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  1. Causes and Laws.Adrian Heathcote & D. M. Armstrong - 1991 - Noûs 25 (1):63-73.
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    A Theory of Causality: Causality=Interaction (as Defined by a Suitable Quantum Field Theory). [REVIEW]Adrian Heathcote - 1989 - Erkenntnis 31 (1):77 - 108.
    In this paper I put forward a suggestion for identifying causality in micro-systems with the specific quantum field theoretic interactions that occur in such systems. I first argue — along the lines of general transference theories — that such a physicalistic account is essential to an understanding of causation; I then proceed to sketch the concept of interaction as it occurs in quantum field theory and I do so from both a formal and an informal point of view. Finally, I (...)
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  3. Truthmaking and the Gettier Problem.Adrian Heathcote - 2006 - In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Aspects of Knowing: Epistemological Essays. Elsevier Science. pp. 152--67.
  4. Yes, but What is the Mother of Necessity?Adrian Heathcote - unknown
    It’s a truism of philosophy that Realists must not postulate more than we could reasonably hope to know, while Anti-Realists must not leave us with so little that all knowledge is impossible. But balance is not easily come by—and even less in philosophy than in life. So philosophy continues to struggle over the hard cases, with neither the Realist nor the Anti-Realist able to score an easy victory.
     
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    Truthmaking, Evidence Of, and Impossibility Proofs.Adrian Heathcote - 2014 - Acta Analytica 29 (3):363-375.
    Beginning with Zagzebski (The Philosophical Quarterly 44:65–73, 1994), some philosophers have argued that there can be no solution to the Gettier counterexamples within the framework of a fallibilist theory of knowledge. If true, this would be devastating, since it is believed on good grounds that infallibilism leads to scepticism. But I argue here that these purported proofs are mistaken and that the truthmaker solution to the Gettier problems is both cogent and fallibilist in nature. To show this I develop the (...)
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    On the Exhaustion of Mathematical Entities by Structures.Adrian Heathcote - 2014 - Axiomathes 24 (2):167-180.
    There has been considerable discussion in the literature of one kind of identity problem that mathematical structuralism faces: the automorphism problem, in which the structure is unable to individuate the mathematical entities in its domain. Shapiro (Philos Math 16(3):285–309, 2008) has partly responded to these concerns. But I argue here that the theory faces an even more serious kind of identity problem, which the theory can’t overcome staying within its remit. I give two examples to make the point.
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    Truthmaking and the Alleged Need for Relevance.Adrian Heathcote - 2003 - Logique and Analyse 46 (183-184):345-364.
    Since 1969, when Bas van Fraassen wrote 'Facts and Tautological Entailments', it has been assumed that if facts, or states of affairs, exist at all, they can only play the role of truthmakers for propositions if the truthmaker relation is defined in a relevantist revision of classical logic. Greg Restall revived this notion in 1996, and it has since been discussed positively by Stephen Read. I argue in this paper that this was always a mistake. The truthmaking relation between facts (...)
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    Analyticity, Truthmaking and Mathematics.Adrian Heathcote - 2018 - Open Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):243-261.
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    Of Crows and Quarks: Reflections on the Laws of Quantum Mechanics.Adrian Heathcote - 1996 - In P. Riggs (ed.), Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 145--161.
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    Unbounded Operators and the Incompleteness of Quantum Mechanics.Adrian Heathcote - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (3):523-534.
    A proof is presented that a form of incompleteness in Quantum Mechanics follows directly from the use of unbounded operators. It is then shown that the problems that arise for such operators are not connected to the non- commutativity of many pairs of operators in Quantum Mechanics and hence are an additional source of incompleteness to that which allegedly flows from the..
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    Abductive Inference and Invalidity.Adrian Heathcote - 1995 - Theoria 61 (3):231-260.
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    Zeeman-Göbel Topologies.Adrian Heathcote - 1988 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (2):247-261.
    Zeeman argued that the Euclidean (i. e. manifold) topology of Minkowski space-time should be replaced by a strictly finer topology that was to have a closer connection with the indefinite metric. This proposal was extended in 1976 by Rudiger Göbel and Hawking, King and McCarthy to the space-times of General Relativity. It is the purpose of this paper to argue that these suggestions for replacement misrepresent the significance of the manifold topology and overstate the necessity for a finer topology. The (...)
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    Kt and the Diamond of Knowledge.Adrian Heathcote - 2004 - Philosophical Books 45 (4):286-295.
    That there is an edge at all is, of course, philosophically controversial; it would be denied by anti-realists of a verificationist stripe. However, we accept, since G¨odel, that there are true propositions of elementary arithmetic that are unprovable in arithmetic; just so, we should accept—by analogy—that there are true statements that are unknowable. An argument called the Fitch Argument tells us that it is so. Williamson has long argued that the Fitch Argument cannot by itself refute antirealism—because the anti-realist is (...)
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    Quantum Heterodoxy: Realism at the Plank Length.Adrian Heathcote - 2003 - Science & Education 12 (5):513-529.
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    Force of Habit.Adrian Heathcote - 2007 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (1):65-82.
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    Testimony and Gettier: A Reply to Vance.Adrian Heathcote - 2015 - Ratio 28 (1):228-233.
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    The Truthmaker Account Is Not a Causal Theory.Adrian Heathcote - 2014 - Acta Analytica 29 (3):383-388.
    It is argued that the part-whole account of the relation between evidence and the larger state of affairs the evidence is evidence of—an account that was elucidated in the paper ‘Truthmaking, Evidence of, and Impossibility Proofs’ —provides a better basis for epistemology than causal relations between events. I apply this to a well-known phenomenon in physics which suggests that causal connectedness is not necessary for knowledge.
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    Testimony and Gettier: A Reply to Vance.Adrian Heathcote - 2016 - Ratio 29 (2):228-233.
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  19. √ −1 as Geometric Mean Wallis' Proof Of.Adrian Heathcote - unknown
    The geometric mean is also called the mean proportional. This is how the mathematicians of the √ −1. 19th Century, such as Gauss, understood..
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    An Imaginary Universe.Adrian Heathcote - 2005 - Metascience 14 (2):179-184.
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    Inference, Explanation, and Other Frustrations: Essays in the Philosophy of Science.Adrian Heathcote - 1995 - Philosophical Books 36 (4):283-285.
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    Comments on Forge.Adrian Heathcote - 1996 - In P. Riggs (ed.), Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 229--233.
    In his essay ‘Laws and States in Quantum Mechanics’, John Forge presents a case for considering laws of nature to be privileged sets of states, trajectories in the quantum mechanical analogue of phase space. Having presented an argument to show that states have to be taken with full ontological seriousness, Forge then uses those states to undergird his favourite account of laws and explanation — called the Instance View. On this view laws are a special sort of pattern, a certain (...)
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  23. E. Sober: "The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus". [REVIEW]Adrian Heathcote - 1988 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66:260.
     
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  24. In Memoriam.Adrian Heathcote - 2002 - Literature & Aesthetics 12:75-76.
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  25. M. Redhead: "Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism". [REVIEW]Adrian Heathcote - 1988 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66:560.
     
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  26. The Fancier.Adrian Heathcote - 1998 - Literature & Aesthetics 8:78-79.
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  27. The Iconoclasts - A One Act Play.Adrian Heathcote - 2001 - Literature & Aesthetics 11:149-164.
     
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