Thursday, July 27, 2006

An overview of meaning and belief

Here's a nice way of describing the lay of the land of meaning and belief. Atomists like Fodor think that changes in beliefs do not affect concepts or the meaning of words. Holists like Quine and Davidson think that there is no way to tell the difference between a change in belief and a change in concepts or the meaning of words. Holists (extreme) like Brandom think that changes in beliefs are changes in meaning.

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