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  1. Scott Soames (2002). Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity. Oxford University Press.
    In this fascinating work, Scott Soames offers a new conception of the relationship between linguistic meaning and assertions made by utterances. He gives meanings of proper names and natural kind predicates and explains their use in attitude ascriptions. He also demonstrates the irrelevance of rigid designation in understanding why theoretical identities containing such predicates are necessary, if true.
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  2. Scott Soames (1998). Understanding Truth. Oxford University Press.
    In this book, Scott Soames illuminates the notion of truth and the role it plays in our ordinary thought, as well as in our logical, philosophical, and scientific theories. Part I addresses crucial background issues, including the identification of the bearers of truth, the basis for distinguishing truth from other notions (like certainty, with which it is often confused), and the formulation of positive responses to well-known forms of philosophical skepticism about truth. Part II explicates the formal theories of Alfred (...)
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  3. Scott Soames (2005). Reference and Description: The Case Against Two-Dimensionalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    In this book, Scott Soames defends the revolution in philosophy led by Saul Kripke, Hilary Putnam, and David Kaplan against attack from those wishing to revive ..
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    Scott Soames (2003). Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century. Princeton University Press.
    This is a major, wide-ranging history of analytic philosophy since 1900, told by one of the tradition's leading contemporary figures.
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  5. Scott Soames (1987). Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content. Philosophical Topics 15 (1):47-87.
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    Scott Soames (2012). Philosophy of Language. Princeton University Press.
    In this book one of the world's foremost philosophers of language presents his unifying vision of the field--its principal achievements, its most pressing current questions, and its most promising future directions. In addition to explaining the progress philosophers have made toward creating a theoretical framework for the study of language, Scott Soames investigates foundational concepts--such as truth, reference, and meaning--that are central to the philosophy of language and important to philosophy as a whole. The first part of the book describes (...)
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    Scott Soames (2003). Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century Vol. 2: The Age of Meaning. Princeton University Press.
    This is a major, wide-ranging history of analytic philosophy since 1900, told by one of the tradition's leading contemporary figures. The first volume takes the story from 1900 to mid-century. The second brings the history up to date.
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    Jeffrey C. King, Scott Soames & Jeff Speaks (2014). New Thinking About Propositions. Oxford University Press.
    Philosophy, science, and common sense all refer to propositions--things we believe and say, and things which are true or false. But there is no consensus on what sorts of things these entities are. Jeffrey C. King, Scott Soames, and Jeff Speaks argue that commitment to propositions is indispensable, and each defend their own views on the debate.
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    Scott Soames (2016). Yes, the Search for Explanation is All We Have. Philosophical Studies 173 (9):2565-2573.
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    Scott Soames (2015). Rethinking Language, Mind, and Meaning. Princeton University Press.
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    Scott Soames (forthcoming). Propositions as Cognitive Acts. Synthese:1-15.
    The paper reviews the central components of the cognitive theory of propositions and explains both its empirical advantages for theories of language and mind and its foundational metaphysical and epistemological advantages over other theories. It then answers a leading objection to the theory, before closing by raising the issue of how questions, which are the contents of interrogative sentences, and directives, which are the contents of imperative sentences, are related to propositions.
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  12. Scott Soames (1998). The Modal Argument: Wide Scope and Rigidified Descriptions. Noûs 32 (1):1-22.
  13. Scott Soames (2011). True At. [REVIEW] Analysis 71 (1):124 - 133.
    Cappelen and Hawthorne tell us that the most basic, explanatory notion of truth is a monadic property of propositions. Other notions of truth, including those applying to sentences, are to be explained in terms of it. Among them are those found in Kripkean, Montagovian, and Kaplanean semantic theories, and their descendants – to wit truth at a context, at a circumstance, and at a context-plus-circumstance. If these are to make sense, the authors correctly maintain, they must be explained in terms (...)
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  14. Scott Soames (2009). Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning : The Quine-Carnap Dispute. In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press 424--43.
    In the middle of the twentieth century a dispute erupted between the chief architect of Logical Empiricism, Rudolf Carnap, and Logical Empiricism’s chief reformer, Willard van Orman Quine -- who was attempting to save what he took to be its main insights by recasting them in a more acceptable form. Though both eschewed metaphysics of the traditional apriori sort, and both were intent on making the investigation of science the center of philosophy, they disagreed about how to do so. Part (...)
     
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  15. Scott Soames (2008). Drawing the Line Between Meaning and Implicature—and Relating Both to Assertion. Noûs 42 (3):440-465.
    Paul Grice’s theory of Conversational Implicature is, by all accounts, one of the great achievements of the past fifty years -- both of analytic philosophy and of the empirical study of language. Its guiding idea is that constraints on the use of sentences, and information conveyed by utterances of them, arise not only from their conventional meanings (the information they semantically encode) but also from the communicative uses to which they are put. In his view, the overriding goal of most (...)
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  16. Scott Soames (2012). Vagueness in the Law. In Marmor Andrei (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law. Routledge 95.
  17. Scott Soames (2006). Understanding Assertion. In Judith Jarvis Thomson & Alex Byrne (eds.), Content and Modality: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Stalnaker. Oxford University Press 222--250.
     
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  18. Scott Soames (1989). Semantics and Semantic Competence. Philosophical Perspectives 3:575-596.
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    Scott Soames (2013). Cognitive Propositions. Philosophical Perspectives 27 (1):479-501.
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    Scott Soames, Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays.
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    Scott Soames (2006). The Philosophical Significance of the Kripkean Necessary Aposteriori. Philosophical Issues 16 (1):288–309.
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  22. Scott Soames (2007). What Are Natural Kinds? Philosophical Topics 35 (1-2):329-342.
    Though the question is ontological, I will approach it through another, partially linguistic, question. What must natural kinds be like, if the conventional wisdom about natural kind terms is correct? Although answering this question won’t tell us everything we want to know, it will, I think, be useful in narrowing the range of feasible ontological alternatives. I will therefore summarize what I take to be the contemporary linguistic wisdom, and then test different proposals about kinds against it. As we will (...)
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  23. Scott Soames (1985). Semantics and Psychology. In Jerrold J. Katz (ed.), The Philosophy of Linguistics. Oxford University Press 204--226.
     
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  24. Scott Soames (2003). Chapter 17. Meaning and Holistic Verificationism. In Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 1: The Dawn of Analysis. Princeton University Press 378-405.
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  25. Scott Soames (2005). Why Incomplete Definite Descriptions Do Not Defeat Russell's Theory of Descriptions. Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 24 (3):7-30.
     
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  26. Nathan U. Salmon & Scott Soames (eds.) (1988). Propositions and Attitudes. Oxford University Press.
    The concept of a proposition is important in several areas of philosophy and central to the philosophy of language. This collection of readings investigates many different philosophical issues concerning the nature of propositions and the ways they have been regarded through the years. Reflecting both the history of the topic and the range of contemporary views, the book includes articles from Bertrand Russell, Gottlob Frege, the Russell-Frege Correspondence, Alonzo Church, David Kaplan, John Perry, Saul Kripke, Hilary Putnam, Mark Richard, Scott (...)
     
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  27. Scott Soames (2008). Truth and Meaning: In Perspective. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 32 (1):1-19.
    My topic is the attempt by Donald Davidson, and those inspired by him, to explain knowledge of meaning in terms of knowledge of truth conditions. For Davidsonians, these attempts take the form of rationales for treating theories of truth, constructed along Tarskian lines, as empirical theories of meaning. In earlier work1, I argued that Davidson’s two main rationales – one presented in “Truth and Meaning”2 and “Radical Interpretation,”3 and the other in his “Reply to Foster ”4 – were unsuccessful. Here, (...)
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  28. Scott Soames (1998). Facts, Truth Conditions, and the Skeptical Solution to the Rule-Following Paradox. Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):313-48.
  29. Scott Soames (2008). Why Propositions Cannot Be Sets of Truth-Supporting Circumstances. Journal of Philosophical Logic 37 (3):267 - 276.
    No semantic theory satisfying certain natural constraints can identify the semantic contents of sentences (the propositions they express), with sets of circumstances in which the sentences are true–no matter how fine-grained the circumstances are taken to be. An objection to the proof is shown to fail by virtue of conflating model-theoretic consequence between sentences with truth-conditional consequence between the semantic contents of sentences. The error underlines the impotence of distinguishing semantics, in the sense of a truth-based theory of logical consequence, (...)
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    Scott Soames (2005). Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 1: The Dawn of Analysis. Princeton University Press.
    I discuss Soames's proposal that Moore could have avoided a central problem in his moral philosophy if he had utilized a method he himself pioneered in epistemology. The problem in Moore's moral philossophy concerns what it is for a moral claim to be self-evident. The method in Moore's epistemology concerns not denying the obvious. In view of the distance between something's being self-evident and its being obvious, it is suggested that Soames's proposal is mistaken.
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  31. Scott Soames (2007). Actually. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 81 (1):251–277.
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    Scott Soames (1998). Skepticism About Meaning, Indeterminacy, Normativity, and the Rule-Following Paradox. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supp 23 (sup1):211--50.
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    Scott Soames (2016). Rethinking Language, Mind, and Meaning. Philosophical Studies 173 (9):2529-2532.
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    Scott Soames (2014). The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy, Volume 1, The Founding Giants. Princeton University Press.
    Volume 1 examines the initial phase of the analytic tradition through the major contributions of three of its four founding giants—Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and G. E. Moore. Soames describes and analyzes their work in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of language. He explains how by about 1920 their efforts had made logic, language, and mathematics central to philosophy in an unprecedented way. But although logic, language, and mathematics were now seen as powerful tools (...)
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  35. Scott Soames (2011). Kripke on Epistemic and Metaphysical Possibility: Two Routes to the Necessary Aposteriori. In Alan Berger (ed.), Saul Kripke. Cambridge University Press 167-188.
    Saul Kripke’s discussion of the necessary aposteriori in Naming and Necessity and “Identity and Necessity” -- in which he lays the foundation for distinguishing epistemic from metaphysical possibility, and explaining the relationship between the two – is, in my opinion, one of the outstanding achievements of twentieth century philosophy.1 My aim in this essay is to extract the enduring lessons of his discussion, and disentangle them from certain difficulties which, alas, can also be found there. I will argue that there (...)
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    Scott Soames (1982). How Presuppositions Are Inherited: A Solution to the Projection Problem. Linguistic Inquiry 13:483-545.
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    Scott Soames (1995). Beyond Singular Propositions? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):515 - 549.
  38. Scott Soames (1984). What is a Theory of Truth? Journal of Philosophy 81 (8):411-429.
    412 THE JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY There are theories that try, in my opinion unsuccessfully, to do just this. Tarski's theory, which restricts itself to cases in which truth is predicated of sentences of certain formal languages, is not one of them. Thus, Tarski cannot be seen.
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  39. Scott Soames (2014). David Lewis’s Place in Analytic Philosophy. In Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays. Princeton University Press 139-166.
    By the early 1970s, and continuing through 2001, David Lewis and Saul Kripke had taken over W.V.O. Quine’s leadership in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophical logic in the English-speaking world. Quine, in turn, had inherited his position in the early 1950s from Rudolf Carnap, who had been the leading logical positivist -- first in Europe, and, after 1935, in America. A renegade positivist himself, Quine eschewed apriority, necessity, and analyticity, while (for a time) adopting a holistic version of (...)
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  40. Scott Soames (2010). Coordination Problems. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (2):464 - 474.
    Although ‘Rxx’ and ‘Rxy’ are both applications of a two-place predicate to a pair of terms, ‘Rxx’ resembles a one-place predicate in that all one needs to evaluate it is an assignment to ‘x’. A similar point applies to the sequences ‘Fx’, ‘Gx’ and ‘Fx’, ‘Gy’ – even though neither is a one-place predicate. Kit Fine’s semantic relationalism aims to extract a common idea uniting these comparisons, and to use it to provide a Millian solution to Frege’s Puzzle.
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  41. Scott Soames (1997). The Truth About Deflationism. Philosophical Issues 8:1-44.
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    Scott Soames (2014). Epistemic Intensions. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1):220-228.
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  43. Scott Soames (2006). Précis of Beyond Rigidity. Philosophical Studies 128 (3):645 - 654.
    Beyond Rigidity is divided into two parts. Part 1 is devoted to the semantics and pragmatics of names, and the sentences, including attitude ascriptions, that contain them. In part 2, the model developed in part 1 is extended to natural kind terms, and simple predicates in which they occur. The model is then used to explain the necessity of certain aposteriori statements containing such predicates.
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  44. Scott Soames (1984). Linguistics and Psychology. Linguistics and Philosophy 7 (2):155 - 179.
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    Scott Soames (2015). Reply to Critics of the Analytic Tradition in Philosophy Vol. 1 the Founding Giants. Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1681-1696.
    Reply to Beaney: the closing of the historical mindIn his comments, Michael Beaney sets himself up as the arbiter of what is genuine history and what isn’t. While celebrating the outpouring of specialized scholarship on Frege, he has no patience with the enterprise outlined in the Précis, which attempts to construct a large-scale picture of the richness of the analytic tradition. That enterprise is one in which great figures of our recent past are challenged by aspects of contemporary thought, and (...)
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  46. Scott Soames (2007). Ambitious Two-Dimensionalism. In Matthew Davidson (ed.), On Sense and Direct Reference. 690--718.
     
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  47. Scott Soames (2014). Two Versions of Millianism. In Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays. Princeton University Press 231-264.
    With the addition of Kit Fine’s Semantic Relationism to the mix, there are now two main versions of Millianism on offer.1 Both maintain (i) that the semantic contents of names, indexicals, and variables (appropriately relativized) are their referents.
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  48. Scott Soames (2005). Naming and Asserting. In Zoltán Gendler Szabó (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press 356--382.
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  49. Scott Soames (1992). Truth, Meaning, and Understanding. Philosophical Studies 65 (1-2):17-35.
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    Scott Soames (1985). Lost Innocence. Linguistics and Philosophy 8 (1):59--71.
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