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MEANING FINITISM

Martin Kusch

in Knowledge by Agreement

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251223
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251223.003.0016
MEANING FINITISM

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Meaning finitism is a communitarian theory of what it is to master a language. It makes community consensus central in the constitution of normativity. Finitism says that terms have no fixed extensions. The only extensions there are the ’pseudo‐extensions’ of arrays of exemplars concerning correct use. The categorization of newly‐encountered entities is guided by these exemplars, as well as by interests.

Keywords: extension; Meaning finitism; meaning scepticism; ostension; paradigm; social institution; sociology of knowledge

Chapter.  5747 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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