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76Either way, the child can clearly determine the reference of an ostensively defined term. When by comparison we generalize a term such as "dog" or "brown" from a single object to multiple objects, it is obvious that the term must apply to all those objects from which it has been generalized. Thus attribution < previous page page_28 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 is in one sense the converse of generalization. The relation between a predicate and its subjects is usually put in term of satisfaction conditions; the subjects must satisfy the predicate.
It is not obvious that they can. Granted that philosophers have for years talked of "formal languages," most of them have sharply divided such formal systems from natural languages. Of course, one could simply strip a natural language of all meanings and references and treat it as an uninterpreted system, but obviously the result would no longer be a natural language, and Quine is not guilty of so simpleminded a move. Further, one might have thought that the referential apparatus of a natural language was sufficient to insure determinate reference; certainly many past philosophers have thought so.
Next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 depending on the context, particular facets of a category. The relation between concepts and meanings, therefore, is necessarily an indirect one. Words (and their meanings) simply evoke concepts; they do not represent them. Thus information pertinent to forming a conceptual category may have no role in the meaning of the word used to pick out that category. 67 Again, Children learn that a particular label or flag simply picks out a particular conceptual category.