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  1. Harold Noonan, Moderate Monism, Persistence and Sortal Concepts.
    Coincidence (e.g., of a statue and the piece of bronze which constitutes it) comes in two varieties – permanent and temporary. Moderate monism (about coincidence) is the position that permanent coincidence, but not temporary coincidence, entails identity. Extreme monism (also known as the stage theory) is the position that even temporary coincidence entails identity. Pluralists are opponents of monism tout court. The intuitively obvious, commonsensical position (= my own position) is moderate monism. It is therefore important to see if it (...)
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  2. Harold W. Noonan (forthcoming). Two-Boxing is Irrational. Philosophia:1-8.
    Philosophers debate whether one-boxing or two-boxing is the rational act in a Newcomb situation. I shall argue that one-boxing is the only rational choice. This is so because there is no intelligible aim by reference to which you can justify the choice of two-boxing over one-boxing once you have come to think that you will two-box . The only aim by which the agent in the Newcomb situation can justify his two-boxing is the subjunctively described aim of ‘getting more than (...)
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  3. Harold W. Noonan (2015). Relative Identity. Philosophical Investigations 38 (1-2):52-71.
    Examples suggest that one and the same A may be different Bs, and hence that there is some sort of incompleteness in the unqualified statement that x and y are the same which needs to be eliminated by answering the question “the same what?” One way to make this more precise is by appeal to Geach's idea that identity is relative. In this paper I evaluate Geach's relative identity thesis.
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  4. Harold W. Noonan (2014). The Adequacy of Genuine Modal Realism. Mind 123 (491):851-860.
    What are the requirements on an adequate genuine modal realist analysis of modal discourse? One is material adequacy: the modal realist must provide for each candidate analysandum an analysans in the language of counterpart theory which by his lights has the same truth value as the candidate analysandum. Must the material biconditional joining these be necessarily true? This is the requirement of strict adequacy. It is not satisfied if Lewis’s 1968 scheme provides the analysis. John Divers puts forward a modification, (...)
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  5. Harold W. Noonan (2014). Tollensing van Inwagen. Philosophia 42 (4):1055-1061.
    Van Inwagen has an ingenious argument for the non-existence of human artefacts . But the argument cannot be accepted, since human artefacts are everywhere. However, it cannot be ignored. The proper response to it is to treat it as a refutation of its least plausible premise, i.e., to ‘tollens’ it. I first set out van Inwagen’s argument. I then identify its least plausible premise and explain the consequence of denying it, that is, the acceptance of a plenitudinous, pluralist ontology. I (...)
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  6. Harold Noonan (2013). A Flaw in Kripke's Modal Argument? Philosophia 41 (3):841-846.
    The response to Kripke’s modal argument I wish to propose appeals to the distinction between indicative descriptions, i.e., descriptions formed using indicative verb forms, and what I shall call subjunctive descriptions, descriptions formed using non-indicative verb forms used in subjunctive conditionals. The contrast is between ‘the person who is richer than anyone else in the world’ and ‘the person who would have been richer than anyone else in the world’. The response to Kripke’s modal argument is that indicative descriptions are (...)
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  7. Harold Noonan (2013). Constitution and Composition. The Monist 96:101-130.
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  8. Harold Noonan (2013). Moderate Monism, Sortal Concepts, and Relative Identity. The Monist 96 (1):101-130.
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  9. Harold Noonan (2013). Presentism and Eternalism. Erkenntnis 78 (1):219 - 227.
    How is the debate between presentism and eternalism to be characterized? It is usual to suggest that this debate about time is analogous to the debate between the actualist and the possibilist about modality. I think that this suggestion is right. In what follows I pursue the analogy more strictly than is usual and offer a characterization of what is at the core of the dispute between presentists and eternalists that may be immune to worries often raised about the substantiality (...)
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  10. Harold Noonan (2013). Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kripke and Naming and Necessity. Routledge.
    Saul Kripke is one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His most celebrated work, Naming and Necessity , makes arguably the most important contribution to the philosophy of language and metaphysics in recent years. Asking fundamental questions – how do names refer to things in the world? Do objects have essential properties? What are natural kind terms and to what do they refer? – he challenges prevailing theories of language and conceptions of metaphysics, especially the descriptivist account (...)
     
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  11. Harold W. Noonan (2013). Frege: A Critical Introduction. Polity.
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  12. Harold W. Noonan (2013). In Defence of the Sensible Theory of Indeterminacy. Metaphysica 14 (2):239-252.
    Can the world itself be vague, so that rather than vagueness be a deficiency in our mode of describing the world, it is a necessary feature of any true description of it? Gareth Evans famously poses this question in his paper ‘Can There Be Vague Objects’ :208, 1978). In his recent paper ‘Indeterminacy and Vagueness: Logic and Metaphysics’, Peter van Inwagen elaborates the account of vagueness and, in particular, in the case of sentences, consequent indeterminacy in truth value, to which (...)
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  13. Harold Noonan (2012). The Self and Personal Identity. In Alan Bailey & Dan O'Brien (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Hume. Continuum. 167.
     
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  14. Harold W. Noonan (2012). The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kripke and Naming and Necessity. Routledge.
  15. Harold Noonan & Mark Jago (2012). The Accidental Properties of Numbers and Properties. Thought 1 (2):134-140.
    According to genuine modal realism, some things (including numbers and properties) lack distinct counterparts in different worlds. So how can they possess any of their properties contingently? Egan (2004) argues that to explain such accidental property possession, the genuine modal realist must depart from Lewis and identify properties with functions, rather than with sets of possibilia. We disagree. The genuine modal realist already has the resources to handle Egan's proposed counterexamples. As we show, she does not need to amend her (...)
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  16. Harold Noonan (2010). Persons, Animals, and Human Beings. In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry Silverstein (eds.), Time and Identity. Mit Press.
     
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  17. Harold Noonan (2010). The Commonalities Between Proper Names and Natural Kind Terms : A Fregean Perspective. In Helen Beebee & Nigel Sabbarton-Leary (eds.), The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds. Routledge. 1--84.
     
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  18. Harold W. Noonan (2010). Bird Against the Humeans. Ratio 23 (1):73-86.
    Debate between Humean contingentists and anti-Humean necessitarians in the philosophy of science is ongoing. One of the most important contemporary anti-Humeans is Alexander Bird. Bird calls the particular version of Humeanism he is opposed to 'categoricalism'. In his paper (2005) and in Chapter 4 of his book (2007) Bird argues against categoricalism about properties and laws. His arguments against categoricalism about properties are intended to support the necessitarian position he calls dispositional monism. His arguments against categoricalism about laws are intended (...)
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  19. Harold W. Noonan (2010). The Thinking Animal Problem and Personal Pronoun Revisionism. Analysis 70 (1):93-98.
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  20. Harold W. Noonan (2009). Perdurance, Location and Classical Mereology. Analysis 69 (3):448-452.
    In his Ted Sider takes care to define the notion of a temporal part and his doctrine of perdurantism using only the temporally indexed notion of parthood – ‘ x is part of y at t’ – rather than the atemporal notion of classical mereology – ‘ x is a part of y’ – in order to forestall accusations of unintelligibility from his opponents. However, as he notes, endurantists do not necessarily reject the classical mereological notion as unintelligible. They allow (...)
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  21. Harold W. Noonan (2009). What is a One-Level Criterion of Identity? Analysis 69 (2):274-277.
    Standardly, a one-level criterion of identity 1 is given in the form: ∀ x∀ y )where ‘ K’ denotes the kind of thing for which the criterion is being given and ‘ R’ denotes the criterial relation.Thus, we have, for example, the criterion of identity for sets: ∀ x∀ y))and for composites: ∀ x∀ y))and for events: ∀ x∀ y)). is equivalent to the conjunction of: ∀ x and ∀ x )),which just give two necessary 2 conditions for application of (...)
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  22. Harold Noonan, Identity. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  23. Harold W. Noonan (2008). Does Ontic Indeterminacy in Boundaries Entail Ontic Indeterminacy in Identity? Analysis 68 (298):174–176.
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  24. Harold W. Noonan (2008). Moderate Monism and Modality. Analysis 68 (297):88–94.
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  25. Harold W. Noonan (2007). Identity Eliminated. Analysis 67 (294):122–127.
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  26. Harold W. Noonan (2006). Non-Branching and Circularity -- Reply to Brueckner. Analysis 66 (290):163-167.
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  27. Harold W. Noonan (2005). A Flawed Argument for Perdurance – Reply to Braddon-Mitchell and Miller. Analysis 65 (286):164–166.
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  28. Harold W. Noonan (2004). Against Absence-Dependent Thoughts. Analysis 64 (1):92 - 93.
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  29. Harold W. Noonan (2004). Are There Vague Objects? Analysis 64 (282):131–134.
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  30. Harold W. Noonan (2003). A Flawed Argument for Perdurance. Analysis 63 (279):213–215.
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  31. Harold Noonan (2001). The Case for Perdurance. In Gerhard Preyer (ed.), Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis. Rowman and Littlefield.
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  32. Harold W. Noonan (2001). Animalism Versus Lockeanism: Reply to Mackie. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (202):83-90.
  33. Harold W. Noonan (2001). The Epistemological Problem of Relativism – Reply to Olson. Philosophical Studies 104 (3):323 - 336.
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  34. Harold W. Noonan (2000). McKinsey-Brown Survives. Analysis 60 (268):353-356.
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  35. Harold W. Noonan (2000). Reply to Sawyer on Brains in Vats. Analysis 60 (267):247–249.
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  36. Harold W. Noonan (1999). Identity, Constitution and Microphysical Supervenience. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 99 (3):273-288.
    The aim of the paper is to discuss some recent variants of familiar puzzles concerning the relations of parts to wholes put forward by Trenton Merricks and Eric Olson. The argument is put forward that so long as the familiar distinction between 'loose and popular' and 'strict and philosophical' senses of identity claims is accepted the paradoxical conclusions at which Merricks and Olson arrive can be resisted. It is not denied that accepting the distinction between 'loose and popular' and 'strict (...)
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  37. Harold W. Noonan (1999). Microphysical Supervenience and Consciousness. Mind 108 (432):755-9.
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  38. Harold W. Noonan (1999). Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hume on Knowledge. Routledge.
    David Hume (1711-1776) is one of the greatest figures in the history of British philosophy. Of all Hume's writings, the most profound is undoubtedly Treatise of Human Nature . The first book of the Treatise , in which he outlines the epistemology and metaphysics underpinning his system, is universally acknowledged to be his greatest intellectual achievement. Hume on Knowledge provides for the first time ever a map to Book I and sets out principal ideas and arguments in a clear and (...)
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  39. Harold W. Noonan (1999). Tibbles the Cat -- Reply to Burke. Philosophical Studies 95 (3):215-218.
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  40. Harold W. Noonan (1998). Animalism Versus Lockeanism: A Current Controversy. Philosophical Quarterly 48 (192):302-318.
  41. Harold W. Noonan (1998). Reflections on Putnam, Wright and Brains in Vats. Analysis 58 (1):59–62.
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  42. Harold W. Noonan (1995). E. J. Lowe on Vague Identity and Quantum Indeterminacy. Analysis 55 (1):14 - 19.
    The paper defends Gareth Evan's argument against vague identity "de re" from a criticism that quantum mechanics provides actual counter-examples to its validity. A more general version of Evans's argument is stated in which identity involving properties are not essential and it is claimed that the scientific facts as so far known are consistent with the Evansian thesis that indeterminacy in truth-value must always be due to semantic indecision.
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  43. Harold W. Noonan (1994). In Defence of the Letter of Fictionalism. Analysis 54 (3):133-39.
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  44. Harold W. Noonan (1993). Constitution is Identity. Mind 102 (405):133-146.
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  45. Harold W. Noonan (1993). Chisholm, Persons, and Identity. Philosophical Studies 69 (1):35-58.
  46. Harold W. Noonan (1993). Object-Dependent Thoughts: A Case of Superficial Necessity but Deep Contingency? In John Heil & Alfred R. Mele (eds.), Mental Causation. Oxford University Press.
     
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  47. Harold Noonan (1992). Meaning in Mind: Fodor and His Critics. Philosophical Books 33 (4):232-234.
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  48. Harold W. Noonan (1992). Books Reviews. Mind 101 (401):178-179.
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  49. Harold W. Noonan & Peter Van Inwagen (1992). Material Beings. Philosophical Quarterly 42 (167):239.
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  50. Harold W. Noonan (1991). Kinds of Being By E. J. Lowe Basil Blackwell, 1989, Pp. Vi + 210, £25.00. Philosophy 66 (256):248-.
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