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  1. Kent Peacock, Aristotle's Sea Battle and the Kochen-Specker Theorem.
    I explore the application of the “no-go” theorems of quantum mechanics to the problem of the openness of the future. The notion of fatalism can be made precise if we think of it as a claim that the future has a Boolean property structure. However, if this is correct, then it may be the case that by the “no-go” theorems of quantum mechanics the future must be at least partially open in the precise sense that there cannot be a fact (...)
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  2. Kent Peacock, Dialectic as a Mystical Discipline.
    In Books V – VII of the Republic we are presented with a picture of knowledge as something entirely distinct from right opinion, and we have described to us a method called dialectic by means of which a suitably endowed person may attain to this knowledge. By knowledge, Plato means knowledge of the forms, although it is far from clear what this really means. And it is also not clear exactly what he means by dialectic, or how it is that (...)
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  3. Kent Peacock, Recent Untenable Verities of the Human Condition.
    Is the human species itself the ultimate Untenable Absurdity? This paper will be a serious (for which I apologize) but rambling philosophical reflection on the grim prospects for our species in the face of peak oil, climate change, warfare, overpopulation, and other looming ecological catastrophes.
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  4. Kent Peacock, Temporal Presentness and the Dynamics of Spacetime.
    The purpose of this paper is to pick up the threads of a debate about the ontology of becoming in spacetime that was triggered by a provocative article published by Nicholas Maxwell in 1985. This debate is itself merely a recent episode in a long dialogue that goes back at least as far as the time of Parmenides and Heraclitus (Savitt 2001). Here is the question around which this debate centres: is change or becoming the distinguishing feature of the (...)
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  5. Kent Peacock, Why Malthus Was Wrong.
    There are a lot of expressions of pessimism these days about whether we can save the environment — and thereby ourselves. Some of this pessimism is self-serving, but most of it is quite genuine. People look at the trends, and they despair — or else go into denial. And those who despair will almost invariably point to one factor above all others — the threat of overpopulation. No matter whether we recycle all our waste, switch entirely to non-polluting energy sources, (...)
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  6. Kent A. Peacock, The No-Signalling Theorems: A Nitpicking Distinction.
    It seems to me that it is among the most sure-footed of quantum physicists, those who have it in their bones, that one finds the greatest impatience with the idea that the ‘foundations of quantum mechanics’ might need some attention. Knowing what is right by instinct, they can become a little impatient with nitpicking distinctions between theorems and assumptions. —John Stewart Bell [4, p. 33].
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  7. Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.) (2011). Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland.
    The most pressing problems facing humanity today - over-population, energy shortages, climate change, soil erosion, species extinctions, the risk of epidemic disease, the threat of warfare that could destroy all the hard-won gains of civilization, and even the recent fibrillations of the stock market - are all ecological or have a large ecological component. in this volume philosophers turn their attention to understanding the science of ecology and its huge implications for the human project. To get the application of ecology (...)
     
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  8. Kent A. Peacock (2011). The Three Faces of Ecological Fitness. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42 (1):99-105.
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  9. Kent A. Peacock (2008). The Quantum Revolution: A Historical Perspective. Greenwood Press.
    The twilight of certainty -- Einstein and light -- The Bohr atom and old quantum theory -- Uncertain synthesis -- Dualities -- Elements of physical reality -- Creation and annihilation -- Quantum mechanics goes to work -- Symmetries and resonances -- "The most profound discovery of science" -- Bits, qubits, and the ultimate computer -- Unfinished. business.
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  10. John Woods, Kent A. Peacock & A. D. Irvine (eds.) (2005). Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press.
    The essays evaluate Woods' work and celebrate the generous contribution that he has made to Canada?s intellectual development over the past forty years.
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  11. John Woods & Kent A. Peacock (2004). Quantum Logic and the Unity of Science. In. In S. Rahman J. Symons (ed.), Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science. Kluwer Academic Publisher. 257--287.
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  12. Kent Peacock (2003). Eric Katz, Andrew Light and David Rothenberg, Eds., Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (2):110-112.
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  13. Kent A. Peacock (2002). Bub and the Barriers to Quantum Ontology. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (3):285 – 289.
    (2002). Bub and the barriers to quantum ontology. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 285-289. doi: 10.1080/0269859022000013346.
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  14. Kent A. Peacock & Scott Jones (2002). Christopher Norris, Quantum Theory and the Flight From Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (2):138-140.
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  15. Kent Peacock (1999). Symbiosis and the Ecological Role of Philosophy. Dialogue 38 (04):699-.
    It has now been nearly 25 years since Richard Routley (1973) argued persuasively, at the 15th World Congress of Philosophy, that we can discern a need for a “new, an environmental, ethic.” And yet, students of environmental ethics still sometimes feel that we have to defend our discipline as serious philosophy. My purpose here is to revisit, from a somewhat different direction, the ground covered by Routley, and argue that environmental philosophy (which I consider to be a broader enterprise than (...)
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  16. Kent A. Peacock (1999). The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction John Leslie New York: Routledge, 1996, Vii + 310 Pp. [REVIEW] Dialogue 38 (03):650-.
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  17. Kent A. Peacock (1999). The End of the World. Dialogue 38 (3):650-652.
     
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  18. Kent A. Peacock (1998). From Physics to Metaphysics. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):287-309.
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  19. Kent A. Peacock (1998). Michael Redhead, From Physics to Metaphysics. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):287-309.
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  20. Kent A. Peacock (1998). On the Edge of a Paradigm Shift: Quantum Nonlocality and the Breakdown of Peaceful Coexistence. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (2):129 – 150.
    I present a thought experiment in quantum mechanics and tease out some of its implications for the doctrine of “peaceful coexistence”, which, following Shimony, I take to be the proposition that quantum mechanics does not force us to revise or abandon the relativistic picture of causality. I criticize the standard arguments in favour of peaceful coexistence on the grounds that they are question-begging, and suggest that the breakdown of Lorentz-invariant relativity as a principle theory would be a natural development, given (...)
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  21. Kent A. Peacock (1996). Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity. Philosophical Review 105 (2):259-262.
  22. Kent Peacock (1995). A Model of the Universe. Review of Metaphysics 49 (2):419-420.
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  23. Kent A. Peacock (1992). A New Look at Simultaneity. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:542 - 552.
    It is generally believed that an invariant notion of a global present or "Now" cannot be defined in special relativity, because of the relativity of optical simultaneity. I argue that this may be a non sequitur since it is not necessarily the case that the psychological "Now" should be thought of as associated with constant time slices in spacetime. By considering a science fictional version of the Twin Paradox due to Robert A. Heinlein, I argue that it is psychologically plausible (...)
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  24. James Robert Brown & Kent A. Peacock (1988). Michael Redhead, Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 8 (8):316-320.
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