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Carnapian Ontology and Why It Works by SILVIU VELICA

Download PDF Abstract. I argue that, in order to have a proper understanding of Carnap’s views on ontology in his ‘Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology’, one must take into account an assumption explicitly formulated elsewhere regarding what should be taken as ‘real’. Approached in this manner, his views are a lot more powerful than may seem…

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Rejecting Wittgenstein’s Criticism against Russell’s Theory of Knowledge by AIDA ŞMALBELGHER

Download PDF Abstract. In this paper I reject Wittgenstein’s criticism of Russell’s theory of knowledge. First, I present the historical context in which Russell formulated his theory and Wittgenstein his criticism. Then, I attempt to show that Russell’s views had the potential to develop into an important conceptual scheme relating knowledge to mental phenomena. I…

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Motivating Categories: a Side Effect of Structural Realism by ANDREI SIPOŞ

Download PDF Abstract. In this paper I discuss Jonathan Bain’s answer to the argument against radical ontic structural realism (OSR) based on the idea that a structure is an isomorphism class and thus cannot be the only thing that exists. I examine Bain’s proposal of replacing the set-theoretic approach to OSR with a categorial approach…

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Carnap Sentences and the Newman Problem – LARISA-IOANA GOGIANU

Download PDF Abstract. In this paper I discuss the Newman problem in the context of contemporary epistemic structural realism (ESR). I formulate Newman’s objection in terms that apply to today’s ESR and then evaluate a defence of ESR based on Carnap’s use of Ramsey sentences and Hilbert’s ε-operator. I show that this defence improves the…

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A Quasi-fregean Solution to ‘The Concept Horse’ Paradox by MIHAIL-PETRIŞOR IVAN

Download PDF Abstract. In this paper I offer a conceptually tighter, quasi-Fregean solution to the concept horse paradox based on the idea that the unterfallen relation is asymmetrical. The solution is conceptually tighter in the sense that it retains the Fregean principle of separating sharply between concepts and objects, it retains Frege’s conclusion that the…

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NAGELIAN REDUCTION AND COHERENCE by Philippe van BASSHUYSEN

Download PDF Author: Philippe van BASSHUYSEN Abstract : It can be argued (cf. Dizadji‑Bahmani et al. 2010) that an increase in coherence is one goal that drives reductionist enterprises. Consequently, the question if or how well this goal is achieved can serve as an epistemic criterion for evaluating both a concrete case of a purported reduction…

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TWO REFORMULATIONS OF THE VERIFICATIONIST THESIS IN EPISTEMIC TEMPORAL LOGIC THAT AVOID FITCH’S PARADOX by Alexandru DRAGOMIR

Download PDF article Author: Alexandru DRAGOMIR Abstract : 1) We will begin by offering a short introduction to Epistemic Logic and presenting Fitch’s paradox in an epistemic‑modal logic. (2) Then, we will proceed to presenting three Epistemic Temporal logical frameworks creat‑ ed by Hoshi (2009) : TPAL (Temporal Public Announcement Logic), TAPAL (Temporal Arbitrary Public Announcement Logic)…

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WHY QUEERNESS IS NOT ENOUGH : AGAINST MORAL ELIMINATIVISM by David KRETZ

Download PDF Article Author: David KRETZ Abstract : Moral error theorists often claim to be strongly anti‑metaphysical in their moral scepticism and atheistic naturalists. This paper argues that pre‑ cisely this becomes a problem for them, when their metaethical and ontologi‑ cal commitments clash. I first outline how the known arguments against error theory face a…

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POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF HUMOR by Dan PANAET

Download PDF article Author: Dan PANAET Abstract : This paper discusses some political implications of humor, using as a point of departure the mechanisms that explain the sources of the comical. First, I briefly present the main explanations offered for why we laugh. I then focus on the cognitive view proposed Hurley, Dennett and Adams, according…

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Are Copyrights Compatible with Human Rights ? by Radu USZKAI

Download PDF article Author: Radu USZKAI Abstract : The purpose of the following study is that of providing a critical anal‑ ysis of Intellectual Property (IP), with a closer look on copyright, in the context of human rights. My main conjecture is the following : the legal infrastructure stemming from the implications of copyrights which states created…

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