Jonathan A. Cohen Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the School of Education, Senior Faculty at the Mandel Leadership Institute. Interested in Hermeneutics, Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion
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  1. Jonathan Cohen (web). Color. In John Symons & P. Calvo (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology. Routledge.
    Questions about the ontology of color matter because colors matter. Colors are (or, at least, appear to be) extremely pervasive and salient features of the world. Moreover, people care about the distribution of these features: they expend money and effort to paint their houses, cars, and other possessions, and their clear preference for polychromatic over monochromatic televisions and computer monitors have consigned monochromatic models to the status of rare antiques. The apparent ubiquity of colors and their importance to our lives (...)
     
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  2. K. Chambaere, I. Loodts, L. Deliens & J. Cohen (forthcoming). Forgoing Artificial Nutrition or Hydration at the End of Life: A Large Cross-Sectional Survey in Belgium. Journal of Medical Ethics.
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  3. J. Deyaert, K. Chambaere, J. Cohen, M. Roelands & L. Deliens (forthcoming). Labelling of End-of-Life Decisions by Physicians. Journal of Medical Ethics.
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  4. Jonathan Cohen & Matthew Fulkerson (2014). Affect, Rationalization, and Motivation. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 5 (1):103-118.
    Recently, a number of writers have presented an argument to the effect that leading causal theories make available accounts of affect’s motivational role, but at the cost of failing to understand affect’s rationalizing role. Moreover, these writers have gone on to argue that these considerations support the adoption of an alternative (“evaluationist”) conception of pleasure and pain that, in their view, successfully explains both the motivational and rationalizing roles of affective experience. We believe that this argument from rationalization is ineffective (...)
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  5. Jonathan Cohen (2013). Indexicality and the Puzzle of the Answering Machine. Journal of Philosophy 110 (1):5-32.
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  6. Jonathan Cohen & Eliot Michaelson (2013). Indexicality and The Answering Machine Paradox. Philosophy Compass 8 (6):580-592.
    Answering machines and other types of recording devices present prima facie problems for traditional theories of the meaning of indexicals. The present essay explores a range of semantic and pragmatic responses to these issues. Careful attention to the difficulties posed by recordings promises to help enlighten the boundaries between semantics and pragmatics more broadly.
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  7. Daniel Burnston & Jonathan Cohen (2012). Perception of Features and Perception of Objects. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):283-314.
    There is a long and distinguished tradition in philosophy and psychology according to which the mind’s fundamental, foundational connection to the world is made by connecting perceptually to features of objects. On this picture, which we’ll call feature prioritarianism, minds like ours first make contact with the colors, shapes, and sizes of distal items, and then, only on the basis of the representations so obtained, build up representations of the objects that bear these features. The feature priority view maintains, then, (...)
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  8. Jonathan Cohen (2012). Computation and the Ambiguity of Perception. In Gary Hatfield & Sarah Allred (eds.), Visual Experience: Sensation, Cognition, and Constancy. Oup Oxford. 160.
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  9. Jonathan Cohen (2012). Précis of The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology. Analytic Philosophy 53 (3):288-296.
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  10. Jonathan Cohen (2012). Redder and Realer: Responses to Egan and Tye. Analytic Philosophy 53 (3):313-326.
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  11. Jonathan Cohen (2012). Redness, Reality, and Relationalism. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):351-378.
    In this paper I reply to two sets of criticisms—a first from Joshua Gert, and a second from Keith Allen—of the relationalist view of color developed and defended in my book, The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology.
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  12. I. Caponigro & J. Cohen (2011). On Collection and Covert Variables. Analysis 71 (3):478-488.
  13. Jonathan Cohen (2010). Color Relationalism and Color Phenomenology. In Bence Nanay (ed.), Perceiving the World. Oxford University Press. 13.
    Color relationalism is the view that colors are constituted in terms of relations between subjects and objects. The most historically important form of color relationalism is the classic dispositionalist view according to which, for example red is the disposition to look red to standard observers in standard conditions (mutatis mutandis for other colors).1 However, it has become increasingly apparent in recent years that a commitment to the relationality of colors bears interest that goes beyond dispositionalism (Cohen, 2004; Matthen, 1999, 2001, (...)
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  14. Jonathan Cohen (2010). It's Not Easy Being Green : Hardin and Color Relationalism. In Jonathan Cohen & Mohan Matthen (eds.), Color Ontology and Color Science. Mit Press.
    But Hardin hasn’t contented himself with reframing traditional philosoph- ical issues about color in a way that is sensitive to relevant empirical con- straints. In addition, he has been a staunch defender of color eliminativism — the view that there are no colors, qua properties of tables, chairs, and other mind-external objects, and a vociferous critic of several varieties of re- alism about color that have been defended by others (e.g., [Hardin, 2003], [Hardin, 2005]). These other views include the so-called (...)
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  15. Jonathan Cohen (2010). Perception and Computation. Philosophical Issues 20 (1):96-124.
    Students of perception have long puzzled over a range of cases in which perception seems to tell us distinct, and in some sense conflicting, things about the world. In the cases at issue, the perceptual system is capable of responding to a single stimulus — say, as manifested in the ways in which subjects sort that stimulus — in different ways. This paper is about these puzzling cases, and about how they should be characterized and accounted for within a general (...)
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  16. Jonathan Cohen (2010). Sounds and Temporality. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 5:303-320.
    What is the relationship between sounds and time? More specifically, is there something essentially or distinctively temporal about sounds that distinguishes them from, say, colors, shapes, odors, tastes, or other sensible qualities? And just what might this distinctive relation to time consist in? Apart from their independent interest, these issues have a number of important philosophical repercussions. First, if sounds are temporal in a way that other sensible qualities are not, then this would mean that standard lists of paradigm secondary (...)
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  17. Jonathan Cohen (2010). Science, Culture, and Free Spirits: A Study of Nietzsche's Human, All-Too-Human. Humanity Books.
  18. Jonathan Cohen (2010). The Imagery Debate. Journal of Philosophical Research 21:149-182.
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  19. Jonathan Cohen & Craig Callender (2010). Special Sciences, Conspiracy and the Better Best System Account of Lawhood. Erkenntnis 73 (3):427 - 447.
    An important obstacle to lawhood in the special sciences is the worry that such laws would require metaphysically extravagant conspiracies among fundamental particles. How, short of conspiracy, is this possible? In this paper we'll review a number of strategies that allow for the projectibility of special science generalizations without positing outlandish conspiracies: non-Humean pluralism, classical MRL theories of laws, and Albert and Loewer's theory. After arguing that none of the above fully succeed, we consider the conspiracy problem through the lens (...)
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  20. Jonathan Cohen & Mohan Matthen (2010). Introduction. In Jonathan D. Cohen & Mohan Matthen (eds.), Color Ontology and Color Science. Mit Press.
    The Introduction discusses determinables and similarity spaces and ties together the contributions to Color Ontology and Color Science.
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  21. Jonathan Cohen & Shaun Nichols (2010). Colours, Colour Relationalism and the Deliverances of Introspection. Analysis 70 (2):218 - 228.
    An important motivation for relational theories of color is that they resolve apparent conflicts about color: x can, without contradiction, be red relative to S1 and not red relative to S2. Alas, many philosophers claim that the view is incompatible with naive, phenomenally grounded introspection. However, when we presented normal adults with apparent conflicts about color (among other properties), we found that many were open to the relationalist's claim that apparently competing variants can simultaneously be correct. This suggests that, philosophers' (...)
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  22. Joanne Csete & Jonathan Cohen (2010). Health Benefits of Legal Services for Criminalized Populations: The Case of People Who Use Drugs, Sex Workers and Sexual and Gender Minorities. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38 (4):816-831.
    Social exclusion and legal marginalization are important determinants of health outcomes for people who use illicit drugs, sex workers, and persons who face criminal penalties because of homosexuality or transgenderism. Incarceration may add to the health risks associated with police repression and discrimination for these persons. Access to legal services may be essential to positive health outcomes in these populations. Through concrete examples, this paper explores types of legal problems and legal services linked to health outcomes for drug users, sex (...)
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  23. Jonathan Cohen (2009/2011). The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology. Oxford.
    The space of options -- The argument from perceptual variation -- Variation revisited : objections and responses -- Relationism defended : linguistic and mental representation of color -- Relationism defended : ontology -- Relationism defended : phenomenology -- A role functionalist theory of color -- Role functionalism and its relationalist rivals.
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  24. Jonathan Cohen & Craig Callender (2009). A Better Best System Account of Lawhood. Philosophical Studies 145 (1):1 - 34.
    Perhaps the most significant contemporary theory of lawhood is the Best System (/MRL) view on which laws are true generalizations that best systematize knowledge. Our question in this paper will be how best to formulate a theory of this kind. We’ll argue that an acceptable MRL should (i) avoid inter-system comparisons of simplicity, strength, and balance, (ii) make lawhood epistemically accessible, and (iii) allow for laws in the special sciences. Attention to these problems will bring into focus a useful menu (...)
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  25. Jonathan Cohen & Aaron Meskin (2009). Photography and Its Epistemic Values: Reply to Cavedon-Taylor. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 67 (2):235-237.
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  26. Sven Walter, B. McLaughlin & J. Cohen (2009). Epiphenomenalism and the Notion of Causation. In Martina Fürst, Wolfgang Gombocz & Christian Hiebaum (eds.), Gehirne Und Personen. Ontos.
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  27. J. Cohen, J. van Delden, F. Mortier, R. Lofmark, M. Norup, C. Cartwright, K. Faisst, C. Canova, B. Onwuteaka-Philipsen & J. Bilsen (2008). Influence of Physicians' Life Stances on Attitudes to End-of-Life Decisions and Actual End-of-Life Decision-Making in Six Countries. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (4):247-253.
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  28. Jonathan Cohen (2008). Colour Constancy as Counterfactual. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (1):61 – 92.
    There is nothing in this World constant but Inconstancy. [Swift 1711: 258] In this paper I argue that two standard characterizations of colour constancy are inadequate to the phenomenon. This inadequacy matters, since, I contend, philosophical appeals to colour constancy as a way of motivating illumination-independent conceptions of colour turn crucially on the shortcomings of these characterizations. After critically reviewing the standard characterizations, I provide a novel counterfactualist understanding of colour constancy, argue that it avoids difficulties of its traditional rivals, (...)
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  29. Aaron Meskin & Jonathan Cohen (2008). Photographs as Evidence. In Scott Walden (ed.), Photography and Philosophy: Essays on the Pencil of Nature. Blackwell.
    Photographs furnish evidence. This is true in both formal and informal contexts. The use of photographs as legal evidence goes back to the very earliest days of photography, and they have been used in American trials since around the time of the Civil War. Photographs may also serve as historical evidence (for example, about the Civil War). And they serve in informal contexts as evidence about all sorts of things, such as what we and our loved ones looked like in (...)
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  30. Aaron Meskin & Jonathan Cohen (2008). Counterfactuals, Probabilities, and Information: Response to Critics. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (4):635 – 642.
    In earlier work we proposed an account of information grounded in counterfactual conditionals rather than probabilities, and argued that it might serve philosophical needs that more familiar probabilistic alternatives do not. Demir [2008] and Scarantino [2008] criticize the counterfactual approach by contending that its alleged advantages are illusory and that it fails to secure attractive desiderata. In this paper we defend the counterfactual account from these criticisms, and suggest that it remains a useful account of information.
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  31. Jonathan Cohen (2007). A Relationalist's Guide to Error About Color Perception. Noûs 41 (2):335–353.
    Color relationalism is the view that colors are constituted in terms of relations to perceiving subjects. Among its explanatory virtues, relation- alism provides a satisfying treatment of cases of perceptual variation. But it can seem that relationalists lack resources for saying that a representa- tion of x’s color is erroneous. Surely, though, a theory of color that makes errors of color perception impossible cannot be correct. In this paper I’ll argue that, initial appearances notwithstanding, relationalism contains the resources to account (...)
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  32. Jonathan Cohen (2007). Introduction. In Jonathan Cohen & Brian McLaughlin (eds.), Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.
    Philosophy of mind today is a sprawling behemoth whose tentacles reach into virtually every area of philosophy, as well as many subjects outside of philosophy. Of course, none of us would have it any other way. Nonetheless, this state of affairs poses obvious organizational challenges for anthology editors. Brian McLaughlin and I have attempted to meet these challenges in the present volume by focusing on ten controversial and fundamental topics in philosophy of mind. ‘Controversial’ is clear enough: we have chosen (...)
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  33. Jonathan Cohen, C. L. Hardin & Brian P. McLaughlin (2007). The Truth About 'the Truth About True Blue'. Analysis 67 (294):162–166.
    It can happen that a single surface S, viewed in normal conditions, looks pure blue (“true blue”) to observer John but looks blue tinged with green to a second observer, Jane, even though both are normal in the sense that they pass the standard psychophysical tests for color vision. Tye (2006a) finds this situation prima facie puzzling, and then offers two different “solutions” to the puzzle.1 The first is that at least one observer misrepresents S’s color because, though normal in (...)
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  34. Jonathan Cohen & Brian McLaughlin (eds.) (2007). Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.
     
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  35. Jonathan Cohen & Samuel C. Rickless (2007). Binding Arguments and Hidden Variables. Analysis 67 (1):65–71.
    o (2000), 243). In particular, the idea is that binding interactions between the relevant expressions and natural lan- guage quantifiers are best explained by the hypothesis that those expressions harbor hidden but bindable variables. Recently, however, Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore have rejected such binding arguments for the presence of hid- den variables on the grounds that they overgeneralize — that, if sound, such arguments would establish the presence of hidden variables in all sorts of ex- pressions where it is (...)
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  36. Craig Callender & Jonathan Cohen (2006). There is No Special Problem About Scientific Representation. Theoria 21 (1):67-85.
    We propose that scientific representation is a special case of a more general notion of representation, and that the relatively well worked-out and plausible theories of the latter are directly applicable to thc scientific special case. Construing scientific representation in this way makes the so-called “problem of scientific representation” look much less interesting than it has seerned to many, and suggests that some of the (hotly contested) debates in the literature are concerned with non-issues.
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  37. Jonathan Cohen (2006). Color and Perceptual Variation Revisited: Unknown Facts, Alien Modalities, and Perfect Psychosemantics. Dialectica 60 (3):307-319.
    An adequate ontology of color must face the empirical facts about per- ceptual variation. In this paper I begin by reviewing a range of data about perceptual variation, and showing how they tell against color physicalism and motivate color relationalism. Next I consider a series of objections to the argument from perceptual variation, and argue that they are un- persuasive. My conclusion will be that the argument remains a powerful obstacle for color physicalism, and a powerful reason to believe in (...)
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  38. Jonathan Cohen (2006). Color, Variation, and the Appeal to Essences: Impasse and Resolution. Philosophical Studies 133 (3):425-438.
    Many philosophers have been attracted by the view that colors are mind- independent properties of object surfaces. A leading, and increasingly popular, version of this view that has been defended in recent years is the so-called physicalist position that identi?es colors with (classes of) spectral re?ectance distributions.1 This view, has, however, come in for a fair bit of criticism for failing to do justice to the facts about perceptual variation.2.
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  39. Jonathan Cohen & Callender Craig (2006). There is No Special Problem About Scientific Representation. Theoria 55 (1):67-85.
    We propose that scientific representation is a special case of a more general notion of representation, and that the relatively well worked-out and plausible theories of the latter are directly applicable to the scien- tific special case. Construing scientific representation in this way makes the so-called “problem of scientific representation” look much less inter- esting than it has seemed to many, and suggests that some of the (hotly contested) debates in the literature are concerned with non-issues.
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  40. Jonathan Cohen, C. L. Hardin & Brian P. McLaughlin (2006). True Colours. Analysis 66 (292):335-340.
    (Tye 2006) presents us with the following scenario: John and Jane are both stan- dard human visual perceivers (according to the Ishihara test or the Farnsworth test, for example) viewing the same surface of Munsell chip 527 in standard conditions of visual observation. The surface of the chip looks “true blue” to John (i.e., it looks blue not tinged with any other colour to John), and blue tinged with green to Jane.1 Tye then in effect poses a multiple choice question.
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  41. Jonathan Cohen & Aaron Meskin (2006). An Objective Counterfactual Theory of Information. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (3):333 – 352.
    We offer a novel theory of information that differs from traditional accounts in two respects: (i) it explains information in terms of counterfactuals rather than conditional probabilities, and (ii) it does not make essential reference to doxastic states of subjects, and consequently allows for the sort of objective, reductive explanations of various notions in epistemology and philosophy of mind that many have wanted from an account of information.
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  42. A. Sanfey, George Loewenstein, Samuel M. McClure & J. Cohen (2006). Neuroeconomía: corrientes cruzadas en la investigación sobre toma de decisiones. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 10 (3):109.
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  43. Jonathan Cohen (2005). Colors, Functions, Realizers, and Roles. Philosophical Topics 33 (1):117-140.
    You may speak of a chain, or if you please, a net. An analogy is of little aid. Each cause brings about future events. Without each the future would not be the same. Each is proximate in the sense it is essential. But that is not what we mean by the word. Nor on the other hand do we mean sole cause. There is no such thing.
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  44. Jonathan Cohen (2005). Colors, Functions, Realizers, and Roles. Philosophical Topics 33 (1):117-140.
    Who could forget the great functionalism debates in 1970s and 1980s philosophy of mind? Certainly not philosophers of perception, many of whom have recently proposed understanding colors in various functionalist terms. Perhaps inevitably, many of these theorists have followed an argumentative strategy used earlier in philosophy of mind applications of functionalism: they have urged that general considerations about causal efficacy can be used to decide in favor of realizer rather than role versions of functionalism. Speaking for myself, I was not (...)
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  45. Jonathan Bain, Timothy Bays, Katherine A. Brading, Stephen G. Brush, Murray Clarke, Sharyn Clough, Jonathan Cohen, Giancarlo Ghirardi, Brendan S. Gillon & Robert G. Hudson (2004). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 18 (2-3).
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  46. Jonathan Cohen (2004). Color Properties and Color Ascriptions: A Relationalist Manifesto. Philosophical Review 113 (4):451-506.
    Are colors relational or non-relational properties of their bearers? Is red a property that is instantiated by all and only the objects with a certain intrinsic (/non-relational) nature? Or does an object with a particular intrinsic (/non-relational) nature count as red only in virtue of standing in certain relations - for example, only when it looks a certain way to a certain perceiver, or only in certain circumstances of observation? In this paper I shall argue for the view that color (...)
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  47. Jonathan Cohen (2004). Objects, Places, and Perception. Philosophical Psychology 17 (4):471-495.
    In Clark (2000), Austen Clark argues convincingly that a widespread view of perception as a complicated kind of feature-extraction is incomplete. He argues that perception has another crucial representational ingredient: it must also involve the representation of "sensory individuals" that exemplify sensorily extracted features. Moreover, he contends, the best way of understanding sensory individuals takes them to be places in space surrounding the perceiver. In this paper, I'll agree with Clark's case for sensory individuals (.
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  48. Jonathan Cohen & Aaron Meskin (2004). On the Epistemic Value of Photographs. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2):197–210.
    Many have held that photographs give us a firmer epistemic connection to the world than do other depictive representations. To take just one example, Bazin famously claimed that “The objective nature of photography confers on it a quality of credibility absent from all other picture-making” ([Bazin, 1967], 14). Unfortunately, while the intuition in question is widely shared, it has remained poorly understood. In this paper we propose to explain the special epistemic status of photographs. We take as our starting place (...)
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  49. Jonathan Cohen (2003). Barry Stroud, the Quest for Reality: Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour. Noûs 37 (3):537-554.
    In The Quest for Reality: Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour [Stroud, 2000], Barry Stroud carries out an ambitious attack on various forms of irrealism and subjectivism about color. The views he targets - those that would deny a place in objective reality to the colors - have a venerable history in philosophy. Versions of them have been defended by Galileo, Descartes, Boyle, Locke, and Hume; more recently, forms of these positions have been articulated by Williams, Smart, Mackie, Ryle, and (...)
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  50. Jonathan Cohen (2003). Color: A Functionalist Proposal. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 113 (1):1-42.
    In this paper I propose and defend an account of color that I call color functionalism. I argue that functionalism is a non-traditional species of primary quality theory, and that it accommodates our intuitions about color and the facts of color science better than more widely discussed alternatives.
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  51. Jonathan Cohen (2003). On the Structural Properties of the Colours. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (1):78-95.
    Primary quality theories of color claim that colors are intrinsic, objective, mind-independent properties of external objects — that colors, like size and shape, are examples of the sort of properties moderns such as Boyle and Locke called primary qualities of body.1 Primary quality theories have long been seen as one of the main philosophical options for understanding the nature of color.
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  52. Jonathan Cohen (2003). Perceptual Variation, Realism, and Relativization, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Variations in Color Vision. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):25-26.
    In many cases of variation in color vision, there is no non-arbitrary way of choosing between variants. Byrne and Hilbert insist that there is an unknown standard for choosing, while eliminativists claim that all the variants are erroneous. A better response relativizes colors to perceivers, thereby providing a color realism that avoids the need to choose between variants.
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  53. P. D. Magnus & Jonathan Cohen (2003). Williamson on Knowledge and Psychological Explanation. Philosophical Studies 116 (1):37-52.
    According to many philosophers, psychological explanation canlegitimately be given in terms of belief and desire, but not in termsof knowledge. To explain why someone does what they do (so the common wisdom holds) you can appeal to what they think or what they want, but not what they know. Timothy Williamson has recently argued against this view. Knowledge, Williamson insists, plays an essential role in ordinary psychological explanation.Williamson's argument works on two fronts.First, he argues against the claim that, unlike knowledge, (...)
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  54. Jonathan Cohen (2002). Information and Content. In Luciano Floridi (ed.), Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Information and Computing. Blackwell.
    Mental states differ from most other entities in the world in having semantic or intentional properties: they have meanings, they are about other things, they have satisfaction- or truth-conditions, they have representational content. Mental states are not the only entities that have intentional properties - so do linguistic expressions, some paintings, and so on; but many follow Grice, 1957 ] in supposing that we could understand the intentional properties of these other entities as derived from the intentional properties of mental (...)
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  55. Jonathan Cohen (2002). On an Alleged Non-Equivalence Between Dispositions and Disjunctive Properties. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (1):77-81.
    This paper shows that grounded dispositions are necessarily coextensive with disjunctive properties. It responds to several objections against this thesis, and then shows how to construct a disjunctive property necessarily coextensive with an arbitrary grounded disposition.
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  56. Jonathan Cohen (2002). The Grand Grand Illusion Illusion. Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (5-6):141-157.
    In recent years, a pair of intriguing phenomena has caused researchers working on vision and visual attention to reevaluate many of their assumptions. These phenomena, which have come to be called change blindness (CB) and inattentional blindness (IB), have led many to the conclusion that ordinary perceivers labor under a ``grand illusion'' concerning perception - an illusion that is..
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  57. A. Bumpus, J. Cohen, S. Cohen, E. Conee, C. L. Elder, M. Ridge, M. Sabatés, E. C. Tiffany & D. Vander Laan (2001). Feldman, R., 61 Glanzberg, M., 217 Glymour, B., 271 Lycan, WG, 35 Predelli, S., 145. Philosophical Studies 103 (343).
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  58. Jonathan Cohen, A Guided Tour of Color. A Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind.
    One of the most salient facts about our experience of the world is that objects appear to have colors. This feature of our experience is both striking and pervasive. Indeed, representations of colors of objects are among the most notable deliverances of the visual modality, which is perhaps our most important source of information about the world. For this reason, among others, questions about the nature of color have crucial significance for a variety of philosophical subjects including perception, ontology, epistemology, (...)
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  59. Jonathan Cohen (2001). Color, Content, and Fred: On a Proposed Reductio of the Inverted Spectrum Hypothesis. Philosophical Studies 103 (2):121-144.
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  60. Jonathan Cohen (2001). Subjectivism, Physicalism or None of the Above? Comments on Ross's The Location Problem for Color Subjectivism. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):94-104.
    In “The Location Problem for Color Subjectivism,” Peter Ross argues against what he calls subjectivism — the view that “colors are not describable in physical terms, ... [but are] mental processes or events of visual states” (2),1 and in favor of physicalism — a view according to which colors are “physical properties of physical objects, such as reflectance properties” (10). He rejects an argument that has been offered in support of subjectivism, and argues that, since no form of subjectivism is (...)
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  61. Jonathan Cohen (2001). Two Recent Anthologies on Color. Philosophical Psychology 14 (1):118-122.
    Although philosophers have puzzled about color for millennia, the recent explosion in philosophical interest in the topic can largely be traced to C. L. Hardin’s widely-read and deservedly-praised Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow [Hardin, 1988]. While Hardin has had no more than the usual, limited success in convincing other philosophers to adopt the substance of his views, he has been quite influential about a point of philosophical methodology: he has convinced many that responsible philosophical work on color simply must (...)
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  62. Jonathan Cohen (2001). Whither Visual Representations? Whither Qualia? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5):980-981.
    This commentary makes two rejoinders to O'Regan & Noë. It clarifies the status of visual representations in their account, and argues that their explanation of the (according to them, illusory) appeal of <span class='Hi'>qualia</span> is unsatisfying.
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  63. Jonathan Cohen (2000). Analyticity and Katz's New Intensionalism: Or, If You Sever Sense From Reference, Analyticity is Cheap but Useless. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (1):115-135.
    In the new metalanguage of semantics, it is possible to make statements about the relation of designation and about truth.... To me the usefulness of semantics for philosophy was so obvious that I believed no further arguments were required and it was sucient to list a great number of customary concepts of a semantical nature ([Carnap, 1963], 60--62).
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  64. J. Cohen (1999). Computational Molecular Biology: A Promising Application Using Logic Programming and Constraint Logic Programming. In P. Brezillon & P. Bouquet (eds.), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Springer.
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  65. Jonathan Cohen (1999). Deliberation, Tradition, and the Problem of Incommensurability: Philosophical Reflections on Curriculum Decision Making. Educational Theory 49 (1):71-89.
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  66. Jonathan Cohen (1999). Holism: Some Reasons for Buyer's Remorse. Analysis 59 (2):63-71.
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  67. Jonathan Cohen (1999). Holism, Thought, and the Fate of Metaphysics: Counter-Reply to Heal. Analysis 59 (2):79-85.
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  68. Jonathan Cohen (1999). Why Asymmetries in Color Space Cannot Save Functionalism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (6):950-950.
    Palmer's strategy of saving functionalism by constraining spectrum inversions cannot succeed because (1) there remain many nontrivial transformations not ruled out by Palmer's constraints, and (2) the constraints involved are due to the contingent makeup of our visual systems, and are therefore not available for use by functionalists.
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  69. J. Cohen (1998). Malpractice & Negligence: Arizona Court Affirms Immunity of Organ Donation Personnel. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics: A Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics 26 (4):360-364.
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  70. Jonathan Cohen (1998). Frege and Psychologism. Philosophical Papers 27 (1):45-67.
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  71. J. Armony, D. Servanschreiber, J. Cohen & J. Ledoux (1997). Computational Modeling of Emotion: Explorations Through the Anatomy and Physiology of Fear Conditioning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 1 (1):28-34.
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  72. J. Cohen (1996). Preferences, Needs and QALYs. Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (5):267-272.
    Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) have become a household word among health economists. Their use as a means of comparing the value of health programmes and medical interventions has stirred up controversy in the medical profession and the academic community. In this paper, I argue that QALY analysis does not adequately take into account the differentiated nature of the health state values it measures. Specifically, it does not distinguish between needs and preferences with respect to its valuation of health states. (...)
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  73. Jonathan Cohen (1996). Nietzche's Elitism and the Cultural Division of Labor. Social Philosophy Today 12:389-400.
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  74. Jonathan Cohen (1996). Strauss, Soloveitchik and the Genesis Narrative: Conceptions of the Ideal Jew as Derived From Philosophical and Theological Readings of the Bible. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 5 (1):99-143.
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  75. Jonathan Cohen (1996). The Imagery Debate: A Critical Assessment. Journal of Philosophical Research 21 (January):149-182.
    No one disputes that certain cognitive tasks involve the use of images. On the other hand, there has been substantial disagreement over whether the representations in which imaginal tasks are carried out are imaginal or propositional. The empirical literature on the topic which has accrued over the last twenty years suggests that there is a functional equivalence between mental imagery and perception: when peopIe imagine a scene or event, the mental processes that occur are functionally similar in important senses to (...)
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  76. Jonathan Cohen (1996). The Roots of Perspectivism. International Studies in Philosophy 28 (3):59-75.
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  77. Jonathan Cohen (1993). No Sour Grapes for Nietzsche. International Studies in Philosophy 25 (2):145-149.
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  78. J. Cohen (1988). Discourse Ethics and Civil Society. Philosophy and Social Criticism 14 (3-4):315-337.
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  79. J. Cohen (1986). The Myth of Neutrality in Positive Legal Theory: Hart Revisited. American Journal of Jurisprudence 31 (1):97-120.
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  80. A. Arato & J. Cohen (1982). Reply to Our Non-Critics. Telos 1982 (53):188-192.
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  81. A. Arato & J. Cohen (1982). The Peace Movement and Western European Sovereignty. Telos 1982 (51):158-171.
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  82. J. Cohen (1979). Why More Political Theory? Telos 1979 (40):70-94.
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  83. J. Cohen (1977). The Theory of Need in Marx. Telos 1977 (33):170-184.
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  84. J. Cohen (1975). False Premises. Telos 1975 (24):135-158.
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  85. J. Cohen (1972). Max Weber and the Dynamics of Rationalized Domination. Telos 1972 (14):63-86.
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  86. J. O. Urmson & Jonathan Cohen (1968). Symposium: Criteria of Intensionality. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 42:107 - 142.
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  87. Jonathan Cohen (1965). Review: T He Logical Systems of Le'sniewski} by E. Luschei. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 15 (58):81-82.
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  88. J. Cohen (1963). Jurisprudence: The Philosophy and Method of the Law. By Edgar Bodenheimer. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962. Pp. 402. $8.75. [REVIEW] American Journal of Jurisprudence 8 (1):195-198.
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  89. Jonathan Cohen (1955). Can There Be Artificial Minds? Analysis 16 (2):36 - 41.
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  90. Jonathan Cohen & H. L. A. Hart (1955). Symposium: Theory and Definition in Jurisprudence. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 29:213 - 264.
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  91. Jonathan Cohen (1954). A Relation of Counterfactual Conditionals to Statements of What Makes Sense. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 55:45 - 82.
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  92. Jonathan Cohen (1954). On the Project of a Universal Character. Mind 63 (249):49-63.
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  93. Jonathan Cohen (1954). The Experience of Time. Acta Psychologica 10:207-19.
  94. Jonathan Cohen & Nicolai Hartmann (1953). Teleologisches Denken. Philosophical Quarterly 3 (12):279.
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  95. Jonathan Cohen (1952). Philosophical Surveys, V: A Survey of Work in the Philosophy of History, 1946-1950. Philosophical Quarterly 2 (7):172-186.
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  96. Jonathan Cohen (1951). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 60 (237):127-128.
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  97. Jonathan Cohen (1951). Tense Usage and Propositions. Analysis 11 (4):80 - 87.
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  98. Jonathan Cohen (1951). Three-Valued Ethics. Philosophy 26 (98):208 - 227.
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  99. Jonathan Cohen (1951). The Legacy of Maimonides. By Ben Zion Bokser. (Philosophical Library, New York. Pp. X + 128. Price $3.75.). Philosophy 26 (99):367-.
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  100. Jonathan Cohen & Raymond Aron (1951). La Philosophic Critique de l'Histoire. Essai sur une Theorie Allemande de l'Histoire. Philosophical Quarterly 1 (4):376.
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  101. Jonathan Cohen, Nicholas Berdiaeff & S. Jankelevitch (1951). Le Sens de L'Histoire. Philosophical Quarterly 1 (2):184.
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  102. Jonathan Cohen & Marjorie L. Burke (1951). Origin of History as Metaphysic. Philosophical Quarterly 1 (5):474.
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  103. A. C. Lloyd, J. N. Findlay, O. P. Wood, Jonathan Cohen, R. M. Hare, J. L. Ackrill, R. J. Hirst, Patrick Gardiner, Stephen Toulmin & Richard Robinson (1951). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 60 (237):122-138.
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  104. P. F. Strawson, H. J. Paton, H. L. A. Hart, Richard Robinson, A. C. Lloyd, R. Rhees, J. L. Spilsbury, Dorothy Emmet, George E. Hughes, D. R. Cousin, Basil Mitchell, Richard Peters, B. A. Farrell, Antony Flew, J. O. Urmson, O. P. Wood & Jonathan Cohen (1951). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 60 (238):265-295.
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  105. Jonathan Cohen (1950). Mr. Strawson's Analysis of Truth. Analysis 10 (6):136 - 140.
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  106. Jonathan Cohen, On the Limitations of Blind Tasting.
    Blind tasting — tasting without knowing the wine’s producer, origin, or other details obtainable from the wine’s label— has become something of a fetish in the wine world. We are told, repeatedly and insistently, that blind tasting is the best, most neutral, least biased, and most honest evaluative procedure, and one that should be employed to the exclusion of non-blind/sighted tasting (which, in turn, is typically disparaged as confused, biased, or dishonest). Professional evaluators (e.g., the tasting panel of the Wine (...)
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  107. Jonathan Cohen, Perceptual Constancy.
    Students of perception have long known that perceptual constancy is an important aspect of our perceptual interaction with the world. Here is a simple example of the phenomenon concerning color perception: there is some ordinary sense in which an unpainted ceramic coffee cup made from a uniform material looks a uniform color when it is viewed under uneven illumination, even though the light reflected by the shaded regions to our eyes is quite different from the light reflected by the unshaded (...)
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  108. Jonathan Cohen, What's for Dinner?: Eating Well and Doing Good.
    Our choices about what to eat have crucial implications for our stomachs, the welfare of animals, the natural environment, the arrangement of our society, our pleasure, and our health. So a lot is hanging on our decisions about what we eat. Moreover, these are not merely hypothetical ivory tower cases: every one of us typically makes these decisions (or has them made on our behalf) several times daily!
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  109. Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy 111: Contemporary Work in Metaphysics and Epistemology.
    This course is an introduction to contemporary work in epistemology -- roughly, the theory of knowledge -- and metaphysics -- roughly, the theory of what there is in the world. As such, the course will be devoted to fundamental questions about the world and our knowledge of it. What is matter? How is a priori knowledge possible? What does it mean for evidence to confirm a theory? In addressing these topics, we'll also discuss classic paradoxes involving truth, vagueness, space-time, and (...)
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  110. Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy 132: Epistemology.
    This is a course in recent and contemporary approaches to the theory of knowledge. We'll be looking at some of the major debates in epistemology, including those over the structure of knowledge, the proper analysis of knowledge, justification, and related notions, as well as some meta-epistemological issues that have arisen in recent discussions of so-called naturalized epistemology. The course will not presuppose any exposure to the relevant literatures, and will be a broad overview of some of the going accounts and (...)
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  111. Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy 103: Introduction to Philosophy.
    Instructor: Jonathan Cohen (joncohenREMOVETHIS@aardvark.ucsd.edu (omit text in caps, which reduces automated spam)) office: (732) 445 6163 home: (718) 499 1213 Office hours: Tuesday, 12:30 to 2:00, in Psychology A132 , on Busch Campus.
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  112. Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy 134: Philosophy of Language.
    This course is an introduction to the philosophy of language. Philosophy of language concerns quite a large number of topics, including meaning, truth, content, reference, the syntax and semantics of various linguistic constructions, the nature and role of presupposition in communicative interchange, speech acts, figurative uses of language, questions about the ontology of languages, the epistemology of language understanding and language learning, the mental/psychologial basis of linguistic understanding and use, and so on. Since we can't possibly study all of these (...)
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