Contextual Meaning and Theory Dependence

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Abstract

An overview of linguistic context dependence is given and it is argued that an approach is needed that considers interpretation an inference from truthconditionally incomplete to more speci€c contents. However, the theory dependence of idiolects and concepts is another context dependence that poses
philosophical problems. It is argued that these are worst for global holism of idiolects and concepts. Since local holism is more tenable, and rational agents also need to have the ability to compartmentalize mutually incompatible theories, the
theory dependence of meaning is less problematic than it might appear at €rst glance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Electrons to Elephants and Elections
Subtitle of host publicationExploring the Role of Content and Context
EditorsS. Wuppuluri, I. Stewart
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages39-64
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-92192-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-92191-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameFrontiers Collection
PublisherSpringer

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