Why Philosophers Shouldn’t Do Semantics

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The linguistic turn provided philosophers with a range of reasons for engaging in careful investigation into the nature and structure of language. However, the linguistic turn is dead. The arguments for it have been abandoned. This raises the question: why should philosophers take an interest in the minutiae of natural language semantics? I’ll argue that there isn’t much of a reason - philosophy of language has lost its way. Then I provide a suggestion for how it can find its way again.
Keywords metaphilosophy  formal semantics  philosophy of language  conceptual engineering
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Why Philosophers Should Do Semantics : A Reply to Cappelen.Ryan M. Nefdt - forthcoming - Review of Philosophy and Psychology:1-14.

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