Meaning holism and semantic realism (Reprinted in Callaway 2008, Meaning without Analyticity)

Dialectica 46 (1):41-59 (1992)
Abstract
Reconciliation of semantic holism with interpretation of individual expressions is advanced here by means of a relativization of sentence meaning to object language theories viewed as idealizations of belief-systems. Fodor's view of the autonomy of the special sciences is emphasized and this is combined with detailed replies to his recent criticisms of meaning holism. The argument is that the need for empirical evidence requires a holistic approach to meaning. Thus, semantic realism requires semantic holism.
Keywords Holism  Intentionality  Language  Fodor, J  Putnam, H
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