Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Denotation, naming: specify a word or phrase for an object. Related terms description designation.
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Field, Hartry
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Denotation II 6
Primitive denotation/Field: a theory T1, based on primitive denotation, has compositionality - i.e. that the truth values (tr.v.) of the sentences depend on the truth values of the non-logical parts. - Primitive Denotation: Problem: E.g. - "He takes drugs": here only one token has a meaning, but not the type. - ((s) primitive denotation/(s): without markings).
II 6f
T1/Field: with primitive denotation; each name denotes what it denotes, a predicate denotes what it applies to, etc. - No composite expression has a primitive denotation. - Definition truth/primitive denotation: when a speaker says something true - hence tokens! - Not types of expressions - expressions like "John", "I", "You" are always only tokens. - Advantage: diachronic theory of language.
II 8
T1 uses semantic terms: "satisfy", "denote", "apply" (unlike Tarski) - VsT1: "John", "I" or "You" - problems with expressions like T2 (see below): without semantic expressions (E.g. satisfy, denotate, apply).
II, 18f
Denotation/T-Theory/Language/Field: for different languages at the same time: one could define "denote": E.g. DE (English) to say the name N denotes an object a is the same as to demand that either a is France and N is "France" or "a" is Germany and "N" is "Germany" ... then for another language, e.g. German: corresponding "... a is France and N is "France"...".
II 21
Problem: So one could define magic physically acceptable by simply setting up a list of magician -object pairs.
II 21
Names/Denotation/FieldVsTarski: Tarski's definition boils down to mere lists - and also lists for applying predicates and for fulfillment. - (> Possible world semantics/Properties:> II 41).

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-29