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Theories of Reference, Experimental Philosophy, and the Calibration of Intuitions

Pérez Otero, Manuel (2017) Theories of Reference, Experimental Philosophy, and the Calibration of Intuitions. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (1). pp. 41-62. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

E. Machery and some collaborators have used survey data to criticize Kripke’s anti-descriptivism about proper names. I highlight a number of drawbacks in the tests of Machery et al. Some of my objections concern their ambiguity. In particular, the responses that —according to them— reveal descriptivist intuitions can be interpreted as anti-descriptivist responses, for reasons that —as far as I know— have not been pointed out so far. Furthermore, their vignettes are apparently inconsistent. I also discuss other issues related to the role of intuitions in philosophy; Machery et al.’s theses depend on an unjustified assumption: there is not expertise regarding intuitions.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Pérez Otero, Manuelperez.otero@ub.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Kripke; Machery; descriptivism; expertise; proper names; cross-cultural semantics; thought experiments; empirical justification.
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2017 15:11
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2017 15:11
Item ID: 12875
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.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.15463
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: January 2017
Page Range: pp. 41-62
Volume: 32
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12875

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