Philosophical Studies

, Volume 161, Issue 2, pp 207–225

Minimalism on quotation? Critical review of Cappelen and Lepore’s language turned on itself



Research on quotation has mostly focussed in the past years on “mixed” or “open” quotation. In a recent book-length discussion of the topic, Cappelen and Lepore have abandon their previous Davidsonian allegiances, proposing a new view that they describe as minimalist, to a good extend on the basis of facts concerning mixed quotation. In this paper I critically review Cappelen and Lepore’s new minimalist proposals, briefly outlining my preferred Davidsonian view as a useful foil. I explore first their allegedly non-Davidsonian, anti-contextualist views about pure quotation, and then their new views on mixed quotation. I have complained in the first place that their proposals are not presented as perspicuously as they should be; and in the second place that, when we have a clearer picture of what appears to be the favoured account, the differences with their previous proposals and others already in the literature are not as great as they claim.


Pure quotation Mixed quotation Demonstratives Direct discourse Presuppositions Conventional implicatures 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LOGOS-Departament de LògicaHistòria i Filosofia de la Ciència, Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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