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Introduction 1: Metasemantics and Semantic Ascent Appendix I: Lewisian Metasemantics 2: The Case of Singular Reference Appendix II: Scrambled Truth Appendix III: Reference to Numbers 3: Aboutness and Semantic Value 4: Case Study I: Productivism and Self-Reference 5: Case Study II: Metasemantics and Interpretation 6: Conclusion: Semantic Determinacy

About the Author

Ori Simchen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He earned his MA in philosophy of science from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. He is the author of Necessary Intentionality: A Study in the Metaphysics of Aboutness (Oxford University Press, 2012) and of various articles in journals such as Nous, The Journal of Philosophy, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Legal Theory, and the Philosophical Quarterly.


Let me conclude by saying that Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness is a rich and stimulating work, offering an original contribution to metasemantics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mind. it is highly recommended for students and professionals in these areas, as well as to linguists, psychologists, and cognitive scientists. * Gila Sher, University of California, Language *
This book will be of interest to philosophers of language, formal semanticists and metaphysicians generally. However, given the abstract nature of the discussions and the assumption of familiarity with a number of related disciplines, it will be a challenging read for a general philosophical audience. If one does find oneself in the fortunate position of being able to appreciate any of the separate arguments available in this rich text, it will be a most rewarding experience with fascinating insights along the way. * Ryan M. Nefdt, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, The Philosophical Quarterly *
There is much of interest in the book, and I hope that the discussion of the seeming explanatory circularity of metasemantic appeals to sentential truth, the scrambled truth argument, the discussion of the relation between semantic value and less technical semantic notions, and the attempt to link metasemantics with issues in law - among much else - will be read and discussed. * Derek Ball, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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