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    Lost in Translation?
    Topoi 38 (2): 265-276. 2019.
    According to neo-Russellianism, in a sentence such as John believes that Mont Blanc is 4000 m high, any other proper name co-referring with Mont Blanc can be substituted for it without any change in the proposition expressed. Prima facie, our practice of translation shows that this cannot be correct. We will then show that neo-Russellians have a way out of this problem, which consists in holding that actual translations are not a matter of semantics, but also make an attempt at preserving some p…Read more
  •  22
    Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects
    Noûs 22 (4): 630-635. 1988.
  •  22
    On Quine: New Essays
    Philosophical Review 106 (4): 622. 1997.
    Several of the better essays in On Quine are critical of Quine’s views. In “Against Naturalized Epistemology,” Bas Van Fraassen challenges empiricists to provide a self-consistent statement of their view; if empiricism is the view that “experience is our one and only source of information,” then that piece of information must itself have experience only as its source. Van Fraassen argues that Quine’s naturalized epistemology cannot meet this challenge and thus “is itself a metaphysics of the sor…Read more
  •  23
    Editorial: How should we read the classics of philosophy?
    Dialectica 57 (3): 257-259. 2003.
  •  21
    Semantic Innocence Recovered?
    Dialectica 58 (2): 264-272. 2004.
  •  47
    Generic and intensional objects
    Synthese 73 (3). 1987.
  •  74
    Meaning and Mental Representations (edited book)
    with Umberto Eco and Patrizia Violi
    Indiana University Press. 1988.
    "... an excellent collection... " —Journal of Language & Social Psychology An important collection of original essays by well-known scholars debating the questions of logical versus psychologically-based interpretations of language.
  •  3
    Verità relativa E finzione
    Rivista di Estetica 39 241-264. 2008.
  •  60
    Belief and Translation
    Journal of Philosophy 99 (12). 2002.
  •  38
    On Quine: New Essays (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 1995.
    Quine is one of the most influential of contemporary philosophers, whose work has ranged broadly across a great number of topics and issues in a career spanning some fifty years. In this collection a group of distinguished philosophers offer a sustained critical evaluation of the full range of Quine's writings. Amongst the topics addressed are interpretation, epistemology, ontology, modality, and mathematical truth. This collection will certainly influence all future discussion of Quine. The con…Read more
  •  8
    Was Frege right about variable objects?
    In Kevin Mulligan (ed.), Language, Truth and Ontology, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 133--156. 1992.
  •  16
    Meinongian theories of generality
    Noûs 24 (5): 647-673. 1990.
  •  16
    Competenza filosofica. Sulla filosofia di Diego Marconi
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 20 (3): 597-606. 2007.
  • Un pensiero di troppo
    la Società Degli Individui 38. 2010.
    Esseri umani, paesi, paesaggi, sono alcuni dei maggiori oggetti del nostro amore. Lo stesso si può dire di certi ideali, per esempio dell’ideale di giu­stizia. Harry Frankfurt ha dedicato par­te della sua riflessione alla feno­me­no­logia dell’amore, ma dice relativamente poco riguardo al­la possibilità che sorgano conflitti tra i nostri oggetti d’amore – specialmente quando è in gio­­co la giustizia. Questo saggio prende spunto, ancora una volta, dal caso del­l’uomo su una bar­ca troppo piccola…Read more
  • L'utilitarismo Come Teoria Della Scelta Pubblica
    Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 1 (2): 30-38. 1983.
  •  11
    From Stimulus to Science
    with W. V. Quine and Paolo Leonardi
    Philosophical Quarterly 47 (189): 519-523. 1997.
  •  27
    On the sameness of thoughts. Substitutional quantifiers, tense, and belief
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 72 (1): 111-140. 2006.
    In order to know what a belief is, we need to know when it is appropriate to say that two subjects (or the same subject at two different times) believe(s) the same or entertain the same thought. This is not entirely straightforward. Consider for instance1. Tom thinks that he himself is the smartest and Tim believes the same2. In 2001, Bill believed that some action had to be taken to save the rain forest and today he believes the same.What does Tim think? That he, Tim, is the smartest, or that T…Read more
  • Forma E Oggetto
    . 1992.
  • Verità e liberalismo politico
    Philosophical News 2. 2011.
    Many philosophers who thought about democracy in the Twentieth century haverejected the notion of absolute truth and even that of truth as such. Hans Kelsendraws a parallel between, on the one hand, philosophical absolutism and autocracy and, on the other, relativism and democracy. For the very same reasons, Hannah Arendt directly infers from her democratic conception of politics that truth is to be rejected. It seems that such views are closely reminiscent of some statements by John Rawls about…Read more
  •  9
    La metafisica sta bene, grazie
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 12 (1): 123-132. 1999.
  •  7
    Assertibility and the Attributive I Referential Distinction^
    In M. Sainsbury (ed.), Thought and Ontology, Franco Angeli. pp. 57--143. 1997.
  •  14
    Sulla conoscenza del passato, il presente e il futuro
    with Paolo Parrini
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 21 (2): 441-462. 2008.