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  1. George Botterill (forthcoming). Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe By Mariam Thalos. Analysis:anu044.
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  2. Jane Suilin Lavelle, George Botterill & Suzanne Lock (2013). Contrastive Explanation and the Many Absences Problem. Synthese 190 (16):3495-3510.
    We often explain by citing an absence or an omission. Apart from the problem of assigning a causal role to such apparently negative factors as absences and omissions, there is a puzzle as to why only some absences and omissions, out of indefinitely many, should figure in explanations. In this paper we solve this ’many absences problem’ by using the contrastive model of explanation. The contrastive model of explanation is developed by adapting Peter Lipton’s account. What initially appears to be (...)
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  3. George Botterill (2010). Two Kinds of Causal Explanation. Theoria 76 (4):287-313.
    To give a causal explanation is to give information about causal history. But a vast amount of causal history lies behind anything that happens, far too much to be included in any intelligible explanation. This is the Problem of Limitation for explanatory information. To cope with this problem, explanations must select for what is relevant to and adequate for answering particular inquiries. In the present paper this idea is used in order to distinguish two kinds of causal explanation, on the (...)
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  4. George Botterill (2009). Right and Wrong Reasons in Folk-Psychological Explanation. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (4):463 – 488.
    Davidson argued that the fact we can have a reason for acting, and yet not be the reason why we act, requires explanation of action in terms of the agent's reasons to be causal. The present paper agrees with Dickenson (_Pacific Philosophical Quarterly_, 2007) in taking this argument to be an inference to the best explanation. However, its target phenomenon is the very existence of a case in which an agent has more than one reason, but acts exclusively becaue of (...)
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  5. George Botterill (2008). Empiricism and Experience - by Anil Gupta. Philosophical Books 49 (2):165-166.
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  6. George Botterill (2008). The Internal Problem of Dreaming: Detection and Epistemic Risk. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (2):139 – 160.
    There are two epistemological problems connected with dreaming, which are of different kinds and require different treatment. The internal problem is best seen as a problem of rational consistency, of how we can maintain all of: Dreams are experiences we have during sleep. Dream-experiences are sufficiently similar to waking experiences for the subject to be able to mistake them for waking experiences. We can tell that we are awake. (1)-(3) threaten to violate a requirement on discrimination: that we can only (...)
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  7. Mark Day & George S. Botterill (2008). Contrast, Inference and Scientific Realism. Synthese 160 (2):249 - 267.
    The thesis of underdetermination presents a major obstacle to the epistemological claims of scientific realism. That thesis is regularly assumed in the philosophy of science, but is puzzlingly at odds with the actual history of science, in which empirically adequate theories are thin on the ground. We propose to advance a case for scientific realism which concentrates on the process of scientific reasoning rather than its theoretical products. Developing an account of causal–explanatory inference will make it easier to resist the (...)
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  8. George Botterill (2007). God and First Person in Berkeley. Philosophy 82 (1):87-114.
    Berkeley claims idealism provides a novel argument for the existence of God. But familiar interpretations of his argument fail to support the conclusion that there is a single omnipotent spirit. A satisfying reconstruction should explain the way Berkeley moves between first person singular and plural, as well as providing a powerful argument, once idealism is accepted. The new interpretation offered here represents the argument as an inference to the best explanation of a shared reality. Consequently, his use of the first (...)
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  9. George Botterill (2007). Review of Hanne Andersen, Peter Barker, Xiang Chen, The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (3).
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  10. George Botterill (2005). Scientific Essentialism. Philosophical Books 46 (2):118-122.
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  11. George Botterill (2002). Hume on Liberty and Necessity. In Peter Millican (ed.), Reading Hume on Human Understanding: Essays on the First Enquiry. Clarendon Press.
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  12. George Botterill (1999). The Philosophy of Psychology. Cambridge University Press.
    What is the relationship between common-sense, or 'folk', psychology and contemporary scientific psychology? Are they in conflict with one another? Or do they perform quite different, though perhaps complementary, roles? George Botterill and Peter Carruthers discuss these questions, defending a robust form of realism about the commitments of folk psychology and about the prospects for integrating those commitments into natural science. Their focus throughout the book is on the ways in which cognitive science presents a challenge to our common-sense self-image (...)
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  13. Peter Carruthers & George Botterill (1999). Philosophy of Psychology. Cambridge University Press.
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  14. George Botterill (1996). Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Rene Descartes. Philosophical Books 37 (1):33-36.
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  15. George Botterill (1996). Folk Psychology and Theoretical Status. In Peter Carruthers & Peter K. Smith (eds.), Theories of Theories of Mind. Cambridge University Press. 105--118.
  16. George Botterill (1996). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (2):328-330.
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  17. Sergio Moravia & George Botterill (1996). The Enigma of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem in Contemporary Thought. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (2):328-330.
     
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  18. George Botterill (1994). Beliefs, Functionally Discrete States, and Connectionist Networks. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):899-906.
  19. George Botterill (1994). Review: Recent Work in Folk Psychology. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 44 (175):246 - 251.
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  20. George Botterill (1993). Scientism. Philosophy and the Infatuation with Science. Philosophical Books 34 (4):232-234.
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  21. George Botterill (1992). Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His. Philosophical Books 33 (1):11-13.
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  22. George Botterill (1992). The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume. Philosophical Books 31 (4):203-205.
  23. George Botterill (1990). Human Nature and Folk Psychology. In Christopher Gill (ed.), The Person and the Human Mind: Issues in Ancient and Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
     
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  24. George Botterill (1990). Particles and Ideas: Bishop Berkeley's Corpuscularian Philosophy. Philosophical Books 31 (2):75-77.
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  25. George Botterill (1989). Ancient and Modern Philosophy. New York: Clarendon Press.
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  26. George Botterill (1989). Human Nature and Folk Psychology in the Person and the Human Mind: Issues. In Ancient and Modern Philosophy. New York: Clarendon Press.
  27. George Botterill (1987). Theory and Understanding: A Critique of Interpretive Social Science. Philosophical Books 28 (1):54-57.
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  28. George Botterill (1987). The Rationality of Induction. Philosophical Books 28 (3):189-192.
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  29. George Botterill (1986). Learning From Error: Karl Popper's Psychology of Learning. Philosophical Books 27 (2):98-100.
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  30. George Botterill (1977). Falsification and the Existence of God: A Discussion of Plantinga's Free Will Defence. Philosophical Quarterly 27 (107):114-134.