• Christian von Ehrenfels was a student of both Franz Brentano and Carl Menger and his thinking on value theory was inspired both by Brentano’s descriptive psychology and by the subjective theory of economic value advanced by Menger, the founder of the Austrian school of economics. Value, for Ehrenfels, is a function of desire, and we ascribe value to those things which we either do in fact desire, or would desire if we were not convinced of their existence. He asserts that the needed theoretical …Read more
  •  8
    Meaning in Mind: Fodor and his Critics
    Philosophical Quarterly 43 (173): 560-563. 1993.
  •  10
    Knowing Our Own Minds
    Philosophical Quarterly 52 (206): 107-116. 2002.
  •  984
    Online collection of papers by Devitt, Dretske, Guarino, Hochberg, Jackson, Petitot, Searle, Tye, Varzi and other leading thinkers on philosophy and the foundations of cognitive Science. Topics dealt with include: Wittgenstein and Cognitive Science, Content and Object, Logic and Foundations, Language and Linguistics, and Ontology and Mereology.
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    In uttering a sentence we are often take to assert more than its literal meaning - though sometimes we assert less. This phenomenon is taken by many to show that what is said or asserted by a speaker on an occasion is a contextually enriched or developed version of the semantic content of the words uttered. I argue that we can resist this conclusion by recognizing that what we think we are asserting, or take others to assert, involves selective attention to just one of the ways a sentence could …Read more
  •  255
    The Chemical Senses
    In Mohan Matthen (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Philosophy of Perception. pp. 314-353. 2015.
    Long-standing neglect of the chemical senses in the philosophy of perception is due, mostly, to their being regarded as ‘lower’ senses. Smell, taste, and chemically irritated touch are thought to produce mere bodily sensations. However, empirically informed theories of perception can show how these senses lead to perception of objective properties, and why they cannot be treated as special cases of perception modelled on vision. The senses of taste, touch, and smell also combine to create unifie…Read more
  •  86
    In Vino Veritas
    with Tim Crane
    The Philosophers' Magazine 39 (39): 75-78. 2007.
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    Epistemic constraints on semantic theory
    Dissertation, University of Edinburgh. 1991.
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    Understanding Language
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92. 1992.
  • The nature of sensory experience: the case of taste and tasting
    Phenomenology and Mind 4 212--227. 2013.
  • Meeting of Minds1
    Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays 183. 2009.
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    Predicates of Taste and Relativism about Truth
    ProtoSociology 31 138-159. 2014.
    Is relativism about truth ever a coherent doctrine? Some people have argued that an answer to this question depends on whether there can be cases of genuine disagreement where those who disagree hold conflicting beliefs towards the same proposition and yet are each entitled to say that what they believe is true. These have been called cases of faultless disagreement and are often explored by considering the case of disagreements about taste. However, this is not the right way to formulate the re…Read more
  •  554
    Why We Still Need Knowledge of Language
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3): 431-456. 2006.
    In his latest book, Michael Devitt rejects Chomsky’s mentalist conception of linguistics. The case against Chomsky is based on two principal claims. First, that we can separate the study of linguistic competence from the study of its outputs: only the latter belongs to linguistic inquiry. Second, Chomsky’s account of a speaker’s competence as consisiting in the mental representation of rules of a grammar for his language is mistaken. I shall argue, first, that Devitt fails to make a case for sep…Read more
  •  6
    Does science underwrite our folk psychology
    In William T. O'Donohue & Richard F. Kitchener (eds.), The Philosophy of Psychology, Sage Publications. pp. 256--264. 1996.
  •  1
    Taste, Philosophical Perspectives
    In Hal Pashler (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind, Sage Publications. 2009.
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    Can we say more about factual discourse?
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2). 2007.
  •  647
    Relativism and Predicates of Personal Taste
    In Francois Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.), Context-depenece, Perspective and Relativity, De Gruyer Mouton. 2010.
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    Frege and Chomsky: Sense and Psychologism
    In Petr Kotatko & John Biro (eds.), Frege: Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 25--46. 1995.
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    The Oxford Handbook to the Philosophy of Language (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2006.
    The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Ernie Lepore …Read more
  • Tim Crane, ed., "The Contents of Experience" (review)
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2 (2): 347. 1994.
  •  716
    On Knowing One's Own Language
    In Crispin Wright, Barry C. Smith & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.), Knowing Our Own Minds, Oxford University Press. pp. 391--428. 1998.
    We rely on language to know the minds of others, but does language have a role to play in knowing our own minds? To suppose it does is to look for a connection between mastery of a language and the epistemic relation we bear to our inner lives. What could such a connection consist in? To explore this, I shall examine strategies for explaining self-knowledge in terms of the use we make of language to express and report our mental states. Success in these strategies will depend on the view we take…Read more
  •  6
    Drawing distinctions (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 49 101-103. 2010.
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    What Does Metacognition Do For Us?
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (3): 727-735. 2014.
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    Relativism about Truth and Predicates of Taste
    Filosofia Unisinos 13 (2 - suppl.). 2012.
  •  20
    The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2005.
    The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Ernie Lepore a…Read more