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  1. Stefano Predelli & Isidora Stojanovic (2008). Semantic Relativism and the Logic of Indexicals. In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. Oxford University Press 63--90.
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    Isidora Stojanovic (forthcoming). Relativism. In David Plunkett & Tristram McPherson (eds.), The Handbook of Metaethics. Routledge
    Although relativism may be said to be one of the oldest doctrines in philosophy, dating back to the teachings of Protagoras in the 5th century B.C., when it comes to contemporary philosophy, there is no consensus on what makes a view qualify as "relativist". The problem is particularly accute in metaethics, since most of the views that up to a decade ago were described as “relativist” would be more accurately described as "contextualist" or even “expressivist” in light of the distinctions (...)
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  3. Isidora Stojanovic (2007). Talking About Taste: Disagreement, Implicit Arguments, and Relative Truth. Linguistics and Philosophy 30 (6):691-706.
    In this paper, I take issue with an idea that has emerged from recent relativist proposals, and, in particular, from Lasersohn , according to which the correct semantics for taste predicates must use contents that are functions of a judge parameter rather than implicit arguments lexically associated with such predicates. I argue that the relativist account and the contextualist implicit argument-account are, from the viewpoint of semantics, not much more than notational variants of one another. In other words, given any (...)
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    Louise McNally & Isidora Stojanovic (forthcoming). Aesthetic Adjectives. In James Young (ed.), The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgment. Oxford University Press
    Among semanticists and philosophers of language, there has been a recent outburst of interest in predicates such as delicious, called predicates of personal taste (PPTs, e.g. Lasersohn 2005). Somewhat surprisingly, the question of whether or how we can distinguish aesthetic predicates from PPTs has hardly been addressed at all in this recent work. It is precisely this question that we address. We investigate linguistic criteria that we argue can be used to delineate the class of specifically aesthetic adjectives. We show (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2012). The Problem of De Se Assertion. Erkenntnis 76 (1):49-58.
    It has been long known (Perry in Philos Rev 86: 474–497, 1977 ; Noûs 13: 3–21, 1979 , Lewis in Philos Rev 88: 513–543 1981 ) that de se attitudes, such as beliefs and desires that one has about oneself , call for a special treatment in theories of attitudinal content. The aim of this paper is to raise similar concerns for theories of asserted content. The received view, inherited from Kaplan ( 1989 ), has it that if Alma says (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2001). Whom is the Problem of the Essential Indexical a Problem For? In P. Bouquet V. Akman (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer 304--315.
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    Philippe de Brabanter, David Nicolas, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva Fernandez (2007). Les usages déférentiels. In L'épistémologie sociale. Editions de l'EHESS
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2009). Semantic Content. Manuscrito 32 (1):123-152.
    The goal of this paper is to propose an account of the notion of semantic content. I will try to show that my account has some advantages over the existing accounts, and that, at the same time, it captures the most valuable insights behind both parties involved in the contextualism-minimalism debate. The proposed account of semantic content differs from the more traditional ones in that it puts more burden on the parameters of the point of evaluation, leaving very little in (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2006). What is Said, Linguistic Meaning, and Directly Referential Expressions. Philosophy Compass 1 (4):373–397.
    Philosophers of language distinguish among the lexical or linguistic meaning of the sentence uttered, what is said by an utterance of the sentence, and speaker's meaning, or what is conveyed by the speaker to her audience. In most views, what is said is the semantic or truth-conditional content of the utterance, and is irreducible either to the linguistic meaning or to the speaker's meaning. I will show that those views account badly for people's intuitions on what is said. I will (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2012). On Value-Attributions: Semantics and Beyond. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):621-638.
    This paper is driven by the idea that the contextualism-relativism debate regarding the semantics of value-attributions turns upon certain extra-semantic assumptions that are unwarranted. One is the assumption that the many-place predicate of truth, deployed by compositional semantics, cannot be directly appealed to in theorizing about people's assessments of truth value, but must be supplemented (if not replaced) by a different truth-predicate, obtained through certain "postsemantic" principles. Another is the assumption that semantics assigns to sentences not only truth values (as (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2012). Emotional Disagreement: The Role of Semantic Content in the Expression of, and Disagreement Over, Emotional Values. Dialogue 51 (1):99-117.
    ABSTRACT: When we describe an event as sad or happy, we attribute to it a certain emotional value. Attributions of emotional value depend essentially on an agent ; and yet, people readily disagree over such values. My aim in this paper is to explain what happens in the case of, and, more generally, to provide some insight into the semantics of value-attributions.
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2012). Domain-Sensitivity. Synthese 184 (2):137-155.
    In this paper, I argue that there are good motivations for a relativist account of the domain-sensitivity of quantifier phrases. I will frame the problem as a puzzle involving what looks like a logically valid inference, yet one whose premises are true while the conclusion is false. After discussing some existing accounts, literalist and contextualist, I will present and argue for an account that may be said to be relativist in the following sense: (i) a domain of quantification is required (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2008). The Semantics/Pragmatics Distinction. Synthese 165 (3):317 - 319.
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2014). Prepragmatics: Widening the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary. In Alexis Burgess & Brett Sherman (eds.), Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning. Oxford University Press 311-326.
    One of the most important and, at the same time, most controversial issues in metasemantics is the question of what semantics is, and what distinguishes semantic elements (features, properties, phenomena, mechanisms, processes, or whatever) from the rest. The issue is tightly linked with the debate over the semantics-pragmatics distinction, which has been vibrant for a decade or two, but seems to be reaching an impasse. I suggest that this impasse may be due to the failure to recognize a distinct realm (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2008). The Scope and the Subtleties of the Contextualism–Literalism–Relativism Debate. Language and Linguistics Compass 2 (6):1171–1188.
    In recent years, a number of new trends have seen light at the intersection of semantics and philosophy of language. They are meant to address puzzles raised by the context-sensitivity of a variety of natural language constructions, such as knowledge ascriptions, belief reports, epistemic modals, indicative conditionals, quantifier phrases, gradable adjectives, temporal constructions, vague predicates, moral predicates, predicates of personal taste. A diversity of labels have consequently emerged, such as 'contextualism', 'indexicalism', 'invariantism', 'literalism', 'minimalism', and 'relativism', variously qualified. The goal (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic & Neftalí Villanueva Fernández (2015). Mental Files, Blown Up by Indexed Files. Inquiry 58 (4):393-407.
    Mental Files, Blown Up by Indexed Files. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/0020174X.2014.883746.
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    Isidora Stojanović (2004). The Contingent A Priori. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):291-300.
    Since Saul Kripke’s Naming and Necessity, the view that there are contingent apriori truths has been surprisingly widespread. In this paper, I argue against that view. My first point is that in general, occurrences of predicates “a priori” and “contingent” are implicitly relativized to some circumstance, involving an agent, a time, a location. My second point is that apriority and necessity coineide when relativized to the same circumstance. That is to say, what is known apriori (by an agent in a (...)
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    Isidora Stojanović (2011). When Disagreement Gives Out. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):183-195.
    In this paper, I take issue with the proposal put forward by Mark Richard in When Truth Gives Out concerning disputes over issues such as who is rich, what is cool, and other issues of similar ilk. Richard holds that the parties in the dispute can truly disagree on whether a given person is rich, but can be both right, if we assume that they have different standards of wealth. Disputes over what is cool are, according to Richard, trickier, since (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic, When Disagreement Gives Out.
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    Isidora Stojanovic & Neftalí Villanueva Fernández (2014). Mental Files, Blown Up by Indexed Files. Philosophical Explorations (4):1-15.
    Mental Files, Blown Up by Indexed Files. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/0020174X.2014.883746.
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    Isidora Stojanovic, De Se Assertion.
    It has been long known (Perry (1977, 1979), Lewis (1981)) that de se attitudes, such as beliefs and desires that one has about oneself, call for a special treatment in theories of attitudinal content. The aim of this paper is to raise similar concerns for theories of asserted content. The received view, inherited from Kaplan (1989), has it that if Alma says "I am hungry," the asserted content, or what is said, is the proposition that Alma is hungry (at a (...)
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2009). When Truth Gives Out, by Mark Richard. Disputatio.
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    Isidora Stojanovic (2010). —6—Isidora Stojanovic Referring With Proper Names: Towards a Pragmatic Account. In Erich Rast & Luiz Carlos Baptista (eds.), Meaning and Context. Peter Lang 2--139.
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  24. Henning Christiansen, Isidora Stojanovic & George A. Papadopoulos (eds.) (2015). Modeling and Using Context. 9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Context 2015. Springer.
  25. Louise McNally & Isidora Stojanovic, Aesthetic Adjectives.
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  26. François Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.) (2010). Context-Dependence, Perspective and Relativity. Mouton de Gruyter.
    Aims and Scope -/- This volume brings together original papers by linguists and philosophers on the role of context and perspective in language and thought. Several contributions are concerned with the contextualism/relativism debate, which has loomed large in recent philosophical discussions. In a substantial introduction, the editors survey the field and map out the relevant issues and positions.
     
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  27. Isidora Stojanovic, A Different Story About Indexicals.
    The received view about indexicals holds that they are directly referential expressions, and that the semantic contribution of an indexical consists of that thing or individual to which the indexical refers in the context of its utterance. The aim of this paper is to put forward a different picture. I argue that direct reference and indexicality are distinct and separate phenomena, even if they cooccur often. Still, it is the speaker who directly refers to the things that she is talking (...)
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  28. Isidora Stojanovic, Domain-Sensitivity.
    forthcoming in a special issue of Synthese on semantic relativism.
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  29. Isidora Stojanovic, De Se Assertion.
    The first part of the present paper has been published as an independent article, under the title "The Problem of De Se Assertion", Erkenntnis 76 : 49-58.
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  30. Isidora Stojanovic, Philippe De Brabanter, Neftali Villanueva Fernandez & David Nicolas, Deferential Utterances.
    Our aim in this paper is to clarify the distinctions and the relationships among several phenomena, each of which has certain characteristics of what is generally called “deference”. We distinguish linguistic deference, which concerns the use of language and the meaning of the words we use, from epistemic deference, which concerns our reasons and evidence for making the claims we make. In our in-depth study of linguistic deference, we distinguish two subcategories: default deference, and deliberate deference. We also discuss the (...)
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  31. Isidora Stojanovic, Emotional Disagreement. The Role of Semantic Content in the Expression of, and Disagreement Over, Emotional Values.
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  32. Isidora Stojanovic, False Truths.
    One of the most interesting and fruitful applications of logics, classical or other, has been in supplying formal frameworks for the semantics of natural language. In this paper, I discuss the following puzzle: there seem to be arguments that are logically valid - more precisely, that are instances of the rule of universal instantiation, and yet, the utterance of the premise is intuitively true while the conclusion is false. I will discuss two strategies, developed in response to different sorts of (...)
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  33. Isidora Stojanovic, For Whom is the Problem of the Essential Indexical a Problem?
    Philosophers used to model belief as a relation between agents and propositions, which bear truth values depending on, and only on, the way the world is, until John Perry and David Lewis came up with cases of essentially indexical belief; that is, belief whose expression involves some indexical word, whose reference varies with the context. I shall argue that the problem of the essential indexical at best shows that belief should be tied somehow to what is subsequently acted upon, and (...)
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  34. Isidora Stojanovic, Incomplete Definite Descriptions, Demonstrative Completion and Redundancy.
    Slightly modified version, as it appeared in Striegnitz, K. et al. Special Issue: The Language Sections of the ESSLLI-01 Student Session, Human Language Technology Theses. 2002.
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  35. Isidora Stojanovic (2012). Meaning, Context, and Logical Truth. Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 2.
     
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  36. Isidora Stojanovic, Meaning, Context, and Logical Truth.
    Included in a special issue, edited by J. van Benthem and A. Gupta, on "Logic and Philosophy Today".
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  37. Isidora Stojanovic, On Value-Attributions: Semantics and Beyond.
    forthcoming in the Anniversary Issue of SJP on "Relativism about Value", ed. by Max Kölbel and Dan Zeman.
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  38. Isidora Stojanovic, Prepragmatics: Widening the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary.
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  39. Isidora Stojanovic, Review of Mark Richard's "When Truth Gives Out". [REVIEW]
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  40. Isidora Stojanovic (2009). Review of When Truth Gives Out. [REVIEW] Disputatio 3:249-257.
     
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  41. Isidora Stojanovic, Referring with Proper Names: Towards a Pragmatic Account.
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  42. Isidora Stojanovic (2015). Speaking About Oneself. In Stephan Torre & Manuel Garcia-Carpintero (eds.), About Oneself: De Se Thought and Communication. Oxford University Press 200-219.
    It has long been known (cf. Frege 1918, Castañeda 1968, Anscombe 1975 , Perry 1977, 1979, Lewis 1981) that de se attitudes, that is beliefs, desires, hopes etc. that one has about oneself as oneself,1 are interestingly different fromthe attitudes that one holds in a third-personal mode about some individual, who might or might not turn out to be them. Frege suggested that Dr. Lauben’s belief that he has been wounded is a belief that only Dr. Lauben himself can entertain. (...)
     
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  43. Isidora Stojanovic, Semantic Content.
    To appear in Manuscrito, in a special issue on contextualism vs. minimalism, ed. by André LeClerc, Ernesto Perini-Santos and Marco Ruffino. Other contributors to this issue include A. Bezuidenhout, E. Borg, H. Cappelen, S. Predelli and F. Recanati.
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  44. Isidora Stojanovic, Situation Semantics.
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  45. Isidora Stojanovic, Talking About Taste: Disagreement, Implicit Arguments and Relative Truth.
    In this paper, I take issue with an idea that has emerged from recent relativist proposals, and, in particular, from Lasersohn, according to which the correct semantics for taste predicates must use contents that are functions of a judge parameter rather than implicit arguments lexically associated with such predicates. I argue that the relativist account and the contextualist implicit argument-account are, from the viewpoint of semantics, not much more than notational variants of one another. In other words, given any sentence (...)
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  46. Isidora Stojanovic, Topics in Philosophy of Language.
    These are the slides of the five lectures in the series "Topics in Philosophy of Language", offered as a course at the 23rd ESSLLI in Ljubljana, in August 2011.
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  47. Isidora Stojanovic, The Problem of De Se Assertion.
    This paper, to appear in Erkenntnis, corresponds to the first or "negative" half of my longer paper De Se Assertion, in which, after presenting the problem, I also put forward my own "positive" proposal.
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  48. Isidora Stojanovic, Two Problems of Overgeneration for the Reflexive-Referential Theory.
    One of the most promising aspects of Perry 's Reflexive-Referential Theory is its capacity to generate a variety of contents that may be associated with a single utterance, contents that may be used for various explanatory purposes. My concern in this paper is that, as it stands, RRT generates too many contents. The problem is not just that most of those contents will be explanatorily idle, but rather, that nothing in the actual RRT explains why those contents cannot play the (...)
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  49. Isidora Stojanovic, The Scope and the Subtleties of the Contextualism/Literalism/Relativism Debate.
    In recent years, a number of new trends have seen light at the intersection of semantics and philosophy of language. They are meant to address puzzles raised by the context-sensitivity of a variety of natural language constructions, such as knowledge ascriptions, belief reports, epistemic modals, indicative conditionals, quantifier phrases, gradable adjectives, temporal constructions, vague predicates, moral predicates, predicates of personal taste, etc. A diversity of labels have consequently emerged, such as 'contextualism', 'indexicalism', 'invariantism', 'literalism', 'minimalism', 'relativism', variously qualified. The goal (...)
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  50. Isidora Stojanovic, The Vicious Triangle of A Priori Truth, Contingent Truth, and Logical Truth.
    In this paper, I argue against the view there are contingent a priori truths, and against the related view that there are contingent logical truths. I will suggest that in general, predicates ›a priori‹ and ›contingent‹ are implicitly relativized to circumstances, and argue that apriority entails necessity, whenever the two are relativized to the same circumstance. I will then criticize the idea, inspired by David Kaplan's framework, of contingent contents »knowable under a priori characters.« I will also argue, against Kaplan, (...)
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