Disquotationalism, Reference, and Object Dependence

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In this paper I consider whether disquotationalist accounts of reference can accommodate our intuitions concerning reference. I argue that, if our intuitions are to be satisfactorily accommodated, the disquotationalist must regard the semantic content of a referring singular term as depending upon the object which is the intuitive referent of that singular term. Granted this, however, the way then looks open for the inflationist about reference to simply identify the object dependence relation with the reference relation. I consider how damaging this is for the disquotationalist, and how she might respond, concluding on a note of pessi- mism for disquotationalist accounts of reference.
Translated title of the contributionDefationism, Reference, and Object Dependence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939–955
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number3
Early online date2 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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