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  1. Alexander Miller, Bare Functional Desire.
    But this changes nothing. The decisive claim is that in assessing the counterfactuals implicit in (A) we do not have to take sceptical worlds into the reckoning, whereas we must do that in assessing (B) because (B) explicitly speaks of them. Accept, provisionally, what is here said about (B) and focus on the claim about (A). Nobody should make it unless they are already in a position to assert that the actual world is not a sceptical world. And with that (...)
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  2. Alexander Miller, Semantic Realism and the Argument From Motivational Internalism.
    In his 1982 book Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language, Saul Kripke develops a famous argument that purports to show that there are no facts about what we mean by the expressions of our language: ascriptions of meaning, such as “Jones means addition by ‘+’” or Smith means green by ‘green’”, are according to Kripke’s Wittgenstein neither true nor false. Kripke’s Wittgenstein thus argues for a form of non-factualism about ascriptions of meaning: ascriptions of meaning do not purport to state (...)
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  3. Alexander Miller (2013). Contemporary Metaethics: An Introduction. Polity.
    1. Introduction. In this chapter, I provide a brief account of the territory covered in metaethics, and of the main philosophical positions in metaethics to be covered in detail in the course of the book.
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  4. Alexander Miller (2012). Judgement-Dependence, Tacit Knowledge and Linguistic Understandingi. In Piotr Stalmaszcyzk (ed.), Philosophical and Formal Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. Ontos Verlag. 405.
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  5. Alexander Miller (2012). O quasi-realismo de Blackburn. Crítica.
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  6. Alexander Miller (2010). Kripke's Wittgenstein, Factualism and Meaning. In Daniel Whiting (ed.), The Later Wittgenstein on Language. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  7. Alexander Miller (2010). Russ Shafer-Landau, Ed., Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Vol. 4. Ethics 121 (1):224.
     
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  8. Alexander Miller (2010). Shafer-Landau , Russ , Ed. Oxford Studies in Metaethics . Vol. 4.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. 342. $45.95 (Paper). [REVIEW] Ethics 121 (1):224-228.
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  9. Alexander Miller (2010). The Reasonableness of Faith and Assent in Newman's Parochial and Plain Sermons and Grammar of Assent. Newman Studies Journal 7 (2):41-54.
    Among the most overlooked sources for studying Newman’s epistemology are his sermons, particularly his Parochial and Plain Sermons. This essay compares Newman’s sermon “Religious Faith Rational” (1829) and his discussion of “Simple Assent” in his Grammar of Assent (1870), both of which defend faith or assent in daily life; this comparison reveals both a strong influence of the sermons on the Grammar and a shift in Newman’s understanding of the term “faith.”.
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  10. Alexander Miller (2009). Moral Realism and Program Explanation: A Very Short Symposium 1: Reply to Nelson. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):337-341.
    In chapter 8 of Miller 2003, I argued against the idea that Jackson and Pettit's notion of program explanation might help Sturgeon's non-reductive naturalist version of moral realism respond to the explanatory challenge posed by Harman. In a recent paper in the AJP[Nelson 2006, Mark Nelson has attempted to defend the idea that program explanation might prove useful to Sturgeon in replying to Harman. In this note, I suggest that Nelson's argument fails.
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  11. Alexander Miller (2009). Hume : Necessary Connections and Distinct Existences. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
     
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  12. Alexander Miller (2009). Primary Qualities, Secondary Qualities and the Truth About Intention. Synthese 171 (3):433 - 442.
    In this paper I will argue that Crispin Wright’s defence of the claim that the truth about intention is judgement-dependent is unstable because it can serve also to establish that the truth about shape is judgement-dependent, thereby violating his constraint that in developing the distinction between judgement-independent and judgement-dependent subject matters we have to be driven by the assumption that colour and shape will fall on different sides of the divide.
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  13. Alexander Miller, Realism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  14. Alexander Miller (2008). Review of A. C. Grayling, Truth, Meaning and Realism: Essays in the Philosophy of Thought. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (6).
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  15. Alexander Miller (2008). Thoughts, Oughts and the Conceptual Primacy of Belief. Analysis 68 (299):234–238.
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  16. Alexander Miller (2007). Another Objection to Wright's Treatment of Intention. Analysis 67 (295):257–263.
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  17. Alexander Miller (2007). Critical Notice. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (1):125 – 140.
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  18. Alexander Miller (2007). Philosophy of Language. Routledge.
    Frege : semantic value and reference -- Frege and Russell : sense and definite descriptions -- Sense and verificationism : logical positivism -- Scepticism about sense : Quine on analyticity and translation -- Scepticism about sense : Kripke's Wittgenstein -- Saving sense : responses to the sceptical paradox -- Sense, intention, and speech acts : Grice's programme -- Sense and truth : Tarski and Davidson -- Sense, world, and metaphysics.
     
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  19. Alexander Miller (2007). Rules-as-Rails, Tacit Knowledge and Semantic Creativity. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (1):125-140.
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  20. Alexander Miller (2006). Meaning Scepticism. In Michael Devitt & Richard Hanley (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language. Blackwell Pub.. 19--91.
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  21. Alexander Miller (2006). Realism and Antirealism. In Barry C. Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. 983.
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  22. Alexander Miller (2006). Russell, Multiple Relations, and the Correspondence Theory of Truth. The Monist 89 (1):85-101.
  23. Alexander Miller, Tom Stoneham & Sophie Gibb (2005). Philosophy of Mind. Philosophical Books 46 (3):278-284.
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  24. Alexander Miller (2004). Rule-Following and Externalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (1):127-140.
    John McDowell has suggested recently that there is a route from his favoured solution to Kripke's Wittgenstein's "sceptical paradox" about rule-following to a particular form of cognitive externalism. In this paper, I argue that this is not the case: even granting McDowell his solution to the rule-following paradox, his preferred version of cognitive externalism does not follow.
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  25. Alexander Miller (2004). Review: Differences with Wright. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 54 (217):595 - 603.
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  26. Alexander Miller (2003). An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics. Distributed in the Usa by Blackwell Publishers.
     
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  27. Alexander Miller (2003). An Identity Theory of Truth. Mind 112 (445):112-119.
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  28. Alexander Miller (2003). Does "Belief Holism" Show That Reductive Dispositionalism About Content Could Not Be True? Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 77 (77):73-90.
     
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  29. Alexander Miller (2003). LANGUAGE* Alexander Miller. In John Shand (ed.), Fundamentals of Philosophy. Routledge. 262.
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  30. Alexander Miller (2003). Objective Content. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 77 (1):73–90.
    [Alan Weir] This paper addresses the problem of how to account for objective content-for the distinction between how we actually apply terms and the conditions in which we ought to apply them-from within a naturalistic framework. Though behaviourist or dispositionalist approaches are generally held to be unsuccessful in naturalising objective content or 'normativity', I attempt to restore the credibility of such approaches by sketching a behaviouristic programme for explicating objective content. /// [Alexander Miller] Paul Boghossian (1989, 1990) has argued, on (...)
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  31. Alexander Miller (2003). Philosophy Of. In John Shand (ed.), Fundamentals of Philosophy. Routledge. 262.
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  32. Alexander Miller (2003). Review: An Identity Theory of Truth. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (445):112-119.
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  33. Alexander Miller (2003). The Significance of Semantic Realism. Synthese 136 (2):191 - 217.
    This paper is concerned with the relationship between the metaphysical doctrine of realism about the external world and semantic realism, as characterised by Michael Dummett. I argue that Dummett's conception of the relationship is flawed, and that Crispin Wright's account of the relationship, although designed to avoid the problems which beset Dummett's, nevertheless fails for similar reasons. I then aim to show that despite the fact that Dummett and Wright both fail to give a plausible account of the relationship between (...)
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  34. Alexander Miller (2003). What is the Acquisition Argument? In Alex Barber (ed.), Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press.
     
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  35. Alexander Miller (2002). Wright’s Argument Against Error-Theories. Analysis 62 (274):98–103.
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  36. Alexander Miller (2002). What is the Manifestation Argument? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83 (4):352–383.
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  37. Alexander Miller & C. J. G. Wright (eds.) (2002). Rule-Following and Meaning. Acumen.
    A selection of readings on a central topic in contemporary philosophy of language, mind, and metaphysics.
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  38. Alexander Miller (2001). On Wright's Argument Against Deflationism. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):527-531.
  39. Alexander Miller (2001). The Missing-Explanation Argument Revisited. Analysis 61 (1):76-86.
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  40. Duncan McFarland & Alexander Miller (2000). Disjunctions, Programming, and the Australian View of Colour. Analysis 60 (266):209-212.
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  41. Alexander Miller (2000). Disjunctions, Programming, and the Australian View of Colour. Analysis 60 (266):209-212.
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  42. Alexander Miller (2000). Horwich, Meaning and Kripke's Wittgenstein. Philosophical Quarterly 50 (199):161-174.
    Paul Horwich has argued that Kripke's Wittgenstein's 'sceptical challenge' to the notion of meaning and rule-following only gets going if an 'inflationary' conception of truth is presupposed, and he develops a 'use-theoretic' conception of meaning which he claims is immune to Kripke's Wittgenstein's sceptical attack. I argue that even if we grant Horwich his 'deflationary' conception of truth, that is not enough to undermine Kripke's Wittgenstein's sceptical argument. Moreover, Horwich's own 'use-theoretic' account of meaning actually falls prey to that sceptical (...)
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  43. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1999). Arithmaetical Platonism: Reliability and Judgement-Dependence. Philosophical Studies 95 (3):277-310.
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  44. Alexander Miller (1999). Horwich, Meaning and Kripke's Wittgenstein. Philosophical Quarterly 49 (199):161-174.
    Paul Horwich has argued that Kripke's Wittgenstein's 'sceptical challenge' to the notion of meaning and rule-following only gets going if an 'inflationary' conception of truth is presupposed, and he develops a 'use-theoretic' conception of meaning which he claims is immune to Kripke's Wittgenstein's sceptical attack. I argue that even if we grant Horwich his 'deflationary' conception of truth, that is not enough to undermine Kripke's Wittgenstein's sceptical argument. Moreover, Horwich's own 'use-theoretic' account of meaning actually falls prey to that sceptical (...)
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  45. Brian Leiter & Alexander Miller (1998). Closet Dualism and Mental Causation. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):161-181.
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  46. Duncan McFarland & Alexander Miller (1998). Jackson on Colour as a Primary Quality. Analysis 58 (2):76-85.
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  47. Duncan McFarland & Alexander Miller (1998). Response-Dependence Without Reduction? Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (3):407 – 425.
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  48. Alexander Miller (1998). Emotivism and the Verification Principle. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 98 (2):103–124.
    In chapter VI of Language, Truth, and Logic, A.J. Ayer argues that ethical statements are not literally significant. Unlike metaphysical statements, however, ethical statements are not nonsensical: even though they are not literally significant, Ayer thinks that they possess some other sort of significance. This raises the question: by what principle or criterion can we distinguish, among the class of statements that are not literally significant, between those which are genuinely meaningless and those which possess some other, non-literal form of (...)
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  49. Alexander Miller (1998). European Review of Philosophy, Volume 3: Response-Dependence. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
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  50. Alexander Miller (1998). Lewis, Temporary Intrinsics and Monetary Tropes, Douglas Ehring. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (4).
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