ‘hereby’, as in ‘I hereby pronounce you husband and wife’. Section two defends a demonstrative analysis of the truth-conditional properties of ‘hereby’, but highlights its insufficiency as an account of its self-referential, reflexive behaviour. After a criticism of the ‘Extended Indexical Hypothesis’ in section three, the chapter defends an account of ‘hereby’ as a biased demonstrative. The chapter ends with a promissory note, indicating some further areas to which the Theory of Bias may be applied.

Keywords:   hereby, self-reference, reflexivity

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