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    • The answering machine paradox 

      Gudmundsson, David (University of St Andrews, 2012) - Thesis
      The answering machine paradox has relatively recently sparked some debate regarding Kaplan’s Demonstrative (1977). A popular approach to solve the answering machine paradox has been to reject Kaplan’s proper context ...
    • Assertion : the context sensitivity dilemma 

      Simionescu, Mona Iona (University of St Andrews, 2018) - Thesis
      It looks as though many philosophers assume that the intuitive variability of proper assertion with practical stakes motivates the following dilemma: either (1) we embrace a knowledge norm of assertion (KNA), and are forced ...
    • Conceptual Marxism and truth : Inquiry symposium on Kevin Scharp’s Replacing Truth 

      Greenough, Patrick (2019-04-21) - Journal article
      In Replacing Truth (2013), Scharp takes the concept of truth to be fundamentally incoherent. As such, Scharp reckons it to be unsuited for systematic philosophical theorising and in need of replacement – at least for regions ...
    • Knowledge, chance, and contrast 

      Dimmock, Paul (University of St Andrews, 2012-11-30) - Thesis
      The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the rise of contextualist theories of knowledge ascriptions (and denials). Contextualists about ‘knows’ maintain that utterances of the form ‘S knows p’ and ‘S doesn’t know p’ resemble ...
    • Knowledge, lies and vagueness : a minimalist treatment 

      Greenough, Patrick (University of St Andrews, 2002) - Thesis
      Minimalism concerning truth is the view that that all there is to be said concerning truth is exhausted by a set of basic platitudes. In the first part of this thesis, I apply this methodology to the concept of knowledge. ...
    • Living on the slippery slope : the nature, sources and logic of vagueness 

      Zardini, Elia (University of St Andrews, 2008-06-25) - Thesis
      According to the dominant approach in the theory of vagueness, the nature of the vagueness of an expression ‘F’ consists in its presenting borderline cases in an appropriately ordered series: objects which are neither ...
    • Proof, rigour and informality : a virtue account of mathematical knowledge 

      Tanswell, Fenner Stanley (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-22) - Thesis
      This thesis is about the nature of proofs in mathematics as it is practiced, contrasting the informal proofs found in practice with formal proofs in formal systems. In the first chapter I present a new argument against the ...
    • Reflective luck and meta-epistemological scepticism 

      Neil, Charles Anthony (University of St Andrews, 2014) - Thesis
      In this thesis, I argue that a particular type of epistemic luck, called “reflective luck”, motivates a meta-epistemological challenge to externalism about justification. I argue that the meta-epistemological challenge ...
    • The routes of sense : thought, semantic underdeterminacy and compositionality 

      Pedriali, Walter B. (University of St Andrews, 2012) - Thesis
      What does it mean to be a rational language user? What is it to obey linguistic rules? What is the proper account of linguistic competence? A Fregean answer to these questions would make essential appeal to the notion ...
    • Saying nothing : in defence of syntactic and semantic underdetermination 

      Bowker, Mark (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      According to the Encoding Model, speakers communicate by encoding the propositions they want to communicate into sentences, in accordance with the conventions of a language L. By uttering a sentence that encodes p, the ...
    • Truth and goodness : a minimalist study 

      Edwards, Douglas O. (University of St Andrews, 2008-11-27) - Thesis
      Philosophers are often thought to be in the business of analysing concepts, in particular, concepts taken to be fundamental in human thought and practice: truth, goodness, beauty, knowledge, meaning, rightness, causation, ...
    • Virtue epistemology and the analysis of knowledge 

      Church, Ian M. (University of St Andrews, 2012-06) - Thesis
      This thesis centers on two trends in epistemology: (i) the dissatisfaction with the reductive analysis of knowledge, the project of explicating knowledge in terms of necessary and jointly sufficient conditions, and (ii) ...
    • What justifies belief? : probability, normalcy, and the functional theory 

      Backes, Marvin (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-24) - Thesis
      ‘What justifies belief?’ This question is arguably one of the most important questions in contemporary epistemology. The first part of this study looks at two very different answers to the above question, but ultimately ...