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Variation in Intuitions about Reference and Ontological Disagreements

Machery, E (2011) Variation in Intuitions about Reference and Ontological Disagreements. In: A Companion to Relativism. UNSPECIFIED, 118 - 136. ISBN 9781405190213

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Previous research suggests that intuitions about reference vary within and across cultures. After having examined and criticized some recent objections formulated against this body of research, I argue that, in combination with some plausible assumptions, variation of intuitions within and across cultures entails some form of referential pluralism - viz. the same word (e.g., "Paris" ) can refer differently for different competent speakers - and that, as a consequence, an infl uential kind of ontological disagreement (disagreements about whether there are such things as x's or whether x's are identical to y's) is vacuous. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Date: 20 April 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Page Range: 118 - 136
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/9781444392494.ch7
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781405190213
Title of Book: A Companion to Relativism
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 19:23
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:59


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