David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
While the traditional view was that in order to understand language and our linguistic practices we must explain meaning, the 'pragmatic turn' emerging within the writings of various philosohpers of the second half of the twentieth century caused a basic change of the perspective: the tendency is to concentrate directly on explaining the linguistic practices and leave the need for explaining meaning to emerge (or, as the case may be, not to emerge) subsequently. I argue that after this turn we should explain the peculiar kinds of 'meaningfulness' that characterizes our expressions in terms of what Sellars called "pattern governed behavior". Furthermore, I argue that the turn should not make us discard meanings, but only to reappraise them: to see them as the roles of expressions vis-à-vis the rules that govern our language games.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jaroslav Peregrin (2011). The Use-Theory of Meaning and the Rules of Our Language Games. In K. Turner (ed.), Making semantics pragmatic. Emerald
Nicole Note (2009). Reflecting on the Meaning of Life. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 16 (2):22-31.
Emilio Ribes-Iñesta (2000). Instructions, Rules, and Abstraction: A Misconstrued Relation. Behavior and Philosophy 28 (1/2):41 - 55.
Jeffrey Hershfield (2005). Rule Following and the Background. Linguistics and Philosophy 28 (3):269 - 280.
Wai-hung Wong (2008). Meaningfulness and Identities. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2):123-148.
Jaroslav Peregrin (2012). Inferentialism and the Normativity of Meaning. Philosophia 40 (1):75-97.
Raymond D. Gumb (1972). Rule-Governed Linguistic Behavior. The Hague,Mouton.
Ori Simchen (2003). Meaningfulness and Contingent Analyticity. Noûs 37 (2):278–302.
Fred S. Roberts (1980). On Luce's Theory of Meaningfulness. Philosophy of Science 47 (3):424-433.
George W. Watson, Joseph Michlitsch & Thomas Douglas (2007). Patterned Moral Behavior. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:87-92.
Ståle Finke (2001). Concepts and Intuitions: Adorno After the Linguistic Turn. Inquiry 44 (2):171 – 200.
Timothy Williamson (2004). Past the Linguistic Turn? In Brian Leiter (ed.), The Future for Philosophy. Clarendon Press
William A. Rottschaefer (2011). Why Wilfrid Sellars Is Right (and Right-Wing). Journal of Philosophical Research 36:291-325.
Jaroslav Peregrin (ed.) (2003). Meaning: The Dynamic Turn. Elsevier Science.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads19 ( #144,920 of 1,725,194 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #210,900 of 1,725,194 )
How can I increase my downloads?