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  1.  43
    Unscrutable Morality: Could Anyone Know Every Moral Truth?Marcus Hunt - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 59 (20):215-227.
    To begin to answer the question of whether every moral truth could be known by any one individual, this paper examines David Chalmers’ views on the scrutability of moral truths in Constructing the World. Chalmers deals with the question of the scrutability of moral truths ecumenically, claiming that moral truths are scrutable on all plausible metaethical views. I raise two objections to Chalmers’ approach. The first objection is that he confl ates the claim that moral truths are scrutable from PQTI (...)
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    Invasive Weeds in Parmenides' Garden.Olga Ramirez Calle - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (60):391-412.
    The paper attempts to conciliate the important distinction between what-is, or exists, and what-is-not _thereby supporting Russell’s existential analysis_ with some Meinongian insights. For this purpose, it surveys the varied inhabitants of the realm of ‘non-being’ and tries to clarify their diverse statuses. The position that results makes it possible to rescue them back in surprising but non-threatening form, leaving our ontology safe from contradiction.
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    Representationalism, Double Vision, and Afterimages: A Response to Işık Sarıhan.René Jagnow - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (6):435-451.
    In his paper “Double Vision, Phosphenes and Afterimages: Non-Endorsed Representations rather than Non-Representational Qualia,” Işık Sarıhan addresses the debate between strong representationalists and qualia theorists. He argues that qualia theorists like Ned Block and Amy Kind who cite double-vision, afterimages, etc., as evidence for the existence of qualia are mistaken about the actual nature of these states. According to Sarıhan, these authors confuse the fact that these states are non-endorsed representational states with the fact that they are at least partly (...)
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  4. Conjoining and the Weak/Strong Quantifier Distinction.John Collins - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):283-294.
    Pietroski’s model of semantic composition is introduced and compared to the standard type hierarchy. Particular focus is then given to Pietroski’s account of quantifi cation. The question is raised of how the model might account for the weak/strong distinction in natural language quantifi cation. A number of options are addressed and one proposal is tentatively recommended.
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    What Do We Experience When Listening to a Familiar Language?Anna Drożdżowicz - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):365-389.
    What do we systematically experience when hearing an utterance in a familiar language? A popular and intuitive answer has it that we experience understanding an utterance or what the speaker said or communicated by uttering a sentence. Understanding a meaning conveyed by the speaker is an important element of linguistic communication that might be experienced in such cases. However, in this paper I argue that two other elements that typically accompany the production of spoken linguistic utterances should be carefully considered (...)
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    Béatrice Longuenesse, I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant and Back Again. [REVIEW]Ekin Erkan - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):513-516.
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    But Without …?Michael Glanzberg - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):353-364.
    In this short note, I discuss the viability of truth-conditional semantics in light of Pietroski’s criticisms. I explore an alternative view that follows Pietroski in putting emphasis on the relation of meanings to concepts, but makes some room for truth conditions.
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  8. Larry Krasnoff, Nuria Sánchez Madrid, Paula Satne (Eds.), Kant’s Doctrine of Right in the Twenty-First Century. [REVIEW]Lovro Grgić - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):508-512.
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  9. Anđel Starčević, Mate Kapović, Daliborka Sarić, Jeziku Je Svejedno. [REVIEW]Dunja Jutronić - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):504-508.
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  10. Introduction.Dunja Jutronić & Nenad Miščević - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):269-269.
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  11. Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Biology. A Very Short Introduction. [REVIEW]Urška Martinc - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):501-504.
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    Two Concepts of the Epistemic Value of Public Deliberation.John B. Min - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):465-488.
    Epistemic justifi cation is necessary for deliberative democracy, yet there is a question about what we mean by the concept of epistemic values of public deliberation. According to one reading, the epistemic value of public deliberation implies a procedure’s ability to achieve a correct outcome, as judged by a procedure-independent standard of correctness. As I shall show in this paper, however, there is another reading of the "epistemic" value of public deliberation extant in the literature: Epistemic values are constitutive of (...)
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  13. Can Statism Help?Nenad Miščević - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):489-497.
    Can statism help with burning issues of the present time? The authors in the collection mostly answer affi rmatively; in their view states can successfully deal with their cosmopolitan responsibilities. In the discussion, we question this optimistic assumption, and suggest the need for a more supra-statist, cosmopolitan arrangement for solving the issues.
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    The Limits of Expertism.Nenad Miščević - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):453-464.
    Snježana Prijić-Samaržija’s book discusses the epistemic grounding of democracy, stressing the epistemic role of experts in her political-epistemological favorite, the project of “reliability democracy”. Her proposal, inspired by Christiano, lets citizens play an important role in setting the aims, whereas experts deliberate about means of reaching them. I argue that it is not easy to reach consensus about goals and values. What is needed is democratic deliberation in deciding, encompassing both experts and laypersons. We should retain the duality of less (...)
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    Generative Linguistics Meets Normative Inferentialism: Part 1.David Pereplyotchik - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):311-352.
    This is the first installment of a two-part essay. Limitations of space prevented the publication of the full essay in present issue of the Journal. The second installment will appear in the next issue, 2021. My overall goal is to outline a strategy for integrating generative linguistics with a broadly pragmatist approach to meaning and communication. Two immensely useful guides in this venture are Robert Brandom and Paul Pietroski. Squarely in the Chomskyan tradition, Pietroski’s recent book, Conjoining Meanings, offers an (...)
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    Précis of Conjoining Meanings.Paul M. Pietroski - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):271-282.
    In Conjoining Meanings, I argue that meanings are composable instructions for how to build concepts of a special kind. In this summary of the main line of argument, I stress that proposals about what linguistic meanings are should make room for the phenomenon of lexical polysemy. On my internalist proposal, a single lexical item can be used to access various concepts on different occasions of use. And if lexical items are often “conceptually equivocal” in this way, then some familiar arguments (...)
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    Invasive Weeds in Parmenides’s Garden.Olga Ramírez Calle - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):391-413.
    The paper attempts to conciliate the important distinction between what-is, or exists, and what-is-not, thereby supporting Russell’s existential analysis, with some Meinongian insights. For this purpose, it surveys the varied inhabitants of the realm of ‘non-being’ and tries to clarify their diverse statuses. The position that results makes it possible to rescue them back in surprising but non-threatening form, leaving our ontology safe from contradiction.
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    Vincent C. Müller (Ed.), Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017. [REVIEW]Niko Šetar - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):499-501.
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  19. Semantic Deference and Groundedness.Antonin Thuns - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):415-434.
    Semantic deference allows for the meaning of a word w a speaker uses to be determined by the way other speakers would understand or use w. That semantic deference has some role to play in semantic content attributions is intuitive enough. Nevertheless, the exact conditions under which semantic deference takes place are still open for discussion. A key issue that the article critically examines is Recanati’s requirement that deferential uses be grounded, that is, that deferential uses be linked to non-deferential (...)
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    Compositionality and Expressive Power: Comments on Pietroski.Elmar Unnsteinsson - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):295-310.
    Paul Pietroski has developed a powerful minimalist and internalist alternative to standard compositional semantics, where meanings are identified with instructions to fetch or assemble human concepts in specific ways. In particular, there appears to be no need for Fregean Function Application, as natural language composition only involves processes of combining monadic or dyadic concepts, and Pietroski’s theory can then, allegedly, avoid both singular reference and truth conditions. He also has a negative agenda, purporting to show, roughly, that the vocabulary of (...)
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    Which Theory of Public Reason?Elvio Baccarini - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):199-214.
    Rawlsian public reason requires public decisions to be justified through reasons that each citizen can accept as reasonable, free and equal. It has been objected that this model of public justification puts unfair burdens on marginalized groups. A possible version of the criticism is that the alleged unfairness is constituted by what Miranda Fricker and other authors call epistemic injustice. This form of injustice obtains when some agents are unjustly treated as not reliable, or when they are deprived of epistemic (...)
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    Bending and Stretching the Definition of Lying.Martina Blečić - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):247-256.
    One of the recent trends in dealing with the concept of lying has been to argue that the idea that one needs to deceive someone in order to lie has been accepted too hastily. In Lying and Insincerity Stokke shares this opinion and proposes a definition of lying based on the notion of common ground that includes bald-faced lies. Additionally, he rejects the idea that lying can be accomplished with pragmatic means such as conversational implicatures and proposes a formal distinction (...)
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  23. John Dunn Interview.Ivan Cerovac - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):133-138.
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  24. Michael E. Bratman, Planning, Time and Self-Governance: Essays in Practical Rationality. [REVIEW]David Grčki - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):262-267.
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  25. David Hitchcock, On Reasoning and Argument. Essays in Informal Logic and on Critical Thinking. [REVIEW]Gabriela Bašić Hanžek - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):257-261.
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    Unscrutable Morality.Marcus William Hunt - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):215-227.
    To begin to answer the question of whether every moral truth could be known by any one individual, this paper examines David Chalmers’ views on the scrutability of moral truths in Constructing the World. Chalmers deals with the question of the scrutability of moral truths ecumenically, claiming that moral truths are scrutable on all plausible metaethical views. I raise two objections to Chalmers’ approach. The first objection is that he conflates the claim that moral truths are scrutable from PQTI with (...)
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  27. Political Parties as Corruption Hazards.Oliver Milne - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):139-151.
    In this paper, I do several things. First, I present a definition of ‘corruption’ as ‘abuse of power that builds or maintains the abuser’s power’, arguing that this definition is more generally applicable than other definitions offered in the literature and that it highlights a crucial property of corruption, namely its tendency to metastasise, presenting a more and more serious danger to society. To defend the emphasis I place on this tendency, I then argue that corruption frequently produces three mechanisms (...)
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    Democracy, Truth, and Epistemic Proceduralism.Ivan Mladenović - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):171-182.
    The usual justifi cations of democracy attach central importance to fair decision-making procedures. However, it is being increasingly emphasized that it is necessary to address epistemic considerations to justify democracy and democratic authority. In her book Democracy and Truth: The Conflict between Political and Epistemic Virtues, Prijić-Samaržija defends the view which places emphasis on the necessity of epistemic justification of democracy. In this paper, I will discuss her criticism of epistemic proceduralism, which can be considered major contemporary framework for epistemic (...)
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  29. How to Craft Economic Policy.Hana Samaržija - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):153-170.
    This article argues that all economic theory presupposes implicit political premises, and that these affect its scientific conclusions. More specifically, I will argue that neoclassical economics trades the epistemic values of predictive accuracy and explanatory strength for an image of the capitalist economy as sustainable, which renders it unequipped to analyze its crises. Echoing Anwar Shaikh’s analysis, I will show that neoclassical economics, by constructing idealized settings and misleading metrics, obscures the inherent conflicts of capital accumulation. As this tendency leads (...)
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  30. The Epistemic Justification of Democracy.Snježana Prijić Samaržija - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):183-197.
    In the article, I am concerned with the epistemic justification of democracy: what does the epistemic justification of democracy consist of, and how can we assure that democracy indeed generates decisions of the highest epistemic quality? However, since it is impossible to speak about the epistemic justification of democracy without considering its relation to political justification, and their tension, this article will also question the relationship between epistemic and political justification. I endorse a position called the hybrid stance, not only (...)
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    The Non-Identity Problem and the Admissibility of Outlandish Thought Experiments in Applied Philosophy.Adrian Walsh - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):229-246.
    The non-identity problem, which is much discussed in bioethics, metaphysics and environmental ethics, is usually examined by philosophers because of the difficulties it raises for our understanding of possible harms done to present human agents. In this article, instead of attempting to solve the non-identical problem, I explore an entirely different feature of the problem, namely the implications it has for the admissibility of outlandish or bizarre thought experiments. I argue that in order to sustain the claim that later born (...)
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    Justin Garson, A Critical Overview of Biological Functions. [REVIEW]Vito Balorda - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):129-132.
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    Legitimate Mathematical Methods.James Robert Brown - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):1-6.
    A thought experiment involving an omniscient being and quantum mechanics is used to justify non-deductive methods in mathematics. The twin prime conjecture is used to illustrate what can be achieved.
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    The Effectiveness of Representations in Mathematics.Jessica Carter - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):7-18.
    This article focuses on particular ways in which visual representations contribute to the development of mathematical knowledge. I give examples of diagrammatic representations that enable one to observe new properties and cases where representations contribute to classification. I propose that fruitful representations in mathematics are iconic representations that involve conventional or symbolic elements, that is, iconic metaphors. In the last part of the article, I explain what these are and how they apply in the considered examples.
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    Leif Wenar, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World. [REVIEW]Tamara Crnko - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):125-129.
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    Epistemic Infinitism, the Reason-Giving Game, and the Regress Skeptic.Erhan Demircioğlu - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):81-102.
    Epistemic infinitism is one of the logically possible responses to the epistemic regress problem, claiming that the justification of a given proposition requires an infinite and non-circular structure of reasons. In this paper, I will examine the dialectic between the epistemic infinitist and the regress skeptic, the sort of skeptic that bases his attack to the possibility of justification on the regress of reasons. I aim to show that what makes epistemic infinitism appear as well-equipped to silence the regress skeptic (...)
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    Mathematics and Physics Within the Context of Justification.Marko Grba & Majda Trobok - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):19-33.
    Motivated by the analogy which holds within the context of discovery between mathematics and physics, we aim to show that there is a connection between two fields within the context of justification too. Based on the careful analysis of examples from science we suggest that the logic of scientific research, which might appear as enumerative induction, is deduction, and we propose it to be universal generalization inference rule. Our main argument closely follows the analysis of the structure of physical theory (...)
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    Are People Smarter Than Machines?Phil Maguire, Philippe Moser & Rebecca Maguire - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):103-123.
    Recent progress in artificial intelligence has led some to speculate that machine intelligence may soon match or surpass human intelligence. We argue that this understanding of intelligence is flawed. While physical machines are designed by humans to simulate human rule-following behaviour, the issue of whether human abilities can be emulated is not well-defined. We outline a series of obstacles that stand in the way of formalizing emulation, and show that even a simple, well-defined function cannot be decided in practice. In (...)
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    Structural Realism in Biology.Sahotra Sarkar - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):35-62.
    Structural realism holds that ontological commitments induced by successful scientific theories should focus on the structures rather than the objects posited by the theories. Thus structural realism goes beyond the empirical adequacy criterion of traditional empiricism. It also attempts to avoid the problems scientific realism faces in contexts of radical theory change accompanied by discordant shifts in posited theoretical objects. Structural realism emerged in the context of attempts to interpret developments in twentieth-century physics. In a biological context, Stanford provided pre-emptive (...)
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    Does Sherlock Holmes Exist?Richard Vallée - 2020 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):63-80.
    Fictional names have specific, cognitively relevant features, putting them in a category apart from the category of ordinary names. I argue that we should focus on the name or name form itself and refrain from looking for an assignment procedure and an assigned referent. I also argue that we should reject the idea that sentences containing fictional names express singular propositions. These suggestions have important consequences for the intuition that ‘Sherlock Holmes exists’ is either true or false, and they put (...)
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