SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Linguistic Correctness as a Response to the Normativity Argument
(Philosophy of Language, English)

A One of the main hinge points in Kripke__s notorious reading of Wittgenstein and in the paradox that follows from it is that naturalistic theories of meaning, and in particular dispositionalism, cannot account for the normativity of language (Kripke 1982, p. 37). A standard response to this argument has been to argue that language is not normative, and that the illusion of normativity is attributable to the existence of semantic correctness conditions, which only generate normative consequences in conjunction with speakers__ desires. I suggest that defenders of naturalistic theories should opt for an alternative strategy: pointing to non-intentionally defined linguistic correctness conditions as the source of language__s normative character. My work is organized as follows: first, I draw on recent work by Reiland to show that deniers of the distinction between semantic and linguistic correctness are vulnerable to Kripke__s argument due to their reliance on the idea that speakers imbue words with meaning through their intentions. Next, I suggest that linguistic correctness can be defined without relying on propositional attitudes, which means that it can be incorporated into a theory of meaning without rendering it vulnerable to Kripke-like arguments. Lastly, I argue that unlike semantic correctness, it is plausible that linguistic correctness has categorical normative consequences. The overall purpose of this work is to delineate a strategy for resisting Kripke__s sceptical argument that can both do justice to the intuition that language is normative and remain compatible with a naturalistic notion of meaning. Keywords: the normativity of meaning, Kripkenstein, meaning scepticism, correctness.

Time: 12:00-12:30, 08 September 2022 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.007

Sara Papic  
(University of Milan , Italy)

Testability and Meaning deco