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  1. Barbara Gail Montero (forthcoming). Is Monitoring One's Actions Causally Relevant to Choking Under Pressure? Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences:1-17.
    I have a painfully vivid memory of performing the Venezuelan choreographer Vincente Nebrada’s ballet Pentimento.After graduating from high school at age 15 and before entering college, I spent a number of years working as a professional ballet dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), among other companies. I was a new member of North Carolina Dance Theatre, and although the company had presented the piece on a number of occasions, this was the first time the director was watching (...)
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  2. Barbara Gail Montero (2013). Must Physicalism Imply the Supervenience of the Mental on the Physical? Journal of Philosophy 110 (2):93-110.
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  3. Barbara Gail Montero (2013). The Artist as Critic: Dance Training, Neuroscience, and Aesthetic Evaluation. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (2):169-175.
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  4. Barbara Montero (2012). Practice Makes Perfect: The Effect of Dance Training on the Aesthetic Judge. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):59-68.
    According to Hume, experience in observing art is one of the prerequisites for being an ideal art critic. But although Hume extols the value of observing art for the art critic, he says little about the value, for the art critic, of executing art. That is, he does not discuss whether ideal aesthetic judges should have practiced creating the form of art they are judging. In this paper, I address this issue. Contrary to some contemporary philosophers who claim that experience (...)
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  5. Barbara Gail Montero (2011). Effortless Bodily Movement. Philosophical Topics 39 (1):67-79.
    What is it for a bodily movement to be effortless? What are we appreciating when we admire a dancer’s effortless leaps, a basketball player’s effortless shot, or even a seagull’s effortless soar? I propose to explore the notion of effortlessness by distinguishing various kinds of effortless bodily movements, examining the idea that effortless movements are smooth, predictable ones, discussing the relations between effortlessness and difficulty and effortlessness and actual ease, and speculating briefly about how we perceive and why we take (...)
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  6. Barbara Montero & C. Evans (2011). Intuitions Without Concepts Lose the Game: Mindedness in the Art of Chess. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10 (2):175-194.
    To gain insight into human nature philosophers often discuss the inferior performance that results from deficits such as blindsight or amnesia. Less often do they look at superior abilities. A notable exception is Herbert Dreyfus who has developed a theory of expertise according to which expert action generally proceeds automatically and unreflectively. We address one of Dreyfus’s primary examples of expertise: chess. At first glance, chess would seem an obvious counterexample to Dreyfus’s view since, clearly, chess experts are engaged in (...)
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  7. Barbara Montero (2010). A Russellian Response to the Structural Argument Against Physicalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (3-4):3-4.
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  8. Barbara Montero (2010). Does Bodily Awareness Interfere with Highly Skilled Movement? Inquiry 53 (2):105 – 122.
    It is widely thought that focusing on highly skilled movements while performing them hinders their execution. Once you have developed the ability to tee off in golf, play an arpeggio on the piano, or perform a pirouette in ballet, attention to what your body is doing is thought to lead to inaccuracies, blunders, and sometimes even utter paralysis. Here I re-examine this view and argue that it lacks support when taken as a general thesis. Although bodily awareness may often interfere (...)
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  9. Jonathan Cole & Barbara Montero (2007). Affective Proprioception. Janus Head 9 (2):299-317.
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  10. Barbara Montero (2007). Physicalism Could Be True Even If Mary Learns Something New. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (227):176-189.
    Mary knows all there is to know about physics, chemistry and neurophysiology, yet has never experienced colour. Most philosophers think that if Mary learns something genuinely new upon seeing colour for the first time, then physicalism is false. I argue, however, that physicalism is consistent with Mary's acquisition of new information. Indeed, even if she has perfect powers of deduction, and higher-level physical facts are a priori deducible from lower-level ones, Mary may still lack concepts which are required in order (...)
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  11. Barbara Montero (2006). Proprioception as an Aesthetic Sense. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (2):231-242.
  12. Barbara Montero (2006). Physicalism in an Infinitely Decomposable World. Erkentnis 64 (2):177-191.
    Might the world be structured, as Leibniz thought, so that every part of matter is divided ad infinitum? The Physicist David Bohm accepted infinitely decomposable matter, and even Steven Weinberg, a staunch supporter of the idea that science is converging on a final theory, admits the possibility of an endless chain of ever more fundamental theories. However, if there is no fundamental level, physicalism, thought of as the view that everything is determined by fundamental phenomena and that all fundamental phenomena (...)
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  13. Barbara Montero (2006). Proprioceiving Someone Else's Movement. Philosophical Explorations 9 (2):149 – 161.
    Proprioception - the sense by which we come to know the positions and movements of our bodies - is thought to be necessarily confined to the body of the perceiver. That is, it is thought that while proprioception can inform you as to whether your left knee is bent or straight, it cannot inform you as to whether someone else's knee is bent or straight. But while proprioception certainly provides us with information about the positions and movements of our own (...)
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  14. Barbara Montero (2006). Rethinking the Mind-Body Problem. In Maureen Eckert (ed.), Theories of Mind: An Introductory Reader. Rowman and Littlefield. 250.
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  15. Barbara Montero (2006). What Does the Conservation of Energy Have to Do with Physicalism? Dialectica 60 (4):383-396.
  16. Barbara Montero (2005). What is the Physical? In Ansgar Beckermann & Brian P. McLaughlin (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind. Oxford University Press.
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  17. Barbara Montero & David Papineau (2005). A Defense of the Via Negativa Argument for Physicalism. Analysis 65 (287):233-237.
  18. Barbara Montero (2004). Consciousness is Puzzling but Not Paradoxical. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (1):213-226.
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  19. Barbara Montero (2004). Consciousness Is Puzzling, but Not Paradoxical. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (1):213-226.
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  20. Barbara Montero (2004). Review: Consciousness Is Puzzling, but Not Paradoxical. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (1):213 - 226.
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  21. Barbara Montero (2004). Really Taking Metaphysics Seriously. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):632-633.
    Ross & Spurrett (R&S) fail to take metaphysics seriously because they do not make a clear enough distinction between how we understand the world and what the world is really like. Although they show that the behavioral and cognitive sciences are genuinely explanatory, it is not clear that they have shown that these special sciences identify properties that are genuinely causal.
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  22. Barbara Montero (2003). The Epistemic/Ontic Divide. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2):404-418.
    A number of philosophers think that, while we cannot explain how the mind is physical, we can know that it is physical, nonetheless. That is, they accept both the explanatory gap between the mental and the physical and ontological physicalism. I argue that this position is unstable. Among other things, I argue that once one accepts the explanatory gap, the main argument for ontological physicalism, the argument from causation, looses its force. For if one takes physical/nonphysical causation and ontological physicalism (...)
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  23. Barbara Montero (2003). Varieties of Causal Closure. In Sven Walter & Heinz-Dieter Heckmann (eds.), Physicalism and Mental Causation. Imprint Academic. 173-187.
  24. Eric Barnes, Neither Truth Nor Empirical Adequacy Explain, Matti Eklund, Deep Inconsistency, Barbara Montero, Harold Langsam, Self-Knowledge Externalism, Christine McKinnon Desire-Frustration, Moral Sympathy & Josh Parsons (2002). INDEX for Volume 80, 2002. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (4):545-548.
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  25. Donniell Fishkind, Joel David Hamkins & Barbara Montero (2002). New Inconsistencies in Infinite Utilitarianism: Is Every World Good, Bad or Neutral? Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (2):178 – 190.
    In the context of worlds with infinitely many bearers of utility, we argue that several collections of natural Utilitarian principles--principles which are certainly true in the classical finite Utilitarian context and which any Utilitarian would find appealing--are inconsistent.
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  26. Barbara Montero (2001). Post-Physicalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (2):61-80.
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  27. Joel David Hamkins & Barbara Montero (2000). With Infinite Utility, More Needn't Be Better. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (2):231 – 240.
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  28. Joel David Hamkins & Barbara Montero (2000). Utilitarianism in Infinite Worlds. Utilitas 12 (01):91-.
    Recently in the philosophical literature there has been some effort made to understand the proper application of the theory of utilitarianism to worlds in which there are infinitely many bearers of utility. Here, we point out that one of the best, most inclusive principles proposed to date contradicts fundamental utilitarian ideas, such as the idea that adding more utility makes a better world.
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  29. Barbara Montero (1999). The Body Problem. Noûs 33 (2):183-200.
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