If Folk Intuitions Vary, Then What?

Edouard Machery, Ron Mallon, Shaun Nichols, Stephen P. Stich

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We have recently presented evidence for cross-cultural variation in semantic intuitions and explored the implications of such variation for philosophical arguments that appeal to some theory of reference as a premise. Devitt (2011) and Ichikawa and colleagues (forthcoming) offer critical discussions of the experiment and the conclusions that can be drawn from it. In this response, we reiterate and clarify what we are really arguing for, and we show that most of Devitt's and Ichikawa and colleagues' criticisms fail to address our concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-635
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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