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  1. Kenneth Taylor, How to Be a Relativist.
    Moral relativism is often rejected on grounds that it is either descriptively inadequate, at best, or self-defeating, at worst. In this essay, I swim against the predominant anti-relativistic philosophical tide. My minimal aim is to show that relativism is neither descriptively inadequate nor self-defeating. My maximal aim is to outline the beginnings of an argument that relativism is a truth resting on deep facts about the human normative predicament. And I shall suggest that far from being a source of cultural (...)
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  2. Kenneth A. Taylor, Atheism and the Human Adventure.
    At first glance, it may appear that those who believe in divine providence have a happier lot and are much less prone to despair than those who reject god and divine providence altogether. That alone may seem to give us good reason to prefer belief to non-belief. I shall argue in this essay that there is almost nothing to be said for either the view that belief in providence provides invincible armor against despair or for the view that the atheist (...)
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  3. Kenneth A. Taylor, The Syntax and Pragmatics of The Naming Relation.
    Philosophers of language have lavished attention on names and other singular referring expressions. But they have focused primarily on what might be called lexicalsemantic character of names and have largely ignored both what I call the lexicalsyntactic character of names and also what I call the pragmatic significance of the naming relation. Partly as a consequence, explanatory burdens have mistakenly been heaped upon semantics that properly belong elsewhere. This essay takes some steps toward correcting these twin lacunae. When we properly (...)
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  4. Ken Taylor, I. Preliminaries.
    Rampant moral relativism is widely decried as the leading source of the degeneracy of modern life.1 Though I proudly count myself a relativist, I rather doubt that relativism has anything like the cultural influence that its most ardent critics fearfully attribute to it. Much of what gets criticized under the rubric of relativism is often really no such thing. Relativists need not be hedonists, egoists, nihilists or even moral skeptics. Moreover, when it comes to the upper reaches of our intellectual (...)
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  5. Kenneth Taylor, Selfhood as Self Representation.
    This essay In this essay develops and defends the view that a “self “ is nothing but a creature that bears the property of selfhood, where bearing selfhood is, in turn, nothing but having the capacity to deploy self-representations. Self-representations, it is argued, are very special things. They are distinguished from other sorts of representations,not by what they represent – mysterious inner entities called selves, say -- but by how they represent what they represent. A self-representation represents nothing but a (...)
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  6. Kenneth A. Taylor (forthcoming). On the Pragmatics of Mode of Reference Selection. Communication and Cognition.
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  7. Kenneth A. Taylor (2015). Names as Devices of Explicit Co-Reference. Erkenntnis 80 (S2):235-262.
    This essay examines the syntax of names. It argues that names are a syntactically and not just semantically distinctive class of expressions. Its central claim is that names are a distinguished type of anaphoric device—devices of explicit co-reference. Finally it argues that appreciating the true syntactic distinctiveness of names is the key to resolving certain long-standing philosophical puzzles that have long been thought to be of a semantic nature.
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  8. Kenneth A. Taylor (2013). How to Vanquish the Lingering Shadow of the Long‐Dead God. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 37 (1):68-86.
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  9. Jonathan Doh & Kenneth Taylor (2012). Framework for Understanding Fair Trade Disintermediation. Business and Society Review 117 (4):443-475.
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  10. Kenneth L. Taylor (2012). Telliamed in its Time. Metascience 21 (3):561-567.
    Telliamed in its time Content Type Journal Article Category Survey Review Pages 1-7 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9638-x Authors Kenneth L. Taylor, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-3106, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  11. Erica Haimes & Ken Taylor (2011). The Contributions of Empirical Evidence to Socio-Ethical Debates on Fresh Embryo Donation for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Bioethics 25 (6):334-341.
    This article is a response to McLeod and Baylis (2007) who speculate on the dangers of requesting fresh ‘spare’ embryos from IVF patients for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research, particularly when those embryos are good enough to be transferred back to the woman. They argue that these embryos should be frozen instead. We explore what is meant by ‘spare’ embryos. We then provide empirical evidence, from a study of embryo donation and of embryo donors' views, to substantiate some of (...)
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  12. Kenneth Taylor (2010). On Singularity. In Robin Jeshion (ed.), New Essays on Singular Thought. Oup Oxford.
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  13. Kenneth Taylor & Alice Stroup (2010). Eloge: Rhoda Rappaport, 1935–2009. Isis 101:833-837.
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  14. Kenneth Taylor (2009). Les Tremblements de Terre aux XVIIe Et XVIIIe Siècles: La Naissance d'Un Risque. [REVIEW] Isis 100:164-165.
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  15. Kenneth Taylor (2009). The Establishment of Geohistory. [REVIEW] Isis 100:872-880.
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  16. Kenneth A. Taylor (2007). Misplaced Modification and the Illusion of Opacity. In Michael O'Rourke Corey Washington (ed.), Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. 215--250.
     
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  17. Kenneth A. Taylor (2007). Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign! [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (3):703–709.
    For Millikan, purpose pervades the biological order, including the genes and genetically encoded traits of every living thing, the unconditioned reflexes and conditioned behavior of every animal, artifacts produced by humans or non-humans. There are also the conscious, explicit purposes and intentions of human beings. These are purposes in “a quite univocal sense,” Millikan insists. “In all cases,” she says, “the thing’s purpose is … what it was selected for doing.” Moreover, “…the purposes we attribute to whole persons … are (...)
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  18. Kenneth Taylor (2005). Eloge: Thomas Malcolm Smith, Jr., 1921–2005. Isis 96:612-614.
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  19. Kenneth A. Taylor (2003). Reference and the Rational Mind. CSLI Publications.
  20. Kenneth A. Taylor (2003). Singular Beliefs and Their Ascriptions. In Reference and the Rational Mind. Csli Publications.
    This essay defends three interlocking claims about singular beliefs and their ascriptions. The first is a claim about the nature of such beliefs; the second is a claim about the semantic contents of ascriptions of such beliefs; the third is a claim about the pragmatic significance of such ascriptions. With respect to the nature of singular belief, I claim that the contents of our singular beliefs are a joint product of mind and world, with neither mind nor world enjoying any (...)
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  21. Kenneth A. Taylor (2003). Toward a Naturalistic Theory of Rational Intentionality. In Reference and the Rational Mind. Csli Publications.
    This essay some first steps toward the naturalization of what I call rational intentionality or alternatively type II intentionality. By rational or type II intentionality, I mean that full combination of rational powers and content-bearing states that is paradigmatically enjoyed by mature intact human beings. The problem I set myself is to determine the extent to which the only currently extant approach to the naturalization of the intentional that has the singular virtue of not being a non-starter can be aggregated (...)
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  22. Kenneth L. Taylor (2003). Hugh Torrens,The Practice of British Geology, 1750–1850. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002. [REVIEW] Metascience 12 (3):438-442.
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  23. William E. Halal & Kenneth B. Taylor (2002). 21 Century Economics: Syntesis of Economic Progressive Thought. Business and Society Review 107 (2).
     
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  24. William E. Halal & Kenneth B. Taylor (2002). 21st Century Economics: A Synthesis of Progressive Economic Thought. Business and Society Review 107 (2):255-274.
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  25. Ken Taylor (2002). De Re And De Dicto: Against The Conventional Wisdom. Noûs 36 (s16):225-265.
    Conventional wisdom has it that there is a class of attitude ascriptions such that in making an ascription of that sort, the ascriber undertakes a commitment to specify the contents of the ascribee’s head in what might be called a notionally sensitive, ascribee-centered way. In making such an ascription, the ascriber is supposed to undertake a commitment to specify the modes of presentation, concepts or notions under which the ascribee cognizes the objects (and properties) that her beliefs are about. Consequently, (...)
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  26. Kenneth A. Taylor (2002). De Re and De Dicto: Against the Conventional Wisdom. Noûs 36 (s16):225 - 265.
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  27. Kenneth A. Taylor (2001). Applying Continuous Modelling to Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (2):45-60.
    Much of neuroscience is currently dominated by an information processing metaphor which is largely conceptualized in discrete terms. An alternative metaphor conceptualizes information flow as continuous. A qualitative set of hypotheses based on this metaphor, the energy model, is described here. This model considers information transfer in terms of the flow of an abstract variable, energy, between points in a field comprising the extent of the nervous system. Although extremely simple, it generates some intriguing consequences. In particular, it provides a (...)
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  28. Kenneth A. Taylor (2001). Sex, Breakfast, and Descriptus Interruptus. Synthese 128 (1-2):45 - 61.
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  29. Kenneth Taylor (2000). Sciences of the Earth: An Encyclopedia of Events, People, and Phenomena by Gregory A. Good. [REVIEW] Isis 91:842-843.
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  30. Kenneth A. Taylor (2000). What in Nature is the Compulsion of Reason? Synthese 122 (1-2):209 - 244.
    If reason is a real causal force,operative in some, but not all ofour cognition and conation, then itought to be possible to tell anaturalistic story that distinguishes themind which is moved byreason from the mind which is movedby forces other than reason.This essay proposes some steps towardthat end. I proceed by showingthat it is possible to reconcile certainemerging psychological ideasabout the causal powers of themind/brain with a venerablephilosophical vision of reason as the facultyof norms. My accountof reason is psychologistic, social, (...)
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  31. Kenneth Allen Taylor (1998). Truth and Meaning: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language. Blackwell Publishers.
  32. Kenneth Taylor (1997). North From the Hook: 150 Years of the Geological Survey of Ireland by Gordon L. Herries Davies. [REVIEW] Isis 88:548-549.
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  33. Kenneth A. Taylor (1997). Accomodationist Neo-Russellianism. Noûs 31 (4):538–556.
  34. Kenneth A. Taylor (1997). Review: Accomodationist Neo-Russellianism. [REVIEW] Noûs 31 (4):538 - 556.
  35. Kenneth A. Taylor (1997). Same Believers. Philosophical Issues 8:357-369.
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  36. Kenneth A. Taylor (1997). The Psychology of Direct Reference. In Dunja Jutronic (ed.), The Maribor Papers in Naturalized Semantics. Maribor. 225.
     
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  37. Kenneth A. Taylor (1995). Meaning, Reference and Cognitive Significance. Mind and Language 10 (1-2):129-180.
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  38. Kenneth A. Taylor (1994). How Not to Refute Eliminative Materialism. Philosophical Psychology 7 (1):101-125.
    This paper examines and rejects some purported refutations of eliminative materialism in the philosophy of mind: a quasi-transcendental argument due to Jackson and Pettit (1990) to the effect that folk psychology is “peculiarly unlikely” to be radically revised or eliminated in light of the developments of cognitive science and neuroscience; and (b) certain straight-out transcendental arguments to the effect that eliminativism is somehow incoherent (Baker, 1987; Boghossian, 1990). It begins by clarifying the exact topology of the dialectical space in which (...)
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  39. Kenneth L. Taylor (1994). New Light on Geological Mapping in Auvergne During the Eighteenth Century: The Pasumot-Desmarest Collaboration. Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 47 (1):129-136.
  40. Kenneth Taylor (1993). Pallas' Theory of the Earth in German : Translation and Reevaluation; Reaction by a Contemporary: H.-B. De Saussure by Albert V. Carozzi; Marguerite Carozzi. [REVIEW] Isis 84:152-153.
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  41. Kenneth Taylor (1992). Histoire des Sciences de la Terre Entre 1790 Et 1815 Vue À Travers les Documents Inédits de la Société de Physique Et d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève: Trois Grands Protagonistes: Marc-Auguste Pictet, Guillaume-Antoine Deluc Et Jean Tollot by Albert V. Carozzi; Les Sciences de la Terre aux XVIIe Et XVIIIe Siècles: Naissance de la Géologie by Gabriel Gohau. [REVIEW] Isis 83:497-499.
     
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  42. Kenneth Taylor (1991). La Mutation de l'Enseignement Scientifique En France Et le Rôle des Écoles Centrales: L'exemple de Nantes by Pierre Lamandé. [REVIEW] Isis 82:570-570.
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  43. Kenneth A. Taylor (1989). Narrow Content Functionalism and the Mind-Body Problem. Noûs 23 (3):355-72.
  44. Kenneth A. Taylor (1989). Supervenience and Levels of Meaning. Southern Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):443-58.
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  45. Kenneth Taylor (1988). Histoire de la Géologie by Gabriel Gohau. [REVIEW] Isis 79:329-330.
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  46. Kenneth A. Taylor (1988). We've Got You Coming and Going. Linguistics and Philosophy 11 (4):493 - 513.
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  47. Kenneth Taylor (1987). Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time by Stephen Jay Gould. [REVIEW] Isis 78:608-609.
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  48. Kenneth A. Taylor (1987). Belief, Information and Semantic Content: A Naturalist's Lament. Synthese 71 (April):97-124.
  49. Kenneth Taylor (1985). The Great Chain of History: William Buckland and the English School of Geology by Nicolas A. Rupke. [REVIEW] Isis 76:106-108.
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  50. Kenneth A. Taylor (1985). Davidson's Theory of Meaning: Some Questions. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 48 (1):91 - 105.
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