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  1. What is Wrong with Rational Suicide.Avital Pilpel & Lawrence Amsel - 2011 - Philosophia 39 (1):111-123.
    Recently, the ‘right to die’ became a major social issue. Few agree suicide is a right tout court. Even those who believe suicide (‘regular’, passive, or physician-assisted) is sometimes morally permissible usually require that a suicide be ‘rational suicide’: instrumentally rational, autonomous, due to stable goals, not due to mental illness, etc. We argue that there are some perfectly ‘rational suicides’ that are, nevertheless, bad mistakes. The concentration on the rationality of the suicide instead of on whether it is a (...)
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    Statistics is Not Enough: Revisiting Ronald A. Fisher's Critique (1936) of Mendel's Experimental Results (1866).Avital Pilpel - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):618-626.
    This paper is concerned with the role of rational belief change theory in the philosophical understanding of experimental error. Today, philosophers seek insight about error in the investigation of specific experiments, rather than in general theories. Nevertheless, rational belief change theory adds to our understanding of just such cases: R. A. Fisher’s criticism of Mendel’s experiments being a case in point. After an historical introduction, the main part of this paper investigates Fisher’s paper from the point of view of rational (...)
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    Moral Demands, Moral Pragmatics, and Being Good.Ariel Meirav, Meshi Ori, Avital Pilpel & Daniel Statman - 2010 - Utilitas 22 (3).
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    Allan Franklin;, A. W. F. Edwards;, Daniel J. Fairbanks;, Daniel L. Hartl;, Teddy Seidenfeld. Ending the Mendel–Fisher Controversy. {Brpub}X + 330 Pp., Illus., Tables, App., Index. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008. $27.95. [REVIEW]Avital Pilpel - 2009 - Isis 100 (1):173-174.
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    Ending the Mendel–Fisher Controversy. [REVIEW]Avital Pilpel - 2009 - Isis 100:173-174.
  6. Faith and Reason - Heaven as an Argument Against God's Existence.Avital Pilpel - 2006 - Free Inquiry 26:55-56.
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    Statistics is Not Enough: Revisiting Ronald A. Fisher’s Critique of Mendel’s Experimental Results.Avital Pilpel - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (3):618-626.
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  8. Suppositional Reasoning in Scientific Explanations.Avital Pilpel - 2005 - Dissertation, Columbia University
    To suppose X means to pretend to change one's belief for the sake of the argument to include X. How to do so is a decision problem: of the many ways to modify one's beliefs to include X, one should choose the one that best fits with one's epistemic goals. I examine the role of suppositional reasoning in the evaluation of purported scientific explanations of various sorts, based on Hempel and Oppenheim's deductive-nomological and inductive-statistical explanations. First, I present for each (...)
     
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  9. Epistemology and Risk Management.Nassim N. Taleb & Avital Pilpel - 2007 - Risk and Regulation 13:6--7.