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  1. Luis H. Favela (2015). Understanding Cognition Via Complexity Science. Dissertation, University of Cincinnati
    Mechanistic frameworks of investigation and explanation dominate the cognitive, neural, and psychological sciences. In this dissertation, I argue that mechanistic frameworks cannot, in principle, explain some kinds of cognition. In its place, I argue that complexity science has methods and theories more appropriate for investigating and explaining some cognitive phenomena. -/- I begin with an examination of the term 'cognition.' I defend the idea that "cognition" has been a moving target of investigation in the relevant sciences. As such it is (...)
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  2. Gabriel Vacariu & Mihai Vacariu (forthcoming). The Bibliography of the Book 'Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Other Pseudo-Notions in Cosmology) (2016). Datagroup.
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  1. Rebecca Dalvesco, Kandinsky and Chernikhov in Advance.
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volume 17, issue 1, 2016
  1. Susanne Rebers, Neil K. Aaronson, Flora E. Van Leeuwen & Marjanka K. Schmidt, Exceptions to the Rule of Informed Consent for Research with an Intervention.
    BackgroundIn specific situations it may be necessary to make an exception to the general rule of informed consent for scientific research with an intervention. Earlier reviews only described subsets of arguments for exceptions to waive consent.MethodsHere, we provide a more extensive literature review of possible exceptions to the rule of informed consent and the accompanying arguments based on literature from 1997 onwards, using both Pubmed and PsycINFO in our search strategy.ResultsWe identified three main categories of arguments for the acceptability of (...)
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  1. Seamus Bradley, Constraints on Rational Theory Choice.
    In a recent article, Samir Okasha presented an argument that suggests that there is no rational way to choose among scientific theories. This would seriously undermine the view that science is a rational enterprise. In this article, I show how a suitably nuanced view of what scientific rationality requires allows us to sidestep this argument. In doing so, I present a new argument in favour of voluntarism of the type favoured by van Fraassen. I then show how such a view (...)
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  1. Duane Armitage, Imagination as Groundless Ground in Advance.
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  1. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  2. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  3. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  4. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  5. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  6. Shen-yi Liao, Louise McNally & Aaron Meskin, Aesthetic Adjectives Lack Uniform Behavior.
    The goal of this short paper is to show that aesthetic adjectives---exemplified by “beautiful” and “elegant”---do not pattern stably on a range of linguistic diagnostics that have been used to taxonomize the gradability properties of adjectives. We argue that a plausible explanation for this puzzling data involves distinguishing two properties of gradable adjectives that have been frequently conflated: whether an adjective’s applicability is sensitive to a comparison class, and whether an adjective’s applicability is context-dependent.
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  1. Jon Erling Litland, Pure Logic of Many-Many Ground.
    A logic of grounding where what is grounded can be a collection of truths is a “many-many” logic of ground. The idea that grounding might be irreducibly many-many has recently been suggested by Dasgupta. In this paper I present a range of novel philosophical and logical reasons for being interested in many-many logics of ground. I then show how Fine’s State-Space semantics for the Pure Logic of Ground can be extended to the many-many case, giving rise to the Pure Logic (...)
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  1. Michael Price, Naming the Concept Horse.
    Frege’s rejection of singular reference to concepts is centrally implicated in his notorious paradox of the concept horse. I distinguish a number of claims in which that rejection might consist and detail the dialectical difficulties confronting the defense of several such claims. Arguably the least problematic such claim—that it is simply nonsense to say that a concept can be referred to with a singular term—has recently received a novel defense due to Robert Trueman. I set out Trueman’s argument for this (...)
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  1. Yves Citton, Techniques de résistance aux sociétés de contrôle : l'Anti-Gestion selon Roland Barthes.
    Ce texte a déjà paru dans Gabriel Rockhill et Pierre-Antoine Chardel, Technologies de contrôle dans la mondialisation : enjeux politiques, éthiques et esthétiques, Paris, Kimé, 2009, p. 165-182. Nous remercions Yves Citton de nous avoir autorisé à le reproduire ici. Lorsqu'il s'agit de théoriser les sociétés de contrôle, les techniques par lesquelles elles opèrent et les résistances qu'on peut opposer à leurs nuisances, c'est généralement chez Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Toni Negri ou Paul - Comment penser le pouvoir dans le (...)
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volume 25, issue , 2015
  1. Mary Jean Amon & Luis H. Favela, The Complex Experience of Touching Metallic, Damp, and Slimy Things.
    The importance of touch to mammalian survival and well-being cannot be overstated. The capacity for action depends on the sense of touch, which is a necessary feature of an animal’s being-in-the-world (O’Shaughnessy, 1989, pp. 38–39). Interpersonal touch has been shown to be an important part of human welfare, including disease prevention and treatment (see Field, 2001 for review). Throughout a mammal’s lifespan, social relation- ships are also mediated by touch behavior (see Thayer, 1986 for review). Given these facts, the sense (...)
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  1. Carola Salvi, Emanuela Bricolo, John Kounios, Edward Bowden & Mark Beeman, Insight Solutions Are Correct More Often Than Analytic Solutions.
    ABSTRACTHow accurate are insights compared to analytical solutions? In four experiments, we investigated how participants' solving strategies influenced their solution accuracies across different types of problems, including one that was linguistic, one that was visual and two that were mixed visual-linguistic. In each experiment, participants' self-judged insight solutions were, on average, more accurate than their analytic ones. We hypothesised that insight solutions have superior accuracy because they emerge into consciousness in an all-or-nothing fashion when the unconscious solving process is complete, (...)
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volume 51, issue 3, 2016
  1. David A. Dilworth, Thinking Through the Imagination by John J. Kaag.
    On Peirce’s terms, the history of philosophy is a vast field of mind, a complexifying network of general ideas that contribute to the formation and valorization of human civilization through the expressions of individual authors and schools in their culturally specific times. The accumulating legacy of philosophical wisdom underwrites these individual expressions. But while for short term good reasons contemporary scholarship trends towards the exegesis of individual authors and schools, the “professional” practice runs the danger of being narrow-gauge in scholarly (...)
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  2. Colin Koopman, Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism From Emerson to the Jameses by Paul Grimstad.
    In Experience and Experimental Writing, Paul Grimstad moves both forward out of contemporary pragmatism into its future and backward through the history of pragmatism to its zero moment at the proto-pragmatism of the philosophical inception of literary America in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his contemporaries. This is the moment that F.O. Matthiessen, writing backward from 1941 during exactly that period about which it is often said that pragmatism fell from its mantles, summarized as “one extraordinarily concentrated moment (...)
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  3. José Filipe Silva & Kimmo Alho, Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, and Pragmatism: Brains at Work with the World Ed. By Tibor Solymosi & John R. Shook.
    The general aim of this very welcome volume is to explore the relation between pragmatism and neuroscience. The thirteen chapters are evenly divided into four parts, roughly organized around the themes of brain and pragmatism, emotion and cognition, creativity and education, and ethics.The beginning chapter written by the editors attempts to show that advances in behavioral and brain sciences intersect core theses of pragmatism with regards to cognition and the mind-world relation. The basic assumption is that neuroscience and pragmatism share (...)
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  4. Donald E. Stanley, Cravings for Deliverance by Schulte Paul.
    William James, like his father before him, devoted much attention to religion. He defended the human desire to have faith in something, or some being, whose existence could not be empirically defended. Faith generated a feeling of ease and peacefulness, and therefore could be considered a moral good. In The Varieties of Religious Experience James argued that faith could be discovered and enacted in unconventional ways.Mr. Schulte has redefined James’s thesis to support Alcoholic Anonymous 3rd edition. He claims that James (...)
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Chapters, other
  1. Luis H. Favela & Anthony Chemero (2016). The Animal-Environment System. In Y. Coelllo & M. H. Fischer (eds.), Foundations of Embodied Cognition: Volume 1: Perceptual and Emotional Embodiment. Routledge 59-74.
    Embodied cognition is a well-established and increasingly influential branch of the cognitive, neural, and psychological sciences. Unlike embodied cognition, extended cognition is not as well-established or influential. Our goal is to defend the idea that if cognition is truly embodied, then it is embodied in systems, and if it is embodied in systems, then it extends beyond animal boundaries. In order to demonstrate this, we situate the idea of extended cognitive systems in a historical context. Then, we present a theoretical (...)
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Feb 6th 2016 GMT
New books
  1. Jean-Francois Bonnefon & Bastian Tremoliere (eds.) (forthcoming). Moral Inference.
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  2. Iskra Fileva (ed.) (forthcoming). Perspectives on Character. Oxford.
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  3. Paul Katsafanas (ed.) (forthcoming). Routledge Philosophy Minds: Nietzsche. Routledge.
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  4. Duncan Pritchard, Jesper Kallestrup, Orestis Palermos & Adam Carter (eds.) (forthcoming). Extended Knowledge. Oxford.
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  5. Naomi Zack (ed.) (forthcoming). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race.
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  6. Marcelo Carvalho, Celso Braida, João Carlos Salles & Marcelo E. Coniglio (2015). Filosofia da Linguagem e da Lógica (Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Logic, in Portuguese). ANPOF.
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    Gabriel Vacariu & Mihai Vacariu (forthcoming). Dark Matter and Dark Energy, Space and Time, and Other Pseudo-Notions in Cosmology. Datagroup.
    Content -/- Chapter 1 Epistemologically different worlds Chapter 2 Space and time cannot even exist! 2.1 Leibniz versus Newton 2.2 Space and time, just illusions of human mind 2.3 Spacetime, Einstein’s special theory of relativity, nothing and EDWs Chapter 3 Big Bang, inflation and gravitational waves 3.1 Big Bang and what was immediately after Big Bang: gravitational waves and inflation? 3.2 The results of BICEP2 (March 2014) about Big Bang, gravitational waves and inflation Chapter 4 Dark matter and dark energy (...)
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volume 90, issue 1, 2016
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    Trevor Anderson, Thinking Being: Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition. By Eric D. Perl.
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    Susan Brower-Toland, Aquinas on Human Self-Knowledge. By Therese Scarpelli Cory.
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    John G. Brungardt, Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy.
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  4. David Deavel, The Personalism of John Henry Newman. By John F. Crosby.
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    Domenic D’Ettore, Not a Little Confusing.
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    Han-Kyul Kim, A System of Matter Fitly Disposed: Locke's Thinking Matter Revisited.
    In this paper, I address the controversial issue around Locke’s account of a “superadded” power of thought. I first show that Locke uses the term “super­addition” in discussing the nominal distinction of natural kinds. This general observation applies to Locke’s account of thinking matter. Specifically, I attribute to him the following three theses: (1) the mind-body distinction is nominal; (2) there is no metaphysical repugnancy between them; and (3) their common ground—namely, substratum—can only be characterized in terms of its functional (...)
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  7. John Kronen, Ens Rationis From Suárez to Caramuel: A Study in Scholasticism of the Baroque Era. By Daniel D. Novotný.
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  8. Andreea Mihali, Efficient Causation: A History. Edited by Tad M. Schmaltz.
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    Turner C. Nevitt, Aquinas on the Death of Christ.
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  10. Jennifer E. Rosato, For You Alone: Emmanuel Levinas and the Answerable Life. By Terry A. Veling.
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  11. Christopher Toner, A Philosophical Walking Tour With C. S. Lewis: Why It Did Not Include Rome. By Stewart Goetz.
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  1. Daniel Fawcett, Modern Medievalism in Advance.
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  2. Jimmie Svensson, Iconicity in Verse in Advance.
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