Chapter 7. Objections to Radical Contextualism (I): Fails Context Sensitivity Tests

  1. Herman Cappelen and
  2. Ernie Lepore

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755792.ch7

Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism

How to Cite

Cappelen, H. and Lepore, E. (eds) (2005) Objections to Radical Contextualism (I): Fails Context Sensitivity Tests, in Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, MA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470755792.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405126748

Online ISBN: 9780470755792

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Keywords:

  • expression;
  • illustration;
  • context of utterance;
  • contextualism;
  • semantic value

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Test 1: An Expression is Context Sensitive Only if it Typically Blocks Inter-Contextual Disquotational Indirect Reports

  • Test 2: Context Sensitive Expressions Block Collective Descriptions

  • Test 3: Context Sensitive Expressions Pass an Inter- Contextual Disquotational Test and Admit of Real Context Shifting Arguments

  • Penultimate Point: It would be Surprising if there were Surprising Context Sensitivity

  • Final Point: Caution

  • APPENDIX 1. CONTEXTUAL SALIENCE ABSORPTION

  • 1. Appeal to Contextual Salience Absorption leaves RC dialectically impotent

  • 2. Contextual Salience Absorption renders contextualism internally inconsistent

  • APPENDIX 2. DIAGNOSIS: MONSTERS AND USE—MENTION FALLACIES