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  1. William W. Rozeboom (1986). Average Behaviorism is Unedifying. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (4):712.
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  2. William W. Rozeboom (1984). The Dark Side of Skinnerian Epistemology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (4):533.
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  3. William W. Rozeboom (1983). Can Information Be de-Cognitized? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (1):76.
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  4. William W. Rozeboom (1982). Let's Dump Hypothetico-Deductivism for the Right Reasons. Philosophy of Science 49 (4):637-647.
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  5. William W. Rozeboom (1982). The Logic of Representation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (3):385.
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  6. William W. Rozeboom (1980). Nicod's Criterion: Subtler Than You Think. Philosophy of Science 47 (4):638-643.
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  7. William W. Rozeboom (1979). On Behavioral Theories of Reference. Philosophy of Science 46 (2):175-203.
    Efforts to bare the psychonomic nature of the semantic reference (representation) relation have been remarkably scanty; in fact, the only contemporary account developed with any care is the one proposed by Osgood. However, not even Osgood has looked deeply at the difficulties that beset any attempt to analyze reference in terms of common effects appropriately shared by a symbol and its significate.
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  8. William W. Rozeboom (1978). The Logic of Unboundedly Reactive Systems. Synthese 39 (3):435 - 530.
    Scientific theories often need to envision that a given output variable Y is jointly determined by all input variables of a certain kind ΣX that we can identify onlyas a kind without knowing all its specific instances or even how many of these there are, When the number of variables in ΣX is possibly infinite, the function by which they determine Y proves to be enormously enigmatic, epistemically, mathematically, and scientifically.
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  9. William W. Rozeboom (1973). Dispositions Revisited. Philosophy of Science 40 (1):59-74.
    Subjunctive conditionals have their uses, but constituting the meaning of dispositional predicates is not one of them. More germane is the analysis of dispositions in terms of "bases"--except that past efforts to maintain an ontic gap between dispositions and their bases, while not wholly misguided, have failed to appreciate the semantic birthright of dispositional concepts as a species of theoretical construct in primitive science.
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  10. William W. Rozeboom (1970). New Dimensions of Confirmation Theory II: The Structure of Uncertainty. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1970:342 - 374.
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  11. William W. Rozeboom (1969). New Mysteries for Old: The Transfiguration of Miller's Paradox. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 19 (4):345-353.
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  12. William W. Rozeboom (1968). New Dimensions of Confirmation Theory. Philosophy of Science 35 (2):134-155.
    When Hempel's "paradox of confirmation" is developed within the confines of conditional probability theory, it becomes apparent that two seemingly equivalent generalities ("laws") can have exactly the same class of observational refuters even when their respective classes of confirming observations are importantly distinct. Generalities which have the inductive supports we commonsensically construe them to have, however, must incorporate quasi-logical operators or connectives which cannot be defined truth-functionally. The origins and applications of these "modalic" concepts appear to be intimately linked with (...)
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  13. William W. Rozeboom (1967). Why I Know so Much More Than You Do. American Philosophical Quarterly 4 (4):281 - 290.
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  14. William W. Rozeboom (1966). Scaling Theory and the Nature of Measurement. Synthese 16 (2):170 - 233.
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  15. William W. Rozeboom (1964). Of Selection Operators and Semanticists. Philosophy of Science 31 (3):282-285.
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  16. William W. Rozeboom (1962). Intentionality and Existence. Mind 71 (January):15-32.
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  17. William W. Rozeboom (1961). Formal Analysis and the Language of Behavior Theory. In H. Feigl & G. Maxwell (eds.), Current Issues in the Philosophy of Science. New York.
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  18. William W. Rozeboom (1961). Ontological Induction and the Logical Typology of Scientific Variables. Philosophy of Science 28 (4):337-377.
    It is widely agreed among philosophers of science today that no formal pattern can possibly be found in the origins of scientific theory. There is no such thing as a "logic of discovery," insists this view--a scientific hypothesis is susceptible to methodological critique only in its relation to empirical consequences derived after the hypothesis itself has emerged through a spontaneous creative inspiration. Yet confronted with the tautly directed thrust of theory-building as actually practiced at the cutting edge of scientific research, (...)
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  19. William W. Rozeboom (1960). A Note on Carnap's Meaning Criterion. Philosophical Studies 11 (3):33 - 38.
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  20. William W. Rozeboom (1960). Do Stimuli Elicit Behavior?--A Study in the Logical Foundations of Behavioristics. Philosophy of Science 27 (2):159-170.
    It has become customary in modern behavioristics to speak of stimuli as though they elicit responses from organisms. But logically this is absurd, for analysis of the grammatical roles of stimulus and response concepts shows that stimuli and responses differ in logical type from causes and effects. The "S elicits R" formula thus stands revealed as elliptical for a more complicated form of assertion. The trouble with this ellipsis, however, is that by suppressing vital components of formal structure in behavioral (...)
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  21. William W. Rozeboom (1960). Studies in the Empiricist Theory of Scientific Meaning. Philosophy of Science 27 (4):359-373.
    Part I is concerned with the tenet of modern Emperical Realism that while the theoretical concepts employed in science obtain their meanings entirely from the connections their usage establishes with the data language, the referents of such terms may be "unobservables," that is, entities which cannot be discussed within the data language alone. Such a view avoids both the restrictive excesses of logical positivism and the epistemic laxity of transcendentalism; however, it also necessitates a break with classical semantics, for it (...)
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  22. William W. Rozeboom (1958). Is Epimenides Still Lying? Analysis 18 (5):105 - 113.
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  23. William W. Rozeboom (1958). The Logic of Color Words. Philosophical Review 67 (July):353-366.
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  24. William W. Rozeboom (1957). Secondary Extinction of Lever-Pressing Behavior in the Albino Rat. Journal of Experimental Psychology 54 (4):280.
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