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Joseph Mendola

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.001.0001

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The Real Moral

The Real Moral

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This chapter considers three clusters of facts about reference and truth. They depend on the vagueness and indeterminacy of reference, deference to experts about the notion of reference, and the way in which extensions of terms rest on quirky and arbitrary social facts. It explores the dark side of the linguistic division of labour. It argues that internalism is correct on these grounds, and that truth and reference are flawed semantic notions.

Keywords:   reference, truth, indeterminacy, vagueness, arbitrariness, deference, linguistic division of labor

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