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  1. Mark Wilson, Inference and Correlational Truth'.
    This is one of those cases to which Dr. 8 oodhouse's remark applies with all its force, that a method which leads to true results must have its logic — H.S Smith (" On Some of the Methods at Present in Use in Pure Geometry," p. 6) A goodly amount of modern metaphysics has concerned itself, in one form or another, with the question: what attitude should we take in regard to a language whose semantic underpinnings seem less than certain? (...)
     
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  2. Mark Wilson, Is There Life in Possible Worlds?
    Two ordinary dice ... are thrown, displaying two numbers face up. For each die there are six possible results. Hence there are thirty-six possible states of the pair of dice..
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  3. Mark Wilson, Leibniz: How Does Sword Steel Get to Be so Smart?
    In substantial ways, the strangest aspects of Leibniz's wild metaphysical architecture (monads and all that) lie grounded in his efforts to understand the "unreasonable effectiveness" of the mathematics utilized in the classical modeling of ordinary materials (of which we will adopt sword steel as a chief paradigm, for reasons to be explained later). In doing so, Leibniz proceeds in a more acutely reasoned fashion than does Eugene Wigner in the famously fuzzy article from which the phrase "unreasonable effectiveness" descends. There (...)
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  4. Mark Wilson, Returns of Conjecture Out of Such a Trifling Investment of Fact.
    The extensive philosophical literature devoted to "reduction to basic quantities" and "supervenience" generally trades upon a tacit looseness with respect to basic logical issues. Specifically, working physics commonly traffics in quantities pegged to different length scales whose interrelationships conceal a good deal of logical and structural complexity. So let us begin with a somewhat pedantic warning about the subtleties of scale dependent location attributions. Let us presume — and this is an assumption we shall want to revisit later — that (...)
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  5. Mark Wilson, Tie for Ourselves by a Poor Understanding of the Composition of the Continuum.
    Early travelers often appreciate the charms of a landscape more vividly than the settlers of later years, who gaze upon the encircling splendors with a dull and acclimated eye. Success in science frequently relies upon subtle forms of explanatory structure that exploit data drawn from different scale levels in surprising ways, yet we moderns overlook the oddities of these procedures through inattentive familiarity. G.W. Leibniz, among his many singular accomplishments, was one of the first scientists to attempt physical modeling in (...)
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  6. Mark Wilson, Predicate Meets Pro Ert '.
    When we speak of a predicate's extension, we intend to delineate the class of objects of which it is true.' Unfortunately, in some common situations the proper ground for determining whether a predicate is true of a particular individual becomes uncertain or ambiguous. One kind of situation in which this can happen — the kind of situation I will be particularly concerned with in this paper — is one in which the linguistic community is unaware of the existence of kinds (...)
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  7. Mark Wilson (forthcoming). Vulnerable Subjects and Canadian Research Governance. Irb.
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  8. Mark Wilson (2014). David Chalmers Versus the Boll Weevil. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1):238-248.
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  9. Mark A. Wilson, Julie Hanlon Rubio, Lisa Tessman, Mary M. Doyle Roche, James F. Keenan, Margaret Urban Walker, Jamie Schillinger, Jean Porter, Jennifer A. Herdt & Edmund N. Santurri (2014). Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives. Lexington Books.
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  10. Samuel J. Vine, Paul Freeman, Lee J. Moore, Roy Chandra-Ramanan & Mark R. Wilson (2013). Evaluating Stress as a Challenge is Associated with Superior Attentional Control and Motor Skill Performance: Testing the Predictions of the Biopsychosocial Model of Challenge and Threat. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 19 (3):185.
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  11. Mark Wilson (2013). Philosophy Learn From Our 'Scientific Philosophy'Heritage? In Don Ross, James Ladyman & Harold Kincaid (eds.), Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 151.
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  12. Mark Wilson (2013). Some Remarks on 'Naturalism'as We Now Have It1. In Don Ross, James Ladyman & Harold Kincaid (eds.), Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 198.
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  13. Mark Wilson (2013). What is “Classical Mechanics” Anyway? In Robert Batterman (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics. Oup Usa. 43.
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  14. Mark Wilson (2012). The Perils of Pollyanna. In Pierre Wagner (ed.), Carnap's Ideal of Explication and Naturalism. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  15. Samuel J. Vine, Lee J. Moore & Mark R. Wilson (2011). Quiet Eye Training Facilitates Competitive Putting Performance in Elite Golfers. Frontiers in Psychology 2.
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  16. Mark Wilson (2011). Of Whales and Pendulums: A Reply to Brandom. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (1):202-211.
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  17. Mark Wilson (2010). Back to "Back to Kant". In Michael Friedman, Mary Domski & Michael Dickson (eds.), Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. Open Court.
     
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  18. Mark Wilson (2010). Mixed-Level Explanation. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):933-946.
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  19. Mark Wilson (2010). What Can Contemporary Philosophy Learn From Our “Scientific Philosophy” Heritage? Noûs 44 (3):545-570.
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  20. Mark Wilson (2009). Determinism and the Mystery of the Missing Physics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (1):173-193.
    This article surveys the difficulties in establishing determinism for classical physics within the context of several distinct foundational approaches to the discipline. It explains that such problems commonly emerge due to a deeper problem of ‘missing physics'. The Problems of Formalism Norton's Example Three Species of Classical Mechanics 3.1 Mass point physics 3.2 The physics of perfect constraints 3.3 Continuum mechanics Conclusion CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
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  21. Mark Wilson (2009). Review of Jerry A. Fodor, Lot 2: The Language of Thought Revisited. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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  22. Mark Wilson (2008). 12. Beware of the Blob: Cautions for Would-Be Metaphysicians. In Dean W. Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 4--275.
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  23. Mark Wilson (2008). Which Came First: The Logic or the Math? Manuscrito 31 (1).
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  24. Mark Wilson, Duhem Before Breakfast.
    This essay traces some of Pierre Duhem's motives for his celebrated "Quine- Duhem thesis" to a specific worry about theory underdetermination that arises within classical mechanics, concerned with the rivalry between Duhem's own thermomechanical approach and the more narrowly "mechanical" treatment pursued by Hertz and others. In the context of the treatments of "physical infinitesimals" common at the time, these two approaches seem empirically indistinguishable. After an exposition of the basic issues, this alleged "underdetermination" is then evaluated from a more (...)
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  25. Mark Wilson (2007). Frege and Russell: Does Science Talk Sense? European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):179-190.
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  26. Mark Wilson, Frege's Mathematical Setting.
    This survey article describes Frege's celebrated foundational work against the context of other late nineteenth century approaches to introducing mathematically novel "extension elements" within both algebra and geometry.
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  27. Mark Wilson, Ghost World: A Context for Frege's Context Principle.
    There is considerable likelihood that Gottlob Frege began writing his Foundations of Arithmetic with the expectation that he could introduce his numbers, not with sets, but through some algebraic techniques borrowed from earlier writers of the Gottingen school. These rewriting techniques, had they worked, would have required strong philosophical justification provided by Frege's celebrated "context principle," which otherwise serves little evident purpose in the published Foundations.
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  28. Mark Wilson (2007). Semantics Balkanized. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (3):709-719.
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  29. Mark Wilson, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Formalism.
    Attempts to arrange all of classical mechanics upon a self-contained basis encounter difficulties due to "the lousy encyclopedia phenomenon": hard cases involving, e.g., billiard balls, often require that the standard treatments be abandoned in favor of conceptually different accounts. Worse yet, these chains of interdependence often travel in circular loops, where the practitioner is returned to formalisms that she had previously abandoned. However, behaviors of this sort are to be expected if classical doctrine is instead viewed as a "reduced variable" (...)
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  30. Mark Wilson (2006). Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behavior. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
    Mark Wilson presents a highly original and broad-ranging investigation of the way we get to grips with the world conceptually, and the way that philosophical problems commonly arise from this. He combines traditional philosophical concerns about human conceptual thinking with illuminating data derived from a large variety of fields including physics and applied mathematics, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. Wandering Significance offers abundant new insights and perspectives for philosophers of language, mind, and science, and will also reward the interest of psychologists, (...)
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  31. Mark Wilson (2004). XIII-Theory Façades. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (1):273-288.
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  32. Mark Wilson (2004). Theory Façades. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (3):271–286.
    Many common approximation methods in physics practice 'causal process avoidance' in their operative procedures and such methodologies weave densely throughout the usual fabric of 'classical mechanics'. It is observed that Hume was unable to find any grounding for a robust conception of 'cause' largely because he unwittingly looked in those regions of mechanics where genuine causal processes had already been tacitly expunged.
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  33. Mark Wilson (2000). On the Mathematics of Spilt Milk. In. In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 143--152.
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  34. Mark Wilson (2000). The Unreasonable Uncooperativeness of Mathematics in The Natural Sciences. The Monist 83 (2):296-314.
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  35. Mark Wilson (1999). To Err is Humeant. Philosophia Mathematica 7 (3):247-257.
    George Boolos, Crispin Wright, and others have demonstrated how most of Frege's treatment of arithmetic can be obtained from a second-order statement that Boolos dubbed ‘Hume's principle’. This note explores the historical evidence that Frege originally planned to develop a philosophical approach to numbers in which Hume's principle is central, but this strategy was abandoned midway through his Grundlagen.
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  36. Mark Wilson (1999). To Err is Humean. Philosophia Mathematica 7 (3):247-257.
    George Boolos, Crispin Wright, and others have demonstrated how most of Frege's treatment of arithmetic can be obtained from a second-order statement that Boolos dubbed ‘Hume's principle’. This note explores the historical evidence that Frege originally planned to develop a philosophical approach to numbers in which Hume's principle is central, but this strategy was abandoned midway through his Grundlagen.
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  37. Mark Wilson (1997). Mechanism and Fracture in Cartesian Physics. Topoi 16 (2):141-152.
    I'm scarcely the only reader who has found it puzzling that the self-consistent author of the Meditations, with his firm faith that God has supplied us with clear and distinct ideas sufficient to understand the material world, could have been satisfied with the messy jumble of physical doctrine we seem to find in his ~Priuci les. For example, although Descartes seems to be committed to a relationalism of some sort, his notorious laws of impact look as if they blatantly rely (...)
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  38. Mark Wilson (1997). Wittgenstein. Philosophical Topics 25 (2):289-316.
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  39. Mark Wilson (1994). Can We Trust Logical Form? Journal of Philosophy 91 (10):519-544.
  40. Mark Wilson (1993). There's a Hole and a Bucket, Dear Leibniz. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):202-241.
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  41. Mark Wilson (1992). Frege: The Royal Road From Geometry. Noûs 26 (2):149-180.
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  42. Mark Wilson (1990). Law Along the Frontier: Differential Equations and Their Boundary Conditions. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:565 - 575.
    Physicists often allow the "laws" of a discipline, formulated as partial differential equations, to be disobeyed along various surfaces, arrayed along the boundary and inside the medium under study. What kinds of considerations permit these lapses in the applicability of the equations? This paper surveys a variety of answers found in the physical literature.
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  43. Mark Wilson (1989). Critical Notice: John Earman's a Primer on Determinism. Philosophy of Science 56 (3):502-532.
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  44. Mark Wilson (1988). Many Hands Make Light Work: Integrating Research on Primate Handedness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (4):733.
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  45. Mark Wilson (1988). Nature's Demands on Language. Philosophical Topics 16 (1):285-336.
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  46. Mark Wilson (1988). Nature's Demandes on Language in Metaphysics. Philosophical Topics 16 (1):285-336.
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  47. Mark Wilson (1985). What is This Thing Called 'Pain'? The Philosophy of Science Behind the Contemporary Debate. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 66 (January):227-67.
  48. Daniel B. Botkin, John E. Estes, Robert M. MacDonald & Mark V. Wilson (1984). Studying the Earth's Vegetation From Space. Bioscience 34 (8):508-514.
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  49. Mark Wilson (1983). Why Contingent Identity is Necessary. Philosophical Studies 43 (3):301 - 327.
    This paper argues that the principle of necessary identity (f)(g)(f=g then necessarily f=g) cannot be maintained, At least in second order form. A paradox based upon scientific definitional practice is introduced to demonstrate this. A non-Fregean reading of standard contingent identity semantics is provided to explain how such 'definition breaking' works.
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