, Volume 106, Issue 2, pp 139–166 | Cite as

Anti-realism and speaker knowledge

  • Dorit Bar-On


Dummettian anti-realism repudiates the realist's notion of ‘verification-transcendent’ truth. Perhaps the most crucial element in the Dummettian attack on realist truth is the critique of so-called “realist semantics”, which assigns verification-transcendent truth-conditions as the meanings of (some) sentences. The Dummettian critique charges that realist semantics cannot serve as an adequate theory of meaning for a natural language, and that, consequently, the realist conception of truth must be rejected as well. In arguing for this, Dummett and his followers have appealed to a certain conception of linguistic knowledge. This paper examines closely the appeal to speakers' knowledge of linguistic meaning, its force and limitations.


Natural Language Crucial Element Adequate Theory Linguistic Knowledge Linguistic Meaning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorit Bar-On
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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