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  1. A. Sidelle (2014). Does Hylomorphism Offer a Distinctive Solution to the Grounding Problem? Analysis 74 (3):397-404.
    The Aristotelian doctrine of hylomorphism has seen a recent resurgence of popularity, due to the work of a number of well-known and impressive philosophers (Fine, Johnston, Rea and Koslicki, to name a few). One of the recently motivating virtues claimed for the doctrine is its ability to solve the grounding problem for philosophers who believe in coinciding entities. In this brief article, I will argue that when fully spelled out, hylomorphism does not, in fact, contribute a distinctive solution to this (...)
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  2. A. Sidelle (2011). Parfit on 'the Normal/a Reliable/Any Cause' of Relation R. Mind 120 (479):735-760.
    In section 96 of Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit offers his now familiar tripartite distinction among candidates for ‘what matters’: (1) Relation R with its normal cause; (2) R with any reliable cause; (3) R with any cause. He defends option (3). This paper tries to show that there is important ambiguity in this distinction and in Parfit's defence of his position. There is something strange about Parfit's way of dividing up the territory: I argue that those who have followed (...)
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  3. Alan Sidelle (2010). Modality and Objects. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):109-125.
    A not-unpopular position in the metaphysics of material objects (Ted Sider's, for instance) combines realism about what objects there are and the conditions of objecthood with conventionalism about de re modality. I argue that this is not a coherent combination of views: one must go fully conventionalist, or fully realist. The central argument displays the difficulty for the modal conventionalist/object realist in specifying the object that satisfies de re modal predicates. I argue that if this is a mind-independent object, contradictions (...)
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  4. Alan Sidelle (2010). The Structure of Objects. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):371-374.
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  5. Alan Sidelle (2009). Conventionalism and the Contingency of Conventions. Noûs 43 (2):224-241.
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  6. Adam Swift, Richard Swinburne, Frank Jackson, Piers Benn, Richard Double, Marilyn Mason, Roy Jackson, Michael Ruse, Alan Sidelle & Michael Bradie (2009). Issue Six• Spring 2004. In David Papineau (ed.), Philosophy. Oxford University Press. 175003.
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  7. Alan Sidelle (2008). Ordinary Objects – Amie Thomasson. Philosophical Quarterly 58 (230):172–176.
  8. Alan Sidelle (2008). Review of Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne, Dean W. Zimmerman (Eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (6).
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  9. Alan Sidelle (2007). The Method of Verbal Dispute. Philosophical Topics 35 (1/2):83-113.
    The idea that disputes which are heated, and apparently important, may nonetheless be 'merely verbal' or 'just semantic' is surely no stranger to any philosopher. I urge that many disputes, both in and out of philosophy, are indeed plausibly considered verbal, and that it would repay us to more frequently consider whether they are so or not. Asking this question is what I call ‘The Method of Verbal Dispute’. Neither the notion nor the method of verbal dispute is new. What (...)
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  10. Alan Sidelle (2004). A Misleading Question? Think 2 (6):67-72.
    When people ask what, exactly, are they asking? And does God provide us with an answer? Alan Sidelle investigates.
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  11. Alan Sidelle (2002). Is There a True Metaphysics of Material Objects? Philosophical Issues 12 (1):118-145.
    I argue (1) that metaphysical views of material objects should be understood as 'packages', rather than individual claims, where the other parts of the package include how the theory addresses 'recalcitant data' (such as - the denier of artifacts has to account, somehow, for the seeming truth of 'there are three pencils on my table'), and (2) that when the packages meet certain general desiderata - which all of the currently competing views *can* meet - there is nothing in the (...)
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  12. Alan Sidelle (2002). Innoculi Innocula. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):409-411.
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  13. Alan Sidelle (2002). On the Metaphysical Contingency of Laws of Nature. In John Hawthorne & Tamar Gendler (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press. 309--336.
    This paper defends the traditional view that the laws of nature are contingent, or, if some of them are necessary, this is due to analytic principles for the individuation of the law-governed properties. Fundamentally, I argue that the supposed explanatory purposes served by taking the laws to be necessary (at least, understood metaphysically, as opposed to semantically)--showing how laws support counterfactuals, how properties are individuated, or how we have knowledge of properties--are in fact undermined by the continued possibility of the (...)
     
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  14. Alan Sidelle (2002). On the Metaphysical. In John Hawthorne & Tamar Szabó Gendler (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press. 309.
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  15. Alan Sidelle (2002). Some Episodes in the Sameness of Consciousness. Philosophical Topics 30 (1):269-293.
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  16. Alan Sidelle (2001). An Argument That Internalism Requires Infallibility. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (1):163-179.
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  17. Richard Moran, Alan Sidelle & Jennifer E. Whiting (eds.) (2000). The Philosophy of Sydney Shoemaker. University of Arkansas Press.
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  18. A. Sidelle (2000). Occasions of Identity: The Metaphysics of Persistence, Change, and Sameness. Philosophical Review 109 (3):469-471.
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  19. Alan Sidelle (2000). Finding an Intrinsic Account of Identity: What is the Source of Duplication Cases? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (2):415-430.
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  20. Alan Sidelle (1999). On the Prospects for a Theory of Personal Identity. Philosophical Topics 26 (1/2):351-72.
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  21. Alan Sidelle (1998). A Sweater Unraveled: Following One Thread of Thought for Avoiding Coincident Entities. Noûs 32 (4):423-448.
  22. Alan Sidelle (1998). Thought Experiments in Philosophy. Philosophical Review 107 (3):480-483.
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  23. Alan Sidelle (1996). A Companion to Metaphysics. Philosophical Review 105 (3):418-420.
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  24. Alan Sidelle (1996). Review: What's Wrong with Being Strange? [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (1):209 - 215.
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  25. Alan Sidelle (1995). A Semantic Account of Rigidity. Philosophical Studies 80 (1):69 - 105.
    I offer an understanding of what it is for a term to be rigid which makes no serious metaphysical commitments to or about identity across possible worlds. What makes a term rigid is not that it 'refers to the same object(property) with respect to all worlds' - rather (roughly) it is that the criteria of application for the term with respect to other worlds, when combined with the criteria of identity associated with the term, ensure that whatever meets the criteria (...)
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  26. Alan Sidelle (1995). Language and Time. Review of Metaphysics 48 (3):679-681.
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  27. Alan Sidelle (1992). Identity and the Identity-Like. Philosophical Topics 20 (1):269-292.
    Some relations - like supervenience and composition - can appear very much like identity. Sometimes, the relata differ only in modal, or modally-involved features. Yet, in some cases, we judge the pairs to be identical (water/H2O; Hesperus/Phosphorus), while in others, many judge one of the weaker relations to hold (c-fiber firing/pain; statues/lumps). Given the seemingly same actual properties these pairs have, what can justify us in sometimes believing identity is the relation, and sometimes something weaker? I argue that it can (...)
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  28. Alan Sidelle (1992). Rigidity, Ontology, and Semantic Structure. Journal of Philosophy 89 (8):410-430.
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  29. Alan Sidelle (1991). Formed Matter Without Objects: A Reply to Denkel. Dialogue 30 (1-2):163-.
    A reply to Arda Denkel's argument that it is not possible to have matter without objects. I argue that the argument assumes that having a 'form' is being sufficient for the existence of an object, which the opponent should not be thought to grant.
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  30. Allan Sidelle (1991). The Answering Machine Paradox. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):525--539.
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  31. Alan Sidelle (1989). Necessity, Essence, and Individuation: A Defense of Conventionalism. Cornell University Press.