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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-U036-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Semantics is the systematic study of meaning. Current work in this field builds on the work of logicians and linguists as well as of philosophers. Philosophers are interested in foundational issues in semantics because these speak to the nature of meaning, as it embeds in our thinking and in our relations to each other and to the world. Of special interest are questions about how a semantic theory should respect the connections of meaning to truth and to understanding. In addition, numerous semantic problems concerning particular linguistic constructions bear philosophical interest, sometimes because the problems are important to resolving foundational semantical issues, sometimes because philosophical problems of independent interest are expressed using the constructions, and sometimes because clarity about the semantic function of the constructions enables clarity in the development of philosophical theories and analyses.

Citing this article:
Crimmins, Mark. Semantics, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-U036-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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