Internalist Perspectives on Language

Collins, John (2021) Internalist Perspectives on Language. In: The Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge University Press, pp. 157-173. ISBN 9781108698283

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The division between internalist and externalist perspectives has dominated many areas of philosophy over the last few decades. In broadest terms, the issue is how best to individuate or otherwise categorize properties of agents that bear upon them being rational, perceiving, acting creatures. Are the properties internal to the agent, to the exclusion of external factors, or are they essentially involving of properties and things external to the agents? In the philosophy of language, the relevant properties pertain to general linguistic competence, and so we may ask if language itself (appropriately understood) is an internal property of speaker-hearers, or, say, if a word’s meaning is essentially world involving. Only a cursory survey of internalism in the philosophy of language would be possible in the space available; the chapter’s ambition, instead, is to offer something of a rapprochement.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 09:31
DOI: 10.1017/9781108698283.009

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