Problems of Compositionality
Routledge – 2000 – 134 pages
Series: Studies in Philosophy
This book is a critical discussion of the principle of compositionality, the thesis that the meaning of a complex expression is fully determined by the meanings of its constituents and its structure. The aim of this book is to clarify what is meant by this principle, to show that its traditional justification is insufficient, and to discuss some of the problems that have to be addressed before a new attempt can be made to justify it.
Zoltán Gendler Szabó is at Cornell University