refers to as a “cat” is a cat). This answer is small comfort, it does not exclude
the possibility that what she calls a cat is what males call a cat*,
and vice versa; and this is Nozick’s point.
—Hilary Putnam, Reason, Truth, and History2
WORKING BACK TO THE ISSUE IN COMMON
If few feminist, African, Asian, or Hispanic philosophers have undertaken
the conceptual leaps and imaginative projections necessary to enter the
“alien hermeneutical circle” of contemporary English-speaking philosophyoflanguage, only the most recalcitrant of male or white chauvinists