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  1. Robert J. Stainton & Christopher Viger, Essays in Honour of Ernie Lepore.
    I met Ernie in 1965 on the wrestling mats of our high school in North Bergen, New Jersey, a township on top of the plateau overlooking Hoboken and across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Hoboken then was still the Hoboken of Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” (1954).1 Even though the Hudson was less than a mile across at that point, it was a wide spiritual divide. We were Jersey boys, not New Yorkers. Ernie was as ambitious as I was about (...)
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  2. Jessica de Villiers & Robert J. Stainton, Differential Pragmatic Abilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Case of Pragmatic Determinants of Literal Content.
    It has become something of a truism that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulties with pragmatics. Granting this, however, it is important to keep in mind that there are numerous kinds of pragmatic ability. One very important divide lies between those pragmatic competences which pertain to non-literal contents – as in, for instance, metaphor, irony and Gricean conversational implicatures – and those which pertain to the literal contents of speech acts. It is against this backdrop that our question (...)
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  3. Robert J. Stainton, The Role of Psychology in the Philosophy of Language.
    Does scientific psychology have a legitimate role to play in the philosophy of language? For example, is it methodologically permissible for philosophers of language to rely upon evidence from neurological development, experiments about processing, brain scans, clinical case histories, longitudinal studies, questionnaires, etc.? If so, why? These two questions are the focus of this survey. I address them in two stages. It may seem obvious that the science of psychology is relevant. I thus begin by introducing arguments against relevance, to (...)
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  4. Jessica de Villiers, Brooke Myers & Robert J. Stainton (2013). Revisiting Pragmatic Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Follow-Up Study with Controls. Pragmatics and Cognition 21 (2):253-269.
    In a 2007 paper, we argued that speakers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) exhibit pragmatic abilities which are surprising given the usual understanding of communication in that group. That is, it is commonly reported that people diagnosed with an ASD have trouble with metaphor, irony, conversational implicature and other non-literal language. This is not a matter of trouble with knowledge and application of rules of grammar. The difficulties lie, rather, in successful communicative interaction. Though we did find pragmatic errors within (...)
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  5. Maite Ezcurdia & Robert J. Stainton (eds.) (2013). The Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary in Philosophy. Broadview Press.
    The boundary between semantics and pragmatics has been important since the early twentieth century, but in the last twenty-five years it has become the central issue in the philosophy of language. This anthology collects classic philosophical papers on the topic, along with recent key contributions. It stresses not only the nature of the boundary, but also its importance for philosophy generally.
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  6. Robert J. Stainton (2011). In Defense of Public Languages. Linguistics and Philosophy 34 (5):479-488.
    My modest aim in this note is to sketch three interrelated critiques of public languages, and to respond to them. All are broadly Chomskyan, and all support the same conclusion: that, insofar as they even exist, the study of public languages is not a viable scientific project. (Related critiques of semantics, understood as involving word–world relations, will be touched on as well).
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  7. Robert J. Stainton (2010). François Cusset, French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life Ofthe United States Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (6):400-402.
  8. Ileana Paul & Robert J. Stainton, An Essay on Names and Truth, by Wolfram Hinzen.
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  9. Robert J. Stainton (2009). Jim Vernon, Hegel's Philosophy of Language. Philosophy in Review 29 (3):226.
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  10. Robert J. Stainton (2009). Perry, Wittgenstein's Builders, and Metasemantics. Pragmatics and Cognition 17 (2):203-221.
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  11. Robert J. Stainton & Samantha Brennan (2009). Philosophy and Death: Introductory Readings. Broadview Press.
    Philosophical reflection on death dates back to ancient times, but death remains a most profound and puzzling topic. Samantha Brennan and Robert Stainton have assembled a compelling selection of core readings from the philosophical literature on death. The views of ancient writers such as Plato, Epicurus, and Lucretius are set alongside the work of contemporary figures such as Thomas Nagel, John Perry, and Judith Jarvis Thomson. -/- Brennan and Stainton divide the anthology into three parts. Part I considers questions about (...)
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  12. Robert J. Stainton & Jessica de Villiers, Michael Gregory's Proposals for a Communication Linguistics.
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  13. Thomas M. Lennon & Robert J. Stainton, Introduction.
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  14. Thomas M. Lennon & Robert J. Stainton, The Achilles of Rationalist Psychology.
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  15. Robert J. Stainton, Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy, by Hannah Dawson.
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  16. Robert J. Stainton, French Theory, by François Cussett.
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  17. Robert J. Stainton (2008). Meaning and Reference. In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oup Oxford.
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  18. Robert J. Stainton (ed.) (2008). New Essays in Philosophy of Language and Mind.
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  19. Jessica de Villiers, Robert J. Stainton & And Peter Szatmari (2007). Pragmatic Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study in Philosophy and the Empirical. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 31 (1):292–317.
    This article has two aims. The first is to introduce some novel data that highlight rather surprising pragmatic abilities in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The second is to consider a possible implication of these data for an emerging empirical methodology in philosophy of language and mind. In pursuing the first aim, we expect our main audience to be clinicians and linguists interested in pragmatics. It is when we turn to methodological issues that we hope to pique the interest of philosophers. (...)
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  20. Robert J. Stainton (ed.) (2006). Contemporary Debates in Cognitive Science. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.
  21. Robert J. Stainton, The Things We Mean, by Stephen Schiffer.
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  22. Robert J. Stainton (2006). Meaning and Reference: Some Chomskian Themes. In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. 913--940.
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  23. Robert J. Stainton (2006). Revenge (La Venganza). Critica 38 (112):3 - 20.
    This paper discusses, in a preliminary manner, what revenge is. (It does not address the rationality or moral standing of revenge.) In particular, it proposes four elements of revenge --an agent, a recipient, a harm intended by the former, and a harm done by the latter which provokes the revenge. Based on these four elements, it highlights both agent-internal conditions for getting revenge, and agent-external ones. Along the way, the paper contrasts revenge with related phenomena like merely getting even, and (...)
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  24. Robert J. Stainton (2006). Terminological Reflections of an Enlightened Contextualist. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (2):460–468.
    From the perspective of certain contextualists, the most worrisome theses of Cappelen & Lepore’s Insensitive Semantics would seem to be: T1: The only context sensitive items are the basic and obvious ones, i.e., pronouns, demonstratives, etc.; T2: Once referents are assigned to these basic and obvious items in a (declarative) sentence, that sentence has truth conditions; T3: This truth-conditional content is asserted when the sentence is used; T4: The content of the assertion made is not thereby fixed, however, because speech (...)
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  25. Robert J. Stainton, Marile-Odile Junker & Catherine Wearing, The Semantics and Syntax of Null Complements.
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  26. Robert J. Stainton & Catherine Wearing (2006). Review of Insensitive Semantics, by Herman Cappelen & Ernie Lepore. [REVIEW] Journal of Linguistics 42 (1):187-190.
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  27. Andrew Botterell & Robert J. Stainton (2005). Quotation: Compositionality and Innocence Without Demonstration. Critica 37 (110):3-33.
    We discuss two kinds of quotation, namely indirect quotation (e.g., 'Anita said that Mexico is beautiful') and pure quotation (e.g., 'Mexico' has six letters). With respect to each, we have both a negative and a positive plaint. The negative plaint is that the strict Davidsonian (1968, 1979a) treatment of indirect and pure quotation cannot be correct. The positive plaint is an alternative account of how quotation of these two sorts works.
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  28. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton, Ellipsis and Nonsentential Speech.
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  29. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton, Introduction.
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  30. Robert J. Stainton, Cartwright, Richard L. (1925 -).
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  31. Robert J. Stainton, Grice, Herbert Paul (1913-88).
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  32. Robert J. Stainton (2005). Metaphysics, Substitution Salva Veritate and the Slingshot Argument. In Alex Barber (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier. 73--82.
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  33. Robert J. Stainton, Objects, Properties, and Functions.
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  34. Robert J. Stainton, The Context Principle.
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  35. Robert J. Stainton, Thomason, Richmond H. (1939 -).
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  36. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton (2004). Shorthand, Syntactic Ellipsis, and the Pragmatic Determinants of What is Said. Mind and Language 19 (4):442–471.
    Our first aim in this paper is to respond to four novel objections in Jason Stanley's 'Context and Logical Form'. Taken together, those objections attempt to debunk our prior claims that one can perform a genuine speech act by using a subsentential expression—where by 'subsentential expression' we mean an ordinary word or phrase, not embedded in any larger syntactic structure. Our second aim is to make it plausible that, pace Stanley, there really are pragmatic determinants of the literal truthconditional content (...)
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  37. Robert J. Stainton, The Pragmatics of Non-Sentences.
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  38. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton (2003). Grasping Objects and Contents. In Alex Barber (ed.), Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press.
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  39. Robert J. Stainton (2003). Speaker Meaning and Davidson on Metaphor: A Reply to McGuire. Dialogue 42 (02):345-.
  40. Lenny Clapp & Robert J. Stainton (2002). `Obviously Propositions Are Nothing': Russell and the Logical Form of Belief Reports. In Georg Peter & Gerhard Preyer (eds.), Logical Form and Language. Oxford University Press. 409--420.
  41. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton, Unshadowed Thought, by Charles Travis.
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  42. David Matheson & Robert J. Stainton (2002). Varieties of Empiricism. In Yves Bouchard (ed.), Perspectives on Coherentism. Editions du Scribe. 99--113.
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  43. Reinaldo Elugardo & Robert J. Stainton (2001). Logical Form Andthe Vernacular. Mind and Language 16 (4):393–424.
    Vernacularism is the view that logical forms are fundamentally assigned to natural language expressions, and are only derivatively assigned to anything else, e.g., propositions, mental representations, expressions of symbolic logic, etc. In this paper, we argue that Vernacularism is not as plausible as it first appears because of non-sentential speech. More specifically, there are argument-premises, meant by speakers of non-sentences, for which no natural language paraphrase is readily available in the language used by the speaker and the hearer. The speaker (...)
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  44. Robert J. Stainton, Communicative Events as Evidence in Linguistics.
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  45. Robert J. Stainton (2001). Cracking the Language Code. The Philosophers' Magazine 15 (15):40-42.
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  46. Robert J. Stainton, Linguistic Interpretation and Cognitive Science.
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  47. Robert J. Stainton, Make the Rich Pay.
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  48. Robert J. Stainton & Jessica de Villiers, Papers in Honour of Michael Gregory.
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