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  1. David-Hillel Ruben (2013). Traditions and True Successors. Social Epistemology 27 (01):32 - 46.
    What constitutes numerically one and the same tradition diachronically, at different times? This question is the focus of often violent dispute in societies. Is it capable of a rational resolution? Many accounts attempt that resolution with a diagnosis of ambiguity of the disputed concept-Islam, Marxism, or democracy for example. The diagnosis offered is in terms of vagueness, namely the vague criteria for sameness or similarity of central beliefs and practices.
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  2. David-Hillel Ruben (2013). Trying in Some Way. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):719-733.
    Does 'Person P tried to A' entail that there is some particular, whether a mental act or a brain state or whatever, that is a trying? Most discussions of trying assume that this entailment holds. There is no good reason for holding that this is a valid inference. In particular, I examine one 'Davidsonian' argument that might be used to justify the validity of such an inference and argue that the argument is not sound. See: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/IxsuPqt7rvdzqMxpFiTv/full.
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  3. David-Hillel Ruben (2011). W.B. Gallie and Essentially Contested Concepts. Philosophical Papers 39 (2):257-270.
    In virtue of what are later and an earlier group members of one and the numerically same tradition? Gallie was one of the few philosophers to have engaged with issues surrounding this question. My article is not a faithful exegesis of Gallie but develops a terminology in which to discuss issues surrounding the numerical identity of a tradition over time, based on some of his insights.
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  4. David-Hillel Ruben (2010). Cambridge Actions. In Tim O'Connor & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell-Wiley.
    Book synopsis: A Companion to the Philosophy of Action offers a comprehensive overview of the issues and problems central to the philosophy of action. The first volume to survey the entire field of philosophy of action (the central issues and processes relating to human actions) Brings together specially commissioned chapters from international experts Discusses a range of ideas and doctrines, including rationality, free will and determinism, virtuous action, criminal responsibility, Attribution Theory, and rational agency in evolutionary perspective Individual chapters also (...)
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  5. David-Hillel Ruben (2010). The Causal and Deliberative Strength of Reasons for Action. In J. Aguilar & A. Buckareff (eds.), Causing Human Action: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action. Bradford.
    Is the thought that having a reason for action can also be the cause of the action for which it is the reason coherent? This is an attempt to say exactly what is involved in such a thought, with special reference to the case of con-reasons, reasons that count against the action the agent eventually choses.
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  6. David-Hillel Ruben (2010). 'WB Gallie and Essentially Contested Concepts' Re-Reading of WB Gallie,'Essentially Contested Concepts', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1956) 167-198. [REVIEW] Philosophical Papers 39 (2):257-270.
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  7. David-Hillel Ruben (2009). Con-Reasons as Causes. In Constantine Sandis (ed.), New Essays on the Explanation of Action. Palgrave Macmillan. 62--74.
    Book synopsis: This collection of previously unpublished essays presents the newest developments in the thought of international scholars working on the explanation of action. The contributions focus on a wide range of interlocking issues relating to agency, deliberation, motivation, mental causation, teleology, interprative explanation and the ontology of actions and their reasons. Challenging numerous current orthodoxies, and offering positive suggestions from a variety of different perspectives, this book provides essential reading for anyone interested in the explanation of action.
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  8. David-Hillel Ruben (2009). Comment : Going in Circles. In Chrysostomos Mantzavinos (ed.), Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  9. David-Hillel Ruben (2009). Going in Circles. In Chrysostomos Mantzavinos (ed.), Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice. Cambridge University Press. 312.
    What might it mean to say that there is such a thing as a hermeneutic circle in the social sciences? A consideration of some remarks by Charles Taylor and others and an interpretive reconstruction, and assessment, of the idea of such a circle.
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  10. David-Hillel Ruben (2008). Disjunctive Theories of Perception and Action. In Adrian Haddock & Fiona Macpherson (eds.), Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. 227--243.
    A comparison of disjunctive theories of action and perception. The development of a theory of action that warrants the name, a disjunctive theory. On this theory, there is an exclusive disjunction: either an action or an event (in one sense). It follows that in that sense basic actions do not have events intrinsic to them.
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  11. David-Hillel Ruben (2008). Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Five Questions. In D. Rios & C. Schmidt-Petri (eds.), Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Five Questions. Automatic Press.
    Book synopsis: Philosophy of the Social Sciences: 5 Questions is a collection of original contributions from a distinguished score of the world’s most prominent and influential scholars in the field. They deal with questions such as what drew them towards the area; how they view their own contribution, and what the future of the social sciences looks like.
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  12. David-Hillel Ruben (2005). Review: How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions. [REVIEW] Mind 114 (455):734-737.
    A review of Berent Enc's How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions.
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  13. David-Hillel Ruben (2003). Action and its Explanation. Oxford University Press.
    David-Hillel Ruben mounts a defence of some unusual and original positions in the philosophy of action. Written from a point of view out of sympathy with the assumptions of much of contemporary philosophical action theory, his book draws its inspiration from philosophers as diverse as Aristotle, Berkeley, and Marx. Ruben's work is located in the tradition of the metaphysics of action, and will attract much attention from his peers and from students in the field.
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  14. David-Hillel Ruben (2001). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier.
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  15. David-Hillel Ruben (2001). Social Properties: Facts and Entities. In International Encyclopedia of hte Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier.
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  16. David-Hillel Ruben (2001). Social Properties (Facts and Entities): Philosophical Aspects. In International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  17. David-Hillel Ruben (1999). Actions and Their Parts. In Proceedings of the Twentith World Congress of Philosophy, vol. 2. 73-80.
    Do all actions have parts, and, if so, are their parts also actions? If they have parts, are there basic parts of actions which themselves have no further parts?
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  18. David-Hillel Ruben (1999). Act Individuation: The Cambridge Theory. Analysis 59 (4):276–283.
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  19. David-Hillel Ruben (1999). Karl Marx. In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), German Philosophy Since Kant. Cambridge University Press. 65-79.
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  20. David-Hillel Ruben (1999). Proceedings of the Twentith World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 2.
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  21. David-Hillel Ruben (1998). Explanation in History and Social Science. In Edward Craig (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge.
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  22. David-Hillel Ruben (1998). Philosophy of the Social Sciences. In A. GraylingOxford University Press (ed.), Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject vol. 2.
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  23. David-Hillel Ruben (1998). Social Properties and Structuration Theory. In T. May & M. Williams (eds.), Knowing the Social World. Open University Press.
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  24. David-Hillel Ruben (1997). John Searle's The Construction of Social Reality. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (2):443 - 447.
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  25. David-Hillel Ruben (1997). On Searle. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57:443-447.
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  26. David-Hillel Ruben (1997). The Active and the Passive: David -Hillel Ruben. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 71 (1):229–246.
    How to draw the distinction between activity and passivity? Whatever that might be, the causal theory of action cannot give the right answer, as it offers an essentially passive account of human action.
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  27. David-Hillel Ruben (1997). Three Theories of Action. In J. Hintikka & R. Tuomela (eds.), Contemporary Action Theory. Kluwer.
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  28. David-Hillel Ruben (1995). Agency, Causation and Freedom. In E. Barker (ed.), LSE On Freedom. LSE Books. 16.
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  29. David-Hillel Ruben (1995). Mental Overpopulation and the Problem Ogf Action. Journal of Philosophical Research 20:111-124.
  30. David-Hillel Ruben (1994). A Counterfactual Theory of Causal Explanation. Noûs 28 (4):465-481.
  31. David-Hillel Ruben (1994). Marxism. In Ernest Sosa (ed.), Companion to Metaphysics. Blackwell.
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  32. David-Hillel Ruben (ed.) (1993). Explanation. Oxford University Press.
    The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editor of each volume contributes an introductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. This volume presents a selection of the most important (...)
     
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  33. David-Hillel Ruben (1993). Introduction. In D.-H. Ruben (ed.), Explanation. Oxford University Press.
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  34. David-Hillel Ruben & Bas van Fraassen (1993). Essays and Articles. In , Explanation. Oxford University Press. 361.
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  35. David-Hillel Ruben (1992). Response to an Essay Review of Explaining Explanation. Metascience 1:25-30.
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  36. David-Hillel Ruben (1992). Simple Attentive Miscalculation. Analysis 52 (3):184-190.
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  37. David-Hillel Ruben (1991). Review of Natural Agency. [REVIEW] Mind (2):287-290.
  38. David-Hillel Ruben (1990). Singular Explanation and the Social Sciences. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 15 (1):130-149.
  39. David-Hillel Ruben (1990). A Reply to Professor Haji on Posthumous Predication. Grazer Philosophische Studien 38:195-199.
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  40. David-Hillel Ruben (1990). A Rejoinder to Professor Haji. Grazer Philosophische Studien 38:195-199.
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  41. David-Hillel Ruben (1990). Explaining Explanation. Routledge.
    Getting our Bearings The series in which this book is appearing is called 'The Problems of Philosophy: Their Past and Present'; this volume, ...
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  42. David-Hillel Ruben (1990). Explanation in the Social Sciences: Singular Explanation and the Social Sciences. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 27:95-117.
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  43. David-Hillel Ruben (1989). Articles on Realism and Relativism. In J. Urmson & J. Ree (eds.), The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy. Harper Collins.
    general discussion of relativism and of realism.
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  44. David-Hillel Ruben (1989). Realism in the Social Sciences. In Hilary Lawson & Lisa Appignanesi (eds.), Dismantling Truth. Weidenfeld.
    To what extend do the standard tests for realism, say in the philosophy of mind, apply to the social sciences?
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  45. David-Hillel Ruben (1989). The Ontology of Explanation. In Fred D'Agostino & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Freedom and Rationality. Reidel. 67--85.
    In an explanation, what does the explaining and what gets explained? What are the relata of the explanation relation? Candidates include: people, events, facts, sentences, statements, and propositions.
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  46. David-Hillel Ruben (1988). A Puzzle About Posthumous Predication. Philosophical Review 97 (2):211-236.
  47. David-Hillel Ruben (1987). Explaining Contrastive Facts. Analysis 47 (1):35-37.
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  48. David-Hillel Ruben (1985). The Metaphysics of the Social World. Routledge & Kegan Paul.
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