Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism
Part I: From Moderate to Radical Contextualism.
2. Exegesis: The Methodology of Contextualism.
3. The Instability of Context Shifting Arguments.
4. Diagnosis: Why Context Shifting Arguments are Misused.
5. The Instability of Incompleteness Arguments.
6. Digressions: Binding and Hidden Indexicals.
Part II: Refutation of Radical Contextualism.
7. Objections to Radical Contextualism (I): Fails Context Sensitivity Tests.
8. Objection to Radical Contextualism (II):Makes Communication Impossible.
9. Objections to Radical Contextualism (III): Internal Inconsistencies.
Part III: Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism.
10. Semantic Minimalism.
11. Semantics and Metaphysics.
12. Semantics and Psychology.
13. Speech Act Pluralism.
“Cappelen and Lepore have performed a singular service in bringing together the threads of the contextualist debate, and in formulating a minimalist alternative to some current trends.” James Higginbotham, University of Southern California
“This is a pleasingly spare yet instructively sophisticated account of how Davidsonians can accommodate the massive context sensitivity of language use. Good stuff.” Paul Pietroski, University of Maryland
“This is a book of considerable importance, which deals with a topic currently at the center of research in the philosophy of language. As a result, Insensitive Semantics has been and will continue to be widely discussed …This book pushes the discussion of context-sensitivity forward in new and useful directions. Read it and learn from it.” Journal of Linguistics
- Provides detailed and wide-ranging overviews of the central positions and arguments surrounding contextualism
- Addresses broad and varied aspects of the distinction between the semantic and non-semantic content of language
- Takes up the question of how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication
- Defends a distinctive and explanatorily powerful combination of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism
- Confronts core problems which not only run to the heart of philosophy of language and linguistics, but which arise in epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy as well