Jonathan Simon Tulane University
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I am currently a Mellon post-doc at Tulane University. I was formerly a post-doc at the Australian National University (Centre for Consciousness). I received my PhD from NYU in 2012. My advisors were Paul Boghossian, Ned Block, David Chalmers, and Sharon Street.
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  1. Jonathan A. Simon (2014). Indeterminate Comprehension. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):39-48.
    Can we solve the Problem of the Many, and give a general account of the indeterminacy in definite descriptions that give rise to it, by appealing to metaphysically indeterminate entities? I argue that we cannot. I identify a feature common to the relevant class of definite descriptions, and derive a contradiction from the claim that each such description is satisfied by a metaphysically indeterminate entity.
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  2. Barry Smith & Jonathan Simon (2011). Explications Vérifactionnistes. Philosophiques 38 (1):177-194.
    Le présent article est une tentative nouvelle d’articuler le rôle d’une théorie des vérifacteurs. Nous soutenons que la théorie de la vérifaction constitue une pierre angulaire dans une bonne méthodologie en métaphysique, mais que l’amalgame entre la théorie de la vérifaction et la théorie de la vérité a été responsable de certains excès associés aux approches vérifactionnistes dans la littérature récente. Nous montrons que la théorie de la vérifaction conserve son attrait comme instrument d’investigation métaphysique, et ce, malgré notre accord (...)
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  3. Barry Smith & Jonathan Simon (2007). Truthmaker Explanations. In Jean-Maurice Monnoyer (ed.), Metaphysics and Truthmakers. Ontos Verlag. 18--79.
    This paper is a fresh attempt to articulate the role of a theory of truthmakers. We argue that truthmaker theory constitutes a cornerstone of good methodology in metaphysics, but that a conflation of truthmaker theory with the theory of truth has been responsible for certain excesses associated with truthmaker-based approaches in the recent literature. If truthmaker theory is not a component of a theory of truth, then truthmaker maximalism – the view that every truth has a truthmaker – loses its (...)
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  4. Jonathan Simon (2005). Formal Ontology for Natural Language Processing and the Integration of Biomedical Databases. International Journal of Medical Informatics 75:224-231.
    The central hypothesis of the collaboration between Language and Computing (L&C) and the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) is that the methodology and conceptual rigor of a philosophically inspired formal ontology greatly benefits application ontologies. To this end r®, L&C’s ontology, which is designed to integrate and reason across various external databases simultaneously, has been submitted to the conceptual demands of IFOMIS’s Basic Formal Ontology (BFO). With this project we aim to move beyond the level of (...)
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  5. Jonathan Simon (2005). Is Time Travel a Problem for the Three-Dimensionalist? The Monist 88 (3):353-361.
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  6. James M. Fielding, Jonathan Simon, Werner Ceusters & Barry Smith (2004). Ontological Theory for Ontological Engineering: Biomedical Systems Information Integration. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. AMIA.
    Software application ontologies have the potential to become the keystone in state-of-the-art information management techniques. It is expected that these ontologies will support the sort of reasoning power required to navigate large and complex terminologies correctly and efficiently. Yet, there is one problem in particular that continues to stand in our way. As these terminological structures increase in size and complexity, and the drive to integrate them inevitably swells, it is clear that the level of consistency required for such navigation (...)
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