Dupre, G (2020) Idealisation in semantics: truth-conditional semantics for radical contextualists. Inquiry. 1 - 30. ISSN 0020-174X

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In this paper, I shall provide a novel response to the argument from context-sensitivity against truth-conditional semantics. It is often argued that the contextual influences on truth-conditions outstrip the resources of standard truth-conditional accounts, and so truth-conditional semantics rests on a mistake. The argument assumes that truth-conditional semantics is legitimate if and only if natural language sentences have truth-conditions. I shall argue that this assumption is mistaken. Truth-conditional analyses should be viewed as idealised approximations of the complexities of natural language meaning. From this perspective, disparity between the scientific model and its real-world target is to be expected. I elaborate on what such an approach to semantics would look like.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found online at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0020174X.2020.1712225?needAccess=true
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 08:52
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 08:52
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10360

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