Essay On Quine's View On Possibility Of Semantics

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Quine’s view on Possibility of Semantics – As per Putnam, quine was pessimistic towards the possibility of semantics and semantic theory as per se. Because it would be like constructing the entire separate theory of causation as science deals with cause. Quine’s Pessimism towards the utility of language cannot be simply dismissed as far as the meaning is concerned. Returning to his critique of traditional theory of natural kind term. Putnam says, if someone asks me what a tiger is or what lemon is? How do I convey the meaning of word lemon or tiger? Is important. According to Quine’s basic notion it is the notion of stimulus meaning. But it is very unlikely that I convey exactly the same stimulus meaning which I have of tiger in my idiolect. In any case I don’t convey it…show more content…
The sloppiness, the lack of precise theory and the lack of mathematical rigor are some of the defects in it. A general and precise theory which answers the questions (1) why do words have the different sorts of functions they do? and (2) exactly how does conveying core facts enable one to learn the use of a word? is not to be expected until one has a general and precise model of a language-user; and that is still a long way off. But this does not mean that our investigation for it should come to a halt. We should always strive to make this theory more and more precise. In the papers ‘the meaning and the reference’ and ‘the meaning of meaning’ Putnam has developed upon his question Is Semantics possible? And concluded his theory of Semantic Externalism by claiming that "meaning just ain't in the head’. Putnam has consistently adhered to the idea of semantic holism, in spite of the many changes in his other positions. The problems with this position have been described by Michael Dummett, Jerry Fodor, Ernest Lepore, and

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