What is the acquisition argument?

Alexander Miller

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Semantic realism, as I shall understand it it in this paper, is the combination of the views (1) that sentential understanding is constituted by grasp of truth conditions and (2) that the notion of truth which figures therein is essentially epistemically unconstrained. In a single slogan, understanding a sentence consists in some cases in grasp of potentially recognition-transcendent truth conditions. For example, a semantic realist about the past holds that our understanding of 'Caesar sneezed fifteen times on his 19th birthday' consists in grasp of its truth condition, where this is capable of obtaining even though there is no guarantee that we shall be able, even in principle, to recognize that that is so.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEpistemology of language
EditorsAlex Barber
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)0199250588
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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