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Single Idea 17506

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 3. Direct Reference / b. Causal reference]

Full Idea

In previous papers I suggested that the reference is fixed by a test known to experts; it now seems to me that this is just a special case of my use being causally connected to an introducing event.

Gist of Idea

I now think reference by the tests of experts is a special case of being causally connected


Hilary Putnam (Explanation and Reference [1973], II C)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Mind Language and Reality: Papers vol 2' [CUP 1975], p.205

A Reaction

I think he was probably right the first time, and has now wandered off course.