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Rigidity and Identity

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199261659
eISBN:
9780191603099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199261652.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter shows that the principle of the necessity of identity, which precludes proper treatment of names in standard possible worlds semantics, fails for logical and epistemic necessity. Model ... More


Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Wayne A. Davis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199261659
eISBN:
9780191603099
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199261652.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Part I of this book is a concise exposition of the expression theory of meaning, according to which meaning consists in the expression of thoughts, their component ideas, or other mental states. The ... More


A posteriori physicalism—but not as we know it

Robert Kirk

in The Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199669417
eISBN:
9780191748769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669417.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Although the much-debated question of whether the necessary connection from P to Q is knowable a priori or only a posteriori is important, a different one also needs attention: is the necessity ... More


On the Necessity of Personal Identity

Trenton Merricks

in Self and Identity

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780192843432
eISBN:
9780191926068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843432.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter defends the claim that every good answer to the following question implies being numerically identical with: The Why Question: What way of being related to a (conscious) person at a ... More


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