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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2017) 126 (1): 43–79.
Published: 01 January 2017
...David E. Taylor This essay argues that deflationism (about truth and reference) is incompatible with the phenomenon of referential indeterminacy (RI). This puts the deflationist in the difficult position of having to deny the possibility of what otherwise seems like a manifest and theoretically...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2008) 117 (4): 525–554.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Samuel Cumming Variabilism is the view that proper names (like pronouns) are semantically represented as variables. Referential names, like referential pronouns, are assigned their referents by a contextual variable assignment (Kaplan 1989). The reference parameter (like the world of evaluation...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2015) 124 (1): 59–117.
Published: 01 January 2015
... uniformly occur as predicates. Predicativism flies in the face of the widely accepted view that names in argument position are referential, whether that be Millian Referentialism, direct-reference theories, or even Fregean Descriptivism. But names are predicates in all of their occurrences; they are...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2012) 121 (3): 359–406.
Published: 01 July 2012
... scope of epistemic modals or attitude verbs. The new view has two interesting philosophical consequences. First, it vindicates a broadly Fregean perspective on referential expressions, essentially refuting the idea that indexicals are rigid designators. Second, it suggests a new picture of the...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2018) 127 (1): 41–71.
Published: 01 January 2018
...J. Robert G. Williams The concept of moral wrongness, many think, has a distinctive kind of referential stability, brought out by moral twin earth cases. This article offers a new account of the source of this stability, deriving it from a metaphysics of content: “substantive” radical...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2017) 126 (2): 219–240.
Published: 01 April 2017
... the Syntactic Rationale and presents serious auxiliary problems for predicativism. © 2017 by Cornell University 2017 predicativism referentialism reference proper names count nouns Predicativism is the thesis that names are count nouns having a predicate-type semantic value in all of...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2014) 123 (3): 371–374.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Peter Pagin The basic observation is that the referential contents alone are not of much help to the speaker for achieving his or her aims. The referential content of (2) is the same as that of ‘I am I’ (as said by Perry) and ‘John Perry is John Perry’, neither of which conveys the intended...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2008) 117 (1): 99–117.
Published: 01 January 2008
... the problematic occurrences are notlit- eral (for example, when some direct reference theorists about names are confronted with occurrences of names that appear to behave as predicates, and hence are not directly referential [‘Every Susie I’ve ever known was funny they claim the occurrences aren’t...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2000) 109 (4): 598–601.
Published: 01 October 2000
... associated with Millikan and others. The problems with the argument begin to emerge with premise 3. Varner summarizes his principle argument for 3 like this: “What has gone wrong with the mental state theory? At bottom it is that desire contexts are referentially opaque, and consequently any...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2019) 128 (1): 121–126.
Published: 01 January 2019
... if the normative role of a normative concept/predicate fully determines its reference, a phenomenon he calls being referentially normative (12). That is, the ardent realist must hope that the practical profile of ‘ought’ (and ‘ought*’) fixes the property ascribed by uses of ‘ought’ (and ‘ought...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2017) 126 (2): 281–285.
Published: 01 April 2017
... this is necessary: one could still endorse the one-act view, but analyze the self-referential act, which phenomenologically manifests as pleasure, in more complex, less primitive terms. These considerations put pressure on Ginsborg's view that the normativity involved in the kind of empirical concept...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2008) 117 (2): 314–316.
Published: 01 April 2008
... philosophy; he convincingly unseats the former, but not the latter. Still, throughout, he makes exciting contributions to ongoing philosophical debates. A D-type analysis of pronouns, be they referential, bound, or donkey pronouns, treats them as synonymous with definite descriptions...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2004) 113 (3): 432–434.
Published: 01 July 2004
... employment of (referentially used) descriptions (4). The initial examples of ostensive acts, such as the combina- tion of pointing and uttering let that star be called “Hesperus” are of little pedagogical help in this respect: they involve a complex demonstra- tive, but, at least apparently, no...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2017) 126 (3): 410–417.
Published: 01 July 2017
.... Fodor's brilliant although deeply flawed asymmetric dependency theory of mental content (see, for example, Fodor 1990 ) is not further developed, or further defended, or, as far as I could see, even mentioned in this book. It is not replaced with an alternative theory of referential mental content either...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2008) 117 (2): 275–287.
Published: 01 April 2008
...-designating singular terms in modal contexts. (b) From (a), that those occurrences are not purely referential. (c) From (b), that variables in the same position are not purely referential. (d) From (c), that the notion of objectual satisfaction is...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2006) 115 (4): 415–448.
Published: 01 October 2006
... logically proper names, or directly referential. That is, the semantic content (“meaning”) of a variable, under an assignment of values to variables, is simply the variable’s designatum (the assigned value) rather than a sense. The content of (2) under A is the false sin- gular proposition about...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2006) 115 (2): 269–272.
Published: 01 April 2006
... Nations: A Philosophical Companion. Reprint. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. xvii + 329 pp. Føllesdal, Dagfi nn. 2004. Referential Opacity and Modal Logic. New York: Routledge. xxxvi + 157 pp. Franks, Paul W. 2005. All or Nothing: Systematicity, Transcendental Arguments...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2019) 128 (1): 134–138.
Published: 01 January 2019
... reflexive thought, but that's probably not what he has in mind. Still, I have a hard time getting to the “This” thought without linguistic crutches that seem to introduce some complexity to the thought or at least alternative explanations of its self-referentiality.) It's true, I think, that there are some...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2017) 126 (2): 273–276.
Published: 01 April 2017
... interprets them rightly—as fundamentally self-referential and reflective, purposively confronting its audience with questions, responses, and reactions to these responses. It offers not just arguments but puzzles and thoughts about what principles govern the giving and accepting of reasons, and examines why...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2000) 109 (1): 109–112.
Published: 01 January 2000
... se- riously. Against the objection that there is no way independent of T itself, which is unavailable to the antirealist, to specify the extension of the re- ferring expression of any observation sentence, KuMa invokes ostension. Inadequate as ostension is to explicate our referential...