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Gary Ebbs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557936.001.0001

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Applications and Consequences

Applications and Consequences

(p.288) 9 Applications and Consequences
Truth and Words

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If the account of truth and words presented in Chapters 1–8 is adopted, the observations that motivate many philosophers to embrace the causal-historical theory of reference for predicates can be accommodated without actually accepting that theory, and proper names can be regimented as descriptions without embracing a description theory that is undermined by radical changes in belief. Adopting the account there is a commitment to regarding the division of ‘linguistic labour’ as a division of epistemic labour sustained by reliance on our practical identifications of words. There is also a commitment to deflationary notions of minimal competence and minimal self-knowledge, to rejecting content externalism, and to adopting deflationary interpretations of the thought experiments that support anti-individualism. Finally, there is a commitment to a deflationary explication of the Fregean idea that the logical generalizations which are relied on in the inquiries are of a piece with the pursuit of truth.

Keywords:   anti-individualism, causal-historical theory, content externalism, descriptions, linguistic labor, logical generalizations, minimal competence, minimal self-knowledge, predicates, proper names

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