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  1. Brian Garrett (forthcoming). Persons and Human Beings. Logos.
     
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  2. Brian Garrett (2014). Black on Backwards Causation. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (3):230-233.
    In this discussion paper I argue that Max Black's well-known bilking argument does not succeed in showing the impossibility of backwards causation.
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  3. Brian Garrett (2014). Elementary Logic. Routledge.
    Elementary Logic explains what logic is, how it is done, and why it can be exciting. The book covers the central part of logic that all students have to learn: propositional logic. It aims to provide a crystal-clear introduction to what is often regarded as the most technically difficult area in philosophy. The book opens with an explanation of what logic is and how it is constructed. Subsequent chapters take the reader step-by-step through all aspects of elementary logic. Throughout, ideas (...)
     
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  4. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2014). Neil Levy , Consciousness and Moral Responsibility . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 34 (5):240-242.
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  5. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2013). Constitution, Over Determination and Causal Power. Ratio 26 (2):162-178.
    Kim's exclusion argument threatens to show that irreducible constituted objects are epiphenomenal. Kim's arguments are examined and found to be unconvincing; that a constituted cause requires its constituent to be a cause is not an adequate reason to reject the causation of the constituted object (event or property-instance). However, I introduce and argue for, the Causal Power Uniqueness Condition (CPUC). I argue that CPUC and the causal closure of the physical, implies that constituted objects or property-instances are not novel causal (...)
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  6. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2013). David Chalmers , Constructing the World . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (6):440-442.
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  7. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2013). Douglas Ehring , Tropes: Properties, Objects and Mental Causation . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (4):279-281.
  8. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2013). Dana Kay Nelkin , Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (1):60-62.
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  9. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2013). Neil Levy , Hard Luck: How Luck Undermines Free Will and Moral Responsibility . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (3):212–214.
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  10. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2012). Steven Horst , Laws, Mind, and Free Will . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (1):27-29.
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  11. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2012). Troy Jollimore , Love's Vision . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (2):102-104.
  12. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2011). John Foster , A World For Us: The Case for Phenomenalistic Idealism . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (6):397-399.
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  13. Brian Garrett (2010). John Foster, A World For Us: The Case for Phenomenalistic Idealism. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30:397-399.
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  14. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2010). Jens Harbecke, Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind's Powers in a Natural World Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 29 (6):415-418.
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  15. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2010). Santayana's Treatment of Teleology. Bulletin of the Santayana Society 28 (28):1-10.
    Santayana's epiphenomenalism is best understood as part of his thinking about teleology and final causes. Santayana makes a distinction between final causes, which he rejects, and teleology, which he finds ubiquitous. Mental causation is identified with a doctrine of final causes which he argues is an absurd form of causation. Thus mental causes are rejected and Santayana embraces epiphenomenalism.
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  16. Brian Garrett (2009). Jens Harbecke, Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind's Powers in a Natural World. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 29:415-418.
     
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  17. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2009). Causal Essentialism Versus the Zombie Worlds. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):pp. 93-112.
  18. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2009). Galen Strawson, Real Materialism and Other Essays. Philosophy in Review 29 (4):288.
     
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  19. Brian Garrett (2006). What is This Thing Called Metaphysics? Routledge.
    Why is there something rather than nothing? Does god exist? Who am I? Metaphysics is concerned with ourselves and reality, and the most fundamental questions regarding existence. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in Metaphysics in a concise but comprehensive way. Brian Garrett discusses the crucial concepts in a highly readable manner, easing the reader in with a look at paradoxes that aptly illustrate some important philosophical problems. He then goes on to address key areas of metaphysics: (...)
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  20. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2006). What the History of Vitalism Teaches Us About Consciousness and the "Hard Problem". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (3):576 - 588.
    Daniel Dennett has claimed that if Chalmers' argument for the irreducibility of consciousness were to succeed, an analogous argument would establish the truth of Vitalism. Chalmers denies that there is such an analogy. I argue that the analogy does have merit and that skepticism is called for.
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  21. Brian J. Garrett (2004). Johnston on Fission. Sorites 15 (December):87-93.
    In this discussion paper, I evaluate some arguments of Mark Johnston's which appear in his articles «Fission and the Facts» and «Reasons and Reductionism» . My primary concern is with his description of fission cases, and his assessment of the implications of such cases for value theory. In particular, Johnston advances the following three claims:Rejecting the intrinsicness of identity is an arbitrary response to the paradox of fission;Fission cases involve indeterminate identity;Contra Parfit, fission cases have no implications for value theory (...)
     
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  22. Brian Garrett (2003). Some Thoughts on Animalism. In K. Petrus (ed.), On Human Persons. Heusenstamm Nr Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag. 1--41.
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  23. Brian Garrett (2003). Vitalism and Teleology in the Natural Philosophy of Nehemiah Grew. British Journal for the History of Science 36 (1):63-81.
    This essay examines some aspects of the early history of the vitalism/mechanism controversies by examining the work of Nehemiah Grew in relation to that of Henry More , Francis Glisson and the more mechanistically inclined members of the Royal Society. I compliment and critically comment on John Henry's exploration of active principles in pre-Newtonian mechanist thought. The postulation of ‘active matter’ can be seen as an important support for the new experimental philosophy, but it has theological drawbacks, allowing for a (...)
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  24. Brian J. Garrett (2003). Bermudez on Self-Consciousness. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (210):96-101.
    I argue that José Luis Bermúdez has not shown that there is a paradox in our concept of self-consciousness. The deflationary theory is not a plausible theory of self-consciousness, so its paradoxicality is irrelevant. A more plausible theory, 'the simple theory', is not paradoxical. However, I do think there is a puzzle about the connection between self-consciousness and 'I'-thoughts.
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  25. Brian Garrett (2002). Cartesianism and the Private Language Argument. Sorites 14:57-62.
    In this paper, I argue that neither the #257 argument nor the #258 argument in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations undermines the coherence of the Cartesian Model, according to which a sensation word, such as `headache' or `tickle', gets its meaning in virtue of an act of `inner' association or ostensive definition. In addition, I argue against the standard assumption that the diarist's language of #258 is logically private.
     
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  26. Brian Jonathan Garrett (2002). Gerhard Preyer and Frank Siebelt, Eds., Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (5):356-358.
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  27. Brian Garrett (2001). William J. Fitzpatrick, Teleology and the Norms of Nature Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (6):419-422.
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  28. Brian Garrett (2001). William J. Fitzpatrick, Teleology and the Norms of Nature. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 21:419-422.
     
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  29. Brian Garrett (2000). Héritabilité causale et propriétés émergentes. Philosophiques 27 (1):139-159.
    Sur la base de ce qu’il a appelé « le principe d’héritabilité causale », Jaegwon Kim a soutenu que les propriétés réalisables de façons multiples ne constituent pas des sortes causales scientifiques. Mon principal objectif est de répondre aux arguments de Kim contre le physicalisme non réductionniste. Je défends l’idée qu’il existe plus de pouvoirs causaux que les seuls pouvoirs causaux physiques. Cela n’a rien de surprenant puisqu’il existe plus de particuliers que le nombre total de particules physiques fondamentales. Et (...)
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  30. Brian J. Garrett (2000). Defending Non-Epiphenomenal Event Dualism. Southern Journal of Philosophy 38 (3):393-412.
  31. Brian Garrett (1999). A Sceptical Tension. Analysis 59 (263):205–206.
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  32. Brian Garrett (1999). John Haugeland, Having Thought. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 19:188-190.
     
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  33. Brian J. Garrett (1999). Davidson on Causal Relevance. Ratio 12 (1):14-33.
    Davidson argues that mental properties are causally relevant properties. I argue that Davidson cannot appeal to ceteris paribus causal laws to ensure that these properties are causally relevant, if he wishes to retain his argument for anomalous monism. Second, I argue that the appeal to supervenience cannot, by itself, give us an account of the causal relevancy of mental properties. I argue that, while mental properties may indeed 'make a difference' to the causally efficacious properties of events, this is not (...)
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  34. Brian Jonathan Garrett (1999). John Haugeland, Having Thought Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (3):188-190.
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  35. Brian Garrett (1998). Personal Identity and Self-Consciousness. Routledge.
    The first book synthesizing the many different topics that surround the issue of personal identity, this text makes an important contribution to the philosophy of personal identity and mind, and to epistemology.
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  36. Brian J. Garrett (1998). Pluralism, Causation, and Overdetermination. Synthese 116 (3):355-78.
  37. Brian Garrett (1997). Anscombe on `I'. Philosophical Quarterly 47 (189):507-511.
    I examine the main arguments of Elizabeth Anscombe’s difficult but fecund paper ‘The First Person’. Anscombe argues that the first‐person singular is not a device of reference, and, in particular, that it is not a device of indexical reference. Both arguments fail, but in ways that we can learn from.
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  38. Brian Jonathan Garrett (1997). Causal Relevance and the Mental: Towards a Non-Reductive Metaphysics. Dissertation, Mcgill University (Canada)
    My aim in this thesis is to explain how a non-reductionist metaphysics can accommodate the causal relevance of the psychological and of the special sciences generally. According to physicalism, all behavior is caused by brain-states; given "folk-psychology", behavior is caused by some psychological state. If psychological states are distinct from brain states , then our behavior is overdetermined and this, it is claimed, is unacceptable. I argue that this consequence is not unacceptable. I claim that our explanatory practice should guide (...)
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  39. Brian Garrett (1996). Hamilton's New Look: A Reply. Philosophical Quarterly 46 (183):220-225.
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  40. Brian Garrett (1996). Peter Carruthers and Peter K. Smith, Eds., Theories of Theories of Mind. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 16:319-322.
     
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  41. Brian Jonathan Garrett (1996). Peter Carruthers and Peter K. Smith, Eds., Theories of Theories of Mind Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 16 (5):319-322.
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  42. Brian Garrett (1995). Wittgenstein and the First Person. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (3):347 – 355.
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  43. Brian J. Garrett (1995). Non-Reductionism and John Searle's The Rediscovery of the Mind. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):209-215.
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  44. Brian J. Garrett (1992). Persons and Values. Philosophical Quarterly 42 (168):337-44.
  45. Brian Garrett (1991). Vague Identity and Vague Objects. Noûs 25 (3):341-351.
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  46. Brian J. Garrett (1991). Personal Identity and Reductionism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (June):361-373.
  47. Brian J. Garrett (1991). Vagueness, Identity and the World. Logique Et Analyse 135 (1):349.
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  48. Brian J. Garrett (1990). Personal Identity and Extrinsicness. Philosophical Studies 59 (2):177-194.
  49. Brian Garrett (1988). Identity and Extrinsicness. Mind 97 (385):105-109.
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