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AuthorBunge, Mario. author
TitleTreatise on Basic Philosophy [electronic resource] : Semantics I: Sense and Reference / by Mario Bunge
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
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Descript XVI, 186 p. online resource


In this Introduction we shall sketch a profile of our field of inquiry. This is necessary because semantics is too often mistaken for lexicography and therefore dismissed as trivial, while at other times it is disparaged for being concerned with reputedly shady characters such as meaning and allegedly defunct ones like truth. Moreover our special concern, the semantics of science, is a newcomer - at least as a systematic body - and therefore in need of an introduction. l. GOAL Semantics is the field of inquiry centrally concerned with meaning and truth. It can be empirical or nonempirical. When brought to bear on concrete objects, such as a community of speakers, semantics seeks to answer problems concerning certain linguistic facts - such as disclosing the interpretation code inherent in the language or explaning the speakers' ability or inability to utter and understand new sentences ofthe language. This kind of semantics will then be both theoretical and experimental: it will be a branch of what used to be called 'behavioral science'


of Semantics I -- 1. Goal -- 2. Method -- 1. Designation -- 1. Symbol and Idea -- 2. Designation -- 3. Metaphysical Concomitants -- 2. Reference -- 1. Motivation -- 2. The Reference Relation -- 3. The Reference Functions -- 4. Factual Reference -- 5. Relevance -- 6. Conclusion -- 3. Representation -- 1. Conceptual Representation -- 2. The Representation Relation -- 3. Modeling -- 4. Semantic Components of a Scientific Theory -- 5. Conclusion -- 4. Intension -- 1. Form is not Everything -- 2. A Calculus of Intensions -- 3. Some Relatives โ{128}{148} Kindred and in Law -- 4. Concluding Remarks -- 5. Gist and Content -- 1. Closed Contexts -- 2. Sense as Purport or Logical Ancestry -- 3. Sense as Import or Logical Progeny -- 4. Full Sense -- 5. Conclusion -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

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