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dc.contributor.advisorLosonsky, Michael
dc.contributor.authorKeyzer, Jonathan
dc.contributor.committeememberKasser, Jeff
dc.contributor.committeememberMacDonald, Brad
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T05:55:26Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T05:55:26Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description2013 Summer.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis clarifies the assumption that meaning is normative and defends this assumption from recent criticism by Anandi Hattiangadi and Akeel Bilgrami. Against Hattiangadi, I argue that the paradigmatic examples of moral and semantic obligations are strictly-speaking more like 'limit' hypotheticals in that having an obligation is contingent on some conditions, but these conditions are quite different than that those of the typical examples of means-end hypotheticals. I argue that the conditions relevant to limit hypotheticals are widely-satisfied by constitutive facts about beings with certain rational and linguistic competence like us. The 'limitation' is that being this kind of thing isn't something one chooses, but is a constitutive for what one is. Against Bilgrami, I argue that a meaning intention is a normative state of commitment. Having a meaning intention means that one is prepared to speak and being prepared to speak is something one must live up to by having and maintaining a plan. I argue that part of this plan is to make some minimal effort to be interpretable to others.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifierKeyzer_colostate_0053N_11787.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/80253
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof2000-2019 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectmeaning
dc.subjectKripke
dc.subjectlanguage
dc.subjectnormativity
dc.subjectrule-following
dc.subjectWittgenstein
dc.titleOn the normativity of semantic norms and intentions
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thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)


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