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    Theories of Abstract Objects Without Ad Hoc Restriction.Wen-Fang Wang - 2011 - Erkenntnis 74 (1):1-15.
    The ideas of fixed points (Kripke in Recent essays on truth and the liar paradox. Clarendon Press, London, pp 53–81, 1975; Martin and Woodruff in Recent essays on truth and the liar paradox. Clarendon Press, London, pp 47–51, 1984) and revision sequences (Gupta and Belnap in The revision theory of truth. MIT, London, 1993; Gupta in The Blackwell guide to philosophical logic. Blackwell, London, pp 90–114, 2001) have been exploited to provide solutions to the semantic paradox and have achieved admirable (...)
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    Multi-Path vs. Single-Path Replies to Skepticism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2022 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 51 (2):383-412.
    In order to reply to the contemporary skeptic’s argument for the conclusion that we don’t have any empirical knowledge about the external world, several authors have proposed different fallibilist theories of knowledge that reject the epistemic closure principle. Holliday, 1–62 2015a), however, shows that almost all of them suffer from either the problem of containment or the problem of vacuous knowledge or both. Furthermore, Holliday suggests that the fallibilist should allow a proposition to have multiple sets of relevant alternatives, each (...)
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    On Williamson’s Armchair Philosophical Knowledge.Cong Wang & Wen-Fang Wang - forthcoming - Sophia:1-20.
    Williamson argues that philosophers acquire no philosophical knowledge at all by semantic understanding alone. He further argues that the most important method used for achieving philosophical knowledge is through the ‘imaginative simulation’ process some of whose products are neither a priori nor a posteriori but ‘armchair’ knowledge. We argue in this paper that the way Williamson argues against the claim that semantic understanding alone is enough to achieve philosophical knowledge can be paralleled by an exactly similar argument against his view (...)
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    Three‐Valued Plurivaluationism: A Reply to Williamson's Criticisms on the Three‐Valued Approach to the Sorites Paradox.Wen-Fang Wang - 2016 - Philosophical Forum 47 (3-4):341-360.
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    Modal Fictionalism and Hale's Dilemma Against It.Wen-Fang Wang - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 5:51-56.
    Gideon Rosen proposes a view called "modal fictionalism" which Rosen thinks has all the benefits of modal realism without its ontological costs. Whereas modal realists have a paraphrase r(0) of a modal claim "0", modal fictionalists claim that the correct translation of "0" is rather the result of prefixing "according to the hypothesis of a plurality of worlds" to r(0). Rosen takes the prefix to be primitive and defines other modal notions in terms of it. Bob Hale, however, thinks the (...)
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  6. Meinongian Theories Without Ad Hoc Restriction–Taking Two-Modes-of-Predication Approach as an Example.Wen-Fang Wang - 2007 - Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies 16:111 - 132.
     
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    Putnam's Way to Essentialism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 6:111-117.
    In several articles, Putnam claims that the direct reference theory (DRT) he endorses has startling consequence for the theory of necessary truth and essentialism, for if DRT is correct, so he claims, it follows that things belonging to natural kinds have their deep structures necessarily. Inspired by Donnellan, Nathan Salmon tries to spell out what Putnam seems to have in mind when making the claim, and Salmon calls the result "the OK mechanism". Salmon shows, in the OK mechanism, it is (...)
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  8. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 9394.Wiebe van der Hoek, Wesley H. Holliday & Wen-Fang Wang (eds.) - 2015 - Springer.
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    Logic, Rationality, and Interaction 5th International Workshop, LORI 2015, Taipei, Taiwan, October 28-30, 2015. Proceedings.Wiebe van der Hoek, Wesley H. Holliday & Wen-Fang Wang (eds.) - 2015 - Springer.
    FoLLI-LNCS is the publication platform for the Association of Logic, Language and Information. The Association was founded in 1991 to advance research and education on the interface between logic, linguistics, computer science, and cognitive science. The FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information aim to disseminate results of cutting-edge research and tutorial materials in these interdisciplinary areas. This LNCS volume is part of FoLLi book serie and contains the papers presented at the 5th International Workshop on Logic, Rationality and Interaction/, (...)
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  10. Deflating Meinongianism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2004 - In Johann Christian Marek & Maria Elisabeth Reicher (eds.), Experience and Analysis: Papers of the 27th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky. pp. 403--4.
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  11. Non-Actualism.Wen-Fang Wang - 1996 - Dissertation, The University of Iowa
    This essay is a study of Non-actualism, the thesis that there are objects which do not exist. There are several difficulties surrounding this thesis. First, there is the question about how to make sense of this very thesis. Second, there is the problem about what evidences there are for such a thesis. Third, there is a serious doubt about whether such thesis can be held consistently. ;The first question is usually claimed to be answered by Non-actualists by distinguishing two kinds (...)
     
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    Truth in PW and the Solution of Hale’s Dilemma for Modal Fictionalism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2003 - Journal of Philosophical Research 28:329-344.
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    Logic, Rationality and Interaction : Introduction to the Special Issue.Wiebe van der Hoek, Wesley H. Holiday & Wen-Fang Wang - 2018 - Synthese 195 (10):4201-4204.
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    Three-Valued Semantic Pluralism: A Defense of a Three-Valued Solution to the Sorites Paradox.Wen-Fang Wang - 2018 - Synthese 195 (10):4441-4476.
    Disagreeing with most authors on vagueness, the author proposes a solution that he calls ‘three-valued semantic pluralism’ to the age-old sorites paradox. In essence, it is a three-valued semantics for a first-order vague language with identity with the additional suggestion that a vague language has more than one correct interpretation. Unlike the traditional three-valued approach to a vague language, three-valued semantic pluralism can accommodate the phenomenon of higher-order vagueness and the phenomenon of penumbral connection when equipped with ‘suitable conditionals’. The (...)
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    Modal Fictionalism and Hale's Dilemma Against It.Wen-Fang Wang - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 5:51-56.
    Gideon Rosen proposes a view called "modal fictionalism" which Rosen thinks has all the benefits of modal realism without its ontological costs. Whereas modal realists have a paraphrase r of a modal claim "0", modal fictionalists claim that the correct translation of "0" is rather the result of prefixing "according to the hypothesis of a plurality of worlds" to r. Rosen takes the prefix to be primitive and defines other modal notions in terms of it. Bob Hale, however, thinks the (...)
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    Ockham’s New Razor: A Model-Theoretical Approach to Shrink the Size of Unwanted Ontology.Wen-Fang Wang - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 17:149-161.
    I show in this paper how Putnam’s model-theoretical argument can be modified so as to generate a new general tool for Nominalism. I call such a tool “Ockham’s New Razor”. Section I illustrates how the model-theoretical technique that I have in mind can be applied to argue against Meinongian theories. Section II shows how the technique can be generalized to other cases as well. It also contains a brief discussion of the major assumption in the technique. Section III discusses possible (...)
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    Truth in PW and the Solution of Hale’s Dilemma for Modal Fictionalism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2003 - Journal of Philosophical Research 28:329-344.
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    Putnam's Way to Essentialism.Wen-Fang Wang - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 6:111-117.
    In several articles, Putnam claims that the direct reference theory he endorses has startling consequence for the theory of necessary truth and essentialism, for if DRT is correct, so he claims, it follows that things belonging to natural kinds have their deep structures necessarily. Inspired by Donnellan, Nathan Salmon tries to spell out what Putnam seems to have in mind when making the claim, and Salmon calls the result "the OK mechanism". Salmon shows, in the OK mechanism, it is not (...)
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    Logic, Rationality and Interaction : Introduction to the Special Issue.Wen-Fang Wang, Wesley Holiday & Wiebe Hoek - 2018 - Synthese 195 (10):4201-4204.
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    Review of Jc Beall, Spandrels of Truth[REVIEW]Wen-Fang Wang - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (11).
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