Dupre, G (2022) Realism and Observation: The View from Generative Grammar. Philosophy of Science. 1 - 37. ISSN 0031-8248

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Standard proposals of scientific anti-realism assume that the methodology of a scientific research program can be endorsed without accepting its metaphysical commitments. I argue that the distinction between competence, the rules governing one’s language faculty, and performance, linguistic behavior, precludes this. Linguistic theories aim to describe competence, not performance, and so must be able to distinguish observations reflective of the former from those reflective of the latter. This classification of data makes sense only against the background of a psychologically realistic view of linguistic theory. So the very methodology of the science commits one to its realistic interpretation.</jats:p>

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 14:43
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2022 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10715

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