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Reductionism

Anandi Hattiangadi

in Oughts and Thoughts

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219025
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219025.003.0005
 Reductionism

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This chapter considers more sophisticated reductionist responses to the sceptical argument — that is those which seek to find the fact that constitutes someone's meaning something by a word among the causal, physical, or functional facts. It considers a wide variety of the most compelling reductive theories that have been presented in response to Kripke's scepticism, and argues that each of these fails.

Keywords: Kripke; reductive theory; sceptical argument; dispositionalist theory; success semantics; teleosemantics; Fodor

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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