Methodology, not Metaphysics: Against Externalism

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Abstract

Borg (2009) surveys and rejects a number of arguments in favour of semantic internalism. This paper, in turn, surveys and rejects all of Borg's anti-internalist arguments. My chief moral is that, properly conceived, semantic internalism is a methodological doctrine that takes its lead from current practice in linguistics. The unifying theme of internalist arguments, therefore, is that linguistics neither targets nor presupposes externalia. To the extent that this claim is correct, we should be internalists about linguistic phenomena, including semantics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Supplementary Volume)
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

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