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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Rita Nolan (2009). The New Enlightenment Hypothesis: All Learners Are Rational. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2):219-220.
    I applaud Mitchell et al.’s expanded emphasis on cognition in learning theory, for our understanding pervades all we do. Nevertheless, there are fundamental problems with the propositional approach they propose. The title bills a propositional approach to human associative learning, animal learning being tucked in later as an egalitarian gesture, but the model proposed would be a standard neo-classic account of human learning in terms of a representational theory of mind /except for /its universal extension to all learning, human and (...)
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  4. Rita Nolan (2001). An Ideational Account of Early Word Learning: A Plausibility Assessment. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1114-1115.
    The theoretical framework of Bloom's account of child word learning is here assessed only for initial plausibility and neural plausibility. The verdict on both dimensions is low, largely due to the size and character of knowledge it is claimed that the child brings to the task. It is suggested that elements of constructivist accounts could profitably be drawn from to reduce this implausibility.
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  5. Rita Nolan (1994). Cognitive Practices: Human Language and Human Knowledge. Blackwell.
  6. Rita Nolan (1994). Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction. Philosophical Books 35 (2):142-143.
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  7. John D. Sommer, Ed Casey, Mary C. Rawlinson, Eva Kittay, Michael A. Simon, Patrick Grim, Clyde Lee Miller, Rita Nolan, Marshall Spector, Don Ihde, Peter Williams, Anthony Weston, Donn Welton, Dick Howard, David A. Dilworth, Tom Foster Digby 3d, Anthony Appiah, David Auerbach, Annette Baier, Seyla Benhabib, Akeel Bilgrami, Richard Boyd, Robert Brandon, Joshua Cohen, Arnold Davidson, Owen Flanagan, Nancy Fraser, Marcia Lind, Alexander Nehamas, Linda Nicholson, Adrian Piper, Lynne Tirrell, Lawrence Blum, Lawrence Foster, Roma Farion, Mitchel Silver, Jenifer Radden, Jack Bayne, Robert K. Shope, Jane Roland Martin, Arthur B. Millman, Beebe Nelson, Robert Rosenfeld, Janet Farrell-Smith, David E. Flesche, Daniel E. Anderson, J. R. Brown, F. Cunningham, D. Goldstick, I. Hacking, C. Normore, A. Ripstein, W. Sumner, Alison M. Jaggar, Harry Deutsch, Irving Stein, John Hund, George Englebretsen, Fred Strohm, D. L. Ouren, P. Bilimoria, F. B. D. & Nora Nevin (1993). Letters to the Editor. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 66 (5):97 - 112.
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  8. Rita Nolan (1992). A Theory of Content and Other Essays. Philosophical Books 33 (2):96-98.
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  9. Roderick M. Chisholm, John Corcoran, Jorge Gracia, L. S. Carrier, T. N. Pelegrinis, Alfred L. Ivry, D. S. Clarke, Leo Rauch, Robert Young, Michael J. Loux, Rita Nolan, Gerald Vision, E. D. Klemke, Ruth Anna Putnam, Edward S. Reed, Maurice Mandelbaum, John Wettersten & Rachel Shihor (1983). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 13 (1-2):359-362.
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  10. Rita Nolan (1981). Mass Terms: Some Philosophical Problems. Philosophical Books 22 (1):37-40.
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  11. Rita Nolan (1981). Review: R. M. Martin, Semiotics and Linguistic Structure. A Primer of Philosophic Logic. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 46 (1):167-170.
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  12. Rita Nolan (1978). Review: William E. McMahon, Hans Reichenbach's Philosophy of Grammar. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 43 (1):156-157.
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  13. Rita Nolan (1974). The Character of Writings by Artists About Their Art. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 33 (1):67-73.
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  14. Rita Nolan (1974). Book Review:Logic Matters P. T. Geach. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 41 (4):422-.
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  15. Rita Nolan (1973). Review: Robert Rogers, John R. Gregg, F. T. C. Harris, A Survey of Formal Semantics. [REVIEW] Journal of Symbolic Logic 38 (1):146-147.
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  16. Rita Nolan (1972). The Parsing of `Possible'. Journal of Philosophy 64 (6):157-168.
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  17. Rita Nolan (1969). Truth and Sentences. Mind 78 (312):501-511.
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