Assessment, Scorekeeping and the Normativity of Meaning: a Reply to Kiesselbach

Acta Analytica 31 (1):107-115 (2016)
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This paper is an attempt to examine Mattias Kiesselbach’s account of the thesis that meaning is normative that was presented in his recently published article titled “The normativity of meaning: from constitutive norms to prescriptions.” Kiesselbach’s account has three crucial points: the applicability of norms, the transtemporal character of the constitutive norms and commitments incurred by or attributed to the speaker within the scorekeeping practice. I will discuss all these crucial points, and I will argue that his account raises many questions and the anti-prescriptivist about meaning can have reasonable doubts about all of them.



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Bartosz Kaluziński
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