Semantic Perversity

Calvo Garzón, Francisco (2000) Semantic Perversity. Teorema, XIX (2). pp. 65-77.


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This paper consists of two parts. In section I, I explore Christopher Hookway's proposal (1988) to elude a counterexample which Gareth Evans (Evans (1975)) offers against Quine's 'thesis of the inscrutability of reference'. Evans produced a line of argument which suggests that one of Quine's semantically perverse translation manuals is behaviorally incorrect. Hookway modifies the perverse manual to make it behaviorally correct. As we'll see in due course, Hookway's proposal fails to deliver the right satisfaction conditions. Fortunately, just a minor modification will suffice for Hookway to meet Evans's objection. In section II, I shall offer the Quinean a different strategy to bypass Evans's counter, a strategy which is not subject to certain criticisms which may put Hookway's own proposal in jeopardy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language; Reference; Semantics; Evans, G; Hookway, C; Quine
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XIX (2000)
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51

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