© 1987


Reflections on Reflexivity

  • Steven J. Bartlett
  • Peter Suber

Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Steven J. Bartlett
      Pages 5-28
  3. Informal Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Peter Suber
      Pages 41-67
    3. Myron Miller
      Pages 68-87
    4. Henry W. Johnstone Jr.
      Pages 88-91
    5. Douglas Odegard
      Pages 92-109
  4. Formal Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Frederic B. Fitch
      Pages 113-122
    3. Raymond M. Smullyan
      Pages 123-144
    4. Graham Priest
      Pages 145-175
  5. Specific Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. W. D. Hart
      Pages 179-192
    3. Joseph M. Boyle Jr.
      Pages 193-208
    4. James E. Swearingen
      Pages 239-256
  6. Bibliography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257

About this book


Self-reference, although a topic studied by some philosophers and known to a number of other disciplines, has received comparatively little explicit attention. For the most part the focus of studies of self-reference has been on its logical and linguistic aspects, with perhaps disproportionate emphasis placed on the reflexive paradoxes. The eight-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy, for example, does not contain a single entry in its index under "self-reference", and in connection with "reflexivity" mentions only "relations", "classes", and "sets". Yet, in this volume, the introductory essay identifies some 75 varieties and occurrences of self-reference in a wide range of disciplines, and the bibliography contains more than 1,200 citations to English language works about reflexivity. The contributed papers investigate a number of forms and applications of self-reference, and examine some of the challenges posed by its difficult temperament. The editors hope that readers of this volume will gain a richer sense of the sti11largely unexplored frontiers of reflexivity, and of the indispensability of reflexive concepts and methods to foundational inquiries in philosophy, logic, language, and into the freedom, personality and intelligence of persons.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Bartlett
  • Peter Suber
    • 1
  1. 1.Earlham CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Self-Reference
  • Book Subtitle Reflections on Reflexivity
  • Editors S.J. Bartlett
    P. Suber
  • Series Title Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3474-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8088-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3551-8
  • Series ISSN 0168-5090
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 368
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
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