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Greg Lynch
North Central College
Gregory Lynch
Fordham University
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    Meaning for Radical Contextualists: Travis and Gadamer on Why Words Matter.Greg Lynch - 2018 - Philosophical Investigations 41 (1):22-41.
    Charles Travis and Hans-Georg Gadamer both affirm radical contextualism, the view that natural language is ineliminably context-sensitive. However, they offer different accounts of the role linguistic meaning plays in determining the contents of utterances. I discuss the differences between Travis's and Gadamer's views of meaning and offer an argument in favour of the latter. I argue that Travis's view assumes a principled distinction between literal and figurative speech that is at odds with his wider contextualist commitments. By contrast, Gadamer's view, (...)
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    What Does Davidson Reject When He Rejects Conceptual Schemes?Greg Lynch - 2018 - Acta Analytica 33 (4):463-481.
    According to a common line of criticism, Donald Davidson’s argument in “On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme” is invalid because it moves illicitly from the relatively weak thesis that conceptual schemes cannot be incommensurable to the stronger thesis that the idea of a conceptual scheme itself is incoherent. I argue in this paper that such objections fail because they misunderstand the position that Davidson’s argument is intended to rule out. According to the “scheme-content dualism” Davidson targets, conceptual schemes (...)
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    Radical Interpretation and the Problem of Asymmetry.Greg Lynch - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (4):473-488.
    Davidson holds that thinkers cannot employ radically different conceptual schemes, but he does not deny the fact that small-scale conceptual divergences are possible. He defends the former claim against Quine by appealing to interpretivism, the idea that ascriptions of intensional states to a speaker do no more than systematically record facts about the speaker’s behavior. From interpretivism it follows that it is theoretically irrelevant which set of concepts an interpreter uses to state her theory of meaning. This is what allows (...)
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    Does Conversation Need Shared Language? Davidson and Gadamer on Communicative Understanding.Greg Lynch - 2014 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (3):359-381.
    In a rare discussion of Gadamer's work, Davidson takes issue with Gadamer's claim that successful communication requires that interlocutors share a common language. While he is right to see a difference between his own views and Gadamer's on this point, Davidson appears to have misunderstood what motivates Gadamer's position, conflating it with that of his more familiar conventionalist interlocutors. This paper articulates Gadamer's view of the role of language in communicative understanding as an alternative to both Davidson's and that of (...)
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  5. The Semantics of Self-Knowledge in the Refutation of Idealism.Greg Lynch - 2012 - Kant Studies Online (1).
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    Book Notices. [REVIEW]Greg Lynch - 2010 - International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (1):145-146.
  7. Gadamer's Truth and Method: A Polyphonic Commentary.Greg Lynch & Cynthia Nielsen (eds.) - 2022 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This volume features essays from fourteen scholars—both established and rising stars—each of which cover a portion of Truth and Method following the order of the text itself. The result is a robust, historically and thematically rich polyphonic reading of the text as a whole, valuable both for scholarship and teaching.
     
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    Limit and Unlimitedness in the Philebus: An Argument for the Gadamerian Reading.Greg Lynch - 2013 - Apeiron 46 (1):48-62.
    In ‘The Limits of Being in the Philebus’, Russell Dancy argues that the Philebus is incoherent because a central concept - that of the apeiron - functions entirely differently in the discussions of the ‘Heavenly Tradition’ and the ‘Fourfold Division’. I argue that a phenomenological reading of the type developed by Hans-Georg Gadamer, one according to which ‘limit’ and ‘unlimitedness’ describe the way entities appear when approached with certain concepts, shows Dancy’s worry of incoherence to be unfounded. On this reading, (...)
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    Merold Westphal: In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2017, Xxvi and 241 Pp, $30. [REVIEW]Greg Lynch - 2018 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 83 (3):309-314.
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    Review of Jerome Veith, Gadamer and the Transmission of History. [REVIEW]Greg Lynch - 2015 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2015.
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    The Intentional Priority of the Question.Greg Lynch - 2014 - Philosophy Today 58 (1):67-83.
    In Truth and Method Gadamer makes the curious claim that “we cannot have experiences without asking questions.” At first blush, at least, this appears to be patently false. We have experiences all the time without asking ourselves anything. In this paper I offer an alternative reading of Gadamer’s claim that does not fall prey to this objection, one that centers around his analysis of the question as a structure that can be implicitly present in experience even when no explicit questioning (...)
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