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  1. David Landy (2015). Kant’s Inferentialism: The Case Against Hume. Routledge.
    Kant’s Inferentialism draws on a wide range of sources to present a reading of Kant’s theory of mental representation as a direct response to the challenges issued by Hume in A Treatise of Human Nature. Kant rejects the conclusions that Hume draws on the grounds that these are predicated on Hume’s theory of mental representation, which Kant refutes by presenting objections to Hume’s treatment of representations of complex states of affairs and the nature of judgment. In its place, Kant combines (...)
     
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  2. David Landy (2013). Review: Sedgwick, Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity. [REVIEW] Kantian Review 18 (1):157-162.
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  3. David Landy (2013). What Incongruent Counterparts Show. European Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):507-524.
    In a recent paper, Robert Hanna argues that Kant's incongruent counterparts example can be mobilized to show that some mental representations, which represent complex states of affairs as complex, do so entirely non-conceptually. I will argue that Hanna is right to see that Kant uses incongruent counterparts to show that there must be a non-conceptual component to cognition, but goes too far in concluding that there must be entirely non-conceptual representations that represent objects as existing in space and time. Kant (...)
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  4. David Landy, Noah Silbert & Aleah Goldin (2013). Estimating Large Numbers. Cognitive Science 37 (5):775-799.
    Despite their importance in public discourse, numbers in the range of 1 million to 1 trillion are notoriously difficult to understand. We examine magnitude estimation by adult Americans when placing large numbers on a number line and when qualitatively evaluating descriptions of imaginary geopolitical scenarios. Prior theoretical conceptions predict a log-to-linear shift: People will either place numbers linearly or will place numbers according to a compressive logarithmic or power-shaped function (Barth & Paladino, ; Siegler & Opfer, ). While about half (...)
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  5. David Landy (2012). Hume's Theory of Mental Representation. Hume Studies 38 (1):23-54.
    Hume’s arguments in the Treatise require him to employ not only the copy principle, which explains the intrinsic properties of perceptions, but also a thesis that explains the representational content of a perception. I propose that Hume holds the semantic copy principle, which states that a perception represents that of which it is a copy. Hume employs this thesis in a number of his most important arguments, and his doing so enables him to answer an important objection concerning the status (...)
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  6. David C. Landy, Kenneth W. Goodman & Jeffrey P. Brosco (2012). Clinical Ethics and Patient Satisfaction: The Practical Significance of Distinguishing Ethics and Morals. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (5):20-22.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 12, Issue 5, Page 20-22, May 2012.
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  7. David Landy (2011). Descartes' Compositional Theory of Mental Representation. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (2):214-231.
    In his, ‘Descartes' Ontology of Thought’, Alan Nelson presents, on Descartes' behalf, a compositional theory of mental representation according to which the content of any mental representation is either simple or is entirely constituted by a combination of innate simples. Here the simples are our ideas of God, thought, extension, and union. My objection will be that it is simply ludicrous to think that any four simples are adequate to the task of combining to constitute all of human thought, and (...)
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  8. David Landy, Colin Allen & Michael L. Anderson (2011). Conceptual Discontinuity Involves Recycling Old Processes in New Domains. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (3):136-137.
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  9. Alan Nelson & David Landy (2011). And His Debt to Berkeley. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press. 216.
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  10. Alan Nelson & David Landy (2011). Qualities and Simple Ideas : Hume and His Debt to Berkeley. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press.
  11. Robert L. Goldstone & David Landy (2010). Domain-Creating Constraints. Cognitive Science 34 (7):1357-1377.
    The contributions to this special issue on cognitive development collectively propose ways in which learning involves developing constraints that shape subsequent learning. A learning system must be constrained to learn efficiently, but some of these constraints are themselves learnable. To know how something will behave, a learner must know what kind of thing it is. Although this has led previous researchers to argue for domain-specific constraints that are tied to different kinds/domains, an exciting possibility is that kinds/domains themselves can be (...)
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  12. Robert L. Goldstone, David H. Landy & Ji Y. Son (2010). The Education of Perception. Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (2):265-284.
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  13. David Landy & Sally Linkenauger (2010). Arithmetic Notation… Now in 3D! In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society.
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  14. David Landy & Richard Sharp (2010). Examining the Potential for Exploitation by Local Intermediaries. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (3):12-13.
  15. David Landy (2009). Inferentialism and the Transcendental Deduction. Kantian Review 14 (1):1-30.
    One recent trend in Kant scholarship has been to read Kant as undertaking a project in philosophical semantics, as opposed to, say, epistemology, or transcendental metaphysics. This trend has evolved almost concurrently with a debate in contemporary philosophy of mind about the nature of concepts and their content. Inferentialism is the view that the content of our concepts is essentially inferentially articulated, that is, that the content of a concept consists entirely, or in essential part, in the role that that (...)
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  16. David Landy (2009). Sellars on Hume and Kant on Representing Complexes. European Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):224-246.
  17. Eric G. Taylor, David H. Landy & Brian H. Ross (2009). The Role of Explanation in Very Simple Tasks. In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
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  18. David Landy (2008). Hegel's Account of Rule-Following. Inquiry 51 (2):170 – 193.
    I here discuss Hegel's rule-following considerations as they are found in the first four chapters of his Phenomenology of Spirit. I begin by outlining a number of key premises in Hegel's argument that he adopts fairly straightforwardly from Kant's Transcendental Deduction. The most important of these is that the correctness or incorrectness of one's application of a rule must be recognizable as such to the rule-follower. Supplementing Hegel's text as needed, I then argue that it is possible for an experiencing (...)
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  19. David H. Landy, Erin L. Jones & John E. Hummel (2008). Why Spatial-Numeric Associations Aren't Evidence for a Mental Number Line. In B. C. Love, K. McRae & V. M. Sloutsky (eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society. 357--362.
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  20. David Landy & Richard Sharp (2008). Conflicts of Interest in Bioethics: A Response to Our Critics. American Journal of Bioethics 8 (8):1-2.
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  21. Richard Sharp, Angela Scott, David Landy & Laura Kicklighter (2008). Who Is Buying Bioethics Research? American Journal of Bioethics 8 (8):54-58.
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  22. David Landy (2007). A (Sellarsian) Kantian Critique of Hume's Theory of Concepts. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (4):445–457.
  23. David Landy (2006). Hume's Impression/Idea Distinction. Hume Studies 32 (1):119-139.
    Understanding the distinction between impressions and ideas that Hume draws in the opening paragraphs of his A Treatise on Human Nature is essential for understanding much of Hume’s philosophy. This, however, is a task that has been the cause of a good deal of controversy in the literature on Hume. I here argue that the significant philosophical and exegetical issues previous treatments of this distinction (such as the force and vivacity reading and the external-world reading) encounter are extremely problematic. I (...)
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  24. David Landy (2005). Inside Doubt: On the Non-Identity of the Theory of Mind and Propositional Attitude Psychology. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 15 (3-4):399-414.
    Eliminative materialism is a popular view of the mind which holds that propositional attitudes, the typical units of our traditional understanding, are unsupported by modern connectionist psychology and neuroscience, and consequently that propositional attitudes are a poor scientific postulate, and do not exist. Since our traditional folk psychology employs propositional attitudes, the usual argument runs, it too represents a poor theory, and may in the future be replaced by a more successful neurologically grounded theory, resulting in a drastic improvement in (...)
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