Reason and Language

In C. Macdonald & G. Macdonald (eds.), McDowell and His Critics. Blackwell. pp. 22--45 (2006)
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Abstract
John McDowell has often emphasized the fact that the use of langauge is a rational enterprise. In this paper, I explore the sense in which this is so, arguing that our use of language depends upon our consciously knowing what our words mean. I call this a 'cognitive conception of semantic competence'. The paper also contains a close analysis of the phenomenon of implicature and some suggestions about how it should and should not be understood.
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