Beyond the “delivery problem”: Why there is “no such thing as a language”

Philosophia 38 (2):343-355 (2010)
In “Practical Knowledge of Language”, C.-h. Tsai criticizes the arguments in “Swimming and Speaking Spanish” (this issue, pp. 331–341), on the grounds that its account of knowledge of language as knowledge-how is mistaken. In its place, he proposes an alternative account in terms of Russell’s concept “knowledge-by-acquaintance”. In this paper, I show that this account succeeds neither in displacing the account in Swimming and Speaking Spanish nor in addressing Tsai’s main concern: solving the “delivery problem”.
Keywords Knowledge of language  Knowledge-that  Knowledge-how  Knowledge-by-acquaintance  Rules  Practices  “Delivery problem”  Dummett  Ryle
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-009-9230-4
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