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  1. Philosophical Problems of Space and Time.Adolf Grünbaum - 1963 - Boston: Reidel.
  2. The Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique.Adolf Grunbaum - 1984 - University of California Press.
    This study is a philosophical critique of the foundations of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis. As such, it also takes cognizance of his claim that psychoanalysis has the credentials of a natural science. It shows that the reasoning on which Freud rested the major hypotheses of his edifice was fundamentally flawed, even if the probity of the clinical observations he adduced were not in question. Moreover, far from deserving to be taken at face value, clinical data from the psychoanalytic treatment setting are (...)
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  3. Is Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory Pseudo-Scientific by Karl Popper's Criterion of Demarcation?Adolf Grünbaum - 1979 - American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (2):131 - 141.
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    The Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique.Adolf Grunbaum - 1985 - University of California Press.
    This study is a philosophical critique of the foundations of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis. As such, it also takes cognizance of his claim that psychoanalysis has the credentials of a natural science. It shows that the reasoning on which Freud rested the major hypotheses of his edifice was fundamentally flawed, even if the probity of the clinical observations he adduced were not in question. Moreover, far from deserving to be taken at face value, clinical data from the psychoanalytic treatment setting are (...)
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    Geometry and Chronometry in Philosophical Perspective.Adolf Grünbaum - 1968 - Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
    Geometry and Chronometry in Philosophical Perspective was first published in 1968. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In this volume Professor Grünbaum substantially extends and comments upon his essay "Geometry, Chronometry, and Empiricism," which was first published in Volume III of the Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Commenting on the essay when it first appeared J. J. C. Smart wrote (...)
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    Freud's Theory: The Perspective of a Philosopher of Science.Adolf Grünbaum - 1983 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 57 (1):5 - 31.
    With respect to the reproach by habermas and ricoeur that freud will fall prey to a "scientistic self-misunderstanding" i submit that it was not freud, but these hermeneuticians themselves, who forced the clinical theory of psychoanalysis onto the procrustean bed of a philosophical ideology demonstrably alien to it. as against the generic "disavowal" of causal attributions advocated by some hermeneuticians, i maintain that it is a nihilistic, if not frivolous, trivialization of freud's entire clinical theory. far from serving as a (...)
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    The Duhemian Argument.Adolf Grünbaum - 1960 - Philosophy of Science 27 (1):75 - 87.
    This paper offers a refutation of P. Duhem's thesis that the falsifiability of an isolated empirical hypothesis H as an explanans is unavoidably inconclusive. Its central contentions are the following: 1. No general features of the logic of falsifiability can assure, for every isolated empirical hypothesis H and independently of the domain to which it pertains, that H can always be preserved as an explanans of any empirical findings O whatever by some modification of the auxiliary assumptions A in conjunction (...)
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    Ad Hoc Auxiliary Hypotheses and Falsificationism.Adolf Grünbaum - 1976 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 27 (4):329-362.
  9. The Pseudo-Problem of Creation in Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (3):373 - 394.
    According to some cosmologists, the big bang cosmogony and even the (now largely defunct) steady-state theory pose a scientifically insoluble problem of matter-energy creation. But I argue that the genuine problem of the origin of matter-energy or of the universe has been fallaciously transmuted into the pseudo-problem of creation by an external cause. A fortiori, it emerges that the initial "true" and "false" vacuum states of quantum cosmology do not vindicate biblical divine creation ex nihilo at all.
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  10. Creation as a Pseudo-Explanation in Current Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1991 - Erkenntnis 35 (1-3):233 - 254.
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    Space, Time and Falsifiability Critical Exposition and Reply to "A Panel Discussion of Grünbaum's Philosophy of Science".Adolf Grünbaum - 1970 - Philosophy of Science 37 (4):469 - 588.
    Prompted by the "Panel Discussion of Grünbaum's Philosophy of Science" (Philosophy of Science 36, December, 1969) and other recent literature, this essay ranges over major issues in the philosophy of space, time and space-time as well as over problems in the logic of ascertaining the falsity of a scientific hypothesis. The author's philosophy of geometry has recently been challenged along three main distinct lines as follows: (i) The Panel article by G. J. Massey calls for a more precise and more (...)
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  12. Modern Science and Zeno's Paradoxes of Motion.Adolf Grünbaum - 1970 - In Wesley C. Salmon (ed.), Zeno’s Paradoxes. Bobbs-Merrill. pp. 200--250.
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  13. The Poverty of Theistic Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 2004 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55 (4):561-614.
    Philosophers have postulated the existence of God to explain (I) why any contingent objects exist at all rather than nothing contingent, and (II) why the fundamental laws of nature and basic facts of the world are exactly what they are. Therefore, we ask: (a) Does (I) pose a well-conceived question which calls for an answer? and (b) Can God's presumed will (or intention) provide a cogent explanation of the basic laws and facts of the world, as claimed by (II)? We (...)
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  14. Is the Method of Bold Conjectures and Attempted Refutations Justifiably the Method of Science?Adolf Grünbaum - 1976 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 27 (2):105-136.
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    Is Falsifiability the Touchstone of Scientific Rationality? Karl Popper Versus Inductivism.Adolf Grünbaum - 1976 - In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel. pp. 213--252.
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    Précis of The Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique.Adolf Grünbaum - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (2):217-228.
    This book critically examines Freud's own detailed arguments for his major explanatory and therapeutic principles, the current neorevisionist versions of psychoanalysis, and the hermeneuticists' reconstruction of Freud's theory and therapy as an alternative to what they claim was a “scientistic” misconstrual of the psychoanalytic enterprise. The clinical case for Freud's cornerstone theory of repression – the claim that psychic conflict plays a causal role in producing neuroses, dreams, and bungled actions – turns out to be ill-founded for two main reasons: (...)
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    The Limitations of Deductivism.Adolf Grünbaum & Wesley C. Salmon - 1988 - University of California Press.
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    A Consistent Conception of the Extended Linear Continuum as an Aggregate of Unextended Elements.Adolf Grünbaum - 1952 - Philosophy of Science 19 (4):288 - 306.
  19. David Malament and the Conventionality of Simultaneity: A Reply. [REVIEW]Adolf Grünbaum - 2001 - Foundations of Physics 40 (9-10):1285-1297.
    In 1977, David Malament proved the valuable technical result that the simultaneity relation of standard synchrony $\epsilon=\frac{1}{2}$ with respect to an inertial observer O is uniquely definable in terms of the relation κ of causal connectibility. And he claimed that this definability undermines my own version of the conventionality of metrical simultaneity within an inertial frame.But Malament’s proof depends on the imposition of several supposedly “innocuous” constraints on any candidate for the simultaneity relation relative to O. Relying on Allen I. (...)
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  20. The Pseudo-Problem of Creation in Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1989 - Epistemologia 12 (1):3.
     
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  21. Epistemological Liabilities of the Clinical Appraisal of Psychoanalytic Theory.Adolf Grunbaum - 1980 - Noûs 14 (3):307-385.
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    Free Will and Laws of Human Behavior.Adolf Grünbaum - 1971 - American Philosophical Quarterly 8 (4):299 - 317.
  23. The Falsifiability of Theories: Total or Partial? A Contemporary Evaluation of the Duhem-Quine Thesis.Adolf Grünbaum - 1962 - Synthese 14 (1):17 - 34.
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    Simultaneity by Slow Clock Transport in the Special Theory of Relativity.Adolf Grunbaum - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (1):5 - 43.
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    The Falsifiability of the Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction Hypothesis.Adolf Grünbaum - 1959 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 10 (37):48-50.
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    Theological Misinterpretations of Current Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1998 - Philo 1 (1):15-34.
    In earlier writings, I argued that neither of the two major physical cosmologies of the twentieth century support divine creation, so that atheism has nothing to fear from the explanations required by these cosmologies. Yet theists ranging from Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, and Leibniz to Richard Swinburne and Philip Quinn have maintained that, at every instant anew, the existence of the world requires divine creation ex nihilo as its cause. Indeed, according to some such theists, for any given moment t, God’s (...)
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    The Anisotropy of Time.Adolf Grünbaum - 1964 - The Monist 48 (2):219-247.
    In §1, the bona fide anisotropy of physical time is sharply distinguished from the alleged one-way flow of time.
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  28. I. Complementarity in Quantum Physics and its Philosophical Generalization.Adolf Grunbaum - 1957 - Journal of Philosophy 54 (23):713-727.
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    Can a Theory Answer More Questions Than One of its Rivals?Adolf Grünbaum - 1986 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (1):1-23.
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    Can a Theory Answer More Questions Than One of its Rivals?Adolf Grünbaum - 1976 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 27 (1):1-23.
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    "Some Comments on William Craig's" Creation and Big Bang Cosmology".Adolf Grunbaum - 1994 - Philosophia Naturalis 31 (2):225-236.
  32. Is Simplicity Evidence of Truth?Adolf GrüNbaum - 2007 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 61:261-275.
    In a short 1997 book entitled Simplicity as Evidence of Truth, the Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne has put forward the following thesis summarily: ‘… for theories rendering equally probable our observational data, fitting equally well with background knowledge, the simplest is most probably true’.
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  33. Geometry, Chronometry and Empiricism.Adolf Grünbaum - 1967 - Critica 1 (2):106-109.
     
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  34. Why is There a Universe at All, Rather Than Just Nothing?Adolf Grünbaum - 2009 - In John R. Shook & Paul Kurtz (eds.), Free Inquiry. Humanity Books. pp. 32-35.
    The titular question here “Why is There A World AT ALL, Rather Than Just Nothing?” is a fusionof two successive queries posed by Leibniz in 1697 and 1714. He did so to lay the groundwork for his explanatory theistic answer. But the present paper offers A very unfavorable verdict from my critical scrutiny of the explanatory demand made by Leibniz, and My argument for the complete failure of his interrogative ontological challenge as a springboard for his and Richard Swinburne’s creationist (...)
     
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    A New Critique Of Theological Interpretations Of Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 2001 - Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 8:269-288.
    This paper is a sequel to my “Theological Misinterpretations of Current Physical Cosmology”. It draws on portions of my earlier but goes beyond it and modifies the overlapping portions.
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  36. Comments on Professor Roger Buck's Paper "Reflexive Predictions.".Adolf Grünbaum - 1963 - Philosophy of Science 30 (4):370 - 372.
  37. Modern Science and the Refutation of the Paradoxes of Zeno.Adolf Grünbaum - 1955 - In Wesley C. Salmon (ed.), Zeno’s Paradoxes. Bobbs-Merrill. pp. 164--175.
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    Can a Theory Answer More Questions Than One of its Rivals?Adolf Grünbaum - 1976 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 27 (1):1-23.
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    Temporally-Asymmetric Principles, Parity Between Explanation and Prediction, and Mechanism Versus Teleology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1962 - Philosophy of Science 29 (2):146 - 170.
    Three major ways in which temporal asymmetries enter into scientific induction are discussed as follows: 1. An account is given of the physical basis for the temporal asymmetry of recordability, which obtains in the following sense: except for humanly recorded predictions and one other class of advance indicators to be discussed, interacting systems can contain reliable indicators of only their past and not of their future interactions. To deal with the exceptional cases of non-spontaneous "pre-records," a clarification is offered of (...)
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  40. Whitehead's Method of Extensive Abstraction.Adolf Grünbaum - 1953 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 4 (15):215-226.
  41. Zeno's Metrical Paradox of Extension.Adolf Grünbaum - 1967 - In Wesley C. Salmon (ed.), Zeno’s Paradoxes. Bobbs-Merrill. pp. 176--199.
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  42. Can an Infinitude of Operations Be Performed in a Finite Time?Adolf Grünbaum - 1969 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 20 (3):203-218.
  43. Is Simplicity Evidence of Truth?Adolf Grünbaum - 2008 - American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2):179-189.
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  44. In Fairness to Freud: A Critical Notice of the Foundations of Psychoanalysis.David Sachs & Adolf Grunbaum - 1989 - Philosophical Review 98 (3):349-378.
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    The Philosophical Retention of Absolute Space in Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.Adolf Grunbaum - 1957 - Philosophical Review 66 (4):525-534.
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    Theological Misinterpretations of Current Physical Cosmology.Adolf Grünbaum - 1996 - Foundations of Physics 26 (4):523-543.
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    Introduction: The Context of These Essays.Adolf Grünbaum & Wesley C. Salmon - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (1):1 - 4.
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    Narlikar's "Creation" of the Big Bang Universe Was a Mere Origination.Adolf Grunbaum - 1993 - Philosophy of Science 60 (4):638-646.
    In Grunbaum (1989, 374, 390), I objected to Narlikar's (1977, 136-137) designation "event of 'creation'" for a supposed first cosmic instant t = 0, which he imports into the big bang cosmology of the general theory of relativity (GTR). Narlikar (1992, 361-362) does reject a theological construal of the "creation". But, endeavoring to justify his secular creationism, he now points out that, in the GTR, the usual derivation of matter-energy conservation from Hilbert's stationary action principle cannot be extended to include (...)
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  49. Discussions: Thb Falsifiability Op the Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction Hypothesis.Adolf Grünbaum - 1959 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 10 (37):48-50.
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    The Degeneration of Popper's Theory of Demarcation.Adolf Grünbaum - 1989 - In Fred D'Agostino & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Epistemologia. Reidel. pp. 141--161.
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