Dolf Rami

Dolf Rami
Ruhr-Universität Bochum | RUB · Institut für Philosophie I

Prof. Dr.
semantics of existence, proper names, Frege, history of logic

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Introduction
Current research interests: conceptions of existence, quantification and existential import (historically and systematically), (modal) free logic, empty representations, proper names and Frege. ---------------------------------------------------- [Google scholar citation count: 309 (November 2022)]

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In this essay I will defend the thesis that proper nouns are primarily used as proper names—as atomic singular referring expressions—and different possible predicative uses of proper nouns are derived from this primary use or an already derived secondary predicative use of proper nouns. There is a general linguistic phenomenon of the derivation of...
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Freges Konzeption der Existenz zählt zu seinen einfluss-reichsten und originellsten Beiträgen zur Philosophie. In diesem Buch wird Freges Konzeption neu interpretiert, historisch eingeordnet, mit den wichtigsten verwandten Konzeptionen verglichen und einer detaillierten systematischen Kritik unterzogen. http://www.mentis.de/index.php?id=00000005&a...
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In this paper, I will defend a new compositional semantics for single-domain free logic. This semantics makes use of a distinction between the semantic value of a singular term and its semantic referent. The semantic value of a singular term is conceived of as a set that either contains the semantic referent or no element at all. The semantic refer...
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In this paper, I aim to present the main components of my non-standard interpretation of Frege's views on existence to the English-speaking public (Rami a, , a,b). First, I will outline the standard interpretation and show how to a great but not full extent the standard interpretation can be justified on the basis of Frege's writings. Second, I sho...
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Dolf Rami contributes to contemporary debates about the meaning and reference of proper names by providing an overview of the main challenges and developing a new contextualist account of names. Questions about the use and semantic features of proper names are at the centre of philosophy of language. How does a single proper name refer to the same...
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Dieser Band versammelt die wichtigsten kleinen Schriften von Gottlob Frege zur Logik, Philosophie der Logik und der Sprache. Frege ist neben Russell, Moore und Wittgenstein einer der Mitbegründer der analytischen Philosophie und einer der Wegbereiter der modernen klassischen Logik. Es ist die erste Sammlung von zu Lebezeiten veröffentlichten Schrif...
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In diesem Aufsatz möchte ich mich mit dem Verhältnis von Existenz und Quantifikationen beschäftigen. Oft wird die Bestimmung dieses Verhältnis auf die Frage heruntergebrochen, ob der partikuläre Quantor als ein Existenzquantor interpretiert werden soll oder nicht, der im Anschluss an Frege, Russell und Quine für eine Eigenschaft der Existenz von Be...
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In this paper, I give a very brief summary of the main findings of my book "Existenz und Anzahl" form 2018.
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In this paper, I will show that typical formal semantic reconstructions of the rigidity of proper names neglect the important aspect that the rigidity of names is determined by our ordinary use of a name relative to the actual world. This fact was clearly pointed out by Kripke, but overlooked by the subsequent discussion concerning this topic. Base...
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In this paper, I will discuss a specific problem in detail that was raised in Muller (2001 a), (2001 b) and (2003). This problem concerns problematic existential assumptions of Crispin Wright's reconstruction of Putnam's famous semantic externalist argument against Cartesian skepticism. Firstly, I will point out several weaknesses of the solutions...
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The original version of the philosophical paradox of non-existence can be found in Plato’s dialog Sophist. Different ancient and medieval philosophers discussed this problem and proposed their own solutions to it. As far as I know, the problem had no important impact on the discussions about the notion of existence in the early modern period betwee...
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Der Begriff der Existenz wird seit den Anfängen der abendländischen Philosophie kontrovers diskutiert. Es haben sich unterschiedliche Grundpositionen dazu herausgebildet. Ich möchte in diesem Beitrag einen kurzen Überblick über die wichtigsten Positionen und Einsichten der Debatte über Existenz in der Analytischen Philosophie geben. In diesem Zusam...
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In this essay I will defend a novel pluralist conception of the determination of the reference of proper names and the constitution of the name-bearer relation. I will argue for the thesis that the semantic reference relation in the case of names is context-sensitive and for the Neo-Strawsonian claim that the semantic referent of a name n relative...
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Proper names play an important role in our understanding of linguistic ‘aboutness’ or reference. For instance, the name-bearer relation is a good candidate for the paradigm of the reference relation: it provides us with our initial grip on this relation and controls our thinking about it. For this and other reasons proper names have been at the cen...
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This essay will be concerned with an evaluation, modification and critique of van Inwagen’s famous argument for the existence of fictional characters. Firstly, a reconstruction of the original argument will be provided and three different challenges for the original version of the argument will be pointed out. Secondly, there will be a more detaile...
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This essay will be concerned with an evaluation, modification, and critique of van Inwagen’s famous argument for the existence of fictional characters. In the first section a reconstruction of the original argument will be provided, and three different challenges for this version of the argument will be pointed out. The first challenge concerns van...
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In this essay I will defend a novel version of the indexical view on proper names. According to this version, proper names have a relatively sparse truth-conditional meaning that is represented by their rigid content and indexical character, but a relatively rich use-conditional meaning, which I call the (contextual) constraint of a proper name. Fi...
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In this paper I aim to defend a version of the view that ‘exist’ expresses primarily a property of individual objects, a property that each of them has. In the first section, I will distinguish the three main types of rival conceptions concerning the semantic status of ‘exist’ that will define the subsequent discussion. In the second section it wil...
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The predicate view on proper names opts for a uniform semantic representation of proper nouns like ‘Alfred’ as predicates on the level of logical form. Early defences of this view can be found in Sloat (Language, vol. 45, pp. 26–30, 1969) and Burge (J. Philos. 70: 425–439, 1973), but there is an increasing more recent interest in this view on prope...
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Truth depends in some sense on reality. But it is a rather delicate matter to spell this intuition out in a plausible and precise way. According to the theory of truth–making this intuition implies that either every truth or at least every truth of a certain class of truths has a so–called truth–maker, an entity whose existence accounts for truth....
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The aim of this essay is to provide a detailed and critical overview of the main topics and problems of the current debate concerning truth-making. In §1 I give a brief outline of the history of the theory of truth-making and in §2 I identify three central goals of such a theory. In §3 I introduce the truth-maker principle and the doctrines of trut...
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Collection of papers on truth, meaning and existence
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Th e aim of this essay is to provide a detailed and critical overview of the main topics and problems of the current debate concerning truth-making. In §1 I give a brief outline of the history of the theory of truth-making and in §2 I identify three central goals of such a theory. In §3 I introduce the truth-maker principle and the doctrines of tru...
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A collection of papers on reference, proper names, intentionality, the semantics of knowledge ascriptions, and illocutionary acts.
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In this paper I focus on Wittgenstein's conception of meaning as use. I compare Wittgensteins view on this issue with apparently similar views proposed by Davidson, Quine and Kripke and I aim to show that Wittgenstein's view on this issue is far more deflationary and modest in comparison to the views proposed by the author mentioned authors. Accord...
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This paper is concerned with the question whether there are good reasons to assume propositions as primary bearers of truth and whether an explicative analysis of truth commits one to a specific conception of propositions.
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This paper aims to demonstrate that it is by no means clear whether the thesis that meaning is intrinsically normative can be justifi ed. Therefore, we should not regard the explanation or the grasp of the normativity of meaning as an adequacy condition of a theory of meaning — as some philosophers do. In the first part of the paper, I distinguish...
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In this paper a new interpretation of the private language argument of Wittgenstein in PU §§243-315 is defended. I mainly argue against the interpretation of Hacker and aim to show that Wittgenstein's views in §§243-315 should only be seen as an attack on the Augustinian picture of language applied to a language about mental phenomena. But that can...
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In this paper, I am to show that a minimalist theory of truth is neither compatible with a Fregean nor a Russellian identity theory concerning truths and facts.
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This article proposes a new interpretation of PU §206 and defends it against alternative interpretations proposed by Baker & Hacker, von Savigny and Neumer.
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This article aims to defend a version of Kripke's interpretation of Wittgenstein's rule following paradox against the exegetical objections raised against Kripke by Baker & Hacker, McGinn and Malcolm.
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In this conference paper I sketch a new interpretation of Wittgenstein's famous so-called privat languages argument in PU §243-315.
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Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit werden zwei allgemeine Ziele verfolgt: ein negatives und ein positives. Das negative Ziel besteht darin, den Nachweis zu liefern, daß auf der Grundlage einer deflationistischen Konzeption der Wahrheit keine angemessene philosophische Analyse der Wahrheit gegeben werden kann. Meine kritische Aufmerksamkeit galt dabei vor alle...

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I recently published a new collection of Frege's paper on the philosophy of logic and language. Previously, I published a book on Frege's conception of existence. Currently, I am working on a introduction into Frege's logic and language, as a corresponding book to the collection.
Archived project
This project investigates deflationary views about truth in a critical way and aims to point out and investigate weaknesses and advantages of such views on truth.
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This project was carried out between 2001 and 2006 and centers around the interpretation of §§1-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.