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  1. Nicholas J. J. Smith, To Appear in Philosophy Compass.
    One of the most striking differences between Frege’s Begriffsschrift (logical system) and standard contemporary systems of logic is the inclusion in the former of the judgement stroke: a symbol which marks those propositions which are being asserted, that is, which are being used to express judgements. There has been considerable controversy regarding both the exact purpose of the judgement stroke, and whether a system of logic should include such a symbol. This paper explains the intended role of the judgement stroke (...)
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  2. Nicholas Smith (forthcoming). Association in Husserl and Freud – Passivity and the Unconscious. In Luiz-Carlos Pereira Marcia Cavalcante Schuback (ed.), Time and Form. PUC University Press.
  3. Nicholas Smith (forthcoming). Disavowal, Ignorance and the Colonial Difference: Rethinking Phenomenology From the Start. In Délia Popa Maria Gyemant (ed.), Approches phénoménologiques de l’inconscient. Georg Olms.
     
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  4. Nicholas Smith (forthcoming). “The World Beyond Europe as Spirit: Transcendental Prejudice and Phenomenology”. Logos Kai Fainomenon (Tokyo, 2015).
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  5. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2015). Fuzzy Logics in Theories of Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian Fermüller & Carles Noguera (eds.), Handbook of Mathematical Fuzzy Logic - Volume 3. College Publications.
  6. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2015). Undead Argument: The Truth-Functionality Objection to Fuzzy Theories of Vagueness. Synthese:1-27.
    From Fine and Kamp in the 70’s—through Osherson and Smith in the 80’s, Williamson, Kamp and Partee in the 90’s and Keefe in the 00’s—up to Sauerland in the present decade, the objection continues to be run that fuzzy logic based theories of vagueness are incompatible with ordinary usage of compound propositions in the presence of borderline cases. These arguments against fuzzy theories have been rebutted several times but evidently not put to rest. I attempt to do so in this (...)
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  7. Hauke Brunkhorst, Simon Derpmann, Heikki Hiilamo, Siegwart Lindenberg, Kristen Renwick Monroe, Bente B. Nicolaysen, Juho Saari, Mikko Salmela & Nicholas Smith (2014). Solidarity: Theory and Practice. Lexington Books.
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  8. Nicholas A. Smith & Heather L. Strader (2014). Infant-Directed Visual Prosody: Mothers’ Head Movements and Speech Acoustics. Interaction Studies 15 (1):38-54.
    Acoustical changes in the prosody of mothers’ speech to infants are distinct and near universal. However, less is known about the visible properties of mothers’ infant-directed (ID) speech, and their relation to speech acoustics. Mothers’ head movements were tracked as they interacted with their infants using ID speech, and compared to movements accompanying their adult-directed (AD) speech. Movement measures along three dimensions of head translation, and three axes of head rotation were calculated. Overall, more head movement was found for ID (...)
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  9. Nicholas D. Smith (2014). Sons and Fathers in Plato’s Euthyphro and Crito. Ancient Philosophy 34 (1):1-13.
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  10. Nicholas D. Smith (2014). Socratic Metaphysics? Apeiron 47 (4):419-434.
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  11. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2014). Is Evaluative Compositionality a Requirement of Rationality? Mind 123 (490):457-502.
    This paper presents a new solution to the problems for orthodox decision theory posed by the Pasadena game and its relatives. I argue that a key question raised by consideration of these gambles is whether evaluative compositionality (as I term it) is a requirement of rationality: is the value that an ideally rational agent places on a gamble determined by the values that she places on its possible outcomes, together with their mode of composition into the gamble (i.e. the probabilities (...)
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  12. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2014). One Bald Man… Two Bald Men… Three Bald Men: Aahh Aahh Aahh Aahh Aaaahhhh! In Ken Akiba & Ali Abasnezhad (eds.), Vague Objects and Vague Identity: New Essays on Ontic Vagueness. Springer. 197--216.
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  13. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2014). Vagueness, Uncertainty and Degrees of Belief: Two Kinds of Indeterminacy—One Kind of Credence. Erkenntnis 79:1027-44.
    If we think, as Ramsey did, that a degree of belief that P is a stronger or weaker tendency to act as if P, then it is clear that not only uncertainty, but also vagueness, gives rise to degrees of belief. If I like hot coffee and do not know whether the coffee is hot or cold, I will have some tendency to reach for a cup; if I like hot coffee and know that the coffee is borderline hot, I (...)
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  14. John Bussanich & Nicholas D. Smith (eds.) (2013). The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates. Continuum.
    Featuring chapters by leading international scholars in Ancient Philosophy, the is a comprehensive one volume reference to guide to Socrates' thought.
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  15. Ian Evans & Nicholas D. Smith (2013). Knowledge. Polity.
    Introductions to the theory of knowledge are plentiful, but none introduce students to the most recent debates that exercise contemporary philosophers. Ian Evans and Nicholas D. Smith aim to change that.
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  16. Nicholas D. Smith (2013). Philosophical Reflection on Petitionary Prayer. Philosophy Compass 8 (3):309-317.
    If God actually answers prayers that petition him for something, then it seems he is willing to withhold some good from the world unless and until someone prays for those goods. But how is this compatible with His benevolence? On the other hand, if God is dedicated to providing every good to us that we may need, it would seem that He would provide these to us even if we did not pray for them. But if so, it would appear (...)
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  17. Nicholas H. Smith, Rationality and Engagement : McDowell, Dreyfus and Zidane.
    The article examines John McDowell's attempt to rehabilitate the classical idea of the rational animal and Hubert Dreyfus's criticisms of that attempt. After outlining the 'engaged' conception of rationality which, in McDowell's view, enables the idea of the rational animal to shake off its intellectualist appearance, the objections posed by Dreyfus are presented that such a conception of rationality is inconsistent with the phenomena of everyday coping, characterised by non-conceptual 'involvement', and expertise, characterised by non-conceptual 'absorption'. Drawing on Michael Fried's (...)
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  18. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2013). Time Travel. In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  19. Thomas C. Brickhouse & Nicholas D. Smith (2012). Response to Critics. Analytic Philosophy 53 (2):234-248.
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  20. Thomas C. Brickhouse & Nicholas D. Smith (2012). Reply to Rowe. Journal of Ethics 16 (3):325-338.
    In our reply to Rowe, we explain why most of what he criticizes is actually the product of his misunderstanding our argument. We begin by showing that nearly all of his Part 1 misconceives our project by defending a position we never attacked. We then question why Rowe thinks the distinction we make between motivational and virtue intellectualism is unimportant before developing a defense of the consistency of our views about different desires. Next we turn to Rowe’s criticisms of our (...)
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  21. Alexis Mourenza & Nicholas D. Smith (2012). Knowledge Is Sexy. Philo 14 (1):43-58.
    Philosophers’ appeals to the processes of natural selection that are adaptive in terms of survival provide an incomplete picture of what naturalists have available to them to make the sort of defense skeptics claim cannot be made. To supplement this picture, we provide evidence from what Darwin called “sexual selection” and also what others now call “social selection” to provide a more complete picture of why it is reasonable to suppose that evolution has supplied human beings and many other animals (...)
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  22. Nicholas Smith (2012). Schwerpunkt: Arbeit nach dem Liberalismus. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 60 (4):509-512.
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  23. Nicholas Smith, The Temporality of Sexual Life in Husserl and Freud. Phenomenology of Eros.
    In this text I would like to show two things. Firstly, that the so-called “timelessness” of the Freudian unconscious can be elucidated through an interpretation of the concept of Nachträglichkeit, and showing thereby that there is indeed a temporality specific to the workings of the unconscious. Freud’s analysis of early psychic trauma related to sexual phenomena pointed to a serious complication for all believers in the immediate transparency of consciousness. For the “wound” itself was constituted over time, and the possibility (...)
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  24. Nicholas H. Smith, Introduction : A Recognition-Theoretical Research Programme in the Social Sciences.
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  25. Nicholas H. Smith, Three Normative Models of Work.
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  26. Nicholas H. Smith, Work as a Sphere of Norms, Paradoxes, and Ideologies of Recognition.
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  27. Nicholas H. Smith & Jean-Philippe Deranty, Work, Recognition and the Social Bond : Changing Paradigms.
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  28. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2012). Logic: The Laws of Truth. Princeton University Press.
    Logic is essential to correct reasoning and also has important theoretical applications in philosophy, computer science, linguistics, and mathematics. This book provides an exceptionally clear introduction to classical logic, with a unique approach that emphasizes both the hows and whys of logic. Here Nicholas Smith thoroughly covers the formal tools and techniques of logic while also imparting a deeper understanding of their underlying rationales and broader philosophical significance. In addition, this is the only introduction to logic available today that presents (...)
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  29. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2012). Measuring and Modelling Truth. American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (4):345-356.
    Philosophers, linguists and others interested in problems concerning natural language frequently employ tools from logic and model theory. The question arises as to the proper interpretation of the formal methods employed—of the relationship between, on the one hand, the formal languages and their set-theoretic models and, on the other hand, the objects of ultimate interest: natural language and the meanings and truth conditions of its constituent words, phrases and sentences. Two familiar answers to this question are descriptivism and instrumentalism. More (...)
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  30. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2012). Many-Valued Logics. In Gillian Russell & Delia Graff Fara (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language. Routledge. 636--51.
    A many-valued (aka multiple- or multi-valued) semantics, in the strict sense, is one which employs more than two truth values; in the loose sense it is one which countenances more than two truth statuses. So if, for example, we say that there are only two truth values—True and False—but allow that as well as possessing the value True and possessing the value False, propositions may also have a third truth status—possessing neither truth value—then we have a many-valued semantics in the (...)
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  31. Nicholas J. J. Smith & John Cusbert (2012). Logic: The Drill.
    Contains exercises and solutions to accompany Logic: The Laws of Truth by Nicholas J. J. Smith (Princeton University Press, 2012).
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  32. Nicholas Smith & Jean-Philippe Deranty (2012). Work and the Politics of Misrecognition. Res Publica 18 (1):53-64.
    In this article we examine the idea of a politics of misrecognition of working activity. We begin by introducing a distinction between the kind of recognition and misrecognition that attaches to one’s identity, and the kind of recognition and misrecognition that attaches to one’s activity. We then consider the political significance of the latter kind of recognition and misrecognition in the context of work. Drawing first on empirical research undertaken by sociologists at the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt, we argue (...)
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  33. Hannah Tierney & Nicholas D. Smith (2012). Keith Lehrer on the Basing Relation. Philosophical Studies 161 (1):27-36.
    In this paper, we review Keith Lehrer’s account of the basing relation, with particular attention to the two cases he offered in support of his theory, Raco (Lehrer, Theory of knowledge, 1990; Theory of knowledge, (2nd ed.), 2000) and the earlier case of the superstitious lawyer (Lehrer, The Journal of Philosophy, 68, 311–313, 1971). We show that Lehrer’s examples succeed in making his case that beliefs need not be based on the evidence, in order to be justified. These cases show (...)
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  34. Nicholas Smith (2011). Self-Alteration and Temporality: The Radicalized and Universal Reductions in Husserl’s Late Thinking (au-Delà de Derrida). In Dermot Moran Hans Rainer Sepp (ed.), Phenomenology 2010 vol. 4. Selected Essays from Northern Europe: Traditions, Transitions and Challenges. Zeta Books. 51-86.
    This text argues that Husserl’s late philosophy of temporal and bodily subjectivity can only be understood by means of the interplay between different reductions. For various reasons, this decisive methodological aspect has been largely overlooked by most interpreters. As a consequence, the co-originality of the constitution of space and time, which first enables a comprehensive grasp of the originary processes in the living streaming present, has remained virtually unknown. This also means that the proper understanding of egology and intersubjectivity has (...)
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  35. Nicholas H. Smith, Language, Work and Hermeneutics.
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  36. Nicholas H. Smith, Recognition, Culture and Economy : Honneth’s Debate with Fraser.
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  37. Nicholas H. Smith & Jean-Philippe Deranty (eds.) (2011). New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond. Brill.
    This volume addresses the long-standing neglect of the category of labour in critical social theory and it presents a powerful case for a new paradigm based on the anthropological significance of work and its role in shaping social bonds.
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  38. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Comments on 'A Conversation About Fuzzy Logic and Vagueness' by Christian G. Fermüller and Petr Hájek. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermüller, Lluis Godo & Petr Hájek (eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives. College Publications. 417-21.
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  39. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Comments on 'Inconstancy and Inconsistency’ by David Ripley. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermüller, Lluis Godo & Petr Hájek (eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives. College Publications. 59-62.
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  40. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermüller, Lluis Godo & Petr Hájek (eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives. College Publications. 1--19.
    The major reason given in the philosophical literature for dissatisfaction with theories of vagueness based on fuzzy logic is that such theories give rise to a problem of higherorder vagueness or artificial precision. In this paper I first outline the problem and survey suggested solutions: fuzzy epistemicism; measuring truth on an ordinal scale; logic as modelling; fuzzy metalanguages; blurry sets; and fuzzy plurivaluationism. I then argue that in order to decide upon a solution, we need to understand the true nature (...)
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  41. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Inconsistency in the A-Theory. Philosophical Studies 156 (2):231 - 247.
    This paper presents a new argument against A-theories of time. A-theorists hold that there is an objective now (present moment) and an objective flow of time, the latter constituted by the movement of the objective now through time. A-theorists therefore want to draw different pictures of reality—showing the objective now in different positions—depending upon the time at which the picture is drawn. In this paper it is argued that the times at which the different pictures are drawn may be taken (...)
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  42. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Reply to Francesco Paoli’s Comments on 'Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness'. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermüller, Lluis Godo & Petr Hájek (eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives. College Publications. 37-40.
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  43. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2011). Reply to Libor Běhounek’s Comments on 'Fuzzy Logic and Higher-Order Vagueness'. In Petr Cintula, Christian G. Fermüller, Lluis Godo & Petr Hájek (eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives. College Publications. 29-32.
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  44. Nicholas Smith (2010). Being Human. The Philosophers' Magazine 49 (49):112-113.
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  45. Nicholas Smith (2010). Towards a Phenomenology of Repression. A Husserlian Reply to the Freudian Challenge. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis.
    This is the first book-length philosophical study of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology and Freud’s theory of the unconscious. The book investigates the possibility for Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology to clarify Freud’s concept of the unconscious with a focus on the theory of repression as its centre. Repression is the unconscious activity of pushing something away from consciousness, while making sure that it remains active as something foreign within us. How this is possible is the main problem addressed in the work. Unlike previous (...)
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  46. Nicholas D. Smith & Andrew C. Yip (2010). Partnership with God: A Partial Solution to the Problem of Petitionary Prayer. Religious Studies 46 (3):395 - 410.
    Why would God make us ask for some good He might supply, and why would it be right for God to withhold that good unless and until we asked for it? We explain why present defences of petitionary prayer are insufficient, but argue that a world in which God makes us ask for some goods and then supplies them in response to our petitions adds value to the world that would not be available in worlds in which God simply supplied (...)
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  47. Nicholas H. Smith (2010). Peter Dews, The Idea of Evil (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008), Hardback, Isbn 9781405117043, 253 Pages,£ 50.00. [REVIEW] Critical Horizons 9 (1):99-101.
     
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  48. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2010). Truth as One and Many by Michael Lynch. [REVIEW] Analysis 70 (1):191-193.
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  49. Nicholas J. J. Smith (2010). Vagueness, Logic and Ontology by Dominic Hyde. [REVIEW] Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 16 (4):531-532.
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  50. Nicholas Jj Smith (2010). REVIEWS D. Hyde, Vagueness, Logic and Ontology. Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 16 (4).
     
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