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  1. Is There Such a Thing as “Semantic Content”?Sergeiy Sandler - manuscript
    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. Relativism 2: Semantic Content.Max Kölbel - 2015 - Philosophy Compass 10 (1):52–67.
    In the pair of articles of which this is the second, I present a set of problems and philosophical proposals that have in recent years been associated with the term “relativism”. These problems are related to the question of how we should represent thought and speech about certain topics. The main issue is whether we should model such mental states or linguistic acts as involving representational contents that are absolutely correct or incorrect, or whether, alternatively, their correctness should be thought (...)
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    Cognitive Science and the Problem of Semantic Content.Kenneth M. Sayre - 1987 - Synthese 70 (February):247-69.
    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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  4. Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Role of Semantic Content.Jeffrey King & Jason Stanley - 2005 - In Zoltán Szabó (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. pp. 111--164.
    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 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 to (...)
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  5. Illocutionary Force and Semantic Content.Mitchell S. Green - 2000 - Linguistics and Philosophy 23 (5):435-473.
    Illocutionary force and semantic content are widely held to occupy utterly different categories in at least two ways: Any expression serving as an indicator of illocutionary force must be without semantic content, and no such expression can embed. A refined account of the force/content distinction is offered here that does the explanatory work that the standard distinction does, while, in accounting for the behavior of a range of parenthetical expressions, shows neither nor to be compulsory. (...)
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    Semantic Content.Isidora Stojanovic - 2009 - Manuscrito 32 (1):123-152.
    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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    On Legal Inferentialism. Toward a Pragmatics of Semantic Content in Legal Interpretation?Damiano Canale & Giovanni Tuzet - 2007 - Ratio Juris 20 (1):32-44.
    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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    Cognitive Science and the Problem of Semantic Content.Ken Sayre - 1987 - Synthese 70 (2):247 - 269.
    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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    Definite Descriptions, Misdescriptions and Semantic Content: Different Ways to Solve a Tricky Puzzle.Justina Díaz Legaspe - 2009 - Análisis Filosófico 29 (2):159-166.
    Michael Devitt 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 even if (...)
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  10. Unarticulated Constituents of Semantic Content and Syntactic Ellipsis.Marian Zouhar - 2011 - Filozofia 66 (8):725-745.
    The paper addresses the problem which consists in that the semantic content of an utterance is often much richer than the content fixed by the semantic conventions and compositionality. The semantic content of an utterance is, therefore, supposed to involve so-called unarticulated constituents, over and above those articulated at the linguistic level. It is often claimed that this problem undermines traditional conceptions of semantics. The paper shows that every unarticulated constituent has to be determined (...)
     
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    Duns Scotus on the Semantic Content of Cognitive Acts and Species.Richard Cross - 2010 - Quaestio 10 (1):135-154.
    Scotus holds that dispositional and occurrent cognitions are qualities that inhere in the soul. These qualities have semantic or conceptual content. I show that such content is nothing in any sense real, and that this content consists either in the relevant quality’s being measured by an extramental object, or in its being such that it would be measured by such an object in the case that there were such an object. The measurement relation, in the case (...)
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  12. Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content.Scott Soames - 1987 - Philosophical Topics 15 (1):47-87.
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    The Semantic Shuffle: Shifting Emphasis in Dretske's Account of Representational Content[REVIEW]D. Sturdee - 1997 - Erkenntnis 47 (1):89-104.
    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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  14. Fred Dretske on the Explanatory Role of Semantic Content.B. Hassrick - 1995 - Conference 6 (1):59-66.
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    Frege on Definitions: A Case Study of Semantic Content.John Francis Horty - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    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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    Algebraic Foundations for the Semantic Treatment of Inquisitive Content.Floris Roelofsen - 2013 - Synthese 190 (S1):1-24.
    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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    Dispositions Indisposed: Semantic Atomism and Fodor's Theory of Content.Robert D. Rupert - 2000 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (3):325-349.
    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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  18. Frege on Definitions: A Case Study of Semantic Content.John Horty - 2010 - Oup Usa.
    In this short monograph, John Horty explores the difficulties presented for Gottlob Frege's semantic theory, as well as its modern descendents, by the treatment of defined expressions. 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 treatment of simple stipulative definitions led Frege to important difficulties. Horty is able to suggest ways out of these difficulties that are both philosophically and logically plausible and Fregean (...)
     
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    A Bridge From Semantic Value to Content.Brian Rabern - forthcoming - Philosophical Topics.
    A common view relating compositional semantics and the objects of assertion holds the following: Sentences φ and ψ expresses the same proposition (in a context) iff φ and ψ have the same modal profile (in context). Following Dummett (1973), Evans (1979), and Lewis (1980), Stanley (1997) argues that this view is fundamentally mistaken (and thus blocks Kripke’s modal objection to descriptivism). According to Dummett, we must distinguish the semantic contribution a sentence makes to more complex expressions in which it (...)
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    Review: Semantic Content, Truth Conditions and Context. [REVIEW]Martin Montminy - 2006 - Linguistics and Philosophy 29 (1):1 - 26.
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    Emotional Disagreement: The Role of Semantic Content in the Expression of, and Disagreement Over, Emotional Values.Isidora Stojanovic - 2012 - Dialogue 51 (1):99-117.
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    Events and the Semantic Content of Thematic Relations.Barry Schein - 2002 - In Gerhard Preyer Georg Peter (ed.), Logical Form and Language. Oxford University Press. pp. 263--344.
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    Semantic Content: In Defense of a Network Approach.Paul M. Churchland - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (1):139-140.
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    Semantic Content and Cognitive Sense.Hans Sluga - 1986 - In L. Haaparanta & J. Hintikka (eds.), Frege Synthesized. D. Reidel Publishing Co.. pp. 47--64.
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    Belief, Information and Semantic Content: A Naturalist's Lament.Kenneth A. Taylor - 1987 - Synthese 71 (April):97-124.
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    Précis of The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Content[REVIEW]Mark Norris Lance - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1):177 - 185.
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    Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content.Scott Soames - 2009 - In Philosophical Essays, Volume 2: The Philosophical Significance of Language. Princeton University Press. pp. 33-71.
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    John Horty, Frege on Definitions. A Case Study of Semantic Content. Reviewed By.Manuel Bremer - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (4):319-325.
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    Estimating Semantic Content: An A Priori Approach.Joseph S. Fulda - 1988 - International Journal of Intelligent Systems 3 (1):35-43.
    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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    What Is Semantic Content?Brian Ball - 2010 - In Erich Rast & Luiz Carlos Baptista (eds.), Meaning and Context. Peter Lang. pp. 2--187.
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    Emotional Disagreement. The Role of Semantic Content in the Expression of, and Disagreement Over, Emotional Values.Isidora Stojanovic - unknown
  32. Causation and Semantic Content.Frank Jackson - 2009 - In Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock & Peter Menzies (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation. Oxford University Press.
     
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    The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Content.Mark Norris Lance & John O'leary-Hawthorne - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1):193-200.
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    Can Music Convey Semantic Content? A Kantian Approach.Jeanette Bicknell - 2002 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (3):253–261.
  35. Cognitively Contentless Significance as Semantic Content.Alberto Voltolini - 1998 - Lingua E Stile 33:413-426.
    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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  36. Semantic Content Of Pronouns In Turkey Turkish.Ahmet Akçataş - 2010 - Journal of Turkish Studies 5:1-14.
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  37. Connectionism and the Semantic Content of Internal Representation.T. Goschke & Dirk Koppelberg - 1990 - Review of International Philosophy 44 (172):87-103.
     
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  38. Fred Dretske's Teleological Analysis of the Semantic Properties of Intentional States: Explaining the Semantic Content of Desires.D. Laurier - 1998 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 96 (4):660-690.
     
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  39. Précis of The Grammar of Meaning: Normativity and Semantic Content.Mark Norris Lance John Hawthorne - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1):177-185.
  40. The Logical Structure of English Computing Semantic Content.Allan Ramsay - 1990
     
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  41. Anti-Realism: Cognitive Role and Semantic Content.J. Skorupski - 1986 - In Jeremy Butterfield (ed.), Language, Mind and Logic. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  42. The Semantic Shuffle: Shifting Emphasis in Dretske's Account of Representational Content.David Sturdee - 1997 - Erkenntnis 47 (1):89-103.
    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 : a mental representation acquires its (...)
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    Epistemic Contextualism, Semantic Blindness and Content Unawareness.André J. Abath - 2012 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (3):593 - 597.
    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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    Philosophical Background and Philosophical Content of the Semantic Definition of Truth.Artur Rojszczak - 2002 - Erkenntnis 56 (1):29 - 62.
    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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    Cartesian Scepticism About the External World, Semantic or Content Externalism, and the Mind.Basil Smith - unknown
    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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    Semantic Localism and the Locality of Content.C. J. L. Talmage - 1998 - Erkenntnis 48 (1):101-111.
    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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  47. Conceptual Atomism and the Computational Theory of Mind: A Defense of Content-Internalism and Semantic Externalism.John-Michael Kuczynski - 2007 - John Benjamins & Co.
    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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  48. Dispositions Indisposed: Semantic Atomism and Fodor’s Theory of Content.D. Rupert Robert - 2000 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (3):325-348.
    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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    The Semantic Role of Qualitative Content.Theodore W. Schick - 1989 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 27 (1):125-133.
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    Formal Ontology and Philosophical Content on the Semantic Web.Christopher Menzel - 2003
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