Different Kinds of Naturalistic Explanations of Linguistic Behaviour

Bremer, Manuel (2002) Different Kinds of Naturalistic Explanations of Linguistic Behaviour. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 35-37.


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"Naturalization� nowadays is often recommended to cure all kinds of philosophical worries and solve old problems. There might be an "epistemology naturalized� and a naturalized philosophy of language. But "naturalism� is understood in quite different fashions. It might be meant as a metaphysical thesis more or the less equivalent to materialism, or it concerns the way of doing things philosophically. I will be concerned with partially explicating methodological naturalism in the philosophy of language. The essential question is (Q1) What is meant by giving a naturalistic explanation of some kind of linguistic behaviour? And assuming some answer to this question, the essential problem is (Q2) Do these naturalistic explanations explain anything at all?

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: lingustics; naturalism; descriptivism
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1358

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