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Author Ebbs, Gary.
Title Rule-following and realism / Gary Ebbs.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.

Subject Meaning (Philosophy) -- History -- 20th century.
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 368 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-363) and index.
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Summary Through detailed and trenchant criticism of standard interpretations of some of the key arguments in analytical philosophy over the last sixty years, this book arrives at a new conception of the proper starting point and task of the philosophy of language. To understand central topics in the philosophy of language and mind, Gary Ebbs contends, we must investigate them from our perspective as participants in shared linguistic practices; but our efforts at adopting this participant perspective are limited by our lingering loyalties to metaphysical realism (the view that we can make objective assertions only if we can grasp metaphysically independent truth conditions) and scientific naturalism (the view that it is only within science that reality can be identified and described). In Rule-Following and Realism, Ebbs works to loosen the hold of these views by exposing their roots and developing a different way of looking at our linguistic practices.
Reexamining and extending influential arguments by Saul Kripke, W.V. Quine, Rudolf Carnap, Hilary Putnam, and Tyler Burge, Ebbs presents systematic redescription of our linguistic practices that transform our understanding of such central topics as rule-following, the analytic-synthetic distinction, anti-individualism, the division of linguistic labor, self-knowledge, realism, and skepticism.
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Contents ""CONTENTS""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""Part I. Rule-Following""; ""Chapter One. Kripke�s Skepticism about Meaning""; ""Chapter Two. Quine�s Scientific Skepticism about Meaning""; ""Chapter Three. The Very Idea of a Participant Perspective""; ""Part II. The Analytic-Synthetic Distinction""; ""Chapter Four. Carnap�s Analytic-Synthetic Distinction""; ""Chapter Five. Quine�s Reasons for Rejecting Carnap�s Analytic-Synthetic Distinction""; ""Chapter Six. Putnam�s Reasons for Rejecting Carnap�s Analytic-Synthetic Distinction""; ""Part III. Anti-Individualism""
""Chapter Seven. From the Rejection of the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction to Anti-Individualism """"Chapter Eight. Participation, Deference, and Dialectic""; ""Chapter Nine. Realism, Self-Knowledge, and Skepticism""; ""Notes""; ""Index""
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ISBN 9780674034419 (electronic bk.)
0674034414 (electronic bk.)
0674780310 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780674780316 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 435528639
Additional Format Print version: Ebbs, Gary. Rule-following and realism. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997 0674780310 9780674780316 (DLC) 96051880 (OCoLC)36051302