Why Referentialism Is So Successful
In this chapter we shall present arguments that have been put forward against certain descriptivist approaches, such as linguistic descriptivism, the classical descriptivist theory of proper names or Reichenbach ’s account of indexicals. These arguments have cast discredit on descriptivism in general and have contributed to promote referentialism to the role of standard theory. This is so also because some of these arguments rely on data that appear to be handled straightforwardly from a referentialist standpoint. In Chapter 8, we shall consider the extent to which these arguments are ultimately telling and whether the data that they put forward can be accommodated by the descriptivist theory, CD, to be presented in due course.