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  1. Joseph C. Pitt, The Epistemology of the Very Small.
    The question is how do Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) give us access to the nano world? The images these instruments produce, I argue, do not allow us to see atoms in the same way that we see trees. To the extent that SEMs and STMs allow us to see the occupants of the nano world it is by way of metaphorical extension of the concept of “seeing”. The more general claim is that changes in scientific instrumentation effect changes in the (...)
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  2. Joseph C. Pitt (2012). Theory Change and Instrumentation. In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  3. Joseph C. Pitt (2010). It's Not About Technology. Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23 (3-4):445-454.
    It is argued that the question “Can we trust technology?” is unanswerable because it is open-ended. Only questions about specific issues that can have specific answers should be entertained. It is further argued that the reason the question cannot be answered is that there is no such thing as Technology simpliciter. Fundamentally, the question comes down to trusting people and even then, the question has to be specific about trusting a person to do this or that.
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  4. Joseph C. Pitt (2010). The Technological Twist. Techne 14 (1):69-71.
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  5. Joseph C. Pitt (2009). Small Talk: Nanotechnology and Metaphor. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 2 (1):90.
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  6. Joseph C. Pitt (2008). Don't Talk to Me. In D. E. Wittkower (ed.), Ipod and Philosophy. Open Court.
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  7. Joseph C. Pitt, Pieter E. Vermaas & Peter-Paul Verbeek (2007). Editorial Statement. Techne 11 (1):1-1.
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  8. Joseph C. Pitt (2006). Human Beings as Technological Artifacts. In John R. Dakers (ed.), Defining Technological Literacy: Towards an Epistemological Framework. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  9. Susan Haack, Rosa Mayorga, Jaime Nubiola, Cornelis de Waal, Deborah G. Mayo, Robert G. Meyers, Joseph C. Pitt & Nicholas Rescher (2005). 'Peirce-Pectives' on Metaphysics and the Sciences. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (2):237-365.
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  10. Joseph C. Pitt (2005). Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments. Philosophy of Science 72 (4):645-647.
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  11. Joseph C. Pitt (2005). Book Review: Davis Baird: "Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments", Berkeley 2004. [REVIEW] Hyle 11 (1):97 - 99.
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  12. Joseph C. Pitt (2005). Hume and Peirce on Belief, or, Why Belief Should Not Be Considered an Epistemic Category. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (2):343 - 354.
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  13. Joseph C. Pitt (2005). Review of Carla Rita Palmerino (Ed.), J.M.M.H. Thijssen (Ed.), The Reception of the Galilean Science of Motion in Seventeenth-Century Europe. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (7).
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  14. Joseph C. Pitt (2005). When is an Image Not an Image? Techne 8 (3):24-33.
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  15. Joseph C. Pitt (2003). Against the Perennial. Techne 7 (2):57-65.
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  16. Joseph C. Pitt (2001). Philosophy at Virginia Tech. He Recently Published Thinking About Tech-Nology (Seven Bridges Press, 2000) and is Co-Editor of the Forthcoming Pro-Duction and Diffusion of Publish Choice (Blackwells, 2003). He is Currently Working on a New Project Concerning the Role of Innovative Instrumenta. [REVIEW] Perspectives on Science 9 (4).
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  17. Joseph C. Pitt (2001). Reconsidering the Legacy of Thomas Kuhn; Editor's Introduction. Perspectives on Science 9 (4):371-372.
  18. Joseph C. Pitt (2001). The Dilemma of Case Studies: Toward a Heraclitian Philosophy of Science. Perspectives on Science 9 (4):373-382.
    : What do appeals to case studies accomplish? Consider the dilemma: On the one hand, if the case is selected because it exemplifies the philosophical point, then it is not clear that the historical data hasn't been manipulated to fit the point. On the other hand, if one starts with a case study, it is not clear where to go from there—for it is unreasonable to generalize from one case or even two or three.
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  19. Joseph C. Pitt (2001). Thinking Through Technology. International Studies in Philosophy 33 (2):147-149.
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  20. Joseph C. Pitt (2001). What Engineers Know. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (3):116-123.
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  21. Joseph C. Pitt (2000). Note From the Editor. Perspectives on Science 8 (4):327-327.
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  22. Joseph C. Pitt (2000). The Author Replies. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):35-47.
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  23. Joseph C. Pitt (1998). Doing Philosophy: Rescher's Normative Methodology. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 64:135-145.
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  24. Joseph C. Pitt (1998). Explaining Change in Science. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 3 (3):135-140.
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  25. Joseph C. Pitt (1994). Editorial Preface. Synthese 99 (1):1-1.
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  26. Richard M. Burian & Joseph C. Pitt (1992). Editorial Introduction. Synthese 92 (1):3-7.
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  27. Joseph C. Pitt (1992). Problematics in the History of Philosophy. Synthese 92 (1):117 - 134.
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  28. Joseph C. Pitt (1992). Scientific Explanation. Review of Metaphysics 45 (3):615-616.
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  29. Joseph C. Pitt (1991). Philosophy of Economics, Wolfgang Balzer and Bert Hamminga (Eds.). Dordrecht: Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing, 1989, 270 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 7 (01):122-128.
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  30. Joseph C. Pitt (1990). The Myth of Science Education. Studies in Philosophy and Education 10 (1):7-17.
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  31. Robert Arr1ngton, Gareth Matthews, William Bechtel, Joseph C. Pitt, Jonathan Bennett, Ut Place, Alan Berger, Jond Ringen, Richard Creel & Alexander Rosenberg (1989). Ron Amundson J. Christopher Maloney. Behaviorism 17:85.
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  32. Joseph C. Pitt (1988). Galileo, Rationality and Explanation. Philosophy of Science 55 (1):87-103.
    It is argued that Galileo's theory of justification was a version of explanationism. Galileo's Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems is to be read as primarily a defense of his theory of the tides. He shows how, by assuming Copernican motions, he can explain the tides, thereby justifying the endorsement of Copernicus. The crux of the argument rests on Galileo's account of explanation, which is novel in its reliance on the use of geometry. Finally, the consequences of his use (...)
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  33. Joseph C. Pitt (ed.) (1988). Theories of Explanation. Oxford University Press.
    Since the publication of Carl Hempel and Paul Oppenheim's ground-breaking work "Studies in the Logic of Explanation," the theory of explanation has remained a major topic in the philosophy of science. This valuable collection provides readers with the opportunity to study some of the classic essays on the theory of explanation along with the best examples of the most recent work being done on the topic. In addition to the original Hempel and Oppenheim paper, the volume includes Scriven's critical reaction (...)
     
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  34. Joseph C. Pitt (1987). Book Review:Galileo and His Sources: The Heritage of the Collegio Romano in Galileo's Science William A. Wallace. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 54 (1):138-.
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  35. Joseph C. Pitt (1987). On Why Technology Cant Improve Society. Behaviorism 15 (1):51-56.
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  36. Joseph C. Pitt (1987). The Problems of Individuating. Behaviorism 15 (1):83-87.
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  37. Richard M. Burian & Joseph C. Pitt (1986). Introduction. Synthese 67 (1):1-2.
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  38. Joseph C. Pitt (1986). The Character of Galilean Evidence. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:125 - 134.
    We examine Galileo's theory of evidence as presented in his Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems. It is argued that for Galileo evidence not only had to be tied to the senses, but, that for purposes of evidential relevance, epistemologically significant experience is only of terrestrial objects and events. This account forms the first part of an argument for understanding Galileo as an instrumentalist. The second part of the argument consists in examining Galileo's views on the limits of knowledge. (...)
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  39. Joseph C. Pitt (1981). The Role of Inductive Generalizations in Sellars' Theory of Explanation. Theory and Decision 13 (4):345-356.
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  40. Joseph C. Pitt (1980). Hempel Versus Sellars on Explanation. Dialectica 34 (2):95-120.
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  41. Joseph C. Pitt (1978). Introduction: Through the Looking Glass. In. In Joseph Pitt (ed.), The Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars: Queries and Extensions. D. Reidel. 1--18.
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  42. Joseph C. Pitt & Morton Tavel (1977). Revolutions in Science and Refinements in the Analysis of Causation. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 8 (1):48-62.
    Summary A sufficient condition for a revolution in physics is a change in the concept of cause. To demonstrate this, we examine three developments in physical theory. After informally characterizing a theory in terms of an heuristic and a set of equations, we show how tensions between these two dimensions lead to the development of alternative theoretical accounts. In each case the crucial move results in a refinement of our account of cause. All these refinements taken together result in the (...)
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