Paula Tomi

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ICUB Fellow

April 2021 - March 2022

Analytical philosophy, semantic deflationism, metaphysical deflationism, theories of truth

Paula Tomi received a PhD from the University of Bucharest in 2019, with a thesis on the relationship between semantic deflationism and metaphysics (Deflationism and truthmakers). She holds a BA (Truth and Paradox) and an MA (Syllogistic reasoning – from Peter of Spain to modern conceptualizations) degree in Philosophy from Babeș-Bolyai University. Paula was a visiting researcher in Uppsala, Sweden, for a short period of time, during her final year of her doctoral studies. She is currently a teaching assistant in logic and epistemology at ‘Politechnica’ University of Bucharest.

Truth and metaphysics - Is metaphysics required from a deflationary perspective about semantics?

The starting point of the project was Paula’s PhD and focuses on the link between semantic and metaphysical deflationism. Usually, deflationary theories of truth are metaphysically and epistemologically thin. If deflationism is accepted for truth, it has to be generalized to other semantic notions, as well.  Some authors would argue that semantic deflationism necessarily implies a jump to metaphysics. The aim of this project is to support a contrary view, namely that semantic deflationism is metaphysically neutral, and to develop a deflationary metaphysical approach.

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