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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2004). True Enough. Philosophical Issues 14 (1):113–131.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2010). Keeping Things in Perspective. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 150 (3):439 - 447.
    Scientific realism holds that scientific representations are utterly objective. They describe the way the world is, independent of any point of view. In Scientific Representation, van Fraassen argues otherwise. If science is to afford an understanding of nature, it must be grounded in evidence. Since evidence is perspectivai, science cannot vindicate its claims using only utterly objective representations. For science to do its epistemic job, it must involve perspectivai representations. I explicate this argument and show its power.
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    Catherine Elgin (2007). Understanding and the Facts. Philosophical Studies 132 (1):33 - 42.
    If understanding is factive, the propositions that express an understanding are true. I argue that a factive conception of understanding is unduly restrictive. It neither reflects our practices in ascribing understanding nor does justice to contemporary science. For science uses idealizations and models that do not mirror the facts. Strictly speaking, they are false. By appeal to exemplification, I devise a more generous, flexible conception of understanding that accommodates science, reflects our practices, and shows a sufficient but not slavish sensitivity (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2001). The Legacy of Nelson Goodman. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (3):679-690.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2002). Take It From Me: The Epistemological Status of Testimony. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):291-308.
    Testimony consists in imparting information without supplying evidence or argument to back one's claims. To what extent does testimony convey epistemic warrant? C. J. A. Coady argues, on Davidsonian grounds, that (1) most testimony is true, hence (2) most testimony supplies warrant sufficient for knowledge. I appeal to Grice's maxims to undermine Coady's argument and to show that the matter is more complicated and context-sensitive than is standardly recognized. Informative exchanges take place within networks of shared, tacit assumptions that affect (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1993). Understanding: Art and Science. Synthese 95 (1):196-208.
    The arts and the sciences perform many of the same cognitive functions, both serving to advance understanding. This paper explores some of the ways exemplification operates in the two fields. Both scientific experiments and works of art highlight, underscore, display, or convey some of their own features. They thereby focus attention on them, and make them available for examination and projection. Thus, the Michelson-Morley experiment exemplifies the constancy of the speed of light. Jackson Pollock'sNumber One exemplifies the viscosity of paint. (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1995). Unnatural Science. Journal of Philosophy 92 (6):289-302.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2002). Creation as Reconfiguration: Art in the Advancement of Science. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (1):13 – 25.
    Cognitive advancement is not always a matter of acquiring new information. It often consists in reconfiguration--in reorganizing a domain so that hitherto overlooked or underemphasized features, patterns, opportunities, and resources come to light. Several modes of reconfiguration prominent in the arts--metaphor, fiction, exemplification, and perspective--play important roles in science as well. They do not perform the same roles as literal, descriptive, perspectiveless scientific truths. But to understand how science advances understanding, we need to appreciate the ineliminable cognitive contributions of non-literal, (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2000). Reorienting Aesthetics, Reconceiving Cognition. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (3):219-225.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1988). The Epistemic Efficacy of Stupidity. Synthese 74 (3):297 - 311.
    I show that it follows from both externalist and internalist theories that stupid people may be in a better position to know than smart ones. This untoward consequence results from taking our epistemic goal to be accepting as many truths as possible and rejecting as many falsehoods as possible, combined with a recognition that the standard for acceptability cannot be set too high, else scepticism will prevail. After showing how causal, reliabilist, and coherentist theories devalue intelligence, I suggest that knowledge, (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2004). Denying a Dualism: Goodman's Repudiation of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 28 (1):226–238.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2000). Interpretation and Understanding. Erkenntnis 52 (2):175-183.
    To understand a term or other symbol, I argue that it is generally neither necessary nor sufficient to assign it a unique determinate reference. Independent of and prior to investigation, it is frequently indeterminate not only whether a sentence is true, but also what its truth conditions are. Nelson Goodman's discussions of likeness of meaning are deployed to explain how this can be so.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (ed.) (1997). Nelson Goodman's Theory of Symbols and its Applications. Garland Pub..
    A challenger of traditions and boundaries A pivotal figure in 20th-century philosophy, Nelson Goodman has made seminal contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language, with surprising connections that cut across traditional boundaries. In the early 1950s, Goodman, Quine, and White published a series of papers that threatened to torpedo fundamental assumptions of traditional philosophy. They advocated repudiating analyticity, necessity, and prior assumptions. Some philosophers, realizing the seismic effects repudiation would cause, argued that philosophy should retain the (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2008). Trustworthiness. Philosophical Papers 37 (3):371-387.
    I argue that trustworthiness is an epistemic desideratum. It does not reduce to justified or reliable true belief, but figures in the reason why justified or reliable true beliefs are often valuable. Such beliefs can be precarious. If a belief's being justified requires that the evidence be just as we take it to be, then if we are off even by a little, the belief is unwarranted. Similarly for reliability. Although it satisfies the definition of knowledge, such a belief is (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2000). Worldmaker: Nelson Goodman 1906–1998. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 31 (1):1-18.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin & Nelson Goodman (1987). Changing the Subject. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 46:219-223.
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    Nelson Goodman & Catherine Z. Elgin (1986). Interpretation and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World? Critical Inquiry 12 (3):564.
    Predictions concerning the end of the world have proven less reliable than your broker’s recommendations or your fondest hopes. Whether you await the end fearfully or eagerly, you may rest assured that it will never come—not because the world is everlasting but because it has already ended, if indeed it ever began. But we need not mourn, for the world is indeed well lost, and with it the stultifying stereotypes of absolutism: the absurd notions of science as the effort to (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2004). Richard Foley's Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (3):724–734.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2010). Review of Henk W. De Regt, Sabina Leonelli, Kai Eigner (Eds.), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (1).
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    Catherine Z. Elgin & Israel Scheffler (1987). Mainsprings of Metaphor. Journal of Philosophy 84 (6):331-335.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2002). Art in the Advancement of Understanding. American Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1):1 - 12.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2014). Fiction as Thought Experiment. Perspectives on Science 22 (2):221-241.
    Jonathan Bennett (1974) maintains that Huckleberry Finn’s deliberations about whether to return Jim to slavery afford insight into the tension between sympathy and moral judgment; Miranda Fricker (2007) argues that the trial scene in To Kill a Mockingbird affords insight into the nature of testimonial injustice. Neither claims merely that the works prompt an attentive reader to think something new or to change her mind. Rather, they consider the reader cognitively better off for her encounters with the novels. Nor is (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1979). Quine's Double Standard: Indeterminacy and Quantifying In. Synthese 42 (3):353 - 377.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1999). Education and the Advancement of Understanding. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 3:131-140.
    Understanding, as I construe it, is holistic. It is a matter of how commitments mesh to form a mutually supportive, independently supported system of thought. It is advanced by bootstrapping. We start with what we think we know and build from there. This makes education continuous with what goes on at the cutting edge of inquiry. Methods, standards, categories and stances are as important as facts. So something like E. D. Hirsch’s list of facts every fourth grader should know is (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1985). Translucent Belief. Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):74-91.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1997). Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary. Cornell University Press.
    In Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary, Catherine Z. Elgin maps a constructivist alternative to the standard Anglo-American conception of philosophy's ...
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    Catherine Elgin (1996). The Relativity of Fact and the Objectivity of Value. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 6 (1):4-15.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2009). Construction and Cognition. Theoria 24 (2):135-146.
    The Structure of Appearance presents a phenomenalist system, constructing enduring visible objects out of qualia. Nevertheless Goodman does not espouse phenomenalism. This is not because he considers his system inadequate. Although details remain to be filled in, he considers his system viable. And he believes his constructional methods could readily yield extensions to other sensory realms. Why isn’t Goodman a phenomenalist? This paper suggests an answer that illuminates Goodman’s views about the nature and functions of constructional systems, the prospects of (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2005). Review: Williams on Truthfulness. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 55 (219):343 - 352.
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    Catherine Elgin (1996). Considered Judgment. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
    The book contains a unique epistemological position that deserves serious consideration by specialists in the subject."--Bruce Aune, University of Massachusetts.
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    Catherine Elgin (2009). ``Is Understanding Factive?&Quot. In Adrian Haddock, Alan Millar & Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Epistemic Value. Oxford: Oxford University Press 322--30.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1987). The Cost of Correspondence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (3):475-480.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1980). Indeterminacy, Underdetermination and the Anomalous Monism. Synthese 45:233-55.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2000). In Memoriam: Nelson Goodman. Erkenntnis 52 (2):149 -.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2012). Making Manifest: The Role of Exemplification in the Sciences and the Arts. Principia 15 (3):399-413.
    Exemplification is the relation of an example to whatever it is an example of. Goodman maintains that exemplification is a symptom of the aesthetic: although not a necessary condition, it is an indicator that symbol is functioning aesthetically. I argue that exemplification is as important in science as it is in art. It is the vehicle by which experiments make aspects of nature manifest. I suggest that the difference between exemplars in the arts and the sciences lies in the way (...)
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    David Miller, Catherine Z. Elgin, Jonathan E. Adler & Douglas N. Walton (1980). Critical Notice. Synthese 43 (3):125 – 140.
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    Catherine Elgin (2005). Non-Foundationalist Epistemology: Holism, Coherence, and Tenability. In Steup Matthias & Sosa Ernest (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Epistemology. Blackwell 156--67.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2002). Take It From Me. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):291-308.
    Testimony consists in imparting information without supplying evidence or argument to back one’s claims. To what extent does testimony convey epistemic warrant? C. J. A. Coady argues, on Davidsonian grounds, that (1) most testimony is true, hence (2) most testimony supplies warrant sufficient for knowledge. I appeal to Grice’s maxims to undermine Coady’s argument and to show that the matter is more complicated and context-sensitive than is standardly recognized. Informative exchanges take place within networks of shared, tacit assumptions that affect (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2004). Optional Stops, Foregone Conclusions, and the Value of Argument. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 (3):317-329.
    If the point of argument is to produce conviction, an argument tor a foregone conclusion is pointless. I maintain, however, that an argument makes a variety of cognitive contributions, even when its conclusion is already believed. It exhibits warrant. It affords reasons that we can impart to others. It identifies bases tor agreement among parties who otherwise disagree. It underwrites confidence, by showing how vulnerable warrant is under changes in background assumptions. Multiple arguments for the same conclusion show how our (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2012). Begging to Differ. The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):77-82.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (2005). Word Giving, Word Taking. In David Wood & José Medina (eds.), Truth: Engagements Across Philosophical Traditions. Blackwell Pub. 271--287.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1993). Outstanding Problems: Replies to Zif Critics. Synthese 95 (1):129 - 140.
    Answers set the stage for new questions. Reconfigured terrains require new maps. We endedReconceptions with the words constructionalism always has plenty to do. The papers in this volume prove our point. They raise issues and disclose avenues that merit further investigation. In what follows, I venture some brief replies that answer objections and indicate areas that deserve further study.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1984). Review. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 21 (3).
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1993). Preface. Synthese 94 (1):1-1.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (ed.) (1997). Nelson Goodman's New Riddle of Induction. Garland Pub..
    A challenger of traditions and boundaries A pivotal figure in 20th-century philosophy, Nelson Goodman has made seminal contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language, with surprising connections that cut across traditional boundaries. In the early 1950s, Goodman, Quine, and White published a series of papers that threatened to torpedo fundamental assumptions of traditional philosophy. They advocated repudiating analyticity, necessity, and prior assumptions. Some philosophers, realizing the seismic effects repudiation would cause, argued that philosophy should retain the familiar (...)
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (forthcoming). Sign, Symbol, and System. Journal of Aesthetic Education.
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    Catherine Elgin (1984). Representation, Comprehension, and Competence. Social Research 51.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin, Israel Scheffler & Robert Schwartz (1999). Nelson Goodman 1906-1998. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 72 (5):206 - 208.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1997). The Power of Parsimony. Philosophia Scientiae 2 (1):89-104.
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    Catherine Z. Elgin (1993). Scheffler's Symbols. Synthese 94 (1):3 - 12.
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