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    Stephen Grover, Remarks Belowground.
    Rmarks on naturalsim--the belief that there is nothing besides the subway--and non-naturalism, transcribed and edited from a notebook found on a subway train.
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    Hsiang-Ke Chao, Julian Reiss & Szu-Ting Chen (eds.) (forthcoming). Philosophy of Science in Practice: Nancy Cartwright and the Nature of Scientific Reasoning.
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  2. Anton-Hermann Chroust (2015). Aristotle: New Light on His Life and on Some of His Lost Works, Volume 2: Observations on Some of Aristotle's Lost Works. Routledge.
    Originally published in 1973. Aristotle’s early works probably belong to the formative era of his philosophic thought and as such contribute vitally to the understanding and evaluation of the development of his philosophy. This book shows that the philosophy propagated in these lost works indicates an undeniable Platonism, and thus seems to conflict with the basic doctrines in the traditional treatises collected in the Corpus Aristotelicum . Was the author of the lost early works and the later preserved treatises one (...)
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  3. Anton-Hermann Chroust (2015). Aristotle: New Light on His Life and on Some of His Lost Works, Volume 1: Some Novel Interpretations of the Man and His Life. Routledge.
    Originally published in 1973. The predominantly historical approach in this book heralds a belief that a better understanding of Aristotle the man, and the salient events of his life, leads to a greater insight into his work as a philosopher. This, the first of two volumes, presents interpretations of Aristotle’s life, widely interesting to any Aristotle scholars.
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  4. Jean De Groot (2015). Aristotle and Philoponus on Light. Routledge.
    Originally published in 1991. Philoponus’ long commentary on Aristotle’s definition of light sets up the major concerns, both in optics and theory of light, that is discussed here. Light was of special interest in Neoplatonism because of its being something incorporeal in the world of natural bodies and therefore had a special role in the philosophical analysis of the interpenetration of bodies and also as a paradigm for the soul-body problem. The material investigated in this book contains much about the (...)
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    Karen R. Zwier (2014). Interventionist Causation in Physical Science. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
    The current consensus view of causation in physics, as commonly held by scientists and philosophers, has several serious problems. It fails to provide an epistemology for the causal knowledge that it claims physics to possess; it is inapplicable in a prominent area of physics (classical thermodynamics); and it is difficult to reconcile with our everyday use of causal concepts and claims. In this dissertation, I use historical examples and philosophical arguments to show that the interventionist account of causation constitutes a (...)
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volume 29, issue 4, 2015
  1. Raul Berrios, Peter Totterdell & Stephen Kellett, Investigating Goal Conflict as a Source of Mixed Emotions.
  2. Giulia Buodo, Giovanni Mento, Michela Sarlo & Daniela Palomba, Neural Correlates of Attention to Emotional Facial Expressions in Dysphoria.
  3. Ian A. Clark, Clare E. Mackay & Emily A. Holmes, Low Emotional Response to Traumatic Footage is Associated with an Absence of Analogue Flashbacks: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis of 16 Trauma Film Paradigm Experiments.
  4. Eugenia I. Gorlin & Bethany A. Teachman, Inhibitory Control as a Moderator of Threat-Related Interference Biases in Social Anxiety.
  5. Rashmi Gupta & Narayanan Srinivasan, Only Irrelevant Sad but Not Happy Faces Are Inhibited Under High Perceptual Load.
  6. Fabian Jasper, Wolfgang Hiller, Matthias Berking, Thilo Rommel & Michael Witthöft, The Affective Response to Health-Related Information and its Relationship to Health Anxiety: An Ambulatory Approach.
  7. Daniel Lundqvist, Neil Bruce & Arne Öhman, Finding an Emotional Face in a Crowd: Emotional and Perceptual Stimulus Factors Influence Visual Search Efficiency.
  8. Jackie A. Nelson & Nicole B. Perry, Emotional Reactivity, Self-Control and Children's Hostile Attributions Over Middle Childhood.
  9. Ed O.′Brien, Feeling Connected to Younger Versus Older Selves: The Asymmetric Impact of Life Stage Orientation.
  10. Irina Pasyugina, Peter Koval, Jozefien De Leersnyder, Batja Mesquita & Peter Kuppens, Distinguishing Between Level and Impact of Rumination as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms: An Experience Sampling Study.
  11. Pascale Sophie Russell & Jared Piazza, Consenting to Counter-Normative Sexual Acts: Differential Effects of Consent on Anger and Disgust as a Function of Transgressor or Consenter.
  12. Lisette J. Schmidt, Artem V. Belopolsky & Jan Theeuwes, Attentional Capture by Signals of Threat.
  13. Peter Sokol-Hessner, Catherine A. Hartley, Jeffrey R. Hamilton & Elizabeth A. Phelps, Interoceptive Ability Predicts Aversion to Losses.
  14. Juliane Strack, Paulo N. Lopes & Francisco Esteves, Will You Thrive Under Pressure or Burn Out? Linking Anxiety Motivation and Emotional Exhaustion.
  15. Ezra Wegbreit, Steven Franconeri & Mark Beeman, Anxious Mood Narrows Attention in Feature Space.
  16. Tomislav D. Zbozinek, Dirk Hermans, Jason M. Prenoveau, Betty Liao & Michelle G. Craske, Post-Extinction Conditional Stimulus Valence Predicts Reinstatement Fear: Relevance for Long-Term Outcomes of Exposure Therapy.
forthcoming articles
  1. Jonathan Dunn, Karen Sullivan: Frames and Constructions in Metaphoric Language.
    Journal Name: Cognitive Linguistics Issue: Ahead of print.
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volume 80, issue 2, 2015
  1. Arif Ahmed, Infallibility in the Newcomb Problem.
    It is intuitively attractive to think that it makes a difference in Newcomb’s problem whether or not the predictor is infallible, in the sense of being certainly actually correct. This paper argues that that view is irrational and manifests a well-documented cognitive illusion.
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  2. James R. Beebe & Ryan J. Undercoffer, Moral Valence and Semantic Intuitions.
    Despite the swirling tide of controversy surrounding the work of Machery et al. , the cross-cultural differences they observed in semantic intuitions about the reference of proper names have proven to be robust. In the present article, we report cross-cultural and individual differences in semantic intuitions obtained using new experimental materials. In light of the pervasiveness of the Knobe effect and the fact that Machery et al.’s original materials incorporated elements of wrongdoing but did not control for their influence, we (...)
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  3. Jonathan Berg, When Fodor Met Frege.
    In the third chapter of LOT 2—"LOT Meets Frege's Problem "—Jerry Fodor argues that LOT provides a solution to "Frege's Problem," as well as to Kripke's Paderewski puzzle . I argue that most of what Fodor says in his discussion of Frege's problem is mistaken.
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  4. Matthew Braham & Martin van Hees, The Formula of Universal Law: A Reconstruction.
    This paper provides a methodologically original construction of Kant’s “Formula of Universal Law” . A formal structure consisting of possible worlds and games—a “game frame”—is used to implement Kant’s concept of a maxim and to define the two tests FUL comprises: the “contradiction in conception” and “contradiction in the will” tests. The paper makes two contributions. Firstly, the model provides a formal account of the variables that are built into FUL: agents, maxims, intentions, actions, and outcomes. This establishes a clear (...)
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    Sam Cowling, Non-Qualitative Properties.
    The distinction between qualitative properties like mass and shape and non-qualitative properties like being Napoleon and being next to Obama is important, but remains largely unexamined. After discussing its theoretical significance and cataloguing various kinds of non-qualitative properties, I survey several views about the nature of this distinction and argue that all proposed reductive analyses of this distinction are unsatisfactory. I then defend primitivism, according to which the distinction resists reductive analysis.
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  6. John Earman, Some Puzzles and Unresolved Issues About Quantum Entanglement.
    Schrödinger averred that entanglement is the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics. The first part of this paper is simultaneously an exploration of Schrödinger’s claim and an investigation into the distinction between mere entanglement and genuine quantum entanglement. The typical discussion of these matters in the philosophical literature neglects the structure of the algebra of observables, implicitly assuming a tensor product structure of the simple Type I factor algebras used in ordinary Quantum Mechanics . This limitation is overcome by adopting the (...)
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    Dimitria Electra Gatzia & R. D. Ramsier, On Special Relativity and Temporal Illusions.
    According to metaphysical tensism, there is an objective, albeit ever changing, present moment corresponding to our phenomenal experiences :635–642, 2013). One of the principle objections to metaphysical tensism has been Einstein’s argument from special relativity, which says that given that the speed of light is constant, there is no absolute simultaneity defined in terms of observations of light rays . In a recent paper, Brogaard and Marlow :635–642, 2013) argue that this objection fails. We argue that Brogaard and Marlow’s argument (...)
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  8. Daniel Giberman, Junky Non-Worlds.
    A mereological structure is junky if and only if each of its elements is a proper part of some other. The young literature on junk has focused on junky worlds and whether they are counterexamples to unrestricted composition. The present note defends the possibility of junky structures that are not worlds. This possibility complicates a recent attempt in the literature to render junk consistent with a weakened form of unrestricted composition. The upshot is that junky non-worlds threaten the weakened form (...)
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  9. Jan Heylen, Closure of A Priori Knowability Under A Priori Knowable Material Implication.
    The topic of this article is the closure of a priori knowability under a priori knowable material implication: if a material conditional is a priori knowable and if the antecedent is a priori knowable, then the consequent is a priori knowable as well. This principle is arguably correct under certain conditions, but there is at least one counterexample when completely unrestricted. To deal with this, Anderson proposes to restrict the closure principle to necessary truths and Horsten suggests to restrict it (...)
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  10. George Masterton, Equivocation for the Objective Bayesian.
    According to Williamson , the difference between empirical subjective Bayesians and objective Bayesians is that, while both hold reasonable credence to be calibrated to evidence, the objectivist also takes such credence to be as equivocal as such calibration allows. However, Williamson’s prescription for equivocation generates constraints on reasonable credence that are objectionable. Herein Williamson’s calibration norm is explicated in a novel way that permits an alternative equivocation norm. On this alternative account, evidence calibrated probability functions are recognised as implications of (...)
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  11. Athanassios Raftopoulos, What Unilateral Visual Neglect Teaches Us About Perceptual Phenomenology.
    Studies on the syndrome called ‘unilateral visual or spatial neglect’ have been used by philosophers in discussions concerning perceptual phenomenology. Nanay , based on spatial neglects studies, argued that the property of being suitable for action is part of the perceptual phenomenology of neglect patients. In this paper, I argue that the studies on visual neglect conducted thus far do not support Nanay’s thesis that when patients succeed in detecting the neglected object, it’s action properties are part of their perceptual (...)
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    Joshua Shepherd & James Justus, X-Phi and Carnapian Explication.
    The rise of experimental philosophy has placed metaphilosophical questions, particularly those concerning concepts, at the center of philosophical attention. X-phi offers empirically rigorous methods for identifying conceptual content, but what exactly it contributes towards evaluating conceptual content remains unclear. We show how x-phi complements Rudolf Carnap’s underappreciated methodology for concept determination, explication. This clarifies and extends x-phi’s positive philosophical import, and also exhibits explication’s broad appeal. But there is a potential problem: Carnap’s account of explication was limited to empirical and (...)
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  13. Wolfgang Spohn, Obituary for Patrick Suppes.
    Patrick Colonel Suppes Published with the kind permission of the Patrick Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford UniversityWe deeply mourn the death of our senior editor Patrick Suppes . After the death of Carl Gustav Hempel in 1997, who had been the senior editor since the reestablishment of ERKENNTNIS in 1975, Wilhelm Essler and I asked Pat to succeed Hempel as editor of ERKENNTNIS.Our journal was founded by Hans Reichenbach and Rudolf Carnap in 1931. It (...)
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volume 25, issue 1, 2015
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    Philippe Gagnon, New Arguments for 'Intelligent Design'? Critical Notice on William A. Dembski, Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information. [REVIEW]
    Critical notice assessing the use of information theory in the attempt to build a design inference, and to re-establish some aspects of the program of natural theology, as carried out in this third major monograph devoted to the subject of intelligent design theory by mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski, after The Design Inference (1998) and No Free Lunch (2002).
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  1. Katrien Schaubroeck, Everyday Reason Talk: An Introduction.
    We don’t always know why we do the things we do. Some of the greatest stories in the history of mankind are built on that tragic fact of human life . A first important theoretical account of this fact was given by ‘les maîtres du soupçon’ at the end of the 19th century . They argued that unconscious motives, social structures and cultural particularities guide our actions beyond our knowledge, a fortiori beyond our control. The last three decades have witnessed (...)
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  1. Nicholas J. Teh, A Note on Rovelli’s ‘Why Gauge?
    Rovelli’s “Why Gauge?” offers a parable to show that gauge-dependent quantities have a modal and relational physical significance. We subject the morals of this parable to philosophical scrutiny and argue that, while Rovelli’s main point stands, there are important disanalogies between his parable and Yang-Mills type gauge theory.
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  1. Guy Aitchison, Rights, Citizenship and Political Struggle.
    This paper adds a new perspective to recent debates about the political nature of rights through attention to their distinctive role within social movement practices of moral critique and social struggle. The paper proceeds through a critical examination of the Political Constitutionalist theories of rights politics proposed by Jeremy Waldron and Richard Bellamy. While political constitutionalists are correct to argue that rights are ‘contestable’ and require democratic justification, they construe political activity almost exclusively with reference to voting, parties and parliamentary (...)
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  1. JudithAnn R. Hartman & Eric A. Nelson, Do We Need to Memorize That?” or Cognitive Science for Chemists.
    In introductory chemistry courses, should students be encouraged to solve problems by reasoning based on conceptual understanding or by applying memorized facts and algorithms? Cognitive scientists have recently studied this issue with the assistance of new technologies. In the current consensus model for cognition, during problem solving the brain relies on “working memory” to sequentially process small elements of knowledge. Working memory is able to hold and manipulate virtually all elements that can be recalled “with automaticity” from long-term memory, but (...)
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  2. Juergen Heinrich Maar & Eder João Lenardão, The Brazilian Contribution of Alcindo Flores Cabral to the Periodic Classification.
    This paper presents the contributions of Alcindo Flores Cabral , professor of Chemistry at the Faculdade de Agronomia Eliseu Maciel, nowadays part of the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, to chemistry teaching. It is a contribution almost unknown to the Brazilian chemical community, although recognized as valuable by several renowned chemists abroad, like W. Hückel, G. Charlot, F. Strong, E. Fessenden and others. Cabral’s innovative helical representation is presented in connection not only with contemporary representations, but also an incursion is made (...)
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  1. C. Brodsky, Remembering Stephanie.
    by Charlee BrodskyStephanie Byram was my friend. She died of breast cancer at age thirty-eight on June 9, 2001. She lived eight years after the disease was discovered.With her cancer diagnosis at age thirty, Stephanie’s life changed. She became more known to others than she would have otherwise. She always had a close circle of friends who were drawn to her because of her candor, her intellect, her impish humor, her steadiness, her sensitivity. But after her diagnosis, many more people (...)
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