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  1. Nora Berenstain (forthcoming). Necessary Laws and Chemical Kinds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-17.
    Contingentism, generally contrasted with law necessitarianism, is the view that the laws of nature are contingent. It is often coupled with the claim that their contingency is knowable a priori. This paper considers Bird's [2001, 2002, 2005, 2007] arguments for the thesis that, necessarily, salt dissolves in water; and it defends his view against Beebee's [2001] and Psillos's [2002] contingentist objections. A new contingentist objection is offered and several reasons for scepticism about its success are raised. It is concluded that (...)
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  2. Paul Dicken (forthcoming). The Primitivist Theory of Truth, by Jamin Asay. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  3. Theodore J. Everett (forthcoming). Peer Disagreement and Two Principles of Rational Belief. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-14.
    This paper presents a new solution to the problem of peer disagreement that distinguishes two principles of rational belief, here called probability and autonomy. When we discover that we disagree with peers, there is one sense in which we rationally ought to suspend belief, and another in which we rationally ought to retain our original belief. In the first sense, we aim to believe what is most probably true according to our total evidence, including testimony from peers and authorities. In (...)
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  4. David Liebesman (forthcoming). We Do Not Count by Identity. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-22.
    It is widely assumed in psychology, philosophy, and linguistics that we count by identity. For example, to count the dogs by identity, we correlate each dog that isn't identical to the rest with a natural number, starting with one and assigning each successive dog the successive natural number. When we run out of distinct dogs, we've yielded a correct count. I argue that this model of counting is incorrect. We do not count by identity.
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  5. Raamy Majeed (forthcoming). The Objects of Thought, by Tim Crane. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  6. Robin McKenna (forthcoming). Shifting Targets and Disagreements. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
    Many have rejected contextualism about ?knows? because the view runs into trouble with intra- and inter-contextual disagreement reports. My aim in this paper is to show that this is a mistake. First, I outline four desiderata for a contextualist solution to the problem. Second, I argue that two extant solutions to the problem fail to satisfy the desiderata. Third, I develop an alternative solution which satisfies the four desiderata. The basic idea, put roughly, is that ?knowledge? ascriptions serve the function (...)
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  7. Michaelis Michael (forthcoming). Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought by Michael T. Ferejohn. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  8. Daniel Nolan (forthcoming). The A Posteriori Armchair. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-21.
    A lot of good philosophy is done in the armchair, but is nevertheless a posteriori. This paper clarifies and then defends that claim. Among the a posteriori activities done in the armchair are assembling and evaluating commonplaces; formulating theoretical alternatives; and integrating well-known past a posteriori discoveries. The activity that receives the most discussion, however, is the application of theoretical virtues to choose philosophical theories: the paper argues that much of this is properly seen as a posteriori.
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  9. Rik Peels (forthcoming). Believing at Will is Possible. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
    There are convincing counter-examples to the widely accepted thesis that we cannot believe at will. For it seems possible that the truth of a proposition depend on whether or not one believes it. I call such scenarios cases of Truth Depends on Belief (TDB) and I argue that they meet the main criteria for believing at will that we find in the literature. I reply to five objections that one might level against the thesis that TDB cases show that believing (...)
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  10. Diane Proudfoot (forthcoming). The Predictive Mind by Jakob Hohwy. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  11. Simon Rippon (forthcoming). Were Kant's Hypothetical Imperatives Wide-Scope Oughts? Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-6.
    Were Kant’s hypothetical imperatives wide-scope oughts?. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2014.915576.
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  12. Robert D. Rupert (forthcoming). Review of Jerry Fodor, LOT 2. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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  13. Mark Schroeder (forthcoming). Being Realistic About Reasons, by Scanlon, T.M. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  14. Neil Sinhababu (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  15. Jeff Speaks (forthcoming). No Easy Argument for Two-Dimensionalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-7.
    No easy argument for two-dimensionalism. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2013.872689.
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  16. Neal A. Tognazzini (forthcoming). Grounding the Luck Objection. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-12.
    Many object to libertarianism by arguing that it manages to solve one problem of luck (the threat of determinism) only by falling prey to another (the threat from indeterminism). According to this objection, there is something freedom-undermining about the very circumstances that the libertarian thinks are required for freedom. However, it has proved difficult to articulate precisely what it is about these circumstances that is supposed to undermine freedom?the absence of certain sorts of explanations has perhaps been the most common (...)
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  17. Patrick Allo (forthcoming). Synonymy and Intra-Theoretical Pluralism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-15.
    The starting point of this paper is a version of intra-theoretical (logical) pluralism that was recently proposed by Hjortland [2013]. In a first move, I use synonymy-relations to formulate an intuitively compelling objection against Hjortland's claim that, if one uses a single calculus to characterise the consequence relations of the paraconsistent logic LP and the paracomplete logic K3, one immediately obtains multiple consequence relations for a single language and hence a reply to the Quinean charge of meaning variance. In a (...)
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  18. Peter Balint (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  19. Hagit Benbaji (forthcoming). Emotional Insight, by Brady, Michael S. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  20. Andrea Borghini (forthcoming). A Critical Introduction to Skepticism by Allan Hazlett. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  21. Brady Bowman (forthcoming). The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in Early German Romantic Philosophy, 1795–1804, by Dalia Nassar. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-2.
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  22. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, by Tim Maudlin. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  23. A. J. Cotnoir (forthcoming). Universalism and Junk. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    Those who accept the necessity of mereological universalism face what has come to be known as the ?junk argument? due to Bohn [2009], which proceeds from (i) the incompatibility of junk with universalism and (ii) the possibility of junk, to conclude that mereological universalism isn't metaphysically necessary. Most attention has focused on (ii); however, recent authors have cast doubt on (i). This paper undertakes a defence of premise (i) against three main objections. The first is a new objection to the (...)
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  24. Damon Crockett (forthcoming). Surface Colour is Not a Perceptual Content. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    In this paper, I consider a view that explains colour experience by the independent representation of surface and illumination. This view implies that surface colour is a phenomenal perceptual content. I argue from facts of colour phenomenology to the conclusion that surface colour is not a phenomenal perceptual content. I then argue from results of surface-matching experiments to the conclusion that surface colour is neither a perceptual content of any kind nor any sort of computational output of the perceptual system. (...)
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  25. Charles B. Cross (forthcoming). Victor Dudman's Grammar and Semantics by Curthoys, Jean and Dudman, Victor H. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  26. Charles B. Cross (forthcoming). A Logical Transmission Principle for Conclusive Reasons. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
    Dretske's conclusive reasons account of knowledge is designed to explain how epistemic closure can fail when the evidence for a belief does not transmit to some of that belief's logical consequences. Critics of Dretske dispute the argument against closure while joining Dretske in writing off transmission. This paper shows that, in the most widely accepted system for counterfactual logic (David Lewis's system VC), conclusive reasons are governed by an informative, non-trivial, logical transmission principle. If r is a conclusive reason for (...)
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  27. Oisín Deery (forthcoming). The Fall From Eden: Why Libertarianism Isn't Justified By Experience. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    Libertarians claim that our experience of free choice is indeterministic. They think that, when we choose, our choice feels open in a way that would require indeterminism for the experience to be accurate. This claim then functions as a step in an argument in favour of libertarianism, the view that freedom requires indeterminism and we are free. Since, all else being equal, we should take experience at face value, libertarians argue, we should endorse libertarianism. Compatibilists, who think that freedom is (...)
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  28. A. B. Dickerson (forthcoming). A World Without Why, by Geuss, Raymond. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  29. Mehmet Elgin & Elliott Sober (forthcoming). Causal, A Priori True, and Explanatory: A Reply to Lange and Rosenberg. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-5.
    Sober [2011] argues that some causal statements are a priori true and that a priori causal truths are central to explanations in the theory of natural selection. Lange and Rosenberg [2011] criticize Sober's argument. They concede that there are a priori causal truths, but maintain that those truths are only ?minimally causal?. They also argue that explanations that are built around a priori causal truths are not causal explanations, properly speaking. Here we criticize both of Lange and Rosenberg's claims.
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  30. Christopher Freiman (forthcoming). Vote Markets. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    This paper argues for the legalization of vote markets. I contend that the state should not prohibit the sale of votes under certain institutional conditions. Jason Brennan has recently argued for the moral permissibility of vote selling; yet, thus far, no philosopher has argued for the legal permissibility of vote selling. I begin by giving four prima facie reasons in favour of legalizing vote markets. First, vote markets benefit both buyers and sellers. Second, citizens already enjoy significant discretion in their (...)
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  31. Rohan French (forthcoming). The World-Time Parallel: Tense and Modality in Logic and Metaphysics, by A.A Rini, and M.J. Cresswell. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-4.
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  32. Michael Garnett (forthcoming). Autonomy as Social Independence: Reply to Weimer. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-5.
    I defend my pure social account of global autonomy from Steven Weimer's recent criticisms. In particular, I argue that it does not implicitly rely upon the very kind of nonsocial conception of autonomy that it hopes to replace.
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  33. Mary Louise Gill (forthcoming). How Aristotle Gets by in Metaphysics Zeta, by Frank A. Lewis. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  34. Robert E. Goodin & Ana Tanasoca (forthcoming). Double Voting. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    The democratic egalitarian ideal requires that everyone should enjoy equal power over the world through voting. If it is improper to vote twice in the same election, why should it be permissible for dual citizens to vote in two different places? Several possible excuses are considered and rejected.
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  35. Theodore Gracyk (forthcoming). Critique of Pure Music, by James O. Young. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  36. Mario Graziano (forthcoming). Genetics and Philosophy by Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  37. Boris Hennig (forthcoming). Instance is the Converse of Aspect. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
    According to the aspect theory of instantiation, a particular A instantiates a universal B if and only if an aspect of A is cross-count identical with an aspect of B. This involves the assumption that both particulars and universals have aspects, and that aspects can mediate between different ways of counting things. I will ask what is new about this account of instantiation and, more importantly, whether it is an improvement on its older relatives. It will turn out that the (...)
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  38. Stephen Hetherington (forthcoming). "Scepticism and Perceptual Justification" Edited by Dylan Dodd and Elia Zardini. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  39. Marc A. Hight (forthcoming). John Locke and Natural Philosophy by, Peter R. Anstey. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  40. Lloyd Humberstone (forthcoming). Plural Logic, by Alex Oliver and Timothy Smiley. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-4.
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  41. Sebastian Köhler (forthcoming). What is the Problem with Fundamental Moral Error? Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-5.
    Quasi-realists argue that meta-ethical expressivism is fully compatible with the central assumptions underlying ordinary moral practice. In a recent paper, Andy Egan has developed a vexing challenge for this project, arguing that expressivism is incompatible with central assumptions about error in moral judgments. In response, Simon Blackburn has argued that Egan's challenge fails, because Egan reads the expressivist as giving an account of moral error, rather than an account of judgments about moral error. In this paper I argue that the (...)
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  42. Frederick Kroon (forthcoming). The Nonexistent by Anthony, Everett. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  43. David Macarthur (forthcoming). Possibilities of Perception by Church, Jennifer. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-4.
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  44. Ben Martin (forthcoming). Dialetheism and the Impossibility of the World. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-15.
    This paper first offers a standard modal extension of dialetheic logics that respect the normal semantics for negation and conjunction, in an attempt to adequately model absolutism, the thesis that there are true contradictions at metaphysically possible worlds. It is shown, however, that the modal extension has unsavoury consequences for both absolutism and dialetheism. While the logic commits the absolutist to dialetheism, it commits the dialetheist to the impossibility of the actual world. A new modal logic AV is then proposed (...)
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  45. Sagar Sanyal (forthcoming). Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, Agar, Nicholas. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  46. Graham Stevens (forthcoming). Judgement and Truth in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology, by Mark Textor, Ed. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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  47. John S. Wilkins (forthcoming). Philosophy of Biology, by Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  48. Aaron Wolf (forthcoming). Giving Up Hume's Guillotine. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-17.
    The appealing principle that you can't get an ?ought? from an ?is?, sometimes called Hume's Guillotine (or, more soberly, Hume's Law), faces a well-known challenge: it must give a clear account of the distinction between normative and descriptive sentences while dodging counter-examples. I argue in this paper that recent efforts to answer this challenge fail because the distinction between normative and descriptive sentences cannot be described well enough to be of any help. As a result, no version of the principle (...)
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  49. Emma Wood (forthcoming). Moral Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence, by Olson, Jonas. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  50. Ru Ye (forthcoming). Fumerton's Puzzle for Theories of Rationality. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-16.
    Richard Foley has presented a puzzle purporting to show that all attempts in trying to find a sufficient condition of rationality are doomed. The puzzle rests on two plausible assumptions. The first is a level-connecting principle: if one rationally believes that one's belief that p is irrational, then one's belief that p is irrational. The second is a claim about a structural feature shared by all promising sufficient conditions of rationality: for any such condition, it is possible that one's belief (...)
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  51. Moira Gatens (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  52. Bridget Clarke (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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  53. Richard Colledge (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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  54. Phil Dowe (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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  55. Jens Johansson (forthcoming). Review of Robert E. Goodin, On Settling (Princeton UP, 2012). [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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  56. Andrew Rotondo (forthcoming). Book Note. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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