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  1. Anna Marmodoro & David Yates (eds.) (forthcoming). The Metaphysics of Relations. OUP.
    A collection of papers on ancient and contemporary approaches to the nature and ontological status of relations. Forthcoming in 2015. -/- Contributors: Theodore Scaltsas, Jeffrey Brower, Sydney Penner, Maureen Donnelly, Jonathan Lowe, Peter Simons, John Heil, David Yates, Nora Berenstain, James Ladyman, Sebastian Briceno, Stephen Mumford, Michael Esfeld, Mauro Dorato.
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  2. David Yates (forthcoming). Is Powerful Causation an Internal Relation? In Anna Marmodoro & David Yates (eds.), The Metaphysics of Relations. OUP.
    In this paper I consider whether a powers ontology facilitates a reduction of causal relations to intrinsic powers of the causal relata. I first argue that there is a tension in the view that powerful causation is an internal relation in this sense. Powers are ontologically dependent on other powers for their individuation, but in that case—given an Aristotelian conception of properties as immanent universals—powers will not be intrinsic on several extant analyses of ‘intrinsic’, since to possess a given power (...)
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  3. David Yates (2014). Dispositionalism and the Modal Operators. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1).
    Actualists of a certain stripe—dispositionalists—hold that metaphysical modality is grounded in the powers of actual things. Roughly: p is possible iff something has, or some things have, the power to bring it about that p. Extant critiques of dispositionalism focus on its material adequacy, and question whether there are enough powers to account for all the possibilities we intuitively want to countenance. For instance, it seems possible that none of the actual contingent particulars ever existed, but it is impossible to (...)
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  4. David Yates (2013). D. Lyons Dangerous Gifts. Gender and Exchange in Ancient Greece. Pp. Xvi + 166, Ills. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012. Cased, US$55. ISBN: 978-0-292-72967-4. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 63 (2):481-483.
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  5. David Yates (2013). Emergence. In Hal Pashler (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Mind. SAGE Reference. 283-7.
    This article surveys different forms of emergence, distinguishing them from each other by means of their relationship to deducibility conceived as Kimian functional reduction.
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  6. David Yates (2013). Mind and Cosmos. [REVIEW] Analysis 73 (4):801-806.
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  7. David Yates (2013). The Essence of Dispositional Essentialism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (1):93-128.
    Dispositional essentialists argue that physical properties have their causal roles essentially. This is typically taken to mean that physical properties are identical to dispositions. I argue that this is untenable, and that we must instead say that properties bestow dispositions. I explore what it is for a property to have such a role essentially. Dispositional essentialists argue for their view by citing certain epistemological and metaphysical implications, and I appeal to these implications to place desiderata on the concept of essence (...)
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  8. David Yates (2013). The Persian War as Civil War in Plataea's Temple of Athena Areia. Klio 95 (2):369-390.
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  9. David Yates (2012). Functionalism and the Metaphysics of Causal Exclusion. Philosophers' Imprint 12 (13).
    Given their physical realization, what causal work is left for functional properties to do? Humean solutions to the exclusion problem (e.g. overdetermination and difference-making) typically appeal to counterfactual and/or nomic relations between functional property-instances and behavioural effects, tacitly assuming that such relations suffice for causal work. Clarification of the notion of causal work, I argue, shows not only that such solutions don't work, but also reveals a novel solution to the exclusion problem based on the relations between dispositional properties at (...)
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  10. David Yates (2012). The World in the Head by Robert Cummins. (OUP 2010). [REVIEW] Analysis 72 (1):193-196.
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  11. David Yates (2012). The Waning of Materialism. Edited by R. Koons and G. Bealer. (OUP 2010). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):420-422.
  12. David C. Yates (2011). The Role of Cato the Younger in Caesar's Bellum Civile. Classical World 104 (2):161-174.
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  13. David Yates (2009). Emergence, Downwards Causation and the Completeness of Physics. Philosophical Quarterly 59 (234):110 - 131.
    The 'completeness of physics' is the key premise in the causal argument for physicalism. Standard formulations of it fail to rule out emergent downwards causation. I argue that it must do this if it is tare in a valid causal argument for physicalism. Drawing on the notion of conferring causal power, I formulate a suitable principle, 'strong completeness'. I investigate the metaphysical implications of distinguishing this principle from emergent downwards causation, and I argue that categoricalist accounts of properties are better (...)
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  14. David Yates (2008). Recent Work on Response-Dependence. Philosophical Books 49 (4):344-354.
    The paper covers a range of topics of recent interest in relation to response-depdendence: its characterisation in terms of 'basic equations', its application to areas such as ethics, colour theory and philosophy of mind, and the 'missing explanation' argument.
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  15. David C. Yates (2005). The Archaic Treaties Between the Spartans and Their Allies. Classical Quarterly 55 (01):65-76.
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  16. David J. Yates (1995). Biases in the Perception of Mirror-Image Reversal. Philosophy 70 (272):289.
  17. David Yates (1983). Ensuring Exemption by Insurance. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 3 (3):431-438.
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