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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 (2012). What is Meaning? Princeton University Press.
     
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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 (1999). 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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  6. Scott Soames (1987). Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content. Philosophical Topics 15 (1):47-87.
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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 (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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    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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  10. 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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  11. Scott Soames (1985). Semantics and Psychology. In Jerrold J. Katz (ed.), The Philosophy of Linguistics. Oxford University Press 204--226.
     
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    Scott Soames (2012). Philosophy of Language. Princeton University Press.
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  13. 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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    Scott Soames (2014). Epistemic Intensions. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1):220-228.
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    Scott Soames (2015). The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy: Volume 1 Précis. Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1647-1650.
    The Precis explains the aims of my multi-volume work THE ANALYTIC TRADITION IN PHILOSOPHY and summarizes the contents of Volume 1.
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    Scott Soames (2007). Actually. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 81 (1):251–277.
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    Scott Soames (1995). Marcus, Along with Certain Other Philosophers, Do Deserve Credit for Anticipating Important Aspects of Contemporary Theories of Reference. However This Credit in No Way Diminishes the Seminal Role of Saul Kripke. Synthese 104:191-216.
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  18. 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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    Scott Soames (2006). The Philosophical Significance of the Kripkean Necessary Aposteriori. Philosophical Issues 16 (1):288–309.
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    Scott Soames (2013). Cognitive Propositions. Philosophical Perspectives 27 (1):479-501.
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  21. Scott Soames (1998). The Modal Argument: Wide Scope and Rigidified Descriptions. Noûs 32 (1):1-22.
  22. 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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    Scott Soames (2008). Philosophical Essays, Volume 1: Natural Language: What It Means and How We Use It. Princeton University Press.
    A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays.
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  24. Scott Soames (1989). Semantics and Semantic Competence. Philosophical Perspectives 3:575-596.
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    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.
  26. 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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    Scott Soames (2010). Beyond Rigidity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35 (1):169-178.
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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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    Scott Soames (1998). Skepticism About Meaning, Indeterminacy, Normativity, and the Rule-Following Paradox. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supp 23 (sup1):211--50.
  30. Scott Soames (2005). Naming and Asserting. In Zoltán Gendler Szabó (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press 356--382.
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    Scott Soames (2007). The Substance and Significance of the Dispute Over Two-Dimensionalism. Philosophical Books 48 (1):34-49.
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  32. Scott Soames (2014). 6. 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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    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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  34. 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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  35. 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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    Scott Soames (2002). Replies. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):429–452.
  37. Scott Soames (1984). Linguistics and Psychology. Linguistics and Philosophy 7 (2):155 - 179.
  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 (1998). Facts, Truth Conditions, and the Skeptical Solution to the Rule-Following Paradox. Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):313-48.
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    Scott Soames (1985). Lost Innocence. Linguistics and Philosophy 8 (1):59--71.
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  41. Scott Soames, Propositions.
    believe, or know something to that which they assert believe, or know. A2. The things asserted, believed, and known are bearers of truth and falsity. A3. Propositions -- the things satisfying A1 and A2 -- are expressed by sentences. The..
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  42. 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 (2008). Truthmakers? Philosophical Books 49 (4):317-327.
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    Andrei Marmor & Scott Soames (eds.) (2011). Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law. Oxford University Press, Usa.
    Machine generated contents note: -- 1. The Value of Vagueness, Timothy Endicott -- 2. Vagueness and the Guidance of Action, Jeremy Waldron -- 3. What Vagueness and Inconsistency tell us about Interpretation, Scott Soames -- 4. Textualism and the Discovery of Rights, John Perry -- 5. The Intentionalism of Textualism, Stephen Neale -- 6. Can the Law Imply More than It Says? On some pragmatic aspects of Strategic Speech, Andrei Marmor -- 7. Modeling Legal Rules, Richard Holton -- 8. Trying (...)
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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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  46. 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 (2007). Ambitious Two-Dimensionalism. In Matthew Davidson (ed.), On Sense and Direct Reference. 690--718.
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    Scott Soames (1995). Beyond Singular Propositions? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):515 - 549.
  49. 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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    Scott Soames (1992). Truth, Meaning, and Understanding. Philosophical Studies 65 (1-2):17-35.
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