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  1. Peter Morosoff, Ron Rudnicki, Jason Bryant, Robert Farrell & Barry Smith (2015). Joint Doctrine Ontology: A Benchmark for Military Information Systems Interoperability. In Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense and Security (STIDS). CEUR Vol. 1325 2-9.
    When the U.S. conducts warfare, elements of a force are drawn from different Services and work together as a single team to accomplish an assigned mission on the basis of joint doctrine. To achieve such unified action, it is necessary that specific Service doctrines be both consistent with and subservient to joint doctrine. But there are two further requirements that flow from the ways in which unified action increasingly involves not only live forces but also automated systems. First, the information (...)
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    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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    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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  4. 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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    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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    John R. Anderson, Robert Farrell & Ron Sauers (1984). Learning to Program in LISP1. Cognitive Science 8 (2):87-129.
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    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.
    Robert Nola has argued that anti-rationalist interpretations of science fail to adequately explain the process of science, since objective reasons can be causal factors in belief formation. While I agree with Nola that objective reasons can be a cause of belief, in this paper I present a version of the strong programme in the sociology of knowledge, the Interests Thesis, and argue that the Interests Thesis provides a plausible explanation of an episode in the history of ape-language research. Specifically, I (...)
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    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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    Robert Farrell (1983). Metaphysical Necessity and Epistemic Location. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (3):283 – 294.
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    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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    Robert Farrell (1982). Critical Notice. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 60 (2):170 – 174.
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    Robert J. Farrell (1979). Material Implication, Confirmation, and Counterfactuals. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 20 (2):383-394.
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    Robert T. Farrell (1983). Arthur MacGregor, Anglo-Scandinavian Finds From Lloyds Bank, Pavement, and Other Sites. 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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    Robert Farrell & Cliff Hooker, Design, Science and Wicked Problems.
    We examine the claim that design is demarcated from science by having wicked problems while science does not and argue that it is wrong. We examine each of the ten features Rittel and Weber hold to be characteristic of wicked problems and show that they derive from three general sources common to science and design: agent finitude, system complexity and problem normativity, and play analogous roles in each. This provides the basis for a common core cognitive process to design and (...)
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    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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    Robert J. Farrell (1986). Implication and Presupposition. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 27 (1):51-61.
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    Robert Farrell (1985). The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, 3/1–2: Late Roman and Byzantine Silver, Hanging-Bowls, Drinking Vessels, Cauldrons and Other Containers, Textiles, the Lyre, Pottery Bottle and Other Items. [REVIEW] Speculum 60 (1):126-130.
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    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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    Robert Farrell (1977). He Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, 1: Excavations, Background, the Ship, Dating and Inventory. [REVIEW] Speculum 52 (4):932-935.
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    Robert Farrell (1987). Scandinavian Settlement Names in the North-West. [REVIEW] Speculum 62 (4):935-936.
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    Robert Farrell (1985). Warlords and Holy Men: Scotland AD 80–1000. [REVIEW] Speculum 60 (4):1021-1022.
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    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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    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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  24. Robert Farrell (1979). HARRE, R. & MADDEN, E. H., "Causal Powers: A Theory of Natural Necessity". [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 57:114.
  25. Robert Farrell (1981). Rupert Bruce-Mitford, Et Al, The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, 2: Arms, Armour and Regalia. London: British Museum, 1978. Pp. 677; 24 Plates, 443 Figures, 36 Tables.Book Query [Google Scholar]Rupert Bruce-Mitford, The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial: Reflections After Thirty Years. The Second G. N. Garmonsway Memorial Lecture. York: University of York Press, 1979. Pp. 40; 36 Plates, 14 Figures. [REVIEW] Speculum 56 (3):590-593.
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  26. 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: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37 (1):83-100.
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  27. Robert Farrell & Cliff Hooker, The Simon-Kroes Model of Technical Artifacts and the Distinction Between Science and Design.
    There is a long tradition of arguing that design and science are importantly different. One such argument is that the separation of science and design is an implication that can be drawn from the Simon–Kroes model of the nature of technical artifacts. This paper argues that the Simon–Kroes model does not imply a radical separation between science and design: if we accept the Simon–Kroes model of the nature of technical artifacts and their production, then we must also accept that all (...)
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  28. Robert Farrell (1985). The Vikings in History. [REVIEW] Speculum 60 (2):433-434.
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