Xunzi as a Semantic Inferentialist: Zhengmin, Bian-Shuo and Dao-Li

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This essay argues that the idea of name-rectification (zheng ming chinese source) in the Xunzi can be properly reconstructed as revealing a normative pragmatic semantic theme that linguistic contents embody, and are embedded in, the normative, justificatory network, or pattern, of dao li chinese source (proper routes/patterns of norm) which, in turn, is constituted and manifested by social inferential justificatory practices of bian shuo chinese source (dialectical justification/explanation).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-340
Number of pages30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept

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  • Philosophy


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