Coming to Our Senses: A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 338 pages
0 Reviews
Michael Devitt is a distinguished philosopher of language. In this new book he takes up issues in semantics. Three important questions lie at the core of this book: What are the main objectives of semantics? Why are they worthwhile? How should we accomplish them? Devitt answers these "methodological" questions naturalistically and explores what semantic program arises from the answers. The approach is anti-Cartesian, rejecting the idea that linguistic or conceptual competence yields any privileged access to meanings. Devitt argues for a truth-referential localism and in the process rejects direct-reference, two-factor, and verificationist theories. The book concludes by arguing against revisionism, eliminativism, and the idea that we should ascribe narrow meanings to explain behavior.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

A Critique of the Case for Semantic Holism
10
The Methodology of Naturalistic Semantics
48
A Case for Semantic Localism
87
Meanings and Their Ascription
136
Eliminativism and Revisionism
245
References
313
Index
329
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information