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  1. Nicholas Rescher (unknown). Philosophical Textuality: Studies on Issues of Discourse in Philosophy. Ontos Verlag.
    Philosophizing is an activity---a process carried on by mind-endowed creatures. But philosophy itself---the product of philosophizing---is an abstraction which, as such, exists in its own way. Like chemistry or poetry, the things it deals with may be ever so real, but it itself exists only in the realm of textuality. However the nature of philosophy's textual domain is seldom studied as such. The present discussion will take one very small step towards filling this gap.
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  2. Nicholas Rescher (forthcoming). Knowledge in Idealistic Perspective in Advance. Idealistic Studies.
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  3. Nicholas Rescher (forthcoming). The Equivocality of Existence. Studies in Ontology: American Philosophical Quarterly Monograh Series.
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  4. Nicholas Rescher (2014). A Paradox of Cognition. In D. Ginev (ed.), The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology. Springer. 3--6.
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  5. Nicholas Rescher (2014). Logical Inquiries: Basic Issues in Philosophical Logic. De Gruyter.
     
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  6. Nicholas Rescher (2014). Metaphilosophy: Philosophy in Philosophical Perspective. Lexington Books.
    Nicholas Rescher unites two facets of metaphilosophy to show that the historical perspective and forward-thinking normative, or systematic, approach are, together, an integral component of philosophy itself.
     
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  7. Nicholas Rescher (2014). Philosophical Progress: And Other Philosophical Studies. De Gruyter.
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  8. Nicholas Rescher (2014). The Machinations of Luck. Metaphilosophy 45 (4-5):620-626.
    Luck is at issue when it is a matter of pure chance that a result of significant positive of negative value ensues for someone. Luck differs from fate, which pivots on an individual's condition, and from fortune, which pivots on an individual's talent and effort. It is by luck that you are rich when you win the lottery, by fortune if your wealth comes from talent and hard work, and by fate if you inherit those millions. On this basis luck (...)
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  9. Patrick Grim & Nicholas Rescher (2013). How Modeling Can Go Wrong. Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):75-80.
    Modeling and simulation clearly have an upside. My discussion here will deal with the inevitable downside of modeling — the sort of things that can go wrong. It will set out a taxonomy for the pathology of models — a catalogue of the various ways in which model contrivance can go awry. In the course of that discussion, I also call on some of my past experience with models and their vulnerabilities.
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  10. Nicholas Rescher (2013). Aristotle's Precept on Precision. Studia Neoaristotelica 10 (2):121-133.
    As Aristotle saw it, the modus operandi of nature is frequently irregular and unruly. And this accords with the structure of the universe, with regularity predominant in the trans-lunar realm and regularity prominent in the cis-lunar. This circumstance opens the way to the different sorts of natural laws: those which are strictly universal and those which function only normally and “for the most part.” And knowing to what extent exactness, regularity, and universality can be expected in different areas of inquiry (...)
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  11. Nicholas Rescher (2013). Knowledge in Idealistic Perspective. Idealistic Studies 43 (1/2):1-10.
    From the pragmatic point of view, cognition is an instrument for the cultivation of our interests, among which, interestingly enough, knowledge itself also figures. The cultivation of objective knowledge involves a complex trade-off between generality and security, between definiteness and reliability. Perfection with respect to these desiderata is in general unrealizable, and a compromise between achievability and ideal aspiration is as unavoidable here in cognition as it is elsewhere.
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  12. Nicholas Rescher (2013). Kant's Neoplatonism: Kant and Plato on Mathematical and Philosophical Method. Metaphilosophy 44 (1-2):69-78.
    Both Plato and Kant devote much attention and care to deliberating about their method of philosophizing. And, interestingly, both seek to expand and explain their view of philosophical method by one selfsame strategy: explaining the contrast between rational procedure in mathematics and in philosophy. Plato and Kant agree on a fundamental point of philosophical method that is at odds with the mathematico-demonstrative methodology of philosophy found in Spinoza and present in Christian Wolff. Both reject the axiomatic approach with its insistence (...)
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  13. Nicholas Rescher (2013). Leibniz and the English Language. The Leibniz Review 23:7-11.
    The only extensive study that Leibniz ever made of an English-language book, his New Essays on John Locke’s 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding, was based not on the English original, but on a French translation. And his correspondence with English scholars and political figures was invariably written in Latin or French. In consequence the impression is widespread among Anglophone Leibnizians that he did not know English. However, considerable evidence has come to light in recent years that Leibniz did somehow manage (...)
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  14. Nicholas Rescher (2013). The Berlin Group and the USA: A Narrative of Personal Interactions. In Nikolay Milkov & Volker Peckhaus (eds.), The Berlin Group and the Philosophy of Logical Empiricism. Springer. 33--39.
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  15. Nicholas Rescher (2013). The Pragmatics of Betterment. Contemporary Pragmatism 10 (1):59-71.
     
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  16. Nicholas Rescher (2013). The Pragmatic Vision: Themes in Philosophical Pragmatism. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
     
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  17. Nicholas Rescher (2012). The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  18. Nicholas Rescher (2012). The Conceptual Scheme of Things. The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):44-50.
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  19. Nicholas Rescher (2012). The Mirage of Immediate Factual Knowledge. Idealistic Studies 41 (3):125-133.
    The paper argues that the idea that immediate experience of itself suffices to provide for “evident” knowledge is an illusion. The step from experiential subjectivity to objective fact always presupposes some suppositionally “taken” linkage of an objectively trans-experiential nature. The deployment of idealistically mind-postulated resources is always needed to underwrite the step from personal experience to putatively objective knowledge.
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  20. Nicholas Rescher (2012). The Problem of Future Knowledge. Mind and Society 11 (2):149-163.
    The paper argues that future knowledge will in substantial measure be inscrutable for us today, with the principal exception of facts about the past. The paper considers the reasons for this circumstance and examines its wider implications for the condition of human knowledge.
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  21. Nicholas Rescher (2011). Aporetics in Nicolai Hartmann and Beyond. In Roberto Poli, Carlo Scognamiglio & Frederic Tremblay (eds.), The Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann. Walter de Gruyter. 53.
  22. Nicholas Rescher (2011). On the Improvability of the World. Review of Metaphysics 64 (3):489-514.
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  23. Nicholas Rescher (2011). Principia Philosophiae. Review of Metaphysics 56 (1):3-17.
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  24. Nicholas Rescher (2010). Axiogenesis: An Essay in Metaphysical Optimalism. Lexington Books.
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  25. Nicholas Rescher (2010). Mind and Matter. Idealistic Studies 40 (1/2):1-14.
    The ancient problem of mind-matter relationship still has traction. Cartesian dualism created a seemingly impossible divide here. But with the decline of mechanism on the matter sides the issue of trans-categorical causality no larger secured insurmountable. However, with a more open concept of causality in view, there is no reason to think that the causality at issue here is a one way street from matter to mind. The mind-brain can be seen as a unified hermeneutical engine that permits of two-way (...)
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  26. Nicholas Rescher (2010). Philosophical Inquiries: An Introduction to Problems of Philosophy. University of Pittsburgh Press.
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  27. Nicholas Rescher (2010). Reality and its Appearance. Continuum.
    Reality vs. appearance -- How truth thought "agrees" with reality -- Cognitive access to reality -- Problems of fallibilism -- Scientific realism -- The rationale of realism.
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  28. Nicholas Rescher (2010). Thought and World. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (4):832-835.
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  29. Nicholas Rescher (2010). The Interpretation of Philosophical Texts. In Peter K. Machamer & Gereon Wolters (eds.), Interpretation: Ways of Thinking About the Sciences and the Arts. University of Pittsburgh Press. 117-129.
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  30. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Aporetics: Rational Deliberation in the Face of Inconsistency. University of Pittsburgh Press.
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  31. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Error. University of Pittsburgh Press.
     
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  32. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Epistemic Pragmatism (A Reply). Contemporary Pragmatism 6 (1):179.
    A reply to John Lach's article, “Rescher's Cognitive Pragmatism,” published in this issue of Contemporary Pragmatism.
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  33. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Fallacies Regarding Free Will. Review of Metaphysics 62 (3):575-589.
    This article identifies and criticizes fallacies found in arguments against the existence of free will. These arguments draw in a variety of issues, including: natural causation, deliberation, the relation of mind and body, agent-internal and agent-external determinism, motivation for action, and the evolutionary role of free-will. The paper contends that, in each case, the misconception at issue can be overcome by drawing appropriate distinctions, the heeding of which makes for a more viable construal of how freedom of the will—if such (...)
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  34. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Ignorance: (On the Wider Implications of Deficient Knowledge). University of Pittsburgh Press.
     
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  35. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Legislated Quantites. Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (2):135-142.
    It would be unproblematically correct to say "the laws of Pennsylvania have it that a person is eligible to vote at age eighteen." But whether someone is actually mature enough to exercise his electoral franchise appropriately will very much depend on the individual. In setting the voting age by fiat, Society leaps in where Nature fears to tread. Many quantities that figure importantly in shaping our conduct of affairs are not specified by nature but are artifacts of human contrivance. At (...)
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  36. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Seizing Power From the Divine. The Philosophers' Magazine 44 (44):74-75.
    To Kant’s mind, all of the tasks that Western philosophical thought has traditionally assigned to the deity as institutor of a rational world-order do indeed need to be accomplished, but humanity – we mere mortals – are up to the task. What we have here is a philosophy not so much of enlightenment as of enormous hubris.
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  37. Nicholas Rescher (2009). The Future of Naturalism. In John R. Shook & Paul Kurtz (eds.), The Future of Naturalism. Humanity Books.
     
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  38. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Unknowability: An Inquiry Into the Limits of Knowledge. Lexington Books.
    This philosophically rich volume examines the limits of human knowledge and considers their implications.
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  39. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Vagueness: A Variant Approach. Informal Logic 28 (4):282-294.
    Paradoxes of vagueness have been on the agenda since classical antiquity. Some theorists have addressed them by curtailing logical principles (bivalence, excluded middle). Others pro-pose to extrude vagueness as an illusion of sorts rooted overlooking an existing but unidentified boundary or limit. The pre-sent paper projects a third prospect, grounded in the idea of a predicative va-grancy, that resolves the issue by epis-temological resources via the prospect of ignorance regarding not just the place-ment but the very existence of a boun-dary.
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  40. Nicholas Rescher (2009). Wishful Thinking and Other Philosophical Reflections. Ontos Verlag.
    Wishful thinking -- Agency and the future -- Mind matter partnership -- On morality and ethics -- Quasi-objects -- Legislated quantities -- Totalization and its problems -- Philosophical counterargumentation -- Oriental pluralism -- Analyticity reconsidered -- On issues of exponential growth.
     
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  41. Nicholas Rescher (2008). Fehlschlüsse über Willensfreiheit. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 56 (4):483-494.
    Im Text wird der Versuch unternommen, das Problem menschlicher Willensfreiheit begrifflich zu präzisieren. Zu diesem Zweck werden sieben Fehlschlüsse diskutiert, die im Zusammenhang der Argumentation gegen die These menschlicher Willensfreiheit auftauchen. Der Zweck dieser Entlarvungsstrategie ist dabei nicht die Parteinahme für die andere debattierende Partei, sondern ein Plädoyer für ein geschärftes kategoriales Differenzierungsbewusstsein.
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  42. Nicholas Rescher (2008). Free Will: A Philosophical Reappraisal. Transaction Publishers.
    Introduction -- The nature of free will -- Requirements of freedom : preeminently deliberation -- Free will requires the absence of thought-external -- Determination over choices and decisions -- Choice and decision are crucial -- Doing and trying -- Free action and agent causality -- Modes of freedom -- Metaphysical and moral freedom -- Moral freedom is removed by manipulation and especially -- Compulsion -- Intention and moral standing -- Moral freedom of the will involves agent intent and motivation -- (...)
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  43. Nicholas Rescher (2008). Moral Objectivity. Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):393-409.
    The aim of this essay is to set out an argument for moral objectivity. A brief sketch of the considerations at issue should help make it possible to keep sight of the forest amid the profusion of trees.
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  44. Nicholas Rescher (2008). Ontology in Cognitive Perspective. Axiomathes 18 (1):25-36.
    Ontology cannot be left to the natural sciences, if only because it deals also with hypothetical and fictional objects. It pivots about proto-categorical issues relating to the features of objects of any and all kinds. This brings into its range issues that test the limits of knowledge by asking questions that are inherently unanswerable (for example: “What is an instance of an occurrence that no one ever mentions?”). And it raises issues of norms and values that science (in its usual (...)
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  45. Nicholas Rescher, Process Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  46. Nicholas Rescher (2008). Trigraphs: A Resource for Illustration in Philosophy. American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2):165 - 178.
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  47. Nicholas Rescher (2008). The Uneasy Union of Ideality and Pragmatism in Inquiry. Idealistic Studies 38 (3):153-157.
    While ideals are by nature unrealizable, there are, nevertheless, many contexts in which their pursuit can be of enormous benefit. It may seem ironic but is a fact of life that the guidance afforded by “unrealistic” ideals can prove to be of enormous practical benefit.
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  48. Nicholas Rescher, Underdetermination.
    Underdetermination can take many forms apart from the familiar case of the underdetermination of nature’s laws by the observed phenomena. Of particular interest here is the potential of underdetermination of nature’s phenomena by nature’s laws. The paper considers various ways in which this prospect might come to be realized, and goes on to consider some of the wider implications of this circumstance.
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  49. Nicholas Rescher & Patrick Grim (2008). Plenum Theory. Noûs 42 (3):422-439.
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  50. Nicholas Rescher (2007). Autobiography. De Gruyter.
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