David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (2):371-382 (2012)
According to the principle Grice calls 'Modified Occam's Razor' (MOR), 'Senses are not to be multiplied beyond necessity'. More carefully, MOR says that if there are distinct ways in which an expression is regularly used, then, all other things being equal, we should favour the view that the expression is unambiguous and that certain uses of it can be explained in pragmatic terms. In this paper I argue that MOR cannot have the central role that is typically assigned to it by those who deploy it. More specifically, I argue that potential justifications of the epistemic import of parsimony in semantic theorizing are problematic, and that even if MOR could be justified, it has a redundant role to play in adjudicating the debate between the ambiguity-theorist and the proponent of the pragmatic approach
|Keywords||ambiguity Grice implicature meaning Modified Occam's razor|
|Categories||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
David Lewis (1969). Convention: A Philosophical Study. Harvard University Press.
Stephen Neale (1990). Descriptions. MIT Press.
Stephen R. Schiffer (1972). Meaning. Oxford,Clarendon Press.
Kent Bach (1987). Thought and Reference. Oxford University Press.
Keith S. Donnellan (1966). Reference and Definite Descriptions. Philosophical Review 75 (3):281-304.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Thomas D. Bontly (2005). Modified Occam's Razor: Parsimony, Pragmatics, and the Acquisition of Word Meaning. Mind and Language 20 (3):288–312.
Hauke Riesch (2010). Simple or Simplistic? Scientists' Views on Occam's Razor. Theoria 25 (1):75-90.
Allan Hazlett (2007). Grice's Razor. Metaphilosophy 38 (5):669-690.
D. H. Whalen (2000). Occam's Razor is a Double-Edged Sword: Reduced Interaction is Not Necessarily Reduced Power. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (3):351-351.
W. M. Thorburn (1915). Occam's Razor. Mind 24 (2):287-288.
C. Delisle Burns (1915). Occam's Razor. Mind 24 (96):592.
W. M. Thorburn (1918). The Myth of Occam's Razor. Mind 27 (107):345-353.
William G. Lycan (1975). Occam's Razor. Metaphilosophy 6 (3-4):223-237.
Bernhard Lauth (1997). New Blades for Occam's Razor. Erkenntnis 46 (2):241-267.
J. J. C. Smart (1978). Is Occam's Razor a Physical Thing? Philosophy 53 (205):382 - 385.
Robert Elliot (1979). Materialism and Occam's Razor. Philosophy 54 (208):233 - 234.
Peter Forrest (1982). Occam's Razor and Possible Worlds. The Monist 65 (4):456--464.
Karl Menger (1961). A Counterpart of Occam's Razor in Pure and Applied Mathematics; Semantic USES. Synthese 13 (4):331 - 349.
Dorothy Walsh (1979). Occam's Razor: A Principle of Intellectual Elegance. American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (3):241 - 244.
Peter Glassen (1976). J. J. C. Smart, Materialism and Occam's Razor. Philosophy 51 (197):349 - 352.
Added to index2011-06-20
Total downloads71 ( #58,272 of 1,793,096 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #205,957 of 1,793,096 )
How can I increase my downloads?