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  1. Alex Barber (2013). Science's Immunity to Moral Refutation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):633-653.
    Our moral convictions cannot, on the face of it, count in evidence against scientific claims with which they happen to conflict. Moral anti-realists of whatever stripe can explain this easily: science is immune to moral refutation because moral discourse is defective as a trustworthy source of true and objective judgments. Moral realists, they can add, are unable to explain this immunity. After describing how anti-realists might implement this reasoning, the paper argues that the only plausible realist comeback turns on the (...)
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  2. Alex Barber (2013). Understanding as Knowledge of Meaning. Philosophy Compass 8 (10):964-977.
    Testimony, the transmission of knowledge through communication, requires a shared understanding of linguistic expressions and utterances of them. Is this understanding itself a kind of knowledge, knowledge of meaning? The intuitive answer is ‘yes’, but the nature of such knowledge is controversial, as is the assumption that understanding is a kind of knowledge at all. This article is a critical examination of recent work on the nature and role of semantic knowledge in the generation of the linguistic understanding needed for (...)
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  3. Hanif Akar, Annice Barber, Jason J. Barr, Mickey Bebeau, Roger Bergman, Marvin W. Berkowitz, Angela Bermudez, Augusto Blasi, Lawrence A. Blum & Tonia Bock (2012). Journal of Moral Education Referees in 2011. Journal of Moral Education 41 (2):273-277.
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  4. Rania Al Nakib, Barbara Applebaum, Annice Barber, Jason Barr, Daniel Bell, Roger Bergman, Marvin Berkowitz, Antonio Bernal Guerrero, Thomas Bienengräber & Melinda Bier (2011). Journal of Moral Education Referees In. Journal of Moral Education 40 (2):273-276.
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  5. Alex Barber (2011). Hedonism and the Experience Machine. Philosophical Papers 40 (2):257 - 278.
    Philosophical Papers, Volume 40, Issue 2, Page 257-278, July 2011.
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  6. Alex Barber (2011). Hedonism and the Experience Machine: Re-Reading of Robert Nozick,'The Experience Machine', in His Anarchy, State, and Utopia, New York: Basic Books, 1974, Pages 42–5. [REVIEW] Philosophical Papers 40 (2):257-278.
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  7. Hanife Akar, Wolfgang Althof, James Arthur, Annice Barber, Roger Bergman, Marvin Berkowitz, Thomas Bienengräber, Lawrence Blum, Tonia Bock & Sandra Bosacki (2010). Journal of Moral Education Referees in 2009. Journal of Moral Education 39 (2):263-266.
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  8. Alex Barber & Robert Stainton, Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language and Linguistics.
  9. Wolfgang Althof, Annice Barber, Yael Barenholtz, Victor Battistich, Clive Beck, Roger Bergman, Marvin Berkowitz, Antonio Bernal Guerrero, Melinda Bier & Lawrence Blum (2009). Journal of Moral Education Referees in 2008. Journal of Moral Education 38 (2):251-254.
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  10. Alex Barber (2009). John Searle's Philosophy of Language: Force, Meaning and Mind • by Savas L. Tsohatzidis. Analysis 69 (2):368-369.
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  11. Alex Barber, Idiolects. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    An idiolect, if there is such a thing, is a language that can be characterised exhaustively in terms of intrinsic properties of some single person at a time, a person whose idiolect it is at that time. The force of ‘intrinsic’ is that the characterisation ought not to turn on features of the person's wider linguistic community. Some think that this notion of an idiolect is unstable, and instead use ‘idiolect’ to describe a person's incomplete or erroneous grasp of their (...)
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  12. Alex Barber (2008). Sentence Realization Again. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):233-240.
    Against criticism from Georges Rey I defend both my earlier account of sentence realization and my objection to his own ‘folie-a-deux’ account. The latter has two components, one sceptical (sentences and other standard linguistic entities are rarely if ever realized [‘produced’, ‘tokened’, ‘uttered’]) and the other optimistic (this is a benign outcome since communication is unaffected by our being mistaken in assuming that they are realized). Both components are flawed, notwithstanding Rey’s defence. My non-sceptical account of sentence realization avoids the (...)
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  13. Georges Rey, Alex Barber, John Collins, Michael Devitt & Dunja Jutronic (2008). Philosophy of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (23).
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  14. Alex Barber (2007). Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense - by Noah Lemos. Philosophical Books 48 (2):177-180.
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  15. Alex Barber (2007). Linguistic Structure and the Brain. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (3):317-341.
    A popular interpretation of linguistic theories has it that they should describe the brain at a high level of abstraction. One way this has been understood is as the requirement that the theory’s derivational structure reflect (by being isomorphic to) relevant structural properties of the language user’s brain. An important criticisrn of this idea, made originally by Crispin Wright against Gareth Evans in the 1980s, still has purchase, notwithstanding attempts to reply to it, notably by Martin Davies and, indirectly, Christopher (...)
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  16. Alex Barber (2006). Testimony and Illusion. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):401-429.
    This paper considers a form of scepticism according to which sentences, along with other linguistic entities such as verbs and phonemes, etc., are never realized. If, whenever a conversational participant produces some noise or other, they and all other participants assume that a specific sentence has been realized (or, more colloquially, spoken), communication will be fluent whether or not the shared assumption is correct. That communication takes place is therefore, one might think, no ground for assuming that sentences are realized (...)
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  17. A. Barber, Co-Extensive Theories and Unembedded Definite Descriptions.
    Russell argued, famously, that definite descriptions are not logical constituents of the sentences in which they appear. In neither of the following should we suppose that the definite description picks anything out: The King of France is bald The Prince of Wales is bald Since France is a republic, nothing could be picked out by the first; and if the semantic structures of each are the same, it cannot be the function of the second to pick anything out either. On (...)
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  18. Alex Barber (ed.) (2005). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier.
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  19. Alex Barber (ed.) (2003). Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press.
    What must linguistic knowledge be like if it is to explain our capacity to use language? All linguists and philosophers of language presuppose some answer to this critical question, but all too often the presupposition is tacit. In this collection of sixteen previously unpublished essays, a distinguished international line-up of philosophers and linguists address a variety of interconnected themes concerning our knowledge of language.
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  20. Alex Barber (2003). Introduction. In , Epistemology of Language. Clarendon Press.
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  21. Alex Barber (2003). Truth Conditions and Their Recognition. In , Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press.
    This paper offers and defends a particular version of the view that it is the intentions with which it is performed that determine the truth conditions of an utterance. A competing version, implied by Grice's work on meaning, is rejected as inadequate. This latter is incompatible with the phenomenon of anti-lying: performing a true utterance with the intention that one's audience believe it to be false. In place of the quasi-Gricean version, the paper maintains that an utterance is true-iff-p just (...)
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  22. Alex Barber (2001). Idiolectal Error. Mind and Language 16 (3):263–283.
    A linguistic theory is correct exactly to the extent that it is the explicit statement of a body of knowledge possessed by a designated language-user. This popular psychological conception of the goal of linguistic theorizing is commonly paired with a preference for idiolectal over social languages, where it seems to be in the nature of idiolects that the beliefs one holds about one’s own are ipso facto correct. Unfortunately, it is also plausible that the correctness of a genuine belief cannot (...)
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  23. Rebecca A. Luce, Alison E. Barber & Amy J. Hillman (2001). Good Deeds and Misdeeds: A Mediated Model of the Effect of Corporate Social Performance on Organizational Attractiveness. Business and Society 40 (4):397-415.
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  24. Alex Barber (2000). A Pragmatic Treatment of Simple Sentences. Analysis 60 (4):300–308.
    Semanticists face substitution challenges even outside of contexts commonly recognized as opaque. Jennifer M. Saul has drawn attention to pairs of simple sentences - her term for sentences lacking a that-clause operator - of which the following are typical: (1) Clark Kent went into the phone booth, and Superman came out. (1*) Clark Kent went into the phone booth, and Clark Kent came out. (2) Superman is more successful with women than Clark Kent. (2*) Superman is more successful with women (...)
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  25. Alex Barber (1999). Individuals, Properties, and the Explicitness Hierarchy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (5):756-757.
    The scenario used by Dienes & Perner to show that individual representation can be implicit when property representation is explicit can be adapted to show that property representation can be implicit when individual representation is explicit. So there is no hierarchy of explicitness, contrary to their claim. There is a reading of the “implicit/explicit” distinction that does appear to exhibit an asymmetry parallel to that alleged to hold between individual and property. But this is not a distinction Dienes & Perner (...)
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  26. Alex Barber (1998). The Pleonasticity of Talk About Concepts. Philosophical Studies 89 (1):53-86.
    The paper aims to disarm arguments, prevalent in diverse philosophical contexts, that deny the legitimacy of attributions of propositional attitudes on the grounds that the putative subject lacks one or more of the requite concepts. Its strategy is to offer and defend an extremely minimal account on concept possession. The agenda of the paper broadens into a defence of the thesis that concepts are a linguistic epiphenomenon: talk about them emerges as the result of certain contingently available and pleonastic ways (...)
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  27. Alex Barber (1997). Deflated Concepts: A Reply to Stainton. Critica 29 (86):83 - 105.
    La teoria pleonastica de los conceptos continua siendo viable a pesar de las recientes criticas que ha recibido por parte de Robert J. Stainton (Critica, diciembre 1996). En particular el dominio de un concepto puede considerarse como la comprension de un termino que expresa tal concepto. Lo cual en ningun sentido amenaza el caracter deflacionario de la teoria pleonastica, en la medida en que tal comprension sea vista de una manera apropiada. Mas aun, recurrir a la nocion de un constituyente (...)
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  28. A. W. Barber (1991). Pratimoksa, Bodhi-Citta, and Samaya. In Charles Wei-Hsun Fu & Sandra A. Wawrytko (eds.), Buddhist Ethics and Modern Society: An International Symposium. Greenwood Press. 81--91.
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  29. Albert A. Barber (1983). Fraud in Science: Who Patrols and Who Controls? In Brock K. Kilbourne & Maria T. Kilbourne (eds.), The Dark Side of Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division. 1--91.
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