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  1. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry Silverstein (eds.) (2010). Time and Identity. MIT Press.
    The concepts of time and identity seem at once unproblematic and frustratingly difficult. Time is an intricate part of our experience -- it would seem that the passage of time is a prerequisite for having any experience at all -- and yet recalcitrant questions about time remain. Is time real? Does time flow? Do past and future moments exist? Philosophers face similarly stubborn questions about identity, particularly about the persistence of identical entities through change. Indeed, questions about the metaphysics of (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke, Joseph Keim Campbell & Matthew H. Slater (eds.) (2011). Carving Nature at its Joints. MIT Press.
    Are there natural kinds of things around which our theories cut? Theessays in this volume offer reflections by a distinguished group of philosophers on a series ofintertwined issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of classification.
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    Michael O'Rourke (2011). 'Girls Welcome!!!': Speculative Realism, Object Oriented Ontology, and Queer Theory. Speculations (II):275-312.
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    Michael O'Rourke (2011). The Afterlives of Queer Theory. Continent 1 (2):102-116.
    continent. 1.2 (2011): 102-116. All experience open to the future is prepared or prepares itself to welcome the monstrous arrivant, to welcome it, that is, to accord hospitality to that which is absolutely foreign or strange [….] All of history has shown that each time an event has been produced, for example in philosophy or in poetry, it took the form of the unacceptable, or even of the intolerable, or the incomprehensible, that is, of a certain monstrosity. Jacques Derrida “Passages—from (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke, Stephen Crowley & Chad Gonnerman (forthcoming). On the Nature of Cross-Disciplinary Integration: A Philosophical Framework. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
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    David Shier, Michael O'Rourke & Joseph Keim Campbell (eds.) (2004). Freedom and Determinism. MIT Press/Bradford Book.
    A state-of-the-art collection of previously unpublished essays on the topics of determinism, free will, moral responsibility, and action theory, written by some of the most important figures in these fields of study.
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    Michael O'Rourke (2013). Knowing Full Well. By Ernest Sosa. (Princeton University Press, 2011. Pp. Xii + 168. Price $32.50.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (250):174-178.
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    Michael O'Rourke, Stephen J. Crowley, Sanford D. Eigenbrode & J. D. Wulfhorst, Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research.
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    Michael O'Rourke (2003). The Scope Argument. Journal of Philosophy 100 (3):136 - 157.
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    Michael O'Rourke, Michael O'Rourke.
    Many philosophers of language have held that a truth-conditional semantic account can explain the data motivating the distinction between referential and attributive uses of definite descriptions, but I believe this is a mistake. I argue that these data also motivate what I call “dual-aspect” uses as a distinct but closely related type. After establishing that an account of the distinction must also explain dual-aspect uses, I argue that the truth-conditional Semantic Model of the distinction cannot. Thus, the Semantic Model cannot (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke (2005). Review of Stephen Barker, Renewing Meaning: A Speech-Act Theoretic Approach. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (3).
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    Michael O'Rourke (2008). Review of Eric T. Olson, What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (3).
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    Christopher J. Williams, Michael O'Rourke, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Ian O'Loughlin & Stephen Crowley, Using Bibliometrics to Support the Facilitation of Cross-Disciplinary Communication.
    Given the importance of cross-disciplinary research (CDR), facilitating CDR effectiveness is a priority for many institutions and funding agencies. There are a number of CDR types, however, and the effectiveness of facilitation efforts will require sensitivity to that diversity. This article presents a method characterizing a spectrum of CDR designed to inform facilitation efforts that relies on bibliometric techniques and citation data. We illustrate its use by the Toolbox Project, an ongoing effort to enhance cross-disciplinary communication in CDR teams through (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke (2000). In Defense of Common Content. Philosophical Papers 29 (3):159-188.
    Abstract In this essay, I critically discuss a theory of utterance content and de re communication that Anne Bezuidenhout has recently developed in a series of articles. This theory regards the significance of utterances as more pragmatic in nature than allowed by traditional accounts; further, it downplays logical considerations in explaining de re communication, choosing instead to emphasize its psychological character. Included among the implications of this approach is the rejection of what can be called ?common content?, or utterance content (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke (1998). Semantics and the Dual-Aspect Use of Definite Descriptions. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (3):264–288.
    Many philosophers of language have held that a truth‐conditional semantic account can explain the data motivating the distinction between referential and attributive uses of definite descriptions, but I believe this is a mistake. I argue that these data also motivate what I call “dual‐aspect” uses as a distinct but closely related type. After establishing that an account of the distinction must also explain dual‐aspect uses, I argue that the truth‐conditional Semantic Model of the distinction cannot. Thus, the Semantic Model cannot (...)
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    Michael O'Rourke (2003). Review of Wolfram Hinzen, Hans Rott (Eds.), Belief and Meaning: Essays at the Interface. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (5).
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  17. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (eds.) (2010). Action, Ethics, and Responsibility. A Bradford Book.
    Most philosophical explorations of responsibility discuss the topic solely in terms of metaphysics and the "free will" problem. By contrast, these essays by leading philosophers view responsibility from a variety of perspectives -- metaphysics, ethics, action theory, and the philosophy of law. After a broad, framing introduction by the volume's editors, the contributors consider such subjects as responsibility as it relates to the "free will" problem; the relation between responsibility and knowledge or ignorance; the relation between causal and moral responsibility; (...)
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  18. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (eds.) (2007). Causation and Explanation. A Bradford Book.
    This collection of original essays on the topics of causation and explanation offers readers a state-of-the-art view of current work in these areas. The book is notable for its interdisciplinary character, and the essays, by distinguished authors and important rising scholars, will be of interest to a wide readership, including philosophers, computer scientists, and economists. Students and scholars alike will find the book valuable for its wide-ranging treatment of two difficult philosophical topics.The volume focuses first on the development of theories (...)
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  19. Joseph Keim Campbell, Matthew H. Slater & Michael O'Rourke (eds.) (forthcoming). Carving Nature at its Joints. Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 8. MIT Press.
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    Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Matthew H. Slater (eds.) (2011). Carving Nature at its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science. MIT Press.
    Are there natural kinds of things around which our theories cut? The essays in this volume offer reflections by a distinguished group of philosophers on a series of intertwined issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of classification.
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  21. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.) (2004). Freedom and Determinism. A Bradford Book.
    This collection of contemporary essays by prominent contemporary thinkers on the topics of determinism and free agency concentrates primarily on two areas: the compatibility problem and the metaphysics of moral responsibility. There are also essays on the related fields of determinism and action theory. The book is unique in that it contains up-to-date summaries of the life-work of five influential philosophers: John Earman, Ted Honderich, Keith Lehrer, Robert Kane, and Peter van Inwagen. There are also contributions by other familiar and (...)
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  22. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.) (2005). Law and Social Justice. MIT Press.
    These essays by leading scholars illustrate the complexity and range of philosophical issues raised by consideration of law and social justice. The contributors to Law and Social Justice examine such broad foundational issues as instrumentalist versus Kantian conceptions of rights as well as such specific problems as the admissibility or inadmissibility of evidence of causation in toxic tort cases. They consider a variety of subjects, including the implications of deliberative democracy for privacy rights, equality as a (...)
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  23. Joseph K. Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.) (2002). Meaning and Truth - Investigations in Philosophical Semantics. Seven Bridges Press.
  24. Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (eds.) (2010). Time and Identity. A Bradford Book.
    The concepts of time and identity seem at once unproblematic and frustratingly difficult. Time is an intricate part of our experience -- it would seem that the passage of time is a prerequisite for having any experience at all -- and yet recalcitrant questions about time remain. Is time real? Does time flow? Do past and future moments exist? Philosophers face similarly stubborn questions about identity, particularly about the persistence of identical entities through change. Indeed, questions about the metaphysics of (...)
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    Noreen Giffney & Michael O'Rourke (eds.) (2009). The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory. Ashgate.
    This interdisciplinary volume of thirty original essays engages with four key concerns of queer theoretical work: identity, discourse, normativity and ...
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  26. Eileen A. Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandro & Michael O'Rourke (eds.) (2013). Speculative Medievalisms: Discography. Punctum Books.
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    William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke & Matthew H. Slater (eds.) (2012). Reference and Referring. The MIT Press.
    These fifteen original essays address the core semantic concepts of reference and referring from both philosophical and linguistic perspectives. After an introductory essay that casts current trends in reference and referring in terms of an ongoing dialogue between Fregean and Russellian approaches, the book addresses specific topics, balancing breadth of coverage with thematic unity. The contributors, all leading or emerging scholars, address trenchant neo-Fregean challenges to the direct reference position; consider what positive claims can be made about the mechanism of (...)
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    William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke & Matthew H. Slater (eds.) (2012). The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics. The MIT Press.
    Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers' invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena. Today, the central philosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves and our place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make better decisions about our own conduct regarding it. The resulting inquiry spans different areas of contemporary philosophy, many of which are represented by the fifteen (...)
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  29. Joseph Keim-Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.) (2002). Meaning and Truth: Investigations in Philosophical Semantics. Seven Bridges Press.
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  30. Michael O'Rourke (2013). Objects, Objects, Objets (and Some Objections). Feminist Formations 25 (3):190-201.
     
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  31. Michael O'Rourke (2013). Srnicek's Risk: Response to Nick Srnicek. In Eileen A. Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandro & Michael O'Rourke (eds.), Speculative Medievalisms: Discography. Punctum Books
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  32. Michael O'Rourke & Corey Washington (eds.) (2007). Situating Semantics : Essays on the Work of John Perry. MIT Press.
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    Michael O'Rourke & Corey G. Washington (eds.) (2005). Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. MIT Press.
    15 Situating Semantics: A Response John Perry Introduction I am very grateful to Michael O'Rourke and Corey Washington for envisaging and putting together ...
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  34. Michael O'Rourke & Corey Washington (eds.) (2007). Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. A Bradford Book.
    John Perry, Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, is one of a handful of contemporary analytic philosophers to combine the focused approach of most current work in analytic philosophy with the more expansive systems-building of earlier analytic philosophers and contemporary philosophers in other disciplines. Perry, like W.V.O. Quine, Donald Davison, David Lewis, and Hilary Putnam, focuses on narrow topics across a broad range of subjects. In this volume, leading contemporary analytic philosophers contribute original essays in each of (...)
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  35. Michael O'Rourke (ed.) (forthcoming). Topics in Contemporary Philosophy Vol. 7: Action, Ethics, and Responsibility. MIT Press.
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