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  • The pattern in the weave : an account of Wittgenstein's remarks on meaning-as-use and of their relation to social psychology

    The thesis begins with a criticism of the 'theory of meaning' approach to the philosophy of language. It then goes on to establish an account of language understanding in terms of Wittgenstein's comments on rule-following and meaning as use. This characterization is extended to aspects of the philosophy of social science. Inferences are then drawn, on the basis of this extension, as to the overall framework within which empirical social studies should be located. A critical assessment is o...

    Interferon, virus vaccines and antiviral drugs

    The emergence of viruses with zoonotic potential, i.e. with the potential ability to cross species barriers to infect unnatural hosts, poses a huge threat to humans. It is therefore essential to develop new methodologies to rapidly and efficiently generate attenuated virus vaccine candidates to attempt to control the threat. Viruses need to be able to at least partially inhibit the host’s innate defence mechanism, known as the interferon (IFN) system, to replicate efficiently i...

    Markets and how they work: a comparative analysis of fieldwork evidence on globalisation, corporate governance, institutional structure and competition in Russia, India and China, supported by a quantitative worldwide cross-section study of market anomalies

    This thesis examines the efficacy of markets, using both quantitative and qualitative methods in a complementary way. Specifically, it starts (in Part II) by using the results from a quantitative analysis of initial public offering (IPO) underpricing as a barometer for corporate governance failure. This quantitative work identified Russia, China and India as extreme outliers. The data set used for this work was the cross-section sample of 45 countries developed by Loughran, Ritter...

    Sub-annual variability in historical water source use by Mediterranean riparian trees

    This work was supported financially by a NERC PhD Studentship to CIS, Observatoire Hommes/Milieux Vallée du Rhône and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St. Andrews The seasonal availability of water within a tree’s rooting zone may be an important determinant for individual tree growth and overall forest health, particularly in riparian corridors of Mediterranean climate zones that are vulnerable to water stress. Here, we present a new method that comb...

    The foundations of linguistics : mathematics, models, and structures

    The philosophy of linguistics is a rich philosophical domain which encompasses various disciplines. One of the aims of this thesis is to unite theoretical linguistics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science (particularly mathematics and modelling) and the ontology of language. Each part of the research presented here targets separate but related goals with the unified aim of bringing greater clarity to the foundations of linguistics from a philosophical perspective. Part I i...
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