All at sea in semantic space : Churchland on meaning similarity

  title={All at sea in semantic space : Churchland on meaning similarity},
  author={Jerry A. Fodor and Ernie Lepore},
  journal={The Journal of Philosophy},
Critique de la notion de similarite du contenu qui caracterise les theories semantiques contemporaines. Mettant en evidence la non-pertinence de l'idee de similarite du point de vue des theories de la signification, l'A. refute l'entreprise de reconstruction conceptuelle developpee par P. Churchland et montre que celle-ci se reduit a une sorte d'ignoratio elenchi (argument par ignorance). Examinant les conditions de satisfaction, ainsi que les criteres de la compositionnalite, de la traduction… 

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17 We are not, please note, asserting – or even suggesting—that content individuation is non-monotonic because it's a species of functional individuation

  • 17 We are not, please note, asserting – or even suggesting—that content individuation is non-monotonic because it's a species of functional individuation