Ideas of Jody Azzouni, by Theme

[American, fl. 2004, Professor at Tufts University.]

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3. Truth / B. Truthmakers / 12. Rejecting Truthmakers
'Mickey Mouse is a fictional mouse' is true without a truthmaker
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 1. Redundant Truth
Truth is dispensable, by replacing truth claims with the sentence itself
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 2. Deflationary Truth
Truth lets us assent to sentences we can't explicitly exhibit
5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / e. Empty names
Names function the same way, even if there is no object
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / d. Non-being
Things that don't exist don't have any properties
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 8. Criterion for Existence
That all existents have causal powers is unknowable; the claim is simply an epistemic one
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 6. Fictionalism
If fictional objects really don't exist, then they aren't abstract objects
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / a. Ontological commitment
Modern metaphysics often derives ontology from the logical forms of sentences
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / b. Commitment of quantifiers
If objectual quantifiers ontologically commit, so does the metalanguage for its semantics
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / e. Ontological commitment problems
In the vernacular there is no unequivocal ontological commitment
We only get ontology from semantics if we have already smuggled it in
27. Natural Reality / B. Chemistry / 3. Periodic Table
The periodic table not only defines the elements, but also excludes other possible elements