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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


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


Avoiding Strict Finitism

Neil Tennant

in The Taming of the True

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199251605
eISBN:
9780191698057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter shows how to find an acceptable reading of knowability-in-principle in order to avoid visiting upon oneself and one's opposition the overly restrictive consequence that only the ... More


Kinds

Susanna Siegel

in The Contents of Visual Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195305296
eISBN:
9780199894277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305296.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter argues, using the method of phenomenal contrast, that kind properties are represented in visual experience. The chapter focuses mainly on kind properties that categorize objects. It ... More


Semantic externalism

Tim Button

in The Limits of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199672172
eISBN:
9780191758393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that semantic externalism falls out of our own practices of investigation and referring. This is no surprise: Putnam’s advocation of semantic externalism was always distinctly ... More


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