In Sensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

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This book by Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore is about the debate between semantic and non semantic content which is plagued by notoriously confusing literature. This debate, at it's deepest level, is a about how to accommodate context sensitivity with in a theory of human communication.

These tow authors investigate the effects of context on communicative interaction and it's corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one. To this end they defend a combination of two views: semantic minimalism and speech pluralism. If these views are right, then many philosophers and linguists are guilty of some profound mistakes, with wide-ranging implications for not only philosophy of language but also epistemology, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and other branches of philosophy.

A nice light read for a quiet Saturday night.

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