Meaning theory for absolutely general languagesLogique Et Analyse. forthcoming.An “absolutely general” or "unrestricted" language is one the quantifiers and variables of which are meant to range over absolutely everything whatsoever. In recent years, more and more authors have begun to appreciate the limitations of typical model-theoretic resources for metatheoretic reflection on such languages. In response, some have suggested that proper metatheoretic reflection for unrestricted languages needs to be carried out in a metalanguage of greater logical resources. For an unre…Read more
21The innocence of truth in semantic paradoxErkenntnis 1-23. forthcoming.According to some philosophers, the Liar paradox arises because of a mistaken theory of truth. Its lesson is that we must reject some instances of the naive propositional truth-schema ⌜It is true that φ if and only if φ⌝. In this paper, I construct a novel semantic paradox in which no principle even analogous to the truth-schema plays any role. I argue that this undermines the claim that we ought to respond to the Liar by revising our theory of truth.
Brown UniversityDepartment of PhilosophyVisiting Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America