Against Context-Sensitivity Tests

Grazer Philosophische Studien 88 (1):189-209 (2013)
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to show that tests for semantic context-sensitivity are of no help in the debate between semantic contextualists and minimalists. Two kinds of context-sensitivity tests are discussed: Cappelen & Lepore's says-that tests and Cappelen & Hawthorne's agreement-based tests. It is shown that Cappelen & Lepore's tests are unreliable because they are based on unstable data. Then it is argued that although the data of Cappelen & Hawthorne's tests is more reliable, contextualists and minimalists alike can explain this data. The paper ends by pointing to ways in which the debate might be moved forward without context-sensitivity tests

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Emanuel Viebahn
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