ISBN: 9780262276795 | 372 pp. | October 1992

The Metaphysics of Meaning


Jerrold J. Katz offers a radical reappraisal of the "linguistic turn" in twentieth-century philosophy. He shows that the naturalism that emerged to become the dominant philosophical position was never adequately proved. Katz critiques the major arguments for contemporary naturalism and develops a new conception of the naturalistic fallacy. This conception, inspired by Moore, explains why attempts to naturalize linguistics and logic, and perhaps ethics, will fail. He offers a Platonist view of such disciplines, justifying it as the best explanation of their autonomy, their objectivity, and their normativity.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Introduction
  4. 2. Wittgenstein's Critique of Theories of Meaning
  5. 3. Wittgenstein on Rule Following
  6. 4. Kripke on Rule Following
  7. 5. Quine's Arguments against Intensionalist Semantics
  8. 6. The Domino Theory
  9. 7. The Naturalistic Fallacy
  10. 8. Conclusion: The Problems of Philosophy
  11. Notes
  12. Index