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  1. Nenad Miscevic, Intuitions: A Naturalistic Approach.
    Part one: physical thought-experiments 1) Introduction: some famous examples 2) Problems 3) Process: reasoning in mental models 4) Virtues explained Part two: spatial imagination and the seeing of possibilities 5) Two stages of geometrical thought-experiments 6) The neuro-epistemology of imagination 7) From possibility to necessity 8) Objections and hurdles..
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  2. Nenad Miscevic, A Telescope for Modal Landscapes.
    How do we know what is metaphysically possible? Many philosophers agree that conceivability is our main, if not the only, guide to possibility. And attempts at conceiving various philosophically relevant scenarios lie at the heart of much of philosophical method. No wonder that the link between the epistemic and the modal has attracted a lot of attention. The present collection documents it on more than five hundred pages of densely argued text authored by some of the most creative philosophers in (...)
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  3. Nenad Miscevic, Conceptualism and Realism.
    Wiggins’ third book on substance Sameness and Substance Renewed is renewing his second one, Samenes and Substance, from 1980. The renewal is substantial, and is summarized by author himself in the Preface: completely new chapters are added, like the one on vagueness and identity; some important ones are completely rewritten, and fertile ideas from Putnam and Kripke are incorporated into the argument, bringing it in line with mainstream views on meaning and reference. The book deserves to be reviewed as a (...)
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  4. Nenad Miscevic, Deep and Superficial Apriori.
    The paper challenges the entrenched equation of conceptual with apriori. It develops the idea of at least dual justification of a single piece of belief, at a deep, ultimate level and at the surface, immediately accessible to the thinker. Apriori justification then also admits of different degrees of depth. A proposition is deeply apriori for a cognizer if its ultimate ground is apriori, otherwise it is only superficially apriori . In the case of empirically applicable concepts, some of their concept-analyzing (...)
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  5. Nenad Miscevic (forthcoming). The Analytic of "Dasein" and the Philosophy of Psychology (in Yugoslavian). Filozofska Istrazivanja.
    The paper is an attempt to reinterpret and assess heidegger's claims about being-in-the-world in the light of contemporary discussions in the philosophy of (cognitive) psychology. the concept of intentionality plays a prominent role in the plausibly interpretation. we claim that heidegger's notion of being-in-the-world is most plausibly understood in terms of the intentionalist tradition. (edited).
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  6. Nenad Miščević (2013). An Uncomfortable Armchair. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 13 (1):5-28.
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  7. Nenad Miscevic (2013). Home Truths About Thought Experiments. Metascience 22 (2):419-422.
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  8. Nenad Miscevic (2013). In Search of the Reason and the Right—Rousseau's Social Contract as a Thought Experiment. Acta Analytica 28 (4):509-526.
    For Rousseau, social contract is a hypothetical one; the paper claims that it is, in contemporary terms, a political thought-experiment (TE). The abductive way of thinking, looking for the best normative pattern in the data, finds its counterpart in the historical abduction in the Second Discourse; the analogy between the two secures the methodological unity of Rousseau’s political philosophy. The proposed reading of the work as a TE shows that it fulfills the necessary requirements put by (hopefully) intuitively acceptable definition (...)
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  9. Nenad Miščević (2012). Color. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):489-507.
    Matthen’s semantic theory of color is compared and contrasted with a variety of dispositionalism, to be called response-intentionalism (since it claims that color is a disposition to produce intentional states involving color-looks. First, it is argued that the two theories are not so far from each other; Matthen might be a closed dispositionalist, since he does stress the causal power of surfaces to produce color representations (signs). Next, the pragmatist component of his theory is addressed. Can usefulness unify color? It (...)
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  10. Nenad Miščević (2012). Learning About Wisdom From Lehrer. Philosophical Studies 161 (1):59-68.
    The paper discusses Lehrer's pioneering approach to the topic of wisdom. His pithy proposal, that wisdom is preference of merit justified by an evaluation system and undefeated by error, fits well within the grand philosophical tradition of thinking about wisdom, offering a very clear and original formulation of its target. The first part of the paper puts it on a map of philosophical options concerning wisdom (anthropo-, theo- and cosmo-centric ones) and then raises questions about it: does preference have to (...)
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  11. Nenad Miščević (2012). Logic, Indispensability and Aposteriority. In. In Majda Trobok Nenad Miščević & Berislav Žarnić (eds.), Between Logic and Reality. Springer. 135--157.
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  12. Nenad Miščević (2012). Plato's Republic as a Political Thought Experiment. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (2):153-165.
    Plato’s Republic is a political thought experiment, claims the present paper. Thought-experimenting is announced in the story of the Ring of Gyges, and done in a thorough and systematic way through a series of political scenarios: community of goods, of women and children, educational system and the philosopher rule? The paper considers the longstanding issue of plausibility, putting it in the context of current debates about thought-experiments, and the issue of replaceability: can a given political thought experiment be replaced by (...)
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  13. Nenad Miščević (2012). Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge: A Virtue-Theoretic Proposal. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 27 (2):127-144.
    Reaching understanding is one of our central epistemic goals, dictated by our important motivational epistemic virtue, namely inquisitiveness about the way things hang together. Understanding of humanly important causal dependencies is also the basic factual-theoretic ingredient of wisdom on the anthropocentric view proposed in the article. It appears at two levels. At the first level of immediate, spontaneous wisdom, it is paired with practical knowledge and motivation ( phronesis ), and encompasses understanding of oneself (a distinct level of self-knowledge having (...)
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  14. Majda Trobok, Nenad Miščević & Berislav Žarnić (eds.) (2012). Between Logic and Reality: Modeling Inference, Action and Understanding. Springer.
    This volume provides analyses of the logic-reality relationship from different approaches and perspectives. The point of convergence lies in the exploration of the connections between reality – social, natural or ideal – and logical structures employed in describing or discovering it. Moreover, the book connects logical theory with more concrete issues of rationality, normativity and understanding, thus pointing to a wide range of potential applications. -/- -/- The papers collected in this volume address cutting-edge topics in contemporary discussions amongst specialists. (...)
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  15. Nenad Miščević (2011). Debating Expressivism. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):141-142.
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  16. Nenad Miščević (2011). No More Tears in Heaven: Two Views of Response-Dependence. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 26 (1):75-93.
    The paper defends a neo-Lockean view of secondary qualities, in particular color, according to which the being of a given color amounts to having the disposition to produce in normal viewers under normal circumstances the response of seeing an objective manifest simple color. It also defends the view that the naïve color-concept, the simple color concept, so to speak, is a fully objective property. The defense of this view is carried against its nearest cousin , the view proposed and defended (...)
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  17. Nenad Miščević (2011). Our Knowledge of the Internal World. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (3):371-375.
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  18. Nenad Miščević (2011). Robert C. Stalnaker: Our Knowledge of the Internal World. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 33:371-375.
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  19. Nenad Miščević (2011). Slurs & Thick Concepts-is the New Expressivism Tenable? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):159-182.
    Mark Richard in his book offers a new and challenging expressivist theory of the use and semantics of slurs (pejoratives). The paper argues that in contrast, the central and standard uses of slurs are cognitive. It does so from the role of stereotypes in slurring, from fi gurative slurs and from the need for cognitive effort (or simple of knowledge of relevant presumed properties of the target). Since cognition has to do with truth and falsity, and since the cognitive task (...)
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  20. Nenad Miščević (2011). V. The Metaphysics of Secondary Qualities: Defending Response-Intentionalism. In Petrov V. (ed.), Ontological Landscapes: Recent Thought on Conceptual Interfaces Between Science and Philosophy. Ontos. 115.
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  21. Nenad Miščević (2009). Content and Justification. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (3):347-358.
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  22. Nenad Miščević (2009). CS Jenkins, Grounding Concepts: An Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 26:252-257.
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  23. Nenad Miščević (2009). Chomsky. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):140-148.
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  24. Nenad Miščević (2009). Grounding Concepts. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):252-257.
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  25. Nenad Miščević (2009). John Collins, Chomsky: A Guide For the Perplexed. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 25:140-148.
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  26. Nenad Miščević (2009). Paul A. Boghossian, Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 27:347-358.
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  27. Nenad Miščević (2008). Apriority, Copernican Turn and Objectivity. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):367-384.
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  28. Nenad Miščević (2008). Can Concepts Ground Apriori Knowledge? Peacocke's Referential Turn and its Challenges. Acta Analytica 23 (3):233-256.
    The paper is a critical examination of Peacocke’s pioneering work on concepts as grounding the possibility of a priori knowledge. It focuses upon his more recent turn to reference and referential domain, and the two enlargements of the purely conceptual bases for apriority, namely appeal to conceptions and to direct referential sensitivity. I argue that the two are needed, but they produce more problem for the strategy as a whole than they solve. I conclude by suggesting that they point to (...)
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  29. Nenad Miscevic, Nationalism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  30. Nenad Miščević (2007). Armchair Luck: Apriority, Intellection and Epistemic Luck. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 22 (1):48-73.
    The paper argues that there is such a thing as luck in acquisition of candidate a priori beliefs and knowledge, and that the possibility of luck in this “armchair” domain shows that definitions of believing by luck that p offered in literature are inadequate, since they mostly rely on the possibility of it being the case that not- p. When p is necessary, such a definition should be supplemented by one pointing to variation in belief, not in the fact believed. (...)
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  31. Nenad Miščević (2007). Epistemic Virtue and Epistemology. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):309-314.
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  32. Nenad Miščević (2007). Introduction. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):1-1.
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  33. Nenad Miščević (2007). MS Brady and DH Pritchard (Eds.), Epistemic Virtue and Epistemology; MS Brady and DH Pritchard (Eds.), Moral and Epistemic Virtues. [REVIEW] Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20:309-314.
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  34. Nenad Miščević (2007). Modelling Intuitions and Thought Experiments. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):181-214.
    The first, critical part of the paper summarizes J. R. Brown’s Platonic view of thought experiments (TEs) and raises several questions. One of them concerns the initial, particular judgments in a TE. Since they seem to precede the general insight, Brown’s Platonic intuition, and not to derive from it, the question arises as to the nature of the initial particular judgment. The other question concerns the explanatory status of Brown’s epistemic Platonism. The second, constructive descriptive-explanatory part argues for an alternative, (...)
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  35. Nenad Miščević (2007). Oxford Studies in Epistemology. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (3):507-512.
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  36. Nenad Miščević (2007). Pavel Gregorić, Filip Grgić i Maja Hudoletnjak Grgić (ur.), Helenistička filozofija: epikurovci, stoici, skeptici. Prolegomena 6 (1):85-92.
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  37. Nenad Miščević (2007). Reason and Value. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (1):113-118.
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  38. Nenad Miščević (2007). R. Jay Wallace, Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler, and Michael Smith (Eds.), Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. [REVIEW] Croatian Journal of Philosophy 19:113-118.
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  39. Nenad Miščević (2007). Tamar Szabo Gendler and John Hawthorne (Eds.), Oxford Studies in Epistemology. Volume 1. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 21:507-512.
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  40. Nenad Miscevic (2007). Is Color-Dispositionalism Nasty and Unecological? Erkenntnis 66 (1-2):203 - 231.
    This article is a brief presentation and defense of response-dispositionalist intentionalism against a family of objections. The view claims that for a surface to have an objective stable color is to have a disposition to cause in normal observers a response, namely, intentional phenomenal-color experience. The objections, raised recently by M. Johnston, B. Stroud, and by Byrne and Hilbert, claim that any dispositionalist view is unfair to the naive perceiver-thinker, saddles her with massive error and represents her as maladaptated to (...)
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  41. Nenad Miscevic (2007). Virtue -Based Epistemology and the Centrality of Truth (Towards a Strong Virtue-Epistemology). Acta Analytica 22 (3):239--266.
    A strong, strictly virtue- based , and at the same time truth-centered framework for virtue epistemology (VE) is proposed that bases VE upon a clearly motivating epistemic virtue, inquisitiveness or curiosity in a very wide sense, characterizes the purely executive capacities-virtues as a means for the truth-goal set by the former, and, finally, situates the remaining, partly motivating and partly executive virtues in relation to this central stock of virtues. Character-trait epistemic virtues are presented as hybrids, partly moral, partly purely (...)
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  42. Nenad Miščević & Zagreb KruZak (2007). 2006, 352 Str. Prolegomena 6:1.
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  43. Nancy J. Nersessian, Dunja Jutronic, Ksenija Puskaric, Nenad Miscevic, Andreas K. A. Georgiou & James Robert Brown (2007). James Robert Brown: Thought Experiments and Platonism. Part Two. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 7 (20):125-268.
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  44. Nenad Miščević (2006). Dialectic and Insight. Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 1:119-128.
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  45. Nenad Miščević (2006). Devitt's Shocking Idea and Analyticity Without Apriority. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):69-95.
    Natural kind terms don’t have descriptive meanings, Devitt claims. The paper argues that this claim is tantamount to denying the existence of natural kind concepts, in the usual sense of “concept”, since concepts are predicate meanings. The denial is counterintuitive, and has bad epistemological consequences, since natural kind concepts are among the building blocks of our understanding of the world. The paper ends with a positive proposal, featuring a bold claim: if the standard Kripke-Putnam, line on semantics of natural kind (...)
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  46. Nenad Miščević (2006). Intuitions. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):523-548.
    In Devitt’s view, linguistic intuitions are opinions about linguistic production of products, most often one’s own. They result frorn ordinary empirical investigation, so “they are immediate and fairly unreflectiveernpirical central-processor responses to linguistic phenomena”, which reactions are, moreover, theory-laden, where the ‘theory’ encompasses all sorts of speaker’s beliefs. The paper reconstructs his arguments, places his view on a map of alternative approaches to intuitions, and offers a defense of a minimalistic “voice-of-competence” view. First, intuitions are to be identified with the (...)
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  47. Nenad Miščević (2006). Introduction. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):1-1.
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  48. Nenad Miščević (2006). Moral Concepts: From Thickness to Response-Dependence. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 21 (1):3-32.
    The paper examines three tenets of Dancy’s meta-ethics, finds them incompatible, and proposes a response-dependentist (or response-dispositional) solution. The first tenet is the central importance of thick concepts and properties. The second is that such concepts essentially involve response(s) of observers, which Dancy interprets in a way that fits the pattern of context-dependent resultance: thick concepts are well suited for the particularist grounding of moral theory. However, and this is the third tenet, in his earlier paper (1986) Dancy forcefully argues (...)
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  49. Nenad Miščević (2006). Philosophy Between Science and the Humanities. Topoi 25 (1-2):57-61.
    Philosophy should avoid isolation, and should return to being curious and enthusiastic about explanation: about why- and how possibly-questions. The analytic and continental philosophical cultures should establish a dialogue, where each side brings out the distinctive qualities of its work while widening the scope of its concerns.
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  50. Nenad Miscevic (2006). Debate with Michael Devitt. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (16).
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