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Frank Pupa Presentation
October 24, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Frank Pupa (Nassau Community College) presented Joe Six-Pack Refudiates London and its Banks, Refuses Water, Too: The Case for Semantic Internalism:
Semantic externalism is pure folly, so Chomsky thinks. Meaning, he holds, is in the head. Although we can use language to talk about the external world, Chomsky maintains that a proper (and properly scientific) semantics for natural language does not traffic in word-world relations. This position seemingly runs contrary to much of the underpinnings of contemporary philosophy of language. Predictably, Chomsky’s semantic internalism has elicited its fair share of rejoinders. Semantic internalism survives these rejoinders and seems all the more plausible for it.