Date of Award
Master of Arts
Stanislaus Husi, Michael N. Liston
Constructivism, Meta-Ethics, Semantics
This thesis consists of two loosely-connected essays about Sharon Street's "Humean" metanormative constructivism. In the first chapter, I examines a lacuna in Street's account--namely, that she owes us a semantic theory as a necessary condition for getting her metanormative theory off the ground--and argue that Brandom's inferentialist semantic theory is the best option for filling the lacuna. I then show that Michael Ridge's reading of Street as a reductive realist is mistaken. In the second chapter, I examine the vulnerability of Street's account to certain epistemic "reliability challenges," including one she herself makes against realist theories of value. I then argue, using Davidson's strategy, that the coherentist impulses in Street's theory are sufficient to answer the challenges in question.
Sankaran, Kirun Kumar, "Two Essays on Constructivism: Lessons from Semantic Theory" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 424.