Readership: Scholars and advanced
students of philosophy of language and ethics.
Allan Gibbard, University of Michigan
Allan Gibbard is Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Reconciling our Aims: In Search of Bases for Ethics (OUP, 2008), Thinking How to Life (Harvard, 2003), and Wise Choices, Apt Feelings (Harvard/OUP, 1990).
"Gibbard's book represents the most ambitious and innovative attempt to explain meaning since Paul Horwich and Robert Brandom developed their theories in the nineties. The first half offers richly detailed accounts of word meaning, analyticity, synonymy, reference, truth, and truth conditions, and the second half focuses on normative expressions, updating and extending Gibbard's celebrated expressivist account of the meanings of those terms, and integrating the account with the general theory of meaning that is developed in earlier chapters . . . I hope that this splendid book will find a wide audience. It is wonderfully stimulating, opening up vast new territories for investigation." - Christopher S. Hill, Notre Dame Philosophical
2: Normativity and Community
3: Kripke's Wittgenstein on Meaning
4: Correct Belief
5: Horwich on Meaning
6: The Normative Meaning Role
7: Reference, Truth, and Context
8: Meaning and Plans
9: Interpreting Interpretation
10: Expressivism, Non-Naturalism, and Us
Appendix 1: The Objects of Belief
Appendix 2: Schroeder on Expressivism