Speaking about the normativity of meaning

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Speaking about the normativity of meaning. / lo Presti, Patrizio.

I: SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 18, Nr. 1, 09.2017, s. 55-77.

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T1 - Speaking about the normativity of meaning

AU - lo Presti, Patrizio

PY - 2017/9

Y1 - 2017/9

N2 - Contemporary debate on the nature of meaning centres on whether meaning is normative. Agreement is widespread that meaning implies correctness, but disagreement on whether correctness is normative remains. Normativists argue that correctness implies obligations or permissions. Antinormativists disagree and hold that correctness is a descriptive term. This paper argues that, fundamentally, meaning presupposes norms, but not in the generic normativist sense: a vocabulary is recognisable as part of a language if and only if it is part of a practice of committing and entitling to ask for and provide reasons for what is said. To commit and entitle is not obliged or permitted. It is a presupposition for speaking about obligations andpermissions.

AB - Contemporary debate on the nature of meaning centres on whether meaning is normative. Agreement is widespread that meaning implies correctness, but disagreement on whether correctness is normative remains. Normativists argue that correctness implies obligations or permissions. Antinormativists disagree and hold that correctness is a descriptive term. This paper argues that, fundamentally, meaning presupposes norms, but not in the generic normativist sense: a vocabulary is recognisable as part of a language if and only if it is part of a practice of committing and entitling to ask for and provide reasons for what is said. To commit and entitle is not obliged or permitted. It is a presupposition for speaking about obligations andpermissions.

KW - Normativity

KW - Meaning

KW - Brandom

KW - Sellars

U2 - 10.1515/sats-2017-0010

DO - 10.1515/sats-2017-0010

M3 - Article

VL - 18

SP - 55

EP - 77

JO - SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy

JF - SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy

SN - 1869-7577

IS - 1

ER -