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THEORIA. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 2009, 24 1

Author: Victor M. Verdejo

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Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia ISSN: 0495-4548 theoria@ehu.es Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea España Verdejo, Victor M. Why Rationalist Compositionality Wont Go Away (Either) THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, vol.
24, núm.
1, 2009, pp.
29-47 Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Donostia-San Sebastián, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=339730808002 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Why Rationalist Compositionality Wont Go Away (Either) * Víctor M.
VERDEJO Recibido: 26.2.2008 Versión final: 20.8.2008 BIBLID [0495-4548 (2009) 24: 64; pp.
29-47] ABSTRACT: Vigorous Fodorian criticism may make it seem impossible for Inferential Role Semantics (IRS) to accommodate compositionality.
In this paper, first, I introduce a neo-Fregean version of IRS that appeals centrally to the notion of rationality.
Second, I show how such a theory can respect compositionality by means of semantic rules.
Third, I argue that, even if we consider top-down compositional derivability: a) the Fodorian is not justified in claiming that it involves so-called reverse compositionality; and b) a defender of IRS can still offer a satisfactory account in terms of the inferential capacities of rational thinkers. Keywords: inferential Role Semantics, compositionality, rationality, semantic rule, reverse compositionality. Over the years, vigorous Fodorian criticism of semantic theories that is based upon the requirements of compositionality (see, for instance: Fodor and Lepore (1991,1992, 2001) and Fodor (1998a, 2004a, 2008)) seems to have achieved its goal.
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