Chapter 7. Making Sense of Meaning: An Instruction Manual

  1. Cedric Boeckx

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch7

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them

How to Cite

Boeckx, C. (2009) Making Sense of Meaning: An Instruction Manual, in Language in Cognition: Uncovering Mental Structures and the Rules Behind Them, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310047.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405158817

Online ISBN: 9781444310047

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Keywords:

  • making sense of meaning - an instruction manual;
  • meaning - exciting issues of cognitive science;
  • mental foundations of behavior;
  • “I-semantics” (stress on Internalist (mind-dependent) and Individual (creative);
  • temptation of resisting at all costs;
  • making truth-evaluable assertions;
  • importance of negative facts;
  • conceptual instructions and “instructions to build concepts”;
  • concepts ultimately connect to things in the world;
  • Cartesian insights once again

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Meaning Inside the Head

  • A Temptation to Resist at All Costs

  • The Importance of Negative Facts

  • Conceptual Instructions

  • Cartesian Insights Once Again