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Free ↠ Occasion Sensitivity By Charles Travis – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Occasion Sensitivity By Charles Travis ➝ – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Charles Travis presents a series of essays in which he has developed his distinctive view of the relation of thought to language The key idea is occasion sensitivity what it is for words to express a Charles Travis presents a series of essays in which he has developed his distinctive view of the relation of thought to language The key idea is Occasion Sensitivity what it is for words to express a given concept is for them to be apt for contributing to any of many different conditions of correctness notably truth conditions Since words mean what they do by expressing a given concept it follows that meaning does not determine truth conditions This view ties thoughts less tightly to the linguistic forms which express them than traditional views of the matter and in two directions a given linguistic form meaning fixed may express an indefinite variety of thoughts; one thought can be expressed in an indefinite number of syntactically and semantically distinct ways Travis highlights the importance of this view for linguistic theory and shows how it gives new form to a variety of traditional philosophical problems.


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  1. Nat Nat says:

    I probably thought about Travis's work in grad school than anyone else He is one of few genuinely systematic contemporary philosophers and he also has his own distinctive oddball literary style He invents memorable and compelling examples Here's a uick summary for a paper I'm working on of what occasion sensitivity comes to• English eg expressions have context invariant meaning• Meaning does not determine extension or the thought or proposition a sentence expresses; it merely “constrains” what an expression can be used to talk about or whether a sentence is true• What is said by the use of a sentence a determinate thought or proposition or what is referred to by an expression is determined only when a meaningful expression is combined with a correct understanding of the use of an expression on an occasion• A correct understanding of the meaning of an expression on an occasion of use is that of a “reasonable judge” who is sensitive to a potentially open ended number of factors Reasonableness and hence also correct understanding is not euivalent by an appreciation of some finite set of contextual parameters


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