Treatise on Basic Philosophy

Semantics I: Sense and Reference

  • Mario┬áBunge

Part of the Treatise on Basic Philosophy book series (TOBP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Mario Bunge
    Pages 1-7
  3. Mario Bunge
    Pages 8-31
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    Pages 32-82
  5. Mario Bunge
    Pages 83-114
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    Pages 142-172
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 173-186

About this book


In this Introduction we shall sketch a profile of our field of inquiry. This is necessary because semantics is too often mistaken for lexicography and therefore dismissed as trivial, while at other times it is disparaged for being concerned with reputedly shady characters such as meaning and allegedly defunct ones like truth. Moreover our special concern, the semantics of science, is a newcomer - at least as a systematic body - and therefore in need of an introduction. l. GOAL Semantics is the field of inquiry centrally concerned with meaning and truth. It can be empirical or nonempirical. When brought to bear on concrete objects, such as a community of speakers, semantics seeks to answer problems concerning certain linguistic facts - such as disclosing the interpretation code inherent in the language or explaning the speakers' ability or inability to utter and understand new sentences ofthe language. This kind of semantics will then be both theoretical and experimental: it will be a branch of what used to be called 'behavioral science'.


semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Mario┬áBunge
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityCanada

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0572-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9920-2
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