Synthese 194 (1):121-141 (2017)

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.
Keywords Logical empiricism  Rudolf Carnap  Wilfrid Sellars  Pure semantics  History of analytic philosophy
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0678-4
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