Journal article

Normative realism: co-reference without convergence?

Laura Schroeter, Francois Schroeter

Philosophers' Imprint | UNIV MICHIGAN LIBRARY, MPUBLISHING | Published : 2013

Abstract

This paper examines whether realists can explain co-reference without appealing to subjects' ideal convergence in judgment. This question is particularly pressing in the normative domain, since deep disagreement about the applicability of normative predicates suggests that different speakers may not pick out the same property when they use normative terms. Normative realists, we believe, have not been sufficiently aware of the difficulties involved in providing a theory of reference-determination. Our aim in this paper is to clarify the nature of this reference-fixing task and the challenges that arise for a non-convergentist normative realist. Our focal point will be Richard Boyd's external..

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