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Utterance Interpretation without Utterance Meaning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6265-2205
2017 (English)In: Contexts in Philosophy: Proceedings of the Workshop on Contexts in Philosophy / [ed] Carlo Penco, Massimiliano Vignolo, CEUR-WS.org , 2017, p. 95-107Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is commonly taken for granted that an important task of a theory of meaning is to tell what determines the meaning of an utterance. The two basic positions are intentionalism and anti-intentionalism, the former situating the instance of determinacy in the speaker S’s intention and the latter in features accessible to the hearer H. In this paper I argue that the interpretive practice of S and H lends support to neither intentionalism nor anti-intentionalism, but rather suggests that the notion of utterance meaning is dispensable. I outline what I take to be the three options at stake in utterance interpretation and show that none of them presupposes recourse to the objectively correct interpretation of the utterance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CEUR-WS.org , 2017. p. 95-107
Series
Ceur workshop proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073 ; 1845
Keywords [en]
Utterance Interpretation, Utterance meaning, What is Said, Intentionalism, Contextualism, subjective truth conditions, semantics, pragmatics
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-159881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-159881DiVA, id: diva2:1246574
Conference
The 10th International Conference on Modelling and Using Contexts, Paris, France, June 20, 2017
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 1534601Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2020-03-05Bibliographically approved

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