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Objects and Other Subjects : Grammatical Functions, Functional Categories and Configurationality - William D. Davies

Objects and Other Subjects

Grammatical Functions, Functional Categories and Configurationality

By: William D. Davies (Editor), Stanley Dubinsky (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st October 2001
ISBN: 9781402000652
Number Of Pages: 307

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According to Platonists, entities such as numbers, sets, propositions and properties are abstract objects. But abstract objects lack causal powers and a location in space and time, so how we could ever come to know of them? Cheyne presents a systematic and detailed account of this epistemological objection to the Platonist doctrine that abstract objects exist and can be known. Since mathematics has such a central role in the acquisition of scientific knowledge, he concentrates on mathematical Platonism. He also concentrates on our knowledge of what exists, and argues for a causal constraint on such existential knowledge. Finally, he exposes the weaknesses of recent attempts by Platonists to account for our supposed Platonic knowledge.

List of Contributorsp. ix
Forwordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Remarks on Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntaxp. 1
Phrase Structure as a Representation of "Primitive" Grammatical Relationsp. 21
Grammatical Functions, Thematic Roles, and Phrase Structure: Their Underlying Disunityp. 53
Is Case Another Name for Grammatical Function? Evidence from Object Asymmetriesp. 77
Subjects, Objects, and the EPPp. 103
Derived Objects in Malagasyp. 123
The Distribution of Subject Properties in Irishp. 157
The EPP in Spanishp. 193
On Predication and the Status of Subjects in Niueanp. 225
Functional Architecture and the Distribution of Subject Propertiesp. 247
Referencesp. 281
Author Indexp. 297
Subject Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781402000652
ISBN-10: 1402000650
Series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 307
Published: 31st October 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.9  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46