Journal article

Inscrutability and Its Discontents

Laura Schroeter, Francois Schroeter

Canadian Journal of Philosophy | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Our main focus in this paper is Herman Cappelen’s claim, defended in Fixing Language, that reference is radically inscrutable. We argue that Cappelen’s inscrutability thesis should be rejected. We also highlight how rejecting inscrutability undermines Cappelen’s most radical conclusions about conceptual engineering. In addition, we raise a worry about his positive account of topic continuity through inquiry and debate.