Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
A plea for pragmatics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2009 (English)In: Synthese, ISSN 0039-7857, E-ISSN 1573-0964, Vol. 170, no 1, 155-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Let intentionalism be the view that what proposition is expressed in context by a sentence containing indexicals depends on the speaker’s intentions. It has recently been argued that intentionalism makes communicative success mysterious and that there are counterexamples to the intentionalist view in the form of cases of mismatch between the intended interpretation and the intuitively correct interpretation. In this paper, I argue that these objections can be met, once we acknowledge that we may distinguish what determines the correct interpretation from the evidence that is available to the audience, as well as from the standards by which we judge whether or not a given interpretation is reasonable. With these distinctions in place, we see that intentionalism does not render communicative success mysterious, and that cases of mismatch between the intended interpretation and the intuitively correct one can easily be accommodated. The distinction is also useful in treating the Humpty Dumpty problem for intentionalism, since it turns out that this can be treated as an extreme special case of mismatch.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 170, no 1, 155-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Semantics, Pragmatics, Speaker intentions, Indexicals, Interpretation
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Theoretical Philosophy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32348DOI: 10.1007/s11229-008-9365-zISI: 000268984300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32348DiVA: diva2:280085
Available from: 2009-12-08 Created: 2009-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(247 kB)95 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 247 kBChecksum SHA-512
d07a3564cf58f243f72d33ba03da062a14bb8c44d2633d9e33906b2804890d899a62586a867084713a9f71430ad87a866c32e3d5393bd1bda2fc58968cec9955
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Åkerman, Jonas
By organisation
Department of Philosophy
In the same journal
Synthese
Philosophy

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 95 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 157 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf