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  1. Amir Horowitz, (Supervisor: Marcelo Dascal).
    This work discusses a number of issues concerning mental contents. Its main purpose is to account for our thinking about extra-mental reality. I wish, in other words, to answer the question what makes it the case that mental states have the specific contents that they do. I try to present a theory that answers this question without using any semantic/intentional terms. Yet, the theory is neutral regarding the ontological status of the intentional and of the mental generally.
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  2. Amir Horowitz (2011). Davidson's Argument for Anomalous Monism. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  3. Amir Horowitz (2011). Jackson's Knowledge Argument. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  4. Amir Horowitz (2011). Putnam's Multiple Realization Argument Against Type-Physicalism. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  5. Amir Horowitz (2011). Plantinga on Materialism and Intentionality. Analysis and Metaphysics 10:113-120.
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  6. Amir Horowitz (2011). The Argument From Mental Causation for Physicalism. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  7. Amir Horowitz & Hiilla Jacobson (2010). Externalism and the Resolution of Selfknowledge. Acta Philosophica 19 (2):339-348.
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  8. Amir Horowitz (2009). Individualism and Narrow Content. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 8:139-153.
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  9. Amir Horowitz (2009). Turning the Zombie on its Head. Synthese 170 (1):191 - 210.
    This paper suggests a critique of the zombie argument that bypasses the need to decide on the truth of its main premises, and specifically, avoids the need to enter the battlefield of whether conceivability entails metaphysical possibility. It is argued that if we accept, as the zombie argument’s supporters would urge us, the assumption that an ideal reasoner can conceive of a complete physical description of the world without conceiving of qualia, the general principle that conceivability entails metaphysical possibility, and (...)
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  10. Hilla Jacobson-Horowitz & Amir Horowitz (2008). Conceivability, Higher Order Patterns, and Physicalism. Acta Analytica 23 (4):349-366.
  11. Amir Horowitz (2007). Computation, External Factors, and Cognitive Explanations. Philosophical Psychology 20 (1):65-80.
    Computational properties, it is standardly assumed, are to be sharply distinguished from semantic properties. Specifically, while it is standardly assumed that the semantic properties of a cognitive system are externally or non-individualistically individuated, computational properties are supposed to be individualistic and internal. Yet some philosophers (e.g., Tyler Burge) argue that content impacts computation, and further, that environmental factors impact computation. Oron Shagrir has recently argued for these theses in a novel way, and gave them novel interpretations. In this paper I (...)
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  12. Amir Horowitz (2005). Externalism, the Environment, and Thought-Tokens. Erkenntnis 63 (1):133-138.
    In "Contents just are in the head" (Erkenntnis 54, pp. 321-4.) I have presented two arguments against the thesis of semantic externalism. In "Contents just aren't in the head" Anthony Brueckner has argued that my arguments are unsuccessful, since they rest upon some misconceptions regarding the nature of this thesis. (Erkenntnis 58, pp. 1-6.) In the present paper I will attempt to clarify and strengthen the case against semantic externalism, and show that Brueckner misses the point of my arguments.
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  13. Amir Horowitz (2005). How Not to Argue for a Module of Language. Logique Et Analyse 48 (192):223-230.
     
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  14. Amir Horowitz & Hilla Jacobson-Horowitz (2005). The Knowledge Argument and Higher-Order Properties. Ratio 18 (1):48-64.
    The paper argues that Jackson's knowledge argument fails to undermine physicalist ontology. First, it is argued that, as this argument stands, it begs the question. Second, it is suggested that by supplementing the argument (and taking one of its premises for granted), this flaw can be remedied insofar as the argument is taken to be an argument against type-physicalism; however, this flaw cannot be remedied insofar as the argument is taken to be an argument against token-physicalism. The argument cannot be (...)
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  15. Amir Horowitz (2001). Contents Just Are in the Head. Erkenntnis 54 (3):321-344.
    The purpose of the paper is to show that semanticexternalism – the thesis that contents are notdetermined by ``individualistic'' features of mentalstates – is mistaken. Externalist thinking, it isargued, rests on two mistaken assumptions: theassumption that if there is an externalist wayof describing a situation the situation exemplifiesexternalism, and the assumption that cases in which adifference in the environment of an intentional stateentails a difference in the state's intentional objectare cases in which environmental factors determine thestate's content. Exposing these mistakes (...)
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  16. Amir Horowitz (2000). Legal Interpretation, Morality, and Semantic Fetishism. American Philosophical Quarterly 37 (4):335 - 357.
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  17. Amir Horowitz (1999). Is There a Problem in Physicalist Epiphenomenalism? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):421-34.
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  18. Alexander Bochman & Amir Horowitz (1998). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 26 (1-2):237-269.
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  19. Marcelo Dascal, Jens Allwood, Benny Shanon, Stephen Stich, Yorick Wilks, Itiel Dror, Edson Françozo & Amir Horowitz (1996). Pragmatics & Cognition. Cognition 7:1.
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  20. Amir Horowitz (1995). Putnam, Searle, and Externalism. Philosophical Studies 81 (1):27-69.
    To sum up, then, both kinds of Putnam's arguments established externalism, though they suffer from several defects. Yet, I think Searle's discussion of these arguments contributes to our understanding of what makes externalism true, and forces us to accept a moderate version of externalism. Searle's own account of the TE story shows us, within a solipsistic outline, how two identical mental states can be directed towards different objects, and further, that the content-determination of indexical thoughts does not necessarily involve external (...)
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  21. Amir Horowitz (1994). A Note on the Intentionality of Fear. Philosophica 53:73-79.
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  22. Amir Horowitz (1994). Searle's Mind: Physical, Irreducible, Subjective, and Non-Computational. Pragmatics and Cognition 2 (1):207-220.
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  23. Marcelo Dascal & Amir Horowitz (1992). Semantics and the Psyche. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (2):395-399.
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  24. Amir Horowitz (1992). Functional Role and Intentionality. Theoria 58 (2-3):197-218.
  25. Amir Horowitz (1990). Dretske on Perception. Ratio 3 (2):136-141.
  26. Amir Horowitz (1990). Intentional and Physical Relations. Manuscrito 13 (1):55-67.
     
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