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  1. Robert Kirk (1991). Why Shouldn't We Be Able to Solve the Mind-Body Problem? Analysis 51 (January):17-23.
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    Robert Kirk (1992). Consciousness and Concepts. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 66 (66):23-40.
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  3. Robert Kirk (ed.) (2006). Zombies and Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
    Zombies and minimal physicalism -- The case for zombies -- Zapping the zombie idea -- What has to be done -- Deciders -- Decision, control, and integration -- De-sophisticating the framework -- Direct activity -- Gap? What gap? -- Survival of the fittest.
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  4. Robert Kirk (1974). Zombies Vs Materialists. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 48:135-52.
  5. Robert Kirk (1977). Reply to Don Locke on Zombies and Materialism. Mind 86 (April):262-4.
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  6. Robert Kirk (2008). The Inconceivability of Zombies. Philosophical Studies 139 (1):73-89.
    If zombies were conceivable in the sense relevant to the ‘conceivability argument’ against physicalism, a certain epiphenomenalistic conception of consciousness—the ‘e-qualia story’—would also be conceivable. But the e-qualia story is not conceivable because it involves a contradiction. The non-physical ‘e-qualia’ supposedly involved could not perform cognitive processing, which would therefore have to be performed by physical processes; and these could not put anyone into ‘epistemic contact’ with e-qualia, contrary to the e-qualia story. Interactionism does not enable zombists to escape these (...)
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    Robert G. W. Kirk (2008). 'Wanted—Standard Guinea Pigs': Standardisation and the Experimental Animal Market in Britain Ca. 1919–1947. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 39 (3):280-291.
    In 1942 a coalition of twenty scientific societies formed the Conference on the Supply of Experimental Animals in an attempt to pressure the Medical Research Council to accept responsibility for the provision of standardised experimental animals in Britain. The practice of animal experimentation was subject to State regulation under the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1876, but no provision existed for the provision of animals for experimental use. Consequently, day-to-day laboratory work was reliant on a commercial small animal market which (...)
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    Robert Kirk (2010). A Brave New Animal For A Brave New World: The British Laboratory Animals Bureau And The Constitution Of International Standards Of Laboratory Animal Production And Use, Circa 1947–1968. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 101:62-94.
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  9. Robert Kirk, Zombies. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Robert E. Kirk (1981). A Negation-Free Version of the Berry Paradox. Analysis 41 (4):223 - 224.
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  11. Robert Kirk (1974). Sentience and Behaviour. Mind 83 (January):43-60.
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    Robert Kirk (1994). Raw Feeling: A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
    Robert Kirk uses the notion of "raw feeling" to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and our knowledge of ..
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    Robert Kirk (1996). Strict Implication, Supervenience, and Physicalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (2):244-57.
  14. Robert Kirk (2004). Indeterminacy of Translation. In Roger F. Gibson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Quine. Cambridge University Press 151--180.
     
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    Robert Kirk (1977). More on Quine's Reasons for Indeterminacy of Translation. Analysis 37 (3):136 - 141.
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    Robert Kirk (2006). Zapping the Zombies. Think 5 (13):47-58.
    In the philosophy of mind, zombies often make an appearance. It seems we can conceive of zombies — beings physically exactly like ourselves but lacking conscious experience. There may not actually be any zombies, of course. But the suggestion that they could exist does at least seem to make sense. Or does it? Robert Kirk investigates.
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    Robert Kirk (1999). Why There Couldn't Be Zombies. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 73 (8):1-16.
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    Robert Kirk (1996). Why Ultra-Externalism Goes Too Far. Analysis 56 (2):73-79.
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    Robert Kirk (1996). How Physicalists Can Avoid Reductionism. Synthese 108 (2):157-70.
    Kim maintains that a physicalist has only two genuine options, eliminativism and reductionism. But physicalists can reject both by using the Strict Implication thesis (SI). Discussing his arguments will help to show what useful work SI can do.(1) His discussion of anomalous monism depends on an unexamined assumption to the effect that SI is false.
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    Robert Kirk (2001). George Botterill and Peter Carruthers the Philosophy of Psychology. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (1):159-162.
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    Robert Kirk (1999). The Inaugural Address: Why There Couldn't Be Zombies. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 73 (1):1–16.
    Philosophical zombies are exactly as physicalists suppose we are, right down to the tiniest details, but they have no conscious experiences. (It is presupposed that all explicable physical events are explicable physically.) Are such things even logically possible? My aim is to contribute to showing not only that the answer is 'No', but why. (I concede that systems superficially like human beings might exist and lack consciousness.) My strategy has two prongs: a fairly brisk argument which demolishes the zombie idea; (...)
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    Robert Kirk (2006). Physicalism and Strict Implication. Synthese 151 (3):523-536.
    Suppose P is the conjunction of all truths statable in the austere vocabulary of an ideal physics. Then phsicalists are likely to accept that any truths not included in P are different ways of talking about the reality specified by P. This ‘redescription thesis’ can be made clearer by means of the ‘strict implication thesis’, according to which inconsistency or incoherence are involved in denying the implication from P to interesting truths not included in it, such as truths about phenomenal (...)
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    Robert Kirk (1999). Relativism and Reality: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge.
    This book examines the philosophical tradition surrounding the question of reality and relativism, the belief that reality somehow depends on what we think. Robert Kirk outlines the myths and theories about reality and explores them in a thorough, concise and highly informative discussion of science, subjectivity, objectivity, truth and meaning. While analyzing some of the most important contemporary philosophers including Wittgenstein and Rorty, Kirk highlights the main areas of concern in contemporary analytic philosophy.
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    Robert Kirk (1994). Raw Feeling. Clarendon Press.
    Robert Kirk uses the notion of "raw feeling" to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and our knowledge of ...
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    Robert Kirk (2001). Nonreductive Physicalism and Strict Implication. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (4):544-552.
    I have argued that a strong kind of physicalism based on the strict implication thesis can consistently reject both eliminativism and reductionism (in any nontrivial sense). This piece defends that position against objections from Andrew Melnyk, who claims that either my formulation doesn't entail physicalism, or it must be interpreted in such a way that the mental is after all reducible to the physical. His alternatives depend on two interesting assumptions. I argue that both are mistaken, thereby, making this kind (...)
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    Robert Kirk (2002). Review: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (442):386-388.
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    Robert Kirk (1988). Translation Determined. Philosophical Review 97 (3):447-449.
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    Robert E. Kirk (1979). Some Classes of Kripke Frames Characteristic for the Intuitionistic Logic. Zeitschrift fur mathematische Logik und Grundlagen der Mathematik 25 (25-29):409-410.
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    Robert Kirk (1985). Davidson and Indeterminacy of Translation. Analysis 45 (1):20 - 24.
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    Robert E. Kirk (1982). A Result on Propositional Logics Having the Disjunction Property. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 23 (1):71-74.
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  31. Robert G. W. Kirk (2008). ‘Wanted—Standard Guinea Pigs’: Standardisation and the Experimental Animal Market in Britain Ca. 1919–1947. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 (3):280-291.
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    Robert Kirk (1993). Indeterminacy of Interpretation, Idealization, and Norms. Philosophical Studies 70 (2):213-223.
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    Robert E. Kirk (1980). A Characterization of the Classes of Finite Tree Frames Which Are Adequate for the Intuitionistic Logic. Zeitschrift fur mathematische Logik und Grundlagen der Mathematik 26 (32-33):497-501.
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    Robert E. Kirk (1981). A Complete Semantics for Implicational Logics. Zeitschrift fur mathematische Logik und Grundlagen der Mathematik 27 (23-24):381-383.
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    Robert Kirk (1986). Mental Machinery and Godel. Synthese 66 (March):437-452.
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    Robert Kirk (2009). Physical Realization. Analysis 69 (1):148-156.
    Sydney Shoemaker thinks the ‘most revealing characterization of physicalism’ is in terms of realization . He offers a meticulously worked out account of physical realization and goes on to apply it to a range of major topics: mental causation, personal identity, emergence, three-dimensional versus four-dimensional accounts of temporal persistence, qualia. 1 He also discusses constitution by micro-entities, functional properties, causation by ‘second-order’ properties, ‘phony’ and ‘genuine’ properties, and whether mental properties strongly supervene on physical ones. Several parts of the book (...)
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  37. Robert Kirk (2002). Thinking About Papineau's Thinking About Consciousness. SWIF Philosophy of Mind [December 2.
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    Robert Kirk (1982). On Three Alleged Rivals to Homophonic Translation. Philosophical Studies 42 (3):409 - 418.
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    Robert Kirk (2002). Beware Cosmic Porridge. Think 1 (2):21.
    Is truth ultimately made, not discovered? Is reality something we construct, by thinking about it? In this article, Robert Kirk gets to grips with the popular idea that truth and reality are, in the last analysis, our own invention.
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    Robert Kirk (1979). From Physical Explicability to Full-Blooded Materialism. Philosophical Quarterly 29 (July):229-37.
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    Robert Kirk (1996). Physicalism Lives. Ratio 9 (1):85-89.
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    Robert Kirk (1995). How is Consciousness Possible? In Thomas Metzinger (ed.), Conscious Experience. Imprint Academic 391--408.
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  43. Robert Kirk (2005). Zombies and Consciousness. Oxford University Press Uk.
    By definition zombies would be physically and behaviourally just like us, but not conscious. This currently very influential idea is a threat to all forms of physicalism, and has led some philosophers to give up physicalism and become dualists. It has also beguiled many physicalists, who feel forced to defend increasingly convoluted explanations of why the conceivability of zombies is compatible with their impossibility. Robert Kirk argues that the zombie idea depends on an incoherent view of the nature of phenomenal (...)
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    Robert Kirk (1993). "The Best Set of Tools"? Dennett's Metaphors and the Mind-Body Problem. Philosophical Quarterly 44 (172):335-43.
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    Robert Kirk (1986). Sentience, Causation and Some Robots. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 64 (September):308-21.
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    Robert Kirk (2014). Consciousness and the Limits of Objectivity: The Case for Subjective Physicalism, by Robert J. Howell. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (4):794-797.
  47. Robert Kirk (1999). Why There Couldn’T Be Zombies. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 73 (1):1-16.
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    Robert Kirk (1982). Goodbye to Transposed Qualia. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 82:33-44.
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    Robert Kirk (1983). Quinean Indeterminacy and Forcing. Erkenntnis 20 (2):213 - 218.
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    Robert Kirk (2005). The Animal/Human Boundary: Historical Perspectives. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Science 38 (3):353-355.
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