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  1. Eli Dresner (2013). Davidson's Interpretations: The Step Not Taken. Noûs 48 (3).
    In the first section of this paper I follow an important trajectory in the development of Davidson's notion of radical interpretation: From being interpretationally concerned only with language, like Quine's radical translation that precedes it, through involving the ascription of belief in increasingly complex ways, to finally incorporating desire and preference. In the second section of the paper I show that Davidson falls short of incorporating non-linguistic action in radical interpretation, I assess his motivations for doing so, and I criticize (...)
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  2. Eli Dresner (2012). Meaning Holism. Philosophy Compass 7 (9):611-619.
    In the first section of this paper I define meaning holism (MH) and compare it to related theses. In the second section I review several theories of meaning that incorporate MH as a feature, and in the third section I discuss the question whether and how MH is consistent with the assignment of semantic values to linguistic expressions. Finally, in the fourth section I present the main objections raised against MH in the literature and the answers given to them.
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  3. Eli Dresner (2012). Turing, Matthews and Millikan: Effective Memory, Dispositionalism and Pushmepullyou Mental States. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (4):461-472.
    Abstract In the first section of the paper I present Alan Turing?s notion of effective memory, as it appears in his 1936 paper ?On Computable Numbers, With an Application to The Entscheidungsproblem?. This notion stands in surprising contrast with the way memory is usually thought of in the context of contemporary computer science. Turing?s view (in 1936) is that for a computing machine to remember a previously scanned string of symbols is not to store an internal symbolic image of this (...)
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  4. Eli Dresner (2010). Language and the Measure of Mind. Mind and Language 25 (4):418-439.
    In his recent book The Measure of Mind Robert Matthews presents the most elaborate and convincing attempt to date to account for the propositional attitudes in measurement theoretic terms. In the first section of this paper I review earlier applications of measurement-theoretic conceptualization to the discussion of the mind, I outline Matthews' own account, and I raise two questions concerning it. Then, in the second section of the paper, I present a unified measurement-theoretic account of both linguistic meaning and the (...)
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  5. Eli Dresner (2010). Logical Consequence and First-Order Soundness and Completeness: A Bottom Up Approach. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 52 (1):75-93.
    What is the philosophical significance of the soundness and completeness theorems for first-order logic? In the first section of this paper I raise this question, which is closely tied to current debate over the nature of logical consequence. Following many contemporary authors' dissatisfaction with the view that these theorems ground deductive validity in model-theoretic validity, I turn to measurement theory as a source for an alternative view. For this purpose I present in the second section several of the key ideas (...)
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  6. Eli Dresner (2010). Measurement-Theoretic Representation and Computation-Theoretic Realization. Journal of Philosophy 107 (6):275-292.
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  7. Eli Dresner (2009). Radical Interpretation, the Primacy of Communication, and the Bounds of Language. Empedocles 1 (1):123-134.
  8. Eli Dresner (2008). Turing-, Human- and Physical Computability: An Unasked Question. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 18 (3):349-355.
  9. Eli Dresner (2006). A Measurement Theoretic Account of Propositions. Synthese 153 (1):1 - 22.
    In the first section of this paper I review Measurement Theoretic Semantics – an approach to formal semantics modeled after the application of numbers in measurement, e.g., of length. In the second section it is argued that the measurement theoretic approach to semantics yields a novel, useful conception of propositions. In the third section the measurement theoretic view of propositions is compared with major other accounts of propositional content.
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  10. Eli Dresner (2004). Over-Assignment of Structure. Journal of Philosophical Logic 33 (5):467-480.
    In the first section of this paper I present the measurement-theoretic fallacy of 'over-assignment of structure': the unwarranted assumption that every numeric relation holding among two (or more) numbers represents some empirical, physical relation among the objects to which these numbers are assigned as measures (e.g., of temperature). In the second section I argue that a generalized form of this fallacy arises in various philosophical contexts, in the form of a misguided, over-extended application of one conceptual domain to another. Three (...)
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  11. Eli Dresner (2003). Review of “Abduction, Belief and Context in Dialogue” by Harry Bunt and William Black (Eds). [REVIEW] Pragmatics and Cognition 11 (2):390-394.
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  12. Eli Dresner (2002). Holism, Language Acquisition, and Algebraic Logic. Linguistics and Philosophy 25 (4):419-452.
    In the first section of this paper I present a well known objection to meaning holism, according to which holism is inconsistent with natural language being learnable. Then I show that the objection fails if language acquisition includes stages of partial grasp of the meaning of at least some expressions, and I argue that standard model theoretic semantics cannot fully capture such stages. In the second section the above claims are supported through a review of current research into language acquisition. (...)
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  13. Eli Dresner (2002). Measurement Theoretic Semantics and the Semantics of Necessity. Synthese 130 (3):413 - 440.
    In the first two sections I present and motivate a formal semantics program that is modeled after the application of numbers in measurement (e.g., of length). Then, in the main part of the paper, I use the suggested framework to give an account of the semantics of necessity and possibility: (i) I show thatthe measurement theoretic framework is consistent with a robust (non-Quinean) view of modal logic, (ii) I give an account of the semantics of the modal notions within this (...)
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  14. Eli Dresner (2002). Wittgenstein's Builders and Perry's Objection to Sentence Priority. Dialectica 56 (1):49–63.
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  15. Eli Dresner (2001). Tarski's Restricted Form and Neale's Quantificational Treatment of Proper Names. Linguistics and Philosophy 24 (4):405-415.
  16. Eli Dresner, Gerd Fritz, Alan Gross & Galia Hatav (2000). Tics, Discourse Processes, Metaphor and Symbol, The Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Language and Speech, and the Journal of Psycho-Linguistic Research. Daniel Dor (Ph. D. Stanford University) Teaches Linguistics and Communica-Tion at the Departments of Communication and of English, Tel Aviv Univer. [REVIEW] Pragmatics and Cognition 8 (2):455-456.
     
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  17. Eli Dresner (1999). Boolean Algebras and Natural Language: A Measurement Theoretic Approach. Nordic Journal of Philosophical Logic 4:175-189.
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  18. Eli Dresner (1999). Hintikka's 'Language as Calculus Vs. Language as a Universal Medium' Distinction. Pragmatics and Cognition 7 (2):405-421.
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  19. Eli Dresner (1999). Quine's Philosophy of Language and Polish Logic. History and Philosophy of Logic 20 (2):79-96.
    The Polish logicians' propositional calculi, which consist in a distinct synthesis of the Fregean and Boolean approaches to logic, influenced W. V. Quine's early work in formal logic. This early formal work of Quine's, in turn, can be shown to serve as one of the sources of his holistic conception of natural language.
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