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Statement and Referent

An Inquiry into the Foundations of our Conceptual Order

Plato’s Parmenides and Aristotle’s Metaphysics initiated the discussion of the “First Philosophy” in the Western canon. Here, David Shwayder continues this debate by considering statements as the fundamental bearers of truth-values. Systematically moving from action to utterance, Shwayder argues that the category of “bodies” is fundamental to the human scheme of conceptualization and that if we had no capacity to refer to bodies then we would be unable to address referents from other categories.

878 pages | 7 1/2 x 10 1/4

Lecture Notes

Philosophy: Logic and Philosophy of Language

Table of Contents

First Preface

Second Preface
Part I: Assertion and Statement
Chapter 1: Behavioral and Linguistic Preliminaries
Chapter 2: Assertion
Appendix A: Four Other Theories of Judgment: Russell, Aristotle, Wittgenstein and Frege
Appendix B: Constatitves, Propositions and Explanation
Appendix C: Knowledge, Information, Access, Certainty and INquiry: Preliminaries to a Rational Epistemology
Chapter 3: Statements and their Criteria
Appendix D: Intensional Logic: A Fragment
Part II: Syncategoremata, Predicables and Statement-Form
Chapter 4: Background and Program
Appendix E: Quantifiers and Terms in Relation to the Representation of Statement-Form
Chapter 5: Proto-Criteria, Basic and Defined
Chapter 6: Existence
Chapter 7: Individuality, Individuation and Reference
Chapter 8: Inherence and Predication
Chapter 9: Impressions of Distinctness and Identity
Chapter 10: Separation and Distinctness
Chapter 11: Continuation and Identity
Chapter 12: Bunching, Delimitation and Generality

Chapter 13: On the Characterization of the Predicables
Chapter 14: Statement-Form
Appendix F: Logical Equivalence of Forms and the Validation of Logic
Part III: Categories, Referents and Constructions with Special Attention to Things Met with in Space and Time
Chapter 15: Metaphysical Categories and Departments of Language
Chapter 16: Constructions
Chapter 17: Bodies
Chapter 18: Surfaces and Boundaries
Chapter 19: Visibilia and Other Luminous Phenomena
Chapter 20: Introduction to a Philosophy of Space and Time
Chapter 21: Pre-Euclidean Geometry and Hypothetical Determinations of Space
Chapter 22: The Order of Local Time
Appendix G: Of Time and Tense: Extensions and Applications
Chapter 23: Further Constructions, Spatial and Temporal
Chapter 24: Bodies are Basic Referents
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