ProtoSociology 34:144-162 (2017)

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Berit Brogaard
University of Miami
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The paper presents a number of empirical arguments for the perceptual view of speech comprehension. It then argues that a particular version of phenomenal dogmatism can confer immediate justification upon belief. In combination, these two views can bypass Davidsonian skepticism toward knowledge of meanings. The perceptual view alone, however, can bypass a variation on the Davidsonian argument. One reason Davidson thought meanings were not truly graspable was that he believed meanings were private. But if the perceptual view of speech comprehension is correct, then meanings are public objects like other perceivable entities. Hence, there is no particular problem of language comprehension, even if meanings originate in “private” mental states.
Keywords utterance comprehension  hearing meanings  phenomenal dogmatism  semantic priming  speech perception  speech comprehension  pop-out effect  Davidson’s radical interpretation  Stroop test  illusions of grammaticality
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ISBN(s) 1434-4319
DOI 10.5840/protosociology2017349
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