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  1. Graeme Forbes, Meaning Postulates, Inference, and the Relational/Notional Ambiguity.
    This paper in revised form appears in Facta Philosophica 5:1 (2003) 49­75. It addresses some problems about intensional transitives raised by Moltmann and Zimmerman, corrects some oversights in my paper in The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (S.V. for 2002), and adds new material on binary vs. tripartite construals of “relational/notional”, bridge inferences, weakening inferences, and the relevance problem. Its other sections are, like the PASS paper, concerned with the conjunctive force of disjunctive NP complements of intensional transitive verbs: “Smith (...)
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  2. Graeme Forbes, Context-Dependence and the Sorites.
    In Section 1 we describe the Sorites paradox and lay out options for a solution. In Section 2 we consider approaches which deny that all premises are true, and note that these solutions all seem open to a certain serious objection. In Section 3 we note a problem for the principle of transitivity of the conditional and present a contex- tualist resolution of the problem, according to which the “counterexamples” to transitivity involve the informal fallacy of shifting the context. In (...)
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  3. Graeme Forbes, Content and Theme in Attitude Ascriptions.
    This paper is about a substitution-failure in attitude ascriptions, but not the one you think. A standard view about the semantic shape of ‘that’-clause attitude ascriptions is that they are fundamentally relational. The attitude verb expresses a binary relation whose extension, if not empty, is a collection of pairs each of which consists in an individual and a proposition, while the ‘that’-clause is a term for a proposition. One interesting problem this view faces is that, within the scope of many (...)
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  4. Graeme Forbes, Depiction Verbs and the Definiteness Effect.
    This paper is part of a longer project on the semantics of depiction verbs and their associated relational nouns. Depiction verbs include verbs for physical acts, such as ‘draw’ (with relational noun ‘drawing’), ‘sketch’, ‘caricature’, ‘sculpt’, ‘write (about)’, and verbs for mental ones, such as ‘visualize’, ‘imagine’, and ‘fantasize’.
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  5. Graeme Forbes, Substitutivity and Side Effects.
     (e.g., Quine ), the main symptom of the unintelligibility of de re modal language is said to be the failure of coreferential “singular terms” to interchange salva veritate within the scope of modal operators. From this it is supposed to follow..
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  6. Graeme Forbes (2013). Marcus and Substitutivity. Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 28 (78):359-374.
    El artículo discute la formulación de Marcus del principio de sustituibilidad. Se apoyó en una noción de forma lógica en la que el análisis elimina algunos tipos problemáticos de contexto. Defiendo una formulación variante del principio en la cual los contextos problemáticos se acomodan por derecho propio.
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  7. Rachael Briggs & Graeme A. Forbes (2012). The Real Truth About the Unreal Future. In Karen Bennett & Dean Zimmerman (eds.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, volume 7.
    Growing-Block theorists hold that past and present things are real, while future things do not yet exist. This generates a puzzle: how can Growing-Block theorists explain the fact that some sentences about the future appear to be true? Briggs and Forbes develop a modal ersatzist framework, on which the concrete actual world is associated with a branching-time structure of ersatz possible worlds. They then show how this branching structure might be used to determine the truth values of future contingents. They (...)
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  8. Graeme Forbes, Pauline Jacobson & Thomas Ede Zimmermann (2012). Acknowledgement to Reviewers (2009–2012). Linguistics and Philosophy 35 (6):533-535.
  9. Graeme Forbes (2011). The Problem of Factives for Sense Theories. Analysis 71 (4):654-662.
    This paper discusses some recent responses to Kripke’s modal objections to descriptivism about names. One response, due to Gluer-Pagin and Pagin, involves employing "actually" operators in a new way. Another, developed mainly by Chalmers, involves distinguishing the dimension of meaning modal operators affect from the dimension other operators, especially epistemic ones, affect. I argue that both these moves run into problems with "mixed" contexts involving factive verbs such as "know", "establish", "prove", etc. In mixed contexts there are both modal and (...)
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  10. Graeme Forbes (2010). Identity and the Facts of the Matter. In Richard Dietz & Sebastiano Moruzzi (eds.), Cuts and Clouds: Vaguenesss, its Nature and its Logic. Oup Oxford.
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  11. Graeme Forbes (2010). Intensional Verbs in Event Semantics. Synthese 176 (2):227 - 242.
    In Attitude Problems, I gave an account of opacity in the complement of intensional transitive verbs that combined neo-Davidsonian event-semantics with a hidden-indexical account of substitution failure. In this paper, I extend the account to clausal verbs.
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  12. Graeme A. Forbes (2010). Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Vol. Analysis 70 (3):571-577.
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  13. Graeme Forbes (2008). Critical Notice of Kit Fine's Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers. Philosophical Review 117 (2):275-287.
    In this critical review I discuss the main themes of the papers in Kit Fine's Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers. These themes are that modal operators are intelligible in their own right and that actualist quantifiers are to be taken as basic with respect to possibilist quantifiers. I also discuss a previously unpublished paper of Fine's on modality and existence.
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  14. Graeme Forbes (2008). Intensional Transitive Verbs. In Edward Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    A verb is transitive iff it usually occurs with a direct object, and in such occurrences it is said to occur transitively . Thus ‘ate’ occurs transitively in ‘I ate the meat and left the vegetables’, but not in ‘I ate then left’ (perhaps it is not the same verb ‘left’ in these two examples, but it seems to be the same ‘ate’). A verb is intensional if the verb phrase (VP) it forms with its complement is anomalous in at (...)
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  15. Graeme Forbes (2006). Attitude Problems: An Essay On Linguistic Intensionality. Clarendon Press.
    Ascriptions of mental states to oneself and others give rise to many interesting logical and semantic problems. Attitude Problems presents an original account of mental state ascriptions that are made using intensional transitive verbs such as 'want', 'seek', 'imagine', and 'worship'. Forbes offers a theory of how such verbs work that draws on ideas from natural language semantics, philosophy of language, and aesthetics.
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  16. Teresa Robertson & Graeme Forbes (2006). Does the New Route Reach its Destination? Mind 115 (458):367-374.
    A New Route to the Necessity of Origin’, Guy Rohrbaugh and Louis deRossett argue for the Necessity of Origin in a way that they believe avoids use of any kind of transworld constitutional sufficiency principle. In this discussion, we respond that either their arguments do imply a sufficiency principle, or else they entirely fail to establish the Necessity of Origin.
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  17. Graeme Forbes (2003). Indexicals. In D. Gabbay & F. Guenther (eds.), Handbook of Philosophical Logic Vol. 10. Kluwer. 101--134.
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  18. Graeme Forbes (2002). Intensionality: Graeme Forbes. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):75–99.
    [Graeme Forbes] In I, I summarize the semantics for the relational/notional distinction for intensional transitives developed in Forbes (2000b). In II-V I pursue issues about logical consequence which were either unsatisfactorily dealt with in that paper or, more often, not raised at all. I argue that weakening inferences, such as 'Perseus seeks a mortal gorgon, therefore Perseus seeks a gorgon', are valid, but that disjunction inferences, such as 'Perseus seeks a mortal gorgon, therefore Perseus seeks a mortal gorgon or an (...)
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  19. Graeme Forbes (2000). Objectual Attitudes. Linguistics and Philosophy 23 (2):141-183.
  20. Graeme Forbes (2000). Prior on Logic, Language, and the World. Dialogue 39 (03):579-.
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  21. Graeme Forbes (1999). Enlightened Semantics for Simple Sentences. Analysis 59 (2):86–91.
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  22. Graeme Forbes (1997). Belief Reports and Speech Reports. In M. Anduschus, Albert Newen & Wolfgang Kunne (eds.), Direct Reference, Indexicality, and Propositional Attitudes. Csli Press. 313--30.
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  23. Graeme Forbes (1997). How Much Substitutivity? Analysis 57 (2):109–113.
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  24. Graeme R. Forbes (1997). Externalism and Scientific Cartesianism. Mind and Language 12 (2):196-205.
  25. Graeme Forbes (1996). Logic, Logical Form, and the Open Future. Philosophical Perspectives 10:73 - 92.
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  26. Graeme Forbes (1996). Substitutivity and the Coherence of Quantifying In. Philosophical Review 105 (3):337-372.
  27. Graeme Forbes (1995). Realism and Skepticism: Brains in a Vat Revisited. Journal of Philosophy 92 (4):205-222.
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  28. Graeme Forbes (1995). Book Review: Ruth Barcan Marcus. Modalities. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 36 (2):336-339.
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  29. Graeme Forbes (1994). A New Riddle of Existence. Philosophical Perspectives 8:415-430.
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  30. Graeme Forbes (1994). Comparatives in Counterpart Theory: Another Approach. Analysis 54 (1):37 - 42.
    The article considers whether arguments involving sentences that make cross-world comparisons ("I could have been taller than I actually am") are better handled by counterpart theory than by standard modal semantics. The author describes a modal object-language in which such statements may be symbolized and gives both a Kripkean and a counterpart-theoretic semantics for it.
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  31. Graeme Forbes (1994). Donnellan on a Puzzle About Belief. Philosophical Studies 73 (2-3):169 - 180.
    Keith Donnellan has advanced an interpretation of Kripke's well-known "Puzzle About Belief" according to which the puzzle concerns the true nature of beliefs. In this paper I argue that the puzzle merely concerns problems that others can have in "reporting" a confused individual's beliefs. I conclude that a new-Fregean account of belief- ascription is best- equipped to solve the puzzle.
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  32. Graeme Forbes (1994). Modern Logic: A Text in Elementary Symbolic Logic. Oxford University Press.
    Filling the need for an accessible, carefully structured introductory text in symbolic logic, Modern Logic has many features designed to improve students' comprehension of the subject, including a proof system that is the same as the award-winning computer program MacLogic, and a special appendix that shows how to use MacLogic as a teaching aid. There are graded exercises at the end of each chapter--more than 900 in all--with selected answers at the end of the book. Unlike competing texts, Modern Logic (...)
     
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  33. Robert Sternfeld, Graeme Forbes, Ronald M. Green, Lorenzo Peña, Manuel Liz & Mark Rowlands (1994). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 24 (1-2):225-252.
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  34. Graeme Forbes (1993). “But a Was Arbitrary...”. Philosophical Topics 21 (2):21-34.
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  35. Graeme Forbes (1993). Reply to Marks. Philosophical Studies 69 (2-3):281 - 295.
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  36. Graeme Forbes (1993). Solving the Iteration Problem. Linguistics and Philosophy 16 (3):311 - 330.
  37. Graeme Forbes (1993). Time, Events, and Modality. In Robin Le Poidevin & Murray MacBeath (eds.), The Philosophy of Time. Oxford University Press. 80--95.
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  38. Graeme Forbes (1992). Melia on Modalism. Philosophical Studies 68 (1):57 - 63.
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  39. Graeme Forbes (1992). Worlds and States of Affairs: How Similar Can They Be?. In. In Kevin Mulligan (ed.), Language, Truth and Ontology. Kluwer. 118--132.
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  40. Graeme Forbes, William G. Lycan, Martha E. Pollack & Douglas E. Appelt (1992). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 2 (1).
  41. Graeme Forbes (1991). Epstein Richard L.. The Semantic Foundations of Logic. Volume 1: Propositional Logics. With the Assistance and Collaboration of Carnielli Walter A., D'Ottaviano Itala ML, Krajewski Stanisław, and Maddux Roger D.. Nijhoff International Philosophy Series, Vol. 35. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, and London, 1990, Xxii+ 386 Pp. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 56 (4):1499-1500.
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  42. Graeme Forbes (1991). Review: Richard L. Epstein, Walter A. Carnielli, Itala M. L. D'Ottaviano, Stanislaw Krajewski, Roger D. Maddux, The Semantic Foundations of Logic. Volume 1: Propositional Logics. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 56 (4):1499-1500.
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  43. Graeme Forbes (1990). Counterparts, Logic and Metaphysics: Reply to Ramachandran. Analysis 50 (3):167 - 173.
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  44. Graeme Forbes (1990). The Indispensability of Sinn. Philosophical Review 99 (4):535-563.
  45. Joseph Melia & Graeme Forbes (1990). Languages of Possibility. Philosophical Quarterly 40 (159):271.
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  46. Graeme Forbes (1989). Biosemantics and the Normative Properties of Thought. Philosophical Perspectives 3:533-547.
  47. Graeme Forbes (1989). Indexicals. In. In Dov Gabbay & Franz Guenthner (eds.), Handbook of Philosophical Logic. Kluwer. 463--490.
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  48. Graeme Forbes (1989). Languages of Possibility: An Essay in Philosophical Logic. Blackwell.
  49. Graeme Forbes (1989). Review. [REVIEW] Synthese 79 (1):171-189.
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  50. Graeme Forbes (1989). Cognitive Architecture and the Semantics of Belief. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 14 (1):84-100.
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