Is the notion of semantic presupposition empty?

Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 34 (73):61-93 (1999)
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Abstract

This paper is an attempt to clarify the notion of semantic presupposition and to refute Böer and Lycan's critique of that notion. The author presents a feasible and coherent formal definition of semantic presupposition after examining several popular definitions of the notion. In terms of this definition, two central arguments against semantic presupposition presented by Böer and Lycan are analyzed and responded to with care. It is concluded that the notion of semantic presupposition is not empty but rather is philosophically interesting and fruitful

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Xinli Wang
Juniata College

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