Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Limits of Realism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tim Button

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 November 2018

Attempts to constrain reference

Attempts to constrain reference

Chapter:
(p.20) 3 Attempts to constrain reference
Source:
The Limits of Realism
Author(s):

Tim Button

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0004

The model-theoretic arguments show that the external realist cannot pin down a single correspondence relation just by producing her favourite theory. On these grounds, one might try to conclude that nothing can fix correspondence. But that would be too quick. This chapter sketches four attempts to constrain reference and correspondence. The Causal Constraint holds that an intended interpretation must respect all appropriate causal connections between words and objects. The Eliteness Constraint holds that an intended interpretation of each predicate is (typically) an elite (or, quite elite) property or relation. The Fullness Constraint holds that an intended interpretation of a second-order theory must be a full interpretation. The Modality Constraint holds that an intended interpretation must supply us with truth conditions and must respect the fact that certain designators are rigid. Each constraint has limitations, but each might draw some of the sting of Putnam’s model-theoretic arguments.

Keywords:   interpretative constraint, causal constraint, eliteness constraint, fullness constraint, modality constraint, permutation argument, full second-order logic, external realism, putnam’s model-theoretic arguments

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .