Chomskyan arguments against truth-conditional semantics based on variability and co-predication

Erkenntnis:1-22 (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper I try to show that semantics can explain word-to-world relations and that sentences can have meanings that determine truth-conditions. Critics like Chomsky typically maintain that only speakers denote, i.e., only speakers, by using words in one way or another, represent entities or events in the world. However, according to their view, individual acts of denotations are not explained just by virtue of speakers' semantic knowledge (since, according to them, semantic knowledge is very scarce: see Pietroski, 2018). Against this view, I will hold that, in the typical cases considered, semantic knowledge can account for the denotational uses of words of individual speakers.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
VICCAA-3
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-05-29
View other versions
Added to PP index
2019-05-29

Total views
237 ( #22,516 of 56,904 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
52 ( #14,612 of 56,904 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.