ORA Thesis: "Knowing and understanding" - uuid:cda7c325-e49f-485a-aa1d-7ea8ae692877




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Reference: A. Sloman, (1962). Knowing and understanding. DPhil. University of Oxford.

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Title: Knowing and understanding
Subtitle: Relations between meaning and truth, meaning and necessary truth, meaning and synthetic necessary truth

Abstract: The avowed aim of the thesis is to show that there are some synthetic necessary truths, or that synthetic apriori knowledge is possible. This is really a pretext for an investigation into the general connection between meaning and truth, or between understanding and knowing, which, as pointed out in the preface, is really the first stage in a more general enquiry concerning meaning. (Not all kinds of meaning are concerned with truth.) After the preliminaries (chapter one), in which the problem is stated and some methodological remarks made, the investigation proceeds in two stages. First there is a detailed inquiry into the manner in which the meanings or functions of words occurring in a statement help to determine the conditions in which that statement would be true (or false). This prepares the way for the second stage, which is an inquiry concerning the connection between meaning and necessary truth (between understanding and knowing apriori). The first stage occupies Part Two of the thesis, the second stage Part Three. In all this, only a restricted class of statements is discussed, namely those which contain nothing but logical words and descriptive words, such as "Not all round tables are scarlet" and "Every three-sided figure is three-angled". (The reasons for not discussing proper names and other singular definite referring expressions are given in Appendix I.)

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Type of Award:DPhil
Level of Award:Doctoral
Awarding Institution: University of Oxford
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institutionUniversity of Oxford
facultyFaculty of Literae Humaniores
oxfordCollegeSt Antony's College
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Issue Date: 1962
Urn: uuid:cda7c325-e49f-485a-aa1d-7ea8ae692877
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Language: en
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Copyright Holder: Aaron Sloman
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