David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 10 (1-4):181 – 195 (1967)
Further to Herman Tennessen's recent methodological criticisms of Linguistic philosophy, the present paper seeks to offer some theoretical criticisms. Two main claims of Linguistic philosophy are examined: (1) that the concept of ?use? satisfactorily explains how words and expressions are meaningful; and (2), that the correspondence theory of meaning has been successfully repudiated. After a brief exposition, the explanation is further specified as being analogical (words are like tools). Six objections (semantical, logical and psychological) are suggested. It is concluded that not only is the explanation not satisfactory, but that some of the same problems of the older theory may also be implicit in the ?use? theory
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
Max Black (1952). Critical Thinking. New York, Prentice-Hall.
Charles E. Caton (1963). Philosophy and Ordinary Language. Urbana, University of Illinois Press.
V. C. Chappell (ed.) (1964/1981). Ordinary Language: Essays in Philosophical Method. Dover Publications.
J. L. Evans (1953). On Meaning and Verification. Mind 62 (245):1-19.
Antony Flew (1956). Essays in Conceptual Analysis. New York, St. Martin's Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Daniel Whiting (2007). Inferentialism, Representationalism and Derogatory Words. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (2):191 – 205.
Nico Keijzer (1978). Military Obedience. Sijthoff & Noordhoff, [International Publishers].
Axel Cleeremans & Arnaud Destrebecqz (2005). Real Rules Are Conscious. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (1):19-20.
Julian Baggini & Peter S. Fosl (2003). The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods. Blackwell Publishers.
Michael Glanzberg (2011). Meaning, Concepts, and the Lexicon. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):1-29.
Christopher Gauker (1992). The Lockean Theory of Communication. Noûs 26 (3):303-324.
Don Dedrick (1996). Color Language Universality and Evolution: On the Explanation for Basic Color Terms. Philosophical Psychology 9 (4):497 – 524.
Samuel Pagee (1972). Of Words, Tools, and Actions. Inquiry 15 (1-4):320 – 330.
Added to index2009-02-04
Total downloads2 ( #258,285 of 1,089,047 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,722 of 1,089,047 )
How can I increase my downloads?