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Paul Horwich (born 1947) is a British analytic philosopher at New York University, noted for his contributions to philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, the philosophy of language (especially truth, and meaning) and the interpretation of Wittgenstein's later philosophy.


Education and careerEdit

Horwich earned his PhD from Cornell University, where his thesis advisor was Richard Boyd (title of the doctoral thesis: The Metric and Topology of Time). He has previously taught at MIT, University College London, and CUNY Graduate Center.[1]

Philosophical workEdit

In Truth (1990), Horwich presented a detailed defence of the minimalistic variant of the deflationary theory of truth. He is opposed to appealing to reference and truth to explicate meaning, and so has defended a naturalistic use theory of meaning in his book Meaning. Other concepts he has advanced are a probabilistic account of scientific methodology and a unified explanation of temporally asymmetric phenomena.[2]

In the context of philosophical speculations about time travel, Horwich coined the term autofanticide for a variant of the grandfather paradox, in which a person goes back in time and deliberately or inadvertently kills their infant self.[3]


  • Probability and Evidence (Cambridge University Press, 1982)
  • Asymmetries in Time (MIT Press, Bradford Books, 1987)
  • Truth (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990; 2nd edn. 1998)
  • Meaning (Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • From a Deflationary Point of View (Oxford University Press, 2004)[4]
  • Reflections on Meaning (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Truth-Meaning-Reality (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy (Oxford University Press, 2012)


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  3. ^ Asymmetries in Time: Problems in the Philosophy of Science, Paul Horwich, MIT Press, Jan 1, 1987
  4. ^ Review of "From a Deflationary Point of View", accessed January 2011

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