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Why Rationalist Compositionality Won't Go Away (Either)

Verdejo, Víctor M. (2009) Why Rationalist Compositionality Won't Go Away (Either). THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 24 (1). pp. 29-47. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Vigorous Fodorian criticism may make it seem impossible for Inferential Role Semantics (IRS) to accommodate compositionality. In this paper, first, I introduce a neo-Fregean version of IRS that appeals centrally to the notion of rationality. Second, I show how such a theory can respect compositionality by means of semantic rules. Third, I argue that, even if we consider top-down compositional derivability: a) the Fodorian is not justified in claiming that it involves so-called reverse compositionality; and b) a defender of IRS can still offer a satisfactory account in terms of the inferential capacities of rational thinkers.


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Verdejo, Víctor M.victor.verdejo@uab.cat
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: inferential Role Semantics, compositionality, rationality, semantic rule, reverse compositionality
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 00:05
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2014 00:05
Item ID: 10377
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.382
Date: November 2009
Page Range: pp. 29-47
Volume: 24
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10377

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