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  1. Aboutness, Critical Notice. [REVIEW]Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum - 2016 - Analysis 76 (4):528-546.
    This Critical Notice is about aboutness in logic and language. In a first part, I discuss the origin of the issue and the philosophical background to Yablo's book Aboutness (PUP 2014), which is itself the subject of the second and main part of my paper.
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    Aboutness.Stephen Yablo - 2014 - Princeton University Press.
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    Professor Sellars on Meaning and Aboutness.Sid Thomas - 1962 - Philosophical Studies 13 (5):68-74.
    Professor sellars has written a paper in which he holds that the statement (1) "karl's mind believes it is raining" is logically equivalent to a statement of the form (2) "karl's body is in state 'p'." in thomas' analysis of these two statements he argues that the plausibility of this position depends upon whether the facts expressed by (1) and (2) possess the same sort of "intentionality" and "aboutness." he offers various formulations of these statements which he argues show (...)
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    Theories of Aboutness.Peter Hawke - forthcoming - Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-27.
    Our topic is the theory of topics. My goal is to clarify and evaluate three competing traditions: what I call the way-based approach, the atom-based approach, and the subject-predicate approach. I develop criteria for adequacy using robust linguistic intuitions that feature prominently in the literature. Then I evaluate the extent to which various existing theories satisfy these constraints. I conclude that recent theories due to Parry, Perry, Lewis, and Yablo do not meet the constraints in total. I then introduce the (...)
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  5. Knights, Knaves, Truth, Truthfulness, Grounding, Tethering, Aboutness, and Paradox.Stephen Yablo - forthcoming - In Melvin Fitting (ed.), Essays for Raymond Smullyan.
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    Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness.Ori Simchen - 2017 - Oxford University Press.
    Metasemantics is the metaphysics of semantic endowment: it asks how expressions become endowed with their semantic significance. Assuming that semantics is of the usual truth-conditional sort, metasemantics asks after the determinants of expressions’ distinctive contributions to truth-conditions. There are two widely divergent general approaches to the metasemantic project. Some theories – “productivist” ones such as causal theories or intention-based theories – emphasize conditions of production or employment of the items semantically endowed. Other metasemantic theories – “interpretationist” ones – emphasize conditions (...)
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    Reply to Fine on Aboutness.Stephen Yablo - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (6):1495-1512.
    A reply to Fine’s critique of Aboutness. Fine contrasts two notions of truthmaker, and more generally two notions of “state.” One is algebraic; states are sui generis entities grasped primarily through the conditions they satisfy. The other uses set theory; states are sets of worlds, or, perhaps, collections of such sets. I try to defend the second notion and question some seeming advantages of the first.
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  8. Aboutness: Towards Foundations for the Information Artifact Ontology.Werner Ceusters & Barry Smith - 2015 - In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO). CEUR vol. 1515. pp. 1-5.
    The Information Artifact Ontology (IAO) was created to serve as a domain‐neutral resource for the representation of types of information content entities (ICEs) such as documents, data‐bases, and digital im‐ages. We identify a series of problems with the current version of the IAO and suggest solutions designed to advance our understanding of the relations between ICEs and associated cognitive representations in the minds of human subjects. This requires embedding IAO in a larger framework of ontologies, including most importantly the Mental (...)
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  9. Partial Content and Expressions of Part and Whole. Discussion of Stephen Yablo: Aboutness.Friederike Moltmann - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (3):797-808.
    In 'Aboutness' (MIT Press 2014), Yablo argues for the importance of the notions of partial content and partial truth. This paper argues that they are involved in a much greater range of entities than acknowledged by Yablo. The paper also argues that some of those entities involve a notion of partial satisfaction as well as partial existence (validity).
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    Necessary Intentionality: A Study in the Metaphysics of Aboutness.Ori Simchen - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    This book argues that words and thoughts are typically about whatever they are about necessarily rather than contingently. The argument proceeds by articulating a requisite modal background and then bringing this background to bear on cognitive matters, notably the intentionality of cognitive episodes and states. The modal picture that emerges from the first two chapters is a strongly particularist one whereby possibilities reduce to possibilities for particular things (or pluralities thereof) where the latter are determined by the natures of the (...)
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    Comments on Stephen Yablo’s Aboutness.Katharina Felka - forthcoming - Erkenntnis:1-14.
    This paper concerns Yablo’s theory of asserted content as it is developed in his new book Aboutness. Yablo’s central idea is that in order to specify the asserted content of a sentence, we have to subtract those parts of its full semantic content that concern irrelevant subject matters. The paper argues that it is doubtful whether Yablo’s account successfully deals with its most basic envisaged application: to account for a difference of apparent truth value in cases of ordinary presupposition (...)
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    Precis of Aboutness.Stephen Yablo - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (3):771-777.
    A lightning fast summary of Yablo, Aboutness, cutting many corners in the interests of brevity. The emphasis is on “ways.” Substituting “ways for S to be true” in for “worlds in which S is true” improves a number of philosophical explanations. The subject matter of S is identified with S’s ways of holding in a world, or failing, as the case may be. S contains T iff T is implied by S, and T’s ways of being true are implied (...)
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    The Notion of Aboutness in Frege (in Hebrew).Gilead Bar Elli - forthcoming - Iyyun.
    The paper presents an analysis of the "role" the notion of aboutness plays in frege's theory of meaning. (edited).
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    Mathematical Determinacy and the Transferability of Aboutness.Stephen Pollard - 2007 - Synthese 159 (1):83-98.
    Competent speakers of natural languages can borrow reference from one another. You can arrange for your utterances of ‘Kirksville’ to refer to the same thing as my utterances of ‘Kirksville’. We can then talk about the same thing when we discuss Kirksville. In cases like this, you borrow “ aboutness ” from me by borrowing reference. Now suppose I wish to initiate a line of reasoning applicable to any prime number. I might signal my intention by saying, “Let p (...)
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    Constructive Empiricism and the Problem of Aboutness.Elliott Sober - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (1):11-18.
    constructive empiricism asserts that it is not for science to reach a verdict on whether a theory is true or false, if the theory is about unobservable entities; science's only interest here, says Van Fraassen, is to discover whether the theory is ‘empirically adequate’. However, if a theory is soley about observables, empirical adequacy and truth are said to ‘coincide’, here discovering the theory's truth value is an appropriate scientific goal. Constructive empiricism thus rests an epistemological thesis on a semantical (...)
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    Aboutness and Negative Truths: A Modest Strategy for Truthmaker Theorists.Arthur Schipper - forthcoming - Synthese:1-38.
    A central problem for any truthmaker theory is the problem of negative truths. In this paper, I develop a novel, piecemeal strategy for solving this problem. The strategy puts central focus on a truth-relevant notion of aboutness within a metaphysically modest version of truthmaker theory and uses key conceptual tools gained by taking a deeper look at the best attempts to solve the problem of intentionality. I begin this task by critically discussing past proposed solutions to P-NEG in light (...)
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    Goethe and the Refiguring of Intellectual Inquiry: From 'Aboutness'-Thinking to 'Withness'-Thinking in Everyday Life.John Shotter - 2005 - Janus Head 8 (1):132-158.
    Central to the paper below, is an emphasis on the spontaneously responsive nature of our living bodies, and on the special intertwined, dialogic, or chiasmic nature of events that can occur only in our meetings with others and otherness around us. As participants in such meetings, immediately responsive ‘withness-understandings’ become available to us that are quite different to the ‘aboutness-understandings’ we arrive at as disengaged, intellectual spectators. I argue that Goethe’s “delicate empiricism”, far from being an arcane form of (...)
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    Deflationary Truth and the Problem of Aboutness.Paul Horwich - 1997 - Philosophical Issues 8:95-106.
    Russian translation of Horwich P. Deflationary Truth and the Problem of Aboutness // Philosophical Issues, 8, 1997. Translated by Lev Lamberov with kind permission of the author.
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    2. Varieties of Aboutness.Stephen Yablo - 2014 - In Aboutness. Princeton University Press. pp. 23-44.
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  20. Why It is Hard to Naturalize Attitude Aboutness.Alberto Voltolini - 2002 - In W. Hinzen & H. Rott (eds.), Belief and Meaning. Hänsel-Hohenhausen. pp. 157-179.
    Over the last twenty years, many attempts have been made to discard the intentionality possessed by prima facie contentful mental states (intentional acts; atttudes, in Russell’s terms), where this is understood as the special, mental-orsemantic, quality of being ‘directed’ upon something. This has also involved dispensing with special ‘aboutness’-properties like being about O, which stand to intentionality as species to genus. These naturalistic strategies have been oriented in two ontologically different ways, conservative or revolutionary. The first has been pursued (...)
     
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  21. Deflationary Truth and the Problem of Aboutness.Paul Horwich - 2008 - Analytica 2:62-75.
    Russian translation of Horwich P. Deflationary Truth and the Problem of Aboutness // Philosophical Issues, 8, 1997. Translated by Lev Lamberov with kind permission of the author.
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  22. Necessary Intentionality: A Study in the Metaphysics of Aboutness.Ori Simchen - 2012 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Is it possible for the name of a particular person not to refer to that person? Ori Simchen defends a negative answer to this question, and presents a new account of aboutness, or intentionality. He argues that intentional items--such as words, thoughts, photos--are about whatever they are about as a matter of necessity, rather than contingency.
     
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  23. Consciousness and the Varieties of Aboutness.Martin Davies - 1995 - In C. Macdonald (ed.), Philosophy of Psychology: Debates on Psychological Explanation. Oxford University Press. pp. 2.
    Thinking is special. There is nothing quite like it. Thinking.
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  24. Of Sensory Systems and the "Aboutness" of Mental States.Kathleen Akins - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (7):337--372.
    La autora presenta una critica a la concepcion clasica de los sentidos asumida por la mayoria de autores naturalistas que pretenden explicar el contenido mental. Esta crítica se basa en datos neurobiologicos sobre los sentidos que apuntan a que estos no parecen describir caracteristicas objetivas del mundo, sino que actuan de forma ʼnarcisita', es decir, representan informacion en funcion de los intereses concretos del organismo.El articulo se encuentra también en: Bechtel, et al., Philosophy and the Neuroscience.
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    Of Sensory Systems and the "Aboutness" of Mental States.Kathleen Akins - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (7):337.
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    On Perceptual Aboutness.Thomas Natsoulas - 1977 - Behaviorism 5 (1):75-97.
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    About Aboutness.Nathan Salmon - 2007 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):59-76.
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  28. Review of Yablo *Aboutness*. [REVIEW]Adam Morton - 2014 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2014-09-14).
    expanded version of NDPR review of Yablo's Abpoutness.
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    'Parmenides Principle' (the Analysis of Aboutness).Pavel Materna, Marie Duzi, Marie Duží & Pavel Materna - 2005 - Philosophia 32 (1-4):155-180.
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    Reasoning About Trust and Aboutness in the Context of Communication.Robert Demolombe - 2017 - Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics 27 (3-4):292-303.
    Trust may have many different informal definitions. In this work, formal definitions are proposed in Modal Logic in order to have clear rules for reasoning about trust. We start from trust in some properties of an information source, like sincerity, competence or vigilance, about a given proposition. Then, this definition is extended to trust about all the propositions which are about a given topic. A further extension is about all the propositions which inform about a given individual. Specific logics are (...)
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    Peirce's Semiotics, Subdoxastic Aboutness, and the Paradox of Inquiry.Inna Semetsky - 2005 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 (2):227–238.
    The author suggests that educational philosophy should benefit from addressing questions traditionally asked within discourse in the philosophy of mind, namely: the relation between the mind and world and the problems of intentionality , meaning, and representation. Peirce's semiotics and his category of creative abduction provide a novel conceptual framework for exploring these questions. A model of reasoning and learning, based on Peirce's triadic logic of relations, is analysed. This model, it is argued, is fruitful for overcoming the paradox of (...)
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    Aboutness and Justification.Dilip Ninan - 2017 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 95 (3):731-737.
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    Freeing Talk of Nothing From the Cognitive Illusion of Aboutness.J. Azzouni - 2014 - The Monist 97 (4):443-459.
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    What Mary's Aboutness Is About.Martina Fürst - 2011 - Acta Analytica 26 (1):63-74.
    The aim of this paper is to reinforce anti-physicalism by extending the hard problem to a specific kind of intentional states. For reaching this target, I investigate the mental content of the new intentional states of Jackson’s Mary. I proceed in the following way: I start analyzing the knowledge argument, which highlights the hard problem tied to phenomenal consciousness. In a second step, I investigate a powerful physicalist reply to this argument: the phenomenal concept strategy. In a third step, I (...)
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    Why Attributions of Aboutness Report Soft Facts.Joseph L. Camp Jr - 1988 - Philosophical Topics 16 (1):5-30.
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    Informative Aboutness.Peter B. M. Vranas - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (2):354-364.
    Pretheoretically, ‘all believers are immortal’ is about all believers, but B is not about any unbeliever. Similarly, ‘all mortals are unbelievers’ is not about any immortal, but M is about all mortals. But B and M are logically equivalent universal generalizations, so arguably they are about exactly the same objects; by, they are about those mortals who are unbelievers, contradicting. If one responds by giving up, is there still a sense in which B treats unbelievers differently from believers? I argue (...)
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  37. Aboutness, Fiction, and Quantifying Into Intentional Contexts: A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on The..Jay David Atlas - unknown
    A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on the Active/Passive Mood Distinction in English, etc.
     
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    About Aboutness.Joshua Rasmussen - 2014 - Metaphysica 15 (1).
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    Aboutness and Substitutivity.Genoveva Marti - 1989 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 14 (1):127-139.
    The following Principle of Substitutivity holds for the former, but not for the latter sentence: (PS) The truth value of (the proposition expressed by) a sentence that contains an occurrence of t1 remains constant when t2 is substituted for t1, provided that t1 and t2 are codesignative singular terms. It is an undeniable fact that different sentences behave differently when it comes to which substitutions preserve their truth value. What is curious is that this fact has been presented by the (...)
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  40. The Aboutness of Emotions.Robert M. Gordon - 1974 - American Philosophical Quarterly 11 (1):27-36.
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    YABLO, STEPHEN. Aboutness. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014, Xi + 221 Pp., $45.00 Cloth. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):206-208.
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    The Aboutness of Emotions.Robert M. Gordon - 1974 - American Philosophical Quarterly 27 (January):11-36.
    I attempt to show that when someone is, E.G., Angry about something, The events or states that conjointly are causing him to be angry conform to a certain structure, And that from the causal structure underlying his anger it is possible to 'read out' what he is angry about. In this respect, And even in some of the details of the structure, My analysis of being angry about something resembles the belief-Want analysis of intentional action. The chief elements of the (...)
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  43. Why Attributions of Aboutness Report Soft Facts in Metaphysics.Joseph L. Camp Jr - 1988 - Philosophical Topics 16 (1):5-30.
     
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    Response to the Comments on Deflationary Truth and the Problem of Aboutness.Paul Horwich - 1997 - Philosophical Issues 8:139-140.
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    Why Attributions of Aboutness Report Soft Facts. Camp - 1988 - Philosophical Topics 16 (1):5-30.
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  46. Freeing Talk of Nothing From the Cognitive Illusion of Aboutness.J. Azzouni - 2014 - The Monist 97 (4):443-459.
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  47. About Aboutness: Poema Pazzo Pour Arturo.Jerrold Levinson - 2007 - Rivista di Estetica 47 (2).
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  48. On Perceptual Aboutness.Thomas Natsoulas - 1977 - Behavior and Philosophy 5 (1):75.
     
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    Appendix.Stephen Yablo - 2014 - In Aboutness. Princeton University Press. pp. 207-208.
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  50. Propositions as Truthmaker Conditions.Mark Jago - 2017 - Argumenta 2 (2):293-308.
    Propositions are often aligned with truth-conditions. The view is mistaken, since propositions discriminate where truth conditions do not. Propositions are hyperintensional: they are sensitive to necessarily equivalent differences. I investigate an alternative view on which propositions are truthmaker conditions, understood as sets of possible truthmakers. This requires making metaphysical sense of merely possible states of affairs. The theory that emerges illuminates the semantic phenomena of samesaying, subject matter, and aboutness.
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