Acocella (2012) accused descriptivists
of self-righteousness, while Bryson (1987, p.
To support his claim, the descriptivist
may call attention to
There are, however, a number of problems with accepting the descriptivist
response to the Open Question Argument.
On the descriptivist
model, the reference of terms like "life" and "death" is fixed by our implicit mental association of these terms with definitions that specify essential features of their referents.
For a discussion of Kant's "self-centered" ethics as one of the backgrounds of the Weltbild shared by Wittgenstein, some of his contemporaries and many of his followers, see Emyr Vaughan Thomas, Wittgensteinian Values: Philosophy, Religious Belief, and Descriptivist
Methodology (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001), 76, 86-87.
Influenced by Wittgenstein's descriptivist
view of philosophy, Kuhn insisted that the task of the historian of science is not to evaluate the development of science in terms of abstract models of progress, but to describe and explain why it "progresses as it does.
Because of the extra work, descriptivist
students end up with a truer and more complete understanding of the English language.
Given the failings of descriptivist
and normatively charged definitions of paternalism, it is argued that we have good reason to pursue a normatively neutral definition.
The paper proceeds with a critical exposition of the general nature of Yoruba proverbs, an exploration of the dialectical relationship between Yoruba proverbs and names, and argues that this relationship instantiates a descriptivist
theory of reference of names in the philosophy of language, with concluding particulars that critically espouses the values and virtues embedded in selected Yoruba proverbs and names.
The problem with such binarisms is not so much the ingrained structuralist fear that the formalist and descriptivist
paradigm will inevitably be polluted by the invasion of ideological concerns, as the failure of such rigid distinctions to do justice to the aims and complexities of textual analysis, interpretation, and cultural history.
Garner declares himself "a prescriber who uses descriptivist
methods--in effect, a descriptive prescriber," which lends his observations a better-reasoned air than many on the subject.
I therefore question a descriptivist
approach to generic form, which presupposes a certain textual genetics to which, as the etymology might suggest, genre designations refer.
No other features of modern Tibetan pronunciation have led to more disagreement in the literature over the past half-century than have its suprasegmentals; unfortunately nothing in this book contributes to resolving the problems with whic h these continue to confront the descriptivist
definitions of health cannot be more than a component of a comprehensive concept of health, for health is valued.
While Davies sides with Dickie here, and what he calls the descriptivist
position, he does recognize the importance to art of value.