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  1. added 2020-05-19
    Freedom Giving Birth to Order: Philosophical Reflections on Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology and its Contemporary Resurrections.Zeyad El Nabolsy - 2020 - Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 16 (1):1-23.
    This paper seeks to show that Charles Sanders Peirce's interest in an evolutionary account of the laws of nature is motivated both by his desire to extend the scope of the application of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) and by his attempt to explain the success of our deployment of the PSR, which presupposes the existence of determinate causal structures. One can situate Peirce's concern with the explanation of the laws of nature in relation to the influences of Naturphilosophie (...)
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    Is God the Best Explanation of Things? A Dialogue.Felipe Leon & Joshua L. Rasmussen Josh - 2019 - Palgrave Macmillan.
    This book provides an up to date, high-level exchange on God in a uniquely productive style. Readers witness a contemporary version of a classic debate, as two professional philosophers seek to learn from each other while making their cases for their distinct positions. In their dialogue, Joshua Rasmussen and Felipe Leon examine classical and cutting-edge arguments for and against a theistic explanation of general features of reality. The book also provides original lines of thought based on the authors’ own contributions (...)
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    The Fine-Tuned Universe and the Existence of God.Man Ho Chan - 2017 - Dissertation, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Recent research in science indicates that we are living in a fine-tuned universe. Only a very small parameter space of universal fundamental constants in Physics is congenial for the existence of life. Moreover, recent studies in Biological evolution also reveal that fine-tuning did exist in the evolution. It seems that we are so lucky to exist as all universal fundamental constants and life-permitting factors really fall into such a very small life-allowing region. This problem is known as the fine-tuning problem. (...)
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    Why Do Certain States of Affairs Call Out for Explanation? A Critique of Two Horwichian Accounts.Dan Baras - 2018 - Philosophia 47 (5):1405-1419.
    Motivated by examples, many philosophers believe that there is a significant distinction between states of affairs that are striking and therefore call for explanation and states of affairs that are not striking. This idea underlies several influential debates in metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, normative theory, philosophy of modality, and philosophy of science but is not fully elaborated or explored. This paper aims to address this lack of clear explanation first by clarifying the epistemological issue at hand. Then it introduces an (...)
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  5. added 2019-09-07
    Other Universes II.John G. Cramer - unknown
    My previous Alternate View column (ANALOG 9/84) described the widely accepted "inflationary scenario" of modern cosmology in which our Universe is just one among very many "bubble universes", all popping out of the general medium of the Big Bang like bubbles forming in a glass of beer. Somewhere perhaps there are many universes more or less like ours, some very similar to and others radically different from the universe we call "home".
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    Other Universes - A Scientific Perspective.D. H. Mellor - unknown
    We do not know whether there are other universes. Perhaps we never shall. But I want to argue that 'do other universes exist?' can be posed in a form that makes it a genuine scientific question. Moreover, I shall outline why it is an interesting question; and why, indeed, I already suspect that the answer may be 'yes'.
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    Http://Www.Univ-Corse.Fr/~Franceschi.Paul Franceschi - manuscript
    Infinite Minds is the fourth book of John Leslie, which follows Value and Existence (1979), Universes (1989) and The End of the World (1996). Infinite Minds presents a very rich content, and covers a number of particularly varied subjects . Among these latter, one can notably mention: omniscience, the problem of Evil, the fine-tuning argument, observational selection effects, the identity of indiscernables, time, infiniteness, the nature of consciousness.
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    The Yin and Yang of Tuning History.György Nováky - 2017 - Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 16 (4):410-414.
    History as a subject area is facing increasing demands from the society to be more profitable and, sometimes, more conformist. The Tuning methodology, developed in cooperation with a large number of Universities worldwide, could offer a viable and sustainable way to take societal needs into account without compromising academic soundness.
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    Science and Supernaturalism.Clement Dore - 2016 - Think 15 (42):35-52.
    In the first section of this paper, I discuss a quantum mechanical account, which is endorsed by the MIT physicist, Alan Guth, of the origin of what Guth believes to have been an absolutely first universe. I argue that, though his explanation is unsound, there is no reason to think that it needs to be replaced by a supernaturalist one. In the second section, I argue that though Professor Steven Weinberg's tentative explanation of the apparent fine-tuning of the cosmological constant (...)
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    Alone in the Universe.Howard Smith - 2016 - Zygon 51 (2):497-519.
    We are probably alone in the universe—a conclusion based on observations of over 4,000 exoplanets and fundamental physical constraints. This article updates earlier arguments with the latest astrophysical results. Since the discovery of exoplanets, theologians have asked with renewed urgency what the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence says about salvation and human purpose, but this is the wrong question. The more urgent question is what their absence says. The “Misanthropic Principle” is the observation that, in a universe fine-tuned for life, the (...)
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    Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse.Mary-Jane Rubenstein - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    "Multiverse" cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as a scientific hypothesis--with different models emerging from cosmology, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, Mary-Jane Rubenstein links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature's constants are (...)
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    The Fine-Tuning Argument.Klaas Landsman - unknown
    Our laws of nature and our cosmos appear to be delicately fine-tuned for life to emerge. First, if the initial conditions prevailing immediately after the Big Bang had been ever so slightly different, then the universe would either have recollapsed immediately, or would have expanded far too quickly into a chilling, eternal void. Second, if any one of the fundamental forces of nature had been a tiny bit different in strength, or if the masses of some elementary particles had been (...)
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    Collins' Core Fine-Tuning Argument.Mark Douglas Saward - 2014 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2):209-222.
    Collins (The Blackwell companion to natural theology, 2009) presents an argument he calls the ‘core fine-tuning argument’. In this paper, I show that Collins’ argument is flawed in at least two ways. First, the structure, depending on likelihoods, fails to establish anything about the posterior probability of God’s existence given fine-tuning. As an argument for God’s existence, this is a serious failing. Second, his analysis of what is appropriately restricted background knowledge, combined with the credences of a specially chosen ‘alien’, (...)
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    Acts or Rules? The Fine Tuning of Utilitarianism.Brad Hooker - unknown
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    Automatic Application Tuning for HPC Architectures (Dagstuhl Seminar 13401).Siegfried Benkner, Franz Franchetti, Hans Michael Gerndt & Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth - unknown
    This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 13401 "Automatic Application Tuning for HPC Architectures". This workshop featured a series of talks and four breakout sessions on hot topics in the are of autotuning. The field of autotuning for HPC applications is of growing interest and many research groups around the world are currently involved. However, the field is still rapidly evolving with many different approaching being taken to autotuning. This workshop provided an opportunity to discuss these (...)
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    Sensory Optimization by Stochastic Tuning.Peter Jurica, Sergei Gepshtein, Ivan Tyukin & Cees van Leeuwen - 2013 - Psychological Review 120 (4):798-816.
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    Commentary On Fine.Ravi Sharma - 2013 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):147-157.
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    Selection Biases in Likelihood Arguments.M. Kotzen - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (4):825-839.
    Most philosophers accept some version of the requirement of total evidence (RTE), which tells us to always update on our complete evidence, which often includes ‘background information’ about how that evidence was collected. But different philosophers disagree about how to implement that requirement. In this article, I argue against one natural picture of how to implement the RTE in likelihood arguments, and I argue in favor of a different picture. I also apply my picture to the controversy over the so-called (...)
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    One Book, the Whole Universe.Jason W. Carter - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):170-173.
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    Dirac's “Fine-Tuning Problem”: A Constructive Use of Anachronism?Kent W. Staley - 2012 - Perspectives on Science 20 (4):476-503.
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    A Fine Book, but Who’s It For?: Evelyn Fox Keller: The Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010, Vii+107pp, £12.99 PB.John Dupré - 2012 - Metascience 21 (1):175-177.
    A fine book, but who’s it for? Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-3 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9582-9 Authors John Dupré, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), University of Exeter, Byrne House, St. German’s Road, Exeter, EX4 4PJ UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    "Strengthening Student Learning Through" Tuning".William E. Evenson - 2012 - Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy 3 (1).
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    Analysis of Some Speculations Concerning the Far Future of Intelligent Civilizations.Clément Vidal - 2012 - Foundations of Science 17 (1):43-46.
    I discuss some of the speculations proposed by Stewart ( 2010a ). These include the following propositions: the cooperation at larger and larger scales, the existence of larger scale processes, the enhancement of the tuning as the universe cycle repeats, the transmission between universes and the motivations to produce a new universe.
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    “A Fine is Not a Price”: Insights for Law.Anne L. Alstott - 2012 - In Jon Hanson & John Jost (eds.), Ideology, Psychology, and Law. Oup Usa. pp. 185.
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    Is Theism a Simple, and Hence Probable, Explanation for the Universe?John Ostrowick - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):354-368.
    Richard Swinburne, in his The Existence of God (2004), presents a cosmological argument in defence of theism (Swinburne 1991: 119, 135). God, Swinburne argues, is more likely to bring about an ordered universe than other states (ibid.: 144, 299). To defend this view, Swinburne presents the following arguments: (1) That this ordered universe is a priori improbable (2004: 49, 150, 1991: 304 et seq.), given the stringent requirements for life (cf. also Leslie 2000: 12), and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (...)
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    Fine Tuning and the Varieties of Naturalism.Gregory E. Ganssle - 2011 - Religious Studies 47 (1):59-71.
    Naturalism has been characterized both as a claim about what exists and as a commitment to a certain methodology . The fine-tuning argument for God's existence presents a significant challenge to each way of characterizing naturalism. The claim naturalist faces the fact that the best response to the fine-tuning argument requires the existence of many universes that are not clearly naturalistic themselves. Method naturalism faces the challenge that it does not have the resources to ground the preference of the many-world (...)
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    Evil, Fine-Tuning and the Creation of the Universe.Dan Dennis - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70 (2):139-145.
    Could God have created a better universe? Well, the fundamental scientific laws and parameters of the universe have to be within a certain miniscule range, for a life-sustaining universe to develop: the universe must be ‘Fine Tuned’. Therefore the ‘embryonic universe’ that came into existence with the ‘big bang’ had to be either exactly as it was or within a certain tiny range, for there to develop a life-sustaining universe. If it is better that there exist a life-sustaining universe than (...)
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    Freud, Il Fine E la Fine.Sergio Benvenuto - 2010 - Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica 19.
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    La Fine Dell'amore.Michel Makarius - 2010 - Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica 19.
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    "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel Via Oronce Finé.Tom Conley - 2010 - In Christie McDonald & Susan Rubin Suleiman (eds.), French Global: A New Approach to Literary History. Columbia University Press.
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    The Fine Line.David Sosa - 2010 - Analysis 70 (2):347-358.
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    Anthropic Observation Selection Effects and the Design Argument.Ira M. Schnall - 2009 - Faith and Philosophy 26 (4):361-377.
    The Argument from Fine-Tuning, a relatively new version of the Design Argument, has given rise to an objection, based on what is known as the An­thropic Principle. It is alleged that the argument is fallacious in that it involves an observation selection effect—that given the existence of intelligent living observers, the observation that the universe is fine-tuned for the existence of intelligent life is not surprising. Many find this objection puzzling, or at least easily refutable. My main contribution to the (...)
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    Life, the Multiverse and Everything.Mark Vernon - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 44:45-50.
    The multiverse is a hypothesis for which there is no evidence, and perhaps can never be any evidence. It is only since 1998 that it has leapt off the blackboards of a few physicists doing esoteric mathematics and lodged itself in the popular imagination. As is the way with popular science, it is easy to move from speculating that there might have been more than one big bang to proceeding on the basis that there has been more than one big (...)
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    Modern Cosmology - a Cognitive Approach God?Winfried Loffler - 2009 - Philosophy and Culture 36 (8):157-171.
    From cosmology to the fact that the existence of God and nature, to address these issues, the development of two kinds of controversial contemporary line of argument, I compared and assessed in this paper: the physical cosmology as a starting argument and the natural design as a starting point of the argument. I made ​​some preliminary assessment of the court. The results showed that the Big Bang argument are quite reasonable, however, found the natural design of the demonstration clearly insufficient. (...)
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    Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life. By Paul Davies.Holmes Rolston - 2008 - Zygon 43 (3):753-756.
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    Fine Words Butter No Parsnips?Ophelia Benson - 2008 - The Philosophers' Magazine 42:18-19.
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    La Fine Dell 'Outsider'.Raul Mordenti - 2007 - Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica 14.
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    A Brief Introduction to N-Universes.Paul Franceschi - manuscript
    I describe in this paper the basic elements of the n-universes, a methodological tool originally introduced in Franceschi (2001) in the context of the study of Goodman's paradox. As the n-universes can be used in wide-ranging applications, such as thought experiments, I describe them from an essentially pragmatic standpoint, i.e. by describing accurately the step-by-step process which leads to a given modelisation.
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    Regular Universes and Formal Spaces.Erik Palmgren - 2006 - Annals of Pure and Applied Logic 137 (1):299-316.
    We present an alternative solution to the problem of inductive generation of covers in formal topology by using a restricted form of type universes. These universes are at the same time constructive analogues of regular cardinals and sets of infinitary formulae. The technique of regular universes is also used to construct canonical positivity predicates for inductively generated covers.
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    Tuning Icosahedral Quasicrystals and Their Approximants From the Mg2Zn11structure.Q. Lin & J. D. Corbett - 2006 - Philosophical Magazine 86 (3-5):607-613.
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    La fine di un¿illusione.Giuseppe Del Re - 2006 - Filosofia Oggi 29 (115):281-302.
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    Fatto/Valore: Fine di Una Dicotomia? Risposte a Botti, Mordacci E Pollo.Paolo Zecchinato - 2006 - Etica E Politica 8 (1):1-5.
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    Biotechnology: Tweaking Here, Tuning There. Is That All We Need?Inmacula de Melo-Martín - 2006 - Philosophy Now 56:35-37.
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    Navigating Fine Lines.Sue Healey - 2005 - In Robin Grove, Kate Stevens & Shirley McKechnie (eds.), Thinking in Four Dimensions: Creativity and Cognition in Contemporary Dance. Melbourne Up. pp. 57--80.
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    Progetti di Crociata: Il de Fine di Raimondo Lullo.Franco Porsia - 2005 - Chimienti.
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    How to Rigorously Define Fine-Tuning.Robin Collins - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7:382-407.
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    Kit Fine Precis. Discussion.Stewart Shapiro, Alan Weir & Jamie Tappenden - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 122 (3):305 - 395.
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    Anthropic Reasoning and the Contemporary Design Argument in Astrophysics: A Reply to Robert Klee.Mark Walker & Milan M. Cirkovic - unknown
    In a recent study of astrophysical “fine-tunings” (or “coincidences”), Robert Klee critically assesses the support that such astrophysical evidence might be thought to lend to the design argument (i.e., the argument that our universe has been designed by some deity). Klee argues that a proper assessment indicates that the universe is not as “fine-tuned” as advertised by proponents of the design arguments. We argue (i) that Klee’s assessment of the data is, to a certain extent, problematic; and (ii) even if (...)
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    Fine Wines and Fish Oils: The Life of Hugh Macdonald Sinclair. [REVIEW]David Smith - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Science 36 (1):87-127.
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    The Anthropic Principle: Life in the Universe.Kevin Sharpe & Jonathan Walgate - 2002 - Zygon 37 (4):925-939.
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