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Meaning DiminishedToward Metaphysically Modest Semantics$
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Kenneth A. Taylor

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198803447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803447.001.0001

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Metaphysical Embarrassment, Indefinite Modifiability, and Rules of Use

Metaphysical Embarrassment, Indefinite Modifiability, and Rules of Use

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(p.142) 7 Metaphysical Embarrassment, Indefinite Modifiability, and Rules of Use
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Meaning Diminished
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Kenneth A. Taylor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803447.003.0007

This chapter addresses potential gaps between between developed encyclopedic representations of the metaphysical structure of the world and native semantic representations of the metaphysical structure of the world. It is argued that when our language is metaphysically embarrassed by the world we resort either to indefinite modifiability or mere rules of use to regulate ordinary language. It is also argued that when use is regulated by mere rules of use, rather than rules of truth, there is no reason at all to suppose that we can read much about the ultimate metaphysical structure of the Universe from facts about use.

Keywords:   rules of truth, rules of use, metaphysical embarrassment, adjuncts, arguments, indefinite modifiability

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