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  1. Michael Nelson & Edward N. Zalta (2012). A Defense of Contingent Logical Truths. Philosophical Studies 157 (1):153-162.
    A formula is a contingent logical truth when it is true in every model M but, for some model M , false at some world of M . We argue that there are such truths, given the logic of actuality. Our argument turns on defending Tarski’s definition of truth and logical truth, extended so as to apply to modal languages with an actuality operator. We argue that this extension is the philosophically proper account of validity. We counter recent arguments to (...)
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  2. J. Baird Callicott & Michael P. Nelson (1998). The Great New Wilderness Debate.
     
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  3. Michael Nelson (2002). Descriptivism Defended. Noûs 36 (3):408–435.
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    Michael Nelson, Existence. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Michael Nelson & Edward N. Zalta (2009). Bennett and “Proxy Actualism”. Philosophical Studies 142 (2):277-292.
    Karen Bennett has recently argued that the views articulated by Linsky and Zalta (Philos Perspect 8:431–458, 1994) and (Philos Stud 84:283–294, 1996) and Plantinga (The nature of necessity, 1974) are not consistent with the thesis of actualism, according to which everything is actual. We present and critique her arguments. We first investigate the conceptual framework she develops to interpret the target theories. As part of this effort, we question her definition of ‘proxy actualism’. We then discuss her main arguments that (...)
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    Michael Nelson (2005). The Problem of Puzzling Pairs. Linguistics and Philosophy 28 (3):319 - 350.
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    Michael Nelson (2015). Eternalist Tensism. Inquiry 58 (6):590-605.
    Eternalist tensism is the thesis that tense is an objective feature of reality as it is in itself and that all times, whether past, present, or future, are equally real. I develop an argument from qualitative change in favor of tensism and defend eternalism from an argument from fatalism.
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    Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin & Michael Nelson (2016). S5 for Aristotelian Actualists. Philosophical Studies 173 (6):1537-1569.
    Aristotelian Actualism is the conjunction of the theses that absolutely everything is actual, that individuals are neither reducible to nor dependent on independently identified properties, and that some individuals are genuine contingent existents. Robert Adams and Gregory Fitch, two prominent proponents of Aristotelian Actualism, have argued that this view has a consequence that any modal logic stronger than M, and so any modal logic in which symmetry and reflexivity are frame conditions, is inadequate. We argue that this is incorrect.
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  9. J. Baird Callicott & Michael P. Nelson (2004). American Indian Environmental Ethics an Ojibwa Case Study.
     
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    Michael Nelson (2002). Puzzling Pairs. Philosophical Studies 108 (1-2):109 - 119.
    Propositional attitude ascribing sentences seem to give rise to failures of substitution. Is this phenomena best accounted for semantically, by constructing a semantics for propositional attitude ascribing sentences that invalidates the Substitution Principle, or pragmatically? In this paper I argue against semantic accounts of such phenomena. I argue that any semantic theory that respects all our apparent substitution failure intuitions will entail that the noun-phrase position outside the scope of the attitude verb is not open to substitution salva veritate, which (...)
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    Michael Nelson (forthcoming). Prior and Possibly Not Existing. Synthese:1-13.
    In classical quantificational logic, every individual constant is assigned a value from the domain of discourse, thus ensuring that every instance of \\) is valid and so a theorem of a complete logic. Standard tense and modal logics validate a rule of necessitation, according to which, crudely, every theorem is always and necessarily true. Combining these two generates the result that everything always and necessarily exists. In a number of works from the late 1950s through to his death in 1969, (...)
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  12. Michael Nelson (2008). Frege and the Paradox of Analysis. Philosophical Studies 137 (2):159 - 181.
    In an unpublished manuscript of 1914 titled ‘Logic in mathematics’, Gottlob Frege offered a rich account of the paradox of analysis. I argue that Frege there claims that the explicandum and explicans of a successful analysis express the same sense and that he furthermore appreciated that this requires that one cannot conclude that two sentences differ in sense simply because it is possible for a (minimally) competent speaker to accept one without accepting the other. I claim that this is shown (...)
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    Michael Nelson (2014). Contingently Existing Propositions. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (5-6):776-803.
    (2013). Contingently existing propositions. Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 43, Essays on the Nature of Propositions, pp. 776-803.
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    Michael P. Nelson (2008). On Doing Helpful Philosophy. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):611-614.
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  15. Michael Nelson (2009). The Contingency of Existence. In Samuel Newlands & Larry M. Jorgensen (eds.), Metaphysics and the Good: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams. Oxford University Press
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    Michael Nelson (2011). Default Compatibilism and Narrativity. Social Theory and Practice 37 (1):35-45.
    I discuss two claims defended in Fischer’s recent work. The first is the default status of compatibilism. This is part of a conception of our agency and moral responsibility as being independent of the truth or the falsity of the thesis of determinism. I try to further bolster Fischer’s arguments in favor of this position. The second is Fischer’s defense of the narrative conception of moral responsibility, according to which the value of self-expression supports and explicates the value of being (...)
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    John H. Dreher, Can There Be Brute, Contingent Moral Facts, David Braun, Attitude Ascriptions, Thing Talk Moonlighting & Michael Nelson (2002). Selected Papers Presented in 2001 at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association Edited By: Laurie Shrage. Philosophical Studies 108:339-340.
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  18. Spencer Abraham, Ray Anderson, Nik Ansell, St Thomas Aquinas, St Francis of Assisi, William Baxter, Philip J. Bentley, Joachim Blatter, Murray Bookchin, Maya Brennan, Majora Carter, Carl Cohen, Deane Curtin, Herman Daly, David DeGrazia, Bill Devall, Calvin DeWitt, David Ehrenfeld, Paul, Anne Ehrlich, Robert Elliot, Stuart Ewen, Nuria Fernandez, Stephen Gardiner, Ramachandra Guha, Garrett Hardin, Eugene Hargrove, John Hasse, Po-Keung Ip, Ralf Isenmann, Kauser Jahan, Marianne B. Karsh, Andrew Kernohan, Marti Kheel, Kenneth Kraft, Aldo Leopold, Miriam MacGillis, Juan Martinez-Alier, Ed McGaa, Katie McShane, Roberto Mechoso, Arne Naess, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Michael Nelson, Bryan Norton, Philip Nyhus, John O'Neil, Stephen Pacala, Ernest Partridge, Erv Peterson, Tom Regan, Holmes Rolston Iii, Lily-Marlene Russow, Mark Sagoff, Kristin Schrader-Frechette, Erroll Schweizer, George Sessions, Vandana Shiva, Peter Singer, Stephen Socolow, Paul Steidlmeier, Richard Sylvan, Bron Taylor & Paul Taylor (2009). Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Earthcare: Readings and Cases in Environmental Ethics presents a diverse collection of writings from a variety of authors on environmental ethics, environmental science, and the environmental movement overall. Exploring a broad range of world views, religions and philosophies, David W. Clowney and Patricia Mosto bring together insightful thoughts on the ethical issues arising in various areas of environmental concern.
     
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    Michael Nelson (2007). Review: Ways an Actualist Might Be. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 133 (3):455-471.
    I discuss Stalnaker's views on modality. In particular, his views on actualism, anti-essentialism, counterpart theory, and the Barcan formulas.
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    Michael Nelson (2008). Frege and the Paradox of Analysis. Philosophical Studies 137 (2):159-181.
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    Michael P. Nelson (1996). Rethinking Wilderness. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 3 (2):6-9.
    The “received” concept of wilderness as a place apart from and untouched by humans is five-times flawed: it is not universalizable, it is ethnocentric, it is ecologically naive, it separates humans from nature, and its referent is nonexistent. The received view of wilderness leads to dilemmas and unpalatable consequences, including the loss of designated wilderness areas by political and legislative authorities. What is needed is a more flexible notion of wilderness. Suggestions are made for a revised concept of wilderness.
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    Michael P. Nelson (1996). Holists and Fascists and Paper Tigers...Oh My! Ethics and the Environment 1 (2):103 - 117.
    Over and over, philosophers have claimed that environmental holism in general, and Leopold's Land Ethic in particular, ought to be rejected on the basis that it has fascistic implications. I argue that the land Ethic is not tantamount to environmental fascism because Leopold's moral theory accounts for the moral standing of the individual as well as "the land," a holistic ethic better protects and defends the individual in the long-run, and the term "fascism" is misapplied in this case.
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  23. Michael Nelson (2009). Quantifying in and Anti-Essentialism. In Nicholas Griffin & Dale Jacquette (eds.), Russell Vs. Meinong: The Legacy of "on Denoting". Routledge
     
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    Michael P. Nelson (2004). The World and the Wild. Environmental Ethics 26 (1):107-110.
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    Michael Nelson (1999). Wettstein's Incompleteness, Salmon's Intuitions. Noûs 33 (4):573-589.
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    Michael P. Nelson & John A. Vucetich (2013). Wilderness, Value Of. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell
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  27. Thomas McKay & Michael Nelson (2005). The de Re/de Dicto Distinction. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 15:2010.
     
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    Michael P. Nelson (2010). Teaching Holism in Environmental Ethics. Environmental Ethics 32 (1):33-49.
    Students who enroll in my environmental ethics courses often come with a background in ecology and natural resources. Moreover, they often point to this background when they express their frustration with, or outright rejection of, individualistic or atomistic moral theories that simply strive to include individual living things within the purview of a moral community. They ultimately evoke the concept of holism as the source of their frustration. Addressing this concern requires trying to make sense of both the concept of (...)
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    Michael N. Nelson & Leonard E. Ross (1974). Effects of Masking Tasks on Differential Eyelid Conditioning: A Distinction Between Knowledge of Stimulus Contingencies and Attentional or Cognitive Activities Involving Them. Journal of Experimental Psychology 102 (1):1.
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    Michael Nelson (forthcoming). Eternalist Tensism. Eternalist Tensism:1-16.
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    Michael P. Nelson (1993). A Defense of Environmental Ethics: A Reply to Janna Thompson. Environmental Ethics 15 (3):245-257.
    Janna Thompson dismisses environmental ethics primarily because it does not meet her criteria for ethics: consistency, non-vacuity, and decidability. In place of a more expansive environmental ethic, she proposes to limit moral considerability to beings with a “point of view.” I contend, first, that a point-of-view centered ethic is unacceptable not only because it fails to meet the tests of her own and other criteria,but also because it is precisely the type of ethic that has contributed to our current environmental (...)
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    Michael P. Nelson & Adam M. Sowards (2012). Linda Sargent Wood: A More Perfect Union: Holistic Worldviews and the Transformation of American Culture After World War II. Environmental Ethics 34 (2):213-218.
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    Michael P. Nelson (2007). The Pine Island Paradox. Teaching Philosophy 30 (3):335-339.
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    Michael Nelson (2004). Review of Christopher Hughes, Kripke: Names, Necessity, and Identity. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (10).
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    Michael Nelson (2005). Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground. Environmental Ethics 27 (3):329-332.
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    Michael P. Nelson (2005). Worth Doing. Review of Metaphysics 59 (2):451-452.
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    Michael P. Nelson (2004). The World and the Wild: Expanding Wilderness Conservation Beyond its American Roots. Environmental Ethics 26 (1):107-110.
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    Michael R. Nelson (2010). A Response to Responsibility of and Trust in ISPs by Raphael Cohen-Almagor. Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23 (3-4):403-407.
    The Internet and Internet applications such as cloud computing continue to grow at an extraordinary rate, enabled by the Internet's open architecture and the vibrant lightly regulated Internet service provider market. Proposals to hold ISPs responsible for content and software shared by their customers would dramatically constrain the openness and innovation that has been the hallmark of the Internet to date. Rather than taking the kind of approach favored by Raphael Cohen-Almagor, government should enlist the assistance of other intermediaries such (...)
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    Michael Nelson (2008). Reconstructing Conservation. Environmental Ethics 27 (3):329-332.
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  40. Michael Nelson (2012). Intensional Contexts. In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Continuum International Pub. 125.
     
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