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The Taming of the True$
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Neil Tennant

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.001.0001

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Cognitive Significance Regained

Cognitive Significance Regained

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(p.355) Chapter 11 Cognitive Significance Regained
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The Taming of the True
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Neil Tennant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0011

This chapter aims to arrest the slide to pragmatic empiricism with its holistic pessimism over the prospect of ever being able to demarcate the empirically meaningful from the metaphysically meaningless. It proposes a criterion of cognitive significance that distinguishes those sentences that depend for their truth and falsity on understanding and experience and those that do not. It argues that this criterion is itself of considerable significance even if it were to be criticized as presupposing too extreme an idealization of the logical shape of actual scientific endeavours.

Keywords:   pragmatic empiricism, holistic pessimism, cognitive significance, truth, meaning

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