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Strawson on Intended Meaning and Context

Strawson proposed in the early seventies an attractive three-fold distinction regarding how context bears on the meaning of ‘what is said’ when a sentence is uttered. The proposed scheme is somewhat crude and, being aware of this aspect, Strawson himself raised various points to make it more adequate. In this paper, we review the scheme of Strawson, note his concerns, and add some of our own. However, our main point is to defend the essence of Strawson’s approach and to recommend it as a starting point for research into intended meaning and context.