Meaning, Mind, and Matter (Philosophical Essays)

Meaning, Mind, and Matter (Philosophical Essays)

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Ernie Lepore and Barry Loewer present a series of papers on three key ideas of contemporary philosophy: that a theory of meaning for a language is best understood as a theory of truth for that language; that thought and language are best understood together via a theory of interpretation; and that the mental is irreducible to the physical., Ernie Lepore and Barry Loewer present a series of papers in which they come to terms with three views that have loomed large in philosophy for several decades: that a theory of meaning for a language is best understood as a theory of truth for that language; that thought and language are best understood together via a theory of interpretation; and that the mental is irreducible to the physical. They aim both to offer critical assessment of the views and to develop them. They show that each of these views remains of great significance for current work in philosophy of language and mind., Introduction ; 1. Translational Semantics ; 2. Three Trivial Truth Theories ; 3. What Model Theoretic Semantics Cannot Do ; 4. The Role of 'Conceptual Role Semantics' ; 5. Dual Aspect Semantics ; 6. What Davidson Should Have Said ; 7. You Can Say That Again ; 8. Conditions on Understanding Language ; 9. Solipsistic Semantics ; 10. Putnam's Progress ; 11. Mind Matters ; 12. Making Mind Matter More ; 13. From Physics to Physicalism ; 14. Mental Causation or Something Close Enough, an excellent resource for someone who wants a grasp of the central objections to Davidson's program that emerged in the twentieth century and the main lines of reply... the book unites a set of highly influential papers that did much to advance our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Davidsonian program. Claire Horisk, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Barry Loewer is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers. He has published many articles in philosophy of language, mind, philosophy of science, and philosophical logic.

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