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  1. Paul Teller (forthcoming). Some Discussion and Extension of Manfred Bierwisch's Work on German Adjectivals. Foundations of Language.
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  2. Paul Teller (2013). The Concept of Measurement-Precision. Synthese 190 (2):189-202.
    The science of metrology characterizes the concept of precision in exceptionally loose and open terms. That is because the details of the concept must be filled in—what I call narrowing of the concept—in ways that are sensitive to the details of a particular measurement or measurement system and its use. Since these details can never be filled in completely, the concept of the actual precision of an instrument system must always retain some of the openness of its general characterization. The (...)
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  3. Paul Teller (2012). Modeling, Truth, and Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 43 (3):257-274.
    Knowledge requires truth, and truth, we suppose, involves unflawed representation. Science does not provide knowledge in this sense but rather provides models, representations that are limited in their accuracy, precision, or, most often, both. Truth as we usually think of it is an idealization, one that serves wonderfully in most ordinary applications, but one that can terribly mislead for certain issues in philosophy. This article sketches how this happens for five important issues, thereby showing how philosophical method must take into (...)
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  4. Paul Teller (2011). Learning to Live with Voluntarism. Synthese 178 (1):49 - 66.
    This paper examines and finds wanting the arguments against van Fraassen's voluntarism, the view that the only constraint of rationality is consistency. Foundationalists claim that if we have no grounds or rationale for a belief or rule, rationality demands that we suspend it. But that begs the question by assuming that there have to be grounds or a rationale. Instead of asking, why should we hold a basic belief or rule, the question has to be: why should not we be (...)
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  5. Paul Teller (2011). Robots, Action, and the “Essential Indexical”. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (3):763-771.
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  6. Paul Teller (2011). Robots, Action, and The. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (3):763-771.
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  7. Paul Teller (2011). Two Models of Truth. Analysis 71 (3):465-472.
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  8. Paul Teller (2010). Mechanism, Reduction, and Emergence in Two Stories of the Human Epistemic Enterprise. Erkenntnis 73 (3):413 - 425.
    The traditional way of thinking about science goes back to the corpuscular philosophy with its micro-reductive mechanism and metaphor of reading God's Book of Nature. This "story-1" with its rhetoric of exact truths contrasts with "story-2" which describes science as a continuation of the always imperfect powers of representation given to us by evolution. On story-2 reduction is one among other knowledge fashioning strategies and shares the imperfections of all human knowledge. When we appreciate that human knowledge always admits of (...)
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  9. Paul Teller (2010). “Saving the Phenomena” Today. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):815-826.
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  10. Paul Teller (2008). Representation in Science. In Stathis Psillos & Martin Curd (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Routledge.
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  11. Michael Dickson, Don Howard, Scott Tanona, Mathias Frisch, Eric Winsberg, Arnold Koslow, Paul Teller, Ronald N. Giere, Mary S. Morgan & Mauricio Suárez (2004). 1. Preface Preface (P. Vii). Philosophy of Science 71 (5).
     
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  12. Paul Teller (2004). Discussion – What is a Stance? [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 121 (2):159 - 170.
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  13. Paul Teller (2004). How We Dapple the World. Philosophy of Science 71 (4):425-447.
    This essay endorses the conclusion of Sklar’s “Dappled Theories in a Uniform World” that he announces in his abstract, that notwithstanding recent attacks foundational theories are universal in their scope. But Sklar’s rejection of a “pluralist ontology” is questioned. It is concluded that so called “foundational” and “phenomenological” theories are on a much more equal footing as sources of knowledge than Sklar would allow, that “giving an ontology” generally involves dealing in idealizations, and that a transfigured “ficitonalism” provides an (in (...)
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  14. Paul Teller (2004). Review: Discussion: What Is a Stance? [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 121 (2):159 - 170.
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  15. Paul Teller (2004). The Law‐Idealization. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):730-741.
    There are few, perhaps no known, exact, true, general laws. Some of the work of generalization is carried by ceteris paribus generalizations. I suggest that many models continue such work in more complex form, with the idea of ceteris paribus conditions thought of as extended to more general conditions of application. I use the term regularity guide to refer collectively to cp‐generalizations and such regularity‐purveying models. Laws in the traditional sense can then be thought of as idealizations, which idealize away (...)
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  16. Paul Teller, Stefano Gattei, Kent W. Staley, Eric Winsberg, James Hawthorne, Branden Fitelson, Patrick Maher, Peter Achinstein & Mathias Frisch (2004). 10. Selection, Drift, and the “Forces” of Evolution Selection, Drift, and the “Forces” of Evolution (Pp. 550-570). Philosophy of Science 71 (4).
     
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  17. Paul Teller (2002). Critical Study: Nancy Cartwright's The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science. Noûs 36 (4):699-725.
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  18. Paul Teller (2002). The Rotating Disk Argument and Humean Supervenience: Cutting the Gordian Knot. Analysis 62 (3):205–210.
  19. Paul Teller (2001). Against Against Overlap and Endurance. In Gerhard Preyer (ed.), Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis. Rowman and Littlefield. 105--21.
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  20. Paul Teller (2001). The Ins and Outs of Counterfactual Switching. Noûs 35 (3):365–393.
  21. Paul Teller (2001). Twilight of the Perfect Model Model. Erkenntnis 55 (3):393-415.
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  22. Paul Teller (2001). Whither Constructive Empiricism? Philosophical Studies 106 (1-2):123 - 150.
    In this paper I will set out my understanding of Bas van Fraassen’s constructive empiricism, some of the difficulties which I believe beset the current version, and, very briefly, some valuable lessons I believe are nonetheless to be learned by considering this view.We’ll need to begin with a review of how van Fraassen conceives of this kind of discussion.
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  23. Paul Teller (2000). The Gauge Argument. Philosophy of Science 67 (3):481.
    This paper examines the so-called "gauge argument" sometimes used by physicists to motivate the introduction of gauge fields, here facilitated by an informal exposition of the fiber bundle formalism. The discussion suggests some preliminary ways of understanding the connection between gauge fields and interactions.
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  24. Paul Teller & Michael Redhead (2000). Is Indistinguishability in Quantum Mechanics Conventional? Foundations of Physics 30 (6):951-957.
    Darrin Belousek has argued that the indistinguishability of quantum particles is conventional “in the Duhemian–Einsteinian sense,” in part by critially examining prior arguments given by Redhead and Teller. Belousek's discussion provides a useful occasion to clarify some of those arguments, acknowledge respects in which they were misleading, and comment on how they can be strengthened. We also comment briefly on the relevant sense of “conventional.”.
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  25. Paul Teller (1998). On Huggett and Weingard's Review of an Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory: Continuing the Discussion. Philosophy of Science 65 (1):151-161.
    Huggett and Weingard's critical review provides an opportunity to continue the interpretive examination of quantum field theory in terms of some specific issues as well as comparison of alternative approaches to the subject. This note recasts their example of inequivalent Fock spaces in an effort to further clarify what it illustrates. Questions are addressed about the role of analogy in developing quantum field theory and about the conflict between formal vs. concrete methods in both physics and its interpretation, continuing the (...)
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  26. Paul Teller (1998). Quantum Mechanics and Haecceities. In Elena Castellani (ed.), Interpreting Bodies. Princeton University Press. 114--141.
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  27. Paul Teller (1997). From Physics to Metaphysics. Philosophical Review 106 (2):272-275.
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  28. Paul Teller (1995). An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. Princeton University Press.
    Quantum mechanics is a subject that has captured the imagination of a surprisingly broad range of thinkers, including many philosophers of science. Quantum field theory, however, is a subject that has been discussed mostly by physicists. This is the first book to present quantum field theory in a manner that makes it accessible to philosophers. Because it presents a lucid view of the theory and debates that surround the theory, An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory will interest students of (...)
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  29. Paul Teller (1995). Reduction. In Audi Robert (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 679--80.
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  30. Paul Teller (1993). Vacuum Concepts, Potentia, and the Quantum Field Theoretic Vacuum Explained for All. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):332-342.
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  31. Michael Redhead & Paul Teller (1992). Particle Labels and the Theory of Indistinguishable Particles in Quantum Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (2):201-218.
    We extend the work of French and Redhead [1988] further examining the relation of quantum statistics to the assumption that quantum entities have the sort of identity generally assumed for physical objects, more specifically an identity which makes them susceptible to being thought of as conceptually individuatable and labelable even though they cannot be experimentally distinguished. We also further examine the relation of such hypothesized identity of quantum entities to the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles. We conclude that although (...)
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  32. Paul R. Teller (1992). A Contemporary Look at Emergence. In Ansgar Beckermann, Hans Flohr & Jaegwon Kim (eds.), Emergence or Reduction?: Prospects for Nonreductive Physicalism. De Gruyter.
     
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  33. Paul R. Teller (1992). Subjectivity and Knowing What It's Like. In Ansgar Beckermann, Hans Flohr & Jaegwon Kim (eds.), Emergence or Reduction?: Prospects for Nonreductive Physicalism. De Gruyter.
     
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  34. Michael Redhead & Paul Teller (1991). Particles, Particle Labels, and Quanta: The Toll of Unacknowledged Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 21 (1):43-62.
    The practice of describing multiparticle quantum systems in terms of labeled particles indicates that we think of quantum entities as individuatable. The labels, together with particle indistinguishability, create the need for symmetrization or antisymmetrization (or, in principle, higher-order symmetries), which in turn results in “surplus formal structure” in the formalism, formal structure which corresponds to nothing in the real world. We argue that these facts show quanta to be unindividuatable entities, things in principle incapable of supporting labels, and so things (...)
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  35. Paul Teller (1991). Substance, Relations, and Arguments About the Nature of Space-Time. Philosophical Review 100 (3):363-397.
  36. Paul Teller (1990). Book Review:Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach Ronald N. Giere. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 57 (4):729-.
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  37. Paul Teller (1990). Prolegomenon to a Proper Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory. Philosophy of Science 57 (4):594-618.
    This paper digests technical commonplaces of quantum field theory to present an informal interpretation of the theory by emphasizing its connections with the harmonic oscillator. The resulting "harmonic oscillator interpretation" enables newcomers to the subject to get some intuitive feel for the theory. The interpretation clarifies how the theory relates to observation and to quantum mechanical problems connected with observation. Finally the interpretation moves some way towards helping us see what the theory comes to physically. The paper also argues that, (...)
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  38. Paul Teller (1990). What the Quantum Field is Not. Philosophical Topics 18 (2):175-186.
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  39. Paul Teller (1989). Infinite Renormalization. Philosophy of Science 56 (2):238-257.
    In quantum field theory divergent expressions are "discarded", leaving finite expressions which provide the best predictions anywhere in science. In fact, this "renormalization procedure" involves no mystery or illegitimate operations. This paper explains, in terms accessible to non-experts, how the procedure really works and explores some different ways in which physicists have suggested that one understand it.
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  40. Paul Teller (1988). Book Review:The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism, and the Quantum Theory Arthur Fine. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 55 (1):155-.
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  41. Paul Teller (1987). Space-Time as a Physical Quantity. In P. Achinstein & R. Kagon (eds.), Kelvin's Baltimore Lectures and Modern Theoretical Physics. Mit Press. 425--448.
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  42. Paul Teller (1986). Relational Holism and Quantum Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (1):71-81.
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  43. Paul R. Teller (1985). Is Supervenience Just Disguised Reduction? Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):93-100.
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  44. Paul Teller (1984). Comments on Kim's Paper. Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (S1):57-61.
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  45. Paul Teller (1984). The Projection Postulate: A New Perspective. Philosophy of Science 51 (3):369-395.
    Previous work has shown that the problem of measurement in quantum mechanics is not correctly seen as one of understanding some allegedly univocal process of measurement in nature which corresponds to the projection postulate. The present paper introduces a new perspective by showing that how we are to understand the nature of the change of quantum mechanical state on measurement depends very sensitively on the interpretation of the state function, and by showing how attention to this dependence can greatly sharpen (...)
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  46. Paul R. Teller (1984). The Poor Man's Guide to Supervenience and Determination. Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement 22 (S1):137-62.
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  47. Paul Teller (1983). A Poor Man's Guide to Supervenience and Determination. Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (S1):137-162.
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  48. Paul Teller (1983). Quantum Physics, the Identity of Indiscernibles, and Some Unanswered Questions. Philosophy of Science 50 (2):309-319.
  49. Paul Teller (1983). Response: Comments on Kim's Paper. Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (Supplement):57-61.
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  50. Paul Teller (1983). The Projection Postulate as a Fortuitous Approximation. Philosophy of Science 50 (3):413-431.
    If we take the state function of quantum mechanics to describe belief states, arguments by Stairs and Friedman-Putnam show that the projection postulate may be justified as a kind of minimal change. But if the state function takes on a physical interpretation, it provides no more than what I call a fortuitous approximation of physical measurement processes, that is, an unsystematic form of approximation which should not be taken to correspond to some one univocal "measurement process" in nature. This fact (...)
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