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  1. Sergeiy Sandler, Is There Such a Thing as “Semantic Content”?score: 90.0
    The distinction between the semantic content of a sentence or utterance and its use is widely employed in formal semantics. Semantic minimalism in particular understands this distinction as a sharp dichotomy. I argue that if we accept such a dichotomy, there would be no reason to posit the existence of semantic contents at all. I examine and reject several arguments raised in the literature that might provide a rationale for assuming semantic contents, in this sense, (...)
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  2. Kenneth M. Sayre (1987). Cognitive Science and the Problem of Semantic Content. Synthese 70 (February):247-69.score: 72.0
    The problem of semantic content is the problem of explicating those features of brain processes by virtue of which they may properly be thought to possess meaning or reference. This paper criticizes the account of semantic content associated with fodor's version of cognitive science, And offers an alternative account based on mathematical communication theory. Its key concept is that of a neuronal representation maintaining a high-Level of mutual information with a designated external state of affairs under (...)
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  3. D. Sturdee (1997). The Semantic Shuffle: Shifting Emphasis in Dretske's Account of Representational Content. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 47 (1):89-104.score: 63.0
    In Knowledge and the Flow of Information, Fred Dretske explains representational content by appealing to natural indication: a mental representation has its content in virtue of being a reliable natural indicator of a particular type of state of the world. His account fails for several reasons, not the least of which is that it cannot account for misrepresentation. Recognizing this, Dretske adds a twist in his more recent work on representational content (sketched in 'Misrepresentation' and elaborated in (...)
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  4. Jeffrey King (2005). Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Role of Semantic Content. In Zoltan Szabo (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. 111--164.score: 61.0
    Followers of Wittgenstein allegedly once held that a meaningful claim to know that p could only be made if there was some doubt about the truth of p. The correct response to this thesis involved appealing to the distinction between the semantic content of a sentence and features attaching (merely) to its use. It is inappropriate to assert a knowledge-claim unless someone in the audience has doubt about what the speaker claims to know. But this fact has nothing (...)
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  5. Mitchell S. Green (2000). Illocutionary Force and Semantic Content. Linguistics and Philosophy 23 (5):435-473.score: 60.0
    Illocutionary force and semantic content are widely held to occupy utterly different categories in at least two ways: (1) Any expression serving as an indicator of illocutionary force must be without semantic content, and (2) no such expression can embed. A refined account of the force/content distinction is offered here that (a) does the explanatory work that the standard distinction does, while, in accounting for the behavior of a range of parenthetical expressions, (b) shows (...)
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  6. Robert D. Rupert (2000). Dispositions Indisposed: Semantic Atomism and Fodor's Theory of Content. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (3):325-349.score: 60.0
    According to Jerry Fodor’s atomistic theory of content, subjects’ dispositions to token mentalese terms in counterfactual circumstances fix the contents of those terms. I argue that the pattern of counterfactual tokenings alone does not satisfactorily fix content; if Fodor’s appeal to patterns of counterfactual tokenings has any chance of assigning correct extensions, Fodor must take into account the contents of subjects’ various mental states at the times of those tokenings. However, to do so, Fodor must abandon his (...) atomism. And while Fodor has recently qualified his atomism, the cognitively holistic nature of dispositions continues to undermine his view. (shrink)
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  7. Isidora Stojanovic (2009). Semantic Content. Manuscrito 32 (1):123-152.score: 60.0
    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, (...)
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  8. Damiano Canale & Giovanni Tuzet (2007). On Legal Inferentialism. Toward a Pragmatics of Semantic Content in Legal Interpretation? Ratio Juris 20 (1):32-44.score: 60.0
    In this paper we consider whether a pragmatics of semantic content can be a useful approach to legal interpretation. More broadly speaking, since a pragmatic conception of meaning is a component of inferential semantics, we consider whether an inferentialist approach to legal interpretation can be useful in dealing with some problems of this important aspect of law. In other words, we ask whether Legal Inferentialism is a suitable conception for legal interpretation. In Section 1 we briefly consider the (...)
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  9. Justina Díaz Legaspe (2009). Definite Descriptions, Misdescriptions and Semantic Content: Different Ways to Solve a Tricky Puzzle. Análisis Filosófico 29 (2):159-166.score: 60.0
    Michael Devitt (2004, 2007) claims that the predicative material that constitutes complex referential expressions makes a semantic contribution to the proposition expressed. He thus deviates from direct referentialism, according to which every referential expression -either simple or complex- contributes just with an object to the proposition expressed, leaving the predicative material out of the semantic content. However, when dealing with misdescriptions, Devitt has suggested a pragmatic way out: the audience can understand what the speaker is referring to (...)
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  10. Ken Sayre (1987). Cognitive Science and the Problem of Semantic Content. Synthese 70 (2):247 - 269.score: 60.0
    The problem of semantic content is the problem of explicating those features of brain processes by virtue of which they may properly be thought to possess meaning or reference. This paper criticizes the account of semantic content associated with fodor's version of cognitive science, And offers an alternative account based on mathematical communication theory. Its key concept is that of a neuronal representation maintaining a high-Level of mutual information with a designated external state of affairs under (...)
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  11. B. Hassrick (1995). Fred Dretske on the Explanatory Role of Semantic Content. Conference 6 (1):59-66.score: 57.0
     
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  12. Maite Ezcurdia (2004). Pragmatic Attitudes and Semantic Competence (Actitudes Pragmáticas y Competencia Semántica). Crítica 36 (108):55 - 82.score: 54.0
    In this paper I argue against the account Soames offers in Beyond Rigidity of the semantics and pragmatics of propositional attitude reports. I defend a particular constraint for identifying semantic content of phrases based on conditions for semantic competence, and argue that failure of substitutivity is an essential component of our competence conditions with propositional attitude predicates. Given that Soames's account makes no room for this, I conclude that he does not offer an adequate explanation of propositional (...)
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  13. C. J. L. Talmage (1998). Semantic Localism and the Locality of Content. Erkenntnis 48 (1):101-111.score: 50.0
    Semantic localism is the view of meaning defended by Michael Devitt in Coming to Our Senses. In this paper I assess this view by considering how well it answers the concerns that led Akeel Bilgrami in Belief and Meaning to put forward his thesis of the locality of content.
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  14. Floris Roelofsen (2013). Algebraic Foundations for the Semantic Treatment of Inquisitive Content. Synthese 190 (S1):1-24.score: 50.0
    In classical logic, the proposition expressed by a sentence is construed as a set of possible worlds, capturing the informative content of the sentence. However, sentences in natural language are not only used to provide information, but also to request information. Thus, natural language semantics requires a logical framework whose notion of meaning does not only embody informative content, but also inquisitive content. This paper develops the algebraic foundations for such a framework. We argue that propositions, in (...)
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  15. André J. Abath (2012). Epistemic Contextualism, Semantic Blindness and Content Unawareness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (3):593 - 597.score: 49.0
    It is held by many philosophers that it is a consequence of epistemic contextualism that speakers are typically semantically blind, that is, typically unaware of the propositions semantically expressed by knowledge attributions. In his ?Contextualism, Invariantism and Semantic Blindness? (this journal, 2009), Martin Montminy argues that semantic blindness is widespread in language, and not restricted to knowledge attributions, so it should not be considered problematic. I will argue that Montminy might be right about this, but that contextualists still (...)
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  16. John-Michael Kuczynski (2007). Conceptual Atomism and the Computational Theory of Mind: A Defense of Content-Internalism and Semantic Externalism. John Benjamins & Co.score: 48.0
    Contemporary philosophy and theoretical psychology are dominated by an acceptance of content-externalism: the view that the contents of one's mental states are constitutively, as opposed to causally, dependent on facts about the external world. In the present work, it is shown that content-externalism involves a failure to distinguish between semantics and pre-semantics---between, on the one hand, the literal meanings of expressions and, on the other hand, the information that one must exploit in order to ascertain their literal meanings. (...)
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  17. Friedrich Doerge (2010). The Collapse of Insensitive Semantics. Linguistics and Philosophy 33 (2):117-140.score: 48.0
    The idea motivating their account, Cappelen and Lepore (C&L) say in Insensitive Semantics (2005), is that semantic content is context invariant, and that all colleagues who take, or even consider, different accounts are just on the wrong track. It is the purpose of their book to disprove all alternative accounts by way of an argument ‘by elimination’. The conclusion they arrive at is that their own account must be accepted by everyone as the only game in town at (...)
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  18. Artur Rojszczak (2002). Philosophical Background and Philosophical Content of the Semantic Definition of Truth. Erkenntnis 56 (1):29 - 62.score: 48.0
    The aim of this paper is to show that it is the explicativecharacter of Tarski's semantic definition of truth given in his study of 1933 that allows forconsideration of a philosophical background of this definition in the proper sense. Given the explicativecharacter of this definition it is argued that the philosophical tradition that should be taken intoaccount with regard to this philosophical background is the tradition of the Lvov-Warsaw Schoolin its connections with the School of Brentano. As an example (...)
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  19. Theodore W. Schick (1989). The Semantic Role of Qualitative Content. Southern Journal of Philosophy 27 (1):125-133.score: 48.0
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  20. Sarah Schlipf, Anil Batra, Gudrun Walter, Christina Zeep, Dirk Wildgruber, Andreas J. Fallgatter & Thomas Ethofer (2013). Judgment of Emotional Information Expressed by Prosody and Semantics in Patients with Unipolar Depression. Frontiers in Psychology 4.score: 48.0
    It was the aim of this study to investigate the impact of major depressive disorder (MDD) on judgment of emotions expressed at the verbal (semantic content) and non-verbal (prosody) level and to assess whether evaluation of verbal content correlate with self-ratings of depression-related symptoms as assessed by Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). We presented positive, neutral, and negative words spoken in happy, neutral, and angry prosody to 23 MDD patients and 22 healthy controls (HC) matched for age, sex, (...)
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  21. Basil Smith, Cartesian Scepticism About the External World, Semantic or Content Externalism, and the Mind.score: 48.0
    This thesis has three parts. In the first part, the author defends the coherence of Cartesian scepticism about the external world. In particular, the author contends that such scepticism survives attacks from Descartes himself, as well as from W.V.O. Quine, Robert Nozick, Alvin Goldman, and David Armstrong. It follows that Cartesian scepticism remains intact. In the second part of this thesis, the author contends that the semantic or content externalisms of Hilary Putnam and Tyler Burge do not refute (...)
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  22. John Francis Horty (2007). Frege on Definitions: A Case Study of Semantic Content. Oxford University Press.score: 47.0
    The book begins by focusing on the psychological constraints governing Frege's notion of sense, or meaning, and argues that, given these constraints, even the ...
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  23. Kenneth A. Taylor (1987). Belief, Information and Semantic Content: A Naturalist's Lament. Synthese 71 (April):97-124.score: 47.0
  24. T. Goschke & Dirk Koppelberg (1990). Connectionism and the Semantic Content of Internal Representation. Review of International Philosophy 44 (172):87-103.score: 47.0
     
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  25. Isidora Stojanovic (2012). Emotional Disagreement: The Role of Semantic Content in the Expression of, and Disagreement Over, Emotional Values. Dialogue 51 (1):99-117.score: 46.0
    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 on his or her emotional responses); 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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  26. Alberto Voltolini (1998). Cognitively Contentless Significance as Semantic Content. Lingua E Stile 33:413-426.score: 46.0
    Some years ago, Howard Wettstein provided an original defense of the New Theory of Reference (NTR), the doctrine that singular terms such as names and indexicals are directly referential terms (DRTs), contributing only their reference to the truth-conditions of the tokened sentence they occur in. Wettstein maintained that in order to be semantically adequate, NTR does not have to account for what he calls Frege’s data on cognitive significance, those puzzling facts about language that prompt one to think that meaning (...)
     
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  27. Scott Soames (1987). Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content. Philosophical Topics 15 (1):47-87.score: 45.0
  28. Mark Norris Lance (2002). Précis of The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Content. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1):177 - 185.score: 45.0
  29. Martin Montminy (2006). Review: Semantic Content, Truth Conditions and Context. [REVIEW] Linguistics and Philosophy 29 (1):1 - 26.score: 45.0
  30. Terry Horgan & Matjaž Potrč (2013). Epistemological Skepticism, Semantic Blindness, and Competence-Based Performance Errors. Acta Analytica 28 (2):161-177.score: 45.0
    The semantic blindness objection to contextualism challenges the view that there is no incompatibility between (i) denials of external-world knowledge in contexts where radical-deception scenarios are salient, and (ii) affirmations of external-world knowledge in contexts where such scenarios are not salient. Contextualism allegedly attributes a gross and implausible form of semantic incompetence in the use of the concept of knowledge to people who are otherwise quite competent in its use; this blindness supposedly consists in wrongly judging that there (...)
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  31. Jeanette Bicknell (2002). Can Music Convey Semantic Content? A Kantian Approach. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (3):253–261.score: 45.0
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  32. Brian Ball (2010). What Is Semantic Content? In Erich Rast & Luiz Carlos Baptista (eds.), Meaning and Context. Peter Lang. 2--187.score: 45.0
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  33. Joseph S. Fulda (1988). Estimating Semantic Content: An A Priori Approach. International Journal of Intelligent Systems 3 (1):35-43.score: 45.0
    Gives a general method as well as some results (inspired by Asimov, 1951; since discovered to be in Bar-Hillel and Carnap [several versions; Charles Parsons referred me to /Language and Information/]) to recover meaning (eventually automatically) from logical form/logical probability, which are mirror images. (Sets are taken as extensions of predicates, and knowledge of the sizes is needed; to that extent the method is a posteriori).
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  34. Mark Richard (1987). Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content. Philosophical Topics 15:47-87.score: 45.0
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  35. Hans Sluga (1986). Semantic Content and Cognitive Sense. In. In L. Haaparanta & J. Hintikka (eds.), Frege Synthesized. D. Reidel Publishing Co.. 47--64.score: 45.0
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  36. Manuel Bremer (2012). John Horty, Frege on Definitions. A Case Study of Semantic Content. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (4):319-325.score: 45.0
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  37. Paul M. Churchland (1986). Semantic Content: In Defense of a Network Approach. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (1):139-140.score: 45.0
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  38. Richard Cross (2010). Duns Scotus on the Semantic Content of Cognitive Acts and Species. Quaestio 10 (1):135-154.score: 45.0
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  39. Martin Frances (2012). Does Semantic Content Influence Differential ERP Responding in Males and Females? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6.score: 45.0
  40. Frank Jackson (2009). Causation and Semantic Content. In Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock & Peter Menzies (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation. Oup Oxford.score: 45.0
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  41. Jonas Åkerman (forthcoming). The Communication Desideratum and Theories of Indexical Reference. Mind and Language.score: 45.0
    According to the communication desideratum (CD), a notion of semantic content must be adequately related to communication. In the recent debate on indexical reference, (CD) has been invoked in arguments against the view that intentions determine the semantic content of indexicals and demonstratives (intentionalism). In this paper, I argue that the interpretations of (CD) that these arguments rely on are questionable, and suggest an alternative interpretation, which is compatible with (strong) intentionalism. Moreover, I suggest an approach (...)
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  42. D. Laurier (1998). Fred Dretske's Teleological Analysis of the Semantic Properties of Intentional States: Explaining the Semantic Content of Desires. Revue Philosophique de Louvain 96 (4):660-690.score: 45.0
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  43. Barry Schein (2002). Events and the Semantic Content of Thematic Relations. In Gerhard Preyer Georg Peter (ed.), Logical Form and Language. Oxford University Press. 263--344.score: 45.0
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  44. J. Skorupski (1986). Anti-Realism: Cognitive Role and Semantic Content. In Jeremy Butterfield (ed.), Language, Mind and Logic. Cambridge University Press.score: 45.0
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  45. Marian Zouhar (2011). Unarticulated Constituents of Semantic Content and Syntactic Ellipsis. Filozofia 66 (8):725-745.score: 45.0
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  46. Christopher Menzel, Formal Ontology and Philosophical Content on the Semantic Web.score: 42.0
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  47. Anthony Corsentino (2012). Predicates in Perspective. Synthese 187 (2):519-545.score: 42.0
    A familiar strategy of argument to the effect that natural-language predicates are semantically context dependent rests on constructing what I term Travis cases: different contexts for the use of a predicate are imagined in which its semantic (typically, truth-conditional) properties are claimed to differ. I propose an account of the semantic properties of predicates that give rise to Travis cases; I then argue that the account underwrites a genuine alternative to the standard explanations of Travis cases to be (...)
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  48. Eduardo García Ramírez (2011). Wookiee Statements, Semanticism, and Reasonable Assertion. Revista de Filosofía (Madrid) 35 (2):129-143.score: 42.0
    It is assumed that the content of an assertion is determined either by the semantically defined content or by the interaction of the latter with the context. Here I present a counterexample by means of the Wookiee problem. After considering several options I offer what appears to be its most satisfactory solution. This requires that we give up the assumption in favor of a view according to which it may be that semantic information does not at all (...)
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  49. Brent G. Kyle (2013). How Are Thick Terms Evaluative? Philosophers' Imprint 13 (1):1-20.score: 39.0
    Ethicists are typically willing to grant that thick terms (e.g. ‘courageous’ and ‘murder’) are somehow associated with evaluations. But they tend to disagree about what exactly this relationship is. Does a thick term’s evaluation come by way of its semantic content? Or is the evaluation pragmatically associated with the thick term (e.g. via conversational implicature)? In this paper, I argue that thick terms are semantically associated with evaluations. In particular, I argue that many thick concepts (if not all) (...)
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  50. Herman Cappelen (2008). Content Relativism and Semantic Blindness. In Manuel Garcia-Carpintero & Max Koelbel (eds.), Relative Truth. Oxford University Press. 265-86.score: 39.0
    For some relativists some of the time the evidence for their view is a puzzling data pattern: On the one hand, there's evidence that the terms in question exhibit some kind of content stability across contexts. On the other hand, there's evidence that their contents vary from one context of use to another. The challenge is to reconcile these two sets of data. Truth relativists claim that their theory can do so better than contextualism and invariantism. Truth relativists, in (...)
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