, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 355-380
Date: 31 Mar 2011

Semantics and the objects of assertion

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Abstract

This paper is about the relationship between two questions: the question of what the objects of assertion are and the question of how best to theorise about ‘shifty’ phenomena like modality and tense. I argue that the relationship between these two questions is less direct than is often supposed. I then explore the consequences of this for a number of debates in the philosophy of language.