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Nilanjan Bhowmick
University of Delhi
  1. Defining Equality.Nilanjan Bhowmick - 2013 - In Pragati Sahni and Vibha Chaturvedi (ed.), Understanding Ethics. New Delhi, Delhi, India:
  2. On the Quantified Account of Complex Demonstratives.Nilanjan Bhowmick - 2016 - Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 33 (3):451-463.
    This paper argues for a different logical form for complex demonstratives, given that the quantificational account is correct. In itself that is controversial, but two aspects will be assumed. Firstly, there are arguments to believe that complex demonstratives have quantificational uses. Specifically, there are syntactic arguments. Secondly, a uniform semantics is preferable to a semantics of ambiguity. Given this, the proposed logical forms for complex demonstratives that are prevalent do not respect a fundamental property of quantifiers: permutation invariance. The reason (...)
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    Demonstration and Quantification: The Logical Form of That F is G.Nilanjan Bhowmick - 2012 - Lambert.
    Phrases like "That man" are called complex demonstrative phrases. They are usually considered to be directly referential in nature. There are many arguments to suggest that such phrases are not directly referential, but are quantificational. This work examines the philosophical debate over the semantic status of complex demonstratives at length, arriving at the conclusion that the quantificational view is right. A new logical form is also suggested for complex demonstratives.
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    That F is G: Defending Quantification.Nilanjan Bhowmick - 2012 - Dissertation, University of Connecticut
    This dissertation is about the meaning of phrases like "That man" or "This bag". These phrases are described as Complex Demonstratives. There is a difference of opinion regarding whether these phrases are directly referential or quantificational. I have weighed the arguments regarding this debate in the dissertation. I have concluded that there are cogent arguments to believe that such phrases are quantificational. However, one cannot retain the insights of the directly referential account inside the quantificational account. That is a creditable (...)
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    Organizing, Fitting, Predicting.Nilanjan Bhowmick - 2020 - Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 38 (1):39-52.
    This article introduces a dilemma regarding conceptual schemes and suggests a solution. The dilemma is about whether there are conceptual schemes or not. There are good reasons for maintaining either position. There must be conceptual schemes because theory is underdetermined by evidence. And there cannot be conceptual schemes because Davidson has given an almost unassailable argument against it. I resolve the dilemma by arguing that Davidson’s argument is based on a false dilemma generated by too strong a principle of charity. (...)
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