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Gómez-Torrente on reference to ordinary substances
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5784-7953
2020 (English)In: Manuscrito, ISSN 0100-6045, E-ISSN 2317-630X, Vol. 43, no 4, p. 97-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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According to the Kripke-Putnam orthodoxy, a term like 'water' refers to samples of the same substance as the items on the basis of which the term was introduced. However, observations due to Needham (2000) and Leslie (2013) cast doubt on the idea that there is a uniquely privileged notion of substance relevant to the determination of reference, in which case it would seem at best indeterminate what the word `water' refers to. In response to this problem, Gómez-Torrente (2019) has argued that there is a privileged notion of substance that plays a role in the determination of reference, namely, the ordinary notion of substance. This paper argues that Gómez-Torrente's proposal is not successful. Contrary to what Gómez-Torrente supposes, there is no uniquely privileged ordinary notion of substance; rather, there are many notions of substance compatible with the meaning of 'substance' none of which seems privileged over the rest.

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Campinas: UNICAMP - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência , 2020. Vol. 43, no 4, p. 97-107
Keywords [en]
reference, natural kind terms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-177209DOI: 10.1590/0100-6045.2020.v43n4.mxISI: 000592891800010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85096051617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-177209DiVA, id: diva2:1505827
Available from: 2020-12-01 Created: 2020-12-01 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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