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Causation and Semantic Content  

Frank Jackson

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Nov 2009
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Jan 2010
How does causation enter the picture? Belief is a state shaped by the world, a state that seeks to fit the world; desire is a state that shapes the world, that seeks to make the world fit ... More

Material People  

Dean W. Zimmerman

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2009
Dualism and materialism are competing answers to the question each of us may ask with the words ‘What am I?’ (spoken in a metaphysical tone of voice, with emphasis on the word ‘am’). The ... More

Metaontology  

Jason Turner

Metaontologyis the study of ontology, asking what exactly it is that so-called ontologists are doing when they do ontology. Contemporary debates harken back to one between ... More

The Metaphysics of Propositions  

Jeffrey C. King

Propositions have been long thought by many philosophers to play a number of important roles. These include being the information conveyed by an utterance of a sentence, being the primary ... More

Modality  

Lloyd Humberstone

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Nov 2007
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Sep 2009
This article attempts to move the heart of any reader whose initial inclination is to share Bradley's evaluation of the subject of modality. It may be too much to hope that such readers ... More

Platitudes and Counterexamples  

Peter Menzies

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Nov 2009
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Jan 2010
This article explains the conception of causation as a natural relation in more detail. It outlines some of the features of our use of the causal concept that do not fit with the idea of ... More

Presentism  

Thomas M. Crisp

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2009
Presentism, roughly, is the thesis that only the present is real. The opposite view is eternalism or four-dimensionalism, the thesis that reality consists of past, present, and future ... More

Realism and Antirealism  

Alexander Miller

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
This article questions whether, once the conception of metaphysics as grounded in the philosophy of language has been jettisoned, Dummett's arguments against semantic realism can retain ... More

Semantic Internalism and Externalism  

Katalin Farkas

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
The function of certain expressions in the language is to refer to things, and expressions refer to things in virtue of their meaning. This is so obvious that it almost defies explanation ... More

Time  

D. H. Mellor

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Nov 2007
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Sep 2009
Many scientists, and some philosophers, still accept the canard that there is no such thing as progress in philosophy. There is no better way to scotch this canard than to see how far the ... More

Time and Modality  

Ulrich Meyer

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2011
This chapter discusses modal logic: the logic of possibility and necessity. After a brief review of modal logic in the second section, the third section presents basic results of ... More

Vagueness in Reality  

Timothy Williamson

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Sep 2005
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Sep 2009
This article is not intended as a general introduction to the philosophy of vagueness, much of which falls within the philosophy of language and epistemology rather than metaphysics. ... More

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