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  1. Andrés Páez (2013). Probability-lowering causes and the connotations of causation. Ideas y Valores 62 (151):43-55.
    A common objection to probabilistic theories of causation is that there are prima facie causes that lower the probability of their effects. Among the many replies to this objection, little attention has been given to Mellor's (1995) indirect strategy to deny that probability-lowering factors are bona fide causes. According to Mellor, such factors do not satisfy the evidential, explanatory, and instrumental connotations of causation. The paper argues that the evidential connotation only entails an epistemically relativized form of causal attribution, not (...)
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  2. Andrés Páez (2010). Quine and Classic Pragmatism. Discusiones Filosóficas 11:59-79.
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  3. Andrés Páez (2009). Artificial Explanations: The Epistemological Interpretation of Explanation in Ai. Synthese 170 (1):131 - 146.
    In this paper I critically examine the notion of explanation used in artificial intelligence in general, and in the theory of belief revision in particular. I focus on two of the best known accounts in the literature: Pagnucco’s abductive expansion functions and Gärdenfors’ counterfactual analysis. I argue that both accounts are at odds with the way in which this notion has historically been understood in philosophy. They are also at odds with the explanatory strategies used in actual scientific practice. At (...)
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  4. Andrés Páez (2008). Bayle, Hume y los molinos de viento. Ideas y Valores 113.
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  5. Andrés Páez (2007). Michael Bishop & JD Trout. Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment. New York: Oxford University Press. 205 Pp.(2005). [REVIEW] Ideas y Valores 56 (133):169-173.
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  6. Andrés Páez, The Epistemic Value of Explanation.
    In this paper I defend the idea that there is a sense in which it is meaningful and useful to talk about objective understanding, and that to characterize that notion it is necessary to formulate an account of explanation that makes reference to the beliefs and epistemic goals of the participants in a cognitive enterprise. Using the framework for belief revision developed by Isaac Levi, I analyze the conditions that information must fulfill to be both potentially explanatory and epistemically (...)
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  7. Andrés Páez (1998). Eutanasia y subjetividad. Ideas y Valores 108:18-30.
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