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    • Acting and understanding 

      Blomberg Stathopoulos, Alexander C. (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      This thesis concerns the question of what it is for a subject to act. It answers this question in three steps. The first step is taken by arguing that any satisfactory answer must build on the idea that an action is something ...
    • Against type E 

      McKeever, Matthew (University of St Andrews, 2016-12-01) - Thesis
      It’s generally assumed that a compositional semantic theory will have to recognise a semantic category of expressions which serve simply to pick out some one object: e-type expressions. Kripke’s views about names (Kripke, ...
    • The dual nature of causation : two necessary and jointly sufficient conditions 

      Touborg, Caroline Torpe (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-28) - Thesis
      In this dissertation, I propose a reductive account of causation. This account may be stated as follows: Causation: 𝘤 is a cause of 𝘦 within a possibility horizon ℋ iff a) 𝘤 is process-connected to 𝘦, and b) 𝘦 ...
    • Essentialism in Aristotle, Kripke and Fine : differences in explanatory purposes 

      Sattler, Wolfgang (University of St Andrews, 2017) - Thesis
      In this dissertation I compare the different forms of essentialism that we find in Aristotle, Saul Kripke and Kit Fine. I argue that there is a clear difference in explanatory purpose between Aristotle’s essentialism on ...
    • Frege's case for the logicality of his basic laws 

      Yates, Alexander (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-22) - Thesis
      Frege wanted to show that arithmetical truths are logical by proving them from purely logical basic laws. But how do we know that these basic laws are logical? Frege uses generality and undeniability to make a prima facie ...
    • 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 ...
    • Personal identity and practical reason 

      Hummel, Patrik Alexander (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-28) - Thesis
      In this thesis, I argue that the interdependence between personal identity and practical concerns is overstated. In paradigmatic places where philosophers and common sense suggest that personal identity constrains how we ...
    • Quantifier expressions and information structure 

      Mankowitz, Poppy (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-24) - Thesis
      Linguists and philosophers of language have shown increasing interest in the expressions that refer to quantifiers: determiners like ‘every’ and ‘many’, in addition to determiner phrases like ‘some king’ and ‘no cat’. This ...
    • Taking meaning out of context : essays on the foundations of natural language semantics 

      Cameron, Matthew Dunbar (University of St Andrews, 2018) - Thesis
      David Lewis articulated minimal constraints on a formal theory of natural language semantics that have been widely adopted by subsequent theorists: compositionality and sentence truth in a given context. In the process, ...