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“This book is an ingenious defense of two positions not widely thought to be compatible: truth-conditional semantics and semantic minimalism. Cappelen and Lepore’s highly controversial views are already, and will continue to be, at the center of inquiry into the nature of linguistic communication.” Jason Stanley, University of Michigan From the end of the nineteenth century until today, philosophy of language has been plagued by an extensive and notoriously confusing literature on how to draw the distinction between semantic and non-semantic content. This debate, at its deepest level, is about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human communication. Insensitive Semantics is a book about this debate, investigating the effects of context on communicative interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it is to be in one. To this end, the authors defend a combination of two views: Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism. If these views are right, then many philosphers and linguists are guilty of some very profound mistakes, with wide-ranging implications for not only philosophy of language, but also epistemology, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and other branches of philosophy. The central opponents in this book are contextualists, philosophers, and linguists who inflate the role of context in semantics. The common thread that runs throughout the authors' criticism of contextualism is that it fails to account for how we communicate across contexts. People with different background beliefs, goals, audiences, and perceptual inputs can understand each other. They can agree or disagree. They can say, assert, claim, state, investigate or deride the very same claim. No theory of communication is adequate unless it explains how this is possible. Contextualists cannot provide such an explanation, but Semantic Minimalism combined with Speech Act Pluralism can.
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