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  1. Max Kistler (forthcoming). Horizontal, Vertical and Diachronic Emergence. Emergence.
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  2. Max Kistler (2014). The Landscape of Causation. Metascience 23 (3):497-504.
    L. A. Paul and Ned Hall’s book makes an original and important contribution to the philosophical debate on causation. Their aim is not to construct a theory of causation but “to sketch a map” of the “landscape” (1) constituted by a rich set of problem cases and various theories of causation devised to account for them.Chapter 1 presents the scope and aim of the book, justifies the method of evaluating theories of causation by exploring whether they are refuted by counterexamples, (...)
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  3. Max Kistler, Colours and Appearances as Powers and Manifestations.
    Humans have only finite discriminatory capacities. This simple fact seems to be incompatible with the existence of appearances. As many authors have noted, the hypothesis that appearances exist seems to be refuted by reductio: Let A, B, C be three uniformly coloured surfaces presented to a subject in optimal viewing conditions, such that A, B, and C resemble one another perfectly except with respect to their colours. Their colours differ slightly in the following way: the difference between A and B (...)
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  4. Max Kistler (2013). The Interventionist Account of Causation and Non-Causal Association Laws. Erkenntnis 78 (1):1-20.
    The key idea of the interventionist account of causation is that a variable A causes a variable B if and only if B would change if A were manipulated in the appropriate way. This paper raises two problems for Woodward's (2003) version of interventionism. The first is that the conditions it imposes are not sufficient for causation, because these conditions are also satisfied by non-causal relations of nomological dependence expressed in association laws. Such laws ground a relation of mutual manipulability (...)
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  5. Max Kistler (2012). Powerful Properties and the Causal Basis of Dispositions. In Alexander Bird, B. D. Ellis & Howard Sankey (eds.), Properties, Powers, and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism. Routledge. 119--137.
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  6. Max Kistler, Powers and Phenomenal Experience.
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  7. Max Kistler, Powers and Their Manifestations in Physics and Perception.
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  8. Max Kistler, Actual Causation and Simultaneous Lawful Dependence.
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  9. Max Kistler, Are Mental Causes Excluded by Physical Causes?
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  10. Max Kistler (2010). Causation Across Levels, Constitution, and Constraint. In Mauricio Suarez, Mauro Dorato & Miklos Redei (eds.), Epsa Philosophical Issues in the Sciences. Springer. 141--151.
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  11. Max Kistler, Compte-Rendu de : Alexander Hieke Und Hannes Leitgeb (Dir.), Reduction.
    This volume is a collection of essays presented at the 31st International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, in August 2008. It has the character of a high-quality journal issue. There is no introduction, and the papers do not all directly bear on the topic of the original conference, which was "Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences". In what follows, I offer a short description of each paper, and add critical remarks in some cases.
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  12. Max Kistler, Compte-Rendu de : Alexander Bird, Nature's Metaphysics -- Laws and Properties.
    No one has yet elaborated and defended with so much subtlety, rigour, and depth the exciting new metaphysics of nature that replaces both versions of the traditional categoricalist picture of nature...Reading Bird is highly rewarding: he sheds new light on many problems by analysing them in a new way...Bird's book holds promise to become the authoritative statement of the new dispositionalist metaphysics.
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  13. Max Kistler, Interventionism, Downward Causation, Epiphenomenalism.
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  14. Max Kistler (2010). Mechanisms and Downward Causation. Philosophical Psychology 22 (5):595-609.
    Experimental investigation of mechanisms seems to make use of causal relations that cut across levels of composition. In bottom-up experiments, one intervenes on parts of a mechanism to observe the whole; in top-down experiments, one intervenes on the whole mechanism to observe certain parts of it. It is controversial whether such experiments really make use of interlevel causation, and indeed whether the idea of causation across levels is even conceptually coherent. Craver and Bechtel have suggested that interlevel causal claims can (...)
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  15. Max Kistler, Mechanistic Explanation and Causality.
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  16. Max Kistler, Powers and Dispositions.
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  17. Max Kistler (2010). Perspectives on Causes and Dispositions. Metascience 19 (3):403-407.
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  18. Max Kistler (2010). Review of Alexander Hieke, Hannes Leitgeb (Eds.), Reduction: Between the Mind and the Brain. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (2).
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  19. Max Kistler (2010). Strong Emergence and Freedom-Comment on Stephan. In Graham Macdonald & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.), Emergence in Mind. Oxford University Press. 240--251.
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  20. Max Kistler (2009). Cognition and Neurophysiology: Mechanism, Reduction, and Pluralism. Philosophical Psychology 22 (5):539-541.
    The papers collected in this volume explore some of the powers and limitations of the concept of mechanism for the scientific understanding of cognitive systems, and aim at bringing together some of the most recent developments in the philosophical understanding of the relation of cognition to neuroscience. Earlier versions of most papers have been presented at a workshop held in Paris on June 19th, 2006, which was organized by Institut Jean Nicod and supported by RESCIF (R seau des sciences cognitives (...)
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  21. Max Kistler, Compte-Rendu de : Michael Esfeld, Naturphilosophie Als Metaphysik der Natur.
    Esfeld's new book is a powerful and well-argued statement for an original position in the metaphysics of science. In Esfeld's view, rational reflection on relativity theory and quantum theory leads to a metaphysical conception of reality as built on powerful structures: first, the fundamental building blocks of reality are structures rather than properties of space-time points or of matter localized at such points; second, these structures are not categorical or inert but inherently powerful and sources of relations that hold necessarily.
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  22. Max Kistler, Inter-Level Causation, Constitution and Constraint.
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  23. Max Kistler, Interventionism, Epiphenomenalism, and Difference-Making.
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  24. Max Kistler (2009). Naturphilosophie AlS metaphysik der natur – by Michael Esfeld. Dialectica 63 (1):99-103.
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  25. Max Kistler, The Interventionist Account of Causation and Non-Causal Determination.
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  26. Max Kistler, Conflicting Intuitions and Models of Causation.
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  27. Max Kistler, Interventionism and Causal Exclusion.
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  28. Max Kistler, Powers, Laws, and Necessity.
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  29. Bruno Gnassounou & Max Kistler, Introduction.
    The aim of this introduction is to improve on the traditional way of summing up the history of the notions of power and disposition, by uncovering some of the complexities that remain hidden behind such an oversimplification.
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  30. Max Kistler (2007). Causation and Laws of Nature. In Michael Beaney (ed.), The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. Routledge.
    Causation is important. It is, as Hume said, the cement of the universe, and lies at the heart of our conceptual structure. Causation is one of the most fundamental tools we have for organizing our apprehension of the external world and ourselves. But philosophers' disagreement about the correct interpretation of causation is as limitless as their agreement about its importance. The history of attempts to elucidate the nature of this concept and to situate it with respect to other fundamental concepts (...)
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  31. Max Kistler, Multi-Track Dispositions and Laws of Nature.
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  32. Max Kistler (2007). Review of Markus Schrenk, The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (10).
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  33. Max Kistler, Realism, Powers, and Dispositions.
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  34. Max Kistler (2007). The Causal Efficacy of Macroscopic Dispositional Properties. In Max Kistler & Bruno Gnassounou (eds.), Dispositions and Causal Powers. Ashgate. 103--132.
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  35. Max Kistler, Two Types of Causal Statement.
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  36. Max Kistler & Bruno Gnassounou (eds.) (2007). Dispositions and Causal Powers. Ashgate.
    This collection of essays, by leading international researchers, examines the case for realism with respect to dispositions and causal powers in both ...
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  37. Max Kistler & Bruno Gnassounou, Introduction.
    The aim of this introduction is to improve on the traditional way of summing up the history of the notions of power and disposition, by uncovering some of the complexities that remain hidden behind such an oversimplification.
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  38. Geert Keil & Max Kistler (2006). La cause d'un événement éléments d'une métaphysique descriptive de la causalité entre événements. Philosophie 89 (1):21.
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  39. Max Kistler (2006). La causalité comme transfert et dépendance nomique. Philosophie 89 (1):53.
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  40. Max Kistler (2006). Lois, Exceptions Et Dispositions. In Kistler Max & Gnassounou Bruno (eds.), Les Dispositions En Philosophie Et En Sciences. Presses Universitaires de France. 175--94.
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  41. Max Kistler (2006). New Perspectives on Reduction and Emergence in Physics, Biology and Psychology. Synthese 151 (3):311 - 312.
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  42. Max Kistler (2006). Reduction and Emergence in the Physical Sciences: Reply to Rueger. Synthese 151 (3):347 - 354.
    I analyse Rueger’s application of Kim’s model of functional reduction to the relation between the thermal conductivities of metal bars at macroscopic and atomic scales. 1) I show that it is a misunderstanding to accuse the functional reduction model of not accounting for the fact that there are causal powers at the micro-level which have no equivalent at the macro-level. The model not only allows but requires that the causal powers by virtue of which a functional predicate is defined, are (...)
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  43. Max Kistler (2006). The Mental the Macroscopic, and Their Effects. Epistemologia 29 (1):79-102.
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  44. Federico Laudisa, Françoise Longy & Max Kistler (2006). Le principe de causalité entre empirisme logique et néokantisme. Philosophie 89 (1):78.
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  45. Bertrand Russell, Georges Bourgin, Max Kistler & Jérôme Sackur (2006). Sur la Notion de Cause. Philosophie 89 (1):3.
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  46. Jonathan Schaffer, Max Kistler & Philippe De Brabanter (2006). Le trou noir de la causalité. Philosophie 89 (1):40.
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  47. Max Kistler (2005). Is Functional Reduction Logical Reduction? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (14):219-234.
    The functionalist conception of mental properties, together with their multiple realizability, is often taken to entail their irreducibility. It might seem that the only way to revise that judgement is to weaken the requirements traditionally imposed on reduction. However, Jaegwon Kim has recently argued that we should, on the contrary, strengthen those requirements, and construe reduction as what I propose to call “logical reduction”, a model of reduction inspired by emergentism. Moreover, Kim claims that what he calls “functional reduction” allows (...)
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  48. Max Kistler (2005). Lowe's Argument for Dualism From Mental Causation. Philosophia 33 (1-4):319-329.
  49. Max Kistler (2005). La rationalité et la causalité dans le réalisme interne de Putnam. Philosophie 85 (1):62.
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  50. Max Kistler (2005). Necessary Laws. In Jan Faye, Paul Needham, Uwe Scheffler & Max Urchs (eds.), Nature’s Principles. Springer. 201-227.
    In the first part of this paper, I argue against the view that laws of nature are contingent, by attacking a necessary condition for its truth within the framework of a conception of laws as relations between universals. I try to show that there is no independent reason to think that universals have an essence independent of their nomological properties. However, such a non-qualitative essence is required to make sense of the idea that different laws link the same universals in (...)
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