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Andrew McGonigal
Washington and Lee University
Andrew McGonigal
University of Glasgow (PhD)
  1. Truth, Relativism, and Serial Fiction.Andrew McGonigal - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):165-179.
    This paper presents a novel explanandum for a theory of fictional truth. I explore a range of theoretical treatments of the data, and argue that it motivates the adoption of a distinctive style of relativism about truth-in-fiction.
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  2. The Many Minds Account of Vagueness.John Hawthorne & Andrew McGonigal - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 138 (3):435 - 440.
    This paper presents an new epistemicist account of vagueness, one that avoids standard arbitrariness worries by exploiting a plenitudinous metaphysic.
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    Responding to Aesthetic Reasons.Andrew McGonigal - forthcoming - Estetika.
    What makes a certain consideration an aesthetic reason rather than a reason of some other kind? Is it a solely a matter of the kind of attitude or activity that the reason supports? How fundamental or structural are such reasons? Do they contrast in a natural way with epistemic or practical reasons? Is skilled aesthetic achievement, whether interpretative or creative, a matter of recognizing the aesthetic reasons we have for a given response, and correctly according with such reasons? In this (...)
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    The Autonomy of Aesthetic Judgement.Andrew McGonigal - 2006 - British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (4):331-348.
    In recent work, Robert Hopkins has argued that aesthetic judgements are autonomous. When a subject finds herself diverging in judgement from a group of others who, while independently applying the same method, have come to some opposing conclusion, then for ordinary empirical matters this is often reason enough for her to suspend judgement, or even to adopt their view, but this happens much more rarely in the case of beauty. Moreover, the opposing view does not act as a defeater to (...)
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  5. Davidson, Metaphor and Error Theory.Andrew McGonigal - unknown
    Davidson’s error theory about metaphorical meaning has rightly commanded a lot of critical attention over the last twenty five or so years. Each component of that theory – the case for antirealism about metaphorical meanings, the diagnosis of the mistakes that led theorists to falsely ascribe such semantic properties to words and sentences, the suggested functional replacement of such talk in terms of the effects that metaphorical utterances bring about – has been examined, reformulated and criticised. The evaluation of the (...)
     
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    Art, Value and Character.Andrew McGonigal - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):545 - 566.
    Some artworks manifest moral attitudes. I clarify and defend an argument to the effect that these works can be aesthetically better merely because morally good people skilfully produced them.
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    Moral Facts and Suitably Informed Subjects: A Reply to Denham.Andrew McGonigal - 2005 - Ratio 18 (1):82–92.
    The nature of moral facts, and their relationship to rationality, imagination and sentiment, have been central and pressing issues in recent moral philosophy. In this paper, I discuss and criticise a meta-ethical theory put forward by Alison Denham, which views moral facts as being constituted by the responses of ideal, empathetic agents. I argue that Denham’s account is radically unstable, in that she has given us an account of the nature of such agents which is inconsistent with an independently plausible (...)
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    Metaphor, Indeterminacy, and Intention.Andrew McGonigal - 2002 - British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (2):179-190.
    David Cooper has argued that any acceptable theory of metaphor should account for ‘indeterminacy’: the sense that many metaphors admit of multiple acceptable interpretations, none of which can be uniquely demonstrated to be correct. He further argues that the ‘speaker's meaning’ model of metaphorical content cannot meet this constraint and, thus, should be rejected. In this paper I argue that Cooper's characterization of the proposed constraint is imprecise as stated and give my own characterization of the problem. There is a (...)
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    Garry L. Hagberg, Ed., Art and Ethical Criticism. [REVIEW]Andrew McGonigal - 2010 - Philosophical Review 119 (3):394-398.
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    Traditional Epistemology Reconsidered A Reply to Eflin.Andrew McGonigal - 2003 - Metaphilosophy 34 (1-2):69-77.
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    Philosophical Perspectives on Art by Davies, Stephen.Andrew Mcgonigal - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2):231-233.
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