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  1. Y. Raley (2012). Why the Weasel Fails. Philosophia Mathematica 20 (3):339-345.
    In his paper ‘On what there’s not’, Joseph Melia disavows commitment to the existence of objects like average mothers, possibilities, numbers, etc. Since quantification over such objects is at times unavoidable, Melia tries to argue that we can deny the existence of such objects despite the fact that our (true) theories of the world quantify over them. Melia calls this ‘weaseling’. In this paper, I argue that these assumptions of Melia’s render his position incoherent.
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  2. Yvonne Raley & Richard N. Burnor (2011). The Predicate Approach to Ontological Commitment. Logique Et Analyse 215:359-377.
     
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  3. Yvonne Raley & Gerhard Preyer (eds.) (2010). Philosophy of Education in the Era of Globalization. Routledge.
  4. Yvonne Raley (2009). Deflating Existence Away? A Critique of Azzouni's Nominalism. Philosophia Mathematica 17 (1):73-83.
    Yet, he also says that it is philosophically indeterminate which criterion for what exists is correct. Nominalism is the view that certain objects ( i.e ., abstract objects) do not exist, and not the view that it is philosophically indeterminate whether or not they do. I resolve the dilemma that Azzouni's claims pose: Azzouni is a non-factualist about what exists, but he is a factualist about which criterion for what exists our community of speakers has adopted. It is in the (...)
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  5. Yvonne Raley (2007). Best Explanation and Scientific Realism. Philosophical Forum 38 (2):147–157.
  6. Yvonne Raley (2007). Ontology, Commitment, and Quine's Criterion. Philosophia Mathematica 15 (3):271-290.
    For Quine, the ontological commitments of a discourse are what fall under its (objectual) quantifiers. The recent literature, however, is beginning to move away from this picture. There are direct challenges to Quine's criterion, and there are also attempts to provide alternatives. Azzouni suggests that the ontological commitments of a discourse should be determined by an existence predicate instead. The availability of this alternative forces an adjudication between Qune's criterion and the predicate approach to ontological commitment. I argue that to (...)
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  7. Yvonne Raley (2007). Science and Ontology. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:143-147.
    Many philosophers (such as, for instance, Nancy Cartwright, Brian Ellis, and Hartry Field) regard scientific practice as the final arbiter in ontology. In this short paper, I argue that the very philosophers who profess to derive their ontological commitments from scientific practice impose certain views on the theories established by that practice that the practice itself does not support. This is not consistent with their view that science tells us what there is.
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  8. Yvonne Raley (2007). The Facticity of Explanation and its Consequences. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21 (2):123 – 135.
    This paper argues that, contrary to the views of Nancy Cartwright and Brian Ellis, explanations are factive: if a statement is taken to be an explanation, it also has to be accepted as true. Taking explanations to be true, in turn, seems to imply that all the entities posited in explanations are real. But this is precisely what some philosophers, such as Cartwright and Ellis, want to deny. What these philosophers do not want to deny, however, is that such statements (...)
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  9. Yvonne Raley (2006). Food Advertising, Education, and the Erosion of Autonomy. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):67-79.
    To augment the consumption of the ever growing production of processed foods, food companies are specifically targeting children with their advertisements. Advertising has even infiltrated the educational system in the form of corporate sponsored “educational materials.” This paper discusses the effects such aggressive forms of advertising have on the development of personal autonomy, or self-governance. I argue that the bad reasoning skills such advertisements promote undermine the development of the very abilities children need to become adults capable of making rational (...)
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  10. Yvonne Raley (2005). Ontological Naturalism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):284-294.
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