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  1. Robert Nola, Notes on the Confirmation of Hypothese by Evidence and Probability.
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  2. Robert Nola (2014). Varieties of Reference and Realism. Metascience 23 (1):137-140.
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  3. Robert Nola (2012). Varieties of Structuralism. Metascience 21 (1):59-64.
    Varieties of structuralism Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-6 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9557-x Authors Robert Nola, Department of Philosophy, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 New Zealand Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  4. Robert Nola & Friedel Weinert (2012). Darwinian Inferences. In Martin H. Brinkworth & Friedel Weinert (eds.), Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences. Springer.
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  5. John Bigelow, Raymond D. Bradley, Andrew Brennan, Tony Coady, Peter Forrest, James Franklin, Karen Green, Russell Grigg, Matthew Sharpe, Jeanette Kennett, Neil Levy, Catriona Mackenzie, Gary Malinas, Chris Mortensen, Robert Nola, Paul Patton, Charles R. Pidgen, Val Plumwood, Graham Priest, Greg Restall, Jack Reynolds, Paul Thom & Michelle Boulous Walker (2011). The Antipodean Philosopher: Public Lectures on Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Lexington Books.
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  6. David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) (2009). Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism. Mit Press.
    A new program of philosophical analysis that reconciles a certain account of analysis with philosophical naturalism is applied to a range of philosophical ...
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  7. David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (2009). Introducing the Canberra Plan. In David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.), Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism. Mit Press. 1--20.
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  8. Robert Nola (2008). Social Studies of Science. In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge. 259--68.
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  9. Robert Nola (2008). The Optimistic Meta-Induction and Ontological Continuity: The Case of the Electron. In Lena Soler, Howard Sankey & Paul Hoyningen-Huene (eds.), Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison. Springer.
  10. Robert Nola (2007). Theories of Scientific Method: An Introduction. Acumen.
    What is it to be scientific? Is there such a thing as scientific method? And if so, how might such methods be justified? -/- Robert Nola and Howard Sankey seek to provide answers to these fundamental questions in their exploration of the major recent theories of scientific method. Although for many scientists their understanding of method is something they just “pick up” in the course of being trained, Nola and Sankey argue that it is possible to be explicit about what (...)
     
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  11. Robert Nola (2005). Abandoning Science and Truth, or Reclaiming Science and Truth From Nietzschean Ascetic Ideals? Rivista di Estetica 45 (28):199-223.
     
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  12. Robert Nola (2005). Review of Herbert Keuth, The Philosophy of Karl Popper. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (10).
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  13. Robert Nola (2004). Meera Nanda, Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India. Science and Education 13 (3):243-249.
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  14. Mansoor Niaz, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Alicia Benarroch, Liberato Cardellini, Carlos E. Laburú, Nicolás Marín, Luis A. Montes, Robert Nola, Yuri Orlik & Lawrence C. Scharmann (2003). Constructivism: Defense or a Continual Critical Appraisal A Response to Gil-Pérez Et Al. Science and Education 12 (8):787-797.
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  15. Robert Nola (2003). Nietzsche as Anti-Semitic Jewish Conspiracy Theorist. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):35-62.
    Despite his strong objections to anti-Semitism, it will be argued that Nietzsche held a curious conspiracy theory about the Jews that is uniquely his own. Modern Jews, he declared, had the power to have mastery over Europe. And Ancient Jews exercised a remarkable power of self-preservation when they got others to accept the slave morality of Christianity. The second claim is shown to have a setting in Nietzsche’s own theory of the genealogy of morals. But it is argued that that (...)
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  16. Robert Nola (2003). Naked Before Reality; Skinless Before the Absolute. Science and Education 12 (2):131-166.
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  17. David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) (2001). The Canberra Plan. Oxford University Press.
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  18. Fred Kroon & Robert Nola (2001). Ramsification, Reference Fixing and Incommensurability. In Paul Hoyningen-Huene & Howard Sankey (eds.), Incommensurability and Related Matters. Kluwer. 91--121.
  19. Robert Nola (2001). The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend. John Preston, Gonzalo Munévar, David Lamb. Mind 110 (439):813-817.
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  20. Robert Nola (2000). Saving Kuhn From the Sociologists of Science. Science and Education 9 (1-2):77-90.
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  21. Robert Nola & Howard Sankey (eds.) (2000). After Popper, Kuhn, and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Some think that issues to do with scientific method are last century's stale debate; Popper was an advocate of methodology, but Kuhn, Feyerabend, and others are alleged to have brought the debate about its status to an end. The papers in this volume show that issues in methodology are still very much alive. Some of the papers reinvestigate issues in the debate over methodology, while others set out new ways in which the debate has developed in the last decade. The (...)
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  22. Howard Sankey & Robert Nola (eds.) (2000). After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method.
  23. Robert Nola (1999). On the Possibility of a Scientific Theory of Scientific Method. Science and Education 8 (4):427-439.
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  24. Robert Nola (1998). Introduction. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (2):1-4.
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  25. Robert Nola (1998). Knowledge, Discourse, Power and Genealogy in Foucault. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (2):109-154.
  26. David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (1997). Ramsification and Glymour’s Counterexample. Analysis 57 (3):167–169.
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  27. Robert Nola (1997). Constructivism in Science and Science Education: A Philosophical Critique. Science and Education 6 (1-2):55-83.
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  28. Robert Nola (1996). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (3):467-473.
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  29. Robert Nola (1994). Post-Modernism, a French Cultural Chernobyl: Foucault on Power/Knowledge. Inquiry 37 (1):3 – 43.
    Foucault appears to challenge traditional views of truth, reason, and knowledge in the doctrine of power/knowledge developed in his post?1970 writings. This doctrine applies to all the sciences (and to non?scientific and non?discursive practices that are not discussed here). Foucault's notions of discourse (1) and power (3) are sufficiently discussed to set out his explanatory theory of the cause of our discourses and their change. In (4) three theses concerning the power/knowledge link are distinguished, of which the more important is (...)
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  30. Robert Nola (1994). There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy: A Dialogue on Realism and Constructivism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (5):689-727.
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  31. Robert Nola (1990). Some Observations on a Popperian Experiment Concerning Observation. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 21 (2):329-346.
    Summary In several places Popper describes a little experiment in which an audience is given the non-specific command ‚Observe!‘ He draws a number of conclusions from this experiment, in particular that observation takes place in the presence of theoretical problems, questions, hypotheses or points of view. The paper argues that while Popper's experiment is instructive, it hardly supports the strong conclusions he draws about the theory-dominance of observation in science. In particular, it is argued that talk of principles of selection (...)
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  32. Robert Nola (1990). The Strong Programme for the Sociology of Science, Reflexivity and Relativism. Inquiry 33 (3):273 – 296.
    David Bloor has advocated a bold hypothesis about the form any sociology of science should take in setting out the four central tenets of his ?strong programme? (SP). The first section of this paper discusses how three of these tenets are best formulated and how they relate to one another. The second section discusses how reasons can be causes of belief and how such reasons raise a serious difficulty for SP. The third section discusses how SP is committed to a (...)
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  33. Robert Nola (1989). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):467-473.
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  34. Fred Kroon & Robert Nola (1987). Kant, Kripke and Gold. Kant-Studien 78 (4):442-458.
     
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  35. Robert Nola (1987). Nietzsche's Theory of Truth and Belief. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (4):525-562.
  36. Robert Nola (1987). The Status of Popper's Theory of Scientific Method. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (4):441-480.
  37. Robert Nola (1986). Observation and Growth in Scientific Knowledge. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:245 - 257.
    In the writings of scientists we find claim to the effect that we can observe items such as pulsars, gravity waves, quarks, electrons, etc. An epistemological theory, originally developed by Dretske and modified by Jackson, is used to give an account of such claims and the extent to which they may be deemed correct. The theory eschews talk of the theory-ladenness of observation while giving an account of how our observation reports may evolve with growth in scientific knowledge. The theory (...)
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  38. Robert Nola (1984). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (2):91-97.
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  39. Robert Nola (1983). Interpretation of "The Facts" in the Light of Theory. Philosophica 31.
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  40. Robert Nola (1980). Fixing the Reference of Theoretical Terms. Philosophy of Science 47 (4):505-531.
    Kripke and Putnam have proposed that terms may be introduced to refer to theoretical entities by means of causal descriptions such as 'whatever causes observable effects O'. It is argued that such a reference-fixing definition is ill-formed and that theoretical beliefs must be involved in fixing the reference of a theoretical term. Some examples of reference-fixing are discussed e.g., the term 'electricity'. The Kripke-Putnam theory can not give an account of how terms may be introduced into science and then subsequently (...)
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  41. Robert Nola (1980). 'Paradigms Lost, or the World Regained' —an Excursion Into Realism and Idealism in Science. Synthese 45 (3):317 - 350.
    Tensions between idealism and scientific realism have been resolved by an appeal to the theory/observation distinction. but many who support incommensurability reject the distinction in favor of a version of idealism, e.g., thomas kuhn who supports a version of relativist idealism in which the terms of a theory do refer, but only to a paradigm--relative world of entities. it is argued that the three kinds of idealism depend on a cluster theory of meaning for fixing the reference of scientific terms, (...)
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  42. Robert Nola (1980). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31 (1):91-97.
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  43. Gürol Irzık, Gurol Irzik & Robert Nola, A Family Resemblance Approach to the Nature of Science for Science Education.
    Although there is universal consensus both in the science education literature and in the science standards documents to the effect that students should learn not only the content of science but also its nature, there is little agreement about what that nature is. This led many science educators to adopt what is sometimes called “the consensus view” about the nature of science (NOS), whose goal is to teach students only those characteristics of science on which there is wide consensus. This (...)
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