Ernie Lepore: Meaning, Truth, Language, Reality
Marshall (Richard) & LePore (Ernie)
Source: Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers
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Editor's Introduction1

    Ernie Lepore talks about his philosophy of language and his approach to semantic minimalism. He discusses his approach to philosophy and then moves on to the influence of Wittgenstein and semantic holism on philosophy of language generally. He also talks about the work, and his relationship, with Donald Davidson. Following this, he explains the development of speech act pluralism, the view that "we say indefinitely many things when we utter a single speech sentence," which he developed with Herman Cappelen. This leads to his ideas on the role of meaning theory in explaining belief formation and his work on quotation, which he considers a special feature of language. He then turns to the issue of what a word is, the role of collaboration in his work, the relationship of mind and language, and his belief that philosophy of language is going through a kind of second renaissance (following the first, which supposedly peaked in the 1970s).


For the interview on-line, see Link.

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Footnote 1: In "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Introduction".

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