Erkenntnis 64 (1):37-60 (2006)

Authors
Kent Johnson
University of California, Irvine
Abstract
Reverse Compositionality (RC) is the thesis that one understands a complex expression only if one understands its parts. I argue that this thesis is false for natural languages. I then argue that the phenomenon that motivates the thesis is more likely to be a fact about human sentence-processing than linguistic understanding per se. Finally, I argue that RC is not useful in the debates about prototype-style theories of concepts in which it figures heavily.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Ethics   Logic   Ontology
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10670-005-0362-z
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,217
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Frege Reader.Gottlob Frege & Michael Beaney (eds.) - 1997 - Blackwell.
Linguistics in Philosophy.Zeno Vendler - 1967 - Cornell University Press.

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Composition of Thoughts.Richard Heck & Robert May - 2011 - Noûs 45 (1):126-166.
On Compositionality.Martin Jönsson - 2008 - Dissertation, Lund University
Concept Empiricism, Content, and Compositionality.Collin Rice - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 162 (3):567-583.
Why Rationalist Compositionality Won't Go Away (Either).Víctor M. Verdejo - 2009 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 24 (1):29-47.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why Rationalist Compositionality Won't Go Away (Either).Víctor M. Verdejo - 2009 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 24 (1):29-47.
Why Rationalist Compositionality Won't Go Away (Either).Víctor Martín Verdejo Aparicio - 2009 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 24 (1):29-47.
Learnability and Compositionality.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Mind and Language 20 (3):326–352.
Compositionality and Structured Propositions.Lorraine Juliano Keller & John A. Keller - 2013 - Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):313-323.
Hybrid Extensional Prototype Compositionality.Jussi Jylkkä - 2011 - Minds and Machines 21 (1):41-56.
Compositionality and Modest Inferentialism.James Trafford - 2014 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy (1):39-56.
In Defense of Reverse Inference.Edouard Machery - 2014 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (2):251-267.
Compositionality Papers.Jerry A. Fodor & Ernest Lepore (eds.) - 2002 - Oxford University Press UK.
Frege, Contextuality and Compositionality.Theo M. V. Janssen - 2001 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 10 (1):115-136.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
65 ( #141,107 of 2,324,955 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #458,081 of 2,324,955 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes