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Profile: Wylie Breckenridge (Charles Sturt University)
  1. Wylie Breckenridge & Ofra Magidor (2012). Arbitrary Reference. Philosophical Studies 158 (3):377-400.
    Two fundamental rules of reasoning are Universal Generalisation and Existential Instantiation. Applications of these rules involve stipulations such as ‘Let n be an arbitrary number’ or ‘Let John be an arbitrary Frenchman’. Yet the semantics underlying such stipulations are far from clear. What, for example, does ‘n’ refer to following the stipulation that n be an arbitrary number? In this paper, we argue that ‘n’ refers to a number—an ordinary, particular number such as 58 or 2,345,043. Which one? We do (...)
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  2. Wylie Breckenridge (2007). The Meaning of ``Look''. Dissertation, New College, University of Oxford
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    Wylie Breckenridge (2007). Against One Reason for Thinking That Visual Experiences Have Representational Content. Philosophical Perspectives 21 (1):117–123.
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  4. Wylie Breckenridge, A New Defence of the Adverbial Theory.
    I present a new version of the adverbial theory of visual experience, and give a semantic argument for it.
     
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  5. Wylie Breckenridge, Making.
    (Last modified 17th July 2007) I use Williamson’s results about necessary existents to argue that making something never involves bringing into existence something that does not exist. Rather, to make x is, for some kind k, to change x from being a non-k into being a k. I use this result to defend the position that the statue is identical to the lump of clay against one otherwise problematic appeal to Leibniz’s Law. I have presented this paper at the Cornell (...)
     
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