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Philosophical Essays, Volume 1:
Natural Language: What It Means and How We Use It
Scott Soames

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

The Origins of These Essays ix
Introduction 1

Part One: Presupposition 21 Essay One: A Projection Problem for Speaker Presuppositions 23
Essay Two: Presupposition 73

Part Two: Language and Linguistic Competence 131
Essay Three: Linguistics and Psychology 133
Essay Four: Semantics and Psychology 159
Essay Five: Semantics and Semantic Competence 182
Essay Six: The Necessity Argument 202
Essay Seven: Truth, Meaning, and Understanding 208
Essay Eight: Truth and Meaning--in Perspective 225

Part Three: Semantics and Pragmatics 249
Essay Nine: Naming and Asserting 251
Essay Ten: The Gap between Meaning and Assertion: Why What We Literally Say Often Differs from What Our Words Literally Mean 278
Essay Eleven: Drawing the Line between Meaning and Implicature--and Relating Both to Assertion 298

Part Four: Descriptions 327
Essay Twelve: Incomplete Definite Descriptions 329
Essay Thirteen: Donnellan’s Referential/Attributive Distinction 360
Essay Fourteen: Why Incomplete Definite Descriptions Do Not Defeat Russell’s Theory of Descriptions 377

Part Five: Meaning and Use: Lessons for Legal Interpretation 401
Essay Fifteen: Interpreting Legal Texts: What Is, and What Is Not, Special about the Law 403
Index 425

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