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Semantics, meta-semantics, and ontology

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A critique of the method of truth in metaphysics
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In this thesis, Semantics, Meta-Semantics, and Ontology, I provide a critique of the method of truth in metaphysics. Davidson has suggested that we can determine the metaphysical nature and structure of reality through semantic investigations. By contrast, I argue that it is not semantics, but meta-semantics, which reveals the metaphysically necessary and sufficient truth conditions of our claims. As a consequence I reject the Quinean (semantic) criterion of ontological commitment. In Part I...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty

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Publication date:
2008
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:6d3fbf1c-806a-4339-b16b-08560a6bbdeb
Local pid:
ora:2563
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English
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