The Foundations of Two-Dimensional Semantics
Chalmers (David)
Source: M. Garcia-Caprintero and J. Macia, eds) Two-Dimensional Semantics: Foundations and Applications (Oxford Univesity Press, 2004)
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Author’s Introduction

  1. Why is two-dimensional semantics important? One can think of it as the most recent act in a drama involving three of the central concepts of philosophy: meaning, reason, and modality1.
  2. First, Kant linked reason and modality2, by suggesting that what is necessary is knowable a priori, and vice versa.
  3. Second, Frege linked reason and meaning, by proposing an aspect of meaning (sense) that is constitutively tied to cognitive significance.
  4. Third, Carnap linked meaning and modality3, by proposing an aspect of meaning (intension) that is constitutively tied to possibility and necessity.

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