Content and Modality: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert by Alex Byrne, Judith Thomson

By Alex Byrne, Judith Thomson

Judith Thomson, Alex Byrne (eds.)

Eleven extraordinary philosophers have contributed specifically written essays on a collection of themes a lot debated in recent times, together with physicalism, qualia, semantic competence, conditionals, presuppositions, two-dimensional semantics, and the relation among good judgment and metaphysics. most of these subject matters are well-known within the paintings of Robert Stalnaker, a huge presence in modern philosophy, in honor of whom the quantity is released. It additionally incorporates a significant new essay within which Stalnaker replies to his critics, and units out his present perspectives at the issues discussed.

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The 11 unique essays during this assortment properly disguise quite a lot of Robert Stalnaker's philosophical paintings, and Stalnaker's replies to them are transparent, well-thought out, and informative. an individual drawn to Stalnaker's philosophy or the parts coated during this quantity is definitely instructed to learn it. Takashi Yagisawa, brain

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And this might seem to be supported by the fact that, as we can suppose, Ellen’s memory reports and behavior are as they should be, given the functionalist view of qualitative similarity, if these relations of qualitative similarity hold. Her situation is like Bertha’s in the case where she never suffers brain damage and so never has her backup system activated. I suggest, however, that this verdict about these versions of the case is called into question by the version of the example in which both systems are active (intermittently—both cannot be active at the same time) during both the Berthalike period and the Dorothy-like period.

The possible worlds at which two plus two is four are those at which there are infinitely many primes—and these are the worlds at which it is false that . So it can seem like a mistake to characterize meanings or contents in terms of K-propositions. In my view, this is half right; semanticists need different tools. But as Stalnaker argues, the apparent deficiencies of K-propositions reflect potential virtues that should not be ignored, at least not if representing the universe involves locating the way we take it to be in a space of possibilities.

They represent, and a version of representationism which says that the phenomenal character of experiences is an aspect of their representational content that is in a certain way more subjective. ⁷ I reject standard representationism, but accept the second version. One of my complaints about standard representationism is that it cannot do justice to certain phenomena of color constancy—the fact that something in shadow can look different from something not in shadow without looking to have a different color, and the fact that something in shadow and something of a lighter shade of color can look the same without looking to have the same color.

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