Normativity and the Realist Stance in Semantics

  • Giacomo Turbanti Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
Keywords: realism, semantics, Sellars


Recent attempts to define and support realism in semantics seem to acknowledge, as the only defence from skeptical attacks to the notion of meaning, a flat acceptance of the existence of representational relations between language and things in the world. In this paper I reconsider part of the mistrust about the normative character of meaning, in order to show that some of the worries urging the realists to cling on representationalism actually rest on misconceptions. To the contrary, I suggest that normativity is the main strength of a stable realist stance in semantics. Support to this suggestion comes from the reanalysis of some oft-ignored sellarsian themes.

How to Cite
Turbanti, G. (2018). Normativity and the Realist Stance in Semantics. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5(21), 83-102. Retrieved from