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  1. Susan Feldman (2011). Counterfact Conspiracy Theories. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (1):15-24.
    Recent philosophical treatment of conspiracy theories supposes them all to be explanatory, thus overlooking those conspiracy theories whose major purpose is the assertion of ‘hidden facts’ rather than explanation of accepted facts. I call this variety of non-explanatory conspiracy theories “counterfact theories”. In this paper, through the use of examples, including the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory, I uncover the distinctive reasoning pattern and dialectical strategy of counterfact theories, highlighting their epistemic flaws.
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  2. Susan Feldman (2004). Should Threatened Languages Be Conserved? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):69-76.
    In this paper I examine the justification of proposals to conserve threatened languages, those in danger of dying out from the lack of primary speakers. These proposals presuppose that there is value in the continued existence of languages, and I explore the different kinds of value involved: instrumental, aesthetic, subjective, and cognitive, the last involving the ability of each language to express distinctive thoughts. The attempt to retain the cognitive value of a language underlies proposals to conserve a pool of (...)
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  3. Susan Feldman & Rosie Beaumont (2000). The Impact of Widowhood on Older Women's Health and Well-Being. In Lorraine Dennerstein & Margret M. Baltes (eds.), Women's Rights and Bioethics. Unesco. 142.
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  4. Susan Feldman (1999). Please Don't Call Me 'Dear': Older Women's Narratives of Health Care. Nursing Inquiry 6 (4):269-276.
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  5. Susan Feldman (1997). Second-Person Scepticism. Philosophical Quarterly 47 (186):80–84.
    In the last decade, some feminist epistemologists have suggested that the global scepticism which results from the Cartesian dream argument is the product of a self‐consciously masculine modern era, whose philosophy gave pride of place to the individual cognizer, disconnected from the object of knowledge, from other knowers, indeed from his own body. Lorraine Code claims that under a conception of a cognizer as an essentially social being, Cartesian scepticism would not arise. I argue that this is false: an argument (...)
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  6. Susan Feldman (1996). The World Well-Found. Philosophy Now 16:16-16.
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  7. Susan Feldman (1992). Multiple Biological Mothers: The Case for Gestation. Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (1):98-104.
    It is now medically possible for a baby to have two biological mothers. A fertilized ovum from one woman can be implanted into a second woman for gestation in her uterus. In fact, there have been several such cases. The ova donor is the mother in the genetic sense: her genetic material,along with that of the sperm donor,appears in the developing baby. The uterine hostess is the birth mother: she gestates the fetus and gives birth to it. In essence, the (...)
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  8. Susan Feldman (1989). Kant's Schemata as Reference Rules. In Gerhard Funke & Thomas M. Seebohm (eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth International Kant Congress. Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology & University Press of America. 2--1.
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  9. Susan Feldman (1987). Kant's Transcendental Idealism. Idealistic Studies 17 (1):81-83.
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  10. Susan Feldman (1986). Objectivity, Pluralism and Relativism: A Critique of Macintyre's Theory of Virtue. Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (3):307-319.
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  11. Susan Feldman (1984). Refutation of Dogmatism: Putnam's Brains in Vats. Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (3):323-329.
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  12. Susan Feldman (1979). Trebilcot's Two Forms of Androgynism. Journal of Social Philosophy 10 (3):14-16.