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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 20, Issue 3, 2020

On Pietroski’s Conjoining Meanings

Paul M. Pietroski
Pages 271-282

Précis of Conjoining Meanings
Semantics Without Truth Values

In Conjoining Meanings, I argue that meanings are composable instructions for how to build concepts of a special kind. In this summary of the main line of argument, I stress that proposals about what linguistic meanings are should make room for the phenomenon of lexical polysemy. On my internalist proposal, a single lexical item can be used to access various concepts on different occasions of use. And if lexical items are often “conceptually equivocal” in this way, then some familiar arguments for externalist conceptions of linguistic meaning need to be reevaluated.

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