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Profile: James Robert Brown (University of Toronto)
  1. James Robert Brown (2013). Marco Panza and Andrea Sereni. Plato's Problem: An Introduction to Mathematical Platonism. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 978-0-230-36548-3 (Hbk); 978-0-230-36549-0 (Pbk); 978-1-13726147-2 (E-Book); 978-1-13729813-3 (Pdf). Pp. Xi + 306. [REVIEW] Philosophia Mathematica (1):nkt031.
  2. James Robert Brown & Michael T. Stuart (2013). Katerina Ierodiakonou and Sophie Roux , Eds. Thought Experiments in Methodological and Historical Contexts . Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. Vii+233. €99.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 3 (1):154-157.
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  3. James Robert Brown (2012/2011). Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge. Routledge.
    Mathematical explanation -- What is naturalism? -- Perception, practice, and ideal agents: Kitcher's naturalism -- Just metaphor?: Lakoff's language -- Seeing with the mind's eye: the Platonist alternative -- Semi-naturalists and reluctant realists -- A life of its own?: Maddy and mathematical autonomy.
     
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  4. Melanie Frappier, Letitia Meynell & James Robert Brown (eds.) (2012). Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge.
    From Lucretius throwing a spear beyond the boundary of the universe to Einstein racing against a beam of light, thought experiments stand as a fascinating challenge to the necessity of data in the empirical sciences. Are these experiments, conducted uniquely in our imagination, simply rhetorical devices or communication tools or are they an essential part of scientific practice? This volume surveys the current state of the debate and explores new avenues of research into the epistemology of thought experiments.
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  5. James Robert Brown (2011). Does Mathematics Have a Life of its Own? Metascience 20 (3):487-493.
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  6. James Robert Brown & James Davies (2011). Grounding Concepts: An Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge – C.S. Jenkins. Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):208-211.
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  7. James Robert Brown (2010). D Avid B Ostock . Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction. Philosophia Mathematica 18 (1):127-129.
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  8. James Robert Brown (2010). The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (1):111 – 115.
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  9. James Robert Brown & Yiftach J. H. Fehige, Thought Experiments. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  10. James W. McAllister, Lars Bergström, James Robert Brown, Martin Carrier, Nancy Cartwright, Jiwei Ci, David Davies, Catherine Elgin, Márta Fehér & Michel Ghins (2010). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24 (4).
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  11. Mark Shumelda & James Robert Brown (2009). Thought Experiments and Inertial Motion: A Golden Thread in the Development of Mechanics. Rivista di Estetica 49 (42):71-96.
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  12. Henry E. Allison, John Anderson, Creagh McLean Cole, John Beversluis & James Robert Brown (2008). Appearance in This List Neither Guarantees nor Precludes a Future Review of the Book. Mind 117:468.
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  13. James Robert Brown (2008). Politics, Method, and Medical Research. Philosophy of Science 75 (5):756-766.
    There is sufficient evidence that intellectual property rights are corrupting medical research. One could respond to this from a moral or from an epistemic point of view. I take the latter route. Often in the sciences factual discoveries lead to new methodological norms. Medical research is an example. Surprisingly, the methodological change required will involve political change. Instead of new regulations aimed at controlling the problem, the outright socialization of research seems called for, for the sake of better science. I (...)
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  14. James Robert Brown (2008). Philosophy of Mathematics: A Contemporary Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures. Routledge.
    1. Introduction : the mathematical image -- 2. Platonism -- 3. Picture-proofs and Platonism -- 4. What is applied mathematics? -- 5. Hilbert and Gödel -- 6. Knots and notation -- 7. What is a definition? -- 8. Constructive approaches -- 9. Proofs, pictures and procedures in Wittgenstein -- 10. Computation, proof and conjecture -- 11. How to refute the continuum hypothesis -- 12. Calling the bluff.
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  15. James Robert Brown (2007). Comments and Replies. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):249-268.
    I reply to a number of papers (published in Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 [2007], 29-92 and in this issue) that stem from a conference in Rijeka on thought experinlents. These are papers by Ana Butković, Dave Davies, Boris Grozdanoff, Dunja Jutronić, Nenad Miščević, Ksenija Puškarić, and Irina Starikova. Their criticisms of my views are diverse, but one theme, perhaps inevitably, dominates the criticisms: the unworkability of my Platonism. I try to defend this and to adequately answer other criticisms, as (...)
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  16. James Robert Brown (2007). Counter Thought Experiments. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 82 (61):155-177.
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  17. James Robert Brown (2007). Siobhan Roberts. King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry. Philosophia Mathematica 15 (3):386-388.
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  18. James Robert Brown (2007). Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and Mathematics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (1):3-27.
    Most disciplines make use of thought experiments, but physics and philosophy lead the pack with heavy dependence upon them. Often this is for conceptual clarification, but occasionally they provide real theoretical advances. In spite of their importance, however, thought experiments have received rather little attention as a topic in their own right until recently. The situation has improved in the past few years, but a mere generation ago the entire published literature on thought experiments could have been mastered in a (...)
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  19. Kathryn Mann & James Robert Brown (2007). Seeing is Reasoning. Metascience 16 (1):131-135.
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  20. Nancy J. Nersessian, Dunja Jutronic, Ksenija Puskaric, Nenad Miscevic, Andreas K. A. Georgiou & James Robert Brown (2007). James Robert Brown: Thought Experiments and Platonism. Part Two. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (20):125-268.
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  21. James Robert Brown (2005). The Reality of Formal Causes. In Gereon Wolters & Martin Carrier (eds.), Homo Sapiens Und Homo Faber. De Gruyter.
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  22. James Robert Brown (2005). Book Review The Science Wars. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 72 (3):523-525.
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  23. James Robert Brown (2004). Boundaries, Reasons, and Ideology: Reply to Sismondo. Episteme 1 (3):249-255.
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  24. James Robert Brown (2004). Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science. Blackwell.
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  25. James Robert Brown (2004). Money, Method and Medical Research. Episteme 1 (1):49-59.
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  26. James Robert Brown (2004). Peeking Into Plato's Heaven. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1126-1138.
    Examples of classic thought experiments are presented and some morals drawn. The views of my fellow symposiasts, Tamar Gendler, John Norton, and James McAllister, are evaluated. An account of thought experiments along a priori and Platonistic lines is given. I also cite the related example of proving theorems in mathematics with pictures and diagrams. To illustrate the power of these methods, a possible refutation of the continuum hypothesis using a thought experiment is sketched.
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  27. James Robert Brown (2004). Review of M. Giaquinto, The Search for Certainty: A Philosophical Account of Foundations of Mathematics. [REVIEW] Mind 113 (449):177-179.
  28. James Robert Brown (2004). Science, Truth, and Democracy. Journal of Philosophy 101 (11):599-606.
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  29. James Robert Brown (2004). The Search for Certainty: A Philosophical Account of Foundations of Mathematics. Mind 113 (449):177-179.
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  30. James Robert Brown (2004). Why Thought Experiments Transcend Experience. In Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science. Blackwell. 23-43.
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  31. Glenn G. Parsons & James Robert Brown (2004). Platonism, Metaphor, and Mathematics. Dialogue 43 (01):47-.
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  32. James Robert Brown (2003). Kitcher's Mathematical Naturalism. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):1-20.
    Recent years have seen a number of naturalist accounts of mathematics. Philip Kitcher’s version is one of the most important and influential. This paper includes a critical exposition of Kitcher’s views and a discussion of several issues including: mathematical epistemology, practice, history, the nature of applied mathematics. It argues that naturalism is an inadequate account and compares it with mathematical Platonism, to the advantage of the latter.
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  33. James Robert Brown (2003). Science and Constructive Mathematics. Analysis 63 (1):48–51.
  34. James Robert Brown (2002). Funding, Objectivity and the Socialization of Medical Research. Science and Engineering Ethics 8 (3):295--308.
    There has been a sharp rise in private funding of medical research, especially in relation to patentable products. Several serious problems with this are described. A solution involving the elimination of patents and public funding administered through extended national health care systems is proposed.
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  35. James Robert Brown (2002). Philosophies of Mathematics. Mind 111 (444):860-862.
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  36. James Robert Brown (2002). Review of A. George and D. J. Velleman, Philosophies of Mathematics. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (444):860-862.
  37. James Robert Brown (2002). Review: Philosophies of Mathematics. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (444):860-862.
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  38. James Robert Brown (2002). Thomas Kuhn. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (1):143-149.
  39. James Robert Brown (2001). ARTICLES-Editorial. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15 (2):125-126.
     
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  40. James Robert Brown (2001). Editorial. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15 (2):125 – 126.
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  41. James Robert Brown (2001). Who Rules in Science?: An Opinionated Guide to the Wars. Harvard University Press.
    This eye-opening book reveals how little we've understood about the ongoing pitched battles between the sciences and the humanities--and how much may be at ...
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  42. James Robert Brown & Thomas Hofweber (2001). Reviews-Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (2):413.
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  43. Leng Mary & James Robert Brown (2001). Critical Studies/Book Reviews. Philosophia Mathematica 9 (2):244-246.
  44. Robert Almeder, Lynne Rudder Baker, José Luis Bermúdez, James Robert Brown, Jeremy Butterfield, Constantine Pagonis, Steven M. Cahn, John D. Caputo, J. Michael & Timothy R. Colburn (2000). Books for Review and for Listing Here Should Be Addressed to Emily Zakin, Review Editor, Teaching Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Teaching Philosophy 23 (2):227.
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  45. James Robert Brown (1999). “Dubrovnik”. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (2):101.
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  46. James Robert Brown (1999). Introduction to the Special Issue on Rationality. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (3):213.
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  47. James Robert Brown (1999). Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures. Routledge.
    Philosophy of Mathematics is clear and engaging, and student friendly The book discusses the great philosophers and the importance of mathematics to their thought. Among topics discussed in the book are the mathematical image, platonism, picture-proofs, applied mathematics, Hilbert and Godel, knots and notation definitions, picture-proofs and Wittgenstein, computation, proof and conjecture.
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  48. James Robert Brown (1998). Intellectual Tithing. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):5 – 6.
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  49. James Robert Brown (1998). Québec Studies in the Philosophy of Science Part 1: Logic, Mathematics, Physics and History of Science Part 2: Biology, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Economics Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vols. 177 and 178 Mathieu Marion and Robert S. Cohen, Editors Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publisher, 1995–96, Vol. 1: Xi + 320 Pp., $180; Vol. 2: Xi +303 Pp., $154. [REVIEW] Dialogue 37 (03):620-.
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  50. James Robert Brown (1998). Québec Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Dialogue 37 (3):620-622.
     
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