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Two Pleas for Modesty

Wolfgang Künne

in Conceptions of Truth

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199241316
eISBN:
9780191597831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199241317.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The chapter starts with an exposition and discussion of Paul Horwich's truth‐theoretical minimalism. I defend it against Davidson's objection, and I complain that it is not minimally contentious ... More


Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Ruth Barcan Marcus

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096576
eISBN:
9780199833412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096576.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book is a collection of papers by Ruth Barcan Marcus, covering much ground in the development of her thought, and spanning from 1961 to 1990. Many of the papers deal with logical, semantic, ... More


Quantification and Ontology

Ruth Barcan Marcus

in Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096576
eISBN:
9780199833412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096576.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Interpretations of standard first‐order logic fail as vehicles for paraphrase of important segments of discourse involving tenses, modalities, and the like. This paper considers substitutional ... More


Nominalism and the Substitutional Quantifier

Ruth Barcan Marcus

in Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096576
eISBN:
9780199833412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096576.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This paper explores the claim that a substitutional semantics for quantification theory lends itself to nominalistic aims. Without committing herself to nominalism, Marcus establishes some important ... More


“Something”

Mark Sainsbury

in Thinking about Things

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198803348
eISBN:
9780191841538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803348.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

“Something” does not work in English the way “∃” works in a first-order language: it cannot always be associated with a domain of objects, and it can quantify into some positions that cannot be ... More


The Proper Formulation

Paul Horwich

in Truth

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198752233
eISBN:
9780191597732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198752237.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The purpose of this chapter is to specify the adequacy conditions for a complete account of truth, to suggest that these desiderata are satisfied by the deflationary conception known as ‘minimalism’, ... More


The Form of a Meaning Theory and Difficulties for Traditional Approaches

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:
10.1093/0199251347.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Discusses the general form of a theory of meaning, and difficulties for traditional approaches to the theory of meaning that introduce meanings as entities in the theory of meaning. Discusses and ... More


Modalities and Intensional Languages

Ruth Barcan Marcus

in Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096576
eISBN:
9780199833412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096576.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In this paper, quantified modal logic is defended against criticisms concerning identity and substitution, the interpretation of the existential quantifier, and the commitment to essentialism. The ... More


A Substitutional Theory of Truth, Reference, and Semantic Correspondence*

Christopher S. Hill

in Meaning, Mind, and Knowledge

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199665822
eISBN:
9780191766336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665822.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents and defends a deflationary theory of truth and other truth‐related semantic properties. More specifically, it is a theory of the semantic properties of propositions and ... More


Propositional Quantification

Mark Richard

in Context and the Attitudes: Meaning in Context, Volume 1

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557950
eISBN:
9780191747267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557950.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chapter investigates the prospects for accounts of propositions and propositional quantification which do not invoke ‘intensional’ entities—possible worlds intensions, properties, Fregean senses, ... More


Quantification

Thomas Hofweber

in Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769835
eISBN:
9780191822650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769835.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter argues that quantifiers in natural language are semantically underspecified. They are polysemous, with two distinct readings: a domain conditions reading and an inferential reading. On ... More


In Defence of Convention T

Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246298
eISBN:
9780191715181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246297.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

As in Essay 4, Davidson rehearses the demands for an acceptable theory of meaning, and stresses the demand that the stock of concepts used by metalanguage in which the truth theory is stated extends ... More


No Class: Russell on Contextual Definition and the Elimination of Sets

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter explores Russell’s “no class theory,” originally expressed by his contextual definition of classes in Principia Mathematica. In recent years, some Russell scholars have trumpeted the ... More


From Remnants to Things, and Back Again

Thomas Hofweber

in Meanings and Other Things

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780199684939
eISBN:
9780191765230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684939.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The chapter investigates the reasons that moved Schiffer to reject his position in Remnants and adopt his view in Things instead, in particular when it comes to the question whether that-clauses ... More


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