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Borg’s Minimalism and the Problem of Paradox

Pinder, Mark (2014). Borg’s Minimalism and the Problem of Paradox. In: Stalmaszczyk, Piotr ed. Semantics and Beyond. Berlin: DeGruyter, pp. 207–230.

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Abstract

According to Emma Borg, minimalism is (roughly) the view that natural language sentences have truth conditions, and that these truth conditions are fully determined by syntactic structure and lexical content. A principal motivation for her brand of minimalism is that it coheres well with the popular view that semantic competence is underpinned by the cognition of a minimal semantic theory. In this paper, I argue that the liar paradox presents a serious problem for this principal motivation. Two lines of response to the problem are discussed, and difficulties facing those responses are raised. I close by issuing a challenge: to construe the principal motivation for Borg’s version of minimalism in such a way so as to avoid the problem of paradox.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3-11-035438-1, 978-3-11-035438-6
Keywords: Borg; minimalism; liar paradox; semantics; meaning; cognitivism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56636
Depositing User: Mark Pinder
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56636
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