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  1. David Lumsden (2013). Defending the Middle Ground in Narrative Theory and the Self. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (1):29-31.
    I am grateful for the responses from Serife Tekin and James Phillips to my paper (Lumsden 2013), for they allow me to clarify my position. Tekin (2013) accurately characterizes me as attempting to salvage the value of narrative theory without accepting the more stringent demands that have been required or implied, notably the necessity for personhood of a whole life narrative. She notes that I attempt to provide an alternative view of the unity of a person, to the degree that (...)
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  2. David Lumsden (2013). Whole Life Narratives and the Self. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (1):1-10.
    Narrative theory provides an interesting contribution to the rich philosophical literature on the self and personal identity. This links with psychological and psychiatric themes concerning the self, because many cases of disorder involve some kind of loss or fragmentation of the self. What follows is a philosophical inquiry into these narrative theories, which should have some implications for how we should regard subjects with these disorders. My primary philosophical conclusion is that there is an interesting germ of truth in the (...)
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  3. David Lumsden (2005). How Can a Symbol System Come Into Being? Dialogue 44 (1):87-96.
    One holistic thesis about symbols is that a symbol cannot exist singly, but only as apart of a symbol system. There is also the plausible view that symbol systems emerge gradually in an individual, in a group, and in a species. The problem is that symbol holism makes it hard to see how a symbol system can emerge gradually, at least if we are considering the emergence of a first symbol system. The only way it seems possible is if being (...)
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  4. David Lumsden (2002). Crossing the Symbolic Threshold: A Critical Review of Terrence Deacon's the Symbolic Species. [REVIEW] Philosophical Psychology 15 (2):155 – 171.
    Terrence Deacon's views about the origin of language are based on a particular notion of a symbol. While the notion is derived from Peirce's semiotics, it diverges from that source and needs to be investigated on its own terms in order to evaluate the idea that the human species has crossed the symbolic threshold. Deacon's view is defended from the view that symbols in the animal world are widespread and from the extreme connectionist view that they are not even to (...)
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  5. David Lumsden (1996). How Well Does Direct Reference Semantics Fit with Pragmatics? Philosophical Papers 25 (2):139-148.
  6. David Lumsden (1993). Critical Discussion. Erkenntnis 39 (1):101-109.
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  7. David Paul Lumsden (1991). The Awakened Brain: From Wright's Psychozoology to Barkow's Selfless Persons. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):311-312.
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  8. David Lumsden (1985). Does Speaker's Reference Have Semantic Relevance? Philosophical Studies 47 (1):15 - 21.
    My immediate conclusion, therefore, is a modest one. I only specifically rule out the semantic convention for definite descriptions in which the semantic referent just is the speaker's referent. In arguing for that I carefully avoided relying on the helpfulness assumption. But I did, implicitly, make use of the following procedure.In examining a claim that C is the semantic convention (or form of convention) for a term (or class of term), check to see that C is capable of being helpful (...)
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  9. David Lumsden (1984). Conference Notices. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63 (3).
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  10. David Lumsden (1984). Reference and Communicationde Re. Philosophia 14 (1-2):65-81.
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