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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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Against Meaning Scepticism

Against Meaning Scepticism

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(p.91) Chapter 4 Against Meaning Scepticism
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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/9780199251605.003.0004

This chapter argues in defence of meaning objectivity against the most celebrated attack of late, namely the rule-following considerations of that abstract hybrid known as Kripkenstein. Semantic anti-realists presuppose a substantial and objective conception of the meanings of sentences and of their constituents. Thus, they are under a pressing obligation to provide some prophylactic to the corrosive doubts about the objectivity of meaning raised by Kripkenstein. This chapter suggests that it is possible to allay Kripkean scepticism about the factuality of semantic discourse.

Keywords:   meaning, objectivity, Kripkenstein, semantic anti-realist, semantic discourse

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