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Philosophical Studies Series

Success in Referential Communication

Authors: Paul, M.

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One of the most basic themes in the philosophy of language is referential uptake, viz., the question of what counts as properly `understanding' a referring act in communication. In this inquiry, the particular line pursued goes back to Strawson's work on re-identification, but the immediate influence is that of Gareth Evans. It is argued that traditional and recent proposals fail to account for success in referential communication. A novel account is developed, resembling Evans' account in combining an external success condition with a Fregean one. But, in contrast to Evans, greater emphasis is placed on the action-enabling side of communication. Further topics discussed include the role of mental states in accounting for communication, the impact of re-identification on the understanding of referring acts, and Donnellan's referential/attributive distinction.
Readership: Philosophers, cognitive scientists and semanticists.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Success in Referential Communication
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
80
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-3181-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-3181-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5974-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5322-0
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 172
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