Thursday, April 13, 2006

Motivating Insensitive Semantics

The beginning of Insensitive Semantics is motivated by an appeal to Kaplan's "Demonstratives" in which they cite the curious fact that he didn't give a reason for restricting his attention to the set of words that he discussed. I'm surprised that this uncritical interpretation of Kaplan is used for any motivating reason. He was looking at a different problem and had a different goal in mind. The set of words he looked at, which is smaller than many people realize, is just that set that works well in his logic without intentions. This fact cannot be used for any defense of semantic theses. It shouldn't motivate the project in Insensitive Semantics either.

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