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  1.  571 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (1993). Is Conceivability a Guide to Possibility? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (1):1-42.
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    Stephen Yablo (1992). Mental Causation. Philosophical Review 101 (2):245-280.
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    Stephen Yablo (1998). Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake? Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72 (1):229 - 283.
    [Stephen Yablo] The usual charge against Carnap's internal/external distinction is one of 'guilt by association with analytic/synthetic'. But it can be freed of this association, to become the distinction between statements made within make-believe games and those made outside them-or, rather, a special case of it with some claim to be called the metaphorical/literal distinction. Not even Quine considers figurative speech committal, so this turns the tables somewhat. To determine our ontological commitments, we have to ferret out all traces of (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (2000). Textbook Kripkeanism and the Open Texture of Concepts. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (1):98–122.
    Kripke, argued like this: it seems possible that E; the appearance can't be explained away as really pertaining to a "presentation" of E; so, pending a different explanation, it is possible that E. Textbook Kripkeans see in the contrast between E and its presentation intimations of a quite general distinction between two sorts of meaning. E's secondary or a posteriori meaning is the set of all worlds w which E, as employed here, truly describes. Its primary or a priori meaning (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (2006). Non-Catastrophic Presupposition Failure. In Judith Jarvis Thomson & Alex Byrne (eds.), Content and Modality: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Stalnaker. Oxford University Press
  6.  252 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (2002). Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda. In Tamar S. Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press 441-492.
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    Stephen Yablo (1996). How in the World? In Christopher Hill (ed.), Philosophical Topics. University of Arkansas Press 255--86.
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    Stephen Yablo (2000). Apriority and Existence. In Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.), New Essays on the A Priori. Oxford University Press 197--228.
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  9.  233 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (2001). Go Figure: A Path Through Fictionalism. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 25 (1):72–102.
  10.  217 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (1999). Concepts and Consciousness. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):455-463.
  11.  209 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (2009). No Fool's Cold: Notes on Illusions of Possibility. In Oup (ed.), Thoughts. Oxford University Press
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    Stephen Yablo (1990). The Real Distinction Between Mind and Body. In Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 149--201.
    Descartes's "conceivability argument" for substance-dualism is defended against Arnauld's criticism that, for all he knows, Descartes can conceive himself without a body only because he underestimates his true essence; one could suggest with equal plausibility that it is only for ignorance of his essential hairiness that Descartes can conceive himself as bald. Conceivability intuitions are defeasible but special reasons are required; a model for such defeat is offered, and various potential defeaters of Descartes's intuition are considered and rejected. At best (...)
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    Agustin Rayo & Stephen Yablo (2001). Nominalism Through de-Nominalization. Noûs 35 (1):74–92.
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    Stephen Yablo (2007). Review: Soames on Kripke. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 135 (3):451 - 460.
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    Stephen Yablo (2003). Causal Relevance. Philosophical Issues 13 (1):316-28.
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    Stephen Yablo, Grokking Pain.
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    Stephen Yablo, Modal Rationalism and Logical Empiricism: Some Similarities.
  18.  139 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (1987). Identity, Essence, and Indiscernibility. Journal of Philosophy 84 (6):293-314.
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    Stephen Yablo (1993). Paradox Without Self--Reference. Analysis 53 (4):251-252.
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    Stephen Yablo (1997). Wide Causation. Philosophical Perspectives 11 (11):251-281.
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    Stephen Yablo (2008). Carving Content at the Joints. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (S1):145-177.
    Here is Frege in Foundations of Arithmetic, § 64:The judgment 'Line a is parallel to line b', in symbols: ab, can be taken as an identity. If we do this, we obtain the concept of direction, and say: 'The direction of line a is equal to the direction of line b.' Thus we replace the symbol by the more generic symbol =, through removing what is specific in the content of the former and dividing it between a and b. We (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (2009). Must Existence-Questions Have Answers? In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press
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    Stephen Yablo (2000). Seven Habits of Highly Effective Thinkers. In Bernard Elevitch (ed.), The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Philosophy Documentation Center 35-45.
    By effective thinkers I mean not people who think effectively, but people who understand “how it’s done,” i.e., people not paralyzed by the philosophical problem of epiphenomenalism. I argue that mental causes are not preempted by either neural or narrow content states, and that extrinsically individuated mental states are not out of proportion with their putative effects. I give three examples/models of how an extrinsic cause might be more proportional to an effect than the competition.
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    Stephen Yablo (2013). Saul Kripke: Philosophical Troubles: Collected Papers, Volume 1. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 110 (4):221-229.
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    Stephen Yablo (2005). The Myth of the Seven. In Mark Eli Kalderon (ed.), Fictionalism in Metaphysics. Clarendon Press 88--115.
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    Stephen Yablo (1995). Singling Out Properties. Philosophical Perspectives 9:477-502.
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    Stephen Yablo (2001). Superproportionality and Mind-Body Relations. Theoria 16 (40):65-75.
    Mental causes are threatened from two directions: from below, since they would appear to be screened off by lower-order, e.g., neural states; and from within, since they would also appear to be screened off by intrinsic, e.g., syntactical states. A principle needed to parry the first threat -causes should be proportional to their effects- appears to leave us open to the second; for why should unneeded extrinsic detail be any less offensive to proportionality than excess microstructure? I say that the (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (2002). De Facto Dependence. Journal of Philosophy 99 (3):130-148.
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    Stephen Yablo (2002). Abstract Objects: A Case Study. Noûs 36 (s1):220 - 240.
  30.  77 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (2005). Prime Causation. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (2):459–467.
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    Stephen Yablo (2009). Thoughts: Papers on Mind, Meaning, and Modality. Oxford University Press.
    The real distinction between mind and body -- Is conceivability a guide to possibility? -- Textbook kripkeanism and the open texture of concepts -- Coulda, woulda, shoulda -- No fool's cold : notes on illusions of possibility -- Beyond rigidification : the importance of being really actual -- How in the world? -- Mental causation -- Singling out properties -- Wide causation -- Causal relevance : mental, moral, and epistemic.
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  32.  75 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (1999). Intrinsicness. Philosophical Topics 26 (1/2):479-505.
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    Stephen Yablo (2000). A Reply to New Zeno. Analysis 60 (2):148–151.
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  34.  68 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (forthcoming). Parts and Differences. Philosophical Studies:1-17.
    Part/whole is said in many ways: the leg is part of the table, the subset is part of the set, rectangularity is part of squareness, and so on. Do the various flavors of part/whole have anything in common? They may be partial orders, but so are lots of non-mereological relations. I propose an “upward difference transmission” principle: x is part of y if and only if x cannot change in specified respects while y stays the same in those respects.
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    Stephen Yablo (2005). Almog on Descartes's Mind and Body. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (3):709–716.
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    Stephen Yablo (1985). Truth and Reflection. Journal of Philosophical Logic 14 (3):297 - 349.
    Many topics have not been covered, in most cases because I don't know quite what to say about them. Would it be possible to add a decidability predicate to the language? What about stronger connectives, like exclusion negation or Lukasiewicz implication? Would an expanded language do better at expressing its own semantics? Would it contain new and more terrible paradoxes? Can the account be supplemented with a workable notion of inherent truth (see note 36)? In what sense does stage semantics (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (1992). Cause and Essence. Synthese 93 (3):403 - 449.
    Essence and causation are fundamental in metaphysics, but little is said about their relations. Some essential properties are of course causal, as it is essential to footprints to have been caused by feet. But I am interested less in causation's role in essence than the reverse: the bearing a thing's essence has on its causal powers. That essencemight make a causal contribution is hinted already by the counterfactual element in causation; and the hint is confirmed by the explanation essence offers (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (2010). Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties. Oxford University Press.
    Things is a collection of twelve essays by Stephen Yablo on metaphysics.
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  39.  48 DLs
    Stephen Yablo (1993). Definitions, Consistent and Inconsistent. Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):147 - 175.
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    Stephen Yablo (2010). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Thinkers. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 9:35-45.
    By effective thinkers I mean not people who think effectively, but people who understand “how it’s done,” i.e., people not paralyzed by the philosophical problem of epiphenomenalism. I argue that mental causes are not preempted by either neural or narrow content states, and that extrinsically individuated mental states are not out of proportion with their putative effects. I give three examples/models of how an extrinsic cause might be more proportional to an effect than the competition.
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    Stephen Yablo (1998). Self-Knowledge and Semantic Luck. Philosophical Issues 9:219-229.
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    Stephen Yablo (2009). A Problem About Permission and Possibility. In Andy Egan & B. Weatherson (eds.), Epistemic Modality. Oxford University Press
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    Stephen Yablo (2014). Carnap’s Paradox and Easy Ontology. Journal of Philosophy 111 (9/10):470-501.
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    Stephen Yablo (2000). A Paradox of Existence. In T. Hofweber & A. Everett (eds.), Empty Names, Fiction, and the Puzzles of Non-Existence. Csli Publications 275--312.
    ontology metaontology wright platonism fregean existence epistemology.
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    Stephen Yablo (1993). Hop, Skip and Jump: The Agonistic Conception of Truth. Philosophical Perspectives 7 (1):371-396.
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    Stephen Yablo (2012). Explanation, Extrapolation, and Existence. Mind 121 (484):1007-1029.
    Mark Colyvan (2010) raises two problems for ‘easy road’ nominalism about mathematical objects. The first is that a theory’s mathematical commitments may run too deep to permit the extraction of nominalistic content. Taking the math out is, or could be, like taking the hobbits out of Lord of the Rings. I agree with the ‘could be’, but not (or not yet) the ‘is’. A notion of logical subtraction is developed that supports the possibility, questioned by Colyvan, of bracketing a theory’s (...)
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    Stephen Yablo (1989). Truth, Definite Truth, and Paradox. Journal of Philosophy 86 (10):539-541.
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    Stephen Yablo (2004). Circularity and Paradox. In Thomas Bolander, Vincent F. Hendricks & Stig Andur Pedersen (eds.), Self-Reference. Csli Publications 139--157.
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    Stephen Yablo (1999). Review: Concepts and Consciousness. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (2):455 - 463.
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