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  1. Timothy Pritchard (2013). Locke and the Primary Signification of Words: An Approach to Word Meaning. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3):486-506.
    Locke’s claim that the primary signification of (most) words is an idea, or complex of ideas, has received different interpretations. I support the majority view that Locke’s notion of primary signification can be construed in terms of linguistic meaning. But this reading has been seen as making Locke’s account vulnerable to various criticisms, of which I consider two. First, it appears to make the account vulnerable to the charge that an idea cannot play the role that a word meaning should (...)
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  2. Timothy Pritchard (2012). Meaning, Signification, and Suggestion: Berkeley on General Words. History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (3):301-317.
    Discussion of Berkeley’s theory of language has largely ignored what he says about the ‘meaning’ of a general word. Berkeley distinguishes the meaning of a general word both from the extension of the word and from what the word might suggest in the mind of the language user. D. Flage has argued that Berkeley has an ‘extensional’ theory of meaning, but this is based on passages where Berkeley does not speak of word meaning. When Berkeley explicitly discusses the meaning of (...)
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  3. Timothy Pritchard (2011). Miracles and Violations. Religious Studies 47 (1):41-58.
    The claim that a miracle is a violation of a law of nature has sometimes been used as part of an a priori argument against the possibility of miracle, on the grounds that a violation is conceptually impossible. I criticize these accounts but also suggest that alternative accounts, when phrased in terms of laws of nature, fail to provide adequate conceptual space for miracles. It is not clear what a ‘violation’ of a law of nature might be, but this is (...)
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  4. Timothy Pritchard (2011). Review of P. Van Inwagen, The Problem of Evil. [REVIEW] Disputatio 4 (31):303-308.
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  5. Timothy Pritchard (2011). The Problem of Evil, by Peter van Inwagen. Disputatio.
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