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Furthermore, we can see that without some rule like (R), which actually tells us how to interpret our functor, we will not be able to understand what complex expressions in L refer to from a finite base. Putting these two points together, we can conclude, with respect to this simple example, that assigning entities to every expression of the language is neither necessary nor sufficient to achieve the aims of a theory of reference. Moreover, in light of the fact that this theory can be used for the purposes of a theory of understanding, we can see that the same point carries over to something approaching a theory of meaning for L.

A5. For any sentence s, ‘it is not the case that ’ s is true-in-L iff it is not the case that s is true-in-L. A6.

In what sense should it give an account of the meaning of every sentence of the language? A minimal constraint we should impose is that the theory enable someone who understands it to interpret any potential utterance of a sentence of the language. A natural first suggestion is that this could be accomplished if we had a theory that, from a finite base, enabled us to derive solely on formal considerations, for every sentence of the object language L, a theorem of the form (M ) (where initially we will suppose, for simplicity, that we are dealing with a context insensitive language), (M ) s means in L that p, where ‘s’ is replaced by a description of a sentence of the object language in terms of how it is composed out of its significant parts, and ‘p’ is replaced by a sentence in the metalanguage (the language of the theory) that translates 38 ERNEST LEPORE AND KIRK LUDWIG the object language sentence described.

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