Barry C Smith School of Advanced Study, University of London
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Director of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London
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  1. Barry C. Smith (forthcoming). The Nature of Linguistic Reality: A Response to Devitt's 'Dodging'. Croatian Journal of Philosophy.
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  2. Barry C. Smith (2013). L6 Philosophical and Empirical Approaches Tolanguage. In Matthew C. Haug (ed.), Philosophical Methodology: The Armchair or the Laboratory? Routledge. 294.
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  3. Barry C. Smith (2012). Empathie Et Perception des Valeurs. Dialogue 51 (1):119-127.
    ABSTRACT: Differences of evaluative judgments are often assumed to be a reason to prefer pluralism, relativism or subjectivism to objectivism, and this preference is even more pronounced in the case of judgements of taste. A comparison between perceptual and moral disagreements, however, enables us to understand that differences in judgments may be due to a difference in access to the situation or object, and not necessarily to a difference in value. The feeling of irresolvable differences that sometimes arises in situations (...)
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  4. Barry C. Smith (2012). Relativism About Truth and Predicates of Taste. Filosofia Unisinos 13 (2 - suppl.).
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  5. Barry C. Smith (2012). The Publicity of Meaning and the Interiority of Mind. In Crispin Wright & Annalisa Coliva (eds.), Mind, Meaning, and Knowledge: Themes From the Philosophy of Crispin Wright. Oxford University Press.
     
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  6. Barry C. Smith (2010). Drawing Distinctions. The Philosophers' Magazine 49 (49):101-103.
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  7. Barry C. Smith (2010). Relativism and Predicates of Personal Taste. In Francois Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.), Context-depenece, Perspective and Relativity. De Gruyer Mouton.
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  8. Barry C. Smith (2010). Relativism, Disagreement and Predicates of Personal Taste. In François Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.), Context-Dependence, Perspective and Relativity. Mouton de Gruyter. 195--225.
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  9. Barry C. Smith (2010). Speech Sounds and the Direct Meeting of Minds. In Matthew Nudds & Casey O'Callaghan (eds.), New Essays on Sound and Perception. Oxford University Press.
  10. Barry C. Smith (2010). What We Mean, What We Think We Mean, and How Language Surprises Us. In E. Romero & B. Soria (eds.), Explicit Communication: Robyn Carston's Pragmatics. Palgrave.
    In uttering a sentence we are often taken to assert more than its literal meaning — though we sometimes assert less. Robyn Carston and others take this phenomenon to show that what is said or asserted by a speaker on an occasion of utterance is usually a contextuallyenriched version of the semantic content of the sentence. I shall argue that we can resist this conclusion if we recognize that what we think we are asserting, or take others to be asserting, (...)
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  11. Barry C. Smith (2009). Taste, Philosophical Perspectives. In Hal Pashler (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind. Sage Publications.
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  12. John Collins, Robert J. Matthews, Barry C. Smith & Brian Epstein (2008). Philosophy of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22).
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  13. Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2008). The Oxford Handbook to the Philosophy of Language. OUP Oxford.
    The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. -/- Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work (...)
     
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  14. Barry C. Smith (2008). What Remains of Our Knowledge of Language? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22):557-75.
    The new Chomskian orthodoxy denies that our linguistic competence gives us knowledge *of* a language, and that the representations in the language faculty are representations *of* anything. In reply, I have argued that through their intuitions speaker/hearers, (but not their language faculties) have knowledge of language, though not of any externally existing language. In order to count as knowledge, these intuitions must track linguistic facts represented in the language faculty. I defend this idea against the objections Collins has raised to (...)
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  15. Ernest LePore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2007). Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
  16. Barry C. Smith (2007). Can We Say More About Factual Discourse? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2):413–420.
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  17. Barry C. Smith (2007). Can We Say More About Factual Discourse? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2):413-420.
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  18. Barry C. Smith (2007). M Ost Wine Tasters and Many Wine Critics Will Tell You That Taste is Subjective. It is a Matter Ofwhat You Like or Dislike, Ofwhat. In , Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine. Oxford University Press. 41.
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  19. Barry C. Smith (ed.) (2007). Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine. Oxford University Press.
  20. Barry C. Smith (2007). The Objectivity of Tastes and Tasting. In , Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine. Oxford University Press.
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  21. Barry C. Smith & Tim Crane (2007). In Vino Veritas. The Philosophers' Magazine 39 (39):75-78.
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  22. Barry C. Smith & Tim Crane (2007). In Vino Veritas. The Philosophers' Magazine 39 (39):75-78.
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  23. Ernest LePore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work for this diverse and fertile field of philosophy. A superb international team contribute forty brand-new essays covering topics from the nature of language to meaning, truth, and reference, and the interfaces of philosophy of language with linguistics, psychology, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. It will be an essential resource for anyone working in the central areas of philosophy, for linguists interested in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and for psychologists and cognitive scientists (...)
     
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  24. Barry C. Smith (2006). Consciousness: An Inner View of the Outer World. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):175-86.
    Right now my conscious experience is directed at part of the world. It takes in some aspects of things around me and not others. Some bits of the world occupy my attention, other worldly goings on condition or colour the character of my current perceptual experience. I experience buildings in view through the window, the clothes in the corner of the room, the colour of the walls, the plate with breads, the coffee mugs, the smell of fresh laundry, the muffled (...)
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  25. Barry C. Smith (2006). Davidson, Interpretation and First-Person Constraints on Meaning. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 14 (3):385-406.
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 0967-2559 (print)/1466-4542 (online) Original Article.
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  26. Barry C. Smith (2006). Publicity, Externalism and Inner States. In Tomáš Marvan (ed.), What Determines Content?: The Internalism/Externalism Dispute. Cambridge Scholars Press.
    The critic Cyril Connolly once pointed out that diarists don’t make novelists. He went on to describe the problem for the would-be writer. “Writing for oneself: no public. Writing for others: no privacy” (Cyril Connolly, Journal). This paper addresses Connolly's worry about the public ad private: how can we reconcile the inner and conscious dimension of speech with its outer and public dimension? For if what people mean by their words involves, or consists in, what they have in mind when (...)
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  27. Barry C. Smith (ed.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work for this diverse and fertile field of philosophy. A superb international team contribute forty brand-new essays covering topics from the nature of language to meaning, truth, and reference, and the interfaces of philosophy of language with linguistics, psychology, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. It will be an essential resource for anyone working in the central areas of philosophy, for linguists interested in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and for psychologists and cognitive scientists (...)
     
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  28. Barry C. Smith (2006). What I Know When I Know a Language. In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    EVERY speaker of a language knows a bewildering variety of linguistic facts, and will come to know many more. It is knowledge that connects sound and meaning. Questions about the nature of this knowledge cannot be separated from fundamental questions about the nature of language. The conception of language we should adopt depends on the part it plays in explaining our knowledge of language. This chapter explores options in accounting for language, and our knowledge of language, and defends the view (...)
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  29. Barry C. Smith (2006). What I Know Wheniknow Alanguage. In , The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. 941.
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  30. Barry C. Smith (2006). Why We Still Need Knowledge of Language. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (18):431-457.
    In his latest book, Michael Devitt rejects Chomsky’s mentalist conception of linguistics. The case against Chomsky is based on two principal claims. First, that we can separate the study of linguistic competence from the study of its outputs: only the latter belongs to linguistic inquiry. Second, Chomsky’s account of a speaker’s competence as consisiting in the mental representation of rules of a grammar for his language is mistaken. I shall argue, fi rst, that Devitt fails to make a case for (...)
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  31. Ernie Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2005). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. -/- Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work (...)
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  32. Barry C. Smith (2001). Idiolects and Understanding: Comments on Barber. Mind and Language 16 (3):284–289.
  33. C. J. G. Wright, Barry C. Smith & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.) (2000). Knowing Our Own Minds. Oxford University Press.
  34. C. Macdonald, Barry C. Smith & C. J. G. Wright (1998). Knowing Our Own Minds: Essays in Self-Knowledge. Oxford University Press.
    Self-knowledge is the focus of considerable attention from philosophers: Knowing Our Own Minds gives a much-needed overview of current work on the subject, bringing together new essays by leading figures. Knowledge of one's own sensations, desires, intentions, thoughts, beliefs, and other attitudes is characteristically different from other kinds of knowledge: it has greater immediacy, authority, and salience. The contributors examine philosophical questions raised by the distinctive character of self-knowledge, relating it to knowledge of other minds, to rationality and agency, externalist (...)
     
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  35. Barry C. Smith (1998). On Knowing One's Own Language. In Crispin Wright, Barry C. Smith & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.), Knowing Our Own Minds. Oxford University Press. 391--428.
    We rely on language to know the minds of others, but does language have a role to play in knowing our own minds? To suppose it does is to look for a connection between mastery of a language and the epistemic relation we bear to our inner lives. What could such a connection consist in? To explore this, I shall examine strategies for explaining self-knowledge in terms of the use we make of language to express and report our mental states. (...)
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  36. Crispin Wright, Barry C. Smith & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.) (1998). Knowing Our Own Minds. Oxford University Press.
    Knowledge of one's own sensations, desires, intentions, thoughts, beliefs, and other attitudes is characteristically different from other kinds of knowledge: it has greater immediacy, authority, and salience. This volume offers a powerful and comprehensive look at current work on this topic, featuring closely interlinked essays by leading figures in the field that examine philosophical questions raised by the distinctive character of self-knowledge, relating it to knowledge of other minds, to rationality and agency, externalist theories of psychological content, and knowledge of (...)
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  37. Barry C. Smith (1996). Does Science Underwrite Our Folk Psychology. In William T. O'Donohue & Richard F. Kitchener (eds.), The Philosophy of Psychology. Sage Publications. 256--264.
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  38. Barry C. Smith (1995). Frege and Chomsky: Sense and Psychologism. In. In Petr Kotatko & John Biro (eds.), Frege: Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later. Kluwer. 25--46.
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  39. Barry C. Smith (1992). Understanding Language. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:109 - 141.
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  40. Barry C. Smith, True Relativism, Interpretation and Our Reasons for Action.
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