What is meaning? What cognitive resources make it possible? Can semantics exist independently of corporality? The answers vary depending on the modes of investigation, modes which are themselves charged with philosophy. This volume retraces the principal stages in the evolution of semantic research in the twentieth century, defining an itinerary focused on the issues and transversal to the disciplinary ambits. While opening in the characteristic register of the historical-critical review, this progressively gives way to considerations of direct theoretical commitment regarding the central themes of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of the mind. Thus, the approach identifies the ingredients of a systematic design, distinguished by specific theories: the irreducibility of thought to language, the rootedness of semantic competence in kinaesthetic schemas, local holism, modularity re-calibrated through lifting, emergence in terms of attractors, beam model of the ego, entwined naturalism. [Publisher's Text]
xxii, 607 p.