Pure Quotation

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Pure quotation, as in ‘cat’ has three letters, is a linguistic device designed for referring to linguistic expressions. I present a uniform reconstruction of the four classic philosophical accounts of the phenomenon: the proper name theory, the description theory, the demonstrative theory, and the disquotational theory. I evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal with respect to fundamental semantic properties like compositionality, productivity, and recursivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-630
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2014

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