Conceptual connection and the observation/ theory distinction

In Grazer Philosophische Studien. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 135-161 (1993)
Fodor and LePore's reconstruction of the semantic holism debate in terms of "atomism" and "anatomism" is inadequate: it fails to highlight the important issue of how intentional contents are individuated, and excludes or obscures several possible positions on the metaphysics of content. One such position, "weak sociabilism" is important because it addresses concerns of Fodor and LePore's molecularist critics about conditions for possession of concepts, without abandoning atomism about content individuation. Properties like DEMOCRACY may be "theoretical" in the following sense: only devices capable of inference can come to be selectively sensitive to such properties. Thus, such concepts cannot be punctate, although their contents are individuated, as atomism requires, independently of their conceptual connections
Keywords Atomism  Holism  Observation  Semantics  Fodor, J  Lepore, E
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DOI 10.5840/gps1993466
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