Clarification and defence

John Collins

in The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694846
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732027 | DOI:
Clarification and defence

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There are three strands of justification for the account of combinatorial unity presented in the last chapter. The first is negative: the other extant accounts of unity are, I have argued, either partial or face insuperable problems. The second is positive: the account satisfies our three desiderata. The third reason is that the account withstands a host of likely objections: philosophical, formal, and linguistic. To give substance to this last strand of justification is the job of the last two chapters. In the present chapter, the focus will be on philosophical and formal matters. In particular, the account on offer will be distinguisged from similar accounts recently offered by Jeff King and Scott Soames. The next chapter will consider matters arising in linguistics about the status of Merge.

Keywords: logical form; Scott Soames; Jeff King; circularity; characteristic function; internalism vs. externalism

Chapter.  16664 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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