• M. J. Cresswell
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 28)


I once described as the ‘most certain principle’ of semantics the fact that if two sentences α and β are such that α is true and β is false then α and β do not mean the same [10, p. 69]. It is perhaps more a slogan than a principle, and, like all slogans, requires explanation and qualification. Nevertheless, it still does seem to me the most certain thing I know about meaning, and any adequate semantic theory must, in my view, give content to this principle and respect it.


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  • M. J. Cresswell
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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