On going nowhere with our words: New skepticism about the philosophical method of cases

Philosophical Psychology 29 (1):64-83 (2016)
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Avner Baz
Tufts University
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The philosophical “method of cases” has been the subject of intense discussion. In a recent paper, Frank Jackson attempts to vindicate the method by proposing that it is underwritten by the “representational view of language.” Jackson's proposal is potentially very significant. For if it is true, then the method of cases stands, but quite possibly also falls, with the representational view of language as characterized by Jackson. The aim of this paper is to question the philosophical method of cases by showing that it does in fact presuppose a particular view of language that is at the very least questionable, both philosophically and empirically
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2014.1003133
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