Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Jackendoff's conceptualism

James Higginbotham a1
a1 School of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0451


In this commentary, I concentrate upon Ray Jackendoff's view of the proper foundations for semantics within the context of generative grammar. Jackendoff (2002) favors a form of internalism that he calls “conceptualism.” I argue that a retreat from realism to conceptualism is not only unwarranted, but even self-defeating, in that the issues that prompt his view will inevitably reappear if the latter is adopted.