Title

Expression and guidance in Schroeder’s expressivist semantics

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Erkenntnis

Publication Date

7-2017

Volume

Advance online publication

Publisher

Springer

Abstract

Mark Schroeder’s expressivist program has made substantial progress in providing a compositional semantics for normative terms. This paper argues that it risks achieving this semantic progress at the cost of abandoning a key theoretical motivation for embracing expressivism in the first place. The problem can be summarized as a dilemma. Either Schroeder must allow that there are cases in which agents are in disagreement with one another, or can make valid inferences, but that these disagreements or inferences are not expressible in natural language; or his version of expressivism must abandon one of the key theoretical advantages expressivist theories seemed to possess over cognitivism, the ability to provide a very straightforward explanation of the action- and attitude-guiding role of normative judgments.

DOI

10.1007/s10670-017-9916-0

Language

English

Print ISSN

01650106

E-ISSN

15728420

Funding Information

Research appearing in this paper was partially funded by a grant from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, China (LU342612). {LU342612}

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Recommended Citation

Baker, D. (2017). Expression and guidance in Schroeder’s expressivist semantics. Erkenntnis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10670-017-9916-0

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