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  1. Bryson Brown (2013). Consequence as Preservation: Some Refinements. In Francesco Berto, Edwin Mares, Koji Tanaka & Francesco Paoli (eds.), Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications. Springer. 123--139.
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  2. Bryson Brown (2011). Ecology as Historical Science. In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland. 11--251.
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  3. Bryson Brown (2011). Ethics in Darwin's Melancholy Vision. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42 (1):20-29.
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  4. Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock Kevin deLaplante (2011). Philosophy of Ecology Today. In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland. 3.
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  5. Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.) (2011). Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland.
    The most pressing problems facing humanity today - over-population, energy shortages, climate change, soil erosion, species extinctions, the risk of epidemic disease, the threat of warfare that could destroy all the hard-won gains of civilization, and even the recent fibrillations of the stock market - are all ecological or have a large ecological component. in this volume philosophers turn their attention to understanding the science of ecology and its huge implications for the human project. To get the application of ecology (...)
     
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  6. Bryson Brown (2007). Evolution: A Historical Perspective. Greenwood Press.
  7. Bryson Brown (2006). Skepticism About the Past and the Problem of the Criterion. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):291-306.
    An argument for skepticism about the past exploits a circularity in the arguments connecting present observations to claims about past events. Arguments supporting claims about the past depend on current observations together with processes linking current observations to those claims. But knowledge of processes requires knowledge of the past: Knowledge of the present alone cannot provide evidence for claims about the past. A practical, coherentist response to this challenge rejects the assumption that we come to the problem with no information (...)
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  8. Bryson Brown (2004). David N. Stamos, The Species Problem: Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 24 (5):371-374.
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  9. Bryson Brown (2004). Knowledge and Non-Contradiction. In Graham Priest, J. C. Beall & Bradley Armour-Garb (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction. Clarendon Press.
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  10. Bryson Brown (2004). The Pragmatics of Empirical Adequacy. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):242 – 264.
    Empirical adequacy is a central notion in van Fraassen's empiricist view of science. I argue that van Fraassen's account of empirical adequacy in terms of a partial isomorphism between certain structures in some model(s) of the theory and certain actual structures (the observables) in the world, is untenable. The empirical adequacy of a theory can only be tested in the context of an accepted practice of observation. But because the theory itself does not determine the correct practice of observation, its (...)
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  11. Bryson Brown & Graham Priest (2004). Chunk and Permeate, a Paraconsistent Inference Strategy. Part I: The Infinitesimal Calculus. Journal of Philosophical Logic 33 (4):379-388.
    In this paper we introduce a paraconsistent reasoning strategy, Chunk and Permeate. In this, information is broken up into chunks, and a limited amount of information is allowed to flow between chunks. We start by giving an abstract characterisation of the strategy. It is then applied to model the reasoning employed in the original infinitesimal calculus. The paper next establishes some results concerning the legitimacy of reasoning of this kind - specifically concerning the preservation of the consistency of each chunk (...)
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  12. Bryson Brown (2003). Notes on Hume and Skepticism of the Senses. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (3):289-303.
    In A Treatise of Human Nature Hume wrote a long section titled “Of skepticism with regard to the senses.” The discussion examines two key features of our beliefs about the objects making up the external world: 1. They continue to exist, even when unperceived. 2. They are distinct from the mind and its perceptions. The upshot of the discussion is a graceful sort of intellectual despair:I cannot conceive how such trivial qualities of the fancy, conducted by such false suppositions, can (...)
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  13. Bryson Brown (2000). An Empty Refinement in Mellor's Definition of Chances. Analysis 60 (3):238–243.
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  14. Bryson Brown (2000). The Facts of Causation. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):467-494.
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  15. Bryson Brown (1999). Adjunction and Aggregation. Noûs 33 (2):273-283.
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  16. Bryson Brown (1999). Smoke and Mirrors: A Few Nice Tricks. Dialogue 38 (01):123-.
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  17. Bryson Brown (1999). Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Paraconsistent Logics. Journal of Philosophical Logic 28 (5):489-500.
    B. H. Slater has argued that there cannot be any truly paraconsistent logics, because it's always more plausible to suppose whatever "negation" symbol is used in the language is not a real negation, than to accept the paraconsistent reading. In this paper I neither endorse nor dispute Slater's argument concerning negation; instead, my aim is to show that as an argument against paraconsistency, it misses (some of) the target. A important class of paraconsistent logics - the preservationist logics - are (...)
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  18. Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (1999). Logic and Aggregation. Journal of Philosophical Logic 28 (3):265-288.
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  19. Peter Apostoli & Bryson Brown (1995). A Solution to the Completeness Problem for Weakly Aggregative Modal Logic. Journal of Symbolic Logic 60 (3):832-842.
  20. David Braybrooke & Bryson Brown (1995). Logic on the Track of Social Change. Clarendon Press.
    The book sets out a new logic of rules, developed to demonstrate how such a logic can contribute to the clarification of historical questions about social rules. The authors illustrate applications of this new logic in their extensive treatments of a variety of accounts of social changes, analysing in these examples the content of particular social rules and the course of changes in them.
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  21. Bryson Brown (1992). Defending Backwards Causation. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (4):429 - 443.
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  22. Bryson Brown (1992). Old Quantum Theory: A Paraconsistent Approach. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:397 - 411.
    Just what forms do (or should) our cognitive attitudes towards scientific theories take? The nature of cognitive commitment becomes particularly puzzling when scientists' commitments are) inconsistent. And inconsistencies have often infected our best efforts in science and mathematics. Since there are no models of inconsistent sets of sentences, straightforward semantic accounts fail. And syntactic accounts based on classical logic also collapse, since the closure of any inconsistent set under classical logic includes every sentence. In this essay I present some evidence (...)
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  23. Bryson Brown (1992). Rational Inconsistency and Reasoning. Informal Logic 14 (1).
    Nicholas Rescher has argued we must tolerate inconsistency because of our cognitive limitations. He has also produced, together with R. Brandom, a serious attempt at exploring the logic of inconsistency. Inconsistency tolerance calls for a systematic rewriting of our logical doctrines: it requires a paraconsistent logic. However, having given up all aggregation of premises, Rescher's proposal for a paraconsistenl logic fails to account for the reductive reasoning Rescher appeals to in his account of inconsistency tolerance. A non-adjunctive logic developed by (...)
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  24. Bryson Brown (1992). Struggling With Conditionals. Dialogue 31 (02):327-.
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  25. Bryson Brown (1991). Graham Priest, Richard Routley and Jean Norman, Eds., Paraconsistent Logic: Essays on the Inconsistent Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (1):58-60.
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  26. Bryson Brown (1990). How to Be Realistic About Inconsistency in Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 21 (2):281-294.
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