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Disputes and Defective Disputes


Abstract One activity for which philosophers are perhaps best known is having disputes with one another. Some non-philosophers, and increasingly many philosophers, believe that a number of these disputes are silly or misguided in some way. Call such silly or misguided disputes defective disputes. When is a dispute defective? What kinds of defective disputes are there? How are these different kinds of defective disputes different from one another? What does it mean to call a dispute 'merely verbal'? These questions come up for consideration in Part One of this manuscript. In Part Two I examine whether certain disputes in ontology and over the nature of possible worlds are defective in any of the ways described in Part One. I focus mainly on t... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Marsh, Gerald Horton (Author) / French, Peter (Advisor) / Creath, Richard (Committee member) / Blackson, Thomas (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / disputes / merely verbal / mereological composition / metaontology / ontology / possible worlds
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 389 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Philosophy 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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