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  1. Takashi Yagisawa, Four Entries (”Essentialism”, “Grammar”, “Logic: Modal”, “Possibility”) in American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia.
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  2. Takashi Yagisawa, Deflationary Existence.
    I propose and defend a surprisingly simple yet useful analysis of existence according to which existence is a relation between a thing and a set: a thing x bears the relation of existence to a set S if and only if x is a member of S . This simple set-theoretic analysis of existence demystifies existence and is powerful and flexible enough to serve important theoretical purposes.
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  3. Takashi Yagisawa, Content and Modality: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Stalnaker, Edited by Judith Thomson and Alex Byrne. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006. Pp. VIII + 304. H/B £40.00. [REVIEW]
    The eleven original essays in this collection competently cover a wide range of Robert Stalnaker’s philosophical work, and Stalnaker’s replies to them are clear, well-thought out, and informative. Anyone interested in Stalnaker’s philosophy or the areas covered in this volume is well advised to read it.
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  4. Takashi Yagisawa, Logic.
    On the first day of the class for Introduction to Philosophy, your professor tells you that if you keep perfect attendance, complete every homework satisfactorily, participate in class discussion actively, and score 100% in every examination, you will certainly get an A+ for the course. You work hard and by the end of the semester, you think you have accomplished all these things. You are pleased. Why? Because you think as follows: “I have kept perfect attendance, completed every homework satisfactorily, (...)
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  5. Takashi Yagisawa, Possible Objects.
    Deep theorizing about possibility requires theorizing about possible objects. One popular approach regards the notion of a possible object as intertwined with the notion of a possible world. There are two widely discussed types of theory concerning the nature of possible worlds: actualist representationism and possibilist realism. They support two opposing views about possible objects. Examination of the ways in which they do so reveals difficulties on both sides. There is another popular approach, which has been influenced by the philosophy (...)
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  6. Takashi Yagisawa, Reference Ex Machina.
    When I assertively utter the sentence `Spot is a cat', the sentence I utter expresses a proposition. The truth condition of the proposition so expressed is determined by the semantic values of the singular term, `Spot', and the predicate, `is a cat'. If `Spot' refers to a certain particular entity E and `is a cat' expresses a certain particular property P, then the proposition in question is true if and only if E has P. Such is the theoretical cash value (...)
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  7. Takashi Yagisawa (2013). THE Way OF THE MOdal REalisT: dialETHEisM aNd BUddHisT PHilOsOPHy. Philosophy East and West 63 (3):359-369.
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  8. Takashi Yagisawa (2012). Unrestricted Quantification and Reality: Reply to Kim. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 27 (1):77-79.
    In my book, Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise , I use the novel idea of modal tense to respond to a number of arguments against modal realism. Peter van Inwagen’s million-carat-diamond objection is one of them. It targets the version of modal realism by David Lewis and exploits the fact that Lewis accepts absolutely unrestricted quantification. The crux of my response is to use modal tense to neutralize absolutely unrestricted quantification. Seahwa Kim says that even when equipped with modal (...)
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  9. Takashi Yagisawa (2011). Modal Space Exploration: Replies to Ballarin, Hayaki, and Kim. Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):302-311.
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  10. Takashi Yagisawa (2011). Précis of Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise. Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):270-272.
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  11. Takashi Yagisawa (2010). Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise. Oxford University Press.
    Modal realism -- Time, space, world -- Existence -- Actuality -- Modal realism and modal tense -- Transworld individuals and their identity -- Existensionalism -- Impossibility -- Proposition and relief -- Fictional worlds -- Epistemology.
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  12. Takashi Yagisawa (2008). Modal Realism with Modal Tense 1. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (2):309-327.
    Modal realists should fashion their theory by postulating\nand taking seriously the modal equivalent of tense, or\n_modal tense_. This will give them a uniform way to\nrespond to five different objections, one each by Skyrms,\nQuine, and Peacocke, and two by van Inwagen, and suggest a\nnon-Lewisian path to modal realism.
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  13. W. D. Hart & Takashi Yagisawa (2007). Ghosts Are Chilly. In Peter van Inwagen & Dean Zimmerman (eds.), Persons: Human and Divine. Clarendon Press.
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  14. Takashi Yagisawa (2005). A New Argument Against the Existence Requirement. Analysis 65 (285):39–42.
    It may appear that in order to be any way at all, a thing must exist. A possible – worlds version of this claim goes as follows: (E) For every x, for every possible world w, Fx at w only if x exists at w. Here and later in (R), the letter ‘F’ is used as a schematic letter to be replaced with a one – place predicate. There are two arguments against (E). The first is by analogy. Socrates is (...)
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  15. Takashi Yagisawa (2005). Meaning, Expression, and Thought. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):744-747.
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  16. Takashi Yagisawa (2002). Primitive Worlds. Acta Analytica 17 (1):19-37.
    Modal Dimensionalism is a metaphysical theory about possible worlds that is naturally suggested by the often-noted parallelism between modal logic and tense logic. It says that the universe spreads out not only in spatiotemporal dimensions but also in a modal dimension. It regards worlds as nothing more or less than indices in the modal dimension in the way analogous to the way in which Temporal Dimensionalism regards temporal points and intervals as indices in the temporal dimension. Despite its naturalness and (...)
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  17. Takashi Yagisawa (2001). Against Creationism in Fiction. Noûs 35 (s15):153-172.
    Sherlock Holmes is a fictional individual. So is his favorite pipe. Our pre-theoretical intuition says that neither of them is real. It says that neither of them really, or actually, exists. It also says that there is a sense in which they do exist, namely, a sense in which they exist “in the world of” the Sherlock Holmes stories. Our pre-theoretical intuition says in general of any fictional individual that it does not actually exist but exists “in the world of” (...)
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  18. Takashi Yagisawa (2001). Partee Verbs. Philosophical Studies 103 (3):253 - 270.
    Approximately thirty years ago, Barbara H. Partee tried to think of counterexamples to David Lewis’s observation that no intransitive verbs appeared to have intensional subject positions. She came up with such verbs as ‘rise,’ ‘change,’ and ‘increase.’ Lewis agreed that they were indeed counterexamples to his observation. He mentioned it to Richard Montague, who incorporated these verbs into his now famous grammatical theory for English.
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  19. Takashi Yagisawa (1997). A Somewhat Russellian Theory of Intensional Contexts. Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):43-82.
    Consider the following sentence schemata: (1) The proposition that P is F; (2) The property of being Q is F; (3) The relation of being R is F, where `P' is a schematic letter for a sentence, `Q' and `F' are schematic letters for a nonrelational predicate, and `R' is a schematic letter for a relational predicate. For example, if we substitute `Snow is white' for `P', `famous' for `F' in (1), `round' for `Q', `instantiated' for `F' in (2), `a (...)
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  20. Takashi Yagisawa (1997). Knocked Out Senseless: Naturalism and Analyticity. In Dunja Jutronić (ed.), The Maribor Papers in Naturalized Semantics. Pedagoška Fakulteta Maribor. 82.
  21. Takashi Yagisawa (1997). Salmon Trapping. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (2):351-370.
    Let us call a sentential context semantically transparent if and only if all synonymous expressions are substitutable for one another in it salva veritate. A sentential context is semantically opaque if and only if it is not semantically transparent. Nathan Salmon has boldly advanced a refreshingly crisp theory according to which belief contexts are semantically transparent.1 If he is right, belief contexts are much better behaved than widely suspected.2 Impressive as it is, I do not believe that Salmon's theory is (...)
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  22. Takashi Yagisawa (1995). Definition. In Audi Robert (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 213--215.
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  23. Takashi Yagisawa (1994). Thinking in Neurons: Comments on Stephen Schiffer's The Language-of-Thought Relation and its Implications. Philosophical Studies 76 (2-3):287-96.
  24. Takashi Yagisawa (1993). A Semantic Solution to Frege's Puzzle. Philosophical Perspectives 7:135-154.
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  25. Takashi Yagisawa (1993). Holism: A Consumer Update. Grazer Philosophische Studien 46:213-230.
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  26. Takashi Yagisawa (1993). Logic Purified. Noûs 27 (4):470-486.
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  27. Takashi Yagisawa (1993). Modes of Presentation? Analysis 53 (1):34 - 36.
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  28. Takashi Yagisawa (1993). The Cost of Meaning Solipsism. In Jerry A. Fodor & Ernest LaPore (eds.), Holism: A Consumer Update. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 213-230.
    Meaning Solipsism says that it is possible for there to be a meaningful state without any other meaningful state. The meaning of such a solo meaningful state should be non-natural. The best strategy for establishing Meaning Solipsism is to argue for the determination of the meaning of a possible solo meaningful state via the set of entities the meaning of the state fits. Embracing merely possible and impossible entities is the most straightforward way to do so. Also, a good way (...)
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  29. Takashi Yagisawa (1992). Possible Worlds as Shifting Domains. Erkenntnis 36 (1):83 - 101.
    Those who object to David Lewis' modal realism express qualms about philosophical respectability of the Lewisian notion of a possible world and its correlate notion of an inhabitant of a possible world. The resulting impression is that these two notions either stand together or fall together. I argue that the Lewisian notion of a possible world is otiose even for a good Lewisian modal realist, and that one can carry out a good Lewisian semantics for modal discourse without Lewisian possible (...)
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  30. Takashi Yagisawa (1992). Stephen Neale, Descriptions Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (1):49-51.
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  31. Takashi Yagisawa (1989). The Reverse Frege Puzzle. Philosophical Perspectives 3:341-367.
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  32. Takashi Yagisawa (1988). Beyond Possible Worlds. Philosophical Studies 53 (2):175 - 204.
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  33. Takashi Yagisawa (1987). “Yes, You!”. Philosophia 17 (2):169-186.
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  34. Takashi Yagisawa (1985). The Referential and the Attributive: A Distinction in Use? Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):109-125.
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  35. Takashi Yagisawa (1984). Proper Names as Variables. Erkenntnis 21 (2):195 - 208.
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  36. Takashi Yagisawa (1984). The Pseudo-Mates Argument. Philosophical Review 93 (3):407-418.
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  37. Takashi Yagisawa (1983). Belief de Re Without Encounter. Southern Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):461-474.
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