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Talking About Nothing: Numbers, Hallucinations and Fictions

Jody Azzouni

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199738946
eISBN:
9780199866175
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738946.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Ordinary language and scientific language enable us to speak about, in a singular way (with demonstratives and names), what we recognize not to exist: fictions, the contents of our hallucinations, ... More


CONCLUSION

Ben Bradley

in Well-Being and Death

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199557967
eISBN:
9780191721205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557967.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter briefly summarizes the main theses of the book, and discusses some topics not covered at length in the book, such as whether death and nonexistence merit a special kind of terror, ... More


 Analyticity and Conceptual Content

Amie L. Thomasson

in Ordinary Objects

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195319910
eISBN:
9780199869602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319910.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter defends the idea that there are analytic entailments among our sentences against two sorts of prominent objections. In response to Quine's rejection of the analytic/synthetic ... More


Curvature considerations

Paul Baird and John C. Wood

in Harmonic Morphisms Between Riemannian Manifolds

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198503620
eISBN:
9780191708435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503620.003.0011
Subject:
Mathematics, Pure Mathematics

The curvature of the domain on various combinations of horizontal and vertical vectors is calculated for a horizontally conformal submersion and for a (submersive) harmonic morphism. It is related to ... More


ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE PROPERTY THEORY

Neil Feit

in Belief about the Self: A Defense of the Property Theory of Content

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195341362
eISBN:
9780199866922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341362.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter discusses what seem to be the most interesting and important objections to the property theory of content. The goal of the chapter is to show that all of the objections can be answered ... More


Replies to My Colleagues

Alvin Plantinga

in Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195103762
eISBN:
9780199833573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195103769.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this essay, I consider several objections raised by John Pollock against my account of modality. I define possibilism – i.e., the view that there is a property that does not entail existence, but ... More


Death and Nonexistence

Palle Yourgrau

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190247478
eISBN:
9780190247492
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190247478.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

The dead are gone. They count for nothing. Yet if we count the dead, their number is staggering. And they account for most of what’s great about civilization. Compared to the greatness of the dead, ... More


Thinking about Things

Mark Sainsbury

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198803348
eISBN:
9780191841538
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803348.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

In the blink of an eye, I can redirect my thought from London to Cairo, from cookies to unicorns, from former President Obama to the mythical flying horse, Pegasus. How is this possible? How can we ... More


Phenomenal Intentionality and the Role of Intentional Objects

Frederick Kroon

in Phenomenal Intentionality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199764297
eISBN:
9780199932191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764297.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter attempts to adjudicate the disagreement between familiar realist ways of understanding intentionality and the anti-realist way favored by phenomenal intentionalists. It begins this task ... More


“Child Neglect:”: The Invisible Labor of Teens

Sarah Bronwen Horton

in They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality Among U.S. Farmworkers

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520283268
eISBN:
9780520962545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520283268.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Besides “identity loan,” another important illicit subsistence strategy crucial to farmworkers’ survival is relying upon child labor. While many sources have documented the perils of children working ... More


The Paradox of Nonexistence

Palle Yourgrau

in Death and Nonexistence

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190247478
eISBN:
9780190247492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190247478.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

The paradox of nonexistence, bequeathed us by Parmenides, is introduced: how can there be something that fails to exist if there’s nothing “there” to not exist? This is a paradox since, intuitively, ... More


Nonexistence and Death

Palle Yourgrau

in Death and Nonexistence

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190247478
eISBN:
9780190247492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190247478.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

Since, as most philosophers of death agree, death implies nonexistence (the corpse is not the dead person, who is essentially a living being), it follows that the mystery of death is due in no small ... More


What is Existence?

Nathan Salmon

in Empty Representations

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199647057
eISBN:
9780191761041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647057.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Four accounts, three of them Kantian, of true sentences of the form ‘ exists’ are contrasted. Russell’s theory that such sentences are meaningless is contrasted with two other Kantian theories that ... More


Excursus: The “Death-x-Pulse,” or: How to Imagine the Unimaginable?

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter, an excursus, embarks on a more philosophical interpretation of consciousness and experience. Building on Thomas Nagel and Niklas Luhmann, it is argued that human consciousness, defined ... More


The Badness of Death and What to Do about It (if Anything)

F. M. Kamm

in Saving People from the Harm of Death

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190921415
eISBN:
9780190921446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190921415.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter surveys different accounts of the factors that make death bad and that make one death worse than another both intrapersonally and interpersonally. It focuses on (1) deprivation of future ... More


The Worseness of Nonexistence

Theron Pummer

in Saving People from the Harm of Death

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190921415
eISBN:
9780190921446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190921415.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Most believe that it is worse for a person to die than to continue to exist with a good life. At the same time, many believe that it is not worse for a merely possible person never to exist than to ... More


Fictional Names

Michael Jubien

in Possibility

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199232789
eISBN:
9780191809798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the integral aspects of empty names, particularly ‘names of fictional characters’, and their two principal facts. The first fact states that fictional names convey k-essences ... More


Speaking of Nothing

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

in Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199857999
eISBN:
9780190267667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199857999.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers how “the historical explanation theory” or “causal theory” might handle the puzzles mentioned by Bertrand Russell. Two puzzles stand out as more important than the others. The ... More


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