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  1. Kai Hauser (forthcoming). Intuition and Its Object. Axiomathes:1-29.
    The view that mathematics deals with ideal objects to which we have epistemic access by a kind of perception (’intuition’) has troubled many thinkers. Using ideas from Husserl’s phenomenology, I will take a different look at these matters. The upshot of this approach is that there are non-material objects and that they can be recognized in a process very closely related to sense perception. In fact, the perception of physical objects may be regarded as a special case of this more (...)
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  2. Teresa Kouri (forthcoming). A Reply to Heathcote's: On the Exhaustion of Mathematical Entities by Structures. Axiomathes:1-13.
    In this article I respond to Heathcote’s “On the Exhaustion of Mathematical Entities by Structures”. I show that his ontic exhaustion issue is not a problem for ante rem structuralists. First, I show that it is unlikely that mathematical objects can occur across structures. Second, I show that the properties that Heathcote suggests are underdetermined by structuralism are not so underdetermined. Finally, I suggest that even if Heathcote’s ontic exhaustion issue if thought of as a problem of reference, the structuralist (...)
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  3. James Trafford (forthcoming). Duality and Inferential Semantics. Axiomathes:1-19.
    It is well known that classical inferentialist semantics runs into problems regarding abnormal valuations :445–467, 2014; Peregrin in J Philos Logic 39:255–274, 2010). It is equally well known that the issues can be resolved if we construct the inference relation in a multiple-conclusion sequent calculus. The latter has been prominently developed in recent work by Restall , with the guiding interpretation that the valid sequent says that the simultaneous assertion of all of Γ with the denial of all of Δ (...)
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  4. João Barbosa (forthcoming). Big Bang, an Idea Projected Beyond Cosmology: The Possible Contribution of Thematic Analysis to the Understanding of This Success. Axiomathes:1-7.
    The big bang idea is not only a dominant idea in cosmology but also a very successfully idea out of cosmology. Although sometimes just in metaphorical sense, the big bang idea is present, since some decades, in a variety of domains such as natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, arts, and it also has a great acceptance by the general public. Furthermore, the term Big Bang has become increasingly popular and currently it is often used with very different purposes, including commercial (...)
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  5. Elena Casetta & Jorge Marques da Silva (forthcoming). Biodiversity Surgery: Some Epistemological Challenges in Facing Extinction. Axiomathes:1-13.
    Biological conservation has a long story, but what distinguishes Conservation Biology from previous conservation fields is its multidisciplinary scope and its character as a mission-oriented crisis discipline. These characteristics suggested the introduction of the metaphor of biological conservation as a sort of surgery. This paper is about the initial stages of such surgery. Firstly, some data about the so-called “Big Sixth”—the disease—will be presented together with some information about Conservation Biology—the surgeon. Then epistemic and epistemological difficulties in extinction assessment and (...)
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  6. Jorge Marques da Silva & Elena Casetta (forthcoming). The Evolutionary Stages of Plant Physiology and a Plea for Transdisciplinarity. Axiomathes:1-11.
    In this paper, the need of increasing transdisciplinarity research is advocated. After having set out some peculiarity of transdisciplinarity compared with related concepts such as multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, four evolutionary stages of scientific disciplines, based on a model recently proposed are presented. This model is then applied to the case of Plant Physiology in order to attempt an evaluation of the potential for transdisciplinary engagement of the discipline, and each of the four stages of the discipline is evaluated. In conclusion, (...)
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  7. L. Dappiano (forthcoming). La holologia come progetto di metafisica descrittiva. Le parti e l'intero nella concezione di Aristotele. I'. Axiomathes.
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  8. Vladimir Drekalović (forthcoming). Some Aspects of Understanding Mathematical Reality: Existence, Platonism, Discovery. Axiomathes:1-21.
    The sum of all objects of a science, the objects’ features and their mutual relations compose the reality described by that sense. The reality described by mathematics consists of objects such as sets, functions, algebraic structures, etc. Generally speaking, the use of terms reality and existence, in relation to describing various objects’ characteristics, usually implies an employment of physical and perceptible attributes. This is not the case in mathematics. Its reality and the existence of its objects, leaving aside its application, (...)
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  9. Seremeti Lambrini & Kameas Achilles (forthcoming). Composable Relations Induced in Networks of Aligned Ontologies: A Category Theoretic Approach. Axiomathes:1-27.
    A network of aligned ontologies is a distributed system, whose components (constituent ontologies) are interacting and interoperating, the result of this interaction being, either the extension of local assertions, which are valid within each individual ontology, to global assertions holding between remote ontology syntactic entities (concepts, individuals) through a network path, or to local assertions holding between local entities of an ontology, but induced by remote ontologies, through a cycle in the network. The mechanism for achieving this interaction is the (...)
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  10. Carlos Lobo, Cleverson Leite Bastos & Carlos Eduardo de Carvalho Vargas (forthcoming). On Essentialism and Existentialism in the Husserlian Platonism: A Reflexion Based on Modal Logic. Axiomathes:1-9.
    Departing from modal logic, Jean-Yves Girard, as a logician interested in philosophy, presented a distinction between essentialism and existentialism in logic. Carlos Lobo reflected about the Girard’s concept to reinterpret the Husserlian Platonism in regard of the status of logical modalities. We start rescuing the notion of modal logic in the Edmund Husserl’s works, especially Formal and Transcendental Logic and First Philosophy. Developing this reflexion, we propose a new contribution to this discussion, reinterpreting the platonic influence in the Husserlian notions (...)
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  11. Tatiana Santos Marques (forthcoming). Beyond Cultural Myopia: The Challenge of the Bioethical Imagination. Axiomathes:1-15.
    The consolidation of the interdisciplinary field of bioethics in Europe and in the United States was accompanied by harsh criticisms by the social sciences; criticisms that have endured and been reshaped from the late twentieth century until the present. This article begins with a critical discussion of the myopia detected in a bioethical thought that has systematically disregarded its origins, both cultural and social . I claim that this deficit could be rectified if social scientists, in general, and sociologists, in (...)
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  12. Dwayne Moore (forthcoming). Supervenient Emergentism and Mereological Emergentism. Axiomathes:1-21.
    In recent years, emergentism has resurfaced as a possible method by which to secure autonomous mental causation from within a physicalistic framework. Critics argue, however, that emergentism fails, since emergentism entails that effects have sufficient physical causes, so they cannot also have distinct mental causes. In this paper I argue that this objection may be effective against supervenient emergentism, but it is not established that it is effective against mereological emergentism. In fact, after demonstrating that two founding emergentists, Samuel Alexander (...)
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  13. Nicola Mößner (forthcoming). Visual Information and Scientific Understanding. Axiomathes:1-13.
    Without doubt, there is a widespread usage of visualisations in science. However, what exactly the epistemic status of these visual representations in science may be remains an open question. In the following, I will argue that at least some scientific visualisations are indispensible for our cognitive processes. My thesis will be that, with regard to the activity of learning, visual representations are of relevance in the sense of contributing to the aim of scientific understanding. Taking into account that understanding can (...)
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  14. Roman Murawski (forthcoming). Cracow Circle and Its Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics. Axiomathes:1-18.
    The paper is devoted to the presentation and analysis of the philosophical views concerning logic and mathematics of the leading members of Cracow Circle, i.e., of Jan Salamucha, Jan Franciszek Drewnowski and Józef Maria Bocheński. Their views on the problem of possible applicability of logical tools in metaphysical and theological researches is also discussed.
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  15. Ahti-Veikko J. Pietarinen (forthcoming). The Science to Save Us From Philosophy of Science. Axiomathes:1-18.
    Are knowledge and belief pivotal in science, as contemporary epistemology and philosophy of science nearly universally take them to be? I defend the view that scientists are not primarily concerned with knowing and that the methods of arriving at scientific hypotheses, models and scenarios do not commit us having stable beliefs about them. Instead, what drives scientific discovery is ignorance that scientists can cleverly exploit. Not an absence or negation of knowledge, ignorance concerns fundamental uncertainty, and is brought out by (...)
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  16. Nicholas Schroeder (forthcoming). A Physicalistic Account of Emergentism. Axiomathes:1-16.
    Jaegwon Kim’s argument against non-reductive physicalism is well known. Many philosophers take Kim’s argument to also apply to emergentism. But this does not necessarily follow. In this paper, I will first briefly show why Kim’s argument against non-reductive physicalism need not apply to emergentism. Next, I will present a physicalistic account of emergentism offered by Jason Megill in his paper “A Defense of Emergence.” This will be followed by an examination of some of the limitations of Megill’s account, in particular, (...)
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  17. Maciej Sendłak (forthcoming). Limits of Hybrid Modal Realism. Axiomathes:1-17.
    The aim of this paper is to point out the limitations of Hybrid Modal Realism as a general theory of modalities, i.e. one that gives an analysis of possibilities as well as impossibilities. To do so we will firstly sketch the goals that theories of impossible worlds should achieve. Secondly we will briefly present the two most popular accounts of impossibilities—Extended Modal Realism and Extended Ersatzism. We will focus on the aspects of both theories which became the motivation for a (...)
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  18. Jairo José Silvdaa (forthcoming). Structuralism and the Applicability of Mathematics. Axiomathes.
    In this paper I argue for the view that structuralism offers the best perspective for an acceptable account of the applicability of mathematics in the empirical sciences. Structuralism, as I understand it, is the view that mathematics is not the science of a particular type of objects, but of structural properties of arbitrary domains of entities, regardless of whether they are actually existing, merely presupposed or only intentionally intended.
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