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  1. Circumventing cartesian circles.Lex Newman & Alan Nelson - 1999 - Noûs 33 (3):370-404.
  2. Descartes's ontology of thought.Alan Nelson - 1997 - Topoi 16 (2):163-178.
  3. How could scientific facts be socially constructed?: Introduction: The dispute between constructivists and rationalists.Alan Nelson - 1994 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (4):535-547.
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    Descartes on the limited usefulness of mathematics.Alan Nelson - 2019 - Synthese 196 (9):3483-3504.
    Descartes held that practicing mathematics was important for developing the mental faculties necessary for science and a virtuous life. Otherwise, he maintained that the proper uses of mathematics were extremely limited. This article discusses his reasons which include a theory of education, the metaphysics of matter, and a psychologistic theory of deductive reasoning. It is argued that these reasons cohere with his system of philosophy.
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  5. Proofs for the Existence of God.Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell to Descartes’ Meditations. Blackwell. pp. 104--121.
    We argue that Descartes’s theistic proofs in the ’Meditations’ are much simpler and straightforward than they are traditionally taken to be. In particular, we show how the causal argument of the "Third Meditation" depends on the intuitively innocent principle that nothing comes from nothing, and not on the more controversial principle that the objective reality of an idea must have a cause with at least as much formal reality. We also demonstrate that the so-called ontological "argument" of the "Fifth Meditation" (...)
     
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  6. Cognition and modality in Descartes.Alan Nelson & David Cunning - 1999 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137-154.
     
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    Review of John R. Searle: The Construction of Social Reality[REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1995 - Ethics 108 (1):208-210.
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    A Companion to Rationalism.Alan Jean Nelson (ed.) - 2005 - Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
    This book is a wide-ranging examination of rationalist thought in philosophy from ancient times to the present day. Written by a superbly qualified cast of philosophers Critically analyses the concept of rationalism Focuses principally on the golden age of rationalism in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries Also covers ancient rationalism, nineteenth-century rationalism, and rationalist themes in recent thought Organised chronologically Various philosophical methods and viewpoints are represented.
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    Micro-chaos and idealization in cartesian physics.Alan Nelson - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 77 (2-3):377 - 391.
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    New individualistic foundations for economics.Alan Nelson - 1986 - Noûs 20 (4):469-490.
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    Some issues surrounding the reduction of macroeconomics to microeconomics.Alan Nelson - 1984 - Philosophy of Science 51 (4):573–594.
    This paper examines the relationship between modern theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics and, more generally, it evaluates the prospects of theoretically reducing macroeconomics to microeconomics. Many economists have shown strong interest in providing "microfoundations" for macroeconomics and much of their work is germane to the issue of theoretical reduction. Especially relevant is the work that has been done on what is called The Problem of Aggregation. On some accounts, The Problem of Aggregation just is the problem of reducing macroeconomics to (...)
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  12. Divisibility and Cartesian Extension.Kurt Smith & Alan Nelson - 2010 - In Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume V. Oxford University Press.
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    Cartesian Innateness.Alan Nelson - 2007 - In Janet Broughton & John Carriero (eds.), A Companion to Descartes. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 319–333.
    This chapter contains section titled: Acknowledgments References and Further Reading.
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    The Rationalist Impulse.Alan Nelson - 2005 - In A Companion to Rationalism. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 1–11.
    This chapter contains sections titled: I II III IV V.
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    Are economic kinds natural.Alan Nelson - 1990 - In C. Wade Savage (ed.), Scientific Theories. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 14--102.
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    Cartesian Actualism in the Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence.Alan Nelson - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):675 - 694.
    The correspondence between Leibniz and Arnauld was judged by Leibniz himself to be very useful for understanding his philosophy. Historians have concurred in this judgment. Leibniz did not find any philosophy of independent interest in the letters Arnauld sent him. Historians have, for the most part, also concurred in this finding. I shall argue that on one set of issues at least — modal metaphysics and free will — Arnauld accomplished more than facilitating Leibnizian elucidations. He held his own in (...)
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    Explanation and justification in political philosophy.Alan Nelson - 1986 - Ethics 97 (1):154-176.
  18. Modality and Cognition in Descartes.Alan Nelson & David Cunning - 1999 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137.
     
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    Proofs for the Existence of God.Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 104–121.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Simplicity of Descarteś Proofs and the Relation between Them The Causal Argument The Ontological Argument.
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  20. Philosophical Systems and Their History.Alan Nelson - 2013 - In Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith & Eric Schliesser (eds.), Philosophy and its History: Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press USA.
    I advocate a method that strives to interpret important historical figures in philosophy as presenting philosophical systems of thought. This kind of systematic interpretation, as I shall call it, begins with the supposition that the philosophy being interpreted is itself systematic. This sometimes requires recovering the obscured systematicity. Section I gives a positive characterization of systematic interpretations. Section II notes some of the special obstacles that these interpretations must overcome if they are to be successful. Section III gives a brief (...)
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  21. The Fourth Meditation1.Alan Nelson, Ram Neta, Nelson Pike & Mark van Roojen - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (3):559-591.
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    Average explanations.Alan Nelson - 1989 - Erkenntnis 30 (1-2):23 - 42.
    Good scientific explanations sometimes appear to make use of averages. Using concrete examples from current economic theory, I argue that some confusions about how averages might work in explanations lead to both philosophical and economic problems about the interpretation of the theory. I formulate general conditions on potentially proper uses of averages to refine a notion of average explanation. I then try to show how this notion provides a means for resolving longstanding philosophical problems in economics and other quantitative social (...)
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    Introduction: Descartes's ontology.Alan Nelson - 1997 - Topoi 16 (2):103-109.
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    Physical Properties.Alan Nelson - 1985 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 66 (3-4):268-282.
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    Review of Alexander Rosenberg: Economics: mathematical politics or science of diminishing returns?[REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1994 - Ethics 104 (3):637-639.
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    Conceptual Distinctions and the Concept of Substance in Descartes.Alan Nelson - 2013 - ProtoSociology 30:192-205.
    Descartes’s interrelated theories of attributes and conceptual distinction (or rational distinc­tion) are developed. This follows Nolan (1997) in identifying substances and their attributes as they exist apart from the mind’s concepts. This resource is then used to articulate a solution to a famous problem about Descartes’s concept of substance. The key is that the concept of substance is itself to be regarded as an attribute of independently existing things.
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    Qualities and Simple Ideas: Hume and his Debt to Berkeley.Alan Nelson & David Landy - 2011 - In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press. pp. 216-238.
  28. The Structure of Cartesian Sensations.Alan Nelson - 2013 - Analytic Philosophy 54 (1):107-116.
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    History of philosophy.Alan Nelson, Alan Thomas & Stephen Mulhall - 2005 - Philosophical Books 46 (3):261-268.
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    Meaning in Spinoza's Method (review).Alan Jean Nelson & Noa Shein - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (1):118-119.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Reviewed by:Meaning in Spinoza’s MethodAlan Nelson and Noa SheinAaron V. Garrett. Meaning in Spinoza’s Method. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 240. Cloth, $60.00.This is a book about some fundamental aspects of Spinoza's mature metaphysics. The principal focus is on Part I of the Ethics concerning infinite substance, and on Part V concerning the intuitive knowledge that is the goal of philosophy. Within this focus, Garrett (...)
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    Social Science and the Mental.Alan J. Nelson - 1990 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 15 (1):194-209.
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    Cognitive economy: An inquiry into the economic dimension of knowledge.Alan Nelson - 1994 - Philosophia 23 (1-4):323-331.
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    How Many Worlds?Alan Nelson - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (6):1201 - 1212.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 6, Page 1201-1212, December 2011.
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    King I Sit.Alan H. Nelson - 1982 - Mediaevalia 8:189-210.
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    Leibniz on Modality, Cognition, and Expression.Alan Nelson - 2005 - In A Companion to Rationalism. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 282–301.
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  36. Modality in Descartes's philosophy.Alan Nelson - 2018 - In Otávio Bueno & Scott A. Shalkowski (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Modality. Routledge.
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    Mechanical wheels of fortune, 1100-1547.Alan H. Nelson - 1980 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 43 (1):227-233.
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    No Title available: Reviews.Alan Nelson - 1986 - Economics and Philosophy 2 (1):148-155.
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    Proust and the Rationalist Conception of the Self.Alan Nelson - 2005 - In A Companion to Rationalism. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 399–407.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction I II.
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    Problem section.Alan J. Nelson, Joshua Hoffman & Robert Hoffman - 1979 - Philosophia 8 (4):847-851.
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  41. Saving Economics From Philosophy.Alan Jean Nelson - 1984 - Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chapter 1 is introductory. It identifies a cluster of philosophical problems that arise in the foundations of neoclassical economic theory. Issues growing out of the unusually tenuous connection between the theory and the world are singled out as especially troublesome. Is it, after all, possible for economics to look more like an empirical science like physics than like of branch of mathematics? ;Chapter 2 argues that economic methodology has been constrained by the application of faulty philosophy of science, or by (...)
     
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    The Great Arnauld and Some of His Philosophical Correspondents.Alan Jean Nelson - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (3):461-463.
    BOOK REVIEWS 461 Edwin Curley's "Notes on a Neglected Masterpiece: Spinoza and the Science of Hermeneutics" takes as its starting point Savan's claim that Spinoza is the "founder of scientific hermeneutics." Rejccting the most extreme interpretation of this claim -- i.e., that Spinoza created scientific hermeneutics ex nihilo -- Curlcy carefully compares Spi- noza's contributions to Biblical criticism with those of Hobbes and Isaac La Peyr~re, and concludes that Spinoza's work possesses, in addition to a generally higher level of hermeneutical (...)
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    18 Two models of idealization in economics.Alan Nelson - 2001 - In Uskali Mäki (ed.), The Economic World View: Studies in the Ontology of Economics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 359.
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    Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, by David.Alan Nelson - 2012 - Mind 121 (483):484.
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    Meaning and Method in the Social Sciences: A Case for Methodological Pluralism. [REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (3):679-681.
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    Review: Economic Rationality and Morality. [REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1988 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 17 (2):149 - 166.
  47. To a reader voyaging through the Meditations for the first time, Descartes' proofs for the existence of God can seem daunting, especially the argument of Meditation III, with its appeal to causal principles that seem arcane, and to medieval doctrines about different modes of being and degrees of reality. First-time readers are not alone in feeling bewildered. Many commentators have had the same reaction. In an attempt at charity, some of them have tried to tame the complexity of Descartes' discussion by .. [REVIEW]Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 2--104.
     
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  48. Review: [untitled]. [REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1993 - Ethics 103:404-406.
     
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  49. The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes (review). [REVIEW]Seth Bordner & Alan Nelson - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):642-643.
    Descartes’s correspondence with Elisabeth is among the most important we have for understanding the philosophical thought of a canonical figure. Elisabeth’s perspicacious queries drew forth Descartes’s very famous elaboration of mind/body union. The correspondence also contains the bulk of Descartes’s important statements on morality—a topic touched on only briefly in his books. It seems likely that this part of the correspondence helped set Descartes on the course that resulted in his last book, The Passions of the Soul. Moreover, Elisabeth’s letters (...)
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    Book Review:The Construction of Social Reality. John R. Searle. [REVIEW]Alan Nelson - 1997 - Ethics 108 (1):208-.
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