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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 3, 2017

On Stephen Neale’s manuscript "Silent Reference"

Elmar Unnsteinsson
Pages 351-382

Saying without Knowing What or How

In response to Stephen Neale (2016), I argue that aphonic expressions, such as PRO, are intentionally uttered by normal speakers of natural language, either by acts of omitting to say something explicitly, or by acts of giving phonetic realization to aphonics. I argue, also, that Gricean intention-based semantics should seek divorce from Cartesian assumptions of transparent access to propositional attitudes and, consequently, that Stephen Schiffer’s so-called meaning-intention problem is not powerful enough to banish alleged cases of over-intellectualization in contemporary philosophy of language and mind.

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