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    Alex Burri (1996). Realismus in Duhems Naturgemässer Klassifikation. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 27 (2):203 - 213.
    Realism in Duhem's Natural Classification. Pierre Duhem is an outstanding exponent of empiricism. According to the empiricist view scientific laws and theories merely describe formal relations between observable phenomena. Duhems' important notion of natural classification is intended to explain the predictive success of science. I shall argue that it can only be interpreted realistically. Besides the success of science, two further arguments are put forward in favor of realism: (i) the fact that laws of nature are necessary, and (ii) the (...)
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    Franz Balsiger & Alex Burri (1990). Sind Die Klassische Mechanik Und Die Spezielle Relativitätstheorie Kommensurabel? Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 21 (1):157-162.
    In its first part, this paper shows why a recently made attempt to reduce the special theory of relativity to Newtonian kinematics is bound to fail. In the second part, we propose a differentiated notion of incommensurability which enables us to amend the contention that the special theory of relatively and Newtonian kinematics are “incommensurable”.
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    Alex Burri (2007). A Priori Existence. Grazer Philosophische Studien 74 (1):163-175.
    This paper deals with the question whether existence claims may be supported in an a priori manner. I examine a particular case in point, namely the argument for the existence of so-called logical atoms to be found in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Although I find it wanting, I argue that more general reflections on the notion of existence allow us to straightforwardly answer our initial question in the affirmative.
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    Alex Burri (1993). Relativismus, Realismus, Mathematik. Grazer Philosophische Studien 44:293-312.
    Relativisten betrachten die unterschiedlichen logischen und mathematischen Axiomensysteme als prinzipiell gleichwertige Darstellungsmittel, deren Anwendung sich nur pragmatisch rechtfertigen läßt. Nach realistischer Deutung haben aber zumindest einige Axiomensysteme als objektiv zu gelten. Allerdings vermögen die Gründe, die die beiden wichtigsten Verfechter des Realismus, Frege und Gödel, für die Objektivität vorgebracht haben, nicht zu überzeugen. Dessen ungeachtet erweist sich, wie zum Schluß argumentiert wird, eine realistische Philosophie der Mathematik als unumgängüch.
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    Alex Burri & Anna Kollenberg (2015). Introductory Remark. Erkenntnis 80 (1):1-1.
    The contributions to this special issue trace back to a conference entitled “Language: The Limits of Representation and Understanding” that was held at the University of Erfurt, August 30th to September 1st, 2012. We thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for financial support.
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  6. Alex Burri (1992). Hegel über unmittelbares Wissen. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 40 (6):666-669.
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    Alex Burri (2014). Das wissenschaftliche Weltbild und sein narratives Gegenstück. In Ingrid Vendrell Ferran & Christoph Demmerling (eds.), Wahrheit, Wissen Und Erkenntnis in der Literatur: Philosophische Beiträge. De Gruyter 25-40.
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    Franz Balsiger & Alex Burri (1990). Sind Die Klassische Mechanik Und Die Spezielle Relativitätstheorie Kommensurabel? Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 21 (1):157 - 162.
    Are Classical Mechanics and the Special Theory of Relativity Commensurable? In its first part, this paper shows why a recently made attempt to reduce the special theory of relativity to Newtonian kinematics is bound to fail. In the second part, we propose a differentiated notion of incommensurability which enables us to amend the contention that the special theory of relatively and Newtonian kinematics are "incommensurable".
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    Alex Burri (1995). Rezension. Erkenntnis 42 (3):403-404.
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    Alex Burri & Jürg Freudiger (1990). Zur Analytizität Hypothetischer Imperative. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 44 (1):98 - 105.
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    Alex Burri (2010). Bedeutung–diesseits und jenseits von Millikan. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 58 (6):935-953.
    I both outline and criticize Millikan′s tripartite view on meaning. Besides hinting at an ontological problem raised by her notion of a “conception”, I especially argue that her radical externalist theory of reference presupposes referential atomism and is, therefore, incompatible with its presumed biological foundation. A sketch of an alternative picture of what reference might be completes the article.
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    Alex Burri (1995). Book Review. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 42 (3):405-408.
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    Alex Burri (1995). On What We Know We Don't Know: Explanation, Teory, Linguistics and How Questions Shape Them. History of European Ideas 21 (1):139-140.
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    Alex Burri (1992). The Linguistic Winding Road. Dialectica 46 (3‐4):215-224.
    SummaryThe aim of this paper is to put the linguistic turn into a broader context.
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  15. Christian Beyer & Alex Burri (2007). Preface. Grazer Philosophische Studien 74:vii-vii.
     
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    Christian Beyer & Alex Burri (eds.) (2007). Philosophical Knowledge: Its Possibility and Scope. Rodopi.
    The former "Queen of Science" seems to be lacking both a specific subject and a particular method. Thus the need arises for intra- and metaphilosophical orientation – especially since the way philosophy sees itself stems from various influential schools and traditions whose mutual exchange is not as lively as one might have hoped.
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  17. Alex Burri & Stephan Furrer (1994). European Review of Philosophy, Volume 1: Philosophy of Mind. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
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  18. Alex Burri & Wolfgang Huemer (eds.) (2007). Kunst Denken. Mentis.
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  19. Alex Burri (1993). Kurze Einführung in die Metaphysiche Abhandlung. Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):13-17.
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  20. Alex Burri (1994). Le caractère social du langage et de la pensée. Dialectica 48 (3‐4):337-352.
    SummaryI argue that language is a social phenomenon and that thoughts take place in a linguistic medium of representation. Davidson's private language approach to communication is reviewed and criticised in sections 2 and 3, respectively. It is shown that Dretske's recent definition of thought is not narrow enough to exclude algorithmic symbol manipulations done by computers from being thoughts. The difference between mere algorithmic symbol manipulation and thought is to be found in the human ability to infer the truth value (...)
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  21. Alex Burri (1998). Methoden der radikalen Interpretation. Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 23 (3):205-230.
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  22. Alex Burri (1996). Realismus in Duhems Naturgemässer klassifikationRealism in Duhem's Natural Classification. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 27 (2):203-213.
    Realism in Duhem's Natural Classification. Pierre Duhem is an outstanding exponent of empiricism. According to the empiricist view scientific laws and theories merely describe formal relations between observable phenomena. Duhems' important notion of natural classification is intended to explain the predictive success of science. I shall argue that it can only be interpreted realistically. Besides the success of science, two further arguments are put forward in favor of realism: the fact that laws of nature are necessary, and the extension of (...)
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  23. Alex Burri & Jürg Burri (eds.) (1993). Relativismus Und Kontextualismus: Festschrift Für Henri Lauener. Rodopi.
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/Contents: H.G. CALLAWAY: Open Transcendentalism and the Normative Character of Methodology. Roger F. GIBSON: Two Conceptions of Philosophy. Jürg FREUDIGER: Quine und die Unterdeterminiertheit empirischer Theorien. David PEARS: The Ego and the Eye: Wittgenstein's Use of an Analogy. Guido KÜNG: Welterkennen und Textinterpretation bei Roman Ingarden und Nelson Goodman. Barry SMITH: Putting the World Back into Semantics. Herbert STACHOWIAK: Offen für Ophelia? Paul GOCHET & Michel KEFER: Henri Lauener's Open Transcendentalism. Rudolf HALLER: Zum Problem des Relativismus in der Philosophie. Andreas (...)
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  24. Alex Burri (2003). Symmetries and Solipsism. In Andreas Bächli & Klaus Petrus (eds.), Monism. Ontos 9--157.
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  25. Alex Burri (1997). Sprache Und Denken = Language and Thought.
     
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  26. Alex Burri & Stephan Furrer (1994). Truth and Knowledge of Other Minds. In European Review of Philosophy, Volume 1: Philosophy of Mind. Stanford: CSLI Publications
     
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  27. Alex Burri (1999). Wahrheit, Referenz und Realismus. Eine Studie zur Sprachphilosophie und Metaphysik. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 53 (4).
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  28. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). A Puzzle About Disputes and Disagreements. Erkenntnis 80 (1):167-189.
    The paper addresses the situation of a dispute in which one speaker says ϕ and a second speaker says not-ϕ. Proceeding on an idealising distinction between “basic” and “interesting” claims that may be formulated in a given idiolectal language, I investigate how it might be sorted out whether the dispute reflects a genuine disagreement, or whether the speakers are only having a merely verbal dispute, due to their using different interesting concepts. I show that four individually plausible principles for the (...)
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  29. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Contextualism and Disagreement. Erkenntnis 80 (1):137-152.
    My aim in the paper will be to better understand what faultless disagreement could possibly consist in and what speakers disagree over when they faultlessly do so. To that end, I will first look at various examples of faultless disagreement. Since I will eventually claim that different forms of faultless disagreement can be modeled semantically on different forms of context-sensitivity I will, in a second step, discuss three different semantic accounts that all promise to successfully accommodate certain forms of context-sensitivity: (...)
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  30. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Expressing Disagreement: A Presuppositional Indexical Contextualist Relativist Account. Erkenntnis 80 (1):153-165.
    Many domains, notably the one involving predicates of personal taste, present the phenomenon of apparent faultless disagreement. Contextualism is a characteristically moderate implementation of the relativistic attempt to endorse such appearances. According to an often-voiced objection, although it straightforwardly accounts for the faultlessness, contextualism fails to respect “facts about disagreement.” With many other recent contributors to the debate, I contend that the notion of disagreement—“genuine,” “real,” “substantive,” “robust” disagreement—is indeed very flexible, and in particular can be constituted by contrasting attitudes. (...)
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  31. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Framing Event Variables. Erkenntnis 80 (1):31-60.
    Davidsonian analyses of action reports like ‘Alvin chased Theodore around a tree’ are often viewed as supporting the hypothesis that sentences of a human language H have truth conditions that can be specified by a Tarski-style theory of truth for H. But in my view, simple cases of adverbial modification add to the reasons for rejecting this hypothesis, even though Davidson rightly diagnosed many implications involving adverbs as cases of conjunct-reduction in the scope of an existential quantifier. I think the (...)
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  32. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Meaning and Formal Semantics in Generative Grammar. Erkenntnis 80 (1):61-87.
    A generative grammar for a language L generates one or more syntactic structures for each sentence of L and interprets those structures both phonologically and semantically. A widely accepted assumption in generative linguistics dating from the mid-60s, the Generative Grammar Hypothesis, is that the ability of a speaker to understand sentences of her language requires her to have tacit knowledge of a generative grammar of it, and the task of linguistic semantics in those early days was taken to be that (...)
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  33. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Major Parts of Speech. Erkenntnis 80 (1):3-29.
    According to the contemporary consensus, when reaching in the lexicon grammar looks for items like nouns, verbs, and prepositions while logic sees items like predicates, connectives, and quantifiers. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a single lexical category contemporary grammar and logic both make use of. I hope to show that while a perfect match between the lexical categories of grammar and logic is impossible there can be a substantial overlap. I propose semantic definitions for all the major parts (...)
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  34. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). Nonsense Made Intelligible. Erkenntnis 80 (1):111-136.
    My topic is the relation between nonsense and intelligibility, and the contrast between nonsense and falsehood which played a pivotal role in the rise of analytic philosophy. I shall pursue three lines of inquiry. First I shall briefly consider the positive case, namely linguistic understanding. Secondly, I shall consider the negative case—different breakdowns of understanding and connected forms of failure to make sense. Third, I shall criticize three important misconceptions of nonsense and unintelligibility: the austere conception of nonsense propounded by (...)
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  35. Anna Kollenberg & Alex Burri (2015). The Implicit Dimension of Meaning: Ways of “Filling In” and “Filling Out” Content. Erkenntnis 80 (1):89-109.
    I distinguish between the classical Gricean approach to conversational implicatures, which I call the action-theoretic approach, and the approach to CIs taken in contemporary cognitive science. Once we free ourselves from the AT account, and see implicating as a form of what I call “conversational tailoring”, we can more easily see the many different ways that CIs arise in conversation. I will show that they arise not only on the basis of a speaker’s utterance of complete sentences but also on (...)
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  36. Henri Lauener, Alex Burri & Jürg Freudiger (1993). Relativismus Und Kontestualismus Festschrift Für Henri Lauener = Relativism and Contextualism : Essays in Honor of Henri Lauener. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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