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dc.contributor.authorSchweizer, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-14T10:07:01Z
dc.date.available2010-12-14T10:07:01Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationSchweizer, 2009, 'External Reference and Residual Magic', in Language and World, Papers of the 32nd International Wittgenstein Symposium, 2009.en
dc.identifier.issn1022-3398
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/4464
dc.description.abstractPutnam famously criticizes the traditional theory of meaning and reference, and argues that no internal configuration of a cognitive system is able to capture the intended objects of linguistic reference. Indeed, a ‘magical connection’ between language and world would be required for the traditional theory to work. Putnam attempts to replace the magical dependencies assumed by the traditional theory with an externalist account based on causal chains and direct access to the world. However, I argue that he does not carry the exorcism far enough, and that his own theory assumes a literal and substantive interpretation of reference which itself must be relinquished if his critique of the traditional view is carried to its natural conclusion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAustrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Societyen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesContributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Societyen
dc.subjectDirect referenceen
dc.subjectBrains in a vaten
dc.subjectThe traditional theory of meaningen
dc.titleExternal Reference and Residual Magicen
dc.typeConference Paperen


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