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Linguistic intuitions as sharpened judgments and conditional assessments. A note on evidence in contextual semantics.

Conference contribution
Authors Stellan Petersson
Published in 3rd WFAP Graduate Conference: We need to talk. Language and Philosophical Method. Organised by the Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy. May 22-24, 2014. Vienna.
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


Cappelen’s Philosophy without intuitions (Cappelen, 2012) challenges the widespread conception of philosophy as an intuition-driven discipline. Drawing on case studies of philosophical texts, Cappelen argues that in-depth studies of contemporary philosophical practices do not warrant that description. In this talk, we pursue Cappelen's question, and show some results from a methodological survey of philosophical texts. But we have a narrower focus than Cappelen: our study concerns the role of intuitions in semantics and pragmatics. More specifically, we focus on some central contributions to the discussion of the semantics/pragmatics interface (e.g. Stanley & Szabó 2000; Recanati 2010).

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