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Folk Semantic Intuitions, Arguments from Reference and Eliminative Materialism

Pinder, Mark (2016). Folk Semantic Intuitions, Arguments from Reference and Eliminative Materialism. In: Hinton, Martin ed. Evidence, Experiment and Argument in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language. Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 43–64.

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Abstract

In a series of papers, Machery, Mallon, Nichols and Stich critique so-called arguments from reference, arguments that assume a theory of reference in order to establish substantive conclusions. The critique is that, due to cross-cultural variation in semantic intuitions giving rise to methodological problems in the theory of reference, all arguments from reference have an unjustified assumption. I examine an important example of an argument from reference, an argument of Churchland’s in support of eliminative materialism. I suggest that extant responses to the critique are unsatisfactory, and provide an alternative response: one might justify the assumption of a theory of reference in an argument from reference by appealing to an appropriate explication of the relevant commonsense concepts

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 Peter Lang
ISBN: 3-631-66189-4, 978-3-631-66189-5
Keywords: intuitions; reference; Churchland; explication; experimental philosophy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56638
Depositing User: Mark Pinder
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 08:59
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 13:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56638
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