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Stephen Yablo


Aboutness has been studied from any number of angles. Brentano made it the defining feature of the mental. Phenomenologists try to pin down the aboutness features of particular mental states. Materialists sometimes claim to have grounded aboutness in natural regularities. Attempts have even been made, in library science and information theory, to operationalize the notion. However, it has played no real role in philosophical semantics, which is surprising. This is the first book to examine through a philosophical lens the role of subject matter in meaning. A long-standing tradition sees meanin ... More

Keywords: aboutness, subject matter, meaning, selection, ontology, verisimilitude, knowledge, loose talk, assertive content, philosophical methodology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144955
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Yablo, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology