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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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) ...