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Tarskian Truth and the Views of John McDowell

Barry Taylor

in Models, Truth, and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199286690
eISBN:
9780191604065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286698.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the status of Tarskian truth. It argues that because of its connections with behaviour and psychology through the notion of translation, it is properly classified as a ... More


The Hierarchy of Levels and the Syntactic Priority Thesis

Richard Gaskin

in The Unity of the Proposition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239450
eISBN:
9780191716997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239450.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers in more detail the charge of arbitrariness lodged against Frege's philosophical grammar in Chapter 3. Frege conceives expressions and their referents to be arranged in ... More


The Past

Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199575114
eISBN:
9780191722349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575114.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses how the notions of the present and of being real are to be understood, along with the question whether only the present, not past or future, is real. McTaggart's attempt at ... More


Aberrations of the Realism Debate *

Michael Devitt

in Putting Metaphysics First: Essays on Metaphysics and Epistemology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199280803
eISBN:
9780191723254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280803.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter begins by arguing that contrary to received opinion, the issue of realism about the physical world has almost nothing to do with semantic issues about truth. It follows that it is an ... More


Logical Necessity *

Ian Rumfitt

in Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199565818
eISBN:
9780191722004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter explains the notion of broadly logical necessity via the principle that ‘It is logically necessary that A’ is equivalent to ‘It is logically contradictory that not A’. The relevant ... More


The Search for the Diodorean Modal System

Arthur Prior

in Past, Present and Future

Published in print:
1967
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198243113
eISBN:
9780191680632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243113.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter covers the following topics: the tense-logical basis of Diodorean modal logic, a matrix for Diodorean modality, modal systems between S4 and S5, Kripke's ‘branching time’ matrix, and ... More


Chapter Ten

A. W. Moore

in Points of View

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250623
eISBN:
9780191598050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250622.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

With these ideas in place, I proceed to give further examples of things that we are shown. These concern: the nature and identity of persons; the narrative unity of an individual life; scepticism; ... More


Anti‐Luminosity

Timothy Williamson

in Knowledge and its Limits

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199256563
eISBN:
9780191598678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925656X.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

We are often conceived as cognitively at home with conditions that are luminous in roughly the sense that whenever they obtain we know or are in a position to know that they obtain; mental states ... More


On the Necessity of Origin

Colin McGinn

in Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

McGinn contests Mackie's reductive explanation of Kripke's claim that the origin of a thing constitutes a de re necessity (i.e. that a thing's origin is essential to it). On McGinn's non‐reductive ... More


Wittgenstein and Logical Necessity

Barry Stroud

in Meaning, Understanding, and Practice: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199252145
eISBN:
9780191598487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199252149.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Disputes the attribution to Wittgenstein of a ‘conventionalist’ account of necessity. Conventionalism can seem appropriate given Wittgenstein's denial that there is anything in a person's ... More


Truth and Use

Colin McGinn

in Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this response to the work of Michael Dummett, McGinn aims to vindicate the plausibility of a realist outlook. Realism claims that a sentence's truth is ‘epistemically unconstrained’ or ... More


An a Priori Argument for Realism

Colin McGinn

in Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

McGinn presents an indirect, a priori argument for the conjunction of realism about the external world and realism about the mind. The argument is indirect because McGinn's principal targets are the ... More


Two Notions of Realism?

Colin McGinn

in Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

McGinn's narrow aim in this essay is to complicate Dummett's simplistic, logico‐linguistic formulation of the debate between realism and anti‐realism, by undermining the presumption that the law of ... More


Realist Semantics and Content‐Ascription

Colin McGinn

in Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

McGinn's target is again Dummettian anti‐realism; this time he argues that Dummett's criticism of realist semantics rests on a questionable theory of content‐ascription. McGinn develops four Twin ... More


Philosophical Objections

Michael Tooley

in Time, Tense, and Causation

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250746
eISBN:
9780191598623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250746.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Discusses several philosophical objections against the view of time defended in the book. Objections against the unreality of the future that relate to bivalence are rejected by denying that ... More


The Source of Logical Necessities

Hale Bob

in Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199669578
eISBN:
9780191765186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669578.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

When it is necessary that p, what makes it so? In Michael Dummett’s words, what is the source of necessity? Some old arguments of Quine and Dummettare rehearsed, which show that not all necessities ... More


Metaphysics and the Theory of Content

Christopher Peacocke

in The Primacy of Metaphysics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198835578
eISBN:
9780191873751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198835578.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Is the metaphysics of a domain prior in the order of philosophical explanation to a theory of intentional contents and meanings about that domain? Or is the opposite true? There is a general argument ... More


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