**Articles**

**'Quineanism, Noneism and Metaphysical Equivalence'**

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(with Javier Belastegui)

*Studia Logica*(2023)

**Abstract**

In this paper we propose and defend the Synonymy account , a novel account of metaphysical equivalence which draws on the idea (Rayo, 2013) that part of what it is to formulate a theory is to lay down a theoretical hypothesis concerning logical space. Roughly, two theories are synonymous - and so, in our view, equivalent - just in case i) they take the same propositions to stand in the same entailment relations, and ii) they are committed to the truth of the same propositions. Furthermore, we put our proposal to work by showing that it affords a better and more nuanced understanding of the debate between Quineans and noneists. Finally we show how the Synonymy account fares better than some of its competitors, specifically, McSweeney’s (2016) epistemic account and Miller’s (2017) hyperintensional account.

**Abstract**

We propose a new theory based on the notions of marginal and large difference which has natural models in the context of nonstandard mathematics. We introduce the notion of finite marginality and show a representation result which ensures, for finitely marginal countable models, the existence of a homomorphism of the structure of marginal and large difference into a nonstandard model of the natural numbers, and show the extent to which any such homomorphism is unique. Finally, we show that our theory constitutes part of the underlying abstract structure of three distinct philosophical theories of vagueness: Dean’s neofeasibilism, Itzhaki’s theory of nonstandard heuristics, and our own initial sketch of a nonstandard primitivism about vagueness.

**Abstract**

Is logic normative for belief? A standard approach to answering this question has been to investigate bridge principles relating claims of logical consequence to norms for belief. Although the question is naturally an epistemic one, bridge principles have typically been investigated in isolation from epistemic debates over the correct norms for belief. In this paper we tackle the question of whether logic is normative for belief by proposing a Kripkean model theory accounting for the interaction between logical, doxastic, epistemic and deontic notions and using this model theory to show which bridge principles are implied by epistemic norms that we have independent reason to accept, for example, the Knowledge norm and the Truth norm. We propose a preliminary theory of the interaction between logical, doxastic, epistemic and deontic notions that has among its commitments bridge principles expressing how logic is normative for belief. We also show how our framework suggests that logic is exceptionally normative.

**'A Nonstandard view on vagueness'**

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(with Bruno Dinis)

*Proceedings of the 13th Panhellenic Logic Symposium*

*(2021), Eds. G. Barmpalias and K. Tsaprounis*

**Abstract**

We propose a new theory of vagueness based on the notions of marginal and large differences in the context of nonstandard mathematics. We apply this theory to an explanation of the seductiveness of the Sorites paradox by coupling it with Fara's interest-relative theory of vagueness.

**'Models for Hylomorphism'**

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(with A. J. Cotnoir)

*Journal of Philosophical Logic*(2019), 48: 909-955.

**Abstract**

In a series of papers, Fine develops his hylomorphic theory of embodiments. In this article, we argue that the theory faces cardinality problems on broadly Cantorian grounds. We then stabilize the theory by supplying a formal semantics that is adequate to the principles laid down for it in Fine (1999). We examine the resulting mereology, showing that it is surprisingly robust: it is a partially ordered, atomistic, weakly supplemented, junky, but non-extensional mereology that satisfies (versions of) unrestricted composition. We draw some philosophical lessons from the formal semantics, and in particular respond to Koslicki's (2008) main objection to Fine's theory.

**'Serious Actualism and Higher-Order Predication'**

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*Journal of Philosophical Logic*(2019), 48: 471-499.

**Abstract**

Serious actualism is the prima facie plausible thesis that things coudn't have been related while being nothing. The thesis plays an important role in a number of arguments in metaphysics, e.g., in Plantinga's argument (1983) for the claim that propositions do not ontologically depend on the things that they are about and in Williamson's argument (2002) for the claim that he, Williamson, is necessarily something. Salmon (1987) has put forward that which is, arguably, the most pressing challenge to serious actualists. Salmon's objection is based on a scenario intended to elicit the judgment that merely possible entities may nonetheless be actually referred to, and so may actually have properties.

Pace Salmon, it is shown that

*predicativism*, the thesis that names are true of their bearers, provides the resources for replying to Salmon's objection. In addition, an argument for serious actualism based on (Stephanou 2007) is offered. Finally, it is shown that once serious actualism is conjoined with some minimal assumptions it implies

*property necessitism*, the thesis that necessarily, all properties are necessarily something, as well as a strong comprehension principle for higher-order modal logic, according to which for every condition there necessarily is the property of being a thing satisfying that condition.

**'Strongly Millian Second-Order Modal Logics'**|

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*The Review of Symbolic Logic*(September 2017), 10(3): 397-454.

**Abstract**

The most common first- and second-order modal logics either have as theorems every instance of the Barcan and Converse Barcan formulae and of their second-order analogues, or else fail to capture the actual truth of every theorem of classical first- and second-order logic. In this paper we characterise and motivate sound and complete first- and second-order modal logics that successfully capture the actual truth of every theorem of classical first- and second-order logic and yet do not possess controversial instances of the Barcan and Converse Barcan formulae as theorems, nor of their second-order analogues. What makes possible these results is an understanding of the individual constants and predicates of the target languages as

*strongly Millian*expressions, where a strongly Millian expression is one that has an actually existing entity as its semantic value. For this reason these logics are called 'strongly Millian'. It is shown that the strength of the strongly Millian second-order modal logics here characterised afford the means to resist an argument by Timothy Williamson for the truth of the claim that necessarily, every property necessarily exists.

**'General-Elimination Stability'**|

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(with Stephen Read)

*Studia Logica*(April 2017), 105(2):361-405

**Abstract**

General-elimination harmony articulates Gentzen's idea that the elimination-rules are justified if they infer from an assertion no more than can already be inferred from the grounds for making it. Dummett described the rules as not only harmonious but stable if the E-rules allow one to infer no more and no less than the I-rules justify. Pfenning and Davies call the rules locally complete if the E-rules are strong enough to allow one to infer the original judgement. A method is given of generating harmonious general-elimination rules from a collection of I-rules. We show that the general-elimination rules satisfy Pfenning and Davies' test for local completeness, but question whether that is enough to show that they are stable. Alternative conditions for stability are considered, including equivalence between the introduction- and elimination-meanings of a connective, and recovery of the grounds for assertion, finally generalizing the notion of local completeness to capture Dummett's notion of stability satisfactorily. We show that the general-elimination rules meet the last of these conditions, and so are indeed not only harmonious but also stable.

**'Knowing Who: How Perspectives and Contexts Interact'**|

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(with Maria Aloni)

*Epistemology, Context and Formalism*(2014), Eds. F. Lihoreau and M. Rebuschi

**Abstract**

In this article we investigate how conceptual perspectives and context interact in the determination of the truth of sentences in which 'knowing-wh' constructions occur.

**Encyclopedia Entries**

**'Normatividade da Lógica'**|

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(with Francisca Silva)

*Online Companion to Problems of Analytic Philosophy*(2022), Eds. P. Galvão and R. Santos

**Abstract**

Several authors have questioned what is the relationship between logic’s object of study – what are the valid argument forms – and the way in which we ought to reason – how should our beliefs be updated and revised. Some of these authors think that logic is intimately connected to how we ought to think, whereas others reject this view – or at least that logic is normative in any way that distinguishes it from other descriptive sciences. In this paper we consider some of the main questions, debates and views on the normativity of logic. In particular, we analyse characterisations of validity in terms of its supposed normative role; we inquire into the relationship between logical laws and reasoning; we consider the influential collapse objection to logical pluralism, based on the normativity of logic; we discuss what are the logical constraints underlying minimal rationality; we investigate challenges to the view that logic is a source of normativity for our beliefs; we distinguish several bridge principles between logical principles and norms on how to reason correctly; we inquire as to whether these bridge principles are founded on more general epistemic norms; and we discuss whether, if logic is normative at all, it is autonomously normative or exceptionally normative in comparison to the descriptive sciences.

**'Possible Worlds'**|

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*Online Companion to Problems of Analytic Philosophy*(2013), Eds. J. Branquinho and R. Santos

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Possible worlds' semantics for modal logic has proven to be theoretically useful. But talk of possible worlds is puzzling. After all, what are possible worlds? This essay provides an overview of two of the main theories on the nature of possible worlds, namely, Lewis's Extreme Realism and Plantinga and Stalnaker's Moderate Realism. The essay also explores the merits and shortcomings of both theories.