Christopher Peacocke

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Suppose that we are interested in giving a theory of meaning for a’particular language containing ‘necessarily’ by supplying a truth theory for that language; can we then interpret ‘necessarily’ (‘0’) at its face value in the object language (‘OL’)? that is as an operator on closed and on open sentences rather than a quantifier, without being involved in(More)
Representing one thing metaphorically-as something else is something that can occur in thought, imagination or perception. When a piece of music is heard as expressing some property F, some feature of the music is heard metaphorically-as F. The metaphor is exploited in the perception, rather than being represented. This account is developed and deployed to(More)
Kant pursues a variety of projects in the “Dialectic” of the Critique of Pure Reason; but chief among them is the program of “transcendental criticism”: pure reason’s systematic detection, correction, and explanation of its own excesses.1 These excesses occur, according to Kant, because reason constantly strives to transcend the bounds of sense in its(More)
It is just over fifty years since the publication of Quine’s ‘Two Dogmas of Empiricism’ (1951). That paper expresses a broad vision of the system of relations between meaning, experience, and the rational formation of belief. The deepest challenges the paper poses come not from the detailed argument of its first four sections – formidable though that is –(More)
Perception plays a fundamental role in enabling us to think about objects and properties in the world around us. In particular, perception of objects and properties enables us to think demonstrative thoughts about them. But what must perception be like in order to play this role? Normal human perception is conscious in the sense that there is something it(More)
There appears to be an intimate connection between feeling our limbs 'from the inside' and our power to act directly with them. This essay attempts to evaluate the strongest understanding of the connection between bodily awareness and bodily agency: that feeling a body part 'from the inside' is necessary for any instance of acting directly with that body(More)
“species can be regarded as nature-given and not as language-constituted natural kinds.” His analysis is somewhat complex and given through a short history of the notion of species, distinguishing morphological species, typological species and species as populations. Concerning species as populations the author observes that, unlike typological species (and(More)
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