ProtoSociology 11:173-215 (1998)

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Michael Liston
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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According to externalism, reference is a relation between uses of an expression and features of the environment. Moreover, the reference relation is normative , and the referential relata of our expressions are explanatory of successful language use. This paper largely agrees with the broad conception underlying externalism: it is what people do with words that makes them have the references they have, and the world constrains what people can successfully do with words. However, the paper strongly disagrees with the details . A centrally important feature of what people do with words is how they use them in inferential contexts. When due attention is given to the reference-determining role played by inferential properties of expressions, I argue, we arrive at a more satisfactory account of semantic norms and explanations. Much of the argument is based on a detailed look at the language of chemical classification used in the late 19th century
Keywords Chemistry  Externalism  Language  Reference  Semantics
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ISBN(s) 1434-4319
DOI 10.5840/protosociology19981138
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