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  1. Paul Boghossian, Does Philosophy Matter? -- It Would Appear So. A Reply to Fish.
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  2. Paul Boghossian (2015). Philosophy Without Intuitions? A Reply to Cappelen. Analytic Philosophy 55 (3):n/a-n/a.
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  3. Paul Boghossian (2014). Reply to Otero's “Boghossian's Inference Argument Against Content Externalism Reversed”. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1):182-184.
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  4. Paul Boghossian (2012). Inferentialism and the Epistemology of Logic: Reflections on Casalegno and Williamson. Dialectica 66 (2):221-236.
    I defend an inferential account of the logical constants against objections made to it by Paolo Casalegno and Timothy Williamson.
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  5. Paul Boghossian (2012). Reply to Amini and Caldwell, Boghossians Refutation of Relativism. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 2 (1):45-49.
    Majid Amini and Christopher Caldwell charge that I misconstrue the relation between relativism and constructivism, on the one hand, and between relativism and skepticism, on the other. In this brief response, I rebut their charges.
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  6. Paul Boghossian (2012). What is Inference? Philosophical Studies (1):1-18.
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  7. Paul A. Boghossian (2012). Blind Rule-Following. In Crispin Wright & Annalisa Coliva (eds.), Mind, Meaning, and Knowledge: Themes From the Philosophy of Crispin Wright. Oxford University Press.
     
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  8. Paul Boghossian (2011). O Labirinto Do Relativismo Moral. Revista Inquietude 2 (2):238-245.
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  9. Paul Boghossian (2011). Three Kinds of Relativism. In Steven Hales (ed.), A Companion to Relativism. Blackwell.
    The paper looks at three big ideas that have been associated with the term “relativism.” The first maintains that some property has a higher-degree than might have been thought. The second that the judgments in a particular domain of discourse are capable only of relative truth and not of absolute truth (an idea that is sometimes associated with the idea of “faultless disagreement.”) And the third, which I dub with the oxymoronic label “absolutist relativism,” seeks to locate relativism in our (...)
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  10. Paul Boghossian (2011). The Maze of Moral Relativism. The New York Times.
  11. Paul Boghossian (2011). The Transparency of Mental Content Revisited. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 155 (3):457-465.
    The transparency of mental content revisited Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11098-010-9611-3 Authors Paul Boghossian, Department of Philosophy, New York University (NYU), 5 Washington Place, New York, 10003 USA Journal Philosophical Studies Online ISSN 1573-0883 Print ISSN 0031-8116.
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  12. Paul Boghossian (2011). Williamson on the A Priori and the Analytic. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (2):488-497.
  13. Paul Boghossian (2010). Epistemic Relativism Defended. In Alvin I. Goldman & Dennis Whitcomb (eds.), Social Epistemology: Essential Readings. Oxford University Press.
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  14. Paul Boghossian (2010). Our Grasp of the Concept of Truth: Reflections on Künne. Dialectica 64 (4):553-563.
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  15. Paul Boghossian (2010). Review of Mark Richard, When Truth Gives Out. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (5).
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  16. Paul Boghossian (2010). Truth in Virtue of Meaning. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (2):370 - 374.
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 89, Issue 2, Page 370-374, June 2011.
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  17. Paul Boghossian (2010). The Perception of Music: Comments on Peacocke. British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (1):71-76.
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  18. Paul Boghossian (2009). Virtuous Intuitions: Comments on Lecture 3 of Ernest Sosa's a Virtue Epistemology. Philosophical Studies 144 (1):111--119.
    Abstract I agree with Sosa that intuitions are best thought of as attractions to believe a certain proposition merely on the basis of understanding it. However, I don’t think it is constitutive of them that they supply strictly foundational justification for the propositions they justify, though I do believe that it is important that the intuition of a suitable subject be thought of as a prima facie justification for his intuitive judgment, independently of the reliability of his underlying capacities. I (...)
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  19. Paul Boghossian (2008). Précis of Fear of Knowledge. Philosophical Studies 141 (3):377 - 378.
    Fear of Knowledge was in many ways an exercise in foolhardiness. It was to be a short book, accessible to the general reader, that would treat some of the trickiest issues in the foundations theory of knowledge, but that would nevertheless not seriously shortchange the subtleties that they involve. Someone should have warned me.
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  20. Paul Boghossian (2008). Review: Replies to Wright, MacFarlane and Sosa. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 141 (3):409 - 432.
    The main impetus for my book came from the widespread acceptance of relativistic views about truth and knowledge within the Academy, especially within the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. In its introductory sections, though, I noted that there is one discipline within the humanities in which the influence of relativistic views is quite weak—namely, within analytic philosophy itself. Ironically, no sooner had the ink dried on the final version of my manuscript sometime in mid-2005—although, of course it had been (...)
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  21. Paul Boghossian (2008). Replies to Wright, MacFarlane and Sosa. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 141 (3):409-432.
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  22. Paul Boghossian (2008). Epistemic Rules. Journal of Philosophy 105 (9):472-500.
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  23. Paul A. Boghossian (2008). Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers. OUP Oxford.
    Content and Justification presents a series of essays by Paul Boghossian on the theory of content and on its relation to the phenomenon of a priori knowledge. -/- Part one comprises essays on the nature of rule-following and its relation to the problem of mental content; on the intelligibility of eliminativist views of the mental; on the prospects for a naturalistic reduction of mental content; and on the currently influential view that meaning is a normative notion. -/- Part two includes (...)
     
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  24. Paul Boghossian (2007). Explaining Musical Experience. In Kathleen Stock (ed.), Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work. Oxford University Press.
    1. I start with the observation that we often respond to a musical performance with emotion -- even if it is just the performance of a piece of absolute music, unaccompanied by text, title or programme. We can be exhilarated after a Rossini overture brought off with subtlety and panache; somber and melancholy after Furtlanger’s performance of the slow movement of the Eroica. And so forth. These emotions feel like the real thing to me – or anyway very close to (...)
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  25. Paul Boghossian (2007). Music and the Emotions. In Kathleen Stock (ed.), Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work. Oxford University Press. 117.
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  26. Paul Artin Boghossian (2007). The Case Against Epistemic Relativism: Replies to Rosen and Neta. Episteme 4 (1):49-65.
    Unlike the relativistic theses drawn from physics, normative relativisms involve relativization not to frames of reference but to something like our standards, standards that we have to be able to think of ourselves as endorsing or accepting. Th us, moral facts are to be relativized to moral standards and epistemic facts to epistemic standards. But a moral standard in this sense would appear to be just a general moral proposition and an epistemic standard just a general epistemic proposition. Pulling off (...)
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  27. Paul Boghossian (2006). What is Relativism? In Patrick Greenough & Michael Lynch (eds.), Truth and Relativism. Clarendon Press. 13--37.
    Many philosophers, however, have been tempted to be relativists about specific domains of discourse, especially about those domains that have a normative character. Gilbert Harman, for example, has defended a relativistic view of morality, Richard Rorty a relativistic view of epistemic justification, and Crispin Wright a relativistic view of judgments of taste.¹ But what exactly is it to be a relativist about a given domain of discourse? The term ‘‘relativism’’ has, of course, been used in a bewildering variety of senses (...)
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  28. Paul Artin Boghossian (2006). Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. Oxford University Press.
    Relativist and constructivist conceptions of truth and knowledge have become orthodoxy in vast stretches of the academic world in recent times. In his long-awaited first book, Paul Boghossian critically examines such views and exposes their fundamental flaws. Boghossian focuses on three different ways of reading the claim that knowledge is socially constructed--one as a thesis about truth and two about justification. And he rejects all three. The intuitive, common-sense view is that there is a way the world is that is (...)
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  29. Paul Boghossian, Is Meaning Normative?
    in Christian Nimtz and Ansgar Beckermann (eds.): Philosophy - Science - Scientific Philosophy. Main Lectures and Colloquia of GAP.5, Fifth International Congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy, Bielefeld, 2003, Mentis, 2005.
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  30. Paul A. Boghossian (2005). Rules, Meaning and Intention – Discussion. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 124 (2):185 - 197.
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  31. Paul Boghossian (2003). Blind Reasoning. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 77 (1):225–248.
    The paper asks under what conditions deductive reasoning transmits justification from its premises to its conclusion. It argues that both standard externalist and standard internalist accounts of this phenomenon fail. The nature of this failure is taken to indicate the way forward: basic forms of deductive reasoning must justify by being instances of ‘blind but blameless’ reasoning. Finally, the paper explores the suggestion that an inferentialist account of the logical constants can help explain how such reasoning is possible.
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  32. Paul A. Boghossian (2003). Epistemic Analyticity: A Defense. Grazer Philosophische Studien 66 (1):15-35.
    The paper is a defense of the project of explaining the a priori via the notion of meaning or concept possession. It responds to certain objections that have been made to this project—in particular, that there can be no epistemically analytic sentences that are not also metaphysically analytic, and that the notion of implicit definition cannot explain a priori entitlement. The paper goes on to distinguish between two different ways in which facts about meaning might generate facts about entitlement—inferential and (...)
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  33. Paul A. Boghossian (2003). The Normativity of Content. Philosophical Issues 13 (1):31-45.
  34. Paul A. Boghossian (2002). On Hearing the Music in the Sound: Scruton on Musical Expression. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (1):49–55.
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  35. Paul A. Boghossian (2002). Seeking the Real. Philosophical Studies 108 (1-2):223-38.
    A critical discussion of Barry Stroud's claim, in his book The Quest for Reality, that we could never rationally arrive at the conclusion that, for example, the world is not really colored.
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  36. Paul Boghossian (2001). How Are Objective Epistemic Reasons Possible? Philosophical Studies 106 (1-2):340-380.
    Epistemic relativism has the contemporary academy in its grip. Not merely in the United States, but seemingly everywhere, most scholars working in the humanities and the social sciences seem to subscribe to some form of it. Even where the label is repudiated, the view is embraced. Sometimes the relativism in question concerns truth, sometimes justification. The core impulse appears to be a relativism about knowledge. The suspicion is widespread that what counts as knowledge in one cultural, or broadly ideological, setting (...)
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  37. Paul Boghossian (2001). Inference and Insight. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (3):633–640.
  38. Paul Boghossian (2001). The Gospel of Relaxation. The New Republic.
    Pragmatism is America’s distinctive contribution to the history of philosophical thought, though there has always been some dispute about exactly what doctrine it is supposed to name. The philosopher and psychologist William James, in a lecture given at Berkeley in 1898, attributed the view to..
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  39. Paul Boghossian (2001). What is Social Construction? TLS.
    The core idea seems clear enough. To say of something that it is socially constructed is to emphasize its dependence on contingent aspects of our social selves. It is to say: This thing could not have existed had we not built it; and we need not have built it at all, at least not in its present form. Had we been a different kind of society, had we had different needs, values, or interests, we might well have built a different (...)
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  40. Paul Boghossian (2000). Knowledge of Logic. In Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.), New Essays on the A Priori.
     
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  41. Paul Boghossian (2000). The Problem Stated. In Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.), New Essays on the a Priori. Oxford University Press. 229.
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  42. Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.) (2000). New Essays on the A Priori. Oxford University Press.
    A stellar line-up of leading philosophers from around the world offer new treatments of a topic which has long been central to philosophical debate, and in ...
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  43. Paul Boghossian (1999). The Sokal Hoax. In Robert Klee (ed.), Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science. Oxford University Press.
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  44. Paul A. Boghossian (1998). Replies to Commentators. Philosophical Issues 9:253-260.
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  45. Paul A. Boghossian (1998). What the Externalist Can Know "a Priori". Philosophical Issues 9 (2):197-211.
    Controversy continues to attach to the question whether an externalism about mental content is compatible with a traditional doctrine of privileged self-knowledge. By an externalism about mental content, I mean the view that what concepts our thoughts involve may depend not only on facts that are internal to us, but on facts about our environment. It is worth emphasizing, if only because it is still occasionally misperceived, that this thesis is supposed to apply at the level of sense and not (...)
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  46. Paul Boghossian (1997). ** O Que o Embuste de Sokal Nos Deve Ensinar: As Consequências Perniciosas E as Contradições Internas Do Relativismo “Pós-Moderno”. Disputatio:1-14.
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  47. Paul A. Boghossian (1997). What the Externalist Can Know A Priori. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):161-75.
    Controversy continues to attach to the question whether an externalism about mental content is compatible with a traditional doctrine of privileged self-knowledge. By an externalism about mental content, I mean the view that what concepts our thoughts involve may depend not only on facts that are internal to us, but on facts about our environment. It is worth emphasizing, if only because it is still occasionally misperceived, that this thesis is supposed to apply at the level of sense and not (...)
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  48. Paul Boghossian (1996). What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us. Times Literary Supplement.
    In the autumn of 1994, New York University theoretical physicist, Alan Sokal, submitted an essay to Social Text , the leading journal in the field of cultural studies. Entitled Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity ," it purported to be a scholarly article about the "postmodern" philosophical and political implications of twentieth century physical theories. However, as the author himself later revealed in the journal Lingua Franca, his essay was merely a farrago of deliberately concocted solecisms, (...)
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  49. Paul Artin Boghossian (1996). Analyticity Reconsidered. Noûs 30 (3):360-391.
    This is what many philosophers believe today about the analytic/synthetic distinction: In his classic early writings on analyticity -- in particular, in "Truth by Convention," "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," and "Carnap and Logical Truth" -- Quine showed that there can be no distinction between sentences that are true purely by virtue of their meaning and those that are not. In so doing, Quine devastated the philosophical programs that depend upon a notion of analyticity -- specifically, the linguistic theory of necessary (...)
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