• Roberto Gronda
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This chapter is devoted to the analysis of Dewey’s philosophy of language, which is central for the understanding of the semantic account of inquiry I formulate in Chaps. 3 and 4. It also strengthens and refines the conclusions reached in Chap. 1, thus providing a more fine-grained analysis of the structure of life-behaviors. Dewey’s theory of inquiry is grounded in the distinction that Dewey draws between signs and symbols, and between significance and meaning. I locate the difference between significance and meaning in the kind of response that signs and symbols solicit, and, in so doing, I explore the relevance of Dewey’s semantic externalism and anti-representationalism.


Language Metaphilosophy Activity Sign Symbol Meaning Significance Agreement in practice Pragmatist account of concepts Operationalism Holism Articulation Scientific and common-sense concepts 


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  • Roberto Gronda
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del SapereUniversità di PisaPisaItaly

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