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  1. Jeffrey Foss (ed.) (2014). Science and the World: Philosophical Approaches. Broadview Press.
    This new anthology includes both classic and contemporary readings on the methods and scope of science. Jeffrey Foss depicts science in a broadly humanistic context, contending that it is philosophically interesting because it has reshaped nearly all aspects of human culture—and in so doing has reshaped humanity as well. While providing a strong introduction to epistemological and metaphysical issues in science, this text goes beyond the traditional topics, enlarging the scope of philosophical engagement with science. Substantial introductions and critical questions (...)
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  2. Jeffrey Foss (2011). Just the Facts, and Only the Facts, About Human Rationality? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (5):254-255.
    Elqayam & Evans' (E&E's) laudable program to keep the scientific investigation of human reasoning norm-free and focused on the facts alone is an essential part of a long tradition in the philosophy of science – but it faces deeper difficulties than the authors seem to realize, since reasoning is a competence, and the very concept of competence is normative.
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  3. Jeffrey E. Foss (2008). Beyond Environmentalism: A Philosophy of Nature. Wiley.
    Beyond Environmentalism is the first book of its kind to present a timely and relevant analysis of environmentalism.
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  4. Jeffrey Foss (2007). Game Theory for Reformation of Behavioral Science Based on a Mistake. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):24-25.
    Gintis assumes the behavioral (=social) sciences are in disarray, and so proposes a theory for their unification. Examination of the unity of the physical sciences reveals he misunderstands the unity of science in general, and so fails to see that the social sciences are already unified with the physical sciences. Another explanation of the differences between them is outlined. (Published Online April 27 2007).
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  5. Jeffrey Foss (2006). The Rituals of Explanation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (6):618-619.
    Boyer & Lienard's (B&L's) explanation of ritualized behavior is plausible because it fits so well with elementary facts about evolution of plasticity in our behavioral repertoire. Its scope, however, may be broader than its authors explicitly admit. Science itself may be illuminated as ritual behavior. Science, like other rituals, can sustain both healthy and pathological forms. (Published Online February 8 2007).
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  6. Jeffrey Foss (2004). Good Science, Bad Philosophy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):791-792.
    Behrendt's & Young's (B&Y's) persuasive scientific theory explains hallucinations, and is supported by a wide variety of psychological evidence, both normal and abnormal – unlike their philosophical thesis, Kantian idealism. I argue that the evidence cited by the authors in support of idealism actually favors realism. Fortunately, their scientific theory is separable from their philosophy, and is methodologically consistent with realism.
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  7. Jeffrey Foss (2004). Patricia Smith Churchland, Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 24 (2):89-92.
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  8. Jeffrey Foss (2004). Susan Haack, Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 24 (3):190-193.
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  9. Jeffrey E. Foss (2000). Science and the Riddle of Consciousness: A Solution. Springer Netherlands.
    The questions examined in the book speak directly to neuroscientists, computer scientists, psychologists, and philosophers.
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  10. Jeffrey Foss (1998). Testosterone and the Second Sex. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (3):374-375.
    Because the reciprocal theory of Mazur & Booth dominates the static basal model, given the evidence they present, it is worth considering the implications for women's equality, supposing it true. Testosterone might well give males a competitive edge, and hence higher status, creating an inequality that mere social legislation would be ill-suited to address. Further research on the role of testosterone is needed.
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  11. Jeffrey Foss (1997). Irresistible Environment Meets Immovable Neurons. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):565-566.
    Quartz & Sejnowski's (Q&S's) main accomplishment is the presentation of increasing complexity in the developing brain. Although this cuts a colorful swath through current theories of learning, it leaves the central question untouched: How does the environment direct neural structure? In answer, Q&S offer us only Hebb's half-century-old suggestion once again.
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  12. Jeffrey Foss (1997). Mad About Hue. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (2):189-189.
    Despite the heat of their attack, Saunders & van Brakel do illuminate various shortcomings of color research in the tradition of Berlin & Kay. Berlin and Kay elicit a pan-cultural pattern in color language, but the pattern does not provide much insight into the human mind.
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  13. Jeffrey E. Foss (1997). How Many Beliefs Can Dance in the Head of the Self-Deceived? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):111-112.
    Mele desires to believe that the self-deceived have consistent beliefs. Beliefs are not observable, but are instead ascribed within an explanatory framework. Because explanatory cogency is the only criterion for belief attribution, Mele should carefully attend to the logic of belief-desire explanation. He does not, and the consistency of his own account as well as that of the self-deceived, are the victims.
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  14. Jeffrey Foss (1996). Arithmetic and Old Lace. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (2):252.
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  15. Jeffrey Foss (1996). A Scientific Fix for the Classical Account of Addiction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (4):579.
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  16. Jeffrey Foss (1996). Masters in Our Own House: A Reply to Brown. Dialogue 35 (01):165-.
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  17. Jeffrey E. Foss (1996). Is There a Natural Sexual Inequality of Intellect? A Reply to Kimura. Hypatia 11 (3):24 - 46.
    The noted psychologist, Doreen Kimura, has argued that we should not expect to find equal numbers of men and women in various professions because there is a natural sexual inequality of intellect. In rebuttal I argue that each of these mutually supporting theses is insufficiently supported by the evidence to be accepted. The social and ethical dimensions of Kimura's work, and of the scientific study of the nature-nurture controversy in general, are briefly discussed.
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  18. Jeffrey Foss (1995). On Seeking the Mythical Fountain of Consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (4):682.
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  19. Jeffrey E. Foss (1995). Materialism, Reduction, Replacement, and the Place of Consciousness in Science. Journal of Philosophy 92 (8):401-29.
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  20. Jeffrey E. Foss (1994). On the Evolution of Intentionality as Seen From the Intentional Stance. Inquiry 37 (3):287-310.
    Like everyone with a scientific bent of mind, Dennett thinks our capacity for meaningful language and states of mind is the product of evolution (Dennett [1987, ch. VIII]). But unlike many of this bent, he sees virtue in viewing evolution itself from the intentional stance. From this stance, ?Mother Nature?, or the process of evolution by natural selection, bestows intentionality upon us, hence we are not Unmeant Meaners. Thus, our intentionality is extrinsic, and Dennett dismisses the theories of meaning of (...)
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  21. Jeffrey E. Foss (1993). Ronald N. Giere, Ed., Cognitive Models of Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (6):311-315.
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  22. Jeffrey E. Foss (1993). Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Nagel on Consciousness. Dialogue 32 (4):725-36.
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  23. Jeffrey Foss (1992). John D. Greenwood, Ed., The Future of Folk Psychology: Intentionality and Cognitive Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (3):162-166.
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  24. Jeffrey Foss (1992). Radu J. Bogdan, Ed., Mind and Common Sense: Philosophical Essays on Commonsense Psychology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (3):162-166.
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  25. Jeffrey Foss (1992). Terrence Horgan and John Tienson, Eds., Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (6):398-400.
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  26. Jeffrey E. Foss (1992). Introduction to the Epistemology of the Brain: Indeterminacy, Micro-Specificity, Chaos, and Openness. Topoi 11 (1):45-57.
    Given that the mind is the brain, as materialists insist, those who would understand the mind must understand the brain. Assuming that arrays of neural firing frequencies are highly salient aspects of brain information processing (the vector functional account), four hurdles to an understanding of the brain are identified and inspected: indeterminacy, micro-specificity, chaos, and openness.
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  27. Jeffrey Foss (1990). Paul M. Churchland, A Neurocomputational Perspective: The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 10 (10):399-402.
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  28. Jeffrey E. Foss (1989). On the Logic of What It is Like to Be a Conscious Subject. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 67 (June):305-320.
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  29. Jeffrey E. Foss (1988). The Percept and Vector Function Theories of the Brain. Philosophy of Science 55 (December):511-537.
    Physicalism is an empirical theory of the mind and its place in nature. So the physicalist must show that current neuroscience does not falsify physicalism, but instead supports it. Current neuroscience shows that a nervous system is what I call a vector function system. I provide a brief outline of the resources that empirical research has made available within the constraints of the vector function approach. Then I argue that these resources are sufficient, indeed apt, for the physicalist enterprise, by (...)
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  30. Jeffrey E. Foss (1987). Is the Mind-Body Problem Empirical? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (September):505-32.
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  31. Jeffrey Foss (1986). Abstract Solutions Versus Neurobiologically Plausible Problems. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (1):95-96.
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  32. Jeffrey Foss (1986). Nicholas Maxwell, From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution in the Aims and Methods of Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 6 (5):235-237.
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  33. Jeffrey Foss (1986). Perception and Cognition. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (2):303-322.
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  34. Jeffrey E. Foss (1985). A Materialist's Misgivings About Eliminative Materialism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 11:105-33.
     
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  35. Jeffrey E. Foss (1981). C. I. Lewis and Dayton on Pragmatic Contradiction. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 17 (2):153 - 157.
    Dayton's account of lewis' pragmatic contradiction seriously misconstrues this key concept by analyzing it in terms of logical contradiction. this order of analysis is explicitly rejected by lewis as the reverse of the proper order in which the pragmatic concept is foundational to logic and epistemology. i outline a correct account of pragmatic contradiction. then lewis' application of the idea to moral skepticism and the liar paradox is reconsidered, and is seen to vindicate his claim that both skeptic and liar (...)
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  36. Jeffrey E. Foss (1980). Rethinking Self-Deception. American Philosophical Quarterly 17 (July):237-242.
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  37. Jeffrey Foss (1976). A Rule of Minimal Rationality: The Logical Link Between Beliefs and Values. Inquiry 19 (1-4):341 – 353.
    The object of this essay is to demonstrate a logical connection between beliefs and values. It is argued that such a connection can be established only if one keeps in mind the question: What is minimally required in order that it makes sense to speak of beliefs and values at all? Thus, the concept of minimal rationality is indispensable to the task at hand. A particular example of a logical connection between a belief and a value is examined, which leads (...)
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