Barry Loewer Rutgers University, Abilene Christian University
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  1. Barry Loewer, Laws and Properties.
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  2. Barry Loewer & Jonathan Schaffer (eds.) (forthcoming). David Lewis. Wiley.
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  3. Barry Loewer & Jonathan Schaffer (eds.) (forthcoming). The Blackwell Companion to David Lewis. Blackwell.
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  4. Barry Loewer, Brad Weslake & Eric Winsberg (eds.) (forthcoming). Time's Arrows and the Probability Structure of the World. Harvard University Press.
    A collection of newly commissioned papers on themes from David Albert's Time and Chance (HUP, 2000), with replies by Albert. Confirmed contributors: Sean Carroll, Sidney Felder, Alison Fernandes, Mathias Frisch, Nick Huggett, Jenann Ismael, Doug Kutach, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Chris Meacham, David Wallace, and Eric Winsberg.
     
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  5. Barry Loewer, Eric Winsberg & Brad Weslake (eds.) (forthcoming). Currently-Unnamed Volume Discussing David Albert's "Time and Chance&Quot;.
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  6. Jonathan Schaffer & Barry Loewer (eds.) (forthcoming). A Companion to David Lewis.
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  7. Barry Loewer (2012). Two Accounts of Laws and Time. Philosophical Studies 160 (1):115-137.
    Among the most important questions in the metaphysics of science are "What are the natures of fundamental laws and chances?" and "What grounds the direction of time?" My aim in this paper is to examine some connections between these questions, discuss two approaches to answering them and argue in favor of one. Along the way I will raise and comment on a number of issues concerning the relationship between physics and metaphysics and consequences for the subject matter and methodology of (...)
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  8. Ernie Lepore & Barry Loewer (2011). Meaning, Mind, and Matter: Philosophical Essays. Oup Oxford.
    Ernie Lepore and Barry Loewer present a series of papers on three key ideas of contemporary philosophy: that a theory of meaning for a language is best understood as a theory of truth for that language; that thought and language are best understood together via a theory of interpretation; and that the mental is irreducible to the physical.
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  9. Jim Woodward, Barry Loewer, John Carroll & Marc Lange (2011). Counterfactuals All the Way Down? Metascience 20 (1):27-52.
    Counterfactuals all the way down? Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9437-9 Authors Jim Woodward, History and Philosophy of Science, 1017 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA Barry Loewer, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA John W. Carroll, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8103, USA Marc Lange, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB#3125—Caldwell Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3125, USA Journal Metascience Online (...)
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  10. Barry Loewer (2010). Freedom From Physics. Philosophical Topics 24 (2):91-112.
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  11. Barry Loewer (2009). Why is There Anything Except Physics? Synthese 170 (2):217 - 233.
    In the course of defending his view of the relation between the special sciences and physics from Jaegwon Kim’s objections Jerry Fodor asks “So then, why is there anything except physics?” By which he seems to mean to ask if physics is fundamental and complete in its domain how can there be autonomous special science laws. Fodor wavers between epistemological and metaphysical understandings of the autonomy of the special sciences. In my paper I draw out the metaphysical construal of his (...)
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  12. Barry Loewer (2008). Determinism. In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge.
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  13. Barry Loewer (2008). Why There is Anything Except Physics? In Jakob Hohwy & Jesper Kallestrup (eds.), Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation. Oxford University Press.
     
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  14. Barry Loewer (2007). Counterfactuals and the Second Law. In Huw Price & Richard Corry (eds.), Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited. Oxford University Press.
  15. Barry Loewer (2007). Laws and Natural Properties. Philosophical Topics 35 (1/2):313-328.
  16. Barry M. Loewer (2007). Mental Causation, or Something Near Enough. In Brian P. McLaughlin & Jonathan D. Cohen (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.
     
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  17. B. Loewer (2005). On Field's Truth and the Absence of Fact – Comment. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 124 (1):59 - 70.
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  18. Barry Loewer (2004). David Lewis's Humean Theory of Objective Chance. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1115--25.
    The most important theories in fundamental physics, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, posit objective probabilities or chances. As important as chance is there is little agreement about what it is. The usual “interpretations of probability” give very different accounts of chance and there is disagreement concerning which, if any, is capable of accounting for its role in physics. David Lewis has contributed enormously to improving this situation. In his classic paper “A Subjectivist's Guide to Objective Chance” he described a framework (...)
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  19. Barry M. Loewer (2003). Consciousness and Quantum Theory: Strange Bedfellows. In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
    When I look at the scale of the apparatus I know what it reads. Those absurdly delicate, hopelessly inaccessible, global correlations obviously vanish when they connect up with me. Whether this is because consciousness is beyond the range of phenomena that quantum mechanics is capable of dealing with, or because it has infinitely many degrees of freedom or special super selection rules of its own, I would not presume to guess. But this is a puzzle about consciousness that should not (...)
     
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  20. Carl Gillett & Barry Loewer (2002). Discontents (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 369 Pp. [REVIEW] Croatian Journal of Philosophy 2 (4-6):363.
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  21. Barry Loewer (2002). Comments on Jaegwon Kim's Mind and the Physical World. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (3):655–662.
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  22. Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.) (2001). Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press.
    Physicalism, a topic that has been central to philosophy of mind and metaphysics in recent years, is the philosophical view that everything in the space-time world is ultimately physical. The physicalist will claim that all facts about the mind and the mental are physical facts and deny the existence of mental events and state insofar as these are thought of as independent of physical things, events and states. This collection of new essays offers a series of 'state-of-the-art' perspectives on this (...)
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  23. B. Loewer (2001). Determinism and Chance. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 32 (4):609-620.
    It is generally thought that objective chances for particular events different from 1 and 0 and determinism are incompatible. However, there are important scientific theories whose laws are deterministic but which also assign non-trivial probabilities to events. The most important of these is statistical mechanics whose probabilities are essential to the explanations of thermodynamic phenomena. These probabilities are often construed as 'ignorance' probabilities representing our lack of knowledge concerning the microstate. I argue that this construal is incompatible with the role (...)
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  24. Barry Loewer (2001). Mind in a Physical World. Journal of Philosophy 98 (6):315-324.
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  25. Barry M. Loewer (2001). From Physics to Physicalism. In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press.
    The appeal of materialism lies precisely in this, in its claim to be natural metaphysics within the bounds of science. That a doctrine which promises to gratify our ambition (to know the noumenal) and our caution (not to be unscientific) should have great appeal is hardly something to be wondered at. (Putnam (1983), p.210) Materialism says that all facts, in particular all mental facts, obtain in virtue of the spatio- temporal distribution, and properties, of matter. It was, as Putnam says, (...)
     
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  26. B. Loewer (1998). Copenhagen Versus Bohmian Interpretations of Quantum Theory1. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2):317-328.
  27. Barry Loewer (1998). Copenhagen Versus Bohmian Interpretations of Quantum Theory. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2):317 - 328.
  28. Barry M. Loewer (1997). A Guide to Naturalizing Semantics. In C. Wright & Bob Hale (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Blackwell: Oxford. 108-126.
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  29. Barry Loewer (1996). Comment on Lockwood. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (2):229-232.
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  30. Barry Loewer (1996). Humean Supervenience. Philosophical Topics 24 (1):101-127.
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  31. Barry M. Loewer (1996). Freedom From Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Free Will. Philosophical Topics 24 (2):91-112.
  32. Barry M. Loewer (1995). An Argument for Strong Supervenience. In Elias E. Savellos & U. Yalcin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. 218--225.
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  33. Marvin Belzer & Barry Loewer (1994). Hector Meets 3-D: A Diaphilosophical Epic. Philosophical Perspectives 8:389-414.
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  34. Barry Loewer, Georges Rey, Don Macniven & Creative Morality (1994). EVANS, GR, Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages, London, Roulledge, 1993,£ 8.99 Pb. FLANAGAN, OWEN, Consciousness. Cogito 8:101.
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  35. Marvin Belzer & Barry Loewer (1993). Absolute Obligations and Ordered Worlds. Philosophical Studies 72 (1):47 - 70.
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  36. Barry Loewer (1993). The Value of Truth. Philosophical Issues 4:265-280.
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  37. D. Albert & B. Loewer (1991). Some Alleged Solutions to the Measurement Problem. Synthese 88:87-98.
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  38. David Z. Albert & Barry Loewer (1991). The Measurement Problem: Some “Solutions”. Synthese 86 (1):87 - 98.
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  39. Barry M. Loewer (ed.) (1991). Meaning in Mind: Fodor and His Critics. Cambridge: Blackwell.
  40. Barry Loewer & Marvin Belzer (1991). Prima Facie Obligation: Its Deconstruction and Reconstruction. In Ernest LePore (ed.), John Searle and His Critics. Cambridge: Blackwell.
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  41. David Albert & Barry Loewer (1990). Wanted Dead or Alive: Two Attempts to Solve Schrodinger's Paradox. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:277 - 285.
    We discuss two recent attempts two solve Schrodinger's cat paradox. One is the modal interpretation developed by Kochen, Healey, Dieks, and van Fraassen. It allows for an observable which pertains to a system to possess a value even when the system is not in an eigenstate of that observable. The other is a recent theory of the collapse of the wave function due to Ghirardi, Rimini, and Weber. It posits a dynamics which has the effect of collapsing the state (...)
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  42. Ernest LePore & Barry Loewer (1990). A Study in Comparative Semantics. In C. A. Anderson J. Owens (ed.), Propositional Attitudes: The Role of Content in Logic, Language, and Mind. Csli. 20--91.
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  43. David Albert & Barry Loewer (1989). Symposiums Papers: Two No-Collapse Interpretations of Quantum Theory. Noûs 23 (2):169-186.
  44. Ernest Lepore & Barry Loewer (1989). You Can Say That Again. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 14 (1):338-356.
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  45. Ernest LePore & Barry Loewer (1989). Absolute Truth Theories for Modal Languages as Theories of Interpretation. Crítica 21 (61):43 - 73.
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  46. Ernest LePore & Barry Loewer (1989). More on Making Mind Matter. Philosophical Topics 17 (1):175-191.
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  47. Ernest LePore & Barry Loewer (1989). More on Making Mind Matter in Philosophy of Mind. Philosophical Topics 17 (1):175-191.
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  48. Ernest LePore & Barry Loewer (1989). What Davidson Should Have Said. Grazer Philosophische Studien 36:65-78.
    According to Davidson, a theory of meaning for a language L should specify information such that if someone had this information he would be in a position to understand L . He claims that a theory of truth for L fits this description. Many critics have argued that a truth theory is too weak to be a theory of meaning. We argue that these critics and Davidson's response to them have been misguided. Many critics have been misguided because they have (...)
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  49. Ernest LePore & Barry M. Loewer (1989). Dual Aspect Semantics. In Stuart Silvers (ed.), ReRepresentation. Kluwer.
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  50. Ernest LePore & Barry M. Loewer (1989). More on Making Mind Matter. Philosophical Topics 17 (1):175-91.
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  51. David Albert & Barry Loewer (1988). Interpreting the Many-Worlds Interpretation. Synthese 77 (November):195-213.
  52. Ernest Lepore & Barry Loewer (1988). A Putnam's Progress. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 12 (1):459-473.
  53. Mind Matters, Ernest le Pore & Barry Loewer (1988). Richard L. Barber. Journal of Philosophy 85 (1).
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  54. Ernest Le Pore, Barry Loewer & Jerry Fodor (1987). Mind Matters in Eighty-Fourth Annual Meeting American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Journal of Philosophy 84 (11):630-642.
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  55. Ernest LePore & Barry M. Loewer (1987). Mind Matters. Journal of Philosophy 84 (November):630-642.
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  56. B. Loewer & New Directions In Semantics (1987). E. Lepore. In Ernest Lepore (ed.), New Directions in Semantics. Academic Press. 83.
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  57. Barry Loewer (1987). Preface. Synthese 70 (2):157-157.
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  58. Barry Loewer (1987). From Information to Intentionality. Synthese 70 (2):287 - 317.
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  59. Barry M. Loewer (1987). From Information to Intentionality. Synthese 70 (February):287-317.
  60. Ernest Le Pore & Barry Loewer (1987). Mind Matters. Journal of Philosophy 84 (11):630 - 642.
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  61. Ernest LePore & Barry M. Loewer (1986). Solipsistic Semantics. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10 (1):595-614.
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  62. Barry Loewer & Marvin Belzer (1986). Help for the Good Samaritan Paradox. Philosophical Studies 50 (1):117 - 127.
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  63. Nora K. Bell & Barry M. Loewer (1985). What Is Wrong With 'Wrongful Life' Cases? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 10 (May):127-146.
    ‘Wrongful life’ torts raise a number of interesting and perplexing philosophical issues. In a suit for ‘wrongful life’, the plaintiff (usually an infant) brings an action (usually against a physician) claiming that some negligent action has caused the plaintiff's life, say by not informing the parents of the likely prospect that their child would be born with severe defects. The most perplexing feature of this is that the plaintiff is claiming that he would have been better off if he had (...)
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  64. Barry Loewer (1985). Preface. Synthese 62 (1):1-1.
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  65. Barry M. Loewer (1985). What is Wrong with 'Wrongful Life' Cases? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 10 (2):127-146.
    torts raise a number of interesting and perplexing philosophical issues. In a suit for ‘wrongful life’, the plaintiff (usually an infant) brings an action (usually against a physician) claiming that some negligent action has caused the plaintiff's life, say by not informing the parents of the likely prospect that their child would be born with severe defects. The most perplexing feature of this is that the plaintiff is claiming that he would have been better off if he had never been (...)
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  66. Barry Loewer & Robert Laddaga (1985). Destroying the Consensus. Synthese 62 (1):79 - 95.
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  67. Barry Loewer (1984). [Omnibus Review]. Journal of Symbolic Logic 49 (4):1411-1413.
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  68. Ernest Lepore & Barry Loewer (1983). Three Trivial Truth Theories. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 13 (3):433 - 447.
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  69. Barry Loewer (1983). Information and Belief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (1):75.
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  70. Barry Loewer (1983). Understanding Scientific Reasoning. Teaching Philosophy 6 (2):177-181.
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  71. Barry Loewer & Marvin Belzer (1983). Dyadic Deontic Detachment. Synthese 54 (2):295 - 318.
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  72. Barry Loewer (1982). Book Review:Knowledge and the Flow of Information Fred I. Dretske. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 49 (2):297-.
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  73. Barry M. Loewer (1982). The Role of 'Conceptual Role Semantics'. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 23 (July):305-15.
  74. Ernest Lepore & Barry Loewer (1981). Translational Semantics. Synthese 48 (1):121 - 133.
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  75. Barry Loewer (1981). Descartes' Skeptical and Antiskeptical Arguments. Philosophical Studies 39 (2):163 - 182.
  76. Barry Loewer (1980). The Truth Pays. Synthese 43 (3):369 - 380.
    Why is truth valuable? Why are true beliefs generally preferable to false beliefs and why should we often be willing to expend energy and resources to obtain the truth? Pragmatist theories of truth, whatever their shortcomings, are the only ones which attempt to answer these questions. According to James’ version of the pragmatic theory.
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  77. Barry M. Loewer (1979). Cotenability and Counterfactual Logics. Journal of Philosophical Logic 8 (1):99 - 115.
  78. Barry Loewer (1978). Leibniz and the Ontological Argument. Philosophical Studies 34 (1):105 - 109.
    According to leibniz, Descartes' ontological argument establishes that if God possibly exists then God exists. To complete the argument a proof that God possibly exists is required. Leibniz attempts a proof-Theoretic demonstration that 'god exists' is consistent and concludes from this that 'god possibly exists is true'. In this paper I formalize leibniz's argument in a system of modal logic. I show that a principle which leibniz implicitly uses, 'if a is consistent then a is possibly true' is either mistaken (...)
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  79. Barry Loewer & John W. Godbey (1978). Representational Symbol Systems. Semiotica 23 (3-4).
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  80. Barry Loewer, Robert Laddaga & Roger Rosenkrantz (1978). On The Likelihood Principle and a Supposed Antinomy. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978:279 - 286.
    Allan Birnbaum has alleged that use of a likelihood criterion can find strong evidence against a true hypothesis with probability one. It is shown that, correctly applied, use of the likelihood function does not lead to any such result. Specifically, Birnbaum's example involves composite hypotheses, and, from a Bayesian point of view, the support of a composite hypothesis can be adequately assessed only by averaging the likelihoods of its constituent simple hypotheses.
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  81. Barry Loewer (1976). Counterfactuals with Disjunctive Antecedents. Journal of Philosophy 73 (16):531-537.
  82. Terry M. Goode, Barry M. Loewer, Roger D. Rosenkrantz & John R. Wettersten (1975). Editorial Introduction. Synthese 30 (1-2):1-1.
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  83. Barry Loewer (1975). Comments on Joseph Agassi. Synthese 30 (1-2):25 - 30.
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  84. Barry Loewer, Lawsandinduction(2000).
    "I have come to think that the laws of physics are real because my experience with the laws of physics does not seem to me to be very different in any fundamental way from my experience with rocks. For those who have not lived with the laws of physics, I can offer the obvious argument that the laws of physics as we know them work, and there is no other known way of looking at nature that works in anything like (...)
     
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  85. Barry Loewer, The Philosophy of Physics.
    It is not so much a distinct and established academic discipline as it is a sort of boundary, a sort of frontier, across which theoretical physics and modern western philosophy have been interrogating and informing and unsettling one another, for something on the order of four hundred years now, about the character of matter, the nature of space and time, the question of determinism, meaning of chance, the possibility of knowledge, and much else besides.
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