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  1. Alan Nelson (2013). The Structure of Cartesian Sensations. Analytic Philosophy 54 (1):107-116.
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  2. Alan Nelson (2012). Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, by David. Mind 121:484.
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  3. Alan Nelson (2011). How Many Worlds? British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (6):1201 - 1212.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 6, Page 1201-1212, December 2011.
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  4. Alan Nelson & David Landy (2011). And His Debt to Berkeley. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press. 216.
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  5. Alan Nelson & David Landy (2011). Qualities and Simple Ideas : Hume and His Debt to Berkeley. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press.
  6. Seth Bordner & Alan Nelson (2008). The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes (Review). [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):642-643.
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  7. Alan Nelson (2006). Descartes Reinvented. [REVIEW] International Philosophical Quarterly 46 (3):378-379.
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  8. Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson (2006). Proofs for the Existence of God. In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell to Descartes’ Meditations. Blackwell Publishing. 104--121.
    We argue that Descartes’s theistic proofs in the ’Meditations’ are much simpler and straightforward than they are traditionally taken to be. In particular, we show how the causal argument of the "Third Meditation" depends on the intuitively innocent principle that nothing comes from nothing, and not on the more controversial principle that the objective reality of an idea must have a cause with at least as much formal reality. We also demonstrate that the so-called ontological "argument" of the "Fifth Meditation" (...)
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  9. Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson (2006). To a Reader Voyaging Through the Meditations for the First Time, Descartes' Proofs for the Existence of God Can Seem Daunting, Especially the Argument of Meditation III, with its Appeal to Causal Principles That Seem Arcane, and to Medieval Doctrines About Different Modes of Being and Degrees of Reality. First-Time Readers Are Not Alone in Feeling Bewildered. Many Commentators Have Had the Same Reaction. In an Attempt at Charity, Some of Them Have Tried to Tame the Complexity of Descartes' Discussion by ... [REVIEW] In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), Blackwell Guide to Descartes’ Meditations. Wiley-Blackwell. 2--104.
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  10. Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson (2006). The Blackwell to Descartes’ Meditations. Blackwell Publishing.
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  11. Alan Nelson (ed.) (2005). A Companion to Rationalism. Blackwell Pub..
    This book is a wide-ranging examination of rationalist thought in philosophy from ancient times to the present day. Written by a superbly qualified cast of philosophers. Critically analyses the concept of rationalism. Focuses principally on the golden age of rationalism in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Also covers ancient rationalism, nineteenth-century rationalism, and rationalist themes in recent thought. Organised chronologically. Various philosophical methods and viewpoints are represented.
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  12. Alan Jean Nelson & Noa Shein (2005). Meaning in Spinoza's Method (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (1):118-119.
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  13. Alan Nelson, Alan Thomas & Stephen Mulhall (2005). History of Philosophy. Philosophical Books 46 (3):261-268.
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  14. Alan Nelson (2001). 18 Two Models of Idealization in Economics. In Uskali Mäki (ed.), The Economic World View: Studies in the Ontology of Economics. Cambridge University Press. 359.
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  15. Alan Nelson & David Cunning (1999). Cognition and Modality in Descartes. Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137-154.
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  16. Alan Nelson & David Cunning (1999). Modality and Cognition in Descartes. Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137.
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  17. Alan Nelson, Ram Neta, Nelson Pike & Mark van Roojen (1999). The Fourth Meditation1. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (3):559-591.
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  18. Lex Newman & Alan Nelson (1999). Circumventing Cartesian Circles. Noûs 33 (3):370-404.
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  19. Alan Nelson (1997). Book Review:The Construction of Social Reality. John R. Searle. [REVIEW] Ethics 108 (1):208-.
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  20. Alan Nelson (1997). Descartes's Ontology of Thought. Topoi 16 (2):163-178.
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  21. Alan Nelson (1997). Introduction: Descartes's Ontology. Topoi 16 (2):103-109.
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  22. Alan Jean Nelson (1996). The Great Arnauld and Some of His Philosophical Correspondents (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (3):461-463.
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  23. Alan Nelson (1995). Micro-Chaos and Idealization in Cartesian Physics. Philosophical Studies 77 (2-3):377 - 391.
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  24. Alan Nelson (1994). Book Review:Economics--Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? Alexander Rosenberg. [REVIEW] Ethics 104 (3):637-.
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  25. Alan Nelson (1994). Cognitive Economy: An Inquiry Into the Economic Dimension of Knowledge. Philosophia 23 (1-4):323-331.
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  26. Alan Nelson (1994). How Could Scientific Facts Be Socially Constructed? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (4):535-547.
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  27. Alan Nelson (1994). How Could Scientific Facts Be Socially Constructed?: Introduction: The Dispute Between Constructivists and Rationalists. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (4):535-547.
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  28. Alan Nelson (1993). Book Review:Varieties of Social Explanation. Daniel Little. [REVIEW] Ethics 103 (2):404-.
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  29. Alan Nelson (1993). Cartesian Actualism in the Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):675 - 694.
  30. Alan Nelson (1991). Book Review:The Philosophy of Economics: On the Scope of Reason in Economic Inquiry. Subroto Roy. [REVIEW] Ethics 101 (4):883-.
  31. Alan Nelson (1990). Are Economic Kinds Natural. In C. Wade Savage (ed.), Scientific Theories. University of Minnesota Press. 14--102.
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  32. Alan J. Nelson (1990). Social Science and the Mental. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 15 (1):194-209.
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  33. Alan Nelson (1989). Average Explanations. Erkenntnis 30 (1-2):23 - 42.
    Good scientific explanations sometimes appear to make use of averages. Using concrete examples from current economic theory, I argue that some confusions about how averages might work in explanations lead to both philosophical and economic problems about the interpretation of the theory. I formulate general conditions on potentially proper uses of averages to refine a notion of average explanation. I then try to show how this notion provides a means for resolving longstanding philosophical problems in economics and other quantitative social (...)
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  34. Alan Nelson (1988). Review: Economic Rationality and Morality. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Public Affairs 17 (2):149 - 166.
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  35. Alan Nelson (1987). Book Review:Descartes. Marjorie Grene. [REVIEW] Ethics 97 (2):489-.
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  36. Alan Nelson (1987). Meditations on First Philosophy with Selections From the Objections and Replies. Teaching Philosophy 10 (4):353-355.
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  37. Alan Nelson (1986). Equilibrium and Macroeconomics, Frank Hahn, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1984, Viii + 397pp. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 2 (01):148-.
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  38. Alan Nelson (1986). Explanation and Justification in Political Philosophy. Ethics 97 (1):154-176.
  39. Alan Nelson (1986). New Individualistic Foundations for Economics. Noûs 20 (4):469-490.
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  40. Alan Nelson (1984). Some Issues Surrounding the Reduction of Macroeconomics to Microeconomics. Philosophy of Science 51 (4):573-594.
    This paper examines the relationship between modern theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics and, more generally, it evaluates the prospects of theoretically reducing macroeconomics to microeconomics. Many economists have shown strong interest in providing "microfoundations" for macroeconomics and much of their work is germane to the issue of theoretical reduction. Especially relevant is the work that has been done on what is called The Problem of Aggregation. On some accounts, The Problem of Aggregation just is the problem of reducing macroeconomics to (...)
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  41. Alan H. Nelson (1980). Mechanical Wheels of Fortune, 1100-1547. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 43:227-233.
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  42. Alan J. Nelson, Joshua Hoffman & Robert Hoffman (1979). Problem Section. Philosophia 8 (4):847-851.
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