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    Menachem Fisch (2004). Through Thick and Thin. Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (1):1-24.
    Some relativists deny that moral discourse is factual. According to them, our ethical commitments are to be explained by appealing to noncognitive mental states like desires, rather than to beliefs in some independent moral facts. Indeed, the package antirealism (there are no moral properties) & noncognitivism (the source of moral commitments is noncognitive) seems to be implicit in Lewis’s and Harman’s relativism. But to many philosophers this package seems to be unattractive. Our task in this paper is to construe and (...)
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    Menachem Fisch (1985). Whewell's Consilience of Inductions--An Evaluation. Philosophy of Science 52 (2):239-255.
    The paper attempts to elucidate and evaluate William Whewell's notion of a "consilience of inductions." In section I Whewellian consilience is defined and shown to differ considerably from what latter-day writers talk about when they use the term. In section II a primary analysis of consilience is shown to yield two types of consilient processes, one in which one of the lower-level laws undergoes a conceptual change (the case aptly discussed in Butts [1977]), and one in which the explanatory theory (...)
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    Yitzhak Benbaji & Menachem Fisch (2004). Through Thick and Thin: A New Defense of Cultural Relativism. Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (1):1-24.
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  4. Menachem Fisch & Robert C. Richardson (1994). William Whewell Philosopher of Sciences. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):155.
  5. Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.) (1991). William Whewell: A Composite Portrait. Clarendon Press.
    William Whewell was a giant of Victorian intellectual culture. His influence, whether recognized or forgotten, is palpable in areas as diverse as moral philosophy, mineralogy, architecture, the politics of education, physics, engineering, and theology. Recent studies of the place of the sciences in nineteenth-century Britain have repeatedly indicated the significance of Whewell's sweeping and critical proposals for a reformed account of scientific knowledge and moral values. -/- However, until now there has been no detailed study of the context and impact (...)
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    Menachem Fisch (1985). Necessary and Contingent Truth in William Whewell's Antithetical Theory of Knowledge. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (4):275-314.
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    Menachem Fisch (2005). Factuality Without Realism. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):505-530.
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  8. Menachem Fisch (1991). A Philosopher's Coming of Age: A Study in Erotetic Intellectual History. In Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.), William Whewell: A Composite Portrait. Clarendon Press 31--66.
     
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    Menachem Fisch (1994). Toward a Rational Theory of Progress. Synthese 99 (2):277 - 304.
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    Noah J. Efron & Menachem Fisch (1991). Science Naturalized, Science Denatured: An Evaluation of Ronald Giere's Cognitivist Approach to Explaining Science. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 13 (2):187 - 221.
    Ronald Giere and others aspire to 'naturalize science' by examining scientific activity as they would any other natural phenomenon — scientifically. Giere aims to fashion a theory of science that is naturalistic, realistic, and evolutionary, and to thus carve for himself a niche between foundationalist philosophies of science (positing abstract criteria of rationality) on the one hand, and relativist sociologies of science on the other. Giere's approach is appealing because it allows that science is a human endeavor pursued by humans (...)
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    Yitzhak Benbaji & Menachem Fisch (2005). Factuality Without Realism: Normativity and the Davidsonian Approach to Meaning. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):505-530.
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    Menachem Fisch (2010). Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency. The Monist 93 (4):518-544.
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    Menachem Fisch (1994). Trouble-Shooting Creativity: A Critical Appraisal of David Bohm and F. David Peat's "Science Order & Creativity". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):141 - 153.
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    Menachem Fisch (1984). Hempel's Ravens, the Natural Classification of Hypotheses and the Growth of Knowledge. Erkenntnis 21 (1):45 - 62.
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    Menachem Fisch (2006). Rational Rabbis: Its Project and Argument. Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
    0. Rational Rabbis aspires to make two main points, one philosophical and contemporary, the other interpretative and historical. The book’s philosophical undertaking, presented in Part I, is to develop a central insight of Karl Popper’s into a more fuller theory of rational endeavor. The book’s interpretative and main undertaking, presented in Part II, is to argue (a) that the talmudic literature bears clear witness to a tannaitic view of humanly possible intellectual achievement intriguingly akin to the theory of rationality proposed (...)
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  16. Menachem Fisch (1991). 11. Antithetical Knowledge. In Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.), William Whewell: A Composite Portrait. Clarendon Press 289.
     
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  17. Menachem Fisch (2006). Berakhot 19b: The Bavli's Paradigm of Confrontational Discourse. Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
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    Menachem Fisch (2014). Babbage's Two Lives. British Journal for the History of Science 47 (1):95-118.
    Babbage wrote two relatively detailed, yet significantly incongruous, autobiographical accounts of his pre-Cambridge and Cambridge days. He published one in 1864 and in it advertised the existence of the other, which he carefully retained in manuscript form. The aim of this paper is to chart in some detail for the first time the discrepancies between the two accounts, to compare and assess their relative credibility, and to explain their author's possible reasons for knowingly fabricating the less credible of the two.
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  19. Menachem Fisch (2006). Criticism, Interpretation, and Canon: A Reply of Sorts. Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
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    Menachem Fisch (1994). Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge, and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain by Richard Yeo. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 85:706-707.
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    Menachem Fisch (1992). Ein Blick vorwärts in die Vergangenheit: Ein Fall für den historischen Nominalismus. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 40 (11):1279-1294.
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    Menachem Fisch (2009). Ethical Diversity, Tolerance, and the Problem of Sovereignty: A Jewish Perspective. In Tracy B. Strong & Richard Madsen (eds.), The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World. Princeton University Press 195-218.
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    Menachem Fisch (2013). How and Why I Write History of Science. Science in Context 26 (4):573-585.
    I have always been a philosopher at heart. I write history of science and history of its philosophy primarily as a philosopher wary of his abstractions and broad conceptualizations. But that has not always been the case. Lakatos famously portrayed history of science as the testing ground for theories of scientific rationality. But he did so along the crudest Hegelian lines that did injury both to Hegel and to the history and methodology of science. Since science is ultimately rational, he (...)
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  24. Menachem Fisch, David Bohm & F. David Peat (1994). Trouble-Shooting Creativity: A Critical Appraisal of David Bohm and F. David Peat's' Science Orders & Creativity'. A Review of Science Order & Creativity. [REVIEW] History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):141-154.
     
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    Menachem Fisch (1994). ‘The Emergency Which Has Arrived’: The Problematic History of Nineteenth-Century British Algebra – a Programmatic Outline. British Journal for the History of Science 27 (3):247-276.
    More than any other aspect of the Second Scientific Revolution, the remarkable revitalization or British mathematics and mathematical physics during the first half of the nineteenth century is perhaps the most deserving of the name. While the newly constituted sciences of biology and geology were undergoing their first revolution, as it were, the reform of British mathematics was truly and self-consciously the story of a second coming of age. ‘Discovered by Fermat, cocinnated and rendered analytical by Newton, and enriched by (...)
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    Menachem Fisch (2008). Taking the Linguistic Turn Seriously. The European Legacy 13 (5):605-622.
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  27. Menachem Fisch (2011). The View From Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism. University of Notre Dame Press.
     
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