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    • Aristotle and Lukasiewicz on existential import 

      Read, Stephen (2015) - Journal article
      Jan Lukasiewicz's treatise on Aristotle's Syllogistic, published in the 1950s, has been very influential in framing contemporary understanding of Aristotle's logical systems. However, Lukasiewicz's interpretation is based ...
    • Concepts and meaning in medieval philosophy 

      Read, Stephen (Fordham University Press, 2014-12) - Book item
      In his recent study, Concepts, Fodor identifies five nonnegotiable constraints on any theory of concepts. These theses were all shared by the standard medieval theories of concepts. However, those theories were cognitivist, ...
    • Essentialism, nominalism, and modality: the modal theories of Robert Kilwardby & John Buridan 

      Johnston, Spencer C. (University of St Andrews, 2015-11-30) - Thesis
      In the last 30 years there has been growing interest in and a greater appreciation of the unique contributions that medieval authors have made to the history of logic. In this thesis, we compare and contrast the modal ...
    • Harmonic inferentialism and the logic of identity 

      Read, Stephen (2016-02-09) - Journal article
      Inferentialism claims that the rules for the use of an expression express its meaning without any need to invoke meanings or denotations for them. Logical inferentialism endorses inferentialism specically for the logical ...
    • Logic in theory and in practice : the normative status of logic 

      Celani, Laura (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-25) - Thesis
      In my thesis, I address the question ʽWhat normative status does logic have?', to argue that logical normativity is of a weak sort, and that its constraining power is similar to that of recommendations. The thesis first ...
    • Necessitism, contingentism and theory equivalence 

      Jacinto, Bruno (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      Two main questions are addressed in this dissertation, namely: 1. What is the correct higher-order modal theory; 2. What does it take for theories to be equivalent. The whole dissertation consists of an extended argument ...
    • Negation in context 

      De, Michael (University of St Andrews, 2011-06-24) - Thesis
      The present essay includes six thematically connected papers on negation in the areas of the philosophy of logic, philosophical logic and metaphysics. Each of the chapters besides the first, which puts each the chapters ...
    • Paradoxes of signification 

      Read, Stephen (2016-11-24) - Journal article
      Ian Rumfitt has recently drawn our attention to a couple of paradoxes of signification, claiming that although Thomas Bradwardine's "multiple-meanings'' account of truth and signification can solve the first of them, it ...
    • Real impossible worlds : the bounds of possibility 

      Kiourti, Ira Georgia (University of St Andrews, 2010-06-25) - Thesis
      Lewisian Genuine Realism (GR) about possible worlds is often deemed unable to accommodate impossible worlds and reap the benefits that these bestow to rival theories. This thesis explores two alternative extensions of GR ...
    • Realism: a critical analysis of some arguments by Michael Dummett 

      Menzies, Peter Charles (University of St Andrews, 1981-07) - Thesis
      CHAPTER ONE This thesis is a critical analysis of arguments which Michael Dummett has developed against realism. Dummett characterizes realism as the thesis that the meaning of sentences should be analyzed in terms of the ...
    • Richard Kilvington and the theory of obligations 

      Read, Stephen (2015-09) - Journal article
      Kretzmann and Spade were led by Richard Kilvington’s proposed revisions to the rules of obligations in his discussion of the 47th sophism in his Sophismata to claim that the purpose of obligational disputations was the ...
    • Second-order logic is logic 

      Friend, Michèle Indira (University of St Andrews, 1997-06) - Thesis
      "Second-order logic" is the name given to a formal system. Some claim that the formal system is a logical system. Others claim that it is a mathematical system. In the thesis, I examine these claims in the light of some ...
    • Semantic pollution and syntactic purity 

      Read, Stephen (2015-12) - Journal article
      Logical inferentialism claims that the meaning of the logical constants should be given, not model-theoretically, but by the rules of inference of a suitable calculus. It has been claimed that certain proof-theoretical ...
    • Signification, closure and indirect speech reports 

      Read, Stephen (2015-06) - Journal article
      Bradwardine’s solution to the the logical paradoxes depends on the idea that every sentence signifies many things, and its truth depends on things’ being wholly as it signifies. This idea is underpinned by his claim that ...
    • The structure of logical consequence : proof-theoretic conceptions 

      Hjortland, Ole T. (University of St Andrews, 2010-06-25) - Thesis
      The model-theoretic analysis of the concept of logical consequence has come under heavy criticism in the last couple of decades. The present work looks at an alternative approach to logical consequence where the notion of ...
    • What if? : an enquiry into the semantics of natural language conditionals 

      Hjálmarsson, Guðmundur Andri (University of St Andrews, 2010-06-25) - Thesis
      This thesis is essentially a portfolio of four disjoint yet thematically related articles that deal with some semantic aspect or another of natural language conditionals. The thesis opens with a brief introductory ...