Ideas from 'The Philosophy of Philosophy' by Timothy Williamson [2007], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Philosophy of Philosophy' by Williamson,Timothy [Blackwell 2007,978-1-4051-3396-8]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / e. Philosophy as reason
Progress in philosophy is incremental, not an immature seeking after drama
3. Truth / C. Correspondence Truth / 3. Correspondence Truth critique
Correspondence to the facts is a bad account of analytic truth
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 3. Anti-realism
The realist/anti-realist debate is notoriously obscure and fruitless
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 9. Vagueness / a. Vagueness of reality
There cannot be vague objects, so there may be no such thing as a mountain
9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 3. Unity Problems / e. Vague objects
Common sense and classical logic are often simultaneously abandoned in debates on vagueness
10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 1. A Priori Necessary
Modal thinking isn't a special intuition; it is part of ordinary counterfactual thinking
10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 4. Conceivable as Possible / a. Conceivable as possible
Williamson can't base metaphysical necessity on the psychology of causal counterfactuals
We scorn imagination as a test of possibility, forgetting its role in counterfactuals
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 2. Self-Evidence
There are 'armchair' truths which are not a priori, because experience was involved
12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 1. Intuition
Intuition is neither powerful nor vacuous, but reveals linguistic or conceptual competence
When analytic philosophers run out of arguments, they present intuitions as their evidence
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 6. Meaning as Use
You might know that the word 'gob' meant 'mouth', but not be competent to use it
25. Society / B. The State / 8. Culture
If languages are intertranslatable, and cognition is innate, then cultures are all similar