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  1. Daniel Nolan, Method in Analytic Metaphysics.
    There is no one agreed method in contemporary metaphysics. Methodological disputes in contemporary metaphysics run deep: each of the main methods discussed in this article will be denounced as worthless or pernicious by at least some writers. Despite this, generalisations about contemporary methods are possible, provided that these generalisations are not treated as describing every practising metaphysician's work. The vast majority of contemporary metaphysicians in the broadly “analytic” tradition will identify some of the methods discussed in this article as important (...)
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  2. Rita Nolan, The Unnaturalness of Grue'.
    A category of non-standard predicates was introduced by Goodman (1954) while attempting to recast the old riddle of induction in terms amenable to solution within confirmation theory. The New Riddle proved as intractable as the old one but the category of predicates, "mutant" ones, may assist us in understanding cognitive development from neonate vacuity to linguisticallyinformed rational inquiry. This paper proposes a naturalistic explanation of why we tend to reject grue-type predicates as proper bases for induction. Its conclusion is that (...)
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  3. Ishani Maitra & Daniel Nolan, Why Take Our Word for It?
    We find out a lot about the world through people telling us things. And we can (and do) come to know many of these things that people tell us, without running background checks to make sure that the tellers are reliable (in the sense that they are likely to know what they are talking about), or trustworthy (in the sense that they are likely to tell us what they know, rather than just whatever is easiest to say, or whatever would (...)
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  4. Daniel Nolan, Hale's Dilemma.
    Bob Hale in Hale 1995b posed a dilemma for modal fictionalism (more specifically, Rosen's version of modal fictionalism). A modal fictionalist who maintains the version outlined in Rosen 1990 believes that the fiction of possible worlds (PW, to use Rosen and Hale's abbreviation) is not literally true. The question arises, however, about its modal status. Is it necessarily false, or contingently false? In either case, Hale argues, the modal fictionalist is in trouble. Should the modal fictionalist claim that the story (...)
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  5. Daniel Nolan, Individuals Enough for Classes.
    This paper builds on the system of David Lewis’s “Parts of Classes” to provide a foundation for mathematics that arguably requires not only no distinctively mathematical ideological commitments (in the sense of Quine), but also no distinctively mathematical ontological commitments. Provided only that there are enough individual atoms, the devices of plural quantification and mereology can be employed to simulate quantification over classes, while at the same time allowing all of the atoms (and most of their fusions with which we (...)
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  6. Daniel Nolan, Is Stalnaker Inconsistent About Indicative Conditionals?
    Stalnaker's 1975 motivates an account of the truth conditions of indicative conditionals that seems in tension with the truth-conditions he offers. This paper discusses how best to resolve this tension.
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  7. Daniel Nolan, The Varieties of Flirtatious Experience.
    In Jenkins’s groundbreaking analysis of flirtation (Jenkins 2006), she suggests that an act is an act of flirtation if, and only if, the following two conditions are satisfied: “First, the flirter should act with the intention to raise flirter/flirtee romance and/or sex to salience, in a knowing yet playful way. Second, he or she should believe that the flirtee can respond is in some significant way”. Jenkins also draws the useful distinction between flirtation proper and “flirtatious behaviour”: there is behaviour (...)
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  8. Daniel Nolan, Greg Restall & Caroline West, Moral Fictionalism.
    What would morality have to be like in order to answer to our everyday moral concepts'? What are we committed to when we make moral claims such as "female infibulation is wrong"; or "we ought give money to famine relief"; or "we have a duty to not to harm others", and when we go on to argue about these sorts of claims'? It has seemed to many — and it seems plausible to us — that when we assert and argue (...)
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  9. Rita Nolan, Distinguishing Perceptual From Conceptual Categories.
    I The area between sensation and conceptualization is gray and confusing. Despite abundant philosophical and empirical research, results about how to understand this area that command widespread assent are very scarce. One contributory source to this impasse is the fact that, for mature and intact humans, the sensory, the perceptual, and the conceptual seem merged in consciousness. Perception is phenomenally so "cognitively penetrable" - so infused for humans by discursive understanding - that experimental and theoretical efforts to distinguish between it (...)
     
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  10. Daniel Nolan (forthcoming). It's a Kind of Magic: Lewis, Magic and Properties. Synthese.
     
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  11. Daniel Nolan (forthcoming). Naturalised Modal Epistemology. In R. Fischer & F. Leon (eds.), Modal Epistemology After Rationalism. Springer
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  12. Kathleen Nolan (forthcoming). Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism Versus Environmentalism and Social Justice (Review). American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):69-70.
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  13. Kathleen Nolan, Cappy Miles Rothman & Judith Wilson Ross (forthcoming). Case Studies: Live Sperm, Dead Bodies. Hastings Center Report.
     
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  14. Larry Nolan (ed.) (forthcoming). The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon. Cambridge.
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  15. Catherine Wallace Australian Federal Police, Public Prosecutions, Kristen Wittholz, Michael Paes, Ian Campbell, Sara Nolan, Marty Fallens, Rebecca Tesic & Kelisiana Thynne (forthcoming). Annual Dinner. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
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  16. Rachael Briggs & Daniel Nolan (2015). Utility Monsters for the Fission Age. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):n/a-n/a.
    One of the standard approaches to the metaphysics of personal identity has some counter-intuitive ethical consequences when combined with maximising consequentialism and a plausible doctrine about aggregation of consequences. This metaphysical doctrine is the so-called ‘multiple occupancy’ approach to puzzles about fission and fusion. It gives rise to a new version of the ‘utility monster’ problem, particularly difficult problems about infinite utility, and a new version of a Parfit-style ‘repugnant conclusion’. While the article focuses on maximising consequentialism for simplicity, the (...)
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  17. Daniel Nolan (2015). Lewis's Philosophical Method. In B. Loewer & J. Schaffer (eds.), A Companion to Lewis. Wiley-Blackwell 25-39.
    Lewis is famous as a contemporary philosophical system-builder. The most obvious way his philosophy exhibited a system was in its content: Lewis’s metaphysics, for example, provided answers to many metaphysical puzzles in an integrated way, and there are illuminating connections to be drawn between his general metaphysical views and, for example, his various views about the mind and its place in nature.
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  18. Daniel Nolan (2015). Noncausal Dispositions. Noûs 49 (3):425-439.
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  19. Daniel Nolan (2015). Personification and Impossible Fictions. British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (1):57-69.
    Impossible fictions are not just the creations of puzzle-seeking philosophers or artists experimenting with the limits of fiction. Impossibilities can be found in relatively mundane fiction as well. This article argues that the device of personification, especially of abstract entities such as death or duty, yields impossible fictions, arguing against a number of strategies that might be tried to show that these cases of personification do not yield impossibilities.
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  20. Daniel Nolan (2015). The A Posteriori Armchair. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2):211-231.
    A lot of good philosophy is done in the armchair, but is nevertheless a posteriori. This paper clarifies and then defends that claim. Among the a posteriori activities done in the armchair are assembling and evaluating commonplaces; formulating theoretical alternatives; and integrating well-known past a posteriori discoveries. The activity that receives the most discussion, however, is the application of theoretical virtues to choose philosophical theories: the paper argues that much of this is properly seen as a posteriori.
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  21. Daniel Nolan (2015). The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Abstract Metaphysics. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 9:61-88.
  22. Lawrence Nolan (ed.) (2015). The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon. Cambridge University Press.
    The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon is the definitive reference source on René Descartes, 'the father of modern philosophy' and arguably among the most important philosophers of all time. Examining the full range of Descartes' achievements and legacy, it includes 256 in-depth entries that explain key concepts relating to his thought. Cumulatively they uncover interpretative disputes, trace his influences, and explain how his work was received by critics and developed by followers. There are entries on topics such as certainty, cogito ergo sum, (...)
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  23. T. Clark & D. Nolan (2014). A Critique of Chester V Afshar. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 34 (4):659-692.
    Our aim in this article is to provide a counterbalance to the substantial body of academic opinion supportive of the decision in the medical non-disclosure case of Chester v Afshar [2004] UKHL 41, [2005] 1 AC 134, while at the same time identifying some misconceptions that have arisen about the case. Our critique is consistent with the reasoning of the High Court of Australia in its recent decision in Wallace v Kam [2013] HCA 19, (2013) 87 ALJR 648. The article (...)
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  24. Daniel Nolan (2014). Balls and All. In S. Kleinschmidt (ed.), Mereology and Location. Oxford University Press 91-116.
     
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  25. Daniel Nolan (2014). Hyperintensional Metaphysics. Philosophical Studies 171 (1):149-160.
    In the last few decades of the twentieth century there was a revolution in metaphysics: the intensional revolution. Many metaphysicians rejected the doctrine, associated with Quine and Davidson, that extensional analyses and theoretical resources were the only acceptable ones. Metaphysicians embraced tools like modal and counterfactual analyses, claims of modal and counterfactual dependence, and entities such as possible worlds and intensionally individuated properties and relations. The twenty-first century is seeing a hypterintensional revolution. Theoretical tools in common use carve more finely (...)
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  26. Daniel Nolan (2014). The Dangers of Pragmatic Virtue. Inquiry 57 (5-6):623-644.
    Many people want to hold that some theoretical virtues—simplicity, elegance, familiarity or others—are only pragmatic virtues. That is, these features do not give us any more reason to think a theory is true, or close to true, but they justify choosing one theoretical option over another because they are desirable for some other, practical purpose. Using pragmatic virtues in theory choice apparently brings with it a dilemma: if we are deciding what to accept on the basis of considerations that are (...)
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  27. Daniel Nolan (2014). The Question of Moral Ontology. Philosophical Perspectives 28 (1):201-221.
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  28. Daniel Nolan & Alexander Sandgren (2014). Creationism and Cardinality. Analysis 74 (4):615-622.
    Creationism about fictional entities requires a principle connecting what fictions say exist with which fictional entities really exist. The most natural way of spelling out such a principle yields inconsistent verdicts about how many fictional entities are generated by certain inconsistent fictions. Avoiding inconsistency without compromising the attractions of creationism will not be easy.
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  29. Daniel Nolan (2013). Why Historians (and Everyone Else) Should Care About Counterfactuals. Philosophical Studies 163 (2):317-335.
    Abstract There are at least eight good reasons practicing historians should concern themselves with counterfactual claims. Furthermore, four of these reasons do not even require that we are able to tell which historical counterfactuals are true and which are false. This paper defends the claim that these reasons to be concerned with counterfactuals are good ones, and discusses how each can contribute to the practice of history. Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-19 DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9817-z Authors Daniel Nolan, School of Philosophy, (...)
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  30. Daniel P. Nolan (2013). Impossible Worlds. Philosophy Compass 8 (4):360-372.
    Philosophers have found postulating possible worlds to be very useful in a number of areas, including philosophy of language and mind, logic, and metaphysics. Impossible worlds are a natural extension to this use of possible worlds, and can help resolve a number of difficulties thrown up by possible‐worlds frameworks.
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  31. Peter Nolan (2013). (2) The Francis Report Implications and Consequences. Nursing Ethics 20 (7):840-842.
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  32. Rachael Briggs & Daniel Nolan (2012). Epistemic Dispositions. Logos and Episteme 3 (4):629-636.
  33. Rachael Briggs & Daniel Nolan (2012). Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. Analysis 72 (2):314-316.
    Tracking accounts of knowledge formulated in terms of counterfactuals suffer from well known problems. Examples are provided, and it is shown that moving to a dispositional tracking theory of knowledge avoids three of these problems.
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  34. Rachel Briggs & Daniel Nolan (2012). Epistemic Dispositions. Reply to Turri and Bronner. Logos and Episteme 3 (4):629-636.
    We reply to recent papers by John Turri and Ben Bronner, who criticise the dispositionalised Nozickian tracking account we discuss in “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.” We argue that the account we suggested can handle the problems raised by Turri and Bronner. In the course of responding to Turri and Bronner’s objections, we draw three general lessons for theories of epistemic dispositions: that epistemic dispositions are to some extent extrinsic, that epistemic dispositions can have manifestation conditions concerning circumstances where (...)
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  35. C. S. Jenkins & Daniel Nolan (2012). Disposition Impossible. Noûs 46 (4):732-753.
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  36. Ann M. C. Nolan (2012). Vatican II: Changing the Style of Being Church. The Australasian Catholic Record 89 (4):397.
    Nolan, Ann MC In the past fifty years there has been a stream of commentary on the documents of Vatican II. Have we not had so much commentary, so much interpretation, that further commentary is unnecessary? Fifty years on, one might ponder how to interpret the sixteen documents for the church of our times, indeed to wonder whether they continue to have any relevance at all. Faced with this thought, we could turn to one scholar whose works span almost the (...)
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  37. Cathal J. Nolan (2012). Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II, Michael Burleigh (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011), 672 Pp., $29.99 Cloth. [REVIEW] Ethics and International Affairs 26 (2):286-288.
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  38. Donal Nolan (2012). A Tort Against Land' : Private Nuisance as a Property Tort. In Donal Nolan & Andrew Robertson (eds.), Rights and Private Law. Hart Pub.
     
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  39. Donal Nolan & Andrew Robertson (eds.) (2012). Rights and Private Law. Hart Pub..
     
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  40. Lawrence Nolan (2012). Malebranche on Sensory Cognition and "Seeing As". Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):21-52.
    Nicolas Malebranche Famously holds that we see all things in the physical world by means of ideas in God. This is the doctrine of Vision in God. In his initial formulation of the doctrine in the first edition of the Search After Truth , Malebranche seems to posit ideas of particular physical objects in God, such as the idea of the sun or the idea of a tree. However, in Elucidations of the Search published four years later he insists that (...)
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  41. Daniel Nolan (2011). Categories and Ontological Dependence. The Monist 94 (2):277-301.
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  42. Daniel Nolan (2011). The Extent of Metaphysical Necessity. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):313-339.
    A lot of philosophers engage in debates about what claims are “metaphysically necessary”, and a lot more assume with little argument that some classes of claims have the status of “metaphysical necessity”. I think we can usefully replace questions about metaphysical necessity with five other questions which each capture some of what people may have had in mind when talking about metaphysical necessity. This paper explains these five other questions, and then discusses the question “how much of metaphysics is metaphysically (...)
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  43. Lawrence Nolan (2011). Call Color”. In Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press 81.
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  44. Lawrence Nolan (2011). Descartes on "What We Call Color". In Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press
     
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  45. Lawrence Nolan (ed.) (2011). Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press.
    The essays collected here cover a wide range of topics, including the foundation for the distinction, the question of whether or not it is metaphysical or ...
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  46. Simon Nolan (2011). John Baconthorpe. In H. Lagerlund (ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer 594--597.
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  47. E. S. Paul, C. Fox, A. J. Boston, H. J. Chantler, C. J. Chiara, R. M. Clark, M. Cromaz, M. Descovich, P. Fallon, D. B. Fossan, A. A. Hecht, T. Koike, I. Y. Lee, A. O. Macchiavelli, P. J. Nolan, K. Starosta, R. Wadsworth, I. Ragnarsson & Bob Wadsworth, High-Spin Yrast States in the Gamma-Soft Nuclei Pr-135 and Ce-134.
    High-spin states have been studied in Pr-135(59), populated through the Cd-116(Na-23,4n) reaction at 115 MeV, using the Gammasphere gamma-ray spectrometer. The negative-parity yrast band has been significantly extended to spin similar to 45 (h) over bar and excitation energy 21.5 MeV, showing evidence for several rotational alignments. The positive-parity yrast band of Ce-135(58), populated through the p4n channel of this reaction, was also populated to spin similar to 38 (h) over bar and excitation energy 18 MeV. Cranking calculations indicate that (...)
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  48. Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan & Timothy M. Smeeding (eds.) (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality. OUP Oxford.
    The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality presents a new and definitive analysis of economic inequality in developed countries. Bringing together the world's top scholars, this comprehensive and authoritative volume contains an impressive array of original research on topics in economic inequality.
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  49. C. S. Jenkins & Daniel Nolan (2010). Maximising, Satisficing and Context. Noûs 44 (3):451-468.
  50. Daniel Nolan (2010). Comments on John Divers's “on the Significance of the Question of the Function of Modal Judgment”. In B. Hale & A. Hoffman (eds.), Modality. Oxford University Press 220-226.
    The question of the function of modal judgement is an interesting philosophical issue, and John Divers's paper (this volume) has persuaded me that it has not received the attention it deserves. I think it is an important and interesting question even apart from any more ambitious claims that are made about its role in settling other issues about modality. Even if we became convinced that the story about function put no constraints whatsoever, epistemologically or metaphysically, on a theory of modality, (...)
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