Erkenntnis 85 (6):1379-1397 (2020)
AbstractDoes confirmation holism imply meaning holism? A plausible and novel argument, all of whose premises enjoy significant support among contemporary philosophers, links the two theses. This article presents this argument and diagnoses it with a weakness. The weakness illustrates a general difficulty with drawing morals for the nature of ordinary thought and language from claims about the nature of science. The diagnosis is instructive: It suggests more fruitful relations between theories of scientific theory confirmation and semantic theories of our everyday thoughts and statements.
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Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use.Noam Chomsky - 1986 - Prager.
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