What is the relation between semantics and cognition? There are at least two natural approaches to this question. One may argue that the relationship between meaning and psychology is permissive, that is, meaning is externally specified and then in some way exported to our heads. On that view, it is often hard to systematically explain the connection between meaning and speakers’ judgments of entailment or the truth of sentences in context. Another perspective on the issue is that the relationship between meaning and cognition is constrained, that is, the ways in which meanings are specified are constrained by our cognitive organization. Paul Pietroski is a champion of the latter approach, arguing for the cognitive turn in semantics that would do justice to the inherent connections between meaning and cognition. In the last decade or so, semanticists have been slowly coming to terms with the...

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