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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 48, Issue 4, December 2008

José Tomás Alvarado
Pages 493-516
DOI: 10.5840/ipq200848466

The Manifestation Argument Reconsidered

Dummett’s Manifestation Argument against realism attempts to show that a realist conception of meaning cannot explain the understanding of truth-conditions transcendent to evidence. In this work the general structure of the argument is discussed along with several objections to it. This examination finds that the anti-realist is committed to a deflationary conception of the normative character of meaning that is unpalatable. This essay contends that the argument in its present form cannot have the metaphysical consequences it claims (at least not without begging the question).

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