Single Idea 12634

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 7. Meaning Holism / c. Meaning by Role]

Full Idea

'Inferential-role semantics' claims that the meaning of a word (/the content of a concept) is determined by its role in inference.

Gist of Idea

'Inferential-role semantics' says meaning is determined by role in inference


Jerry A. Fodor (LOT 2 [2008], Ch.2.1.2 n14)

Book Reference

Fodor,Jerry A.: 'LOT 2: the Language of Thought Revisited' [OUP 2008], p.33

A Reaction

Fodor is deeply opposed to this view. At first blush it sounds wrong to me, since there seems to be plenty of thought that can go on before inference takes place. Daydreamy speculation, for example.