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Context and Communication


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Introduction Part I: Context Sensitivity: Variability vs. Stability 1: Contextual Variability 2: Stability Across Contexts 3: Some Strategies for Reconciling Stability and Variability Part II: Theories of Context Sensitivity 4: What is a Theory of Meaning? 5: Character and Content 6: Indexed Truth Accounts: An Alternative to Kaplan 7: The Problem of Rigidity: Double-Indexing and Monsters 8: The Problem of Samesaying: Two Strategies Part III: contexts: what they are and how we create them 9: What Are Contexts? 10: More on Contextual Ingredients 11: How speech creates contexts: negotiation and accommodation

About the Author

Herman Cappelen is a professor of philosophy at the universities of Oslo and St Andrews. He is a Research Director at CSMN (in Oslo), and the Editor-in-Chief of Inquiry. He is the author of six books and many papers. Josh Dever is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and a professorial fellow at the Arche research centre at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many papers in philosophy of language and logic, and the co-author with Herman Cappelen of The Inessential Indexical. He is also an associate editor of Semantics and Pragmatics.


Cappelen and Dever offer a clear, sustained treatment of one area in the contemporary philosophy of language, namely, the interrelation of linguistic meaning, truth, and the multiplicity of contexts in which language occurs ... the volume is a lively and accessible introductionand beyondto context and communication ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * D.B. Boersema , CHOICE *

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