Mind, Meaning, and Reality: Essays in Philosophy
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 needs metaphysics. The papers are grouped into three parts. Part I is about how the ways we are disposed to act fix 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 includes discussions of twentieth century developments in the philosophy of time; why Kant was right about tense, even though 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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A-beliefs accept actions actual answer argue B-facts B-series B-theory backward time travel beliefs and desires Cambridge causal causes and effects chapter cider concept contingent credences and utilities D. H. Mellor decision theory deny depends direction disjunctive disposition theory earlier Eeyore entail entities epistemic probability example exist explain fact false fragile give groups hence identity imagine infer Kant’s kill Kennedy kind know-how theory knowing what experiences laws Lewis mass mean Mellor mereology meta-philosophy metaphysics microreduction multiverse numbers objects obvious ontological part–whole relations philosophy Pooh positrons predicates primary propositions properties and relations psychology pub’s open question Rabbit Ramsey Ramsey’s Principle reason recognise reduce reduction sentences semantics sense Similarly social sociology space spacetime spatial supervenience suppose TARDIS tell temperature temporal tensed tenseless there’s honey thesis things Tibbles time-travelling time’s true beliefs truth conditions truth function truthmakers universe world line