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Don’t Think of a Square Circle!

x Bookmark Jason Zarri has a new article in Philosophy,  Don’t Think of a Square Circle!

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A Counterexample to Social Externalism?

x Bookmark Jason Zarri Suppose there are two linguistic communities of (roughly) equal size, dispersed throughout a large area. Both speak dialects of the same language. One community uses the term ‘arthritis’ to refer exclusively to a painful condition of the joints, the other uses it to refer to any painful condition in one’s limbs. There is more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Appendix

x Bookmark   Appendix Jason Zarri Some may have noticed that on my account, as it stands, bivalence will fail for empty nouns or noun-phrases. A false-maker for a sentence is defined as a reference-maker for its subject term which is not a reference-maker for its predicate term. If the subject term is empty, it more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 3

x Bookmark Part 3: Philosophical Implications   Jason Zarri I think my approach has the advantage that it can explain why necessary truths don’t have everything as a truth-maker. Granted, “The Earth has exactly one moon –> the Earth has exactly one moon” is true no matter what, but it does not therefore have everything as more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 2

x Bookmark Part 2: A Quasi-Formal Account Jason Zarri   I will now define truth-makers for truth-functional compounds and quantified sentences. To define truth-makers for them, we  will also require the notion of a false-maker: We say that x false-maker for a subject-predicate sentence p iff x is a reference-maker for p’s subject term but is not a more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 1

x Bookmark   Part 1: Introducing the Idea   Jason Zarri In this post I introduce the idea of reference-making, which I take to be more-or-less undefined, and use it to account for the idea of truth-making for subject-predicate sentences. I take a truth-maker to be a reference-maker for a sentence. In Part 2 I’ll give a quasi-formal more »

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Ways Modality Could Be (Circulation Draft)

x Bookmark Jason Zarri has a new paper on Scholardarity’s Draftboard,  Ways Modality Could Be (Circulation Draft)

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Philosophy of Language Notes Part 2: Kripke, Naming, and Private Language

x Bookmark Jason Zarri has posted Philosophy of Language Notes Part 2: Kripke, Naming, and Private Language, which deals with Saul Kripke’s account of naming and its relevance to Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument.

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