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The Rationalist Reply to Fodor's Analyticity and Circularity Challenge

Verdejo, Víctor M. (2013) The Rationalist Reply to Fodor's Analyticity and Circularity Challenge. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 28 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The central Fodorian objections to Inferential Role Semantics (IRS) can be taken to include an ‘Analyticity
Challenge’ and a ‘Circularity Challenge’, which are ultimately challenges to IRS explanations of concept
possession. In this paper I present inferential role theories, critically examine those two challenges and
point out two misunderstandings to which the challenges are exposed. I then state in detail a rationalist version
of IRS and argue that this version meets the Fodorian challenges head on. If sound, this line of argument
shows that there is no problem of principle in the consideration of IRS as a good candidate for a theory
of concepts.

Las objeciones fodorianas en contra de una Semántica del Papel Inferencial (SPI) pueden concebirse como
incluyendo un ‘Reto de la Analiticidad’ y un ‘Reto de la Circularidad’, los cuales son principalmente retos
a las explicaciones que SPI proporciona sobre la posesión de conceptos. En este artículo presento las
teorías del papel inferencial, examino críticamente estos retos y señalo dos malentendidos a los cuales están
expuestos. A continuación, presento con detalle una versión racionalista de SPI y defiendo que esta versión
supera los retos fodorianos directamente. Si es correcta, esta línea argumentativa muestra que no hay un
problema de principio en la consideración de SPI como una buena candidata para una teoría de los conceptos.


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Verdejo, Víctor M.
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: analyticity; theoretical circularity; Rationalist IRS; Complete Frege Test; analiticidad; circularidad teórica; SPI Racionalista; Test de Frege Completo
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 18:03
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 18:03
Item ID: 10185
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.1881
Date: February 2013
Page Range: pp. 7-25
Volume: 28
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10185

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