Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning: Philosophical Papers

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"Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning brings together Nathan Salmon's influential papers on topics in the metaphysics of existence, non-existence, and fiction; modality and its logic; strict identity, including personal identity; numbers and numerical quantifiers; the philosophical significance of Godel's Incompleteness theorems; and semantic content and designation." Including a previously unpublished essay and a helpful new introduction to orient the reader, the volume offers rich and varied sustenance for philosophers and logicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199281763
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2006
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Ontology
1 Existence (1987) 9
2 Nonexistence (1998) 50
3 Mythical objects (2002) 91
Pt. II Necessity
4 Model logic Kalish-and-Montague style (1994u) 111
5 Impossible worlds (1984) 119
6 An empire of thin air (1988) 122
7 The logic of what might have been (1989) 129
Pt. III Identity
8 The fact that x = y (1987) 153
9 The side of paradox (1993) 155
10 Identity facts (2002) 165
11 Personal identity : what's the problem? (1995u) 192
Pt. IV Philosophy of mathematics
12 Wholes, parts, and numbers (1997) 229
13 The limits of human mathematics (2001) 243
Pt. V Theory of meaning and reference
14 On content (1992) 269
15 On designation (2005) 286
16 A problem in the frege-church theory of sense and denotation (1993) 335
17 The very possibility of language (2001) 344
18 Tense and intension (2003) 365
19 Pronouns as variables (2005) 399
Bibliography of Nathan Salmon, 1979-2005 407
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