A Father of the Revolution

Howard Wettstein

in The Magic Prism

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195160529
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835072 | DOI:
 A Father of the Revolution

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The suggestion that the approach of the Fregean, in contrast to that of the direct reference theorist, represents an articulate semantic theory – a properly explanatory account of the connection between words and things – is denied. The Fregean account fails to do justice to our actual linguistic practice and the lack of explanatory space between name and referent makes it neither necessary nor possible to give the explanatory account the Fregean promises. Wittgenstein’s theories on the relation between meaning and use, it is argued, support this view. For the same reason, externalist explanations of intentionality, which on one interpretation Kripke might be thought to be offering as an alternative to Fregean internalism, are rejected.

Keywords: externalism; internalism; Kripke; meaning; semantic theory; use; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  9653 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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