Antonin Thuns

I’m a PhD student in the research project “Cognitive Transparency of semantic contentspragmatic determination of reference“:

I’m working on the question of the ontology of word meaning. I try to reconcile a radical usage-based view of word meaning (meaning eliminativism) with externalistic and normative insights about word meaning (semantic deference). My aim is to do this by fleshing out a distinction between two complementary notions of word meaning: lexical meaning and conventional meaning.