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  1. Berit Brogaard (2008). Inscrutability and Ontological Commitment. Philosophical Studies 141 (1):21 - 42.score: 24.0
    There are two doctrines for which Quine is particularly well known: the doctrine of ontological commitment and the inscrutability thesis—the thesis that reference and quantification are inscrutable. At first glance, the two doctrines are squarely at odds. If there is no fact of the matter as to what our expressions refer to, then it would appear that no determinate commitments can be read off of our best theories. We argue here that the appearance of a clash between the two (...)
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  2. Jerome C. Wakefield (2003). Fodor on Inscrutability. Mind and Language 18 (5):524-537.score: 21.0
  3. Austen Clark (2006). Attention and Inscrutability: A Commentary on John Campbell, Reference and Consciousness. Philosophical Studies 127:167-193.score: 21.0
  4. J. Robert G. Williams (2007). Eligibility and Inscrutability. Philosophical Review 116 (3):361-399.score: 18.0
    Inscrutability arguments threaten to reduce interpretationist metasemantic theories to absurdity. Can we find some way to block the arguments? A highly influential proposal in this regard is David Lewis’ ‘eligibility’ response: some theories are better than others, not because they fit the data better, but because they are framed in terms of more natural properties. The purposes of this paper are (1) to outline the nature of the eligibility proposal, making the case that it is not ad hoc, but (...)
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  5. Matti Eklund (2007). The Ontological Significance of Inscrutability. Philosophical Topics 35 (1-2):115-134.score: 18.0
    I shall here discuss some matters related to the so-called radical indeterminacy or inscrutability arguments due to, e.g., Willard v. O. Quine, Hilary Putnam, John Wallace and Donald Davidson.1 These are arguments that, on the face of it, demonstrate that there is radical indeterminacy in what the expressions in a theory refer to and in what the ontology of the theory is. I will use “inscrutability argument” as a general label for these arguments. My main topic – after (...)
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  6. Scott Soames (1999). The Indeterminacy of Translation and the Inscrutability of Reference. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):321-370.score: 18.0
    Quine's argument for indeterminacy and inscrutability equivocates about what it is for one set of truths to determine another. In addition to being unsupported, these doctrines lead Quine to reject our ordinary notions of meaning, truth, and reference in favor of certain replacement notions, including stimulus meaning, and disquotational, or Tarski, truth and reference for one's own present language. This is self-defeating. To formulate the doctrines of physicalism, underdetermination, indeterminacy, and inscrutability, one must refer to the totality of (...)
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  7. Will Davies (2014). The Inscrutability of Colour Similarity. Philosophical Studies 171 (2):289-311.score: 18.0
    This paper presents a new response to the colour similarity argument, an argument that many people take to pose the greatest threat to colour physicalism. The colour similarity argument assumes that if colour physicalism is true, then colour similarities should be scrutable under standard physical descriptions of surface reflectance properties such as their spectral reflectance curves. Given this assumption, our evident failure to find such similarities at the reducing level seemingly proves fatal to colour physicalism. I argue that we should (...)
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  8. D. Davies (2009). Scruton on the Inscrutability of Photographs. British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (4):341-355.score: 18.0
    A long-standing objection to the artistic pretensions of photography is that, because of the ‘causal’ nature of the process whereby a photographic image is produced, the formative intelligence of the photographer does not play a significant role in the generation of the image. Only where we can see such intelligence manifested in an image, it is claimed, can we legitimately take the representational content of the image to be a proper subject of artistic interest. I examine the most sophisticated modern (...)
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  9. Steven L. Reynolds (1994). Proxy Functions and Inscrutability of Reference. Analysis 54 (4):228 - 235.score: 18.0
    Quine's proxy function argument for the inscrutability of reference fails, for proxy function reinterpretations do not in fact have either the same connections to sensory stimuli or the same logical interconnections as do the standard interpretations. This is so in spite of the guarantee of sameness of truth value.
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  10. Philippe Huneman (forthcoming). Inscrutability and the Opacity of Natural Selection and Random Genetic Drift: Distinguishing the Epistemic and Metaphysical Aspects. Erkenntnis:1-28.score: 18.0
    ‘Statisticalists’ argue that the individual interactions of organisms taken together constitute natural selection. On this view, natural selection is an aggregated effect of interactions rather than some added cause acting on populations. The statisticalists’ view entails that natural selection and drift are indistinguishable aggregated effects of interactions, so that it becomes impossible to make a difference between them. The present paper attempts to make sense of the difference between selection and drift, given the main insights of statisticalism; basically, it will (...)
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  11. Vann McGee (2005). Inscrutability and its Discontents. Noûs 39 (3):397–425.score: 16.0
    That reference is inscrutable is demonstrated, it is argued, not only by W. V. Quine's arguments but by Peter Unger's "Problem of the Many." Applied to our own language, this is a paradoxical result, since nothing could be more obvious to speakers of English than that, when they use the word "rabbit," they are talking about rabbits. The solution to this paradox is to take a disquotational view of reference for one's own language, so that "When I use 'rabbit,' I (...)
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  12. John R. Welch (1984). Referential Inscrutability: Coming to Terms Without It. Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):263-273.score: 16.0
    According to Quine, terms of divided reference like 'rabbit' have two sorts of problems: problems of direct and deferred ostension. Hence the reference of these terms is inscrutable. This article holds that the problems of deferred ostension can be handled by Goodman's theory of projection, and that the problems of direct ostension turn out to be pedestrian problems of signs.
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  13. Robert Williams (2008). The Price of Inscrutability. Noûs 42 (4):600 - 641.score: 15.0
  14. Austen Clark & Manchester Hall, Attention & Inscrutability.score: 15.0
    We assemble here in this time and place to discuss the thesis that conscious attention can provide knowledge of reference of perceptual demonstratives. I shall focus my commentary on what this claim means, and on the main argument for it found in the first five chapters of Reference and Consciousness. The middle term of that argument is an account of what attention does: what its job or function is. There is much that is admirable in this account, and I am (...)
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  15. Donald Davidson (1979). The Inscrutability of Reference. Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):7-19.score: 15.0
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  16. Austen Clark (2006). Attention & Inscrutability: A Commentary on John Campbell, Reference and Consciousness for the Pacific APA Meeting, Pasadena, California, 2004. Philosophical Studies 127 (2):167-193.score: 15.0
    We assemble here in this time and place to discuss the thesis that conscious attention can provide knowledge of reference of perceptual demonstratives. I shall focus my commentary on what this claim means, and on the main argument for it found in the first five chapters of Reference and Consciousness. The middle term of that argument is an account of what attention does: what its job or function is. There is much that is admirable in this account, and I am (...)
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  17. Greg Ray (1997). Fodor and the Inscrutability Problem. Mind and Language 12 (3-4):475-89.score: 15.0
  18. Francisco Calvo Garzon (2000). A Connectionist Defence of the Inscrutability Thesis. Mind and Language 15 (5):465-480.score: 15.0
  19. Basil du Toit (1979). Ontological Relativity and the Inscrutability of Reference. Philosophical Papers 8 (2):57-65.score: 15.0
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  20. Jacqueline Miller Thomason (1971). Ontological Relativity and the Inscrutability of Reference. Philosophical Studies 22 (4):50 - 56.score: 15.0
  21. Michael J. Loux & Wm David Solomon (1974). Quine on the Inscrutability and Relativity of Reference. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 15 (1):16-24.score: 15.0
  22. Douglas Greenlee (1973). Relativity Without Inscrutability. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 33 (4):574-578.score: 15.0
  23. Robert J. Stainton, Meaning, Creativity and the Partial Inscrutability of the Human Mind, by Julius M. Moravcsik.score: 15.0
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  24. Lina Verchery (forthcoming). Ethics of Inscrutability: Ontologies of Emptiness in Buddhist Film. Contemporary Buddhism:1-19.score: 15.0
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  25. Francisco Calvo Garzon (2000). A Connectionist Defence of the Inscrutability Thesis. Mind and Language 15 (5):465-480.score: 15.0
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  26. Michael Meyer (1985). Response to “Referential Inscrutability'. Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):137-141.score: 15.0
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  27. Gregory Reichberg (1987). Nominalism and the Inscrutability of Substance in Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 61:132-142.score: 15.0
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  28. Edward L. Schoen (1979). Introspection and the Inscrutability of Reference. Southern Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):523-529.score: 15.0
    It is commonly thought that w v quine's indeterminacy thesis can be devastatingly undercut by a straightforward survey of the details of one's own linguistic capabilities. However, Because any such survey must depend upon a repudiation of the quinean doctrines used to generate his thesis, Objections based upon introspective evidence remain question begging without a critique of those more central doctrines. Since such a critique would be sufficient in itself to undermine quine's thesis, Objections based upon introspective gleanings must be (...)
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  29. Robert Stainton (1999). Julius Moravcsik, Meaning, Creativity and the Partial Inscrutability of the Human Mind Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (5):358-360.score: 15.0
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  30. J. R. G. Williams (2008). The Price of Inscrutability. Noûs 42 (4):600 - 641.score: 15.0
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  31. Francisco Calvo Garzón (2000). A Connectionist Defence of the Inscrutability Thesis. Mind and Language 15 (5):465-480.score: 15.0
  32. Austen Clark (2006). Attention & Inscrutability: A Commentary on John Campbell, for the Pacific APA Meeting, Pasadena, California, 2004. Philosophical Studies 127 (2):167-193.score: 15.0
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  33. Bruce W. Hauptli (1979). Inscrutability and Correspondence. Southern Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):199-212.score: 15.0
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  34. Mark Richard (2013). Inscrutability. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 27 (sup1):165-209.score: 15.0
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  35. David Checkland (1990). On Meaning as Use and the Inscrutability of Reference. Daimon 2:71-85.score: 15.0
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  36. Gordon E. Michalson (1987). The Inscrutability of Moral Evil in Kant. The Thomist 51 (2):246-269.score: 15.0
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  37. Alex Orenstein (1997). Arguing From Inscrutability of Reference to Indeterminacy of Meaning. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 51 (202):507-519.score: 15.0
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  38. Willard V. Quine (1971). The Inscrutability of Reference. In Danny D. Steinberg & Leon A. Jacobovits (eds.), Semantics: An Interdisciplinary Reader in Philosophy, Linguistics, and Psychology. Cambridge University Press. 142-54.score: 15.0
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  39. Bengt‐Olof Qvarnström (1986). Quine's Theory of Observation Sentence Understanding and His Inscrutability Thesis. Dialectica 40 (2):107-120.score: 15.0
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  40. Manley Thompson (1972). Quine and the Inscrutability of Reference. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 26:42-62.score: 15.0
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  41. Juan José Lara Peñaranda (2013). Ontology: Minimalism and Truth-Conditions. Philosophical Studies 162 (3):683-696.score: 9.0
    In this paper, I develop a criticism to a method for metaontology, namely, the idea that a discourse’s or theory’s ontological commitments can be read off its sentences’ truth-conditions. Firstly, I will put forward this idea’s basis and, secondly, I will present the way Quine subscribed to it (not actually for hermeneutical or historic interest, but as a way of exposing the idea). However, I distinguish between two readings of Quine’s famous ontological criterion, and I center the focus on (assuming (...)
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  42. Robert Bass (2011). Many Inscrutable Evils. Ars Disputandi 11:118-132.score: 8.0
    I examine the evidential argument from inscrutable evil, evil for which we can see no morally adequate reason. Such evils are often thought to provide evidence for the existence of gratuitous evil that God could not be justified in allowing, but arguments for this are often informal and intuitive. I try to contribute greater rigor by developing a probabilistic argument that large numbers of inscrutable evils are strong evidence for the existence of gratuitous evil. Then, I consider and reject two (...)
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  43. Andrew Cutrofello (1992). Quine and the Inscrutibility of Languages. International Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):33-46.score: 8.0
    Because there is no formal procedure for determining to which language a given expression belongs, it is impossible to limit indeterminacy and inscrutability "at home" by appealing to the principle of ontological relativity. Not only is it impossible to ostend a unique language to which a particular expression would belong, it is impossible even to determine rigorously the boundaries which separate one language from another. Languages are themselves inscrutable.
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  44. T. Parent, An Objection to the Laplacean Chalmers.score: 6.0
    I discuss David Chalmers’ “scrutability thesis,” roughly that a Laplacean intellect could know every truth about the universe from a “compact class” of basic truths. It is argued that despite Chalmers’ remarks to the contrary, the thesis is problematic owing to quantum indeterminacy. Chalmers attempts to “frontload” various principles into the compact class to help out. But though frontloading may succeed in principle, Chalmers does not frontload enough to avoid the problem.
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  45. Daniel Howard-Snyder (2001). Review of David O'Connor, God and Inscrutable Evil. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review.score: 6.0
    This is a critical review of David O'Connor's book, God and Inscrutable Evil.
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  46. C. A. J. Coady (1997). Objecting Morally. Journal of Ethics 1 (4):375-397.score: 6.0
    Just war theory entails that some wars may be morally unjustifiable, and hence citizens may be right to object morally to their government''s waging of a war and to their being compelled to serve in it. Given the evils attendant upon even justified war, this fact sharply restricts any obligation to die for the state, and raises important questions about the appropriate state response to selective conscientious objectors. This paper argues that such people should be legally accommodated, and discusses objections (...)
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  47. David O'Connor (1998). God and Inscrutable Evil: In Defense of Theism and Atheism. Rowman & Littlefield.score: 6.0
    In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult ...
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  48. John Robert Gareth Williams (2008). Gavagai Again. Synthese 164 (2):235 - 259.score: 6.0
    Quine (1960, Word and object. Cambridge, Mass.:MIT Press, ch. 2) claims that there are a variety of equally good schemes for translating or interpreting ordinary talk. ‘Rabbit’ might be taken to divide its reference over rabbits, over temporal slices of rabbits, or undetached parts of rabbits, without significantly affecting which sentences get classified as true and which as false. This is the basis of his famous ‘argument from below’ to the conclusion that there can be no fact of the matter (...)
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  49. John Beaudoin (2000). Inscrutable Evil and Scepticism. Heythrop Journal 41 (3):297–302.score: 5.0
  50. John H. Zammito (2003). 'This Inscrutable Principle of an Original Organization': Epigenesis and 'Looseness of Fit' in Kant's Philosophy of Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (1):73-109.score: 5.0
    Kant's philosophy of science takes on sharp contour in terms of his interaction with the practicing life scientists of his day, particularly Johann Blumenbach and the latter's student, Christoph Girtanner, who in 1796 attempted to synthesize the ideas of Kant and Blumenbach. Indeed, Kant's engagement with the life sciences played a far more substantial role in his transcendental philosophy than has been recognized hitherto. The theory of epigenesis, especially in light of Kant's famous analogy in the first Critique (B167), posed (...)
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