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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (1): 59–117.
Published: 01 January 2015
.... This essay shows that Predicativism does not have this consequence by showing that incomplete definite descriptions in general and incomplete denuded descriptions, such as ‘Ø the Ivan’, in particular are rigid designators. The man stopped by. * The Smith stopped by. * Man stopped by...
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The Philosophical Review (2011) 120 (2): 151–205.
Published: 01 April 2011
... all definite descriptions are “incomplete symbols,” meaning thereby that they have no meaning in isolation but are merely defined in context (compare Russell and Whitehead 1990, 66). The theory, when fully developed, comprises two contextual definitions, which show us how to eliminate descriptions...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (4): 591–642.
Published: 01 October 2020
... Ascriptions .” Philosophical Studies 168 , no. 2 : 491 – 543 . Schlenker Philippe 2004 . “ Conditionals as Definite Descriptions .” Research on Language and Computation 2 , no. 3 : 417 – 62 . Shah Nishi , and J. David Velleman 2005 . “ Doxastic Deliberation...
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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (1): 119–152.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Christian List; Marcus Pivato This article offers a new argument for the claim that there can be nondegenerate objective chance in a deterministic world. Using a formal model of the relationship between different levels of description of a system, the article shows how objective chance at a higher...
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The Philosophical Review (2016) 125 (1): 83–134.
Published: 01 January 2016
... to the state of the discourse itself. The resulting account is applied to a number of ways of exploiting the lying-misleading distinction, involving conversational implicature, incompleteness, presuppositions, and prosodic focus. The essay shows that assertion, and hence lying, is preserved from...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (2): 219–240.
Published: 01 April 2017
... form, directly preceded by the null definite with which they form a definite description. So there will be no ungrammatical sentences containing bare singular name count nouns in argument position that wear their ungrammaticality on their sleeves in the way that *“Cat wants water” does ( Fara 2015a, 94...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (4): 497–537.
Published: 01 October 2002
... DEMONSTRATING AND NECESSITY pointing or hand gesture), and “pure indexicals,” which do not (like ‘I’ or ‘tomorrow4 Moreover, according to Kaplan, demonstrations function rather like context-dependent definite descriptions: when performed (“mounted”) in a particular context, a demonstration takes on a...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (2): 302–305.
Published: 01 April 2002
... Aristotle on Meaning and Essence, David Charles provides a compre- hensive account of Aristotle’s theory of linguistic signification. The account centers on his description of the kind of thought that (following De Interpreta- tione) mediates the signification relation between words and objects. The...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (1): 99–117.
Published: 01 January 2008
... semantic feature as a result of which they exhibit the same differences in behavior with definite descriptions is unaffected. Hence, the evidence that all occurrences of complex demonstratives share a uni- fied semantics (contrary to the +DRCD that is the conjunction of DRCD and the claim that...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (2): 302–308.
Published: 01 April 2020
... to the universe as a whole, while Healey's interpretation is neither descriptive of nature nor applicable to the universe as a whole, since on his theory, the application of the Born rule is appropriate only when there is environmental decoherence (and the universe as a whole by definition has no...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (4): 525–554.
Published: 01 October 2008
..., 435–36), a descrip- tivist would treat the name as synonymous with the definite description. So long as the antecedent is definite, the results are equivalent: worlds to individuals. They would then be analogous to semantically incomplete descrip...
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The Philosophical Review (2016) 125 (3): 397–430.
Published: 01 July 2016
... we can identify a particular instance for G. And it is this latter condition that is usually associated with the definition of ‘indefinitely extensible’. It's a vestige of the definition's origin in Dummett's intuitionistic interpretation of the paradoxes of set theory. Russell's Paradox and the...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (4): 651–656.
Published: 01 October 2020
... definition of pleasure. He states that “pleasure is the representation of the agreement of an object or of an action with the subjective conditions of life ” (Ak. 5:9n). To put this another way, feelings of pleasure are judgments that represent an object as “fitting” with the subject's life or activities...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (3): 315–360.
Published: 01 July 2001
... the actual world is minimal among the class of epistemic possibilities satisfying P, where an epistemic possibility corresponds intuitively to a maximally specific hypothesis that is not ruled out a priori. On some philosophical views, this might come apart from a definition in terms of...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (2): 275–287.
Published: 01 April 2008
... descriptions always figure in putative examples of substitution-failure in modal contexts, despite the suggestiveness of the contrast with attitude contexts.) However, in the two papers devoted to this topic, (ii) and (iii), Fine grants the first step (56, 113) and instead finds fault with allthe...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (3): 341–371.
Published: 01 July 2002
... some plural definite descriptions or plural pronouns used deictically do), but nothing in my characterization of designation rules this out. It should be clear that the claim that occurrences of (1), (2), and (3) designate propositions is compatible with a wide variety of theories as to how...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 241–244.
Published: 01 April 2009
... leitmotif. The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 253–255.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 259–261.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 261–266.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...