© 1995

Doing Worlds with Words

Formal Semantics without Formal Metaphysics


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 253)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 8-25
  3. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 26-47
  4. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 48-75
  5. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 76-105
  6. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 106-121
  7. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 122-137
  8. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 138-157
  9. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 158-176
  10. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 177-191
  11. Jaroslav Peregrin
    Pages 192-217
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 218-240

About this book


Doing Worlds with Words throws light on the problem of meaning as the meeting point of linguistics, logic and philosophy, and critically assesses the possibilities and limitations of elucidating the nature of meaning by means of formal logic, model theory and model-theoretical semantics. The main thrust of the book is to show that it is misguided to understand model theory metaphysically and so to try to base formal semantics on something like formal metaphysics; rather, the book states that model theory and similar tools of the analysis of language should be understood as capturing the semantically relevant, especially inferential, structure of language. From this vantage point, the reader gains a new light on many of the traditional concepts and problems of logic and philosophy of language, such as meaning, reference, truth and the nature of formal logic.


Denotation formal logic language logic metaphysics model theory philosophy of language semantic semantics subject truth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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