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  1. Logic, Meaning, and Conversation: Semantical Underdeterminacy, Implicature, and Their Interface.Jay David Atlas - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    This fresh look at the philosophy of language focuses on the interface between a theory of literal meaning and pragmatics--a philosophical examination of the relationship between meaning and language use and its contexts. Here, Atlas develops the contrast between verbal ambiguity and verbal generality, works out a detailed theory of conversational inference using the work of Paul Grice on Implicature as a starting point, and gives an account of their interface as an example of the relationship between Chomsky's Internalist Semantics (...)
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    Philosophy Without Ambiguity: A Logico-Linguistic Essay.Jay David Atlas - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
    This book expounds and defends a new conception of the relation between truth and meaning. Atlas argues that the sense of a sense-general sentence radically underdetermines its truth-conditional content. He applies this linguistic analysis to illuminate old and new philosophical problems of meaning, truth, falsity, negation, existence, presupposition, and implicature. In particular, he demonstrates how the concept of ambiguity has been misused and confused with other concepts of meaning, and how the interface between semantics and pragmatics has been misunderstood. The (...)
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    Negation, Ambiguity, and Presupposition.Jay David Atlas - 1977 - Linguistics and Philosophy 1 (3):321 - 336.
    In this paper I argue for the Atlas-Kempson Thesis that sentences of the form The A is not B are not ambiguous but rather semantically general (Quine), non-specific (Zwicky and Sadock), or vague (G. Lakoff). This observation refutes the 1970 Davidson-Harman hypothesis that underlying structures, as full semantic representations, are logical forms. It undermines the conception of semantical presupposition, removes a support for the existence of truth-value gaps for presuppositional sentences (the remaining arguments for which are viciously circular), and lifts (...)
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  4. What Reflexive Pronouns Tell Us About Belief : A New Moore's Paradox de Se, Rationality, and Privileged Access.Jay David Atlas - 2007 - In Mitchell S. Green & John N. Williams (eds.), Moore's Paradox: New Essays on Belief, Rationality, and the First Person. Oxford University Press.
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    The Importance of Being 'Only': Testing the Neo-Gricean Versus Neo-Entailment Paradigms.Jay David Atlas - 1993 - Journal of Semantics 10 (4):301-318.
    In Atlas (1991) I proposed a novel account of the logical form of statements having the form ‘Only a is F’ and the form ‘Also a is F’, an analysis of the entailments and of the implicatures of those statements, and a discussion of the effects of focal stress on implicatures. In this paper I discuss the merits of my account over those of a Gricean account offered by Peter Geach (1962), Larty Horn (1992), and James McCawley (1981). In doing (...)
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  6. Qualia, Consciousness, and Memory: Dennett , Rosenthal , Ledoux , and Libet.Jay David Atlas - unknown
    In his recent book "Sweet Dreams: philosophical obstacles to a science of consciousness," Dennett renews his attack on a philosophical notion of qualia, the success of which attack is required if his brand of Functionalism is to survive. He also articulates once again what he takes to be essential to his notion of consciousness. I shall argue that his new, central argument against the philosophical concept of qualia fails. In passing I point out a difficulty that David Rosenthal's "higher-order thought" (...)
     
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    On Presupposing.Jay David Atlas - 1978 - Mind 87 (347):396-411.
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  8. Meanings, Propositions, Context, and Semantical Underdeterminacy.Jay David Atlas - 2007 - In G. Preyer (ed.), Context Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism. Oxford University Press.
     
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  9. What is It Like to Be a Chinese Room?Jay David Atlas - unknown
    When philosophers think about mental phenomena, they focus on several features of human experience: (1) the existence of consciousness, (2) the intentionality of mental states, that property by which beliefs, desires, anger, etc. are directed at, are about, or refer to objects and states of affairs, (3) subjectivity, characterized by my feeling my pains but not yours, by my experiencing the world and myself from my point of view and not yours, (4) mental causation, that thoughts and feelings have physical (...)
     
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    Comparative Adjectives and Adverbials of Degree: An Introduction to Radically Radical Pragmatics. [REVIEW]Jay David Atlas - 1984 - Linguistics and Philosophy 7 (4):347 - 377.
  11. Aboutness, Fiction, and Quantifying Into Intentional Contexts: A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on The..Jay David Atlas - unknown
    A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on the Active/Passive Mood Distinction in English, etc.
     
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  12. Some Remarks on Jerry Fodor's Arguments for a Language of Thought.Jay David Atlas - unknown
    The arguments that Fodor (1987: 150-52) gives in support of a Language of Thought are apparently straightforward. (1) Linguistic capacities are "systematic", in the sense that if one understands the words 'John loves Mary' one also understands the form of words 'Mary loves John'. In other words, sentences have a combinatorial semantics, because they have constituent structure. (2) If cognitive capacities are systematic in the same way, they must have constituent structure also. Thus there is a Language of Thought. The (...)
     
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    What Are Negative Existence Statements About?Jay David Atlas - 1988 - Linguistics and Philosophy 11 (4):373 - 394.
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    A Note on a Confusion of Pragmatic and Semantic Aspects of Negation.Jay David Atlas - 1979 - Linguistics and Philosophy 3 (3):411 - 414.
  15. 1. Meaning Dualism and its Criticism of Davidsonian Truth-Theories for Natural.Jay David Atlas - 2007 - In G. Preyer (ed.), Context Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism. Oxford University Press.
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    Reference, Meaning and Translation.Jay David Atlas - 1980 - Philosophical Books 21 (3):129-140.
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  17. March 2006.Jay David Atlas - unknown
    In Atlas (1991, 1993, 1996b) I argued that sentences containing the generalized quantifier NP ‘only a’ , where ‘a’ is an individual constant, in sentences like ‘Only God can make a tree’, ‘Only Muriel voted for Hubert’[Horn 1969], sometimes license Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) like ever and minimizer NPIs like give…a red cent and sometimes do not, as the data in (1a), (2a), (3a), and (4) show. Data from Horn (1996b) and McCawley (1981, 1988) showed that ‘only a’ would license (...)
     
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    Grammatical Non-Specification: The Mistaken Disjunction 'Theory'. [REVIEW]Jay David Atlas - 1984 - Linguistics and Philosophy 7 (4):433 - 443.
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  19. 16-17 April 2005.Jay David Atlas - unknown
    The lecture that we have heard consists of excerpts from Professor Stanley’s forthcoming book Knowledge and Interest, and it consists of two parts, a messy part and a clean part; the messy part is from the book’s introduction, which describes the “central data that is at issue in this debate,” and the clean part is from Chapter 7, which presents an interesting criticism of a semantical theory of knowledge-attribution sentences that makes their truth-conditions relative to non-time-world circumstances of evaluation, e.g. (...)
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  20. Logic, Meaning, and Conversation, Semantical Underdeterminacy, Implicature, and their Interface.Jay David Atlas - 2005 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 67 (3):593-594.
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  21. On the Semantics of Presupposition and Negation: An Essay in Philosophical Logic and the Foundations of Linguistics.Jay David Atlas - 1976 - Dissertation, Princeton University
     
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