Ideas of Paul Boghossian, by Theme

[American, b.1957, 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 [Horwich]
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
We can't hold a sentence true without evidence if we can't agree which sentence is definitive of it
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
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 / 2. Intuition
If we learn geometry by intuition, how could this faculty have misled us for so long?
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 7. Meaning Holism / c. 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 / A. Nature of Meaning / 8. Synonymy
Could expressions have meaning, without two expressions possibly meaning the same?
19. Language / E. Analyticity / 2. Analytic Truths
There are no truths in virtue of meaning, but there is knowability in virtue of understanding [Jenkins]
19. Language / E. Analyticity / 3. Analytic and Synthetic
Epistemological analyticity: grasp of meaning is justification; metaphysical: truth depends on meaning