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Beyond Meaning: A Journey Across Language, Perception and Experience

  • Gaetano Fiorin
  • Denis Delfitto
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Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
    Pages 1-3
  3. Meaning and Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 7-11
    3. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 13-20
    4. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 21-24
    5. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 25-33
    6. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 35-42
    7. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 43-55
    8. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 57-67
    9. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 69-77
    10. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 79-82
    11. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 83-96
    12. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 97-103
    13. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 105-113
    14. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 115-124
  4. Meaning and Subjects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 127-128
    3. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 129-136
    4. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 137-146
    5. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 147-152
    6. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 153-157
    7. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 159-162
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      Pages 163-175
    9. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 177-184
    10. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 185-194
    11. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 195-202
    12. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 203-212
    13. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 213-223
    14. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 225-227
    15. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 229-238
    16. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 239-253
    17. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 255-267
  5. Meaning and Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 271-272
    3. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 273-277
    4. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 279-302
    5. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 303-307
    6. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 309-319
    7. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 321-325
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-337

About this book

Introduction

Natural languages – idioms such as English and Cantonese, Zulu and Amharic, Basque and Nicaraguan Sign Language – allow their speakers to convey meaning and transmit meaning to one another. But what is meaning exactly? What is this thing that words convey and speakers communicate? Few questions are as elusive as this. Yet, few features are as essential to who we are and what we do as human beings as the capacity to convey meaning through language. 

In this book, Gaetano Fiorin and Denis Delfitto disclose a notion of linguistic meaning that is structured around three distinct, yet interconnected dimensions: a linguistic dimension, relating meaning to the linguistic forms that convey it; a material dimension, relating meaning to the material and social conditions of its environment; and a psychological dimension, relating meaning to the cognitive lives of its users. 

By paying special attention to the puzzle surrounding first-person reference – the way speakers exploit language to refer to themselves – and by capitalizing on a number of recent findings in the cognitive sciences, Fiorin and Delfitto develop the original hypothesis that meaningful language shares the same underlying logical and metaphysical structure of sense perception, effectively acting as a system of classification and discrimination at the interface between cognitive agents and their ecologies.

Keywords

Externalist vs. Internalist theories of meaning First-personal interpretations in language Language/perception interface De se readings and Immunity to error though misidentification Propositions as cognitive events

Authors and affiliations

  • Gaetano Fiorin
    • 1
  • Denis Delfitto
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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