Aboutness

2014.09.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Yablo, Aboutness, Princeton University Press, 2014, 221pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780691144955. Reviewed by Adam
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2014.09.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Yablo, Aboutness, Princeton University Press, 2014, 221pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780691144955. Reviewed by Adam Morton, University of British Columbia This is an important and far-reaching book that philosophers will be discussing for a long time. In spite of the title, the questions and claims do not primarily concern reference, the topics of conversations, or the ways works of art depict. The main theme is best given by something Stephen Yablo says in the closing pages: "truths come to us wrapped in larger falsehoods . . . that go beyond what we really wanted to say" (205). Sometimes, one might add, beyond what we are capable of saying without saying too much. So his main concern is to analyze ways in which we can start with the literal content of an assertion and expand or contract it to what we really want to communicate. On... Read More

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