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  1. Has the Problem of Incompleteness Rested on a Mistake?Ray Buchanan & Gary Ostertag - 2005 - Mind 114 (456):889-913.
    A common objection to Russell's theory of descriptions concerns incomplete definite descriptions: uses of (for example) ‘the book is overdue’ in contexts where there is clearly more than one book. Many contemporary Russellians hold that such utterances will invariably convey a contextually determined complete proposition, for example, that the book in your briefcase is overdue. But according to the objection this gets things wrong: typically, when a speaker utters such a sentence, no facts about the context or the speaker's communicative (...)
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    Two Aspects of Propositional Unity.Gary Ostertag - 2013 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (5):518-533.
    (2013). Two aspects of propositional unity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 43, Essays on the Nature of Propositions, pp. 518-533.
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    E. E. Constance Jones on the Dualism of Practical Reason.Gary Ostertag & Amanda Favia - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-16.
    E. E. Constance Jones, a regular contributor to Mind and the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, and the author of several textbooks and a monograph, worked in both philosophical l...
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    A Mark of the Mental: In Defense of Informational Teleosemantics.Gary Ostertag - 2019 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97 (3):628-631.
    Volume 97, Issue 3, September 2019, Page 628-631.
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    The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy.Gary Ostertag - 2019 - Analysis 79 (3):560-571.
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  6. Meanings and Other Things: Themes From the Work of Stephen Schiffer.Gary Ostertag (ed.) - 2016 - Oxford University Press.
    In Meanings and Other Things fourteen leading philosophers explore central themes in the writings of Stephen Schiffer, a leading figure in philosophy since the 1970s. Topics range from theories of meaning to moral cognitivism, the nature of paradox, and the problem of vagueness. Schiffer's responses set out his current thinking.
     
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  7. Review of Kit Fine, Semantic Relationism. [REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2009 - Austrlasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):345-9.
  8. A Puzzle About Disbelief.Gary Ostertag - 2005 - Journal of Philosophy 102 (11):573 - 593.
    According to the naive theory of belief reports, our intuition that “Lois believes that Kent flies” is false results from our mistakenly identifying what this sentence implicates, which is false, with what it says, which is true. Whatever the merits of this proposal, it is here argued that the naive theory’s analysis of negative belief reports—sentences such as “Lois doesn't believe that Kent flies”—gives rise to equally problematic clashes with intuition, but that in this case no “pragmatic” explanation is available. (...)
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    Structured Propositions and the Logical Form of Predication.Gary Ostertag - 2019 - Synthese 196 (4):1475-1499.
    Jeffrey King, Scott Soames, and others have recently challenged the familiar identification of a Russellian proposition, such as the proposition that Brutus stabbed Caesar, with an ordered sequence constructed out of objects, properties, and relations. There is, as they point out, a surplus of candidate sequences available that are each equally serviceable. If so, any choice among these candidates will be arbitrary. In this paper, I show that, unless a controversial assumption is made regarding the nature of nonsymmetrical relations, none (...)
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    Critical Study Julian Dodd. Works of Music: An Essay in Ontology. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).Gary Ostertag - 2012 - Noûs 46 (2):355-374.
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    Pleonastic Propositions and de Re Belief.Gary Ostertag - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-19.
    In The Things We Mean, Stephen Schiffer defends a novel account of the entities to which belief reports relate us and to which their that-clauses refer. For Schiffer, the referred-to entities—propositions—exist in virtue of contingencies of our linguistic practices, deriving from “pleonastic restatements” of ontologically neutral discourse. Schiffer’s account of the individuation of propositions derives from his treatment of that -clause reference. While that -clauses are referential singular terms, their reference is not determined by the speaker’s referential intentions. Rather, their (...)
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    Definite Descriptions: A Reader.Gary Ostertag - 1998 - MIT Press.
    Bertrand Russell's theory of definite descriptions sparked an ongoing debate concerning the proper logical and linguistic analysis of definite descriptions. While it is now widely acknowledged that, like the indexical expressions 'I', 'here', and 'now', definite descriptions in natural language are context-sensitive, there is significant disagreement as to the ultimate challenge this context-sensitivity poses to Russell's theory.This reader is intended both to introduce students to the philosophy of language via the theory of descriptions, and to provide scholars in analytic philosophy (...)
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  13. The 'Gödel' Effect.Gary Ostertag - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 166 (1):65-82.
    In their widely discussed paper, “Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style”, Machery et al. argue that Kripke’s Gödel–Schmidt case, generally thought to undermine the description theory of names, rests on culturally variable intuitions: while Western subjects’ intuitions conflict with the description theory of names, those of East Asian subjects do not. Machery et al. attempt to explain this discrepancy by appealing to differences between Western and East Asian modes of categorization, as identified in an influential study by Nisbett et al. I claim that (...)
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    A Scorekeeping Error.Gary Ostertag - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 96 (2):123-146.
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    Descriptions and Logical Form.Gary Ostertag - 2002 - In Dale Jacquette (ed.), A Companion to Philosophical Logic.
  16. A Problem for Russellian Theories of Belief.Gary Ostertag - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 146 (2):249 - 267.
    Russellianism is characterized as the view that ‘that’-clauses refer to Russellian propositions, familiar set-theoretic pairings of objects and properties. Two belief-reporting sentences, S and S*, possessing the same Russellian content, but differing in their intuitive truthvalue, are provided. It is argued that no Russellian explanation of the difference in apparent truthvalue is available, with the upshot that the Russellian fails to explain how a speaker who asserts S but rejects S* can be innocent of inconsistency, either in what she says (...)
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    Emily Elizabeth Constance Jones.Gary Ostertag - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Review of Fine, Kit, Semantic Relationism, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007, Pp. Vii + 160, US$74.95. [REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):345-349.
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    In the Realm of Sense [Review of Gideon Makin, The Metaphysicians of Meaning: Russell and Frege on Sense and Denotation]. [REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2001 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 21 (2):167-75.
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    Cruelty and Kinds: Scalia and Dworkin on the Constitutionality of Capital Punishment.Gary Ostertag - 2018 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 61 (4):422-443.
    I here revisit a debate between Antonin Scalia and Ronald Dworkin concerning the constitutionality of capital punishment. As is well known, Scalia maintained that the consistency of capital punishment with the Eighth Amendment can be established on purely textualist principles; Dworkin denied this. There are, Dworkin maintained, two readings of the Eighth Amendment available to the textualist. But only on one of these readings is the constitutionality of capital punishment secured; on the other, ‘principled’, reading it is not. Moreover, breaking (...)
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  21. Quine and Russell.Gary Ostertag - 2013 - In Gilbert Harman Ernie Lepore (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Quine. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 403-431.
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    Review of Jason Stanley, Language in Context: Selected Essays[REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (5).
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    Review of Anne Bezuidenhout (Ed.), Marga Reimer (Ed.), Descriptions and Beyond[REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (8).
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    Russell's Modal Logic? [Review of Jan Dejnožka, Bertrand Russell on Modality and Logical Relevance].Gary Ostertag - 2000 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 20 (2).
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    Review of Robert Fiengo, Robert May, De Lingua Belief[REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (9).
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    Review of Scott Soames, Philosophical Essays, Volume 1: Natural Language: What It Means and How We Use It[REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (7).
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    Review of Keefe, Theories of Vagueness. [REVIEW]Gary Ostertag - 2002 - History and Philosophy of Logic 23 (4):291-2.
  28. Russell's Modal Logic? Review of Jan Dejnožka, Bertrand Russell on Modality and Logical Relevance.Gary Ostertag - 2000 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 20 (2):165-72.
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    Rejoinder to Dejnozka's Reply.Gary Ostertag - 2001 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 21 (1).
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