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    Christopher Norris (2000). Quantum Nonlocality and the Challenge to Scientific Realism. Foundations of Science 5 (1):3-45.
    In this essay I examine various aspects of the nearcentury-long debate concerning the conceptualfoundations of quantum mechanics and the problems ithas posed for physicists and philosophers fromEinstein to the present. Most crucial here is theissue of realism and the question whether quantumtheory is compatible with any kind of realist orcausal-explanatory account which goes beyond theempirical-predictive data. This was Einstein's chiefconcern in the famous series of exchanges with NielsBohr when he refused to accept the truth orcompleteness of a doctrine (orthodox QM) (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2001). 'Courage Not Under Fire': Realism, Anti-Realism, and the Epistemological Virtues. Inquiry 44 (3):269 – 290.
    This article offers a critical perspective on two lines of thought in recent epistemology and philosophy of science, namely Michael Dummett?s anti-realist approach to issues of truth, meaning, and knowledge and Bas van Fraassen?s influential programme of ?constructive empiricism?. While not denying the salient differences between them (the one a metaphysical doctrine premised on logicolinguistic considerations, the other a thesis primarily concerned with the scope and limits of empirical inquiry) it shows how they converge on a sceptical outlook concerning the (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1999). Deconstruction, Musicology and Analysis: Some Recent Approaches in Critical Review. Thesis Eleven 56 (1):107-118.
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    Christopher Norris (1991). The "End of Ideology" Revisited: The Gulf War, Postmodernism and Realpolitik. Philosophy and Social Criticism 17 (1):1-40.
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    Christopher Norris (1997). Ontology According to van Fraassen: Some Problems with Constructive Empiricism. Metaphilosophy 28 (3):196-218.
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    Christopher Norris (1974). Les Plaisirs Des Clercs: Barthes's Latest Writing. British Journal of Aesthetics 14 (3):250-257.
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    Christopher Norris (2011). ‘Second Nature’, Knowledge, and Normativity: Revisiting McDowell’s Kant. Diametros 27:64-107.
    In this article I raise a number of issues concerning John McDowell’s widely influential revisionist reading of Kant. These have to do with what I see as his failure – despite ambitious claims in that regard – to overcome the various problematic dualisms that dogged Kant’s thought throughout the three Critiques. Moreover, as I show, they have continued to mark the discourse of those who inherit Kant’s agenda in this or that updated, e.g., ‘linguistified’ form. More specifically, I argue that (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2011). Hawking Contra Philosophy. Philosophy Now 82:21-24.
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    Christopher Norris (1980). Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Reconstruction. British Journal of Aesthetics 20 (1):67-76.
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    Christopher Norris (2001). Putnam on Realism, Reference and Truth: The Problem with Quantum Mechanics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15 (1):65 – 91.
    In this essay, I offer a critical evaluation of Hilary Putnam's writings on epistemology and philosophy of science, in particular his engagement with interpretative problems in quantum mechanics. I trace the development of his thinking from the late 1960s when he adopted a strong causal-realist position on issues of meaning, reference, and truth, via the "internal realist" approach of his middle-period writings, to the various forms of pragmatist, naturalized, or "commonsense" epistemology proposed in his latest books. My contention is that (...)
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    Christopher Norris & Marianna Papastephanou (2002). Deconstruction, Anti–Realism and Philosophy of Science—an Interview with Christopher Norris. Journal of Philosophy of Education 36 (2):265–289.
    In this interview, Christopher Norris discusses a wide range of issues having to do with postmodernism, deconstruction and other controversial topics of debate within present-day philosophy and critical theory. More specifically he challenges the view of deconstruction as just another offshoot of the broader postmodernist trend in cultural studies and the social sciences. Norris puts the case for deconstruction as continuing the 'unfinished project of modernity' and—in particular—for Derrida's work as sustaining the values of enlightened critical reason in various spheres (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2000). Quantum Theory and the Flight From Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics. Routledge.
    Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism is a critical introduction to the long-standing debate concerning the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, and the problems it has posed for physicists and philosophers from Einstein to the present. Quantum theory has been a major influence on postmodernism, and presents significant challenges for realists. Clarifying these debates for the non-specialist, Christopher Norris examines the premises of orthodox quantum theory and its impact on various philosophical developments. He subjects a wide range of opponents (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1997). Ontological Relativity and Meaning-Variance: A Critical-Constructive Review. Inquiry 40 (2):139 – 173.
    This article offers a critical review of various ontological-relativist arguments, mostly deriving from the work of W. V. Quine and Thomas K hn. I maintain that these arguments are (1) internally contradictory, (2) incapable of accounting for our knowledge of the growth of scientific knowledge, and (3) shown up as fallacious from the standpoint of a causal-realist approach to issues of truth, meaning, and interpretation. Moreover, they have often been viewed as lending support to such programmes as the 'strong' sociology (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1997). Why Strong Sociologists Abhor a Vacuum: Shapin and Schaffer on the Boyle/Hobbes Controversy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (4):9-40.
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    Christopher Norris (2002). Realism, Projectivism and Response-Dependence: On the Limits of 'Best Judgement'. Philosophy and Social Criticism 28 (2):123-152.
    This essay offers a critical appraisal of some claims recently advanced by Crispin Wright and others in support of a response-dispositional (RD) approach to issues in epistemology, ethics, political theory, and philosophy of the social sciences. These claims take a lead from Plato's discussion of the status of moral value-judgements in the Euthyphro and from Locke's account of 'secondary qualities' such as colour, texture and taste. The idea is that a suitably specified description of best opinion (or optimal response) for (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2000). Structure and Genesis in Scientific Theory: Husserl, Bachelard, Derrida. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (1):107 – 139.
    (2000). STRUCTURE AND GENESIS IN SCIENTIFIC THEORY: HUSSERL, BACHELARD, DERRIDA. British Journal for the History of Philosophy: Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 107-139. doi: 10.1080/096087800360247.
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    Christopher Norris (1982). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal of Aesthetics 22 (2):281-283.
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    Christopher Norris (2010). Deconstruction, Science, and the Logic of Enquiry. Derrida Today 3 (2):178-200.
    In this essay I set out to place Derrida's work – especially his earlier (pre-1980) books and essays – in the context of related or contrasting developments in analytic philosophy of science over the past half-century. Along the way I challenge the various misconceptions that have grown up around that work, not only amongst its routine detractors in the analytic camp but also amongst some of its less philosophically informed disciples. In particular I focus on the interlinked issues of realism (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2004). Philosophy of Language and the Challenge to Scientific Realism. Routledge.
    In this book Christopher Norris develops the case for scientific realism by tackling various adversary arguments from a range of anti-realist positions. Through a close critical reading he shows how they fail to make adequate sense on any rational, consistent and scientifically informed survey of the evidence. Along the way he incorporates a number of detailed case-studies from the history and philosophy of science. Norris devotes much of his discussion to some of the most prominent and widely influential source-texts of (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1980). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal of Aesthetics 20 (1):281-283.
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    Christopher Norris (1999). Putnam's Progress: Quantum Theory and the Flight From Realism. Philosophical Forum 30 (2):61–90.
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    Christopher Norris (2002). Putnam, Peano, and the Malin Génie: Could We Possibly Bewrong About Elementary Number-Theory? [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 33 (2):289-321.
    This article examines Hilary Putnam's work in the philosophy of mathematics and - more specifically - his arguments against mathematical realism or objectivism. These include a wide range of considerations, from Gödel's incompleteness-theorem and the limits of axiomatic set-theory as formalised in the Löwenheim-Skolem proof to Wittgenstein's sceptical thoughts about rule-following (along with Saul Kripke's ‘scepticalsolution’), Michael Dummett's anti-realist philosophy of mathematics, and certain problems – as Putnam sees them – with the conceptual foundations of Peano arithmetic. He also adopts (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1999). Should Philosophers Take Lessons From Quantum Theory? Inquiry 42 (3 & 4):311 – 342.
    This essay examines some of the arguments in David Deutsch's book The Fabric of Reality , chief among them its case for the so-called many-universe interpretation of quantum mechanics (QM), presented as the only physically and logically consistent solution to the QM paradoxes of wave/particle dualism, remote simultaneous interaction, the observer-induced 'collapse of the wave-packet', etc. The hypothesis assumes that all possible outcomes are realized in every such momentary 'collapse', since the observer splits off into so many parallel, coexisting, but (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2009). Badiou's Being and Event: A Reader's Guide. Continuum.
    Badiou is without doubt the most influential philosopher working in Europe today - this book will provide the first detailed introduction to Being and Event, a ...
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    Christopher Norris (2013). Speculative Realism: Interim Report with Just a Few Caveats. Speculations (IV):38-47.
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    Christopher Norris (1999). Theory-Change and the Logic of Enquiry : New Bearings in Philosophy of Science Theory-Change of Enquiry : New Bearings in of Science Philosophy. Review of Metaphysics 53 (1):21-68.
    This article examines various (in my view) failed or problematic attempts to overcome the limits of logical empiricism in epistemology and philosophy of science. It focuses on Quine's influential critique of that doctrine and on subsequent critiques of Quine that challenge his appeal to the scheme/content dichotomy as a third residual 'dogma' of empiricism (Davidson) or his espousal of a radically physicalist approach that rejects the possibility of quantifying into modal contexts (Marcus). I endorse these criticisms as valid on their (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2009). Badiou on Set Theory, Ontology and Truth. Polish Journal of Philosophy 3 (2):51-72.
    Alain Badiou is a highly original, indeed decidedly iconoclastic thinker whose work has ranged widely over areas of equal concern to philosophers in the ‘continental’ and mainstream analytic traditions. These areas include ontology, epistemology, ethics, politics, and – above all – philosophy of mathematics. It is unfortunate, and symptomatic of prevailing attitudes, that his work has so far receivedminimal attention from commentators in the analytic line of descent. Here I try to help the process of reception along by describing Badiou’s (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2004). Reply to Jeff Malpas: On Truth, Realism, Changing One's Mind About Davidson (Not Heidegger), and Related Topics. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):357 – 374.
    This essay responds to Jeff Malpas's foregoing article, itself written in response to my various publications over the past two decades concerning Donald Davidson's ideas about truth, meaning, and interpretation. It has to do mainly with our disagreement as regards the substantive content of Davidson's truth-based semantic approach in relation to the problematic legacy of logical empiricism, including Quine's incisive but no less problematical critique of that legacy. I also raise questions with respect to Malpas's coupling of Davidson with Heidegger, (...)
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    Christopher Norris (1996). Reclaiming Truth: Contribution to a Critique of Cultural Relativism. Duke University Press.
    "Reclaiming Truth "will be welcomed by readers concerned with the uses and abuses of theory at a time when such questions are in urgent need of sustained and serious debate. "These are brilliant and stimulating essays.
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    Christopher Norris (1976). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal of Aesthetics 16 (1):281-283.
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    Christopher Norris (2004). Postmodernism, Politics, and the Assault on Truth. Journal of Critical Realism 3 (2):353-369.
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    Christopher Norris (2006). Platonism, Music and the Listener's Share. Continuum.
    This is an important piece of work from an influential and highly-acclaimed theorist exploring the New Musicology and other debates in recent philosophy of ...
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    Christopher Norris (1993). The Truth About Postmodernism. Blackwell.
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    Christopher Norris (1985). The Contest of Faculties: Philosophy and Theory After Deconstruction. Methuen.
    Introduction: philosophy, theory and the 'contest of faculties' i Literary critics interpret texts. By and large they get on without worrying too much about ...
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    Christopher Norris (2002). Ambiguities of the Third Way: Realism, Anti-Realism, and Response-Dependence. Philosophical Forum 33 (1):1–38.
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    Christopher Norris (1995). Jurisprudence, Deconstruction and Literary Theory: A Brief Survey and Critical Review. Res Publica 1 (1):57-69.
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    Christopher Norris (2004). Language, Logic, and Epistemology: A Modal-Realist Approach. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Norris presents a series of closely linked chapters on recent developments in epistemology, philosophy of language, cognitive science, literary theory, musicology and other related fields. While to this extent adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Norris also very forcefully challenges the view that the academic "disciplines" as we know them are so many artificial constructs of recent date and with no further role than to prop up existing divisions of intellectual labour. He makes his case through some exceptionally acute revisionist readings of (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2005). Hilary Putnam on Realism, Truth and Reason. Philosophy Now 49:17-19.
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    Christopher Norris (2007). Response-Dependence: What's in It for the Realist? Journal of Critical Realism 1 (2):61-88.
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    Christopher Norris (2012). How Not to Defeat Skepticism: Why Antirealism Won't Do the Trick. Philosophical Forum 43 (2):127-151.
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    Christopher Norris (2013). Sophist or Antiphilosopher? Journal of Critical Realism 11 (4):487 - 498.
    This essay takes Badiou’s recently published book as an opportunity to discuss not only his complex (though generally hostile) approach to Wittgenstein but also his evolving critical stance in relation to various other movements in present-day philosophical thought. In particular it examines his distinction between ‘sophistics’ and ‘anti-philosophy’, as developed very largely through his series of encounters with Wittgenstein. Beyond that, I offer some brief remarks about the role of set-theoretical concepts in Badiou’s thinking and the vexed question of their (...)
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    Christopher Charles Norris (2010). Pots, Kettles and Shades of Black: Analytic Philosophy Versus Postmodernism. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 1:9-37.
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    Christopher Norris (1998). On Noam Chomsky. Theoria 45 (91):45-52.
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    Christopher Norris (2006). Deconstruction, Analysis, and Deviant Logic. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 14 (1):36-61.
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    Christopher Norris (2000). McDowell on Kant: Redrawing the Bounds of Sense. Metaphilosophy 31 (4):382-411.
    John McDowell’s Mind and World is a notable attempt to redirect the interest of analytic philosophers toward certain themes in Kantian and more recent continental thought. Only thus, he believes, can we move beyond the various failed attempts – by Quine, Davidson, Rorty, and others – to achieve a naturalised epistemology that casts off the various residual “dogmas” of old-style logical empiricism. In particular, McDowell suggests that we return to Kant's ideas of “spontaneity” and “receptivity” as the two jointly operative (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2009). Spinoza. The Philosophers' Magazine 47:91-95.
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    Christopher C. Norris (1975). Music and Pure Thought: Outline of a Study. British Journal of Aesthetics 15 (1):50-58.
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    Christopher Norris (2006). The Blank and the Die: Some Dilemmas of Post-Empiricism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 14 (2):159 – 189.
    This article examines various dilemmas (or, as I suggest, pseudo-dilemmas) that have dogged epistemology and philosophy of language since the 1940s heyday of logical empiricism. These have to do chiefly with the problem those thinkers faced in overcoming the various dichotomies imposed by their Humean insistence on maintaining a sharp distinction between logical 'truths of reason' and empirical 'matters of fact'. I trace this problem back to Kant's failure to offer any plausible, explanatorily adequate account of the process whereby 'sensuous (...)
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    Christopher Norris (2003). What Are the Questions That Fascinate You?" "What Do You Want to Know? Substance 32 (1):44-49.
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    Christopher Norris (2010). Frankfurt on Second-Order Desires and the Concept of a Person. Prolegomena 9 (2):199-242.
    In this article I look at some the issues, problems and self-imposed dilemmas that emerge from Harry Frankfurt’s well-known essay ‘Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person’. That essay has exerted a widespread influence on subsequent thinking in ethics and philosophy of mind, especially through its central idea of ‘second-order’ desires and volitions. Frankfurt’s approach promises a third-way solution to certain longstanding issues – chiefly those of free-will versus determinism and the mind/body problem – that have up (...)
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