John Maier Peking University

  • Faculty, Peking University
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2008.

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    John Maier (2016). Modal Predicates. Linguistics and Philosophy 39 (6):443-457.
    I propose a semantics for a class of English predicates characteristically associated with possibility. The central idea is that such predicates are typically associated with an ordering source, and that differences among them are due to differences in their ordering sources. The ‘dispositional predicates’ that have been central to philosophical discussions are shown to be derivable as a special case from this more general class.
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    John Maier (2015). Dispositions and Ergativity. Philosophical Quarterly 65 (260):381-395.
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    John Maier (2013). The Argument From Moral Responsibility. Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2):1-19.
    There is a familiar argument for the falsity of determinism, an argument that proceeds from the claim that agents are morally responsible. A number of authors have challenged the soundness of this argument. I pose a different challenge, one that grants its soundness. The challenge is that, given certain plausible assumptions, one cannot know the conclusion of this argument on the basis of knowing its premises. That is, one cannot know that determinism is false on the basis of this argument (...)
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    John Maier (2013). The Agentive Modalities. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (3):113-134.
    A number of philosophical projects require a proper understanding of the modal aspects of agency, or of what I call ‘the agentive modalities.’ I propose a general account of the agentive modalities, one which takes as its primitive the decision-theoretic notion of an option. I relate this account to the standard semantics for ‘can’ and to the viability of some positions in the free will debates.
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  5. John Maier (2010). Abilities. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    In the accounts we give of one another, claims about our abilities appear to be indispensable. Some abilities are so widespread that many who have them take them for granted, such as the ability to walk, or to write one's name, or to tell a hawk from a handsaw. Others are comparatively rare and notable, such as the ability to hit a Major League fastball, or to compose a symphony, or to tell an elm from a beech. In either case, (...)
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    John Maier (2010). Review of Willing, Wanting, Waiting. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (2):361 - 364.
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 89, Issue 2, Page 361-364, June 2011.
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