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Published: 17 April 2014

176 Pages


ISBN: 9780199314379

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Referential Mechanics

Direct Reference and the Foundations of Semantics

Joseph Almog

  • Explores several contrasting approaches to what is known in philosophy of language as "referential mechanics" — the rich structures of events and relations in the real world that underlie referential relations between uses of natural language terms and the entities to which they refer.
  • Looks at approaches to reference devised by Saul Kripke, David Kaplan, and Keith Donnellan and synthetically compares and contrasts them.
  • Develops a synthetic approach that sees reference as analogous to perception.
  • Positions referential mechanics as part of the study of cognition, and not just of the model theory of natural language.

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