In Sarah Sawyer (ed.), New Waves in Philosophy of Language. Palgrave-Macmillan (2009)

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Kevan Edwards
Syracuse University
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The anchoring focus of this paper is a cluster of complaints that have been raised against reference-based approaches to semantics, in particular against the view defended by Scott Soames (2002). I am going to lump the complaints that I have in mind under the heading of the Threat of Collapse (or the Threat, for short). At the heart of the Threat of Collapse is the accusation that various moves referentialists make in dealing with well-known problems end up undercutting the motivations for a reference-based semantics in the first place.
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