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  1. John Heil (2003). From an Ontological Point of View. Oxford University Press.
    From an Ontological Point of View is a highly original and accessible exploration of fundamental questions about what there is. John Heil discusses such issues as whether the world includes levels of reality; the nature of objects and properties; the demands of realism; what makes things true; qualities, powers, and the relation these bear to one another. He advances an account of the fundamental constituents of the world around us, and applies this account to problems that have plagued recent work (...)
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  2. John Heil (2004). Properties and Powers. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 1:223-254.
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    John Heil (1983). Perception and Cognition. University of California Press.
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    John Heil (2012). The Universe as We Find It. Oxford University Press.
    What does reality encompass? Is it exclusively physical, or does it include mental and 'abstract' aspects? What are the elements of being, reality's raw materials? John Heil offers stimulating answers to these questions framed in terms of a comprehensive metaphysics of substances and properties inspired by Descartes, Locke, and their successors.
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    John Heil (1992). The Nature of True Minds. Cambridge University Press.
    This book aims at reconciling the emerging conceptions of mind and their contents that have, in recent years, come to seem irreconcilable. Post-Cartesian philosophers face the challenge of comprehending minds as natural objects possessing apparently non-natural powers of thought. The difficulty is to understand how our mental capacities, no less than our biological or chemical characteristics, might ultimately be products of our fundamental physical constituents, and to do so in a way that preserves the phenomena. Externalists argue that the significance (...)
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  6. John Heil & C. B. Martin (1998). Rules and Powers. Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):283-312.
  7. John Heil (2002). Mental Causation. In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger. Blackwell 29--52.
    This volume presents a collection of new, specially written essays by a diverse group of philosophers, including Donald Davidson, Ted Honderich, and Philip Pettit, each of whom is widely known for defending a particular conception of minds and their place in nature.
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  8. John Heil & David Robb (2003). Mental Properties. American Philosophical Quarterly 40 (3):175-196.
    It is becoming increasingly clear that the deepest problems currently exercising philosophers of mind arise from an ill-begotten ontology, in particular, a mistaken ontology of properties. After going through some preliminaries, we identify three doctrines at the heart of this mistaken ontology: (P) For each distinct predicate, “F”, there exists one, and only one, property, F, such that, if “F” is applicable to an object a, then “F” is applicable in virtue of a’s being F. (U) Properties are universals, not (...)
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  9. John Heil (2005). Dispositions. Synthese 144 (3):343-356.
    Appeals to dispositionality in explanations of phenomena in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, require that we first agree on what we are talking about. I sketch an account of what dispositionality might be. That account will place me at odds with most current conceptions of dispositionality. My aim is not to establish a weighty ontological thesis, however, but to move the discussion ahead in two respects. First, I want to call attention to the extent to which assumptions philosophers have (...)
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  10. C. B. Martin & John Heil (1999). The Ontological Turn. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):34–60.
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  11. John Heil (1988). Privileged Access. Mind 98 (April):238-51.
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  12. John Heil (1981). Does Cognitive Psychology Rest on a Mistake? Mind 90 (February):321-42.
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    John Heil (1992). Believing Reasonably. Noûs 26 (1):47-61.
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  14. John Heil (2003). From an Ontological Point of View. Oxford University Press Uk.
    Is the world hierarchically arranged, incorporating 'levels' of reality? What is the nature of objects and properties? What does 'realism' about ordinary objects or states of mind demand? When an assertion is true, what makes it true? Are natural properties best regarded as qualities or powers or some combination of these? What are colours? What explains the 'projective' character of intentionality? What is the nature of consciousness, and what relation do conscious experiences bear to material states and processes?From an Ontological (...)
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  15. John Paul Heil (forthcoming). Book Review: Transfiguration. [REVIEW] Interpretation 60 (3):348-348.
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  16. David Robb & John Heil, Mental Causation. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Worries about mental causation are prominent in contemporary discussions of the mind and human agency. Originally, the problem of mental causation was that of understanding how a mental substance (thought to be immaterial) could interact with a material substance, a body. Most philosophers nowadays repudiate immaterial minds, but the problem of mental causation has not gone away. Instead, focus has shifted to mental properties. How could mental properties be causally relevant to bodily behavior? How could something mental qua mental cause (...)
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    John Heil, Accidents, Modes, Tropes, and Universals.
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    John Heil, Universals in a World of Particulars.
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    John Heil (1982). Seeing is Believing. American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (July):229-240.
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    John Heil (1999). Multiple Realizability. American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (3):189-208.
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    John Heil (2011). Powers and the Realization Relation. The Monist 94 (1):34-53.
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    John Heil (2015). III—Aristotelian Supervenience. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115 (1pt1):41-56.
    Three matchsticks could be arranged on a table so as to form a triangle. Were you to place a lump of sugar into a cup of hot tea it would dissolve. You might never have been born. Such assertions express modal judgements and, as we suppose, truths about the universe. But if modal judgements can be true, what features of the universe make them true? Thanks largely to the efforts of David Lewis, philosophers nowadays find it natural to appeal to (...)
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    John Heil (1982). Speechless Brutes. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 42 (March):400-406.
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    John Heil (2009). Relations. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge
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  25. John Heil (1983). Doxastic Agency. Philosophical Studies 43 (3):355 - 364.
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    John Heil, Cartesian Transubstantiation.
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    John Heil (ed.) (2004). Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge.
    This comprehensive textbook, written by a leading author in the field, provides a survey of mainstream conceptions of the nature of mind accessible to readers with little or no background in philosophy. Included are the dualist, behaviourist, and functionalist accounts of the nature of mind, along with a critical assessment of recent trends in the subject. The problem of consciousness, widely thought to be the chief roadblock to our understanding of the mind, is addressed throughout the book and there is (...)
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    John Heil (2006). The Legacy of Linguisticism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):233 – 244.
    In recent work on truth and truthmaking, D. M. Armstrong has defended a version of 'truthmaker necessitarianism', the doctrine that truths necessitate truthmakers. Truthmaker necessitarianism, he contends, requires the postulation of 'totality facts', which serve as ingredients of truthmakers for general truths and negative truths, and propositions, which function as the fundamental truth bearers. I argue that neither totality facts nor propositions need figure in an account of truthmaking, and suggest that both are artifacts stemming, albeit in different ways, from (...)
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    John Heil (1998). Supervenience Deconstructed. European Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):146-155.
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  30. John Heil (2003). Levels of Reality. Ratio 16 (3):205–221.
    Philosophers and non-philosophers have been attracted to the idea that the world incorporates levels of being: higher-level items – ordinary objects, artifacts, human beings – depend on, but are not in any sense reducible to, items at lower levels. I argue that the motivation for levels stems from an implicit acceptance of a Picture Theory of language according to which we can ‘read off’ features of the world from ways we describe the world. Abandonment of the Picture Theory opens the (...)
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    John Heil (2005). Kinds and Essences. Ratio 18 (4):405–419.
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    John Heil (1978). Traces of Things Past. Philosophy of Science 45 (March):60-72.
    This paper consists of two parts. In Part I, an attempt to get around certain well-known criticisms of the trace theory of memory is discussed. Part II consists of an account of the so-called "logical" notion of a memory trace. Trace theories are sometimes thought to be empirical hypotheses about the functioning of memory. That this is not the case, that trace theories are in fact philosophical theories, is shown, I believe, in the arguments which follow. If this is so, (...)
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    John Heil & Alfred R. Mele (1991). Mental Causes. American Philosophical Quarterly 28 (January):61-71.
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  34. John Heil (2012). Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge.
    When first published, John Heil's introduction quickly became a widely used guide for students with little or no background in philosophy to central issues of philosophy of mind. Heil provided an introduction free of formalisms, technical trappings, and specialized terminology. He offered clear arguments and explanations, focusing on the ontological basis of mentality and its place in the material world. The book concluded with a systematic discussion of questions the book raises--and a sketch of a unified metaphysics of mind--thus inviting (...)
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    John Heil (1983). Believing What One Ought. Journal of Philosophy 80 (11):752-765.
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    John Heil (1984). Doxastic Incontinence. Mind 93 (369):56-70.
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    John Heil (2009). C. B. Martin. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (1):177 – 179.
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    John Heil (2010). Powerful Qualities. In Anna Marmodoro (ed.), The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Routledge
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    John Heil (1989). Minds Divided. Mind 98 (392):571-583.
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    John Heil (2000). Truth Making and Entailment. Logique and Analyse 43 (169-170):231-242.
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    John Heil (2005). Real Tables. The Monist 88 (4):493-509.
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  42. Goldwin Smith Hall, John Heil, Nicholas Jolley, Norman Kretzmann & Lisa Shapiro, Locke On Supposing a Substratum.
    It is an old charge against Locke that his commitment to a common substratum for the observable qualities of particular objects and his empiricist theory about the origin of ideas are inconsistent with one another. How could we have an idea of something in which observable qualities inhere if all our ideas are constructed from ideas of observable qualities? In this paper, I propose an interpretation of the crucial passages in Locke, according to which the idea of substratum is formed (...)
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  43. J. Heil (2004). Functionalism. In John Heil (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology. Oxford University Press 139--49.
     
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    John F. Heil (1996). Why is Aristotle's Brave Man So Frightened? The Paradox of Courage in the "Eudemian Ethics". Apeiron 29 (1):47 - 74.
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    John Heil, Metaphysics of Mind. A Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind.
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    John Heil (1991). Introduction. Journal of Philosophical Research 16:331-331.
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    John Heil (2003). Multiply Realized Properties. In Sven Walter & Heinz-Dieter Heckmann (eds.), Physicalism and Mental Causation. Imprint Academic 11--30.
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    John Heil (1987). Are We Brains in a Vat? Top Philosopher Says 'No'. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):427 - 436.
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    John Heil, Mental Causation and Epiphenomenalism.
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    John Heil, Modes and Mind.
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