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Pragmatics and Philosophy. Connections and Ramifications

  • Contributes highly original ideas on the problem of breaking Grice's circle, a topic that underlies the whole philosophy of language and linguistics

  • Offers a clear illustration of the problem, both at a theoretical level and in relation to distinct topics, such as explicatures and presuppositions applied to indirect reports

  • Presents an extraordinarily rich overview of the state of the art in the debate concerning the divide between semantics and pragmatics

  • Reviews an excitingly broad range of linguistic phenomena and provides detailed accounts of existing theoretical approaches


Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Semantics/Pragmatics Debate

  3. Indirect Reports and Presuppositions as Pragmatic Phenomena

About this book


This book shows how pragmatics and philosophy are interconnected, and explores the consequences and ramifications of this innovative idea, especially in addressing and solving the problem of breaking Grice's circle. The author applies philosophy in order to get to a better understanding of pragmatics, and pragmatics in order to get a better understanding of philosophy. The book starts with a chapter on the non-cancellability of explicatures and the role that this idea plays in the resolution of Grice’s circle, and proceeds with the discussion of other topics in which explicatures  or cancellability play an important and decisive role. While the reader proceeds in the reading of this book, they accumulate notions and pieces of knowledge which will be of invaluable use when arriving at the chapter on conversational presuppositions (and related chapters), where the author expresses his most radical views: namely that (potential) presuppositions are indeed cancellable, contrary to what many believe.


Pragmatics and Philosophy of Language The Divide Between Pragmatics and Semantics Grice's Circle Non-cancellability of Explicatures Opacity Pragmatic Presupposition Indirect Reports

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatics and Philosophy. Connections and Ramifications
  • Authors Alessandro Capone
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-19145-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-19148-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-19146-7
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 311
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pragmatics
    Philosophy of Language
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