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Epistemic modality concerns what is possible given a body of knowledge
or evidence. Cases involving epistemic modals, present an interesting semantic
challenge: in order to give a semantic treatment of epistemic modals, we must explain
how informational states figure in the semantic...
This paper addresses the common-sense objections to a biopsychological
understanding of natural languages. Some traditional notions of shared public
languages are problematic for various reasons, both logical and social. It is argued,
however, that a modest pragmatic analysis of linguistic norms...
This article constitutes an extended review essay of Michael Foucault’s
Language, Madness and Desire: On Literature, Philippe Artièries, Jean-François
Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, and Judith Revel (eds.), Robert Bononno (tr.),
University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 158 pp. A shorter version of...
Miguel de Unamuno wanted the readers of some of his novels and plays
to seriously doubt whether they are fictitious characters, for such a doubt should lead
them to fervently crave for immortality. In this article, I argue that, even though the
doubt raised by Unamuno is unintelligible from a...
It is widely considered in cognitive science that Quine’s Indeterminacy
of Translation argument has been overcome by empirical evidence that indicates
children have innate constraints on the way they learn concepts. This paper will review
experimental evidence that purports to show that the...
The purpose of this article is to gain a deeper understanding of
significant phases of cognitive processing necessitated to grasp a message, inspect it
for its prominent characteristics, and then establish the suitable linguistic structure and
attributes required to transfer the message...
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