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  1. Nicla Vassallo (2011). Realismo soggettivista & pragmatismo epistemico. Paradigmi, Rivista di Filosofia (3):135-151.
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    Claudia Bianchi & Nicla Vassallo (2007). Meaning, Contexts and Justification. In B. Kokinov (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. 6th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT '07, LNAI 4635. Springer 69--81.
    Contextualism in philosophy of language and in epistemology are two distinct but closely entangled projects. The epistemological thesis is grounded in a semantic claim concerning the context-sensitivity of the predicate “know”: we gain insight into epistemological problems by investigating our linguistic intuitions concerning knowledge attribution sentences. Our aim here is to evaluate the plausibility of a project that takes the opposite starting point: the general idea is to establish the semantic contextualist thesis on the epistemological one. According to semantic contextualism, (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (forthcoming). Undertermination and Theory-Ladenness Against Impartiality. A Defence of Value Free Science and Value-Laden Technology. Protosociology 53.
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    Claudia Bianchi & Nicla Vassallo (2008). Contextualizing Meaning Through Epistemology. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 39:7-11.
    Epistemological contextualism and semantic contextualism are two distinct but closely entangled projects in contemporary philosophy. According to epistemological contextualism, our knowledge attributions are context-sensitive. That is, the truth-conditions of knowledge ascribing sentences – sentences of the form of (1) S knows that p - vary depending on the context in which they are uttered. Contextualism admits the legitimacy of several epistemic standards that vary with the context of use of (1); it might be right to claim – for the same (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (2001). Contexts and Philosophical Problems of Knowledge. In P. Bouquet V. Akman (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer 353--366.
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    Claudia Bianchi & Nicla Vassallo (2005). Epistemological Contextualism: A Semantic Perspective. In B. Kokinov A. Dey (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer 41--54.
    According to epistemological contextualism, a sentence of the form "S knows that p" doesn't express a complete proposition. Different utterances of the sentence, in different contexts, can express different propositions: "know" is context-dependent. This paper deals with the semantic contextualist thesis grounding epistemological contextualism. We examine various kinds of linguistic context dependence, which could be relevant to epistemological contextualism: ambiguity, ellipsis, indexicality, vagueness of scalar predicates, dependence on standards of precision. We argue that only an accurate analysis of the different (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (2013). On Same-Sex Marriage and Its Enemies. Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 26 (1):67-84.
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    Nicla Vassallo (1997). Analysis Versus Laws Boole's Explanatory Psychologism Versus His Explanatory Anti-Psychologism. History and Philosophy of Logic 18 (3):151-163.
    This paper discusses George Boole?s two distinct approaches to the explanatory relationship between logical and psychological theory. It is argued that, whereas in his first book he attributes a substantive role to psychology in the foundation of logical theory, in his second work he abandons that position in favour of a linguistically conceived foundation. The early Boole espoused a type of psychologism and later came to adopt a type of anti-psychologism. To appreciate this invites a far-reaching reassessment of his philosophy (...)
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  9. Maria Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (2012). Do We Know (Almost) Nothing? Global Scepticism and Justification. Discipline Filosofiche 22 (2):91-109.
    According to the minimal version of the traditional analysis of knowledge, there are (at least) three necessary components to knowledge, that is, truth, belief and justification. In this paper we will argue that even in a global sceptical scenario, all three conditions minimally necessary for knowledge can be satisfied. In particular, we will focus on the justification requirement and analyse two “traditional” theories of justification, i.e., coherentism and foundationalism, as well as a more “innovative” one, i.e., reliabilism. Then, we will (...)
     
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    Nicla Vassallo (1995). La depsicologizzazione della logica. Un confronto tra Boole e Frege. Franco Angeli.
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    Pieranna Garavaso & Nicla Vassallo (2003). On the Virtues and Plausibility of Feminist Epistemologies. Epistemologia, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Della Scienza (1):99-131.
    In this paper, we examine some issues debated in mainstream epistemology for which the social features of knowledge are relevant, such as the epistemic relevance of social contexts, the nature of practical knowledge, and the epistemic role of testimony. In the first part of the paper, we show how feminist epistemologies have usefully stressed the social character of knowledge in many central areas of debate within mainstream epistemology. We call these the virtues of feminist epistemology: the denial of the neutrality (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (2012). A favore di epistemologia e umanità. Rivista di Filosofia 103 (3):479-502.
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    Nicla Vassallo & Claudia Bianchi (2010). Naturalizing Meaning Through Epistemology: Some Critical Notes. In M. Dorato M. Suàrez (ed.), Epsa Epistemology and Methodology of Science. Springer 311--321.
    According to the theory of meaning as justification, semantics is closely entangled with epistemology: knowing the meaning of an utterance amounts to knowing the justification one may offer for it. In this perspective, the theory of meaning is connected with the epistemic theory of justification, namely the theory that undergoes the more explicit attempts of naturalization. Is it possible to extend those attempts to the notion of meaning? There are many ways of naturalizing the notion of meaning, independently of its (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (2013). Nota introduttiva. Perché e come parlare di matrimoni. Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 26 (1):25-26.
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  15. Nicla Vassallo (2010). Applicazioni dell'epistemologia della testimonianza al caso dell'Olocausto. Rivista di Estetica 50 (45):139-156.
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  16. Nicla Vassallo (1999). Fiducia, episteme e tecnica. Verifiche: Rivista Trimestrale di Scienze Umane 28 (3):211-228.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2008). On Epistemology, Analyticity, and Certainty. Epistemologia 31 (1):37-56.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2000). Psychologism in Logic: Some Similarities Between Boole and Frege. In J. Gasser (ed.), A Boole Anthology. Recent and Classical Studies in the Logic of George Boole. Kluwer
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    Nicla Vassallo (2008). Linee di una storia bizzarra della filosofia analitica: da Gottlob Frege a Michael Dummett. Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 21 (2):307-322.
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    Nicla Vassallo & Claudia Bianchi (2007). Meaning, Contexts and Justification. In D. C. Richardson B. Kokinov (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer 69--81.
    Contextualism in philosophy of language and in epistemology are two distinct but closely entangled projects. The epistemological thesis is grounded in a semantic claim concerning the context-sensitivity of the predicate “know”: we gain insight into epistemological problems by investigating our linguistic intuitions concerning knowledge attribution sentences. Our aim here is to evaluate the plausibility of a project that takes the opposite starting point: the general idea is to establish the semantic contextualist thesis on the epistemological one. According to semantic contextualism, (...)
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    Nicla Vassallo (1997). On Dummett's Early Frege and Analytical Philosophy. Dialectica 51 (3):171–187.
    SummaryIn his Origins of Analytical Philosophy Michael Dummett claims that even in this earliest writings Frege can be identified as the grandfather of analytical philosophy. My aim here is to show how difficult it is to make out this claim convincingly.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2006). Testimonial Justification and Contexts. Epistemologia, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Della Scienza 29 (1):127-144.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2001). Gottlob Frege sul pensare. In V. Fano, M. Stanzione & G. Tarozzi (eds.), Prospettive Della Logica E Della Filosofia Della Scienza. Rubettino 89.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2013). Sul matrimonio same-sex ei suoi nemici. Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 26 (1):67-84.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2005). Naive Realism, Scientific Realism, and Contextualism. Rivista di Estetica (3):296-306.
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    Nicla Vassallo (2005). Il caso epistemologico di George Bush. Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 18 (2):409-422.
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  27. M. Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (2013). Is There Any Problem with Gender-Specific Medicine? Verifiche: Rivista Trimestrale di Scienze Umane 42 (1-3):139-156.
     
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    M. Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (eds.) (2008). Knowledge, Language, and Interpretation: On the Philosophy of Donald Davidson. Ontos Verlag.
    Thanks to their heterogeneity, the nine essays in this volume offer a clear testimony of Donald Davidson's authority, and they undoubtedly show how much his work - even if it has raised many doubts and criticisms - has been, and still is, highly influential and significant in contemporary analytical philosophy for a wide range of subjects. Moreover, the various articles not only critically and carefully analyse Davidson's theses and arguments (in particular those concerning language and knowledge), but they also illustrate (...)
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    M. Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (2011). Piccolo Trattato di Epistemologia. Codice Edizioni.
    La discussione generale sulla filosofia della scienza contemporanea è complicata dal numero e dall’eterogeneità delle scienze, mentre lo studio di temi specifici porta inevitabilmente a dissertazioni specialistiche che mancano nel dare ragione della trama di senso sottostante. Questo Piccolo trattato di epistemologia intende occupare uno spazio vuoto, proponendo alcuni temi chiave per la comprensione dei meccanismi alla base della conoscenza scientifica: i rapporti tra filosofia e scienze, siano esse naturali o umane; la complessa relazione tra fatti e valori; la distinzione (...)
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  30. Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (eds.) (forthcoming). Reason and Rationality. Ontos.
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  31. Franca D’Agostini & Nicla Vassallo (eds.) (2002). Storia della Filosofia Analitica. Einaudi.
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    Pieranna Garavaso & Nicla Vassallo (2007). Filosofia delle donne. Laterza, Bari.
    Filosofia delle donne (Philosophy of Women) is a book written in Italian in which authors Pieranna Garavaso (University of Minnesota, Morris, USA) and Nicla Vassallo (University of Genoa, Italy) claim that a greater interaction between analytic philosophy and feminist philosophies can generate philosophical theories that are more accessible and relevant to a broader range of people. This interaction can also produce richer solutions to traditional philosophical problems. The authors' main interests are in metaphysics and epistemology; thus the two main issues (...)
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  33. Pieranna Garavaso & Nicla Vassallo (2014). Frege on Thinking and its Epistemic Significance. Lexington Books.
    Pieranna Garavaso and Nicla Vassallo investigate Gottlob Frege's largely unexplored notion of thinking to provide insight into the roles of language in expressing thoughts and in fostering the development of human knowledge. The analysis will benefit studies of epistemology, logic, philosophy of mind, psychology, and philosophy of language.
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  34. Stefano Leardi & Nicla Vassallo (forthcoming). Epistemic Contextualism: An Inconsistent Account for the Semantics of “Know”? In Henning Christiansen, Isidora Stojanovic & George A. Papadopoulos (eds.), Modeling and Using Context. 9th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Context 2015. Springer 302-315.
    The contextualistic account for the semantic behaviour of the term “know” - a position labelled as “epistemic contextualism” - combined with the widely accepted idea that “know” is a factive verb seems to lead to a very unpleasant conclusion: epistemic contextualism is inconsistent. In section 1 we first examine some aspects of the epistemological meaning of the contextualist semantics of “know”, then in section 2 we sketch the problem which leads to the supposed inconsistency of epistemic contextualism and in section (...)
     
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  35. Nicla Vassallo (1995). APPUNTI SU EPISTEMOLOGIA, LOGICA E PSICOLOGIA. Nuova Secondaria,: 69-72..
    I rapporti tra epistemologia, logica e psicologia sono notoriamente problematici. Una riflessione su di essi acquista rilevanza anche in virtu' di alcuni sviluppi contemporanei per cui la psicologia e l'intelligenza artificiale paiono investire settori considerati tradizionalmente dominio dell'epistemologia e della logica. In gioco e' soprattutto lo studio delle necessita' conoscitive e raziocinative dell'essere umano. Che epistemologia e logica abbiano ormai poco da dire al proposito e' ancora da mostrare.
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  36. Nicla Vassallo (1997). Contesto della giustificazione versus contesto della scoperta? Epistemologia 20 (1):147-176.
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  37. Nicla Vassallo (1999). David Hume E Thomas Reid Sulla Testimonianza. Filosofia 50 (3):361-380.
  38. Nicla Vassallo (2009). Donna m'apparve. Codice Edizioni.
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  39. Nicla Vassallo (2006). Einstein avrebbe potuto essere Quine? Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 24 (4).
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  40. Nicla Vassallo (2000). Epistemologie femministe e naturalizzazione. Epistemologia 23 (2):323-348.
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  41. Nicla Vassallo (2000). Fatti e valori in epistemologia. Epistemologia 23 (1):99-118.
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  42. Nicla Vassallo (2001). Il Contestualismo Epistemologico. Filosofia 52 (1):61-88.
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  43. Nicla Vassallo (1994). Interpretazioni del presunto psicologismo booleano. Epistemologia 17 (2):295-328.
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  44. Nicla Vassallo (2000). Il pensare fregeano e la nostra condizione epistemica. Filosofia 51 (2):211-236.
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  45. Nicla Vassallo (1997). La Naturalizzazione Dell'epistemologia. Contro Una Soluzione Quineana. Franco Angeli.
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  46. Nicla Vassallo (2007). Meaning as Justification: Some Epistemological Considerations. Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 99 (1):121-135.
     
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  47. Nicla Vassallo (2010). Naturalism and Feminist Philosophy in Relation to Cognition and Knowledge. Rivista di Estetica 50 (2):119-134.
     
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    Nicla Vassallo (2011). Per sentito dire. Conoscenza e testimonianza. Feltrinelli.
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  49. M. Cristina Amoretti & Nicla Vassallo (eds.) (2012). Reason and Rationality. Ontos Verlag.
    Reason and rationality represent crucial elements of the self-image of human beings and have unquestionably been among the most debated issues in Western philosophy, dating from ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages, and to the present day. Many words and thoughts have already been spent trying to define the nature and standards of reason and rationality, what they could or ought to be, and under what conditions something can be said to be rational. This volume focuses instead on the relationships (...)
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  50. Nicla Vassallo (1995). Sul contributo della logica alla filosofia e viceversa: due casi esemplari. Epistemologia 18 (1):39-74.
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