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Title: Meaning, Use, and Diagrams
Authors: Macbeth, Danielle
Keywords: PeirceFregeSellarsBrandom
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Danielle Macbeth, "Meaning, Use, and Diagrams", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI (2009) 1, pp. 369-384.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XI (2009) 1
Abstract: My starting point is two themes from Peirce: his familiar pragmatist conception of meaning focused on what follows from an application of a term rather than on what is the case if it is correctly applied, and his less familiar and rather startling claim that even purely deductive, logical reasoning is not merely formal but instead constructive or diagrammatic — and hence experimental, and fallible. My aim is to show, using Frege’s two-dimensional logical language as a paradigm of a “constructive” logic in Peirce’s sense, that taking this second theme into account in one’s interpretation of the first yield a very different, and arguably more fruitful, conception of meaning than is usually ascribed to Peirce, not only a different conception of the role of inference in meaning than is found in, say, Brandom following Sellars, but also a very different understanding of the role of pragmatics in semantics than is standard in social practice theories.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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