Why philosophers shouldn't do semantics

Herman Cappelen

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The linguistic turn provided philosophers with a range of reasons for engaging in careful investigation into the nature and structure of language. However, the linguistic turn is dead. The arguments for it have been abandoned (for good reasons). This raises the question: why should philosophers take an interest in the minutiae of natural language semantics? I’ll argue that there isn’t much of a reason - philosophy of language has lost its way. Then I provide a suggestion for how it can find its way again.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-762
Number of pages20
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date31 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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