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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 July 2012) 121 (3): 359–406.
Published: 01 July 2012
... elements of the context, for example, I can fail to refer to the speaker. More precisely, indexicals are syntactically akin to logical variables. They can be free, in which case they work, roughly, on the Kaplan model. But they can also be bound: this happens, in a systematic fashion, when they are in the...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2013) 122 (4): 577–617.
Published: 01 October 2013
... commonly thought, just on the presence of an operator ‘actually’. This essay argues that this phenomenon provides evidence that mood admits of bound and free readings along the lines of tenses and pronouns. It therefore favors the hypothesis that natural language contains variables and quantifiers for...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2015) 124 (2): 207–253.
Published: 01 April 2015
... and as binding a variable within the scope of the attitude verb. This essay is interested in addressing the question what the semantic analysis of this kind of reading should look like from a Fregean perspective—a perspective according to which attitude states are generally relations to structured...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2019) 128 (4): 463–509.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Jack C. Lyons The paper offers a solution to the generality problem for a reliabilist epistemology, by developing an “algorithm and parameters” scheme for type-individuating cognitive processes. Algorithms are detailed procedures for mapping inputs to outputs. Parameters are psychological variables...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2001) 110 (1): 138–141.
Published: 01 January 2001
... PoM, Russell accepts the doctrine of the unrestricted variable: if we replace a logical subject of a proposition by a variable to yield a propositional function, the range of that variable includes absolutely every entity. For absolutely any entity can be taken as a value of that variable to...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2006) 115 (4): 415–448.
Published: 01 October 2006
...Nathan Salmon Cornell University 2006 A Theory of Bondage Nathan Salmon University of California, Santa Barbara I. Let A be an assignment of values to variables on which Marlon Brando is the value of ‘x ’ and Shirley...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2007) 116 (4): 495–532.
Published: 01 October 2007
... Victim would have died if Assassin had not poisoned the coffee. A causal model is an ordered pair < V, E>, where V is a set of vari- ables and E is a set of equations among these variables. A variable can take on different values, where each value represents the occurrence (or nonoccurrence...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2001) 110 (4): 639–641.
Published: 01 October 2001
... aimed primarily at readers of the second type. Pearl represents a system of causal relationships by a causal model. A causal model consists of a set of variables, a set of functions, and a probability measure representing our ignorance of the actual values of the variables. Each function generates...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2019) 128 (3): 363–366.
Published: 01 July 2019
... a broad concern with Elgin's approach to accounting for felicitous falsehoods in science. Above I suggested that Elgin's proposed definition of epistemic acceptability doesn't factor in variability, and thus inconsistency, among posits in science. More generally, I believe Elgin's account doesn't do...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2008) 117 (1): 99–117.
Published: 01 January 2008
... structure from 5. The former lacks the relevant coindexing. 9. For example, the formal semantics of Kaplan 1989 actually allows wide scope quantifiers to bind variables in ‘dthat’ terms. Thus, it might be thought thatthe 103 JEFFREY C. KING...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2015) 124 (3): 437–440.
Published: 01 July 2015
... their syntactic projection. As an illustration, the lexical item ‘ready’ means READY but is associated with features (say, + AGENT, + ACTIVITY) and these features force the logical forms in which ‘ready’ appears to have two argument spots. The unvoiced argument manifests as a bound variable and so ‘John...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2008) 117 (3): 385–443.
Published: 01 July 2008
... of certain arithmetical truths. Cornell University 2008 Boolos, G. 1984 . “To Be Is to Be a Value of a Variable (or to Be Some Values of Some Variables).” Journal of Philosophy 81 : 430 -49. (Reprinted in Logic, Logic, and Logic, 54-72. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2018) 127 (3): 371–398.
Published: 01 July 2018
... was necessary to introduce the technical concept of a σ -algebra: we do not want to talk only about causal strength between variables that take particular values, but also about more general features such as a variable exceeding a particular threshold. For instance, we can now determine the causal...
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The Philosophical Review (1 January 2005) 114 (1): 136–138.
Published: 01 January 2005
.... Such quantification can be technically formulated in an unproblematic way, and this is our second way in which it makes sense. On this way it can be under- stood as based on a simple modification of the usual first-order languages. To do this generally, allow terms including variables to be atomic...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2001) 110 (3): 361–396.
Published: 01 July 2001
.... Canals, Roads, etc. Figure 2 367 CHRISTOPHER HITCHCOCK Fogel’s model is represented schematically in figure 2. The variable ‘Railroad’ takes the values {railroad constructed prior to 1890, no railroad construction prior to 1890);the...
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The Philosophical Review (1 April 2018) 127 (2): 260–264.
Published: 01 April 2018
... other properties (233). Ancient Greek may not have a term for Diet Pepsi, but this does not mean that there is no sense in which Jimmy's inferential-role quantifier generalizes over being Diet Pepsi . There is an extension of Jimmy's language that includes variables ranging over everything that...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2002) 111 (4): 497–537.
Published: 01 October 2002
... demonstratives—that is, expressions like ‘that darn cat’ or the pronoun ‘he’ used deictically (in contrast to its use either as a bound variable or as a “pronoun of laziness A few philosophers deserve particular credit for advancing our understanding of demonstratives and other indexical (that is, context...
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The Philosophical Review (1 July 2007) 116 (3): 441–463.
Published: 01 July 2007
... theory: for others, see Lormand 1994, 2006. 3. Twenty-two of these objections are surveyed and responded to in Lormand n.d. 4. Throughout, I’ve renumbered Lormand’s displayed sentences and altered some variables to reduce clutter slightly. I’ve also slightly altered the analysandum—Lormand’s...
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The Philosophical Review (1 October 2018) 127 (4): 433–485.
Published: 01 October 2018
... extant theory of epistemic modals, when those theories are combined with otherwise plausible assumptions about quantifiers and variables. In section 3, I argue that the key to solving the puzzle is the following claim, which (for reasons I shall explain) I dub ‘the Quinean insight’: Whether an...