Strictly speaking

Analysis 80 (1):3-11 (2020)

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Renee Bolinger
Princeton University
Alexander Sandgren
Umeå University
Abstract
A type of argument occasionally made in metaethics, epistemology and philosophy of science notes that most ordinary uses of some expression fail to satisfy the strictest interpretation of the expression, and concludes that the ordinary assertions are false. This requires there to be a presumption in favour of a strict interpretation of expressions that admit of interpretations at different levels of strictness. We argue that this presumption is unmotivated, and thus the arguments fail.
Keywords Interpretation  Strictness  Meaning  Use  Predicates  Skepticism  Counterfactual Skepticism
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anz017
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