A forgotten strand of reception history: understanding pure semantics

Synthese 194 (1):121-141 (2017)
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I explore a strand of reception history that follows Rudolf Carnap’s shift from a purely syntactical analysis of constructed languages to his conception of pure semantics. My exploration focuses on Gustav Bergmann’s and Everett Hall’s interpretation of pure semantics, their understanding of what constitutes a ’formal’ investigation of language, and their arguments concerning the relationship between expressions and their extra-linguistic referents. I argue that Bergmann and Hall strongly misread Carnap’s semantic project and, subsequently, their misunderstanding is passed down through colleagues and students.

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The Logical Syntax of Language.Rudolf Carnap - 1937 - London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co..
Introduction to Semantics.Rudolf Carnap - 1942 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Formalization of Logic.Rudolf Carnap - 1943 - Cambridge: Mass., Harvard University Press.

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