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  1. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (forthcoming). Major Parts of Speech. Erkenntnis:1-27.
    According to the contemporary consensus, when reaching in the lexicon grammar looks for items like nouns, verbs, and prepositions while logic sees items like predicates, connectives, and quantifiers. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a single lexical category contemporary grammar and logic both make use of. I hope to show that while a perfect match between the lexical categories of grammar and logic is impossible there can be a substantial overlap. I propose semantic definitions for all the major parts (...)
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  2. Jonathan Schaffer & Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2013). Epistemic Comparativism: A Contextualist Semantics for Knowledge Ascriptions. Philosophical Studies (2):1-53.
    Knowledge ascriptions seem context sensitive. Yet it is widely thought that epistemic contextualism does not have a plausible semantic implementation. We aim to overcome this concern by articulating and defending an explicit contextualist semantics for ‘know,’ which integrates a fairly orthodox contextualist conception of knowledge as the elimination of the relevant alternatives, with a fairly orthodox “Amherst” semantics for A-quantification over a contextually variable domain of situations. Whatever problems epistemic contextualism might face, lack of an orthodox semantic implementation is not (...)
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  3. Zoltán Gendler Szabó & Joshua Knobe (2013). Modals with a Taste of the Deontic. Semantics and Pragmatics 6 (1):1-42.
    The aim of this paper is to present an explanation for the impact of normative considerations on people’s assessment of certain seemingly purely descriptive matters. The explanation is based on two main claims. First, a large category of expressions are tacitly modal: they are contextually equivalent to modal proxies. Second, the interpretation of predominantly circumstantial or teleological modals is subject to certain constraints which make certain possibilities salient at the expense of others.
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  4. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2012). Against Logical Form. In Gerhard Preyer (ed.), Donald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the Mental. Oxford University Press.
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  5. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2011). Bare Quantifiers. Philosophical Review 120 (2):247 - 283.
    We design new languages, by and large, in order to bypass complexities and limitations within the languages we already have. But when we are concerned with language itself we should guard against projecting the simple and powerful syntax and semantics we have concocted back into the sentences we encounter. For some of the features of English, French, or Ancient Greek we routinely abstract away from in the process of formalization might be linguistic universals – the very features that set human (...)
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  6. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2011). Critical Study of Mark Eli Kalderon (Ed.) Fictionalism in Mataphysics. Noûs 45 (2):375-385.
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  7. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2011). Review of Scott Soames, Philosophy of Language. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (2).
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  8. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2009). Adjectives in Context. In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Arguing About Language. Routledge. 119--146.
  9. Zoltán Gendler Szabó, Compositionality. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  10. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2008). Review: RM Sainsbury: Reference Without Referents. [REVIEW] Mind 117 (468):1123-1127.
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  11. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2008). Review: Structure and Conventions. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 137 (3):399 - 408.
    Wayne Davis's Meaning, Expression and Thought argues that linguistic meaning is conventional use to express ideas. An obvious problem with this proposal is that complex expressions that have never been used are nonetheless meaningful. In response to this concern, Davis associates conventions of use not only with linguistic expressions but also with the modes in which such expressions can combine into larger expressions. I argue that such constructive conventions are in conflict with the principle of compositionality (as it is usually (...)
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  12. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2008). Structure and Conventions. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 137 (3):399 - 408.
    Wayne Davis’s Meaning, Expression and Thought argues that linguistic meaning is conventional use to express ideas. An obvious problem with this proposal is that complex expressions that have never been used are nonetheless meaningful. In response to this concern, Davis associates conventions of use not only with linguistic expressions but also with the modes in which such expressions can combine into larger expressions. I argue that such constructive conventions are in conflict with the principle of compositionality (as it is usually (...)
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  13. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2008). Things in Progress. Philosophical Perspectives 22 (1):499-525.
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  14. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2006). Counting Across Times. Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):399–426.
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  15. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2006). Review: Descriptions and Beyond. [REVIEW] Mind 115 (459):796-800.
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  16. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2006). Semantics And. In Barry C. Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
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  17. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2006). Sensitivity Training. Mind and Language 21 (1):31–38.
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  18. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2006). The Distinction Between Semantics and Pragmatics. In Ernest Lepore & Barry Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. 361--389.
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  19. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (ed.) (2005). Semantics Vs. Pragmatics. Oxford University Press.
    Leading scholars in the philosophy of language and theoretical linguistics present brand-new papers on a major topic at the intersection of the two fields, the distinction between semantics and pragmatics. Anyone engaged with this issue in either discipline will find much to reward their attention here. Contributors: Kent Bach, Herman Cappelen, Michael Glanzberg, Jeffrey C. King, Ernie Lepore, Stephen Neale, F. Recanati, Nathan Salmon, Mandy Simons, Scott Soames, Robert J. Stainton, Jason Stanley, Zoltan Gendler Szabo.
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  20. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2005). The Loss of Uniqueness. Mind 114 (456):1185 - 1222.
    Philosophers and linguists alike tend to call a semantic theory ‘Russellian’ just in case it assigns to sentences in which definite descriptions occur the truth-conditions Russell did in ‘On Denoting’. This is unfortunate; not all aspects of those particular truth-conditions do explanatory work in Russell's writings. As far as the semantics of descriptions is concerned, the key insights of ‘On Denoting’ are that definite descriptions are not uniformly referring expressions, and that they are scope-bearing elements. Anyone who accepts these two (...)
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  21. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2005). Sententialism and Berkeley's Master Argument. Philosophical Quarterly 55 (220):462 - 474.
    Sententialism is the view that intensional positions in natural languages occur within clausal complements only. According to proponents of this view, intensional transitive verbs such as 'want', 'seek' or 'resemble' are actually propositional attitude verbs in disguise. I argue that 'conceive' (and a few other verbs) cannot fit this mould: conceiving-of is not reducible to conceiving-that. I offer a new diagnosis of where Berkeley's 'master argument' goes astray, analysing what is odd about saying that Hylas conceives a tree which is (...)
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  22. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2004). On the Progressive and the Perfective. Noûs 38 (1):29–59.
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  23. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2004). Review: The Compositionality Papers. [REVIEW] Mind 113 (450):340-344.
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  24. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2004). The Compositionality Papers. Mind 113 (450):340-344.
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  25. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2004). On the Progressive and the Perfective. Noûs 38 (1):29 - 59.
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  26. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2003). Believing in Things. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (3):584–611.
    I argue against the standard view that ontological debates can be fully described as disagreements about what we should believe to exist. The central thesis of the paper is that believing in Fs in the ontologically relevant sense requires more than merely believing that Fs exist. Believing in Fs is not even a propositional attitude; it is rather an attitude one bears to the term expressed by 'Fs'. The representational correctness of such a belief requires not only that there be (...)
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  27. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2003). Nominalism. In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
     
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  28. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2003). On Qualification. Philosophical Perspectives 17 (1):385–414.
  29. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2003). On Qualification. Philosophical Perspectives 17 (1):385-414.
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  30. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (2001). Adjectives in Context. In Robert M. Harrish & Istvan Kenesei (eds.), Perspectives on Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
     
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  31. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2001). Fictionalism and Moore's Paradox. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 31 (3):293-307.
    A fictionalist attitude towards an area of discourse encourages us to assent to certain sentences of that discourse without believing that they are true. Prima facie, this amounts to a suggestion that we should also assent to sentences of the form 'S but I don't believe that S'. Traditional versions of fictionalism have an answer to this challenge, but I argue that the answer is unavailable for a currently popular type of fictionalism. This is bad news for fictionalism in general (...)
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  32. Jason Stanley & Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2000). On Quantifier Domain Restriction. Mind and Language 15 (2&3):219--61.
  33. Jason Stanley & Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2000). Reply to Bach and Neale. Mind and Language 15 (2&3):295–298.
  34. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2000). Compositionality as Supervenience. Linguistics and Philosophy 23 (5):475-505.
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  35. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2000). Descriptions and Uniqueness. Philosophical Studies 101 (1):29-57.
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  36. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (2000). Problems of Compositionality. Garland Pub..
    This book is a critical discussion of the principle of compositionality, the thesis that the meaning of a complex expression is fully determined by the meanings of its constituents and its structure. The aim of this book is to clarify what is meant by this principle, to show that its traditional justification is insufficient, and to discuss some of the problems that have to be addressed before a new attempt can be made to justify it.
     
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  37. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (1999). A Subject With No Object. Philosophical Review 108 (1):106-109.
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  38. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (1999). Expressions and Their Representations. Philosophical Quarterly 50 (195):145-163.
    It is plausible to think that our knowledge of linguistic types can bejustified by what we know about the tokens of these types. But one then hasto explain what it is about the relation a type bears to its tokens that makespossible the move from knowledge of the concrete to knowledge of theabstract. I argue that the standard solution to this difficulty, that the relevant relation is instantiation and that the transition is inductive generalization, is inadequate. I propose an alternative, (...)
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  39. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (1999). Expressions and Their Representations. Philosophical Quarterly 49 (195):145–163.
    It is plausible to think that our knowledge of linguistic types can bejustified by what we know about the tokens of these types. But one then hasto explain what it is about the relation a type bears to its tokens that makespossible the move from knowledge of the concrete to knowledge of theabstract. I argue that the standard solution to this difficulty, that the relevant relation is instantiation and that the transition is inductive generalization, is inadequate. I propose an alternative, (...)
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  40. Zoltan Gendler Szabo (1998). Review: Christopher Gauker, Universal Instantiation: A Study of the Role of Context in Logic. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 63 (4):1610-1611.
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  41. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (1997). Knowledge of Meaning. Philosophical Review 106 (1):122-124.
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  42. Zoltán Gendler Szabó (1997). Review of Larson and Segal (1995). [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 106.
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