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De Queiroz (1988) and de Queiroz and Gauthier (1990, 1992), following individualism, originally introduced their phylogenetic definitions of taxa with the intention that they would function as a reference by ostension.
In this sense, phylogenetic definitions fix the reference by intension (de Queiroz, 1992), and not by ostension, since the "pointing" at ancestors proceeds by description.
23), are like a staged, ritualized ostension of the known moves in this old theatre of the sex war.
ostension, and contrasting information statements) that mothers use to describe individual items from a category and to describe how items are combined to create subordinate and superordinate categories (Callanan, 1985; Gelman, Coley, Rosengren, Hartman, & Pappas, 1998; Shipley, Kuhn, & Madden, 1983).
Later on he suggests that ostension "is that indicative gesture toward reality which precedes and underlies the construction of meaning.
Fry resists equating ostension and Kant's notions of the beautiful and the sublime because they are transcendentally given, and as such they are structured in relation to the thing itself, the supersensible.
This paper argues for a version of the no-stage-setting interpretation of the failure of private ostension.
Ostension is not only "a-theologic" but also stubbornly ahistorical, in that it names a condition of Being that underlies the accidents of time and place.
After all, how could the individuation of objects proceed when one abstracts altogether from their spatiotemporal positioning by ostension or otherwise?
Merely partial descriptive characterizations not supplemented by ostension are of themselves unable to specify particular individuals.
96) For Wittgenstein too another important part of the argument is a thesis that singular referring uses of language--in particular, acts of ostension and proper names--presuppose a stage-setting of general concepts.
His minimalist view of pragmatism can be inferred from a few remarks, primarily in "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," but also in "Identity, Ostension and Hypostasis," a pair of essays written around 1950.
Quine, "Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis," in From a Logical Point of View (Cambridge, Mass.
Thus, semantic realism explains both Wittgenstein's observation that no amount of ostension fixes the meaning or referent of a term and Putnam's claim that speakers on Earth and Twin Earth agree in their internal understanding of "water" even though the speakers from the different planets mean different things by "water.
According to Kripke and Putnam, a natural kind can be named by ostension through paradigmatic instances of a kind.