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  1. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia, On Composition.
    I can make no sense of a true, literal application of the notion of proper (nontemporal) components or parts to things that occupy no space. Others apparently can, and some construct elaborate theories of propositional structure… Perhaps I am blind to a possibility that other, cognitively better endowed philosophers see. From my unseeing perspective, though, it is more likely that the appearance of sight deceives.
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  2. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2012). Semantic and Moral Luck. Metaphilosophy 43 (3):204-220.
    The similarities between the philosophical debates surrounding assessment sensitivity and moral luck run so deep that one can easily adapt almost any argument from one debate, change some terms, adapt the examples, and end up with an argument relevant to the other. This article takes Brian Rosebury's strategy for resisting moral luck in “Moral Responsibility and ‘Moral Luck' ” (1995) and turns it into a strategy for resisting assessment sensitivity. The article shows that one of Bernard Williams's examples motivating moral (...)
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  3. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2012). Words and Images in Argumentation. Argumentation 26 (3):355-368.
    In this essay, I will argue that images can play a substantial role in argumentation: exploiting information from the context, they can contribute directly and substantially to the communication of the propositions that play the roles of premises and conclusion. Furthermore, they can achieve this directly, i.e. without the need of verbalization. I will ground this claim by presenting and analyzing some arguments where images are essential to the argumentation process.
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  4. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2011). An Insubstantial Externalism. Journal of Philosophy 108 (10):576-582.
    In one of his recent articles published in this JOURNAL, Alvin J. Goldman argues that since one must counts epistemic rules among the factors that help to fix the justificational status of agents (generally called J-factors), not all J-factors are internalist i.e. intrinsic to the agent whose justificational status they help to fix. After all, for an epistemic rule to count as a genuine J-factor, it must be objectively correct, and therefore, “independent of any and all minds” (p.9). Consequently, it (...)
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  5. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2011). ¿Por Qué Una Palabra Significa Lo Que Significa? Comentarios a "Escepticismo Del Significado Y Teorías de Conceptos" de Sílvio Mota Pinto. Crítica 43 (127):59 - 66.
    En esta nota critico la teoría de la interpretación de Mota Pinto (2009), arguyendo que predice significados donde intuitivamente no debería haberlos. De paso, critico su presentación de la perspectiva comunitarista del significado, distinguiendo entre dos tipos diferentes de hechos semánticos: el que una palabra signifique lo que significa en vez de significar otra cosa, y el que una expresión signifique lo que significa en vez de no significar nada. In this brief commentary, I argue that Mota Pinto's theory of (...)
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  6. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2011). Sub-Sentential Logical Form. On Robert J. Stainton's "Words and Thoughts". Crítica 43 (129):53 - 63.
    Stainton argues (2006, 2001) that since sub-sentential speech acts lack the proper syntactic structure to have logical form, it is not from them that subsententially propositions conveyed derive their logical form, in this brief comment, I develop an argument for the claim that sub-sentential speech acts not only do have the proper syntactic structure, but that according to Stainton's own general pragmatic account of sub-sentential speech, they also satisfy all the criteria put forward by him to be the primary bearers (...)
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  7. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia, Ángeles Eraña & Robert Stainton (2010). The Contribution of Domain Specificity in the Highly Modular Mind. Minds and Machines 20 (1):19-27.
    Is there a notion of domain specificity which affords genuine insight in the context of the highly modular mind, i.e. a mind which has not only input modules, but also central ‘conceptual’ modules? Our answer to this question is no. The main argument is simple enough: we lay out some constraints that a theoretically useful notion of domain specificity, in the context of the highly modular mind, would need to meet. We then survey a host of accounts of what domain (...)
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  8. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2008). Patrones inferenciales (Inferential Patterns). Crítica 40 (120):3 - 35.
    El objetivo de este artículo es proponer un método de traducción de tablas de verdad a reglas de inferencia, para la lógica proposicional, que sea tan directo como el tradicional método inverso (de reglas a tablas). Este método, además, permitirá resolver de manera elegante el viejo problema, formulado originalmente por Prior en 1960, de determinar qué reglas de inferencia definen un conectivo. /// This article aims at setting forth a method to translate truth tables into inference rules, in propositional logic, (...)
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  9. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2007). What Does '&' Mean? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 5:45-50.
    Using conjunction as an example, I show a technical and philosophical problem when trying to conciliate the currently prevailing views on the meaning of logical connectives: the inferientialist (also called 'syntactic') one based on introduction and elimination rules, and the representationalist (also called 'semantic') one given through truth tables. Mostly I show that the widespread strategy of using the truth theoretical definition of logical consequence to collapse both definitions must be rejected by inferentialists. An important consequence of my argument is (...)
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  10. Javier Eliozondo & Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2005). Reseña de "Thinking About Mathematics" de Stewart Shapiro. Signos Filosóficos 7 (13):135-137.
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  11. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2004). Revisionismo en Filosofía de las Matemáticas. Signos Filosóficos 6 (12):149-154.
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  12. Axel Arturo Barceló Aspeitia (2004). Sobre la Idea Misma de Análisis Semántico (Sobre “Tres Métodos de Análisis Semántico”, de Max Fernández de Castro). Signos Filosóficos 6 (12):9-32.
    The goal of this article is to clarify the sense in which the semantic project of Frege, Russel and Carnap may be correctly described as a kind of semantic analysis. To this goal, I briefly trace the history of the term analysis in modern philosophy and mathematics, under the guiding hypothesis th..
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