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Oughts and Thoughts: Scepticism and the Normativity of Meaning

Anandi Hattiangadi

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199219025
eISBN:
9780191711879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219025.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book provides a response to the argument for meaning scepticism set out by Saul Kripke in Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language. Kripke asks what makes it the case that anybody ever means ... More


Thought and Reality

Michael Dummett

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199207275
eISBN:
9780191708749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207275.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book sets out views about some of the deepest questions in philosophy. The fundamental question of metaphysics is: what does reality consist of? To answer this it is necessary to say what kinds ... More


Ontological Categories: Their Nature and Significance

Jan Westerhoff

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199285044
eISBN:
9780191713699
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285044.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The concept of an ontological category is central to metaphysics. Metaphysicians argue about which category an object should be assigned to, whether one category can be reduced to another one, or ... More


Truth -- Meaning -- Reality

Paul Horwich

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199268900
eISBN:
9780191708459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268900.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

This book offers a distinctive approach to the core problems of philosophy. It presents a broad and unified deflationism that encompasses language, thought, facts, knowledge, and the relations ... More


Violence, Fear, and Power: The Expansion and Limitation of War

Andreas Herberg‐Rothe

in Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199202690
eISBN:
9780191707834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202690.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

What Clausewitz says about the interactions to the extreme provides the basis for the assumption that he is the theorist of destruction and the precursor of the idea of total war. But these ... More


Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199299522
eISBN:
9780191714900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Literature is a source of understanding and insight into the human condition. Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible account of how this can be the case. For ... More


When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group

Diana G. Tumminia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176759
eISBN:
9780199835720
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195176758.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This ethnography details the UFO religion, Unarius Academy of Science, and their belief system, which includes visions, channeling, dreams, myths, healing, past-life therapy, and recovered memories. ... More


Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Eugene Subbotsky

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In children, magical thinking has traditionally been viewed as an immature form of thinking that is destined to diminish with age. With some exceptions, the study of magical thinking and magical ... More


The Unity of the Proposition

Richard Gaskin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239450
eISBN:
9780191716997
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239450.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book is about the philosophy of language. It analyses what is distinctive about sentences and the propositions they express — what marks them off from mere lists of words and mere aggregates of ... More


Conclusion

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113020
eISBN:
9780199834815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113020.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The arguments presented in the book are briefly summarized, pointing out that what has been defended is a Christian vision of reality (focusing on heaven) that is profoundly more hopeful than that of ... More


On Judgment

Marcia Cavell

in Becoming a Subject: Reflections in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199287086
eISBN:
9780191603921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199287082.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter discusses Freud’s idea of ‘the reality principle’ as in effect containing an analysis of the necessary conditions for prepositional thought. In calling ‘the setting-up of the reality ... More


Ignorance of Language

Michael Devitt

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Is Chomsky right about the psychological reality of language? What is linguistics about? What role should linguistic intuitions play in constructing grammars? What is innate about language? Is there ... More


Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Bede Rundle

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199575114
eISBN:
9780191722349
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575114.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book engages with major philosophical questions concerning time and space — a framework for the investigation being provided by the debate between the absolutists and the relationists, so ... More


A Grammar as a Theory of Linguistic Reality

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues against Chomsky’s view that linguistics is a branch of psychology, and hence concerns a psychological reality: the speaker’s linguistic competence. With the help of three quite ... More


Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Frank Palmer

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242321
eISBN:
9780191680441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

Recent philosophical discussion about the relation between fiction and reality pays little heed to our moral involvement with literature. This book investigates how our appreciation of literary works ... More


The Religious Imagination and the Sense of God

John Bowker

Published in print:
1978
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198266464
eISBN:
9780191683046
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266464.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, World Religions

This book asks why, since so many characterizations of theistic reality have gone to extinction, do some, not simply survive, but undergo considerable recharacterization, when they have come under ... More


Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation

Rumina Sethi

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183396
eISBN:
9780191674020
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183396.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book focuses on the construction of forms of historical consciousness in narratives, or schools of narrative. The study seeks to underscore what goes behind the writing of ‘true’ and ‘authentic’ ... More


Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities

Frank Fischer

in Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199242641
eISBN:
9780191599255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019924264X.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter aims to clarify the socially constructed nature of reality and the symbolic sides of public policy, as well as the discursive politics to which it gives rise. It concentrates on the ... More


Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology

Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199565818
eISBN:
9780191722004
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions — are they objective features of mind-independent reality? If so, are they irreducible, or can modal facts be ... More


Will and World: A Study in Metaphysics

N. M. L. Nathan

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239543
eISBN:
9780191679957
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239543.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Beneath metaphysical problems there often lies a conflict between what we want to be true and what we believe to be true. This book shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, ... More


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