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  1. On Washing the Fur Without Wetting It: Quine, Carnap, and Analyticity.Alexander George - 2000 - Mind 109 (433):1-24.
    Despite its centrality and its familiarity, W. V. Quine's dispute with Rudolf Carnap over the analytic/synthetic distinction has lacked a satisfactory analysis. The impasse is usually explained either by judging that Quine's arguments are in reality quite weak, or by concluding instead that Carnap was incapable of appreciating their strength. This is unsatisfactory, as is the fact that on these readings it is usually unclear why Quine's own position is not subject to some of the very same arguments. A satisfying (...)
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    Philosophies of Mathematics.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 2002 - Blackwell.
    This book provides an accessible, critical introduction to these three projects as it describes and investigates both their philosophical and their mathematical ...
  3. The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles.Alexander George - 2016 - Harvard University Press.
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  4. Opening the Door to Cloud-Cuckoo-Land: Hempel and Kuhn on Rationality.Alexander George - 2012 - Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 1 (4).
    A reading is offered of Carl Hempel’s and Thomas Kuhn’s positions on, and disagreements about, rationality in science that relates these issues to the debate between W.V. Quine and Rudolf Carnap on the analytic/synthetic distinction.
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  5. How Not to Become Confused About Linguistics.Alexander George - 1989 - In A. George (ed.), Reflections on Chomsky. Blackwell. pp. 90--110.
  6. Whence and Whither the Debate Between Quine and Chomsky?Alexander George - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (9):489.
  7. Philosophies of Mathematics.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (214):194-196.
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  8. Whose Language is It Anyway? Some Notes on Idiolects.Alexander George - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (160):275-298.
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  9. Quine’s Indeterminacy.Alexander George - 2014 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 21:41-55.
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    How Not to Refute Realism.Alexander George - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (2):53-72.
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  11. Has Dummett Over-Salted His Frege? Remarks on the Conveyability of Thought.Alexander George - 1997 - In Richard G. Heck (ed.), Language, Thought, and Logic: Essays in Honour of Michael Dummett. Oxford University Press. pp. 35--69.
     
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    Mathematics and Mind.Alexander George (ed.) - 1994 - Oxford University Press.
    Those inquiring into the nature of mind have long been interested in the foundations of mathematics, and conversely this branch of knowledge is distinctive in that our access to it is purely through thought. A better understanding of mathematical thought should clarify the conceptual foundations of mathematics, and a deeper grasp of the latter should in turn illuminate the powers of mind through which mathematics is made available to us. The link between conceptions of mind and of mathematics has been (...)
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    What’s Wrong with Intelligent Design, and with its Critics.Alexander George - manuscript
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    Skolem and the Löwenheim-Skolem Theorem: A Case Study of the Philosophical Significance of Mathematical Results.Alexander George - 1985 - History and Philosophy of Logic 6 (1):75-89.
    The dream of a community of philosophers engaged in inquiry with shared standards of evidence and justification has long been with us. It has led some thinkers puzzled by our mathematical experience to look to mathematics for adjudication between competing views. I am skeptical of this approach and consider Skolem's philosophical uses of the Löwenheim-Skolem Theorem to exemplify it. I argue that these uses invariably beg the questions at issue. I say ?uses?, because I claim further that Skolem shifted his (...)
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    Two Conceptions of Natural Number.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 1998 - In H. G. Dales & Gianluigi Oliveri (eds.), Truth in Mathematics. Oxford University Press, Usa. pp. 311.
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    The Conveyability of Intuitionism, an Essay on Mathematical Cognition.Alexander George - 1988 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 17 (2):133 - 156.
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    Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences. [REVIEW]Alexander George - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):89.
    One effect of W. V. Quine’s assault on the analytic-synthetic distinction is pressure on the boundaries between mathematics and empirical science. Assumptions about reference and knowledge that are natural in the context of the empirical sciences have been exported to the case of mathematics. Problems then arise when we ask how, given the abstractness of mathematical entities, we can refer to them or know anything about them. For if abstractness entails causal impotence, and if reference and knowledge require causal intercourse, (...)
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    Leveling the Playing Field Between Mind and Machine: A Reply to McCall.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (8):456.
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    On Devitt on Dummett.Alexander George - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (9):516.
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    The Imprecision of Impredicativity.Alexander George - 1987 - Mind 96 (384):514-518.
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    Anatomy of a Muddle: Wittgenstein and Philosophy.Alexander George - 2019 - In James Conant & Sebastian Sunday Grève (eds.), Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-27.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein has a recognizable approach that he regularly pursues in his philosophical investigations. There is a problem that he often presses, a form of criticism that he often develops, against traditional pursuits of philosophy. It is surprisingly difficult to say clearly what this problem is. But it is worthwhile to try, for this criticism is not only a hallmark of his thought but is also closely connected to other central features of it, for instance, to his conceptions of language (...)
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  22. Q Quine's Legacy.Alexander George - 2011 - American Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3).
     
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    Linguistic Practice and its Discontents: Quine and Davidson on the Source of Sense.Alexander George - 2004 - Philosophers' Imprint 4:1-37.
    A rich tradition in philosophy takes truths about meaning to be wholly determined by how language is used; meanings do not guide use of language from behind the scenes, but instead are fixed by such use. Linguistic practice, on this conception, exhausts the facts to which the project of understanding another must be faithful. But how is linguistic practice to be characterized? No one has addressed this question more seriously than W. V. Quine, who sought for many years to formulate (...)
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    Katz Astray.Alexander George - 1996 - Mind and Language 11 (3):295-305.
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    Intuitionism and the Poverty of the Inference Argument.Alexander George - 1994 - Topoi 13 (2):79-82.
    Intuitionism is occasionally advanced on the grounds that a classical understanding of mathematical discourse could not be acquired, given limitations of the experience available to the language learner. In this note, focusing on the acquisition of the universal quantifier, I argue that this route of attack against a classical construal results, at best, in a Pyrrhic victory. The conditions under which it is successful are such as to redound upon the tenability of intuitionism itself. Adjudication will not follow merely from (...)
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  26. The 'Operational Code' a Neglected Approach to the Study of Political Leaders and Decision-Making.Alexander L. George - 1969
     
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    Quine and Observation.Alexander George - 2000 - In A. Orenstein & Petr Kotatko (eds.), Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions for Quine. Kluwer Academic Print on Demand. pp. 21--45.
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    A Proof of Induction?Alexander George - 2007 - Philosophers' Imprint 7:1-5.
    Does the past rationally bear on the future? David Hume argued that we lack good reason to think that it does. He insisted in particular that we lack — and forever will lack — anything like a demonstrative proof of such a rational bearing. A surprising mathematical result can be read as an invitation to reconsider Hume's confidence.
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    Review of Michael Luntley MIND AND LANGUAGE. [REVIEW]Alexander George - 1987 - Mind and Language 2 (2):155-164.
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    Leveling the Playing Field Between Mind and Machine: A Reply to McCall.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (8):456-452.
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    'Goldbach's Conjecture Can Be Decided in One Minute': On an Alleged Problem for Intuitionism.Alexander George - 1991 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 91:187 - 189.
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    Intuitionism, Excluded Middle and Decidability: A Response to Weir on Dummett.Alexander George - 1988 - Mind 97 (388):597-602.
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    Reply to Weir on Dummett and Intuitionism.Alexander George - 1987 - Mind 96 (383):404-406.
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    J. Butterfield , "Language, Mind and Logic". [REVIEW]Alexander George - 1988 - Philosophical Quarterly 38 (50):117.
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    Intuitionism, Excluded Middle and Decidability: A Response to Weir on Dummett: A Response to Weir on Dummett.Alexander George - 1988 - Mind 97 (388):597-602.
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    Discussions: ‘Goldbach's Conjecture Can Be Decided in One Minute’: On an Alleged Problem for Intuitionism.Alexander George - 1991 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 91 (1):187-190.
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  37. Language, Mind and Logic.Alexander George - 1988 - Philosophical Quarterly 38 (150):117-122.
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  38. Luntley, Michael, Language, Logic and Experience: The Case for Antirealism. [REVIEW]Alexander George - 1990 - Mind 99:123.
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  39. Must the Language of Knowledge Be Used in Explaining Knowledge of Language?Alexander George - 1986 - Dissertation, Harvard University
    Few thinkers in the past three decades have exerted more influence on the philosophy of language than Quine, Dummett, and Chomsky. No investigation into the current state of philosophy of language can omit consideration of their views. Yet I believe that their work has often been seriously misinterpreted. I begin by trying to clear up some unfortunate and prevalent misunderstandings. In particular, I examine in detail the relationship between Quine's and Chomsky's thought and argue that rumors of their incommensurability have (...)
     
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    What Should I Do?: Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling.Alexander George & Elisa Mai (eds.) - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
    What Should I Do? is a collection of some of the most interesting questions about ethics to have appeared on the website during its first five years.
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  41. Zur Philosophie der Mathematik: Logizismus, Intuitionismus, Finitismus, Gödel'sche Unvollständigkeitssätze.Alexander George & Daniel J. Velleman - 2018 - Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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