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  1. Robert P. Farrell & C. A. Hooker (2007). Applying Self-Directed Anticipative Learning to Science I: Agency, Error, and the Interactive Exploration of Possibility Space in Early Ape-Langugae Research. Perspectives on Science 15 (1):87-124.
    : The purpose of this paper and its sister paper (Farrell and Hooker, b) is to present, evaluate and elaborate a proposed new model for the process of scientific development: self-directed anticipative learning (SDAL). The vehicle for its evaluation is a new analysis of a well-known historical episode: the development of ape-language research. In this first paper we outline five prominent features of SDAL that will need to be realized in applying SDAL to science: 1) interactive exploration of possibility space; (...)
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  2. Robert P. Farrell & C. A. Hooker (2007). Applying Self-Directed Anticipative Learning to Science II: Learning How to Learn Across a Revolution in Early Ape Language Research. Perspectives on Science 15 (2):222-255.
    : The purpose of this paper and its sister paper I (Farrell and Hooker, a) is to present, evaluate and elaborate a proposed new model for the process of scientific development: self-directed anticipative learning. The vehicle for its evaluation is a new analysis of a well-known historical episode: the development of ape language research. Paper I examined the basic features of SDAL in relation to the early history of ape-language research. In this second paper we examine the reconceptualization of ape-language (...)
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  3. Robert P. Farrell (2006). Rational Versus Anti-Rational Interpretations of Science: An Ape-Language Case-Study. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 37 (1):83-100.
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  4. Robert Farrell (2003). Feyerabend and Scientific Values: Tightrope-Walking Rationality. Kluwer.
    In this book it is argued that this picture of Feyerabend is false.
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  5. Robert P. Farrell (2000). Will the Popperian Feyerabend Please Step Forward: Pluralistic, Popperian Themes in the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):257 – 266.
    John Preston has claimed that we must understand Paul Feyerabend's later, post-1970, philosophy in terms of a disappointed Popperianism: that Feyerabend became a sceptical, relativistic, literal anarchist because of his perception of the failure of Popper's philosophy. I argue that this claim cannot be supported and trace the development of Feyerabend's philosophy in terms of a commitment to the central Popperian themes of criticism and critical explanatory progress. This commitment led Feyerabend to reject Popper's specific methodology in favour of a (...)
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  6. Robert Farrell (1987). Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the North-West. (Navnestudier Udgivet Af Institut for Navneforskning, 25.) Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzels, 1985. Paper. Pp. Xxii, 455; Tables and Maps. Danish Summary. DKr 200. [REVIEW] Speculum 62 (4):935-936.
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  7. Robert J. Farrell (1986). Implication and Presupposition. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 27 (1):51-61.
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  8. Robert T. Farrell (1985). Alfred P. Smyth, Warlords and Holy Men: Scotland AD 80–1000. (The New History of Scotland, 1.) London and Baltimore: Edward Arnold, 1984. Paper. Pp. Viii, 279; 4 Maps, 4 Genealogical Tables. $13.95. [REVIEW] Speculum 60 (4):1021-1022.
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  9. Robert T. Farrell (1985). F. Donald Logan, The Vikings in History. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1983. Pp. 224; 24 Maps, 5 Tables, 4 Black-and-White Plates. $23.50. [REVIEW] Speculum 60 (2):433-434.
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  10. John R. Anderson, Robert Farrell & Ron Sauers (1984). Learning to Program in LISP1. Cognitive Science 8 (2):87-129.
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  11. Robert Farrell (1983). Metaphysical Necessity and Epistemic Location. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (3):283 – 294.
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  12. Robert T. Farrell (1983). Arthur MacGregor, Anglo-Scandinavian Finds From Lloyds Bank, Pavement, and Other Sites. (The Archaeology of York, 17: The Small Finds, 3.) London: Council for British Archaeology, 1982. Paper. Pp. 67–174; 47 Figures, 6 Tables, 2 Black-and-White Plates. £6.50. [REVIEW] Speculum 58 (4):1128.
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  13. Robert Farrell (1982). Critical Notice. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 60 (2):170 – 174.
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  14. Robert Farrell (1981). Metaphysical Necessity is Not Logical Necessity. Philosophical Studies 39 (2):141 - 153.
    Kripke and putnam have argued that metaphysical necessity is truth in all possible worlds, Hence is a kind of logica necessity; it is this claim I argue against. My argument proceeds by way of my considering and elaborating an example to show that although 'gold has atomic number 79' be counted a metaphysically necessary truth, There is a possible world in which it is false; it turns out to be for all I show here at most a physical necessity, True (...)
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  15. Robert J. Farrell (1979). Material Implication, Confirmation, and Counterfactuals. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 20 (2):383-394.
  16. Robert J. Farrell (1975). A Note on the Truth-Table for $P \Supset Q$. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 16 (2):301-304.
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  17. Robert Farrell (1974). Michael Dummett on the Structure of Appearance. Synthese 28 (2):233 - 249.
    My early promise to answer Dummett's criticisms has been kept: both general criticisms of Goodman's constructional method and particular criticisms of specific aspects of the system developed in SA have been met. The general conclusion has to be that Dummett in his review, and in his elaborations in his two later articles, is not a reliable guide to SA itself, or to its significance. Those whom I hypothesized as having left their copies of SA unread on the basis of Dummett's (...)
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