Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

Editor(s): Herman Cappelen, Ernie Lepore

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405126748

Online ISBN: 9780470755792

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755792

About this Book

Insensitive Semantics is an overview of and contribution to the debates about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication, investigating the effects of context on communicative interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one.


  • Provides detailed and wide-ranging overviews of the central positions and arguments surrounding contextualism



  • Addresses broad and varied aspects of the distinction between the semantic and non-semantic content of language



  • Defends a distinctive and explanatorily powerful combination of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism



  • Confronts core problems which not only run to the heart of philosophy of language and linguistics, but which arise in epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy as well

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: From Moderate To Radical Contextualism

  2. Part II: Refutation Of Radical Contextualism

  3. Part III: Semantic Minimalism And Speech Act Pluralism

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