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Semantic content and compositional context-sensitivity

Romero, Esther and Soria, Belén (2019) Semantic content and compositional context-sensitivity. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (1). pp. 51-71. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

A variety of theorists have recently argued against the explanation of the semantic content of a sentence as a minimal proposition claiming that intentional aspects of the context are often needed to obtain a minimal proposition. Minimalists such as Borg, however, still defend intention-insensitive minimal propositions for sentences in a narrow context and provide solutions or dissolutions against incompleteness objections. In this paper, we show that these putative defences of propositionalism do not serve to avoid some additional genuine objections which arise from compositional context-sensitivity. We aim to show that there are complex expressions which compositionally demand intention-sensitive pragmatic effects in a mandatory way and, for that reason, they provide us with evidence against the type of propositionalism that substantiates the defence of semantic minimalism.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Romero, Esthereromero@ugr.es
Soria, Belénbsoria@ugr.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Minimal proposition, incompleteness, propositionalism, minimalism, context-sensitivity, mandatory demand of contextual information
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 13:06
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:06
Item ID: 15951
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.17683
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: January 2019
Page Range: pp. 51-71
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15951

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