Ideas from 'Philosophy of Language' by Alexander Miller [1998], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophy of Language' by Miller,Alexander [UCL Press 1998,1-85728-470-4]].

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5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / c. Names as referential
If the only property of a name was its reference, we couldn't explain bearerless names
13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 2. Types of Scepticism
Constitutive scepticism is about facts, and epistemological scepticism about our ability to know them
17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 2. Behavioural Dispositions
Dispositions say what we will do, not what we ought to do, so can't explain normativity
19. Language / B. Meaning / 1. Meaning
Explain meaning by propositional attitudes, or vice versa, or together?
19. Language / C. Semantics / 4. Truth-Conditions Semantics
If truth is deflationary, sentence truth-conditions just need good declarative syntax
19. Language / F. Analytic/Synthetic / 3. Analytic Truths
'Jones is a married bachelor' does not have the logical form of a contradiction
19. Language / G. Interpretation / 3. Charity
The principle of charity is holistic, saying we must hold most of someone's system of beliefs to be true
Maybe we should interpret speakers as intelligible, rather than speaking truth
22. Metaethics / C. Sources of Ethics / 4. Expressivism
The Frege-Geach problem is that I can discuss the wrongness of murder without disapproval