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  1. Scott Sturgeon (2015). The Tale of Bella and Creda. Philosophers' Imprint 15 (31).
    Some philosophers defend the view that epistemic agents believe by lending credence. Others defend the view that such agents lend credence by believing. It can strongly appear that the disagreement between them is notational, that nothing of substance turns on whether we are agents of one sort or the other. But that is demonstrably not so. Only one of these types of epistemic agent, at most, could manifest a human-like configuration of attitudes; and it turns out that not both types (...)
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  2. Scott Sturgeon (2008). Reason and the Grain of Belief. Noûs 42 (1):139–165.
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    Scott Sturgeon (forthcoming). Undercutting Defeat and Edgington's Burglar. In Lee Walters John Hawthorne (ed.), Conditionals, Probability & Paradox: themes from the Philosophy of Dorothy Edgington.
    This paper does four things. First it lays out an orthodox position on reasons and defeaters. Then it argues that the position just laid out is mistaken about “undercutting” defeaters. Then the paper explains an unpublished thought experiment by Dorothy Edgington. And then it uses that thought experiment to motivate a new approach to undercutting defeaters.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2010). Confidence and Coarse-Grained Attitudes. In T. Szabo Gendler & J. Hawthorne (eds.), Oxford Studies in Epistemology. Oxford University Press 3--126.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2008). Disjunctivism About Visual Experience. In Adrian Haddock & Fiona Macpherson (eds.), Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press 112--143.
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    John Hawthorne & Scott Sturgeon (2006). Disjunctivism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 80 (1):145-216.
    [John Hawthorne] We examine some well-known disjunctivist projects in the philosophy of perception, mainly in a critical vein. Our discussion is divided into four parts. Following some introductory remarks, we examine in part two the link between object-dependent contents and disjunctivism. In part three, we explore the disjunctivist's use of discriminability facts as a basis for understanding experience. In part four, we examine an interesting argument for disjunctivism that has been offered by Michael Martin. /// [Scott Sturgeon] The paper aims (...)
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  7. Scott Sturgeon (1998). Physicalism and Overdetermination. Mind 107 (426):411-432.
    I argue that our knowledge of the world's causal structure does not generate a sound argument for physicalism. This undermines the popular view that physicalism is the only scientifically respectable worldview.
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  8. Scott Sturgeon (1994). The Epistemic Basis of Subjectivity. Journal of Philosophy 91 (5):221-35.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2000). Matters of Mind: Consciousness, Reason and Nature. Routledge.
    The mind-body problem continues to be the focus of many of our philosophical concerns. Matters of Mind tackles how the problem has spanned and how it has changed from the earlier theories of reducing aboutness to empirical cases for physicalism. The theories of perception, property explanation, content and knowledge, reliabilism and the problem of zombies and ghosts are all carefully assessed.
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  10. Scott Sturgeon (2012). Pollock on Defeasible Reasons. Philosophical Studies (1):1-14.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2006). Reflective Disjunctivism. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 80 (1):185–216.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1993). The Gettier Problem. Analysis 53 (3):156-164.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2007). Normative Judgement. Philosophical Perspectives 21 (1):569–587.
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    Scott Sturgeon (2009). Belief, Reason & Logic. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 84 (64):89-.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1999). Conceptual Gaps and Odd Possibilities. Mind 108 (430):377-380.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1998). Visual Experience. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 72 (2):179-200.
    I argue against a Disjunctive approach to visual experience. I then critique three 'common-factor' views: Qualia Theory, Intentionalism and Sense-Date Theory. The latter two are combined to form Intentional Trope Theory; and that view is defended.
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  17. Scott Sturgeon (2008). Stalnaker on Sensuous Knowledge. Philosophical Studies 137 (2):183 - 203.
    Robert Stalnaker has recently argued that a pair of natural thoughts are incompatible. One of them is the view that items of non-indexical factual knowledge rule out possibilities. The other is the view that knowing what sensuous experience is like involves non-indexical knowledge of its phenomenal character. I argue against Stalnaker’s take on things, elucidating along the way how our knowledge of what experience is like fits together with the natural idea that items of non-indexical factual knowledge rule out possibilities.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1994). Good Reasoning and Cognitive Architecture. Mind and Language 9 (1):88-101.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1987). Foley on Causation and Rationality. Analysis 47 (1):62 - 64.
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    Scott Sturgeon, A Look at Fatalism.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1991). Truth in Epistemology. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (1):99-108.
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  22. Scott Sturgeon (2001). The Roots of Reductionism. In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press
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    Scott Sturgeon (2002). Conditional Belief and the Ramsey Test. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 51:215-232.
    Consider the frame S believes that—. Fill it with a conditional, say If you eat an Apple, you'll drink a Coke. what makes the result true? More generally, what facts are marked by instances of S believes ? In a sense the answer is obious: beliefs are so marked. Yet that bromide leads directly to competing schools of thought. And the reason is simple. Common-sense thinks of belief two ways. Sometimes it sees it as a three-part affair. When so viewed (...)
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    Scott Sturgeon (2006). Modal Infallibilism and Basic Truth. In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and Modality. Oxford University Press 40.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1997). Rational Mind and its Place in Nature. In M. Sainsbury (ed.), Thought and Ontology. Franco Angeli
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    Scott Sturgeon (1988). Maximalism and Mental Processes. Philosophical Studies 53 (2):309 - 314.
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    Scott Sturgeon (1991). Truth in Epistemology. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (1):99 - 108.
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  28. Scott Sturgeon & Joseph Levine (2001). Reviews-Matters of Mind: Consciousness, Reason, and Nature. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (3):629-634.
     
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  29. John Hawthorne, Karson Kovakovich & Scott Sturgeon (2006). Disjunctivism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 106 (1):185-216.
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  30. Scott Sturgeon (2010). Apriorism About Modality. In Bob Hale & Aviv Hoffmann (eds.), Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology. OUP Oxford
     
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  32. Scott Sturgeon, M. G. F. Martin & A. C. Grayling (1998). Epistemology. In A. C. Grayling (ed.), Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject. OUP Oxford
     
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  33. Scott Sturgeon (1991). Having Reason in Mind. Dissertation, The University of Arizona
    The project consists of a defense of the reductivist program generally and an application of the program to the theory of epistemic justification. ;Chapter One sets out the problem of reducing justification to other terms and defends the legitimacy of this problem against attacks by Quine in particular and supervenience theorists generally. Chapter Two is an explication and refutation of all possible theories which reduce justification-facts to facts about the reliability of cognitive processes. All such theories founder due to their (...)
     
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  34. Scott Sturgeon (2003). Matters of Mind: Consciousness, Reason and Nature. Routledge.
    _Matters of Mind_ examines the mind-body problem. It offers a chapter by chapter analysis of debates surrounding the problem, including visual experience, consciousness and the problem of Zombies and Ghosts. It will prove invaluable for those interested in epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
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