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  1. Joseph LaPorte (2013). Rigid Designation and Theoretical Identities. Oxford University Press.
    Rigid designators for concrete objects and for properties -- On the coherence of the distinction -- On whether the distinction assigns to rigidity the right role -- A uniform treatment of property designators as singular terms -- Rigid appliers -- Rigidity - associated arguments in support of theoretical identity statements: on their significance and the cost of its philosophical resources -- The skeptical argument impugning psychophysical identity statements: on its significance and the cost of its philosophical resources -- The skeptical (...)
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  2. Joseph Laporte (2010). Theoretical Identity Statements, Their Truth, and Their Discovery. In Helen Beebee & Nigel Sabbarton-Leary (eds.), The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds. Routledge.
     
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  3. Joseph LaPorte (2009). On Two Reasons for Denying That Bodies Can Outlast Life. Mind 118 (471):795-801.
    Hershenov (2005) gives two interesting, related arguments, which he calls ‘symmetry arguments’, to the effect that a living body or an organism cannot be identical to a corpse, superficial appearances to the contrary. I relate the two arguments briefly and then criticize them for related weaknesses.
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  4. Joseph F. LaPorte (2009). On Systematists' Single Objective Tree of Ancestors and Descendants. Biological Theory 4 (3):260.
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  5. Joseph LaPorte, Rigid Designators. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  6. Joseph LaPorte (2007). In Defense of Species. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 38 (1):255-269.
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  7. Joseph LaPorte (2006). Rigid Designators for Properties. Philosophical Studies 130 (2):321 - 336.
    Here I defend the position that some singular terms for properties are rigid designators, responding to Stephen P. Schwartz’s interesting criticisms of that position. First, I argue that my position does not depend on ontological parsimony with respect to properties – e.g., there is no need to claim that there are only natural properties – to get around the problem of “unusual properties.” Second, I argue that my position does not confuse sameness of meaning across possible worlds with sameness of (...)
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  8. Joseph LaPorte (2006). Species as Relations: Examining a New Proposal. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 21 (3):381-393.
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  9. Joseph LaPorte (2005). Is There a Single Objective, Evolutionary Tree of Life? Journal of Philosophy 102 (7):357 - 374.
    It is often said that there is just one “objective” tree of life: a single accurate branching hierarchy of species reflecting order of descent. For any two species, there is a single correct answer as to whether one is a “daughter” of the other, whether the two are “sister species” by virtue of their descent from a common parental species, whether they belong to a family line that excludes any given third species, and so on. The idea is intrinsically interesting. (...)
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  10. Joseph LaPorte (2004). Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change. Cambridge University Press.
    Joseph LaPorte argues that scientists have not discovered that sentences about natural kinds are true rather than false. Instead, scientists have found that these sentences were vaguely phrased in the language of earlier speakers and they have thus refined the meanings of the terms to validate the sentences. In the process, however, they have also changed the meaning of the terms. This book will appeal to students and professionals in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of biology and the philosophy (...)
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  11. Joseph LaPorte (2003). Does a Type Specimen Necessarily or Contingently Belong to its Species? Biology and Philosophy 18 (4):583-588.
    In a recent article, Alex Levine raises a paradox. It appears that, given some relatively uncontroversial premises about how a species term comes to refer to its species, a type specimen belongs necessarily and contingently to its species. According to Levine, this problem arises if species are individuals rather than natural kinds. I argue that the problem can be generalized: the problem also arises if species are kinds and type specimens are paradigmatic members used to baptize names for species. Indeed, (...)
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  12. Joseph LaPorte (2003). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54 (4):627-630.
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  13. Joseph LaPorte (2003). Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (4):268-269.
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  14. Joseph LaPorte (2002). Must Signals Handicap? The Monist 85 (1):86-104.
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  15. Joseph LaPorte (2001). Selection for Handicaps. Biology and Philosophy 16 (2):239-249.
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  16. Joseph LaPorte (2000). Rigidity and Kind. Philosophical Studies 97 (3):293-316.
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  17. Paul Rule, Patrick Hutchings, Reg Naulty, Joseph LaPorte, Purushottama Bilimoria, Renee Abbott, Peter Kakol, Rob Harle & V. L. Krishnamoorthy (1999). Reviews. [REVIEW] Sophia 38 (1):122-166.
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  18. Joseph Laporte (1998). Living Water. Mind 107 (426):451-455.
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  19. Joseph LaPorte (1997). Essential Membership. Philosophy of Science 64 (1):96-112.
    In this paper I take issue with the doctrine that organisms belong of their very essence to the natural kinds (or biological taxa, if these are not kinds) to which they belong. This view holds that any human essentially belongs to the species Homo sapiens, any feline essentially belongs to the cat family, and so on. I survey the various competing views in biological systematics. These offer different explanations for what it is that makes a member of one species, family, (...)
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