Confirmation and Meaning Holism Revisited

Erkenntnis 85 (6):1379-1397 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Does 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.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,227

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Ruritania revisited.Ned Block - 1995 - Philosophical Issues 6:171-187.
Quine and Davidson on Meaning and Holism.Chienkuo Mi - 1998 - Dissertation, The University of Iowa
Holism: A Shopper's Guide.Jerry A. Fodor & Ernest Lepore - 1992 - Cambridge, Mass., USA: Blackwell. Edited by Ernest LePore.
Indispensability and Holism.Jacob Busch - 2011 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 42 (1):47-59.
Meaning Holism and Semantic Realism.H. G. Callaway - 1992 - Dialectica 46 (1):41-59.
Meaning Holism: An Articulation and Defense.Kelly M. Becker - 1999 - Dissertation, University of California, San Diego
The unavailability of what we mean: A reply to Quine, Fodor and Lepore.Georges Rey - 1986 - In Abraham Zvie Bar-On (ed.), Grazer Philosophische Studien. Distributed in the U.S.A. By Humanities Press. pp. 61-101.
Meaning holism and interpretability.C. J. L. Talmage & Mark Mercer - 1991 - Philosophical Quarterly 41 (July):301-15.
Meaning holism and intentional content.Arnold Silverberg - 1994 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 75 (1):29-53.
A critique of the case for semantic holism.Michael Devitt - 1994 - Philosophical Perspectives 8:281-306.
Holism.Alberto Peruzzi - 1993 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 46 (1):231-282.
Holism.Alberto Peruzzi - 1993 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 46 (1):231-282.


Added to PP

37 (#433,623)

6 months
6 (#530,265)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Tim Fuller
University of California, Los Angeles

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The extended mind.Andy Clark & David J. Chalmers - 1998 - Analysis 58 (1):7-19.
Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.Noam Chomsky - 1965 - Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
Logical foundations of probability.Rudolf Carnap - 1950 - Chicago]: Chicago University of Chicago Press.
Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use.Noam Chomsky - 1986 - Prager. Edited by Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel.

View all 64 references / Add more references