The Resource Aboutness, Stephen Yablo

Aboutness, Stephen Yablo

Label
Aboutness
Title
Aboutness
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Yablo
Creator
Contributor
Author
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Aboutness has been studied from any number of angles. Brentano made it the defining feature of the mental. Phenomenologists try to pin down the aboutness-features of particular mental states. Materialists sometimes claim to have grounded aboutness in natural regularities. Attempts have even been made, in library science and information theory, to operationalize the notion. But it has played no real role in philosophical semantics. This is surprising; sentences have aboutness-properties if anything does. Aboutness is the first book to examine through a philosophical lens the role of subject matter in meaning. A long-standing tradition sees meaning as truth-conditions, to be specified by listing the scenarios in which a sentence is true. Nothing is said about the principle of selection--about what in a scenario gets it onto the list. Subject matter is the missing link here. A sentence is true because of how matters stand where its subject matter is concerned. Stephen Yablo maintains that this is not just a feature of subject matter, but its essence. One indicates what a sentence is about by mapping out logical space according to its changing ways of being true or false. The notion of content that results--directed content--is brought to bear on a range of philosophical topics, including ontology, verisimilitude, knowledge, loose talk, assertive content, and philosophical methodology. Written by one of today's leading philosophers, Aboutness represents a major advance in semantics and the philosophy of language
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Biographical or historical data
Stephen Yablo is professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties and Thoughts: Papers on Mind, Meaning, and Modality.
Cataloging source
IN-ChSCO
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Yablo, Stephen
Government publication
other
LC call number
  • B840
  • B840
LC item number
.Y33 2014eb
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
Series statement
Carl G. Hempel Lecture Series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Definition (Philosophy)
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • Philosophy
  • Semantics (Philosophy)
  • Definition (Philosophy)
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • Philosophie
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy
  • Semantics (Philosophy)
Target audience
specialized
Label
Aboutness, Stephen Yablo
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. A Semantic Conception of Truthmaking
  • 5. The Truth and Something But the Truth
  • 6. Confirmation and Verisimilitude
  • 7. Knowing That and Knowing About
  • 8. Extrapolation and Its Limits
  • 9. Going On in the Same Way
  • 10. Pretense and Presupposition
  • 11. The Missing Premise
  • 12. What Is Said
  • Appendix
  • Frontmatter
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • How to Read This Book
  • Introduction
  • 1. I Wasn’t Talking about That
  • 2. Varieties of Aboutness
  • 3. Inclusion in Metaphysics and Semantics
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Course Book.
Extent
1 online resource(240 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400845989
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400845989
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)453903
  • (OCoLC)979881798
  • (DE-B1597)9781400845989
Label
Aboutness, Stephen Yablo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. A Semantic Conception of Truthmaking
  • 5. The Truth and Something But the Truth
  • 6. Confirmation and Verisimilitude
  • 7. Knowing That and Knowing About
  • 8. Extrapolation and Its Limits
  • 9. Going On in the Same Way
  • 10. Pretense and Presupposition
  • 11. The Missing Premise
  • 12. What Is Said
  • Appendix
  • Frontmatter
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • How to Read This Book
  • Introduction
  • 1. I Wasn’t Talking about That
  • 2. Varieties of Aboutness
  • 3. Inclusion in Metaphysics and Semantics
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Course Book.
Extent
1 online resource(240 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400845989
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400845989
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)453903
  • (OCoLC)979881798
  • (DE-B1597)9781400845989

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