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  1. Stewart Candlish & Nic Damnjanovic, Reason, Action and the Will: The Fall and Rise of Causalism.
    When Donald Davidson published his influential article ‘Actions, Reasons and Causes’ [1963], many of his contemporaries were convinced that reasons for action could not be causes of anything, so that even an explanation such as ‘Gilbert knelt because he had decided to propose to Gertrude’ did not work by citing Gilbert’s decision as a cause of his kneeling. Davidson was mainly responsible for demolishing that consensus and reinstating causalism—the thesis that psychological or rationalizing explanations of human behaviour are a species (...)
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  2. Nic Damnjanovic, No Route to Origin Essentialism?
    In a famous footnote in Naming and Necessity, Kripke offered “something like a proof” of the thesis that material things have their material origins essentially (EMO). Although the sketch of a proof Kripke gave was incomplete in important respects, many philosophers have since endeavoured to develop Kripke’s style of argument so that it reaches its intended conclusion.1 In particular, a number of philosophers have attempted to complete Kripke’s argument sketch by appealing to some sort of “sufficiency principle” – a principle (...)
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  3. Nic Damnjanovic, The Contemporary Deflationist.
    The most important contemporary debate in the theory of truth is that between inflationists and deflationists.1 But although the debate is of fundamental importance, we do not have a clear, unproblematic formulation of the difference between the two camps. Part of the reason for this is that contemporary deflationists have given up many of the distinctive positions that their predecessors endorsed: typically, they no longer claim that the truth predicate is redundant, that there is no property of truth, or that (...)
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  4. Nic Damnjanovic & Stewart Candlish, The Myth of the Coherence Theory of Truth.
    Although its use is not universal, there is a map of the logical space of theories of truth that is widely applied. According to this map, the most foundational divide amongst theories of truth is that between deflationary and inflationary theories, where, roughly, the former hold that truth is an insubstantial, logical property of little philosophical interest and the latter that it is a substantial property suitable for philosophical attention. Amongst the inflationary theories, there are other fundamental divisions. For example, (...)
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  5. Stewart Candlish & Nic Damnjanovic (2012). Of the Proposition. In Jl Zalabardo (ed.), Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy. Oxford University Press. 64.
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  6. Stewart Candlish & Nic Damnjanovic (2012). The 'Tractatus' and the Unity of the Proposition. In Jl Zalabardo (ed.), Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
    ‘The Unity of the Proposition’ is a label for a problem which has intermittently intrigued philosophers but which for much of the last century lay neglected in the sad, lightless room under the stairs of philosophical progress, along with other casualties and bugaboos of early analytic philosophy such as the doctrine of internal relations, the identity theory of truth, and Harold Joachim. Yet it was while struggling with this problem (among others), that Bertrand Russell built one of the first steps (...)
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  7. Nic Damnjanovic (2012). Responsibility and Psychopathy: Interfacing Law, Psychiatry, and Philosophy. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):199 - 202.
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 90, Issue 1, Page 199-202, March 2012.
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  8. Nic Damnjanovic (2012). Revelation and Physicalism. Dialectica 66 (1):69-91.
    Revelation is the thesis that having an experience that instantiates some phenomenal property puts us in a position to know the nature or essence of that property. It is widely held that although Revelation is prima facie plausible, it is inconsistent with physicalism, and, in particular, with the claim that phenomenal properties are physical properties. I outline the standard argument for the incompatibility of Revelation and physicalism and compare it with the Knowledge Argument. By doing so, I hope to show (...)
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  9. Nic Damnjanovic (2011). Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (4):735 - 738.
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 89, Issue 4, Page 735-738, December 2011.
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  10. Nic Damnjanovic (2010). No Route to Material Origin Essentialism? Erkenntnis 72 (1):93 - 110.
    In the last 30 years repeated attempts have been made to develop a proof-sketch Kripke gave for essentialism about material origins into a cogent argument. I argue that there are general reasons that all such attempts have failed, and so we should likewise expect future attempts to fail.
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  11. Nic Damnjanovic (2010). New Wave Deflationism. In Cory D. Wright & Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen (eds.), New Waves in Truth. Palgrave Macmillan. 45--58.
    For many, the paradigm of a deflationary theory of truth is the redundancy theory, which is typically taken to consist of two claims: namely (i) that sentences containing the truth predicate are synonymous with sentences not containing the truth predicate (and so the truth predicate is redundant) and (ii) that there is no property of truth.1 The redundancy theory is not an attractive theory of truth since neither of its claims is particularly plausible on its own, and the combination of (...)
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  12. Nic Damnjanovic (2009). Sperm, Eggs and Hunks: Biological Origins and Identity. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 24 (2):113-126.
    In several publications Graeme Forbes has developed and defended one of the strongest arguments for essentialism about biological origins. I attempt to show that there are deep, as yet unrecognized, problems with this argument. The problems with Forbes’s argument suggest that a range of other arguments for various forms of origin essentialism are also likely to be flawed, and that we should abandon the seemingly plausible general metaphysical thesis that concrete entities that share all intrinsic properties are identical.
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  13. Stewart Candlish & Nic Damnjanovic (2006). A Brief History of Truth. In Dale Jacquette (ed.), Philosophy of Logic. North Holland. 227.
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  14. Nic Damnjanovic (2005). Deflationism and the Success Argument. Philosophical Quarterly 55 (218):53-67.
    According to minimalism, we should … beware of assimilating being true to such properties as being turquoise, being a tree, or being made of tin. Otherwise we will find ourselves looking for its constitutive structure, its causal behaviour, and its typical manifestations – features peculiar to what I am calling ‘complex’ or ‘naturalistic properties’.1 Similarly, Hartry Field has characterized the debate between inflationists and deflationists as an argument over whether or not truth is a causal-explanatory property.
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  15. Nic Damnjanovic (2004). The Compositionality Papers. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):366 – 367.
    Book Information The Compositionality Papers. The Compositionality Papers Jerry A. Fodor and Ernest Lepore , Oxford: Clarendon Press , 2002 , viii + 212 , US$65.00 ( cloth ), US$19.95 ( paper ) By Jerry A. Fodor. and Ernest Lepore. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Pp. viii + 212. US$65.00 (cloth:), US$19.95 (paper:).
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