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  1. John Burgess, Logicism: A New Look.
    Adapated from talks at the UCLA Logic Center and the Pitt Philosophy of Science Series. Exposition of material from Fixing Frege, Chapter 2 (on predicative versions of Frege’s system) and from “Protocol Sentences for Lite Logicism” (on a form of mathematical instrumentalism), suggesting a connection. Provisional version: references remain to be added. To appear in Mathematics, Modality, and Models: Selected Philosophical Papers, coming from Cambridge University Press.
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  2. John Burgess, Mending the Master.
    Fixing Frege is one of the most important investigations to date of Fregean approaches to the foundations of mathematics. In addition to providing an unrivalled survey of the technical program to which Frege’s writings have given rise, the book makes a large number of improvements and clarifications. Anyone with an interest in the philosophy of mathematics will enjoy and benefit from the careful and well informed overview provided by the first of its three chapters. Specialists will find the book an (...)
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  3. John P. Burgess (unknown). . New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, by Tim Maudlin:1-3.
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  4. John Burgess, Review of Charles Parsons: Mathematical Thought and its Objects. [REVIEW]
    This long-awaited volume is a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in\nphilosophy of mathematics. The book falls into two parts, with the primary focus of\nthe first on ontology and structuralism, and the second on intuition and\nepistemology, though with many links between them. The style throughout involves\nunhurried examination from several points of view of each issue addressed, before\nreaching a guarded conclusion. A wealth of material is set before the reader along\nthe way, but a reviewer wishing to summarize the author’s views (...)
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  5. John Burgess, Tarski's Tort.
    A revision of a sermon on the evils of calling model theory “semantics”, preached at Notre Dame on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2005. Provisional version: references remain to be added. To appear in Mathematics, Modality, and Models: Selected Philosophical Papers, coming from Cambridge University Press.
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  6. John P. Burgess, Friedman and the Axiomatization of Kripke's Theory of Truth.
    What is the simplest and most natural axiomatic replacement for the set-theoretic definition of the minimal fixed point on the Kleene scheme in Kripke’s theory of truth? What is the simplest and most natural set of axioms and rules for truth whose adoption by a subject who had never heard the word "true" before would give that subject an understanding of truth for which the minimal fixed point on the Kleene scheme would be a good model? Several axiomatic systems, old (...)
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  7. John P. Burgess, Putting Structuralism in its Place.
    One textbook may introduce the real numbers in Cantor’s way, and another in Dedekind’s, and the mathematical community as a whole will be completely indifferent to the choice between the two. This sort of phenomenon was famously called to the attention of philosophers by Paul Benacerraf. It will be argued that structuralism in philosophy of mathematics is a mistake, a generalization of Benacerraf’s observation in the wrong direction, resulting from philosophers’ preoccupation with ontology.
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  8. John P. Burgess, Reviewed By.
    In this era when results of empirical scientific research are being appealed to all across philosophy, when we even find moral philosophers invoking the results of brain scans, many profess to practice "naturalized epistemology," or to be "epistemological naturalists." Such phrases derive from the title of a well-known essay by Quine,[1] but Paul Gregory's thesis in the work under review is that there is less connection than is usually assumed between Quine's variety of naturalized epistemology and what is today taken, (...)
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  9. John P. Burgess, Two Undecidable Questions About Group Actions.
    It is shown that for invariance under the action of special groups the statements "Every invariant PCA is decomposable into (1 invariant Borel sets" and "Every pair of invariant PCA is reducible by a pair of invariant PCA sets" are independent of the axioms of set theory.
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  10. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Book Review: Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn From the History of Exegesis That You Can't Learn From Exegesis Alone. [REVIEW] Interpretation 62 (3):332-332.
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  11. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Book Review: The Ten Commandments: A Preaching Commentary. [REVIEW] Interpretation 57 (4):452-452.
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  12. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Book Review: The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture. [REVIEW] Interpretation 65 (3):328-329.
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  13. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Book Review: Text and Psyche: Experiencing Scripture Today. [REVIEW] Interpretation 53 (4):430-431.
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  14. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Kevin Scharp, Replacing Truth. Studia Logica:1-3.
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  15. John P. Burgess (forthcoming). Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays. History and Philosophy of Logic:1-2.
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  16. J. P. Burgess (2014). Madagascar Revisited. Analysis 74 (2):195-201.
    The history behind the ‘Madagascar’ example of Gareth Evans is traced, suggesting that the decisive reference-shift occurred in the 16th, not the 17, century. The difference between this example and the ‘Gödel’ example of Saul Kripke is explained in terms of the distinction between de re and de dicto beliefs and intentions.
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  17. Janet Burgess & Donna Bates (2014). Inside the Team: Questions and Answers Facing Teacher Leaders. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  18. John P. Burgess (2014). New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, by Tim Maudlin. :1-3.
    New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, by Tim Maudlin. . ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2014.955037.
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  19. John Burgess (2013). Reflections on" Wang's Paradox". Teorema: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 32 (1):125-139.
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  20. John P. Burgess (2013). Kripke. Polity.
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  21. John P. Burgess (2013). On a Derivation of the Necessity of Identity. Synthese:1-19.
    The source, status, and significance of the derivation of the necessity of identity at the beginning of Kripke’s lecture “Identity and Necessity” is discussed from a logical, philosophical, and historical point of view.
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  22. John P. Burgess (2013). Quinus Ab Omni Nævo Vindicatus. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 27 (sup1):25-65.
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  23. John P. Burgess (2013). Saul Kripke: Puzzles and Mysteries. Polity.
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  24. John P. Burgess (2012). Richard G. Heck, Jr.: Frege’s Theorem. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 109 (12):728-733.
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  25. Alexis G. Burgess & John P. Burgess (2011). Truth. Princeton University Press.
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  26. J. A. Burgess (2011). Ten Moral Paradoxes * by Saul Smilansky. Analysis 71 (3):603-605.
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  27. J. P. Burgess (2011). Alan Weir. Truth Through Proof: A Formalist Foundation for Mathematics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-954149-2. Pp. Xiv+281. [REVIEW] Philosophia Mathematica 19 (2):213-219.
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  28. John P. Burgess (2011). Kripke Models. In Alan Berger (ed.), Saul Kripke. Cambridge University Press.
    Saul Kripke has made fundamental contributions to a variety of areas of logic, and his name is attached to a corresponding variety of objects and results. 1 For philosophers, by far the most important examples are ‘Kripke models’, which have been adopted as the standard type of models for modal and related non-classical logics. What follows is an elementary introduction to Kripke’s contributions in this area, intended to prepare the reader to tackle more formal treatments elsewhere.2 2. WHAT IS A (...)
     
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  29. John P. Burgess (2011). The Development of Modern Logic. History and Philosophy of Logic 32 (2):187 - 191.
    History and Philosophy of Logic, Volume 32, Issue 2, Page 187-191, May 2011.
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  30. J. A. Burgess (2010). Potential and Foetal Value. Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (2):140-153.
    The argument from potential has been hard to assess because the versions presented by friends and those presented by enemies have born very little resemblance to each other. I here try to improve this situation by attempting to bring both versions into enforced contact. To this end, I sketch a more detailed analysis of the modern concept of potential than any hitherto attempted. As one would expect, arguments from potential couched in terms of that notion are evident non-starters. I then (...)
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  31. J. A. Burgess (2010). Review of J.C. Beall and Greg Restall, Logical Pluralism. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (2):519-522.
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  32. J. P. Burgess (2010). Mary Leng. Mathematics and Reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-928079-7. Pp. X + 278. Philosophia Mathematica 18 (3):337-344.
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  33. John Burgess (2010). Could a Zygote Be a Human Being? Bioethics 24 (2):61-70.
    This paper re-examines the question of whether quirks of early human foetal development tell against the view (conceptionism) that we are human beings at conception. A zygote is capable of splitting to give rise to identical twins. Since the zygote cannot be identical with either human being it will become, it cannot already be a human being. Parallel concerns can be raised about chimeras in which two embryos fuse. I argue first that there are just two ways of dealing with (...)
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  34. John Burgess (2010). On the Outside Looking in : A Caution About Conservativeness. In Kurt Gödel, Solomon Feferman, Charles Parsons & Stephen G. Simpson (eds.), Kurt Gödel: Essays for His Centennial. Association for Symbolic Logic.
    My contribution to the symposium on Goedel’s philosophy of mathematics at the spring 2006 Association for Symbolic Logic meeting in Montreal. Provisional version: references remain to be added. To appear in an ASL volume of proceedings of the Goedel sessions at that meeting.
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  35. John P. Burgess (2010). Axiomatizing the Logic of Comparative Probability. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 51 (1):119-126.
    1 Choice conjecture In axiomatizing nonclassical extensions of classical sentential logic one tries to make do, if one can, with adding to classical sentential logic a finite number of axiom schemes of the simplest kind and a finite number of inference rules of the simplest kind. The simplest kind of axiom scheme in effect states of a particular formula P that for any substitution of formulas for atoms the result of its application to P is to count (...)
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  36. John P. Burgess (2010). Review of B. Hale and A. Hoffmann (Eds.), Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (10).
  37. Judith Burgess & Mary Ellen Purkis (2010). The Power and Politics of Collaboration in Nurse Practitioner Role Development. Nursing Inquiry 17 (4):297-308.
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  38. Endre Begby & J. Peter Burgess (2009). Human Security and Liberal Peace. Public Reason 1 (1):91-104.
    This paper addresses a recent wave of criticisms of liberal peacebuilding operations. We decompose the critics’ argument into two steps, one which offers a diagnosis of what goes wrong when things go wrong in peacebuilding operations, and a second, which argues on the basis of the first step that there is some deep principled flaw in the very idea of liberal peacebuilding. We show that the criticism launched in the argument’s first step is valid and important, but that the second (...)
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  39. John P. Burgess (2009). Philosophical Logic. Princeton University Press.
    Classical logic -- Temporal logic -- Modal logic -- Conditional logic -- Relevantistic logic -- Intuitionistic logic.
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  40. John P. Burgess (2009). Review of Paul A. Gregory, Quine's Naturalism: Language, Theory, and the Knowing Subject. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (5).
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  41. Johnw Burgess (2009). Can Truth Out? In Joe Salerno (ed.), New Essays on the Knowability Paradox. Oxford University Press.
     
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  42. Kathleen Carey, James F. Burgess & Gary J. Young (2009). Single Specialty Hospitals and Service Competition. Inquiry 46 (2):162-171.
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  43. Andrew M. Ryan, James F. Burgess, Christopher P. Tompkins & Stanley S. Wallack (2009). The Relationship Between Medicare's Process of Care Quality Measures and Mortality. Inquiry 46 (3):274-290.
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  44. J. A. Burgess (2008). When is Circularity in Definitions Benign? Philosophical Quarterly 58 (231):214–233.
    I aim to show how and why some definitions can be benignly circular. According to Lloyd Humberstone, a definition that is analytically circular need not be inferentially circular and so might serve to illuminate the application-conditions for a concept. I begin by tidying up some problems with Humberstone's account. I then show that circular definitions of a kind commonly thought to be benign have inferentially circular truth-conditions and so are malign by Humberstone's test. But his test is too demanding. The (...)
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  45. John P. Burgess (2008). 3. Cats, Dogs, and so On. In Dean W. Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 4--56.
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  46. John P. Burgess (2008). Charles Parsons. Mathematical Thought and its Objects. Philosophia Mathematica 16 (3):402-409.
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  47. John P. Burgess (2008). Thomas McKay. Plural Predication. Philosophia Mathematica 16 (1):133-140.
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  48. George Boolos, John Burgess, Richard P. & C. Jeffrey (2007). Computability and Logic. Cambridge University Press.
    Computability and Logic has become a classic because of its accessibility to students without a mathematical background and because it covers not simply the staple topics of an intermediate logic course, such as Godel’s incompleteness theorems, but also a large number of optional topics, from Turing’s theory of computability to Ramsey’s theorem. Including a selection of exercises, adjusted for this edition, at the end of each chapter, it offers a new and simpler treatment of the representability of recursive functions, a (...)
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  49. John P. Burgess (2007). Against Ethics. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (5):427 - 439.
    This is the verbatim manuscript of a paper which has circulated underground for close to thirty years, reaching a metethical conclusion close to J. L. Mackie’s by a somewhat different route.
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  50. John P. Burgess (2007). Charles Parsons:Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays,:Mathematics in Philosophy: Selected Essays. Philosophy of Science 74 (4):549-552.
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