Mind, Meaning, and Reality: Philosophical Essays

Hardcover | September 10, 2012

byD. H. Mellor

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Mind, Meaning, and Reality contains fifteen philosophical papers by D. H. Mellor, including a new defence of "success semantics", and an introduction arguing that metaphysics can and need only be justified by doing it and not by a "meta-metaphysics", which it needs no more than physics needsmetaphysics. The papers are grouped into three parts. Part I is about how the ways we are disposed to act fixes both what we believe and what we use language to mean. Part II is about what there is: the reality of dispositions; what makes beliefs and sentences true; why there is only one universe; and how social groups, and other things composed of parts, are related to the people and other things that constitute them. Part III is about time, and includesdiscussions of twentieth century developments in the philosophy of time; why Kant was right about tense, even though Mellor argues he was wrong about time; why forward time travel is trivial and backward time travel impossible; and what gives time its direction.

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Mind, Meaning, and Reality contains fifteen philosophical papers by D. H. Mellor, including a new defence of "success semantics", and an introduction arguing that metaphysics can and need only be justified by doing it and not by a "meta-metaphysics", which it needs no more than physics needsmetaphysics. The papers are grouped into thre...

D. H. Mellor is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. He was a Fellow of Pembroke College from 1964 to 1970, and a Fellow of Darwin College from 1971 to 2005. He became a Cambridge University Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy in 1965, a Lecturer in 1970, a Reader in Metaphysics in 1983, and was the Professor of Phil...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction and summaryPart I: Mind and Meaning1. Nothing Like Experience2. What Does Subjective Decision Theory Tell Us?3. How to Believe a Conditional4. Telling the Truth5. Successful SemanticsPart II: What There Is6. The Semantics and Ontology of Dispositions7. Truthmakers for What?8. Too Many Universes9. The Reduction of Society10. Wholes and Parts: The Limits of Composition11. Micro-CompositionPart III: Time12. Time13. Transcendental Tense14. Time Travel15. The Direction of TimeReferencesIndex