Who’s Your Ideal Listener?

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 99 (2):257-270 (2021)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It is increasingly common for philosophers to rely on the notion of an idealised listener when explaining how the semantic values of context-sensitive expressions are determined. Some have identified the semantic values of such expressions, as used on particular occasions, with whatever an appropriately idealised listener would take them to be. Others have argued that, for something to count as the semantic value, an appropriately idealised listener should be able to recover it. Our aim here is to explore the range of ways that such idealisation might be worked out, and then to argue that none of these results in a very plausible theory. We conclude by reflecting on what this negative result reveals about the nature of meaning and responsibility.

Similar books and articles

The principles of forming meaningful representations of social life music in the work of the listener.P. Goncharenko - 2012 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 2 (22):269-274.
Transcendence, truth, and argumentation.Tim6 Heysse - 1998 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 41 (4):411 – 434.
Notes on Aristophes' Wasps.A. H. Sommerstein - 1977 - Classical Quarterly 27 (2):261-277.
Notes on Aristophes' Wasps.A. H. Sommerstein - 1977 - Classical Quarterly 27 (02):261-.
In Defense of Common Content.Michael O'Rourke - 2000 - Philosophical Papers 29 (3):159-188.
Môžeme sa hudby báť?Ivana Hviščová - 2013 - Espes 2 (1):46-53.


Added to PP

157 (#82,082)

6 months
22 (#52,093)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Ethan Nowak
Umeå University
Eliot Michaelson
King's College London

Citations of this work

Discourse and method.Ethan Nowak & Eliot Michaelson - 2020 - Linguistics and Philosophy 43 (2):119-138.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Ontological relativity.W. V. Quine - 1968 - Journal of Philosophy 65 (7):185-212.
Common ground.Robert Stalnaker - 2002 - Linguistics and Philosophy 25 (5-6):701-721.
Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits.Bertrand Russell - 1992 - New York, USA: Simon and Schuster.
Afterthoughts.David Kaplan - 1989 - In J. Almog, J. Perry & H. Wettstein (eds.), Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press. pp. 565-614.

View all 24 references / Add more references