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Against magnetism

Schwarz, Wolfgang


Magnetism in meta-semantics is the view that the meaning of our words is determined in part by their use and in part by the objective naturalness of candidate meanings. This hypothesis is commonly attributed to David Lewis, and has been put to philosophical work by Brian Weatherson, Ted Sider and others. I argue that there is no evidence that Lewis ever endorsed the view, and that his actual account of language reveals good reasons against it.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Australasian Journal of Philosophy
DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2013.765900


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