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What is deflationism about truth? Is it defensible?

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Expound Russell's theory of denoting phrases (definite descriptions). Do you think that it is successful? Why?

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Expound Frege's notions of sinn (sense) and bedeutung (reference/meaning) taking proper names as a an example. How is Frege's distinction supposed to deal with coreference? Do you think it is successful?

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Explicate and assess Quine's attacks on meaning and the analytic/synthetic distinction.

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Assess Donnellan's distinction between the attributive and referential use of definite descriptions.

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What is 'rigid designation'? Expound the notion with explicit reference to Kripke's causal theory of reference. How is the causal theory of reference contrasted with the description theory of reference?

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Are demonstratives directly referential?

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What is the correct analysis of conditionals? Why?

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Department of Philosophy
Main Quadrangle A14
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Australia

email: sebastian.sequoiah.grayson {at} sydney.edu.au