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  1. Arthur Sullivan (forthcoming). What Do Deviant Logians Show About the Epistemology of Logic? Acta Analytica:1-13.
    What I will call “the deviant logician objection” [DLO] is one line of attack against the common and compelling tenet that our justification for logical truths is grounded in our understanding of their constituent concepts. This objection seeks to undermine the possibility of any deep constitutive connection, in the epistemology of logic , between understanding and justification. I will consider varieties of the deviant logician objection developed by Horwich and by Williamson . My thesis is that while the deviant logician (...)
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  2. Arthur Sullivan (2013). Multiple Propositions, Contextual Variability, and the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface. Synthese 190 (14):2773-2800.
    A ‘multiple-proposition (MP) phenomenon’ is a putative counterexample to the widespread implicit assumption that a simple indicative sentence (relative to a context of utterance) semantically expresses at most one proposition. Several philosophers and linguists (including Stephen Neale and Chris Potts) have recently developed hypotheses concerning this notion. The guiding questions motivating this research are: (1) Is there an interesting and homogenous semantic category of MP phenomena? (2) If so, what is the import? Do MP theories have any relevance to important (...)
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  3. Arthur Sullivan (2012). Alan Berger, Ed., Saul Kripke. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (5):354-357.
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  4. Arthur Sullivan (2012). On Pragmatic Regularities. In Piotr Stalmaszcyzk (ed.), Philosophical and Formal Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. Ontos Verlag. 491.
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  5. Arthur Sullivan (2012). Reference and Structure in the Philosophy of Language: A Defense of the Russellian Orthodoxy. Routledge.
    Two distinctions within the category of designators -- Further defining the central theses -- Structure and rigidity -- Structure and naming -- Interlude: interim review and a look ahead -- Referential uses of denoting expressions -- Complex referring expressions -- Summary, overview, and general morals.
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  6. Arthur Sullivan (2010). Millian Externalism. In Robin Jeshion (ed.), New Essays on Singular Thought. Oup Oxford.
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  7. Arthur Sullivan (2009). Against Structured Referring Expressions. Philosophical Studies 146 (1):49 - 74.
    Following Neale, I call the notion that there can be no such thing as a structured referring expression ‘structure skepticism’. The specific aim of this paper is to defuse some putative counterexamples to structure skepticism. The general aim is to bolster the case in favor of the thesis that lack of structure—in a sense to be made precise—is essential to reference.
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  8. Arthur Sullivan (2008). Truth in Virtue of Meaning. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (3):pp. 373-397.
    In recent work on a priori justification, one thing about which there is considerable agreement is that the notion of truth in virtue of meaning is bankrupt and infertile. (For the sake of more readable prose, I will use ‘TVM’ as an abbreviation for ‘the notion of truth in virtue of meaning’.) Arguments against the worth of TVM can be found across the entire spectrum of views on the a priori, in the work of uncompromising rationalists (such as BonJour (1998)), (...)
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  9. Arthur Sullivan (2007). Rigid Designation and Semantic Structure. Philosophers' Imprint 7 (6):1-22.
    There is a considerable sub-literature, stretching back over 35 years, addressed to the question: Precisely which general terms ought to be classified as rigid designators? More fundamentally: What should we take the criterion for rigidity to be, for general terms? The aim of this paper is to give new grounds for the old view that if a general term designates the same kind in all possible worlds, then it should be classified as a rigid designator. The new grounds in question (...)
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  10. Arthur Sullivan (2006). David S. Oderberg, Ed., The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (2):117-119.
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  11. Arthur Sullivan (2006). Reference and Description: The Case Against Two-Dimensionalism. Dialogue 45 (4):792-794.
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  12. Arthur Sullivan (2006). Reference and Description: The Case Against Two-Dimensionalism Scott Soames Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005, Xii + 359 Pp., $39.50. [REVIEW] Dialogue 45 (04):792-.
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  13. Arthur Sullivan (2005). Joseph Melia, Modality Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 25 (2):125-127.
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  14. Arthur Sullivan (2005). Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Formal Logic: A Philosophical Approach Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 25 (4):264-266.
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  15. Arthur Sullivan (2005). Rigid Designation, Direct Reference, and Modal Metaphysics. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):577–599.
    In this paper I argue that questions about the semantics of rigid designation are commonly and illicitly run together with distinct issues, such as questions about the metaphysics of essence and questions about the theoretical legitimacy of the possible-worlds framework. I discuss in depth two case studies of this phenomenon – the first concerns the relation between rigid designation and reference, the second concerns the application of the notion of rigidity to general terms. I end by drawing out some conclusions (...)
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  16. Arthur Sullivan (2004). On Causal Relevance: A Reply to Raymont. Dialogue 43 (2):355-365.
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  17. Arthur Sullivan (2004). Review of Nicholas Griffin (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (6).
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  18. Arthur Sullivan (2003). Critical Notice: Beyond Rigidity. Philosophical Books 44 (4):317-334.
    Beyond Rigidity. The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity, by Scott Soames (Oxford University Press, 2002).
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  19. Arthur Sullivan (ed.) (2003). Logicism and the Philosophy of Language: Selections From Frege and Russell. Broadview Press.
    Logicism and the Philosophy of Language brings together the core works by Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell on logic and language. In their separate efforts to clarify mathematics through the use of logic in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Frege and Russell both recognized the need for rigorous and systematic semantic analysis of language. It was their turn to this style of analysis that would establish the philosophy of language as an autonomous area of inquiry. This anthology gathers (...)
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  20. Arthur Sullivan (2003). “Paging Dr. Lauben! Dr. Gustav Lauben!”: Some Questions About Individualism and Competence. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 115 (3):201 - 224.
    In several works, Frege argues that content is objective (i.e., thethoughts we entertain and communicate, and the senses of which theyare composed, are public, not private, property). There are, however,some remarks in the Fregean corpus that are in tension with this view.This paper is centered on an investigation of the most notorious andextreme such passage: the `Dr. Lauben example, from Frege (1918). Aprincipal aim is to attain more clarity on the evident tension withinFreges views on content, between this dominant objectivism (...)
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  21. Arthur Sullivan (2003). Shareability and Objectivity. Ratio 16 (3):251–271.
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  22. Arthur Sullivan (1998). Singular Propositions and Singular Thoughts. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 39 (1):114-127.
  23. Arthur Sullivan (1997). Rorty and Davidson. Dialogos 32 (70):7-26.
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