Only philosophers beguiled by the Picture Theory could imagine that we are in a position to discover deep truths about the world by analysing language. Absolutists hold that, for stretches of discourse concerning which we are ‘realists’, terms line up with mind‐independent objects and properties, or are analysable into terms that so line up; eliminativists, noting that such alignment is hard to come by, deny that the terms refer; relativists are suspicious of mind‐independence. I recommend a realism shorn of the Picture Theory.
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