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    Chris Daly & David Liggins (forthcoming). Dorr on the Language of Ontology. Philosophical Studies:1-15.
    In the ‘ordinary business of life’, everyone makes claims about what there is. For instance, we say things like: ‘There are some beautiful chairs in my favourite furniture shop’. Within the context of philosophical debate, some philosophers also make claims about what there is. For instance, some ontologists claim that there are chairs; other ontologists claim that there are no chairs. What is the relation between ontologists’ philosophical claims about what there is and ordinary claims about what there is? According (...)
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  2. Chris Daly & David Liggins (2010). In Defence of Error Theory. Philosophical Studies 149 (2):209-230.
    Many contemporary philosophers rate error theories poorly. We identify the arguments these philosophers invoke, and expose their deficiencies. We thereby show that the prospects for error theory have been systematically underestimated. By undermining general arguments against all error theories, we leave it open whether any more particular arguments against particular error theories are more successful. The merits of error theories need to be settled on a case-by-case basis: there is no good general argument against error theories.
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  3. Chris Daly & David Liggins (forthcoming). Is Ontological Revisionism Uncharitable? Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
    Abstract. Some philosophers ('nihilists') deny the existence of composite material objects. Other philosophers ('universalists') hold that whenever there are some things, they compose something. The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize an objection to these revisionary views: the objection that nihilism and universalism are both unacceptably uncharitable because each of them implies that a great deal of what we ordinarily believe is false. Our main business is to show how nihilism and universalism can be defended against the objection. A (...)
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  4. Chris Daly & David Liggins (2014). In Defence of Existence Questions. Monist 97 (7):460–478.
    Do numbers exist? Do properties? Do possible worlds? Do fictional characters? Many metaphysicians spend time and effort trying to answer these and other questions about the existence of various entities. These inquiries have recently encountered opposition: a group of philosophers, drawing inspiration from Aristotle, have argued that many or all of the existence questions debated by metaphysicians can be answered trivially, and so are not worth debating. Our task is to defend existence questions from the neo-Aristotelians' attacks.
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  5. Chris Daly & David Liggins (2013). Animalism and Deferentialism. Dialectica 67 (4):605-609.
    Animalism is the theory that we are animals: in other words, that each of us is numerically identical to an animal. An alternative theory maintains that we are not animals but that each of us is constituted by an animal. Call this alternative theory neo-Lockean constitutionalism or Lockeanism for short. Stephan Blatti (2012) offers to advance the debate between animalism and Lockeanism by providing a new argument for animalism. In this note, we present our own objection to Blatti's argument, and (...)
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    Chris Daly (2012). Scepticism About Grounding. In Fabrice Correia & Benjamin Schnieder (eds.), Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality. Cambridge University Press 81.
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  7. Chris Daly & Simon Langford (2009). Mathematical Explanation and Indispensability Arguments. Philosophical Quarterly 59 (237):641-658.
    We defend Joseph Melia's thesis that the role of mathematics in scientific theory is to 'index' quantities, and that even if mathematics is indispensable to scientific explanations of concrete phenomena, it does not explain any of those phenomena. This thesis is defended against objections by Mark Colyvan and Alan Baker.
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  8. Chris Daly & David Liggins (2011). Deferentialism. Philosophical Studies 156 (3):321-337.
    There is a recent and growing trend in philosophy that involves deferring to the claims of certain disciplines outside of philosophy, such as mathematics, the natural sciences, and linguistics. According to this trend— deferentialism , as we will call it—certain disciplines outside of philosophy make claims that have a decisive bearing on philosophical disputes, where those claims are more epistemically justified than any philosophical considerations just because those claims are made by those disciplines. Deferentialists believe that certain longstanding philosophical problems (...)
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  9. Chris Daly (2005). So Where's the Explanation? In Helen Beebee & Julian Dodd (eds.), Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate. Clarendon 85.
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    Chris Daly (2015). Bait and Switch Philosophy. Analysis 75 (3):372-379.
    Many philosophers employ an intellectual division of labour. Philosophy tells us what the truth conditions of various philosophically interesting sentences are. For example, atomic sentences containing numerals are sentences containing singular terms putatively referring to numbers; sentences about what could be are sentences quantifying over possible worlds and so on. Some discipline outside of philosophy tells us that certain of these sentences are true. The purported result is that such philosophically controversial entities as numbers and possible worlds have been shown (...)
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  11. Chris Daly & David Liggins (2010). Do Object-Dependent Properties Threaten Physicalism? Journal of Philosophy 107 (11):610-614.
    Thomas Hofweber argues that the thesis of direct reference is incompatible with physicalism, the claim that the nonphysical supervenes on the physical. According to Hofweber, direct reference implies that some physical objects have object-dependent properties, such as being Jones’s brother, which depend on particular objects for their existence and identity. Hofweber contends that if some physical objects have object-dependent properties, then Local-Local Supervenience (the physicalist doctrine on which he concentrates) fails. In this note, we argue that Hofweber has failed to (...)
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    Chris Daly (2014). Things: Philosophical Papers, Volume 2, by Stephen Yablo. Mind 123 (489):264-268.
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  13. Chris John Daly (2008). Fictionalism and the Attitudes. Philosophical Studies 139 (3):423 - 440.
    This paper distinguishes revolutionary fictionalism from other forms of fictionalism and also from other philosophical views. The paper takes fictionalism about mathematical objects and fictionalism about scientific unobservables as illustrations. The paper evaluates arguments that purport to show that this form of fictionalism is incoherent on the grounds that there is no tenable distinction between believing a sentence and taking the fictionalist's distinctive attitude to that sentence. The argument that fictionalism about mathematics is ‘comically immodest’ is also evaluated. In place (...)
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    Chris Daly & David Liggins (2015). Agnosticism About Material Composition. In Mirosław Szatkowski (ed.), God, Truth, and Other Enigmas. De Gruyter 169-182.
  15. Chris Daly (2006). Mathematical Fictionalism – No Comedy of Errors. Analysis 66 (291):208–216.
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    Chris Daly & David Liggins (2014). Nominalism, Trivialist Platonism and Benacerraf's Dilemma. Analysis 74 (2):224-231.
    In his stimulating new book The Construction of Logical Space , Agustín Rayo offers a new account of mathematics, which he calls ‘Trivialist Platonism’. In this article, we take issue with Rayo’s case for Trivialist Platonism and his claim that the view overcomes Benacerraf’s dilemma. Our conclusion is that Rayo has not shown that Trivialist Platonism has any advantage over nominalism.
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    Chris Daly & Simon Langford (2011). Two Anti-Platonist Strategies. Mind 119 (476):1107-1116.
    This paper considers two strategies for undermining indispensability arguments for mathematical Platonism. We defend one strategy (the Trivial Strategy) against a criticism by Joseph Melia. In particular, we argue that the key example Melia uses against the Trivial Strategy fails. We then criticize Melia’s chosen strategy (the Weaseling Strategy.) The Weaseling Strategy attempts to show that it is not always inconsistent or irrational knowingly to assert p and deny an implication of p . We argue that Melia’s case for this (...)
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  18. Chris John Daly (2008). The Methodology of Genuine Modal Realism. Synthese 162 (1):37 - 52.
    David Lewis’s genuine modal realism is a controversial thesis in modal metaphysics. Charles Chihara and Ross Cameron have each argued that Lewis’s defence of his thesis involves his committing serious methodological errors; in particular, that his replies to two well-known and important objections are question-begging. Scott Shalkowski has further argued that Lewis’s attempt to analyse modal talk in non-modal terms is viciously circular. This paper considers the methodology which Lewis uses to argue for his thesis, and the paper tries to (...)
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    Chris Daly (1998). What Are Physical Properties? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (3):196-217.
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  20. Christopher Daly (2010). An Introduction to Philosophical Methods. Broadview Press.
    An Introduction to Philosophical Methods is the first book to survey the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Rigorous yet accessible, the book introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates. Where there is controversy, the book presents the case for each side, but highlights where the key difficulties with them lie. While eminently student-friendly, the book makes an important contribution to the debate regarding the acceptability of the various philosophical methods, and (...)
     
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  21. Chris Daly (1998). Natural Kinds. In Edward Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge 682-5.
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    Chris John Daly (2007). Acquaintance and De Re Thought. Synthese 156 (1):79 - 96.
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    Chris Daly (1995). Does Physicalism Need Fixing? Analysis 55 (3):135-41.
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    Chris Daly (1997). Pluralist Metaphysics. Philosophical Studies 87 (2):185-206.
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    Chris Daly (2009). The Metaphysics Within Physics • by Tim Maudlin. Analysis 69 (2):374-375.
    The basic idea of Maudlin's superb book is methodological: ‘metaphysics, insofar as it is concerned with the natural world, can do no better than to reflect on physics. Physical theories provide us with the best handle we have on what there is, and the philosopher's proper task is the interpretation and elucidation of those theories. In particular, when choosing the fundamental posits of one's ontology, one must look to scientific practice rather than to philosophical prejudice’ .The apparently diverse topics covered (...)
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    Chris Daly (1994). Laws and Coincidences Contrasted. Analysis 54 (2):98 - 104.
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    Chris Daly (1996). Defending Promiscuous Realism About Natural Kinds. Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):496-500.
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    Chris Daly (2013). Psychology and Indispensability. The Monist 96 (4):561-581.
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    Chris Daly (1994). Tropes. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94:253 - 261.
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    Chris Daly (1998). Modality and Acquaintance with Properties. The Monist 81 (1):44--68.
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    Chris Daly (2007). Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behaviour. – Mark Wilson. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (228):498–501.
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    Christopher T. Daly (2004). St. Augustine's Bones. Augustinian Studies 35 (1):121-123.
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  33. Chris Daly (2000). Properties as Truthmakers. Logique Et Analyse 43 (169-170):95-107.
     
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    Christopher Daly (2004). Thomas Kuhn. International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):268-270.
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    Chris Daly (2007). Fictionalism in Metaphysics - Edited by Mark Eli Kalderon. Philosophical Books 48 (3):272-274.
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    Chris Daly (2010). Truth and Being. Metascience 19 (3):417-420.
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    Chris Daly (1996). Universals and Property Instances: The Alphabet of Being. Philosophical Books 37 (4):266-267.
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    Chris Daly (1995). Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central Themes. Philosophical Books 36 (2):136-138.
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  39. Chris Daly (1995). John Earman, Allen I. Janis, Gerald J. Massey, and Nicholas Rescher, Eds., Philosophical Problems of the Internal and External Worlds: Essays on the Philosophy of Adolf Grunbaum Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 15 (3):167-171.
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  40. Chris John Daly (2007). Acquaintance and de Re Thought. Synthese 156 (1):79-96.
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  41. Chris Daly (2010). An Introduction to Philosophical Methods. Broadview Press.
    An Introduction to Philosophical Methods is the first book to survey the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Rigorous yet accessible, the book introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates. Where there is controversy, the book presents the case for each side, but highlights where the key difficulties with them lie. While eminently student-friendly, the book makes an important contribution to the debate regarding the acceptability of the various philosophical methods, and (...)
     
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  42. Christopher Daly (2010). An Introduction to Philosophical Methods. Broadview Press.
    _An Introduction to Philosophical Methods_ is the first book to survey the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Rigorous yet accessible, the book introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates. Where there is controversy, the book presents the case for each side, but highlights where the key difficulties with them lie. While eminently student-friendly, the book makes an important contribution to the debate regarding the acceptability of the various philosophical methods, and (...)
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  43. Christopher Daly (2010). An Introduction to Philosophical Methods. Broadview Press.
    _An Introduction to Philosophical Methods_ is the first book to survey the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Rigorous yet accessible, the book introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates. Where there is controversy, the book presents the case for each side, but highlights where the key difficulties with them lie. While eminently student-friendly, the book makes an important contribution to the debate regarding the acceptability of the various philosophical methods, and (...)
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  44. Chris Daly (2009). Moral Error Theory and the Problem of Evil. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (2):89 - 105.
    Moral error theory claims that no moral sentence is (nonvacuously) true. Atheism claims that the existence of evil in the world is incompatible with, or makes improbable, the existence of God. Is moral error theory compatible with atheism? This paper defends the thesis that it is compatible against criticisms by Nicholas Sturgeon.
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  45. Chris Daly (ed.) (2015). The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods.
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  46. Chris Daly (1998). Review of Armstrong (1997). [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76:640-642.
     
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  47. Chris Daly (2009). To Be. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge
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  48. Chris Daly (2008). The Methodology of Genuine Modal Realism. Synthese 162 (1):37-52.
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