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    Rosanna Keefe & Peter Smith (eds.) (1997). Vagueness: A Reader. MIT Press.
    Vagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language. Vague terms -- such as 'tall', 'red', 'bald', and 'tadpole' -- have borderline cases ; and they lack well-defined extensions. The phenomenon of vagueness poses a fundamental challenge to classical logic and semantics, which assumes that propositions are either true or false and that extensions are determinate.This anthology collects for the first time the most important papers in the field. After a substantial introduction that surveys (...)
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  2. Peter Carruthers & Peter K. Smith (eds.) (1996). Theories of Theories of Mind. Cambridge University Press.
    Theories of Theories of Mind brings together contributions by a distinguished international team of philosophers, psychologists, and primatologists, who between them address such questions as: what is it to understand the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of other people? How does such an understanding develop in the normal child? Why, unusually, does it fail to develop? And is any such mentalistic understanding shared by members of other species? The volume's four parts together offer a state of the art survey of the (...)
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    Peter K. Smith (1982). Does Play Matter? Functional and Evolutionary Aspects of Animal and Human Play. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (1):139.
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    Peter Smith (1983). Smart's Argument for Realism. Analysis 43 (2):74 - 78.
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    Peter Smith (2011). Squeezing Arguments. Analysis 71 (1):22 - 30.
    Many of our concepts are introduced to us via, and seem only to be constrained by, roughand-ready explanations and some sample paradigm positive and negative applications. This happens even in informal logic and mathematics. Yet in some cases, the concepts in question – although only informally and vaguely characterized – in fact have, or appear to have, entirely determinate extensions. Here’s one familiar example. When we start learning computability theory, we are introduced to the idea of an algorithmically computable function (...)
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    Peter Smith (1998). Explaining Chaos. Cambridge University Press.
    A clear and accessible discussion of the ideas and issues behind chaotic dynamics.
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  7. Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith (2010). Rejection and Valuations. Analysis 70 (1):3 - 10.
    Timothy Smiley's wonderful paper 'Rejection' (Analysis 1996) is still perhaps not as well known or well understood as it should be. This note first gives a quick presentation of themes from that paper, though done in our own way, and then considers a putative line of objection - recently advanced by Julien Murzi and Ole Hjortland (Analysis 2009) - to one of Smiley's key claims. Along the way, we consider the prospects for an intuitionistic approach to some of the issues (...)
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  8. Peter Smith (1998). Approximate Truth and Dynamical Theories. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2):253-277.
    Arguably, there is no substantial, general answer to the question of what makes for the approximate truth of theories. But in one class of cases, the issue seems simply resolved. A wide class of applied dynamical theories can be treated as two-component theories—one component specifying a certain kind of abstract geometrical structure, the other giving empirical application to this structure by claiming that it replicates, subject to arbitrary scaling for units etc., the geometric structure to be found in some real-world (...)
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    Peter Smith (2008). Ancestral Arithmetic and Isaacson's Thesis. Analysis 68 (297):1–10.
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    Peter Smith (1981). Carr on Beliefs and Dispositions. Analysis 41 (3):154 - 155.
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    Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith (2012). Is 'No' a Force-Indicator? Sometimes, Possibly. Analysis 72 (2):225-231.
    Some bilateralists have suggested that some of our negative answers to yes-or-no questions are cases of rejection. Mark Textor (2011. Is ‘no’ a force-indicator? No! Analysis 71: 448–56) has recently argued that this suggestion falls prey to a version of the Frege-Geach problem. This note reviews Textor's objection and shows why it fails. We conclude with some brief remarks concerning where we think that future attacks on bilateralism should be directed.
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  12. Peter Smith (1975). Solitary Speakers. Mind 84 (336):590-594.
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    Chris Jarrold, Peter Carruthers, Jill Boucher & Peter K. Smith (1994). Pretend Play. Mind and Language 9 (4):445-468.
    Children’s ability to pretend, and the apparent lack of pretence in children with autism, have become important issues in current research on ‘theory of mind’, on the assumption that pretend play may be an early indicator of metarepresentational abilities.
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    Peter Smith (2003). An Introduction to Formal Logic. Cambridge University Press.
    Formal logic provides us with a powerful set of techniques for criticizing some arguments and showing others to be valid. These techniques are relevant to all of us with an interest in being skilful and accurate reasoners. In this highly accessible book, Peter Smith presents a guide to the fundamental aims and basic elements of formal logic. He introduces the reader to the languages of propositional and predicate logic, and then develops formal systems for evaluating arguments translated into these languages, (...)
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  15. Peter Smith (2011). Explaining Chaos. Cambridge University Press.
    Chaotic dynamics has been hailed as the third great scientific revolution in physics this century, comparable to relativity and quantum mechanics. In this book, Peter Smith takes a cool, critical look at such claims. He cuts through the hype and rhetoric by explaining some of the basic mathematical ideas in a clear and accessible way, and by carefully discussing the methodological issues which arise. In particular, he explores the new kinds of explanation of empirical phenomena which modern dynamics can deliver. (...)
     
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  16. Peter Smith (1998). Approximate Truth for Minimalists. Philosophical Papers 27 (2):119-128.
  17. Peter Smith (1982). Bad News for Anomalous Monism? Analysis 42 (October):220-4.
  18. Peter Smith, Formal Logic.
    ... and a reading knowledge of formal logical symbolism is essential too. (Philosophers often use bits of logical symbolism to clarify their arguments.) Because the artificial and simply formal languages of logic give us highly illuminating objects of comparison when we come thinking about how natural languages work. (Relevant to topics in ‘philosophical logic’ and the philosophy of language.) But mainly because it us the point of entry into the study of one of the major intellectual achievements by philosophers of (...)
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    Peter Smith & Peter Mittelstaedt (1977). Philosophical Problems of Modern Physics. Philosophical Quarterly 27 (107):188.
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    Peter Smith (1984). Could We Be Brains in a Vat. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):115--23.
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    Peter Smith (1986). Metaphysical Realism and Historical Interpretation. Analysis 46 (3):157 - 158.
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    Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith (2012). Review of P. Maddy, Defending the Axioms: On the Philosophical Foundations of Set Theory. [REVIEW] Mind 121 (481):195-200.
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    Peter Smith (1981). Hess on Reasons and Causes. Analysis 41 (4):206 - 209.
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    Peter Smith (1981). Realism and the Progress of Science. Cambridge University Press.
    This book examines the philosophical foundations of the realist view of the progress of science as cumulative.
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    Peter Smith (2009). Mathematical Thought and its Objects. Analysis 69 (3):549 - 557.
    Needless to say, Charles Parsons’s long awaited book1 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the philosophy of mathematics. But as Parsons himself says, this has been a very long time in the writing. Its chapters extensively “draw on”, “incorporate material from”, “overlap considerably with”, or “are expanded versions of” papers published over the last twenty-five or so years. What we are reading is thus a multi-layered text with different passages added at different times. And this makes for (...)
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    Peter Smith (1984). Anomalous Monism and Epiphenomenalism: A Reply to Honderich. Analysis 44 (2):83-86.
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    Peter Smith & Jones O. R. (1986). The Philosophy of Mind. Cambridge University Press.
    This is a straightforward, elementary textbook for beginning students of philosophy. The general aim is to provide a clear introduction to the main issues arising in the philosophy of mind. Part I discusses the Cartesian dualist view which many find initially appealing, and contains a careful examination of arguments for and against. Part II introduces the broadly functionalist type of physicalism which has Aristotelian roots. This approach is developed to yield accounts of perception, action, belief and desire, and the emerging (...)
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  28. Peter Smith (2003). Constructivism Exploded? Analysis 63 (3):263–266.
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  29. Peter Smith (1992). Modest Reductions and the Unity of Science. In K. Lennon & D. Charles (eds.), Reduction, Explanation, and Realism. Oxford University Press 19--43.
     
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    Mohammad Amirul Islam, Sabu S. Padmadas & Peter W. F. Smith (2006). Men’s Approval of Family Planning in Bangladesh. Journal of Biosocial Science 38 (2):247.
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    Peter Smith, Back to Basics: Revisiting the Incompleteness Theorems.
    Preface 1 The First Theorem revisited 1.1 Notational preliminaries 1.2 Definitional preliminaries 1.3 A general version of G¨ odel’s First Theorem 1.4 Giving the First Theorem bite 1.5 Generic G¨ odel sentences and arithmetic truth 1.6 Canonical and standard G¨ odel sentences 2 The Second Theorem revisited 2.1 Definitional preliminaries 2.2 Towards G¨ odel’s Second Theorem 2.3 A general version of G¨ odel’s Second Theorem 2.4 Giving the Second Theorem bite 2.5 Comparisons 2.6 Further results about provability predicates 2.7 Back (...)
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    Peter Smith & O. R. Jones (1986). The Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
    This is a straightforward, elementary textbook for beginning students of philosophy. The general aim is to provide a clear introduction to the main issues arising in the philosophy of mind. Part I discusses the Cartesian dualist view which many find initially appealing, and contains a careful examination of arguments for and against. Part II introduces the broadly functionalist type of physicalism which has Aristotelian roots. This approach is developed to yield accounts of perception, action, belief and desire, and the emerging (...)
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    Dean Buckner & Peter Smith (1986). Quotation and the Liar Paradox. Analysis 46 (2):65-68.
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    Peter Smith, Godel Without (Too Many) Tears.
    odel’s Theorems (CUP, heavily corrected fourth printing 2009: henceforth IGT ). Surely that’s more than enough to be going on with? Ah, but there’s the snag. It is more than enough. In the writing, as is the way with these things, the book grew far beyond the scope of the lecture notes from which it started. And while I hope the result is still pretty accessible to someone prepared to put in the time and effort, there is – to be (...)
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    Peter Smith, Basic Reading on Computable Functions.
    This is an annotated reading list on the beginning elements of the theory of computable functions. It is now structured so as to complement the first eight lectures of Thomas Forster’s Part III course in Lent 2011 (see the first four chapters of his evolving handouts).
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    Peter Smith (1999). Index to Volume 59, 1999. Analysis 59 (264):362–364.
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  37. Peter Smith, Charles Parsons: Mathematical Thought and Its Object.
     
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    Peter Smith (1987). Subjectivity and Colour Vision. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 61:245-81.
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    Peter Smith, Field on Truth: How Complex is Too Complex?
    In a reading group, we’ve been working through the first three parts of Field’s Saving Truth from Paradox, by the end of which he has presented his core proposals. At this point, we’ve now rather lost the will to continue – for this is an astonishingly badly written book, which makes ridiculous demands on the patience of even a sympathetic reader. It so happened that it fell to me to introduce the last two chapters in Part III, Ch. 17 in (...)
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    Peter Smith, Tennenbaum's Theorem.
    We are going to prove a key theorem that tells us just a bit more about the structure of the non-standard countable models of first-order Peano Arithmetic; and then we will very briefly consider whether any broadly philosophical morals can be drawn from the technical result.
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    Peter Smith, Curry's Paradox, Lukasiewicz, and Field.
    In approaching Ch. 4 of Saving Truth from Paradox, it might be helpful first to revisit Curry’s original paper, and to revisit Lukasiewicz too, to provide more of the scenesetting that Field doesn’t himself fill in. So in §1 I’ll say something about Curry, in §2 we’ll look at what Lukasiewicz was up to in his original three-valued logic, and in §3 we’ll look at the move from a three-valued to a many-valued Lukasiewicz logic. In §4, I move on to (...)
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    Peter Smith, Wittgenstein on Mathematics and Games.
    Unlike his other major typescripts, the Big Typescript is divided into titled chapters, themselves divided into titled sections. But within a section we still get a collection of remarks typically without connecting tissue and lacking any transparently significant ordering or helpful signposting. So we still encounter the usual difficulties in trying to think our way through into what Wittgenstein might be wanting to say. Some enthusiasts like to try to persuade us that the aphoristic style is really of the essence. (...)
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  43. Peter K. Smith (ed.) (2002). Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe. Routledge.
    Violence in schools is a pervasive, highly emotive and, above all, global problem. Bullying and its negative social consequences are of perennial concern, while the media regularly highlights incidences of violent assault - and even murder - occurring within schools. This unique and fascinating text offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of how European nations are tackling this serious issue. _Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe_, brings together contributions from all EU member states and two associated states. Each chapter (...)
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    Peter Smith (2010). Rejection and Valuations. Analysis 70 (1):3 - 10.
    Timothy Smiley’s wonderful paper ‘Rejection’ (1996) is still perhaps not as well known or well understood as it should be. This note first gives a quick presentation of themes from that paper, though done in our own way, and then considers a putative line of objection – recently advanced by Julien Murzi and Ole Hjortland (2009) – to one of Smiley’s key claims. Along the way, we consider the prospects for an intuitionistic approach to some of the issues discussed in (...)
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    Peter Smith (2009). Critical Notice of C. Parsons, Mathematical Thought and its Objects. [REVIEW] Analysis 69 (3):549-557.
    Needless to say, Charles Parsons’s long awaited book1 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the philosophy of mathematics. But as Parsons himself says, this has been a very long time in the writing. Its chapters extensively “draw on”, “incorporate material from”, “overlap considerably with”, or “are expanded versions of” papers published over the last twenty-five or so years. What we are reading is thus a multi-layered text with different passages added at different times. And this makes for (...)
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  46. Peter Smith, Introducing Wilfrid Hodges, a Shorter Model Theory.
    In the opening chapter of ‘the Shorter Hodges’, we get a lot of fixing of terminology and notation, and some fairly natural definitions of ideas like that of isomorphism between structures. There are no really tricky ideas which need further exploration, nor any nasty proofs that could do with more elaboration. So I don’t pretend to have anything very thrilling by way of introductory comments. But let me make some more general philosophical comments.
     
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    Peter Smith, The Galois Connection Between Syntax and Semantics.
    Preface 1 Partially ordered sets 1.1 Posets introduced 1.2 Partial orders and strict orders 1.3 Maps between posets 1.4 Compounding maps 1.5 Order similarity 1.6 Inclusion posets as typical..
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    Jerome De Lisle, Peter Smith & Vena Jules (2005). Which Males or Females Are Most at Risk and on What? An Analysis of Gender Differentials Within the Primary School System of Trinidad and Tobago. Educational Studies 31 (4):393-418.
    This paper reviews the work on gendered achievement in the English?speaking Caribbean, with its often explicit focus on underachieving males. However, patterns of gendered achievement are more likely region?specific and variegated in some contexts. In Trinidad and Tobago, the full?scale implementation of national assessments in 2004 provided an opportunity to evaluate mathematics and language performance across the entire pupil population at standards 1 (7? to 8?year?olds) and 3 (9? to 10?year?olds). Census data from the high?stakes 2003 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) (...)
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    Peter Smith, Church's Thesis After 70 Years.
    In the section ‘Further reading’, I listed a book that arrived on my desk just as I was sending IGT off to the press, namely Church’s Thesis after 70 Years edited by Adam Olszewski et al. On the basis of a quick glance, I warned that the twenty two essays in the book did seem to be of ‘variable quality’. But actually, things turn out to be a bit worse than that: the collection really isn’t very good at all! After (...)
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  50. Peter Smith, Laws of Nature.
    Where to begin? I’ll take three books from my shelves. First, now nearly forty years old, a little book of television lectures by the great physicist Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law. He talks about the laws of motion, the inverse square law of gravitation, conservation laws, symmetry principles and the various ways these all hang together. Feynman obviously takes it that it is a prime aim of science to discover such laws. But what are laws? He writes – (...)
     
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