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Fitch's Paradox of Knowability

Michael Dummett

in New Essays on the Knowability Paradox

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199285495
eISBN:
9780191713972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285495.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter defends p→¬¬Kp as the best expression of semantic antirealism.


The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Cheryl Misak and Huw Price (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266168
eISBN:
9780191865237
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The pragmatist approach to philosophical problems focuses on the role of disputed notions—for example, truth, value, causation, probability, necessity—in our practices. The insight at the heart of ... More


Sense and Partial Extension

Gary Ebbs

in Truth and Words

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199557936
eISBN:
9780191721403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557936.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The previous chapter concluded that no substantive theory of reference fits with our practical judgment that tokens of ‘gold’ used by English speakers today have the same extension as tokens of ... More


The Reality of Language

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

in Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language, and Reality

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199251346
eISBN:
9780191602634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251347.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Considers Davidson’s claim in ‘A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs’ that there is ‘no such thing as a language’ in the sense in which many philosophers and linguists have wanted to maintain. Argues that ... More


The Very Possibility of Language (2001)

Nathan Salmon

in Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning: Philosophical Papers, Volume I

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199284719
eISBN:
9780191603235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199284717.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Many philosophers have argued that a sentence like ‘Chris believes that the Earth is round’ actually mentions particular words rather than any proposition. Alonzo Church demonstrates that this is ... More


Introduction

Joe Salerno

in New Essays on the Knowability Paradox

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199285495
eISBN:
9780191713972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285495.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the knowability paradox and how the knowability principle has been claimed for a number of historic non-realisms, including Michael Dummett's ... More


The Paradox of Knowability and the Mapping Objection

Stig Alstrup Rasmussen

in New Essays on the Knowability Paradox

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199285495
eISBN:
9780191713972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285495.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter further investigates and defends Dummett's newly favoured knowability principle, p→¬¬Kp. It discusses the ‘mapping objection’, which points out that Gödel's 1933 mapping of ... More


Truth, Indefinite Extensibility, and Fitch's Paradox

José Luis Bermúdez

in New Essays on the Knowability Paradox

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199285495
eISBN:
9780191713972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285495.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that the Dummett (2001) position is well-motivated. The position restricts the knowability principle to atomic statements, and defines intuitionistic truth inductively from there. ... More


The Social Aspect of Language

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.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay clarifies the Davidson’s claim that “There is no such thing as language, not if a language is anything like what many philosophers and linguists have supposed”. It agrees with Dummett that ... More


An Interview with Donald Davidson

Donald Davidson

in Problems of Rationality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780198237549
eISBN:
9780191601378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237545.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The last chapter is an interview Ernest Lepore, Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science and a friend of the Davidson family, has conducted with the author in 1988. In this interview, the ... More


Inside and Outside Language: Stroud's Nonreductionism about Meaning

Hannah Ginsborg

in The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195381658
eISBN:
9780199918317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381658.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General, History of Philosophy

I argue that Stroud's nonreductionism about meaning is insufficiently motivated. First, given that he rejects the assumption that grasp of an expression's meaning guides or instructs us in its use, ... More


Tempered Pragmatism

Ian Rumfitt

in The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266168
eISBN:
9780191865237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter assesses the prospects of a pragmatist theory of content. It begins by criticizing the theory presented in D. H. Mellor’s essay ‘Successful Semantics’, then identifies problems and ... More


Closing Reflections1: Timothy Williamson

Paul Boghossian and Timothy Williamson

in Debating the A Priori

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198851707
eISBN:
9780191886317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851707.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In these brief comments, the author discusses the origins of his interest in the epistemology, why he has always found inferentialist accounts of it implausible, and why the similarities between the ... More


S5 as the Logic of Metaphysical Modality: Two Arguments for and Two Arguments against

Bob Hale

Jessica Leech and Kit Fine (eds)

in Essence and Existence

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198854296
eISBN:
9780191888588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854296.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Two arguments for S5 being the logic of metaphysical modality are favourably discussed: one from the logic of absolute necessity, one from Timothy Williamson. Two arguments against S5 being the logic ... More


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