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  1. Michael Liston (2012). Meaning in Mathematics. History and Philosophy of Logic 33 (4):379-381.
    History and Philosophy of Logic, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 1-2, Ahead of Print.
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  2. Michael Liston (2012). On Tins and Tin-Openers. In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer 151--160.
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  3. Michael Liston (2010). Rabbits Astray and Significance Awandering: Review Essay on Mark Wilson's Wandering Significance. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (3):809-817.
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  4. Michael Liston (2010). Rabbits Astray and Significance Awandering. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (3):809-817.
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  5. Michael Liston, On Tins and Tin-Openers.
    Most science requires applied mathematics. This truism underlies the Quine-Putnam indispensability argument: we cannot be mathematical nominalists without rejecting whole swaths of good science that are seamlessly linked with mathematics. One style of response (e.g. Field’s program) accepts the challenge head-on and attempts to show how to do science without mathematics. There is some consensus that the response fails because the nominalistic apparatus deployed either is not extendible to all of mathematical physics or is merely a deft reconstrual equivalent to (...)
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  6. Michael Liston (2007). Roland Omnès. Converging Realities: Towards a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005. Pp. XVII + 264. Isbn 0-691-11530-. [REVIEW] Philosophia Mathematica 15 (2):257-267.
    In this book physicist Roland Omnès addresses some big questions in philosophy of mathematics. Anyone who reflects on the history and practice of mathematics and the sciences, especially physics, will naturally be struck by some remarkable coincidences. First, often newly developed mathematics was not well understood. But its successful applications and its agreement with intuitive representations of reality promoted confidence in its correctness even absent clear foundations . Later, this confidence is vindicated when a proper setting for the concepts and (...)
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  7. Michael Liston (2007). Review of Penelope Maddy, Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (12).
  8. Michael Liston (2007). Through a Glass Darkly - Russell on Names. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):191-226.
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  9. Michael Liston (2005). Does" Rabbit" Refer to Rabbits? European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 1 (1):39-56.
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  10. Michael Liston (2004). Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):356 – 359.
    Book Information Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism. Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism Colin Cheyne , Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 2001 , xvi + 236 , £55 ( cloth ) By Colin Cheyne. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Pp. xvi + 236. £55.
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  11. Michael Liston (2001). Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures by Margaret Morrison. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:579-580.
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  12. Michael Liston (2000). Critical Studies / Book Reviews. Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
  13. Michael Liston (2000). Mathematical Empiricism and the Mathematization of Chance: Comment on Gillies and Schneider. In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers 77--80.
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  14. Michael Liston (2000). Mathematical Progress: Ariadne's Thread. In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers 257--268.
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  15. Michael Liston (2000). Mark Steiner. The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem. Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
     
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  16. Michael Liston (1999). Review of R. Hersh, What Is Mathematics, Really?. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 66 (3):501-.
  17. Michael N. Liston (1998). Externalist Determinants of Reference. Protosociology 11:173-215.
    According to externalism, reference is a relation between uses of an expression and features of the environment. Moreover, the reference relation is normative , and the referential relata of our expressions are explanatory of successful language use. This paper largely agrees with the broad conception underlying externalism: it is what people do with words that makes them have the references they have, and the world constrains what people can successfully do with words. However, the paper strongly disagrees with the details (...)
     
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  18. Michael Liston (1996). Book Review:Understanding the Infinite Shaughan Lavine. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 63 (3):480-.
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  19. Michael Liston (1994). How Abstract Objects Strike Us. Dialectica 48 (1):3-27.
    SummaryBenacerraf challenges us to account for the reliability of our mathematical beliefs given that there appear to be no natural connections between mathematical believers and mathematical ontology. In this paper I try to do two things. I argue that the interactionist view underlying this challenge renders inexplicable not only the reliability of our mathematical beliefs, construed either platonistically or naturalistically , but also the reliability of most of our beliefs in physics. I attempt to counter Benacerraf's challenge by sketching an (...)
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  20. Michael Liston (1993). Reliability in Mathematical Physics. Philosophy of Science 60 (1):1-21.
    In this paper I argue three things: (1) that the interactionist view underlying Benacerraf's (1973) challenge to mathematical beliefs renders inexplicable the reliability of most of our beliefs in physics; (2) that examples from mathematical physics suggest that we should view reliability differently; and (3) that abstract mathematical considerations are indispensable to explanations of the reliability of our beliefs.
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  21. Michael Liston (1993). Taking Mathematical Fictions Seriously. Synthese 95 (3):433 - 458.
    I argue on the basis of an example, Fourier theory applied to the problem of vibration, that Field's program for nominalizing science is unlikely to succeed generally, since no nominalistic variant will provide us with the kind of physical insight into the phenomena that the standard theory supplies. Consideration of the same example also shows, I argue, that some of the motivation for mathematical fictionalism, particularly the alleged problem of cognitive access, is more apparent than real.
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  22. Jeffrey King & Michael Liston (1984). Explaining Donnellan's Distinction. Analysis 44 (1):13 - 14.
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  23. Michael Liston (1983). Mr. More on Rigidity and Identity. Analysis 43 (3):146 - 147.
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