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How Should We Understand the Social Character of Language?

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In this paper I explore Dummett's commitment to the social character of language. I explain how the commitment emerges, and how it connects with the work of both Frege and Wittgenstein. I suggest Dummett has a particular conception of the social character of language, and I contrast this with Davidson's conception of the social character of linguistic behaviour. I also suggest that these different conceptions of the social can be traced to their very different views concerning the determinacy of meaning.
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
Journal:
TEOREMA
Volume:
32
Issue:
1
Pages:
95-109
Publication date:
2013
ISSN:
0210-1602
URN:
uuid:3f307bd4-d1df-4bcf-bb54-c06120da4493
Source identifiers:
375115
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pubs:375115

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