Perhaps non-naturalists have done so because they have assumed a more general form of descriptivism
, (13) according to which normative predicates refer to the relevant non-natural normative properties because (i) normative predicates refer to whatever properties they must in order for our carefully considered core normative convictions to be true and (ii) if these predicates referred to any other properties then at least some of those convictions would be false.
No version of descriptivism
can explain what we would have then discovered in discovering that Phosphorus and Hesperus were one and the same entity.
While traditional readings of the play highlight the extremism of Creon and Antigone, a radical interpretation remains available that correlates divergence with democracy and descriptivism
with autocracy, and at the same time leaves open the possibility of a collectivized and participatory notion of persons, identities, and subjects.
Prescriptivism exemplified the doctrine of correctness; descriptivism
embodied the doctrine of usage.
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form of descriptivism
is simply unmoved by this alleged normativist
His approach, as evidenced by this brilliant collection, has nothing to do with the domestication of dull descriptivism
or inane explanation by which some criticism deadens the writing it touches.
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The semantics of ethics divides naturally into descriptivism
This is an ethical problem that hinges upon the misrepresentation into which descriptivism
can slide if it is not subjected to the contestations of dialogic intervention.
Especially strong in identifying travelogue tropes and the echoed sententiae of Rousseau, Chard also calls attention to the novel's voicings of natural theology, which draw from the deluge theory of Thomas Burnet and the devotional descriptivism
of James Thomson and other midcentury poets.
and concepts of self-renuntiation.
The main challenge in usage manuals is to strike the right balance between prescriptivism and descriptivism
Still more serious objections to this style of descriptivism
were later presented by Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam, who attacked the semantic role that such definitions had been thought to play.
Moreover, the undoing of old categories is part of a neo-empiricist reaction, a kind of theory-less descriptivism
, as it is to be pursued through the deployment of an "ethnography of the particular" consisting of the exploration of "wonderfully complex stories of individuals .