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  1. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (forthcoming). Methodological Problems in Empirical Logic. Communication and Cognition.
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  2. Maurice Finocchiaro (2014). Giordano Bruno: An Introduction. [REVIEW] Isis 105 (3):631-632.
    Giordano Bruno was a philosopher in his own right. However, he was famous through the centuries due to his execution as a heretic. His pronouncements against teachings of the Catholic Church, his defence of the cosmology of Nicholas Copernicus, and his provocative personality, all this made him a paradigmatic figure of modernity. Bruno’s way of philosophizing is not looking for outright solutions but rather for the depth of the problems; he knows his predecessors and their strategies as well as their (...)
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  3. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2014). John Woods: Errors of Reasoning: Naturalizing the Logic of Inference (Studies in Logic, Vol. 45). Argumentation 28 (2):231-239.
    1As an editor of this journal, John Woods and his distinguished contributions to logic, reasoning, and argumentation need little introduction. However, this book is partly a fruit of his relatively recent collaboration with Dov Gabbay, which deserves some elaboration. They have co-edited some monumental reference collections, e.g.: Handbook of the Logic of Argument and Inference: The Turn toward the Practical and Logic: A History of Its Central Concepts. And they are co-authoring an ambitious multi-volume work collectively entitled A Practical Logic (...)
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  4. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Commentary On: Andrew Aberdein's "Fallacy and Argumentational Vice.
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  5. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2013). Debts, Oligarchies, and Holisms: Deconstructing the Fallacy of Composition. Informal Logic 33 (2):143-174.
    This is a critical appreciation of Govier’s 2006 ISSA keynote address on the fallacy of composition, and of economists’ writings on this fallacy in economics. I argue that the “fallacy of composition” is a problematical concept, because it does not denote a distinctive kind of argument but rather a plurality, and does not constitute a distinctive kind of error, but rather reduces to oversimplification in arguing from micro to macro. Finally, I propose further testing of this claim based on examples (...)
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  6. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, The Fallacy of Composition and Meta-Argumentation.
    Although the fallacy of composition is little studied and trivially illustrated, some view it as ubiquitous and paramount. Furthermore, although definitions regard the concept as unproblematic, it contains three distinct elements, often confused. And although some scholars apparently claim that fallacies are figments of a critic’s imagination, they are really proposing to study fallacies in the context of meta-argumentation. Guided by these ideas, I discuss the important historical example of Michels’s iron law of oligarchy.
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  7. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2013). The Routledge Guidebook to Galileo's Dialogue. Routledge.
    The publication in 1632 of Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican marked a crucial moment in the ‘scientific revolution’ and helped Galileo become the ‘father of modern science’. The Dialogue contains Galileo’s mature synthesis of astronomy, physics, and methodology, and a critical confirmation of Copernicus’s hypothesis of the earth’s motion. However, the book also led Galileo to stand trial with the Inquisition, in what became known as ‘the greatest scandal in Christendom’. In The Routledge Guidebook (...)
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  8. Maurice Finocchiaro (2012). Scienza E Religione: Scritti copernicaniLibertas Philosophandi: Teologia E Filosofia Nella Lettera Alla Granduchessa Cristina di Lorena di Galileo Galilei. [REVIEW] Isis 103:400-400.
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  9. Robert Ennis & Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Defending Sole Singular Causal Claims.
    Even given agreement on the totality of conditions that brought about an effect, there often is disagreement about the cause of the effect, for example, the disagreement about the cause of the Gulf oil spill. Different conditions’ being deemed responsible accounts for such disagreements. The defense of the act of deeming a condition responsible often depends on showing that the condition was the appropriate target of interference in order to have avoided the effect.
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  10. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2011). Galilean Argumentation and the Inauthenticity of the Cigoli Letter on Painting Vs. Sculpture. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (4):492-508.
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  11. Maurice Finocchiaro & David M. Godden, Deep Disagreements: A Meta-Argumentation Approach.
    This paper examines the views of Fogelin, Woods, Johnstone, etc., concerning deep disa-greements, force-five standoffs, philosophical controversies, etc. My approach is to reconstruct their views and critiques of them as meta-arguments, and to elaborate the meta-argumentative aspects of radical disa-greements. It turns out that deep disagreements are resolvable to a greater degree than usually thought, but only by using special principles and practices, such as meta-argumentation, ad hominem argumentation , Ramsey’s principle, etc.
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  12. Maurice Finocchiaro (2010). I Documenti Vaticani Del Processo Di Galileo Galilei. [REVIEW] Isis 101:652-653.
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  13. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2010). Defending Copernicus and Galileo. Review of Metaphysics 64 (1):75-103.
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  14. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2010). Defending Copernicus and Galileo: Critical Reasoning and the Ship Experiment Argument. Review of Metaphysics 64 (1):75-103.
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  15. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2009). Eugene Garver, For the Sake of Argument: Practical Reasoning, Character, and the Ethics of Belief. [REVIEW] Argumentation 23 (1):109-114.
  16. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2009). Galileo's Inquisition Trial Revisited. Early Science and Medicine 14 (4):576-578.
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  17. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Meta-Argumentation in Hume’s Critique of the Design Argument.
    Although Hume’s critique of the design argument is a powerful non-inductive meta-argument, the main line of critical reasoning is not analogical but rather a complex meta-argument. It consists of two parts, one interpretive, the other evaluative. The critical meta-argument advances twelve criticisms: that the design argument is weak because two of its three premises are justified by inadequate subarguments; because its main inference embodies four flaws; and because the conclusion is in itself problematic for four reasons. Such complexity is quite (...)
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  18. Maurice Finocchiaro (2008). Galileo E Keplero: Filosofia, Cosmologia E Teologia nell'Età Della Controriforma. [REVIEW] Isis 99:833-834.
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  19. Maurice Finocchiaro (2007). Talento y Poder: Historia de Las Relaciones Entre Galileo y la Iglesia Católica. [REVIEW] Isis 98:838-839.
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  20. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2007). Arguments, Meta-Arguments, and Metadialogues: A Reconstruction of Krabbe, Govier, and Woods. [REVIEW] Argumentation 21 (3):253-268.
    Krabbe (2003, in F.H. van Eemeren, J.A. Blair, C.A. Willard and A.F. Snoeck Henkemans (eds.), Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Sic Sat, Amsterdam, pp. 641–644) defined a metadialogue as a dialogue about one or more dialogues, and a ground-level dialogue as a dialogue that is not a metadialogue. Similarly, I define a meta-argument as an argument about one or more arguments, and a ground-level argument as one which is not a meta-argument. (...)
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  21. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Commentary on Johnson.
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  22. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2007). Famous Meta-Arguments: Part I. Mill and the Tripartite Nature of Argumentation. In Christopher W. Tindale Hans V. Hansen (ed.), Dissensus and the Search for Common Ground. Ossa.
    In the context of a study of meta-arguments in general, and famous meta-arguments in particular, I reconstruct chapter 1 of Mill’s Subjection of Women as the meta-argument: women’s liberation should be argued on its merits because the universality of subjection derives from the law of force and hence provides no presumption favoring its correctness. The raises the problem of the relationship among illative, dialectical, and meta-argumentative tiers.
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  23. Maurice Finocchiaro (2006). Le Conflit Entre L’Astronomie Nouvelle Et L’Écriture Sainte aux XVIe Et XVIIe Siècles: Un Moment de L’Histoire des Idées: Autour de L’Affaire Galilée. [REVIEW] Isis 97:750-752.
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  24. Maurice Finocchiaro (2006). The Church and Galileo. [REVIEW] Isis 97:353-355.
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  25. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2005). Arguments About Arguments: Systematic, Critical, and Historical Essays in Logical Theory. Cambridge University Press.
    Following an approach that is empirical but not psychological, and dialectical but not dialogical, Maurice Finocchiaro defines concepts such as reasoning, argument, argument analysis, critical reasoning, methodological reflection, judgment, critical thinking, and informal logic. Including extended critiques of the views of many contemporary scholars, he also integrates into the discussion Arnauld's Port-Royal Logic, Gramsci's theory of intellectuals, and case studies from the history of science, particularly the work of Galileo, Newton, Huygens, and Lavoisier.
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  26. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Mill’s On Liberty and Argumentation Theory.
    Chapter 2 of Mill’s On Liberty is reconstructed as a complex argument for freedom of discussion; it consists of three subarguments, each possessing illative and dialectical components. The illative component is this: freedom of discussion is desirable because it enables us to determine whether an opinion is true, whereas its denial amounts to an assumption of infallibility; it improves our understanding and appreciation of the supporting reasons of true opinions, and our understanding and appreciation of their practical or emotional meaning; (...)
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  27. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2005). Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  28. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2005). Gramsci, the First World War, and the Problem of Politics Vs Religion Vs Economics in War. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (4):407-419.
    Abstract This essay examines Gramsci?s writings about the First World War, primarily his immediate reflections in 1914?1918, but also relevant prison notes (1926?1937). The most striking feature of his attitude during the war years is ?Germanophilia?, a label I adapt from Croce, whose writings on the Great War also exhibited this attitude. A key common motivation was that political conflicts should not be turned into religious ones in which one portrays the enemy as an evil to be annihilated. But they (...)
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  29. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2005). Juicio a la Historia. El Affair Paschini (1941-1979). Polis 12.
    (*) Este es el capítulo 16 de su obra monumental titulada Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992, publicado en el 2005 por la University of California Press, Berkeley. Este libro es un examen del affair Galileo desde el momento de la condena del científico toscano por la Inquisición en 1633, hasta su supuesta rehabilitación por el Papa Juan Pablo II en 1992. Su enfoque es en temas tales como: si acaso la condena fue justa, y si probaría la incompatibilidad entre ciencia y religión; (...)
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  30. Maurice Finocchiaro (2004). Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius. [REVIEW] Isis 95:494-495.
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  31. Maurice Finocchiaro (2004). Galileo’s Pendulum: Science, Sexuality, and the Body–Instrument Link. [REVIEW] Isis 95:754-755.
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  32. Maurice Finocchiaro (2004). Saggio Su Galileo Galilei: Discorsi di Dottrina. [REVIEW] Isis 95:537-538.
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  33. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2004). Dialectics, Evaluation, and Argument. Informal Logic 23 (1).
    A critical examination of the dialectical approach, focusing on a comparison ofthe illative and the dialectical definitions of argument. I distinguish a moderate, a strong and a hyper dialectical conception of argument. I critique Goldman's argument for the moderate conception and Johnson's argument for the strong conception, and argue that the moderate conception is correct.
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  34. Maurice Finocchiaro (2003). Galileo in Context. [REVIEW] Isis 94:523-524.
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  35. Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Commentary on van Eemeren & Houtlosser.
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  36. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2003). Physical-Mathematical Reasoning: Galileo on the Extruding Power of Terrestrial Rotation. Synthese 134 (1-2):217 - 244.
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  37. Maurice Finocchiaro (2002). Saggi Galileiani: Atomi, Immagini E Ideologia. [REVIEW] Isis 93:116-116.
    In 1635 a Latin translation was published of Galileo's Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems , which had occasioned his condemnation by the Inquisition in 1633. The Latin translation bore the title Systema Cosmicum. It had been organized by Elia Diodati , a Protestant of Italian origin born in Geneva and living in Paris, where he was a Parliament lawyer. Diodati, a confidante of Galileo, had gone into action after receiving a letter that may be regarded as Galileo's intellectual (...)
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  38. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2002). Drake on Galileo. Annals of Science 59 (1):83-88.
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  39. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2002). Elementary Logic From an Advanced Standpoint. Informal Logic 22 (2).
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  40. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2002). Galileo as a 'Bad Theologian': A Formative Myth About Galileo's Trial. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (4):753-791.
    For 150 years after Galileo’s condemnation in 1633, there were many references to the trial, but no sustained, heated or polarized discussions. Then came the thesis that Galileo was condemned not for being a good astronomer but for being a bad theologian ; it began in 1784–1785 with an apology of the Inquisition by Mallet du Pan in the Mercure de France and the printing in Tiraboschi’s Storia della letteratura italiana of an apocryphal letter attributed to Galileo but forged by (...)
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  41. Maurice Finocchiaro, Commentary on Blair.
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  42. Maurice Finocchiaro, Commentary on Novak.
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  43. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2001). Valid Ad Hominem Arguments in Philosophy: Johnstone's Metaphilosophical Informal Logic. Informal Logic 21 (1).
    This is a critical examination of Johnstone's thesis that all valid philosophical arguments are ad hominem. I clarify his notions of valid, philosophical, and ad hominem. I illustrate the thesis with his refutation ofthe claim that only ordinary language is correct. r discuss his three supporting arguments (historical, theoretical, and intermediate). And r criticize the thesis with the objections that if an ad hominem argument is valid, it is really ad rem; that it's unclear how his own theoretical argument can (...)
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  44. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (2001). Book Review:Dialogo Sopra I Due Massimi Sistemi, Tolemaico E Copernicano Galileo Galilei, Ottavio Besomi, Mario Helbing; The Cambridge Companion to Galileo Peter Machamer. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 68 (4):578-.
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  45. Don Bialostosky, Barbara Biesecker, Walter Brogan, Thomas Farrell, Maurice Finocchiaro, William W. Fortenbaugh, Eugene Garver, Gerard A. Hauser, Drew Hyland & Michael McDonald (2000). The Editors Extend Their Sincere Appreciation to the Following Persons Who Served as Invited Reviewers Between May 1999 and April 2000. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Rhetoric 33 (4).
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  46. M. A. Finocchiaro (1999). Gramsci, Antonio. In Robert Audi (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  47. Maurice Finocchiaro (1999). Galileo and the Church: Political Inquisition or Critical Dialogue? By Rivka Feldhay. [REVIEW] Isis 90:596-597.
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  48. Maurice Finocchiaro (1999). La Condamnation des Livres Coperniciens Et Sa Revocation a la Lumiere de Documents Inedits des Congregations de l'Index Et de l'Inquisition by Pierre-Noel Mayaud. [REVIEW] Isis 90:363-364.
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  49. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (1999). On Knowing. International Studies in Philosophy 31 (4):117-118.
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  50. Maurice A. Finocchiaro (1999). The Galileo Affair From John Milton to John Paul II: Problems and Prospects. Science and Education 8 (2):189-209.
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