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  1. Gary Kemp, Chapter 7: Davidson's Philosophy of Language.
    Davidson (1917-2003) was a brilliant but egotistical writer. His writing is vigorous and concise, and enviably refined. On the other hand, it is probably too concise, and sometimes too clever, for readers not already well-versed in logic, the philosophy of language, and the sorts of argumentative moves made in the highest circles of philosophy. So here is some help.
     
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  2. Gary Kemp, Chapter 4: Indexicality, Context and Modality.
    These are all indexicals (or each has an indexical use, as will emerge). Take the word ’I’. It is a singular term, but it would be wrong to say that the word ’I’ has a referent; it is not like ‘Rotterdam’, always having the same referent on each occasion of use. Rather, each utterance of the word has a referent. Its referent is the speaker, the one saying it.
     
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  3. Gary Kemp, Chapter 7: Pragmatics.
    §1. Language as Practice. Wittgenstein once famously compared language to a toolbox, and words for tools. The comparison is suggestive in several ways.
     
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  4. Gary Kemp, Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality, by Hans- Johann Glock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, . Pp. XVI + . H/B £.. [REVIEW]
    Glock’s book is about evenly divided between Quine and Davidson. The central claims are (i) that they are best studied in conjunction; (ii) that they ‘can profitably be seen as logical pragmatists’ (meaning primarily that they view language as action that can be understood or clarified by means of formal logic); (iii) that they ‘combine profound insights with serious distortions’; and (iv) that their respective attempts to ‘accommodate higher phenomena such as meaning and thought within a naturalistic framework’ are ‘misguided’ (...)
     
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  5. Gary Kemp, Quine's Word and Object.
    Western philosophy since Descartes has been marked by certain seminal books whose concern is the nature and scope of human knowledge. After Descartes Meditations, works by Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant are perhaps the most familiar and enduringly influential examples. Quine’s Word and Object (1960) does not conspicuously announce itself as a successor to these, but that is very much what it is. And after Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, it is amongst the most likely of the philosophical fruits of the 20th (...)
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  6. Gary Kemp (forthcoming). Croce's Aesthetics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  7. Gary Kemp (2014). Hyperintensional Truth Conditions. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 88 (1):57-68.
    A response to certain parts of Rumfitt (2014): I defend Davidson's project in semantics, suggest that Rumfitt's use of sentential quantification renders his definition of truth needlessly elaborate, and pose a question for Rumfitt's handling of the strengthened Liar.
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  8. Gary Kemp (2013). The Reference Book. By John Hawthorne and David Manley. (Oxford UP, 2012. Pp. Viii + 264. Price £30.00.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):827-830.
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  9. Gary Kemp (2013). The Reference Book. Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):827-830.
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  10. Gary Kemp (2013). The Themes of Quine's Philosophy: Meaning, Reference, and Knowledge, by Edward Becker. Mind 122 (488):1061-1065.
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  11. Gary Kemp (2013). What is This Thing Called Philosophy of Language? Routledge.
    In this clear and carefully structured introduction to the subject Gary Kemp explains the following key topics: the basic nature of philosophy of language and its historical development early arguments concerning the role of meaning, ...
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  12. Gary Kemp (2012). Quine Versus Davidson: Truth, Reference, and Meaning. OUP Oxford.
    Gary Kemp presents a penetrating investigation of key issues in the philosophy of language, by means of a comparative study of two great figures of late twentieth-century philosophy. So far as language and meaning are concerned, Willard Van Orman Quine and Donald Davidson are usually regarded as birds of a feather. The two disagreed in print on various matters over the years, but fundamentally they seem to be in agreement; most strikingly, Davidson's thought experiment of Radical Interpretation looks to be (...)
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  13. Gary Kemp (2010). Quine: The Challenge of Naturalism. European Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):283-295.
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  14. Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (2009). Introduction. In Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.), 12 Modern Philosophers. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  15. Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.) (2009). 12 Modern Philosophers. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  16. Christopher Belshaw & Gary Kemp (eds.) (2009). Twelve Modern Philosophers. Wiley--Blackwell.
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  17. Gary Kemp (2009). Review of W. V. Quine, Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist and Other Essays; and, Quine in Dialogue. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (4).
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  18. Gary Kemp (2007). 6 Assertion as a Practice. In Geo Siegwart & Dirk Griemann (eds.), Truth and Speech Acts: Studies in the Philosophy of Language. Routledge. 5--106.
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  19. Gary Kemp (2007). Beauty and Language. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (3):258-267.
    I argue against Hume and Kant, who maintain that ‘beauty’ expresses a state of the subject, rather than describes features of the object. The word ‘beauty’ is far from being alone in having an expressive dimension, and that which it has falls short of individuating it semantically. Instead, I propose a theory of linguistic idealism with respect to ‘beauty’.
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  20. Gary Kemp (2007). Proust on Art and the Value of Living. European Journal of Philosophy 15 (2):270–282.
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  21. Tracy Bowell, Gary Kemp, Harry Brighouse, Judith Butler & Gender Trouble Feminism (2006). First Page Preview. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (4).
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  22. Gary Kemp (2006). Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum International Pub. Group.
    Willard Van Orman Quine is one of the most influential analytic philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century.
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  23. Gary Kemp (2005). Caesar From Frege's Perspective. Dialectica 59 (2):179–199.
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  24. Gary Kemp (2005). Disquotationalism and Expressiveness. Journal of Philosophical Logic 34 (3):327 - 332.
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  25. Gary Kemp (2005). Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (Review). Philosophy and Literature 29 (2):498-500.
    Landy’s book (OUP 2004; 255 pp.+ x) delivers what has gone long and scandalously missing: a philosophical analysis of Proust’s incomparable book that is muscular, concise, philosophically informed and sophisticated; logically rigorous, explanatorily fruitful, and meticulously answerable to its data, namely the text. The philosophy here is not, as often the case in writing about Proust, mere rhetoric or window-dressing, but substantive and literally believable. The book should for a long time be inescapable for anyone writing philosophically about Proust, and (...)
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  26. Gary Kemp (2003). Autonomy and Privacy in Wittgenstein and Beckett. Philosophy and Literature 27 (1):164-187.
  27. Gary Kemp (2003). The Croce-Collingwood Theory as Theory. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61 (2):171-193.
  28. Gary Kemp (2002). Philosophies of Art and Beauty. British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (1):95-97.
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  29. Gary Kemp (2002). Reply to Heck on Meaning and Truth-Conditions. Philosophical Quarterly 52 (207):233-236.
    Richard Heck has contested my argument that the equation of the meaning of a sentence with its truth-condition implies deflationism, on the ground that the argument does not go through if truth-conditions are understood, in Davidson's style, to be stated by T-sentences. My reply is that Davidsonian theories of meaning do not equate the meaning of a sentence with its truth-condition, and thus that Heck's point does not actually obstruct my argument.
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  30. Gary Kemp (2002). The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (3):323-327.
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  31. Gary Kemp (2001). Book Review. Realistic Rationalism Jerrold Katz. [REVIEW] Mind 110 (438):488-491.
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  32. Gary Kemp (2001). Samesaying, Propositions and Radical Interpretation. Ratio 14 (2):131–152.
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  33. Gary Kemp (2000). The Interpretation of Crossworld Predication. Philosophical Studies 98 (3):305-320.
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  34. Gary Kemp (1999). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal of Aesthetics 39 (3):300-303.
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  35. Gary Kemp (1999). The Aesthetic Attitude. British Journal of Aesthetics 39 (4):392-399.
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  36. Gary Kemp (1998). Meaning and Truth-Conditions. Philosophical Quarterly 48 (193):483-493.
  37. Gary Kemp (1998). Propositions and Reasoning in Russell and Frege. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (3):218–235.
  38. Gary Kemp (1996). Frege's Sharpness Requirement. Philosophical Quarterly 46 (183):168-184.
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  39. Gary Kemp (1995). Salmon on Fregean Approaches to the Paradox of Analysis. Philosophical Studies 78 (2):153 - 162.
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  40. Gary Kemp (1995). Truth in Frege's 'Law of Truth'. Synthese 105 (1):31 - 51.
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  41. Gary Kemp (1995). The Status of Expressive Content. British Journal of Aesthetics 35 (2):121-133.
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  42. Gary Kemp (1992). Davidson, Quine and Our Knowledge of the External World. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 73 (1):44-62.
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