Readership: Scholars and advanced students of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.
Ori Simchen, University of British Columbia
Ori Simchen received his PhD in 1999 from Harvard University and is now Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.
"In Necessary Intentionality, Ori Simchen crafts razor-sharp arguments for a surprising package of theses in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. On Simchen's view, all modal facts are determined by the essences of actual particular objects, a wordâs being of a given type depends necessarily on what the word is about, and a thought of a given type cannot occur absent its particular object. In developing these views, Simchen rejects many bits of prevailing philosophical wisdom ... Most radically, he develops a parameter-based account of cognitive states that explains much about cognition while doing entirely without mental
representations or mental content. Simchen masterfully integrates these strands into a single coherent picture and in doing so provides a model of careful, substantive philosophical investigation." - Professor Robert D. Rupert, University of Colorado at Boulder
1: Particular Possibilities
2: General Possibilities
3: The Intentionality of Words
Appendix I: Necessity in Reference
4: Epistemology Factualized
5: Cognitive States as Relational
Appendix II: Omniscient Believing and Consistency