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  1. Vernon Pratt (2005). Action and Reaction: The Life and Adventures of a Couple. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 96:315-316.
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  2. Timothy Doyle, Doug Mceachern, John Barry, Vernon Pratt, Jane Howarth & Emily Brady (2002). Environment and Politics. Environmental Values 11 (1):97-102.
     
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  3. Vernon Pratt (2000). Environment and Philosophy. Routledge.
    Environment and Philosophy provides an accessible introduction to the radical challenges that environmentalism pose to concepts that have become almost second nature in the modern world. Written in an accessible way for those without a background in philosophy, this text examines ways of thinking about ourselves, nature and our relationship with nature.
     
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  4. Vernon Pratt & Christian Puech (1997). Machines à penser. Une histoire de l'intelligence artificielle, coll. « Sciences, modernités, philosophies ». Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 187 (3):355-356.
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  5. Vernon Pratt (1996). One for Leibniz. Sorites 4:10-20.
    For Leibniz, it was a requirement upon the `fundamentally real' to have a `principle of unity'. What does this mean?One general point is that Substance cannot be understood as pure extension. But there is a particular point about cohesion: a real thing had to have some means by which its parts were stuck together. But Leibniz' insistence on `unity' is also an insistence on indivisibility. Under this head there is first the point that there appears to be a contradiction between (...)
     
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  6. Vernon Pratt (1984). JENSEN, V. J. And Harré, R. : "The Philosophy of Evolution". [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35:81.
     
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  7. Vernon Pratt (1984). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (1):309-312.
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  8. Vernon Pratt (1984). The Essence of Aritotle's Zoology. Phronesis 29 (3):267-278.
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  9. Vernon Pratt (1983). The Shaping of Man. Philosophical Books 24 (2):121-125.
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  10. Vernon Pratt (1982). Aristotle and the Essence of Natural History. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 4 (2):203 - 223.
    It has been claimed that in a single line of development the science of taxonomy stretches from Aristotle to the present day and that the Aristotelian 'essence' lies at the heart of much later thought about grouping. I try to establish some basic features of Aristotle's conception of 'essence', and then consider in more detail the conception of essence that entered into 18th century thought about classification, with a view to establishing discontinuities. 18th century thought, I note, has two kinds (...)
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  11. Vernon Pratt (1982). Sociobiology: Sense or Nonsense? Philosophical Books 23 (1):61-62.
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  12. Vernon Pratt (1980). Creatures Great & Small. Philosophical Books 21 (1):1-6.
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  13. Vernon Pratt (1979). HORPE, W. H.: "Purpose in a World of Chance". [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30:309.
     
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  14. Vernon Pratt (1979). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30 (3):309-312.
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  15. Vernon Pratt (1978). The Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Methuen.
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  16. Vernon Pratt (1977). Foucault & the History of Classification Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (2):163-171.
  17. Vernon Pratt (1976). The Chief Abstractions of Biology. Philosophical Books 17 (2):78-79.
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  18. Vernon Pratt (1975). A Biological Approach to Sociological Functionalism. Inquiry 18 (4):371 – 389.
    The rationale for the common rejection of classical societal functionalism is that it entails treating a society as an intelligent purposer, capable of directing its own internal organization in furtherance of survival. But a more acceptable alternative account of the origins of a society's functional organization is conceivable: the individual unconsciously recognizes the needs of his group and directs his behaviour so that they are met. The plausibility of this explanation hangs on whether selection between groups occurs to any significant (...)
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  19. Vernon Pratt (1975). Functionalism and the Possibility of Group Selection. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 5 (4):371-372.
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  20. Vernon Pratt (1974). Explaining the Properties of Organisms. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 5 (1):1-15.
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  21. Vernon Pratt (1972). Biological Classification. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 23 (4):305-327.
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  22. Vernon Pratt (1972). Ducks, Geese and Mr Bennett. Mind 81 (322):258-259.
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  23. Graham Slater, W. D. Hudson, D. Z. Phillips, Vernon Pratt, Richard Swinburne & W. W. Bartley Iii (1972). New Studies in Philosophy of Religion.Death and Immortality.Religion and Secularisation.The Concept of Miracle.Morality and Religion. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 22 (86):89.
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  24. Vernon Pratt (1971). Religion and Secularization. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 33 (2):404-404.
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  25. Vernon Pratt (1970). Feeling Awed by God. Mind 79 (316):607-612.
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  26. Vernon Pratt (1970). Time for a Change. Analysis 30 (3):111 - 112.
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  27. Vernon Pratt (1968). Time to Stop. Analysis 29 (2):52 - 53.
  28. Vernon Pratt (1968). The Inexplicable and the Supernatural. Philosophy 43 (165):248 - 257.
    An appeal to the inexplicable has always been a favourite tactic of the Supernaturalist; and even today those Supernaturalists that remain seem to derive some comfort from it. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example, the orthodox Protestant apologetic in this country laid great stress on the ‘inexplicable’ events allegedly associated with Christ's life as anthenticating the truths of revelation. A more general thesis has been put forward as often, and even more often assumed: that the occurrence of inexplicable (...)
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