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  1. Brian Ball (forthcoming). Speech Acts: Natural or Normative Kinds? Mind and Language.
    There are two views of the essences of speech acts: according to one view, they are natural kinds; according to the other, they are what I call normative kinds – kinds in the (possibly non-reductive) definition of which some normative term occurs. In this paper I show that speech acts can be normative but also natural kinds by deriving Williamson’s account of assertion, on which it is an act individuated, and constitutively governed, by a norm (the knowledge rule), from a (...)
     
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  2. Brian Ball (forthcoming). The Knowledge Rule and the Action Rule. Southern Journal of Philosophy.
    In this paper I compare Timothy Williamson’s knowledge rule of assertion with Ishani Maitra and Brian Weatherson’s action rule. The paper is in two parts. In the first part I present and respond to Maitra and Weatherson’s master argument against the knowledge rule. I argue that while its second premise, to the effect that an action X can be the thing to do though one is in no position to know that it is, is true, its first premise is not: (...)
     
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  3. Brian Ball & Michael Blome-Tillmann (forthcoming). Counter Closure and Knowledge Despite Falsehood. Philosophical Quarterly.
    Certain puzzling cases have been discussed in the literature recently which appear to support the thought that knowledge can be obtained by way of deduction from a falsehood; moreover, these cases put pressure, prima facie, on the thesis of counter closure for knowledge. We argue that the cases do not involve knowledge from falsehood; despite appearances, the false beliefs in the cases in question are causally, and therefore epistemologically, incidental, and knowledge is achieved despite falsehood. We also show that the (...)
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  4. Brian Ball (2013). The Tarskian Turn. Edited by Leon Horsten. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. Pp. Xii + 165. Price £24.95.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252):629-632.
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  5. Brian Ball & Michael Blome-Tillmann (2013). Indexical Reliabilism and the New Evil Demon. Erkenntnis 78 (6):1317-1336.
    Stewart Cohen’s New Evil Demon argument raises familiar and widely discussed concerns for reliabilist accounts of epistemic justification. A now standard response to this argument, initiated by Alvin Goldman and Ernest Sosa, involves distinguishing different notions of justification. Juan Comesaña has recently and prominently claimed that his Indexical Reliabilism (IR) offers a novel solution in this tradition. We argue, however, that Comesaña’s proposal suffers serious difficulties from the perspective of the philosophy of language. More specifically, we show that the two (...)
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  6. Brian Ball (2011). Scott Soames, What Is Meaning? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (4):575-594.
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  7. Brian Ball (2011). What is Meaning?(Review). Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (4):485-503.
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  8. Brian Ball (2011). What is Meaning? (Review). Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41 (4):485-503.
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  9. Brian Ball (2010). 8 Brian Ball What Is Semantic Content? In Erich Rast & Luiz Carlos Baptista (eds.), Meaning and Context. Peter Lang. 2--187.
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