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Truth and Words$
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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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Sense and Partial Extension

Sense and Partial Extension

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(p.217) 7 Sense and Partial Extension
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Truth and Words
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Gary Ebbs (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557936.003.0008

The previous chapter concluded that no substantive theory of reference fits with our practical judgment that tokens of ‘gold’ used by English speakers today have the same extension as tokens of ‘gold’ used by English speakers in 1650. It might still seem reasonable, however, to accept a substantive theory of reference that does not fit with this judgment, or other similar ones. This chapter examines two of the most promising theories of this kind — Michael Dummett's Fregean theory of reference and Hartry Field's theory of partial denotation — and explains why neither one provides a plausible alternative to trusting our practical judgments of sameness of extension across time. It concludes that neither theory is a plausible alternative to the account of truth and words presented in Chapter 4.

Keywords:   Dummett, extension, Field, implicit knowledge, manifestability, partial denotation, semantical rules, sense, word-tokens, words

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