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Language Police Running Amok

Sytsma, Justin (2007) Language Police Running Amok. (Unpublished)

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In this article I critique Kathleen Slaney and Michael Maraun’s (2005) addition to the ongoing philosophical charge that neuroscientific writing often transgresses the bounds of sense. While they sometimes suggest a minimal, cautious thesis–that certain usage can generate confusion and in some cases has–they also bandy about charges of meaninglessness, conceptual confusion, and nonsense freely. These charges rest on the premise that terms have specific correct usages that correspond with Slaney and Maraun’s sense of everyday linguistic practice. I challenge this premise. I argue that they have not shown that there are such specific correct usages; and, further, that even if they had, they fail to justify that their definitions are the correct ones.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sytsma, Justin
Date: 2007
Date Type: Publication
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2009 13:10
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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