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  1. John Collins, Language, Theory, Politics: Themes From Chomsky.
    (i)  Languages are indefinitely various along every dimension. (ii) Languages are essentially systems of habit/dispositions. (iii) Languages are learnt from experience via analogy and generalisation. (iv) There is no component of the speaker/hearer’s psychology that is       specifically linguistic. (v) Syntactic relations are ones of surface immediate constituency. (vi) Linguistics is a descriptive/taxonomic science - there is nothing to      explain.
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  2. John Collins, 1: Introduction.
    Deflationism is perhaps the prevailing conception of truth within contemporary philosophy. The chief reason for this ascendancy, I think, is that deflationary theories present themselves to be neutral between all disputes in epistemology and metaphysics. This offers deflationism a straightforward dialectical advantage over the more traditional theories that seek to explicate..
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  3. John Collins, Names, Descriptions and Quantifiers.
  4. John Collins, On Not Knowing a Language: Chomsky's Review of Skinner Reconsidered.
    "It as little occurs to me to get involved in the philosophical quarrels and arguments of my times as to go down an ally and take part in a scuffle when I see the mob fighting there." — Arthur Schopenhauer, 1828-30, Adversaria' in Manuscript Remains, Vol. 3: Berlin Manuscripts (1818-1830). Oxford: Berg Publishers.
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  5. John Collins, (Uea).
    (i) Languages are indefinitely various along every dimension. (ii) Languages are essentially systems of habit/dispositions. (iii) Languages are learnt from experience via analogy and generalisation. (iv) There is no component of the speaker/hearer’s psychology that is..
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  6. John Collins (forthcoming). Some Words From the Editor. Business Ethics Quarterly.
     
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  7. John Collins (2014). Cutting It (Too) Fine. Philosophical Studies 169 (2):143-172.
    It is widely held that propositions are structured entities. In The Nature and Structure of Content (2007), Jeff King argues that the structure of propositions is none other than the syntactic structure deployed by the speaker/hearers who linguistically produce and consume the sentences that express the propositions. The present paper generalises from King’s position and claims that syntax provides the best in-principle account of propositional structure. It further seeks to show, however, that the account faces serve problems pertaining to the (...)
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  8. John Collins (2013). Borg, Emma., Pursuing Meaning. Review of Metaphysics 67 (1):153-154.
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  9. John Collins (2013). The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics, by Peter Ludlow. Mind 122 (488):1150-1156.
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  10. John Collins (2013). The Syntax of Personal Taste. Philosophical Perspectives 27 (1):51-103.
  11. John Francis Collins & Carroll (2013). Questioning the Role of Enchantment for the New Evangelisation. Australasian Catholic Record, The 90 (2):196.
    Collins, John Francis; Carroll, Sandra In the April 2012 edition of The Australasian Catholic Record (ACR) John Duiker presented a useful overview and history of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) titled 'Spreading the Culture of Pentecost in the Midst of Disenchantment.' According to Duiker the CCR as an ecclesial movement 'has its origins in a retreat that was held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA in February 1967.' Describing this event as a Pentecost experience Duiker writes that (...)
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  12. John Collins (2012). McGinn, Colin. Truth Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy. Review of Metaphysics 66 (2):377-378.
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  13. John Francis Collins (2012). New Evangelisation in the Parish. Australasian Catholic Record, The 89 (3):311.
    Collins, John Francis In October this year there are to be two events at the Vatican. Beginning on 7 October and going through to 28 October bishops from all over the world are to gather at a Synod on 'New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.' On 11 October, midway through the Synod, the whole Church will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The bishops who are to gather this year at the (...)
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  14. John J. Collins (2012). Radical Religion and the Ethical Dilemmas of Apocalyptic Millenarianism. In Zoë Bennett & David B. Gowler (eds.), Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland. Oup Oxford. 87.
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  15. John Collins (2011). How to Understand Language: A Philosophical Inquiry – Bernhard Weiss. Philosophical Quarterly 61 (244):648-650.
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  16. John Collins (2011). Innateness, Canalization, and the Modality-Independence of Language: A Reply to Griffiths and Machery. Philosophical Psychology 24 (2):195-206.
    Griffiths and Machery (2008) argue that innateness is a ?folk biological? notion, which, as such, has no useful reconstruction in contemporary biology. If this is so, not only is it wrong to identify the vernacular notion with the precise theoretical concept of canalization, but worse, it would appear that many of the putative scientific claims for particular competences and capacities being innate are simply misplaced. The present paper challenges the core substantive claim of Griffiths and Machery's position, namely, that innateness (...)
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  17. John Collins (2011). Impossible Words Again: Or Why Beds Break but Not Make. Mind and Language 26 (2):234-260.
    Do lexical items have internal structure that contributes to, or determines, the stable interpretation of their potential hosts? One argument in favour of the claim that lexical items are so structured is that certain putative verbs appear to be ‘impossible’, where the intended interpretation of them is apparently precluded by the character of their internal structure. The adequacy of such reasoning has recently been debated by Fodor and Lepore and Johnson, but to no apparent resolution. The present paper argues that (...)
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  18. John Collins (2011). The Unity of Linguistic Meaning. OUP Oxford.
    The problem of the unity of the proposition is almost as old as philosophy itself, and was one of the central themes of early analytical philosophy, greatly exercising the minds of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, and Ramsey. The problem is how propositions or meanings can be simultaneously unities (single things) and complexes, made up of parts that are autonomous of the positions they happen to fill in any given proposition. The problem has been associated with numerous paradoxes and has motivated general (...)
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  19. John J. Collins & Daniel C. Harlow (eds.) (2011). The "Other" in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
    Based on a conference held Apr. 4-5, 2008 at Amherst College.
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  20. John M. Collins (2011). Why the Debate Between Originalists and Evolutionists Rests on a Semantic Mistake. Law and Philosophy 30 (6):645-684.
  21. John Collins (2010). Between Acceleration and Occupation: Palestine and the Struggle for Global Justice. Studies in Social Justice 4 (2):199-215.
    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This article explores the contemporary politics of global violence through an examination of the particular challenges and possibilities facing Palestinians who seek to defend their communities against an ongoing settler-colonial project (Zionism) that is approaching a crisis point. As the colonial dynamic in Israel/Palestine returns to its most elemental level – land, trees, homes – it also continues to be a laboratory for new forms of accelerated violence whose global impact is (...)
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  22. John Collins (2010). Compendious Assertion and Natural Language (Generalized) Quantification : A Problem for Deflationary Truth. In Cory D. Wright & Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen (eds.), New Waves in Truth. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  23. John Collins (2010). How Long Can a Sentence Be and Should Anyone Care? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 10 (3):199-207.
    It is commonly assumed that natural languages, construed as sets of sentences, contain denumerably many sentences. One argument for this claim is that the sentences of a language must be recursively enumerable by a grammar, if we are to understand how a speaker-hearer could exhibit unbounded competence in a language. The paper defends this reasoning by articulating and defending a principle that excludes the construction of a sentence non-denumerably many words long.
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  24. John Collins (2010). Vagueness and Degrees of Truth – Nicholas J.J. Smith. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):422-424.
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  25. John J. Collins & Daniel C. Harlow (eds.) (2010). The "Other" in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins. W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
    Based on a conference held Apr. 4-5, 2008 at Amherst College.
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  26. John Collins (2009). A LOT to Savour. The Philosophers' Magazine 44 (44):104-106.
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  27. John Collins (2009). A Motley True. The Philosophers' Magazine 47 (47):108-109.
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  28. John Collins (2009). Methodology, Not Metaphysics: Against Semantic Externalism. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 83 (1):53-69.
    Borg (2009) surveys and rejects a number of arguments in favour of semantic internalism. This paper, in turn, surveys and rejects all of Borg's anti-internalist arguments. My chief moral is that, properly conceived, semantic internalism is a methodological doctrine that takes its lead from current practice in linguistics. The unifying theme of internalist arguments, therefore, is that linguistics neither targets nor presupposes externalia. To the extent that this claim is correct, we should be internalists about linguistic phenomena, including semantics.
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  29. John Collins (2009). Naturalism in the Philosohpy of Language; or, Why There is No Such Thing as Language. In Sarah Sawyer (ed.), New Waves in Philosophy of Language. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  30. John Collins (2009). The Limits of Conceivability: Logical Cognitivism and the Language Faculty. Synthese 171 (1):175 - 194.
    Robert Hanna (Rationality and logic. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2006) articulates and defends the thesis of logical cognitivism, the claim that human logical competence is grounded in a cognitive faculty (in Chomsky’s sense) that is not naturalistically explicable. This position is intended to steer us between the Scylla of logical Platonism and the Charybdis of logical naturalism (/psychologism). The paper argues that Hanna’s interpretation of Chomsky is mistaken. Read aright, Chomsky’s position offers a defensible version of naturalism, one Hanna may accept (...)
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  31. John Collins (2009). The Perils of Content. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (3):259-289.
    A range of positions persist in the proper interpretation of generative linguistics. The paper responds to recent work in this area that either weakly or strongly diverges from the non-contentful, internalist model presented in Collins (2008a). Against the sympathetic criticisms of Matthews (2008) and Smith (2008), it is argued that a crucial role for content in our understanding of linguistic theories remains obscure, although the discussion here will hopefully clarify the divergence between the parties as merely perspectival. Rey (2008) more (...)
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  32. John Collins (2008). A Note on Conventions and Unvoiced Syntax. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):241-247.
    This note briefly responds to Devitt’s (2008) riposte to Collins’s (2008a) argument that linguistic realism prima facie fails to accommodate unvoiced elements within syntax. It is argued that such elements remain problematic. For it remains unclear how conventions might target the distribution of PRO and how they might explain hierarchical structure that is presupposed by such distribution and which is not witnessed in concrete strings.
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  33. John Collins (2008). Knowledge of Language Redux. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):3-43.
    The article takes up a range of issues concerning knowledge of language in response to recent work of Rey, Smith, Matthews and Devitt. I am broadly sympathetic with the direction of Rey, Smith, and Matthews. While all three are happy with the locution ‘knowledge of language’, in their different ways they all reject the apparent role for a substantive linguistic epistemology in linguistic explanation. I concur but raise some friendly concerns over even a deflationary notion of knowledge of language. Against (...)
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  34. John M. Collins (2008). Content Externalism and Brute Logical Error. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (4):pp. 549-574.
    Most content externalists concede that even if externalism is compatible with the thesis that one has authoritative self-knowledge of thought contents, it is incompatible with the stronger claim that one is always able to tell by introspection whether two of one’s thought tokens have the same, or different, content. If one lacks such authoritative discriminative self-knowledge of thought contents, it would seem that brute logical error – non-culpable logical error – is possible. Some philosophers, such as Paul Boghossian, have argued (...)
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  35. John N. Collins (2008). The Deacon Reader. Bijdragen 69 (2):214-219.
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  36. John Collins, Robert J. Matthews, Barry C. Smith & Brian Epstein (2008). Philosophy of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (22).
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  37. Georges Rey, Alex Barber, John Collins, Michael Devitt & Dunja Jutronic (2008). Philosophy of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (23).
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  38. John Collins (2007). 8 Declarative Thought, Deflationism and Metarepresentation. In Geo Siegwart & Dirk Griemann (eds.), Truth and Speech Acts: Studies in the Philosophy of Language. Routledge. 5--157.
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  39. John Collins (2007). Language: A Biological Model – Ruth Garrett Millikan. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (226):142–145.
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  40. John Collins (2007). Linguistic Competence Without Knowledge of Language. Philosophy Compass 2 (6):880–895.
  41. John Collins (2007). Meta-Scientific Eliminativism: A Reconsideration of Chomsky's Review of Skinner's Verbal Behavior. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (4):625 - 658.
    The paper considers our ordinary mentalistic discourse in relation to what we should expect from any genuine science of the mind. A meta-scientific eliminativism is commended and distinguished from the more familiar eliminativism of Skinner and the Churchlands. Meta-scientific eliminativism views folk psychology qua folksy as unsuited to offer insight into the structure of cognition, although it might otherwise be indispensable for our social commerce and self-understanding. This position flows from a general thesis that scientific advance is marked by an (...)
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  42. John Collins (2007). Review of Devitt 2006b. [REVIEW] Mind 116:416-23.
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  43. John Collins (2007). Review of I G Norance of Language} by Michael D Evitt. [REVIEW] Mind 116 (462):416-423.
  44. John Collins (2007). Syntax, More or Less. Mind 116 (464):805-850.
    Much of the best contemporary work in the philosophy of language and content makes appeal to the theories developed in generative syntax. In particular, there is a presumption that—at some level and in some way—the structures provided by syntactic theory mesh with or support our conception of content/linguistic meaning as grounded in our first-person understanding of our communicative speech acts. This paper will suggest that there is no such tight fit. Its claim will be that, if recent generative theories are (...)
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  45. John Collins (2007). The Philosophy of Schopenhauer ‐ by Dale Jacquette and Schopenhauer ‐ by Julian Young. Philosophical Books 48 (4):361-364.
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  46. Daniel D. Pratt, Stephanie L. Boll & John B. Collins (2007). Towards a Plurality of Perspectives for Nurse Educators. Nursing Philosophy 8 (1):49-59.
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  47. John Collins (2006). Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):469-503.
    My contribution takes up a set of methodological and philosophical issues in linguistics that have recently occupied the work of Devitt and Rey. Devitt construes the theories of generative linguistics as being about an external linguistic reality of utterances, inscriptions, etc.; that is, Devitt rejects the ‘psychologistic’ construal of linguistics. On Rey’s conception, linguistics concerns the mental contents of speaker / hearers; there are no external linguistic items at all. I reject both views. Against Devitt, I argue that the philosophical (...)
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  48. John Collins (2006). Lotteries and the Close Shave Principle. In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Aspects of Knowing. Elsevier Science. 83.
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  49. John Collins (2006). Review of James McGilvray (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (4).
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  50. John M. Collins, Epistemic Closure Principles. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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