Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning

2015.08.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, Oxford University Press, 2014, 367pp.,
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2015.08.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, Oxford University Press, 2014, 367pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199669592. Reviewed by Derek Ball, University of St Andrews Metasemantics is a valuable addition to the literature in philosophy of language and linguistics. The subtitle indicates that the topic is the foundations of meaning, but the essays discuss a surprisingly wide range of themes. In fact, one of the remarkable features of the collection is the level of reflective disagreement about the right foundational questions to ask: in addition to the editors' introduction, several of the essays are devoted to distinguishing and defending the significance of different metasemantic questions. I will start by describing those essays that focus in large part on questions, with an eye toward using those questions to structure the rest of the discussion. I.. . .

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