Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Volume 86, Issue 3, May 2013

Edouard Machery, Ron Mallon, Shaun Nichols, Stephen P. Stich
Pages 618-635

If Folk Intuitions Vary, Then What?

We have recently presented evidence for cross-cultural variation in semantic intuitions and explored the implications of such variation for philosophical arguments that appeal to some theory of reference as a premise. Devitt (2011) and Ichikawa and colleagues (forthcoming) offer critical discussions of the experiment and the conclusions that can be drawn from it. In this response, we reiterate and clarify what we are really arguing for, and we show that most of Devitt's and Ichikawa and colleagues' criticisms fail to address our concerns.

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