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Speaking about the normativity of meaning

lo Presti, Patrizio LU (2017) In SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy 18(1). p.55-77
Abstract
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... (More)
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 and
permissions. (Less)
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Normativity, Meaning, Brandom, Sellars
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SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy
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18
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1
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55 - 77
publisher
De Gruyter
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1869-7577
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10.1515/sats-2017-0010
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  keyword      = {Normativity,Meaning,Brandom,Sellars},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
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  publisher    = {De Gruyter},
  series       = {SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy},
  title        = {Speaking about the normativity of meaning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/sats-2017-0010},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2017},
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