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  1. Rescuing Frankfurt-Style Cases.Alfred R. Mele & David Robb - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (1):97-112.
    Almost thirty years ago, in an attempt to undermine what he termed "the principle of alternate possibilities" (the thesis that people are morally responsible for what they have done only if they could have done otherwise), Harry Frankfurt offered an ingenious thought-experiment that has played a major role in subsequent work on moral responsibility and free will. Several philosophers, including David Widerker and Robert Kane, argued recently that this thought-experiment and others like it are fundamentally flawed. This paper develops a (...)
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  2. Mental Causation.David Robb & John Heil - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Worries about mental causation are prominent in contemporary discussions of the mind and human agency. Originally, the problem of mental causation was that of understanding how a mental substance (thought to be immaterial) could interact with a material substance, a body. Most philosophers nowadays repudiate immaterial minds, but the problem of mental causation has not gone away. Instead, focus has shifted to mental properties. How could mental properties be causally relevant to bodily behavior? How could something mental qua mental cause (...)
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  3. The Properties of Mental Causation.David Robb - 1997 - Philosophical Quarterly 47 (187):178-94.
    Recent discussions of mental causation have focused on three principles: (1) Mental properties are (sometimes) causally relevant to physical effects; (2) mental properties are not physical properties; (3) every physical event has in its causal history only physical events and physical properties. Since these principles seem to be inconsistent, solutions have focused on rejecting one or more of them. But I argue that, in spite of appearances, (1)–(3) are not inconsistent. The reason is that 'properties' is used in different senses (...)
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    Hermeneutic Research in Nursing: Developing a Gadamerian-Based Research Method.Valerie Fleming, Uta Gaidys & Yvonne Robb - 2003 - Nursing Inquiry 10 (2):113-120.
  5. Mental Properties.John Heil & David Robb - 2003 - American Philosophical Quarterly 40 (3):175-196.
    It is becoming increasingly clear that the deepest problems currently exercising philosophers of mind arise from an ill-begotten ontology, in particular, a mistaken ontology of properties. After going through some preliminaries, we identify three doctrines at the heart of this mistaken ontology: (P) For each distinct predicate, “F”, there exists one, and only one, property, F, such that, if “F” is applicable to an object a, then “F” is applicable in virtue of a’s being F. (U) Properties are universals, not (...)
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  6. Qualitative Unity and the Bundle Theory.David Robb - 2005 - The Monist 88 (4):466-92.
    This paper is an articulation and defense of a trope-bundle theory of material objects. After some background remarks about objects and tropes, I start the main defense in Section III by answering a charge frequently made against the bundle theory, namely that it commits a conceptual error by saying that properties are parts of objects. I argue that there’s a general and intuitive sense of “part” in which properties are in fact parts of objects. This leads to the question of (...)
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    A Critical Analysis of Articles Using a Gadamerian Based Research Method.Valerie Fleming & Yvonne Robb - 2019 - Nursing Inquiry 26 (2):e12283.
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    Potential Conflicts in Midwifery Practice Regarding Conscientious Objection to Abortions in Scotland.Valerie Fleming & Yvonne Robb - 2019 - Nursing Ethics 26 (2):564-575.
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  9. Book Review: Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women's Work, and the Betrayal of “Family Values”Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women's Work, and the Betrayal of “Family Values”byAlbrechtGloria H.Continuum, New York, 2002. 176 Pp. $22.95. ISBN 0-8264-1442-7. [REVIEW]Carol S. Robb - 2004 - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 58 (1):98-100.
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    Bbs, Magnets and Seesaws: The Metaphysics of Frankfurt-Style Cases.Alfred R. Mele & David Robb - 2003 - In David Widerker & Michael McKenna (eds.), Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities. Ashgate. pp. 107--126.
    In this paper Mele and Robb defend their (1998) paper against a variety of objections and further their develop their defense of Frankfurt-style cases.
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  11. The Identity Theory as a Solution to the Exclusion Problem.David Robb - 2013 - In Sophie C. Gibb & Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson (eds.), Mental Causation and Ontology. Oxford University Press. pp. 215.
    This is about a proposed solution to the exclusion problem, one I've defended elsewhere. Details aside, it's just the identity theory : mental properties face no threat of exclusion from, or preemption by, physical properties, because every mental property is a physical property. Here I elaborate on this solution and defend it from some objections. One of my goals is to place it in the context of a more general ontology of properties, in particular, a trope ontology.
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    St. Thomas and the Infinity of Human Beings.James H. Robb - 1981 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 55:118.
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    Orality and Literacy - Cooper Politics of Orality . Pp. Xx + 377, Ills. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007. Cased, €129, US$174. ISBN: 978-90-04-14540-5. [REVIEW]Kevin Robb - 2010 - The Classical Review 60 (2):340-342.
  14. Mental Causation.David Robb - forthcoming - In Brian McLaughlin (ed.), Macmillan's Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Philosophy of Mind. Macmillan.
    This is an introduction to mental causation. It is written primarily for students new to the topic. The chapter is organized around the following argument: P1. Everything we do is caused by biochemical processes within our bodies and brains. P2. If everything we do is caused by biochemical processes within our bodies and brains, then nothing we do has a mental cause. C. Therefore, nothing we do has a mental cause.
     
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    Mental Causation and Intelligibility.David Robb - 2015 - Humana Mente 8 (29).
    I look at some central positions in the mental causation debate – reductionism, emergentism, and nonreductive physicalism – on the hypothesis that mental causation is intelligible. On this hypothesis, mental causes and their effects are internally related so that they intelligibly “fit”, analogous to the way puzzle pieces interlock, or shades of red fall into order within a color sphere. The assumption of intelligibility has what I take to be a welcome consequence: deciding among rivals in the mental causation debate (...)
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  16. Power for the Mental as Such.David Robb - forthcoming - In Jonathan D. Jacobs (ed.), Causal Powers. Oxford University Press.
    An adequate solution to the problem of mental causation should deliver, not just the efficacy of mental properties, but the efficacy of mental properties as such, of mentality in its own right. But this appears to block an identity solution from the outset. Any property that’s both mental and physical, the argument goes, has a dual nature, and this just reintroduces the problem of mental causation, now framed in terms of these two natures. But a powers ontology promises to save (...)
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  17. Psyche and Logos in the Fragments of Heraclitus: The Origins of the Concept of Soul.Kevin Robb - 1986 - The Monist 69 (3):315-351.
    Former students of Francis MacDonald Cornford report that the distinguished Cambridge historian was fond of what he called his “parable of the coins.” The point of the parable’s instruction was that words, especially philosophers’ words, are like coins in that they retain their “shape” or visual appearance over decades and even centuries while their “purchasing power” or meaning may be shifting drastically. The image of a coin with an enduring shape but a varying purchasing power is especially appropriate for the (...)
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    Reply to Noordhof on Mental Causation.David Robb - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (202):90-94.
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  19. Could Mental Causation Be Invisible?David Robb - forthcoming - In Alexander Carruth, S. C. Gibb & John Heil (eds.), The Metaphysics of E.J. Lowe. Oxford University Press.
    E.J. Lowe has recently proposed a model of mental causation on which mental events are emergent, thus exerting a novel, downward causal influence on physical events. Yet on Lowe's model, mental causation is at the same time empirically undetectable, and in this sense is "invisible". Lowe's model is ingenious, but I don't think emergentists should welcome it, for it seems to me that a primary virtue of emergentism is its bold empirical prediction about the long-term results of human physiology. Here (...)
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    Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece.Paul C. Violas & Kevin Robb - 1995 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 29 (2):116.
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    An Epistemology of the Financial Crisis.Richard Robb - 2013 - Critical Review 25 (2):131-161.
    ABSTRACT Imagine, as most economists do, that financial-market participants understand the basic structure of the world: While they cannot predict the future with certainty, they are endowed with knowledge of the possible outcomes of their actions and the probability that each of those outcomes will occur. Given these assumptions, if bankers, regulators, investors, and rating agencies were rational, we may conclude that the financial crisis was caused by poor incentives: These actors must have knowingly jeopardized their institutions and the global (...)
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    Is Causal Necessity Part of the Mind-Independent World?David Robb - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 26 (1/2):305-320.
  23. Power Essentialism.David Robb - 2007 - Philosophical Topics 35 (1-2):343-58.
    Press a square paperweight into a lump of soft clay. What results is a square impression. Could a circular impression have resulted instead? The answer seems to be No. In this paper, I take this and similar examples as evidence for power essentialism, the thesis that the powers bestowed by a property are essential to it. I spend most of the paper trying to answer a few arguments against the evidential value of such examples: (1) there is the appearance of (...)
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    Recent Work in the Philosophy of Mind. [REVIEW]David Robb - 1998 - Philosophical Quarterly 48 (193):527–539.
    This is a critical review of six books: Peter Carruthers, _Language, Thought, and Consciousness; David Chalmers, _The Conscious Mind; Fred Dretske, _Naturalizing the Mind; Steven Horst, _Symbols, Computation and Intentionality; Jaegwon Kim, _Philosophy of Mind; and Michael Tye, _Ten Problems of Consciousness. The review focuses on what these authors have to say about consciousness.
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    Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings.Timothy O'Connor & David Robb (eds.) - 2003 - Routledge.
    _Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings_ is a comprehensive anthology that draws together leading philosophers writing on the major topics within philosophy of mind. Robb and O'Connor have carefully chosen articles under the following headings: *Substance Dualism and Idealism *Materialism *Mind and Representation *Consciousness Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay by the editors which guides the student gently into the topic in which leading philosophers are included. The book is highly accessible and user-friendly and provides a broad-ranging exploration of (...)
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  26. Substance.David Robb - 2009 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
     
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  27. Zombies From Below.David Robb - 2008 - In Simone Gozzano Francesco Orilia (ed.), Tropes, Universals, and the Philosophy of Mind: Essays at the Boundary of Ontology and Philosophical Psychology. Ontos Verlag.
    A zombie is a creature just like a conscious being in certain respects, but wholly lacking in consciousness. In this paper, I look at zombies from the perspective of basic ontology (“from below”), taking as my starting point a trope ontology I have defended elsewhere. The consequences of this ontology for zombies are mixed. Viewed from below, one sort of zombie—the exact dispositional zombie—is impossible. A similar argument can be wielded against another sort—the exact physical zombie—but here supplementary principles are (...)
     
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    Geometry of Time and Space.Alfred A. Robb - 1936 - Cambridge University Press.
    Alfred A. Robb. THEOREM 54 If P1 and P2 be a pair of parallel inertia planes while an inertia plane Q1 has parallel general lines a and b in common with P1 and P2 respectively and if Q2 be an inertia plane parallel to Q1 through some ...
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  29. Between Science and Spiritualism: Frances Swiney's Vision of a Sexless Future.G. Robb - 2005 - Diogenes 52 (4):163 - 168.
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    The Great Transition: A Process View of History and its Implications.Crawford Robb - 1993 - World Futures 37 (4):179-194.
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    The Great Transition: Logic and Speculation Beyond Experience.Crawford Robb - 1994 - World Futures 41 (4):191-206.
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  32. A Theory of Time and Space.Alfred A. Robb - 1915 - Mind 24 (96):555-561.
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    "Imaginative but Intimately True": The Novels of George MacDonald.David Robb - 2001 - The Chesterton Review 27 (1/2):67-83.
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    Ancient Greek Ideas on Speech, Language and Civilization.Kevin Robb - 2008 - Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):243-251.
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    Review of Jens Harbecke, Mental Causation: Investigating the Mind's Powers in a Natural World[REVIEW]David Robb - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (9).
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    The Witness in Heraclitus and in Early Greek Law.Kevin Robb - 1991 - The Monist 74 (4):638-676.
    Much recent scholarship on Heraclitus has emphasized that the philosopher exploits recurring words in his terse sayings. The dok- words were among his favorites, for example, as was psychê, soul, in some innovative usages. The great Ephesian philosopher also enjoyed drawing sharp, verbal images borrowed from contemporary life, some of them memorable even to the modern reader. Words and images can, in turn, “resonate” between contexts when they appear in several fragments. One example, a recurring word and image concerns marturia, (...)
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    The Architecture of Brunelleschi and the Origins of Perspective Theory in the Fifteenth Century.Giulio Carlo Argan & Nesca A. Robb - 1946 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 9:96-121.
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    The Unity of Adequate Knowing in St. Thomas Aquinas.James Robb - 1986 - The Monist 69 (3):447-457.
    In trying to understand St. Thomas’ doctrine on the unity of adequate knowing, one has to locate what he has said on this topic within a larger framework, what he means by being a human being. His personal doctrine, as it is classically interpreted, centers around what I refer to as the unity of a human being or a human person. In general St. Thomas has been interpreted as saying that the human soul has subsistence in its own right, but (...)
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    The Effect of Salinity and Temperature Variations on the Bacterial Population in the Bot River Estuary.C. H. Roberts, G. M. Branch & F. T. Robb - 1985 - Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 45 (3-4):347-352.
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    The Annual Cycle of Free-Floating Bacteria in the Bot River Estuary.C. H. Roberts, G. M. Branch & F. T. Robb - 1985 - Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 45 (3-4):353-362.
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    Causation and Persistence: A Theory of Causation. [REVIEW]David Robb - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (3):419-422.
    This book ranks with the best of contemporary work on the metaphysics of causation, both because of its thorough and unified treatment of the literature and because its author faces head-on the most difficult foundational questions about causality: How, at the most basic level, do causes bring about their effects? What are the mechanisms operating in the world to bind its parts together? Ehring’s answers to these questions are clear, original, and supported by sophisticated arguments. The book is a fine (...)
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    History of Classic Painting and History of Modern PaintingHistory of Painting: The Occidental Tradition.William Sener Rusk, Germain Bazin & David M. Robb - 1952 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 11 (1):83.
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    The Great Transition: Immediate Prospects.Crawford Robb - 1994 - World Futures 41 (4):207-225.
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  44. Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece.Kevin Robb - 1994 - Oup Usa.
    This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins with the introduction of the alphabet in the eighth century to the fourth century, when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. Professor Robb introduces much new evidence and re-evaluates older evidence to demonstrate that early Greek literacy can only be understood in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it, one that was dominated by the oral performance of epical (...)
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    John Sallis, "Being and Logos: The Way of Platonic Dialogue". [REVIEW]Kevin Robb - 1978 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 16 (3):343.
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    The Function of Repetition in Scholastic Theology of the Trinity.Fiona Robb - 1996 - Vivarium 34 (1):41-75.
  47. Language and Thought in Early Greek Philosophy.Kevin Robb (ed.) - 1983 - Hegeler Institute.
     
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    Examining the Effects of Altered Avatars on Perception-Action in Virtual Reality.Brian Day, Elham Ebrahimi, Leah S. Hartman, Christopher C. Pagano, Andrew C. Robb & Sabarish V. Babu - 2019 - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 25 (1):1-24.
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    Thales of Miletus: The Beginnings of Western Science and Philosophy (Review).Kevin Robb - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (1):107-108.
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    The Absolute Relations of Time and Space.Alfred A. Robb - 1922 - Journal of Philosophy 19 (13):361-362.
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