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
J. F. STAAL
In memory of Louis Renou
Long before the modern languages of South Asia began to develop, a tradition of
linguistic studies originated in areas of what is now India and Pakistan and what
will, on account of a certain unity of traditional culture, be referred to as "India".
While it is increasingly becoming known that it was in India that the science of
linguistics originated and developed into an impressive tradition, India also continues
to be regarded, especially in non-professional circles, as a country