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Absorbing Dialetheia?

Absorbing Dialetheia? – Graham Priest’s Dialetheian analysis of semantic paradoxes Anthony Everett In a series of books and papers Graham Priest has defended a Dialetheian account of the semantic paradoxes, claiming that paradoxical sentences such as the Liar sentence are both true and false. Priest argues that all attempts to provide a consistent account of […]

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the paratactic theory revisited and revised

Content and context: the paratactic theory revisited and revised Ian Rumfitt We all use, and apparently understand; claims like (1) Galileo said that the earth moves. What is more, this claim appears to entail (2) Among the things said by Galileo was that the earth moves. Reading this last sentence straight, so to speak, one […]

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In defence of the hybrid view – meaning of name versus content of belief

In defence of the hybrid view – meaning of name versus content of belief – response to Richard G. Heck, Jr., Mind, vol. 104, p. 79, 1995 Alex Byrne In “The Sense of Communication”(1) Richard Heck argues that a popular view in the philosophy of mind and language is untenable. Although we think there is […]

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On Ideas: Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Theory of Forms.

On Ideas: Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Theory of Forms. – book reviews Victor Caston It is one of our great misfortunes that Aristotle’s On Ideas – a searing polemic against Plato’s theory of forms – is no longer extant. In it, Aristotle appears to have elaborated and criticized a number of arguments for the existence […]

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The Common Mind.

The Common Mind. – book reviews Margaret Gilbert Pettit argues that in order to come to grips with the nature of social explanation and political evaluation we need “an overall view of people and society” and that for this we need “a picture of what it is to be psychologically equipped in the manner of […]

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Aristotle on Moral Responsibility.

Aristotle on Moral Responsibility. – book reviews T.D.J. Chappell Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 1993. Pp. 210. H/b 40.00. Two equal and opposite responses to Aristotle’s ethics, both typical of modem moral philosophy, both presuppose the truth of some famous remarks made by Elizabeth Anscombe: If someone professes to be expounding Aristotle and talks in a […]

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Mental Reality. – book reviews

Mental Reality. – book reviews Gregory McCulloch by Galen Strawson. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994. Pp xiv + 337. H/b 24.95 [pounds sterling], P/b 12.50 [pounds sterling]. Much current philosophy of mind is Cartesian, but the usual tendency is to emphasise its causal, behaviour-generating strand and to play down its celebration of consciousness. Books do […]

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Truth, Vagueness and Paradox: An Essay on the Logic of Truth.

Truth, Vagueness and Paradox: An Essay on the Logic of Truth. – book reviews Graham Priest Until the early 1970s there was really only one fully articulated technical solution to the semantic paradoxes: Tarski’s. Most logicians–and philosophers who were interested–subscribed to it, faute de mieux. Since the seventies, however, satisfaction with this solution has waned […]

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Logical Constants

Logical Constants Ken Warmbrod Alfred Tarski’s model-theoretic account of logical consequence is assumed, in one form or another, in nearly all contemporary discussions of logical theory, and it is the only theory of consequence a student is likely to encounter in a logic textbook. Given the infrequency with which philosophical theories are accorded this degree […]

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Wittgenstein, Wright, Rorty and minimalism – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Crispin Wright, Richard Rorty – language

Wittgenstein, Wright, Rorty and minimalism – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Crispin Wright, Richard Rorty – language – Symposium: Realism and Truth Simon Blackburn 1. Introduction William James said that sometimes detailed philosophical argument is irrelevant. Once a current of thought is really under way, trying to oppose it with argument is like planting a stick in a […]