Maximilian de Gaynesford is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. Previously fellow and tutor in philosophy at Lincoln College Oxford, he is the author of I: The Meaning of the First Person Term (Oxford University Press), John McDowell (Polity Press), and Hilary Putnam (Acumen Press).
Naturalist Semantics and the Appeal to Structure
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
2006 The University of Memphis
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 57–74, Spring 2006
How to Cite
de Gaynesford, M. (2006), Naturalist Semantics and the Appeal to Structure. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 44: 57–74. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2006.tb00003.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
We need not accommodate facts about meaning if Quine is right about the indeterminacy of subsentential expressions; there can be no such facts to accommodate. Evans argued that Quine's approach overlooks the ways speakers use predication to endow their use of subsentential expressions with the necessary determinacy. This paper offers a critical assessment of the debate in relation to current arguments about naturalism and shows how Evans's response depends on a basic claim that turns out to be false.