Conventionalism and the Causal Theory of Reference

@inproceedings{RamrezLudea2019ConventionalismAT,
  title={Conventionalism and the Causal Theory of Reference},
  author={Lorena Ram{\'i}rez-Lude{\~n}a},
  year={2019}
}
An intuitive view of language is frequently assumed: words are related by competent speakers to descriptions that determine reference. Such a view is generally understood as convention-based in the sense that it emphasises the existence of conventions that determine what descriptions are relevant. However, this descriptivist approach has been shown to be problematic in reconstructing our linguistic practices. In contrast, the Causal Theory of Reference (CTR) provides a plausible account of our… Expand

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