Sellars refuted "given" and Quine spoke of the "the indeterminacy of translation".In Quine's case,a linguist could not translate or get the meaning of the word exactly even by pointing out the thing what the native may talked about. So are they deny a concept of orginal(without theory or ontology presupposed) ostensive definition?

  • Yes, but that is not specific to them. Even Husserl and continental structuralists viewed the Augustinian idea of assigning meanings by pointing as too naive. Of course, this does not preclude pragmatic usefulness of ostensive definitions to master a language, only its playing a grand epistemological role in forming "real" concepts. – Conifold Jan 22 at 8:03

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