In this impressive and rewarding book, Mark Schroeder (2008) gives an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the semantic program that has come to be known as ‘expressivism’. After first explaining what the expressivist approach amounts to, he presents a series of problems for expressivists, and then canvases the available resources for an expressivist solution to these problems. The ultimate goal is to devise the most promising possible form that an expressivist theory can take, and to assess the theory's success at dealing with these problems.

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The book's overall conclusion is split between the final two chapters. On the one hand, as Schroeder argues in Chapter 11, expressivism remains a prima facie attractive idea, which may yet have much to offer, on a wide variety...

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