Michael John Scriven Claremont Graduate University
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After 25+ years of teaching philosophy in the US, I have held chairs in other subjects for another 30+ years: education at Berkeley and the U of Western Australia, evaluation at Auckland University, and psychology at present (some concurrent with philosophy positions and/or research, consulting, or management appointments). Co-founder of what now amounts to a new discipline--evaluation, which includes the professional process of determining the merit, worth, or value of X, where the traditional Xs are: programs, products, personnel, policies, performances, portfolios, proposals, to which I have added the evaluation of evaluations (called meta-evaluation), and intradisciplinary evaluation e.g., of data or methods or theories in science or history. Also have a strong interest in informal logic and critical thinking, and meta-ethics, both of which I take to overlap with evaluation. Co-founder and ex-president of the American Evaluation Association, which now has over 6,000 members, over 2,000 at its annual meeting; ex-president of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Whitehead Fellow at Harvard, etc. 400+ publications, currently editor of an online journal that I founded (jmde.com), and still on some of the 43 editorial boards I have served over the years. And a proud member of the Frisbee Hall of Fame.
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  1. Michael Scriven (forthcoming). The Philosophical and Pragmatic Significance of Informal Logic. Informal Logic: The First International Symposium.
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  2. Alec Fisher, Michael Scriven, D. N. Walton, Marina Bondi & Manfred Kienpointner (2002). Garssen). Argumentation 16:515-517.
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  3. Michael Scriven (2002). The Limits of Explication. Argumentation 16 (1):47-57.
    Part of logic consists in uncovering ways in which logical processes of great universality and utility are over-extended, e.g., in the misguided search for the cause of everything. It is suggested here that the search for missing premises defined as premises that make a deduction out of every argument has its own limits of sense. While often useful, it is sometimes just wrongly used by requiring that the reconstructed argument have the same categorical conclusion as the original one; and sometimes (...)
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  4. Michael Scriven (1999). Jean-Paul Sartre: Politics and Culture in Postwar France. St. Martin's Press.
    This book offers an assessment of Sartre as an exemplary figure in the evolving political and cultural landscape of post-1945 France. Sartre's originality is located in the tense relationship that he maintained between deeply held revolutionary beliefs and a residual yet critical attachment to traditional forms of cultural expression. A series of case-studies centered on Gaullism, communism, Maoism, the theatre, art criticism, and the media, illustrates the continuing relevance and appeal of Sartre to the contemporary world.
     
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  5. Sharon Bailin, Robert H. Ennis, Maurice Finnochiaro, Alec Fisher, James Freeman, David Hitehcock, Matthew Lipman, Richard Paul, Michael Scriven & Douglas Walton (1995). For Further Information Please Write: Conference 95 Mailstop 3G3 Center for Professional Development George Mason University. [REVIEW] Argumentation 9:260.
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  6. Michael Scriven (1993). Sartre and the Media. St. Martin's Press.
     
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  7. Michael Scriven (1987). Critical Thinking and the Concept of Literacy. Informal Logic 9 (2).
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  8. Michael Scriven (1987). Fallacies of Statistical Substitution. Argumentation 1 (3):333-349.
    Fallacies are the ‘ideal types of improper inference’, named only because they represent a common or seductive error. Naming them facilitates identification (reducing ‘false negatives’ in argument evaluation), but increases the risk of false positives; it is essentially a cost-effectiveness issue whether to introduce a new name. Statistical fallacies include errors of elementary experimental design, but also conceptual confusions, e.g. of cause with correlation, of association with guilt, where an illicit substitution is made. The focus here is on recent nationwide (...)
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  9. Michael Scriven (1987). What Are We Doing? Informal Logic 9 (1).
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  10. Michael Scriven (1977). Increasing Philosophy Enrollments and Appointments Through Better Philosophy Teaching (Continued). Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 50 (4):326 - 328.
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  11. Michael Scriven (1976). Explanations of the Supernatural. In Shivesh Chandra Thakur (ed.), Philosophy and Psychical Research. Humanities Press. 181--194.
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  12. Michael Scriven (1975). Appearance and Reality. Teaching Philosophy 1 (1):99-101.
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  13. Michael Scriven (1975). Causation as Explanation. Noûs 9 (1):3-16.
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  14. Michael Scriven (1972). The Exact Role of Value Judgments in Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1972:219 - 247.
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  15. Michael Scriven (1971). Articles and Notes on Teaching and Studying Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 2 (1):82–82.
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  16. Michael Scriven (1971). The Logic of Cause. Theory and Decision 2 (1):49-66.
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  17. Michael Scriven (1971). Verstehen Again. Theory and Decision 1 (4):382-386.
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  18. Michael Scriven (1970). Philosophy of Education: Learning Theory and Teaching Machines. Journal of Philosophy 67 (21):896-908.
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  19. Michael Scriven (1969). Education for Survival. In Gloria Kinney (ed.), The Ideal School. Wilmette, Ill.,Kagg Press. 39--79.
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  20. Michael Scriven (1969). Explanation in the Biological Sciences. Journal of the History of Biology 2 (1):187 - 198.
  21. Michael Scriven (1969). Logical Positivism and the Behavioral Sciences. In Peter Achinstein & Stephen Francis Barker (eds.), The Legacy of Logical Positivism. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press. 195--209.
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  22. Michael Scriven (1966). Causation (Oxford Readings in Philosophy). Oxford Up.
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  23. Michael Scriven (1966). Defects of the Necessary Condition Analysis of Causation. In Causation (Oxford Readings in Philosophy). Oxford Up. 56-59.
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  24. Michael Scriven (1966). Morality. [Lafayette? Ind..
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  25. Michael Scriven (1966). Primary Philosophy. New York, Mcgraw-Hill.
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  26. Michael Scriven (1966). The Limitations of the Identity Theory. In Paul K. Feyerabend & Grover Maxwell (eds.), Mind, Matter, and Method: Essays in Philosophy and Science in Honor of Herbert Feigl. University of Minnesota Press.
     
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  27. Michael Scriven (1966). The Objectivity of Aesthetic Evaluation. The Monist 50 (2):159-187.
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  28. Michael Scriven (1964). Book Review:Science in Authority Lancelot Hogben. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 31 (2):184-.
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  29. Michael Scriven (1964). The Structure of Science. Review of Metaphysics 17 (3):403 - 424.
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  30. Michael Scriven (1963). New Issues in the Logic of Explanation. In Sidney Hook (ed.), Philosophy and History. [New York]New York University Press.
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  31. Michael Scriven (1963). The Supercomputer as Liar. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 13 (February):313-314.
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  32. Michael Scriven (1962). Critical Notices. Mind 71 (281):100-107.
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  33. Michael Scriven (1962). Comments on Professor Grunbaum's Remarks at the Wesleyan Meeting. Philosophy of Science 29 (2):171-174.
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  34. Michael Scriven (1962). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 12 (48):339-342.
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  35. M. Scriven (1961). The Key Property of Physical Laws: Inaccuracy. In H. Feigl & G. Maxwell (eds.), Current Issues in the Philosophy of Science. New York. 91Ð101.
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  36. Michael Scriven (1961). Comments on Weingartner. Philosophy of Science 28 (3):306.
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  37. Michael Scriven (1960). The Compleat Robot: A Prolegomena to Androidology. In Sidney Hook (ed.), Dimensions of Mind. New York University Press.
     
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  38. Michael Scriven (1959). The Logic of Criteria. Journal of Philosophy 56 (22):857-868.
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  39. Herbert Feigl, Michael Scriven & Grover Maxwell (eds.) (1958). .
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  40. Michael Scriven (1957). Book Review:Becoming. Gordon Allport. [REVIEW] Ethics 68 (1):66-.
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  41. Michael Scriven (1957). Book Review:Theory of Games as a Tool for the Moral Philosopher. R. B. Braithwaite. [REVIEW] Ethics 68 (1):61-.
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  42. Michael Scriven (1957). II. The Present Status of Determinism in Physics. Journal of Philosophy 54 (23):727-741.
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  43. Herbert Feigl & Michael Scriven (eds.) (1956). Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. , Vol.
     
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  44. Michael Scriven (1956). A Study of Radical Behaviorism. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 1:88-130.
     
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  45. Michael Scriven (1956). Modern Experiments in Telepathy. Philosophical Review 65 (2):231-253.
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  46. Michael Scriven (1956). Randomness and the Causal Order. Analysis 17 (1):5 - 9.
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  47. Michael Scriven (1955). The Principle of Inductive Simplicity. Philosophical Studies 6 (2):26 - 30.
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  48. Margaret Macdonald & M. Scriven (1954). Symposium: The Language of Fiction. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 28:165 - 196.
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  49. Michael Scriven (1954). Definitions in Analytical Philosophy. Philosophical Studies 5 (3):36 - 40.
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  50. Michael Scriven (1954). The Age of the Universe. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 5 (19):181-190.
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  51. Michael Scriven (1953). The Mechanical Concept of Mind. Mind 62 (April):230-240.
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  52. Isaiah Berlin, P. F. Strawson, R. Rhees, F. E. Sparshott, Michael Scriven, R. F. Holland, Jonathan Harrison, H. G. Alexander, C. A. Mace, J. L. Evans, D. A. Rees, W. Mays, C. K. Grant, Basil Mitchell & G. C. J. Midgley (1952). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 61 (243):405-439.
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  53. Michael Scriven (1952). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 61 (243):416-420.
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  54. Michael Scriven (1951). Science: Its Method and its Philosophy. By G. Burniston Brown. (Allen & Unwin. Pp. 189. Price 15s.). Philosophy 26 (99):369-.
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  55. Michael Scriven (1951). Paradoxical Announcements. Mind 60 (239):403-407.
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