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  1. Inconsistency Theories of Semantic Paradox.Douglas Patterson - 2009 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 79 (2):387 - 422.
    It is argued that a certain form of the view that the semantic paradoxes show that natural languages are "inconsistent" provides the best response to the semantic paradoxes. After extended discussions of the views of Kirk Ludwig and Matti Eklund, it is argued that in its strongest formulation the view maintains that understanding a natural language is sharing cognition of an inconsistent semantic theory for that language with other speakers. A number of aspects of this approach are discussed and a (...)
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  2. Alfred Tarski: Philosophy of Language and Logic.Douglas Patterson - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    Inconsistency Theories: The Significance of Semantic Ascent.Douglas Patterson - 2007 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 50 (6):575-589.
    This is a discussion of different ways of working out the idea that the semantic paradoxes show that natural languages are somehow “inconsistent”. I take the workable form of the idea to be that there are expressions such that a necessary condition of understanding them is that one be inclined to accept inconsistent claims (an conception also suggested by Matti Eklund). I then distinguish “simple” from “complex” forms of such views. On a simple theory, such expressions are meaningless, while on (...)
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  4. Understanding the Liar.Douglas Patterson - 2007 - In J. C. Beall (ed.), Revenge of the Liar: New Essays on the Paradox. Oxford University Press. pp. 197.
    (Beall ed. The Revenge of the Liar, forthcoming from Oxford University Press) > The main presentation of my approach to the semantic paradoxes. I take them to show that understanding a natural language is sharing a cognitive relation to a logically false semantic theory with other speakers.
     
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  5. Truth as Conceptually Primitive.Douglas Patterson - 2010 - In Cory D. Wright & Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen (eds.), New Waves in Truth. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  6. Deflationism And The Truth Conditional Theory of Meaning.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 124 (3):271-294.
    Controversy has arisen of late over the claim that deflationism about truth requires that we explain meaning in terms of something other than truth-conditions. This controversy, it is argued, is due to unclarity as to whether the basic deflationary claim that a sentence and a sentence that attributes truth to it are equivalent in meaning is intended to involve the truth- predicate of the object language for which we develop an account of meaning, or is intended to involve the truth- (...)
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    New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy.Douglas Patterson (ed.) - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    The essays can be seen as addressing Tarski's seminal treatment of four basic questions about logical consequence. (1) How are we to understand truth, one of ...
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    Tarski, the Liar, and Inconsistent Languages.Douglas Eden Patterson - 2006 - The Monist 89 (1):150-177.
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    Tarski on the Necessity Reading of Convention T.Douglas Eden Patterson - 2006 - Synthese 151 (1):1-32.
    Tarski’s Convention T is often taken to claim that it is both sufficient and necessary for adequacy in a definition of truth that it imply instances of the T-schema where the embedded sentence translates the mentioned sentence. However, arguments against the necessity claim have recently appeared, and, furthermore, the necessity claim is actually not required for the indefinability results for which Tarski is justly famous; indeed, Tarski’s own presentation of the results in the later Undecidable Theories makes no mention of (...)
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    Theories of Truth and Convention T.Douglas Patterson - 2002 - Philosophers' Imprint 2:1-16.
    Partly due to the influence of Tarski's work, it is commonly assumed that any good theory of truth implies biconditionals of the sort mentioned in Convention T: instances of the T-Schema "s is true in L if and only if p" where the sentence substituted for "p" is equivalent in meaning to s. I argue that we must take care to distinguish the claim that implying such instances is sufficient for adequacy in an account of truth from the claim that (...)
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    On the Determination Argument Against Deflationism.Douglas Patterson - 2007 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):243–250.
    (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 2007) > Another look at Bar-On, Horisk and Lycan’s criticism of deflationism. I claim that their argument turns on a simple confusion about definitions and thereby fails to establish that deflationism somehow requires meaning to be explained in terms of truth conditions.
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    Learnability and Compositionality.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Mind and Language 20 (3):326–352.
    In recent articles Fodor and Lepore have argued that not only do considerations of learnability dictate that meaning must be compositional in the wellknown sense that the meanings of all sentences are determined by the meanings of a finite number of primitive expressions and a finite number of operations on them, but also that meaning must be 'reverse compositional' as well, in the sense that the meanings of the primitive expressions of which a complex expression is composed must be determined (...)
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  13. Tarski's Conception of Meaning'.Douglas Patterson - 2008 - In New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 157--191.
     
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    Tarski, the Liar, and Inconsistent Languages.Douglas Eden Patterson - 2006 - The Monist 89 (1):150-177.
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    Sentential Truth, Denominalization, and the Liar: Aspects of the Modest Account of Truth*: Dialogue.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (3):527-537.
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    Truth-Definitions and Definitional Truth.Douglas Patterson - 2008 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 32 (1):313-328.
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    Guest Editor's Introduction.Douglas Patterson - 2007 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 50 (6):552 – 558.
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  18. Theories of Meaning and Semantic Paradox.Douglas Patterson - 2006 - In Marta Bílková & Ondřej Tomala (eds.), The Logica Yearbook 2005. Filosofia. pp. 139--148.
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    Correspondence and Metaphysics: Andrew Newman's the Correspondence Theory of Truth.Douglas Patterson - 2004 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 47 (5):490 – 504.
  20. Inconsistency Theories: The Importance of Being Metalinguistic.Douglas Patterson - manuscript
    This is a discussion of different ways of working out the idea that the semantic paradoxes show that natural languages are somehow “inconsistent”. I take the workable form of the idea to be that there are expressions such that a necessary condition of understanding them is that one be inclined to accept inconsistent claims (an conception also suggested by Matti Eklund). I then distinguish “simple” from “complex” forms of such views. On a simple theory, such expressions are meaningless, while on (...)
     
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  21. Meaning, Communication and Knowledge by Testimony.Douglas Patterson - manuscript
    A central component of ordinary thought about language is that things like English, Japanese and so on exist and that expressions of these languages mean things in them. A familiar philosophical take on this is that communication between speakers is something that happens in such languages and that happens because expressions have meanings in them: one communicates by means of English sentences because these sentences mean something in English. Opposed to this sort of philosophical common sense are two closely related (...)
     
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    Two Arguments Against Disquotationalism.Douglas Patterson - 2002 - Dialectica 56 (2):99–108.
    Attempts to argue that the disquotational theory of truth is somehow self‐refuting have appeared largely unchallenged in the literature for some time now. Focusing on presentations by Anil Gupta and Crispin Wright, I contend that such arguments only undermine a view that nobody endorses. This done, I explain why it is fruitless to focus, as these arguments do, on deflationary accounts of the expressive function of the truth‐predicate. I then suggest a strategy for arguing against disquotationalism and other forms of (...)
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  23. Gerald Vision, Veritas: The Correspondence Theory and Its Critics. [REVIEW]Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Philosophy in Review 25:144-145.
     
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    Editor's Introduction.Douglas Patterson - unknown - The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5.
    It can seem a truism that to understand a language is to know what its expressions mean.
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    Robust and Genuine: The Assertibility Conditions of Indicative Conditionals.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Southwest Philosophy Review 21 (2):151-158.
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    Tarski on Definition, Meaning and Truth.Douglas Patterson - 2009 - In Sandra Lapointe, Jan Wolenski, Mathieu Marion & Wioletta Miskiewicz (eds.), The Golden Age of Polish Philosophy. Kaziemierz Twardowski’s philosophical legacy. Springer. pp. 16--155.
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    Review of Wolfgang Kunne, Conceptions of Truth[REVIEW]Douglas Patterson - 2004 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (3).
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    Representationalism and Set-Theoretic Paradox.Douglas Patterson - 2008 - ProtoSociology 25:7-23.
    I defend the “settist” view that set theory can be done consistently without any form of distinction between sets and “classes” , if we think clearly about belief and the expression of belief—and this, furthermore, entirely within classical logic. Standard arguments against settism in classical logic are seen to fail because they assume, falsely, that expressing commitment to a set theory is something that must be done in a meaningful language, the semantics of which requires, on pain of Russellian paradox, (...)
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  29. Finn Collin and Finn Guldmann, Meaning, Use and Truth: Introducing the Philosophy of Language Reviewed By.Douglas Patterson - 2006 - Philosophy in Review 26 (1):15-17.
     
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  30. Gerald Vision, Veritas: The Correspondence Theory and Its Critics Reviewed By.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Philosophy in Review 25 (2):144-145.
     
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    Robust and Genuine.Douglas Patterson - 2005 - Southwest Philosophy Review 21 (2):151-158.
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    Editor's Introduction.Douglas Patterson - 2009 - The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5.
    It can seem a truism that to understand a language is to know what its expressions mean.
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  33. John Perry, Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness Reviewed By.Douglas Patterson - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (4):299-301.
     
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  34. Introduction.Douglas Patterson - 2008 - In New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
     
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  35. John Perry, Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness. [REVIEW]Douglas Patterson - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22:299-301.
     
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  36. Minimal Inflationism: A Defense of the Truth-Conditional Theory of Meaning.Douglas Eden Patterson - 2000 - Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
    This dissertation defends the truth-conditional theory of meaning and the inflationary theory of truth it requires by explaining how truth-conditions could play an explanatory role in the account of the proper use of a language while being nevertheless metaphysically "lightweight" properties of sentences instituted by the way these sentences are used by the speakers of a language. Following the common division of approaches to truth into deflationary and inflationary, the dissertation begins in Chapter One with a discussion of currently advocated (...)
     
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  37. Tarski and Philosophy.Douglas Patterson (ed.) - 2008 - Oxford University Press UK.
    New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy contains newly commissioned essays on the philosophical aspects of the work of Polish logician, mathematician and philosopher Alfred Tarski. Topics covered include Tarski's relations to other Polish figures, e.g. Lesniewski and Kotarbinski, the Vienna Circle, and other figures such as Hilbert and others who studied the foundations of mathematics and logic at the time. The volume also includes essays interpreting and criticizing Tarski's views.
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  38. Understanding, Seeming and Believing.Douglas Patterson - manuscript
    A short discussion of whether or not an error theorist of understanding should construe understanding in terms of belief. This is a comment on a discussion between Dean Pettit and Steven Gross.
     
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