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  1. Robert E. Lane (forthcoming). Problems of a Regulated Economy: The British Experience. Social Research.
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  2. Robert Lane (2014). Peircean Semiotic Indeterminacy and Its Relevance for Biosemiotics. In Vinicius Romanini (ed.), Peirce and Biosemiotics.
    This chapter presents a detailed explanation of Peirce’s early and late views on semiotic indeterminacy and then considers how those views might be applied within biosemiotics. Peirce distinguished two different forms of semiotic indeterminacy: generality and vagueness. He defined each in terms of the “right” that indeterminate signs extend, either to their interpreters in the case of generality or to their utterers in the case of vagueness, to further determine their meaning. On Peirce’s view, no sign is absolutely determinate, i.e., (...)
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  3. Robert Lane (2013). Minutes of the Business Meeting Charles Sanders Peirce Society 5 April 2012. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 48 (3):400-410.
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  4. Adam Benforado, Jon Hanson & Robert E. Lane (2012). Attributions and Ideologies: Two Divergent Visions of Human Behavior Behind Our Laws, Policies, and Theories. In Jon Hanson & John Jost (eds.), Ideology, Psychology, and Law. Oup Usa. 298.
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  5. Robert Lane (2012). Minutes of the Business Meeting Charles Sanders Peirce Society 21 April 2011. Transactions of the Charles s Peirce Society 48 (1).
     
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  6. Robert Lane (2011). The Final Incapacity: Peirce on Intuition and the Continuity of Mind and Matter, Part I. Cognitio 12 (1).
    This is the first of two papers that examine Charles Peirce’s denial that human beings have a faculty of intuition. The semiotic and epistemo-logical aspects of that denial are well-known. My focus is on its neglected metaphysical aspect, which I argue amounts to the doctrine that there is no determinate boundary between the internal world of the cognizing subject and the external world that the subject cognizes. In the second paper, I will argue that the “objective idealism” of Peirce’s 1890s (...)
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  7. Robert Lane (2011). The Final Incapacity: Peirce on Intuition and the Continuity of Mind and Matter, Part II. Cognitio 12 (2):237-256.
    This is the second of two papers that examine Charles Peirce’s denial that human beings have a faculty of intuition. In the first paper, I argued that in its metaphysical aspect, Peirce’s denial of intuition amounts to the doctrine that there is no determinate boundary between the internal world of the cognizing subject and the external world that the subject cognizes.In the present paper, I argue that, properly understood, the “objective idealism” of Peirce’s 1890s cosmological series is a more general (...)
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  8. Robert Lane (2009). Persons, Signs, Animals: A Peircean Account of Personhood. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):pp. 1-26.
    In this essay I describe two of the accounts that Peirce provides of personhood: the semiotic account, on which a person is a sequence of thought-signs, and the naturalistic account, on which a person is an animal. I then argue that these disparate accounts can be reconciled into a plausible view on which persons are numerically distinct entities that are nevertheless continuous with each other in an important way. This view would be agreeable to Peirce in some respects, as it (...)
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  9. Robert Lane (2008). Minutes of the Business Meeting: Charles Sanders Peirce Society 28 December 2007. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (3):pp. 555-559.
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  10. Robert Lane (2008). Peirce's Theory of Signs, by T. L. Short. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):pp. 650-651.
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  11. Robert Lane (2007). Haack's Critical Common-Sensism About Perception. In Cornelis De Waal (ed.), Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions: The Philosopher Responds to Critics. Prometheus Books. 109.
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  12. Robert Lane (2007). Peirception : Haack's Critical Common-Sensism About Perception. In Cornelis De Waal (ed.), Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions: The Philosopher Responds to Critics. Prometheus Books. 109-122.
    Susan Haack has argued that an account of perception based on that developed by Charles Peirce can overcome the false dichotomy between realist theories that downplay perception's interpretative character and irrealist theories that deny its directness. Haack believes that this dichotomy is overcome by Peirce's distinction between the perceptual judgment, the belief that accompanies a perceptual experience, and the percept, the phenomenal, interactive aspect of a perceptual experience. But I provide reasons for thinking that Haack's account of perception is inadequate.
     
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  13. Robert Lane (2007). Peirce's Modal Shift: From Set Theory to Pragmaticism. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (4):551-576.
    For many years, Charles Peirce maintained that all senses of the modal terms "possible" and "necessary" can be defined in terms of "states of information." But in 1896, he was motivated by his work in set theory to criticize that account of modality, and in 1905 he characterized that criticism as a return "to the Aristotelian doctrine of a real possibility ... the great step that was needed to render pragmaticism an intelligible doctrine." But since Peirce was a realist about (...)
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  14. Susan Haack & Robert Lane (eds.) (2006). Pragmatism Old & New: Selected Writings. Prometheus Books.
    “The most likely use for Haack’s volume will be in introductory pragmatism courses and it is eminently appropriate for this task. However, others who would wish to speak out about pragmatism authoritatively would do well to go through the book from cover to cover. Outside of philosophy, the volume provides an introduction to a vital aspect of what philosophy has to offer to other disciplines, psychology among them....it is hard to think what could have been done to improve upon the (...)
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  15. Robert Lane (2006). Synechistic Bioethics: How a Peircean Views the Abortion Debate. Contemporary Pragmatism 3 (2):151-170.
    I provide an account of the moral status of pre-birth humans that integrates ideas from Charles Peirce, including: synechism, the idea that "all that exists is continuous"; the reality of "Seconds," independently existing individual entities; and Peirce's pragmatic conceptions of truth and reality. This account implies that destroying a pre-birth human is determinately moral very soon after conception and determinately immoral very late in pregnancy. But it also implies that during much of gestation, destroying a pre-birth human is of indeterminate (...)
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  16. Robert Lane (2006). Safety, Identity and Consent: A Limited Defense of Reproductive Human Cloning. Bioethics 20 (3):125–135.
    Some opponents of reproductive human cloning have argued that, because of its experimental nature, any attempt to create a child by way of cloning would risk serious birth defects or genetic abnormalities and would therefore be immoral. Some versions of this argument appeal to the consent of the person to be conceived in this way. In particular, they assume that if an experimental reproductive technology has not yet been shown to be safe, then, before we use it, we are morally (...)
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  17. Karen F. Balkin & Robert D. Lane (2005). Assisted Suicide. Greenhaven Press.
    Contributors explore the social, medical, and ethical dilemma of assisted suicide in this revised edition that includes international as well as domestic viewpoints. The federal government's continued challenges to Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, the disabled community's response to assisted suicide, and the slippery slope argument are all examined.
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  18. Robert Lane (2004). On Peirce’s Early Realism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (4):575 - 605.
    It is well known that C. S. Peirce eventually accepted an "extreme scholastic realism" about "generals" and "vagues." But it has been a subject of debate among Peirce scholars whether he was a nominalist early on. In particular, it remains unsettled whether Peirce's earliest position regarding generals was one of antirealism or whether he was a realist about generals from the very beginning. In this essay I argue that despite first appearances, the textual evidence does not support the claim that (...)
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  19. Robert Lane (2003). Why I Was Never a Zygote. Southern Journal of Philosophy 41 (1):63-83.
    Don Marquis has argued that abortion is immoral because it deprives the fetus of a "future like ours." But Marquis's argument fails by incorrectly assuming that a zygote and the late-term fetus with which it is physically continuous are numerically identical. In fact, the identity of a prebirth human (PBH) across gestation is indeterminate, such that it is determinately morally permissible to destroy an early-term PBH and determinately immoral to destroy a late-term PBH. Beginning at some indeterminate point during gestation (...)
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  20. Robert D. Lane & Steven M. Lane, Finding Patterns in Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth. Comparative Studies The Hemingway Society.
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  21. David Clarke, James Kunstler, James Legacy, Robert Lane, Richard Smith & Stanley Pearson (2000). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Knowledge, Technology and Policy 12 (4):91-103.
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  22. Barry Fagin, Roland Person, Ron Thomas & Robert Lane (2000). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Knowledge, Technology and Policy 13 (2):109-122.
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  23. Robert Lane (2000). Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays, by Susan Haack. [REVIEW] Knowledge Technology and Policy 12 (4):98-99.
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  24. Robert Lane (2000). Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud, by Robert Park. [REVIEW] Knowledge Technology and Policy 13 (2):117-120.
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  25. Robert E. Lane (2000). Moral Blame and Causal Explanation. Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (1):45–58.
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  26. Robert Lane (1999). Peirce’s Triadic Logic Revisited. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35 (2):284 - 311.
    This is a discussion of a three-valued logic in Peirce's writings.
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  27. Robert Lane (1999). Why Bacon’s Method is Not Certain. History of Philosophy Quarterly 16 (2):181 - 192.
    Francis Bacon wrote of his method of eliminative induction that it was "a new and certain road for the mind to take" and that it would "establish degrees of certainty". I argue that Bacon's method is not certain in either of two different senses of "certain": (a) resulting in maximally justified conclusions or (b) being as secure as a deductively valid argument.
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  28. Robert D. Lane (1998). Thomas R. Flynn, Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 18 (5):326-327.
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  29. Luis A. Camacho, Colin Campbell, David A. Crocker, Eleonora Curlo, Herman E. Daly, Eliezer Diamond, Robert Goodland, Allen L. Hammond, Nathan Keyfitz, Robert E. Lane, Judith Lichtenberg, David Luban, James A. Nash, Martha C. Nussbaum, ThomasW Pogge, Mark Sagoff, Juliet B. Schor, Michael Schudson, Jerome M. Segal, Amartya Sen, Alan Strudler, Paul L. Wachtel, Paul E. Waggoner, David Wasserman & Charles K. Wilber (1997). Ethics of Consumption: The Good Life, Justice, and Global Stewardship. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  30. Robert Lane (1997). Peirce’s ‘Entanglement’ with the Principles of Excluded Middle and Contradiction. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 33 (3):680 - 703.
    Charles Peirce claimed that "anything is general in so far as the principle of excluded middle does not apply to it and is vague in so far as the principle of contradiction does not apply to it." This seems to imply that general propositions are neither true nor false and that vague propositions are both true and false. But this is not the case. I argue that Peirce's claim was intended to underscore relatively simple facts about quantification and negation, and (...)
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  31. Robert D. Lane (1996). Marjorie Grene, A Philosophical Testament Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 16 (2):108-110.
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  32. Robert E. Lane (1995). Researching Happiness: Reply to Wilson. Critical Review 9 (3):445-446.
    Wilson's comments on The Market Experience are deficient for at least three reasons. First, his lack of knowledge regarding subjective well?being deprives him of an adequate frame of reference from which to evaluate my work. Second, he fails to appreciate that a theory may legitimately draw upon more than one explanatory factor. Third, Wilson apparently did not read the entire book.
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  33. Robert E. Lane (1995). What Rational Choice Explains. Critical Review 9 (1-2):107-126.
    Rational choice theories have been falsified by experimental tests of economic behavior and have not been supported by analyses of behavior in the market. Politics is an even less fertile field of application for rational choice theories because politics deals with ends as well as means, thus preventing ends?means rationality; voters have partisan loyalties often ?fixed? in adolescence; political benefits have no common unit of measurement; ?rational ignorance? inhibits rational choices; and there is no market?like feedback to facilitate learning. Research (...)
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  34. Robert D. Lane (1994). INTRODUCTIONS Practical Ethics (Second Edition). Philosophical Books 35 (4):285-287.
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  35. Robert D. Lane (ed.) (1994). Reading the Bible: Intention, Text, Interpretation. University Press of America.
    This book argues that the best way to understand the stories of the Old and New Testaments is to consider them as human stories with sophisticated narrative techniques at play. God is a character in these stories from the beginning, and considering god as a character in a narrative proves fruitful in responding to the human voices of these stories. -/- Although many readers go to the Bible to find the revealed word of Yahweh or of the Christian God, what (...)
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  36. Robert E. Lane (1994). Quality of Life and Quality of Persons: A New Role for Government? Political Theory 22 (2):219-252.
    If the obstacles to human development lie in the paucity of resources, in insuperable technical barriers, the task would be hopeless. We know instead that it is too often a lack of political commitment, not of resources, that is the ultimate cause of human neglect. United Nations, Human Development Report, 1991.
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  37. Robert E. Lane (1994). Quality of Life and Quality of Person's New Role for Well-Being Measures. Political Theory 22:1996.
     
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  38. Robert E. Lane (1994). The Road Not Taken: Friendship, Consumerism, and Happiness. Critical Review 8 (4):521-554.
    Since the mid?1960s in advanced and rapidly advancing economies, there has been a rising tide of clinical depression and dysphoria, a decline in mutual trust, and a loosening of social bonds. Most studies show that above a minimal level, income is irrelevant to one's sense of well?being, but companionship and social support increase well?being. Since shopping and consumption are increasingly solitary activities, and watching television is not genuinely sociable, the increased time devoted to these activities may be responsible for rising (...)
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  39. Robert Lane (1992). Organ Transplants and Ethics. Philosophical Books 33 (1):47-48.
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  40. Robert Lane (1991). Love: Emotion, Myth, and Metaphor. Philosophical Books 32 (4):243-244.
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  41. Robert D. Lane (1984). Albert Camus: The Absurd Hero. Humanist in Canada 17 (4):85-89.
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  42. Robert E. Lane (1982). Government and Self-Esteem. Political Theory 10 (1):5-31.
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  43. Robert E. Lane (1978). Waiting for Lefty. Theory and Society 6 (1):1-28.
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