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Simple sentences, substitutions, and mistaken evaluations

Braun, D. and Saul, J.M. (2002) Simple sentences, substitutions, and mistaken evaluations. Philosophical Studies, 111 (1). pp. 1-41. ISSN 1573-0883

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Abstract

Many competent speakers initially judge that (i) is true and (ii) is false, though they know that (iii) is true. (i) Superman leaps more tall buildings than Clark Kent. (ii) Superman leaps more tall buildings than Superman. (iii) Superman is identical with Clark Kent. Semantic explanations of these intuitions say that (i) and (ii) really can differ in truthvalue. Pragmatic explanations deny this, and say that the intuitions are due to misleading implicatures. This paper argues that both explanations are incorrect. (i) and (ii) cannot differ in truth-value, yet the intuitions are not due to implicatures, but rather to mistakes in evaluating (i) and (ii).

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Philosophical Studies. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination.
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:47
Published Version: http://www.springerlink.com/link.asp?id=n484568882...
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1021287328280
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/579

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