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Reflections on Meaning

Paul Horwich

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199251247
eISBN:
9780191603983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925124X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The broad aim of this work is to explain how mere noises, marks, gestures, and mental/neural symbols are able to capture the world, that is, how words and sentences (in whatever medium) come to mean ... More


Truth in Virtue of Meaning: A Defence of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction

Gillian Russell

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232192
eISBN:
9780191715907
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The analytic/synthetic distinction looks simple. It is a distinction between two different kinds of sentence: synthetic sentences are true in part because of the way the world is, and in part because ... More


Quine versus Davidson: Truth, Reference, and Meaning

Gary Kemp

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695621
eISBN:
9780191738524
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695621.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

So far as language and meaning are concerned, Donald Davidson and Willard Van Orman Quine are typically regarded as birds of a feather. This book urges first of all that they cannot be. Quine’s most ... More


Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

D. M. Armstrong

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590612
eISBN:
9780191723391
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book tries to present in brief compass a metaphysical system, matured (as is hoped) over many years. By metaphysics is understood an account of the fundamental categories of being, such notions ... More


Introduction

David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590612
eISBN:
9780191723391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The hypothesis is that space‐time is what there is. W.V. Quine's ‘abstract objects’ are rejected. What exists should play some causal role (Graham Oddie's Eleatic Principle). The nature of space‐time ... More


The Rational Disciplines: Logic and Mathematics 1

David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590612
eISBN:
9780191723391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Logical and mathematical truths differ from the empirical sciences in being necessary; they can be discovered a priori and in general can be proved (contra Quine). How is this possible? This problem ... More


Objects of Metaphor

Samuel Guttenplan

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199280896
eISBN:
9780191602627
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199280894.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Objects of Metaphor offers a philosophical account of the phenomenon of metaphor which is radically different from others in the literature. Yet for all its difference, the underlying ... More


Reasons and Experience

Alan Millar

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242703
eISBN:
9780191680540
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242703.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

There is a tendency in current philosophical thought to treat sensory experiences as a peculiar species of propositional attitude. This book argues against this view. While allowing that experiences ... More


What is Quine's View of Truth?

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay explores Quine’s concept of truth. Quine substitutes radical translation for translation which aims to preserve ‘meaning’. Although radical translation does not always preserve truth ... More


Realism in Mathematics

Penelope Maddy

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198240358
eISBN:
9780191597978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019824035X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Many mathematicians understand their work as an effort to describe the denizens and features of an abstract mathematical world or worlds. Most philosophers of mathematics consider views of this sort ... More


Truth and the Absence of Fact

Hartry Field

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199242894
eISBN:
9780191597381
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199242895.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This is a collection of papers, written over many years, with substantial postscripts tying them together and giving an updated perspective on them. The first five are on the notions of truth and ... More


Foundations without Foundationalism: A Case for Second-Order Logic

Stewart Shapiro

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250296
eISBN:
9780191598388
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250290.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

A language is second‐order, or higher‐order, if it has bound variables that range over properties or sets of the items in the range of the ordinary, first‐order variables. This book presents a formal ... More


Constructibility and Mathematical Existence

Charles S. Chihara

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198239758
eISBN:
9780191597190
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198239750.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

A continuation of the study of mathematical existence begun in Ontology and the Vicious‐Circle Principle (published in 1973); in the present work, Quine's indispensability argument is rebutted by the ... More


The Indispensability of Mathematics

Mark Colyvan

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137545
eISBN:
9780199833139
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513754X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Looks at the Quine–Putnam indispensability argument in the philosophy of mathematics. This argument urges us to place mathematical entities on the same ontological footing as other theoretical ... More


Mathematics as a Science of Patterns

Michael D. Resnik

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250142
eISBN:
9780191598296
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250142.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Mathematics is regarded as our most developed science, and yet philosophical troubles surface as soon as we inquire about its subject matter partly because mathematics itself says nothing about the ... More


From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

Frank Jackson

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250616
eISBN:
9780191597787
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250614.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Conceptual analysis is currently out of favour, especially in North America. This is partly through misunderstanding of its nature. Properly understood, conceptual analysis is not a mysterious ... More


Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth

Colin McGinn

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199241811
eISBN:
9780191598029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199241813.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book discusses the nature of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth. Its main claims are that identity, existence, and truth are logical properties, that predicates are singular ... More


Radical Interpretation and Indeterminacy

Timothy McCarthy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145069
eISBN:
9780199833436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145062.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Attempts to offer a response to Quine's arguments for the indeterminacy of reference and translation by developing an original theory of radical interpretation, i.e. the project of characterising ... More


The Seas of Language

Michael Dummett

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198236214
eISBN:
9780191597350
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198236212.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The book contains articles in metaphysics and philosophy of language written between 1975 and 1992. Dummett defends the verificationist theory of meaning, according to which in order to know the ... More


 ECOLOGICAL NATURALISM

Lorraine Code

in Ecological Thinking: The Politics of Epistemic Location

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195159431
eISBN:
9780199786411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159438.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

Starting with a critical reading of the promise of Quinean naturalized epistemology for feminist and other post-colonial theories of knowledge, this chapter instead proposes an ecological naturalism ... More


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