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Theoretical Philosophy (Department of Philosophy)
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Prof Staffan Carlshamre
Universitetsvägen 10 D, plan 7
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A Computational-Empirical Approach to Language Comprehension: Monotonicity, Complexity, and Compositionality
Den mänskliga förmågan att kommunicera språkligt är fascinerande. Trots många decenniers ansträngningar har vi ännu inte lyckats förstå hur det är möjligt för talare att språkligt förmedla så mycket information, och för mottagare att uppfatta den med sådan lätthet. Situationen blir än mer slående ...
Against Truth-Theoretic Semantics
The project is to result in a number of papers arguing against truth-theoretic semantics (TT) and will be conducted at Stockholms universitet, where Peter Pagin´s familiarity with the subject will be of great value. Although TT is by far the most popular approach to meaning and dominates the work ...
Aristotle on Reason and Motivation
The purpose of the project is to determine Aristotle´s stance on reason´s role in motivating actions. According to an influential non-Humean interpretation, Aristotle holds the view that basic, action motivating, desires can be brought about by an exercise of reason. One aim is to show the ...
Att förstå mänsklig handling. Natur, handlingsbegrepp, och värde i den västerländska filosofiska traditionen.
Our understanding of agency defines how we view ourselves and others. What does it mean to act rationally? To act for a reason? To cause an action oneself, and to be determined by circumstances? What makes an action good or right? What role does moral character play in evaluating actions? Are ...
Being in time
There has been a marked revival of interest in metaphysics after the demise of positivism and the worst excesses of linguistic philosophy. Ontological issues about objects’ relation to time have been widely discussed recently. I propose to contribute to this area by arguing for (i) a conception of ...
The aim of the project is to investigate three modern ways of answering the sceptical challenge within epistemology. These three strategies are externalism, contextualism and transcendental arguments, all of which have aroused a great deal of interest within analytic philosophy. The first two ...
Expressivist meaning-theory, functionalist content-theory, and their applications
Externalism challenged? Internalism versus externalism today
In foreign words: describing actions by means of concepts unknown to the agent
Human action differs from the movements of inanimate objects in that the agent’s own sense of what she is doing usually matters to how her behaviour gets described. However, we sometimes describe actions in terms that are not available to the agent. The overall aim of this research project is to ...
The Principle of Compositionality says: (CP) The meaning of a complex expression is a function of the meanings of its parts and its mode of composition. It is often assumed by philosophers and linguists that (CP) is true of natural languages. The principle is natural, and has deep historical roots. ...
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Båve, Arvid, Dr
Callergård, Robert, Dr
Forsberg, Maria, PhD student
Glüer-Pagin, Katrin, Prof
Grönroos, Gösta, Dr
Gustafsson, Martin, Dr
Häggqvist, Sören, Dr
Högström, Mattias, Dr
Janvid, Mikael, Dr
Leppäkoski, Markku, Dr
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