Ideas of Paul Boghossian, by Theme

[American, fl. 2000, Professor at New York University.]

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2. Reason / D. Definition / 4. Real Definition
A sentence may simultaneously define a term, and also assert a fact
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 3. Minimalist Truth
Minimalism is incoherent, as it implies that truth both is and is not a property
5. Theory of Logic / I. Semantics of Logic / 2. Formal Truth
Conventionalism agrees with realists that logic has truth values, but not over the source
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 4. A Priori as Necessities
'Snow is white or it isn't' is just true, not made true by stipulation
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 8. A Priori as Analytic
The a priori is explained as analytic to avoid a dubious faculty of intuition
That logic is a priori because it is analytic resulted from explaining the meaning of logical constants
We can't hold a sentence true without evidence if we can't agree which sentence is definitive of it
Metaphysical analyticity (and linguistic necessity) are hopeless, but epistemic analyticity is a priori
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 11. Denying the A Priori
We may have strong a priori beliefs which we pragmatically drop from our best theory
12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 1. Intuition
If we learn geometry by intuition, how could this faculty have misled us for so long?
19. Language / B. Meaning / 7. Meaning by Role
If meaning depends on conceptual role, what properties are needed to do the job?
'Conceptual role semantics' says terms have meaning from sentences and/or inferences
19. Language / B. Meaning / 11. Synonymy
Could expressions have meaning, without two expressions possibly meaning the same?
19. Language / F. Analytic/Synthetic / 1. Analytic and Synthetic
There are no truths in virtue of meaning, but there is knowability in virtue of understanding
Epistemological analyticity: grasp of meaning is justification; metaphysical: truth depends on meaning