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  1. Francesco Pupa (forthcoming). Review of Truth in Virtue of Meaning. By Gillian Russell. [REVIEW] Metaphilosophy.
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  2. Francesco Pupa (2013). Embedded Definite Descriptions: A Novel Solution to a Familiar Problem. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (3):290-314.
    Paul Elbourne claims that Russellians cannot accommodate the behavior of certain embedded definite descriptions. Since Fregeans can handle such descriptions, Elbourne urges theorists to reject Russell's theory in favor of Frege's. Here, I show that such descriptions pose no threat to Russellianism. These descriptions, I argue, are neutral between the two camps.
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  3. Francesco Pupa & Erika Troseth (2011). Syntax and Interpretation. Mind and Language 26 (2):185-209.
    In his book Language in Context, Jason Stanley provides a novel solution to certain interpretational puzzles (Stanley, 2007). The aphonic approach, as we call it, hangs upon a substantial syntactic thesis. Here, we provide theoretical and empirical arguments against this particular syntactic thesis. Moreover, we demonstrate that the interpretational puzzles under question admit of a better solution under the explicit approach.
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  4. Francesco Pupa (2010). On the Russellian Reformation. Philosophical Studies 147 (2):247 - 271.
    Recently, an orthodox Russellian tenet has come under fire from within. In particular, some Russellians now argue that definite descriptions don’t semantically encode uniqueness. Instead, Reformed Russellians, as I call them, hold that definite descriptions are truth-theoretically identical to indefinite ones. On this approach, a definite description’s uniqueness reading becomes a matter of pragmatics, not semantics. These reforms, we’re told, provide both empirical and methodological benefits over and above the prevailing orthodoxy. As I argue, however, the Russellian Reformation contains serious (...)
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  5. Francesco Pupa (2010). Truth in Virtue of Meaning. By Gillian Russell. Metaphilosophy 41 (3):443-450.
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  6. Francesco Pupa (2008). Ambiguous Articles: An Essay On The Theory Of Descriptions. Dissertation, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    What, from a semantic perspective, is the difference between singular indefinite and definite descriptions? Just over a century ago, Russell provided what has become the standard philosophical response. Descriptions are quantifier phrases, not referring expressions. As such, they differ with respect to the quantities they denote. Indefinite descriptions denote existential quantities; definite descriptions denote uniquely existential quantities. Now around the 1930s and 1940s, some linguists, working independently of philosophers, developed a radically different response. Descriptions, linguists such as Jespersen held, were (...)
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  7. Francesco Pupa (2008). Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing. By Miranda Fricker. Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5):680-685.
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  8. Francesco Pupa (2007). Referential Usage and Gödelian Completions. The Reasoner 1 (6):5-6.
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