Semantics and Metasemantics

Intended audience: graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in the philosophy of language

Objectives: the aim of this seminar is to address certain foundational issues in the philosophy of language – in particular, to assess whether predicates and sentences have semantic values; to determine accordingly which of the two main competing approaches to semantics – truth theoretic semantics (TTS) and model theoretic semantics (MTS) – provides the best theoretical framework for semantic investigations; to investigate certain problem areas in philosophical semantics; and to establish the value of the distinction between semantics and metasemantics


  1. The Problem of Predication and Truth Theoretic Semantics
  2. Tarskian Truth Definition, Semantics and Metasemantics
  3. The Inscrutability of Reference, Realism and Anti-Realism
  4. Intensional Semantics: Lewis and Kaplan
  5. Stalnaker’s Pragmatics
  6. Two-Dimensional Semantics
  7. Relativism
  8. Context-Sensitivity, Vagueness,  and Unarticulated Constituents

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