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Bryson Brown
University of Lethbridge
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    Chunk and Permeate, a Paraconsistent Inference Strategy. Part I: The Infinitesimal Calculus.Bryson Brown & Graham Priest - 2004 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 33 (4):379-388.
    In this paper we introduce a paraconsistent reasoning strategy, Chunk and Permeate. In this, information is broken up into chunks, and a limited amount of information is allowed to flow between chunks. We start by giving an abstract characterisation of the strategy. It is then applied to model the reasoning employed in the original infinitesimal calculus. The paper next establishes some results concerning the legitimacy of reasoning of this kind - specifically concerning the preservation of the consistency of each chunk (...)
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  2. On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.) - 2009 - University of Toronto Press.
     
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    Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Paraconsistent Logics.Bryson Brown - 1999 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 28 (5):489-500.
    B. H. Slater has argued that there cannot be any truly paraconsistent logics, because it's always more plausible to suppose whatever "negation" symbol is used in the language is not a real negation, than to accept the paraconsistent reading. In this paper I neither endorse nor dispute Slater's argument concerning negation; instead, my aim is to show that as an argument against paraconsistency, it misses (some of) the target. A important class of paraconsistent logics - the preservationist logics - are (...)
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    How to Be Realistic About Inconsistency in Science.Bryson Brown - 1990 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 21 (2):281-294.
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    Peter Vickers: Understanding Inconsistent Science. [REVIEW]Bryson Brown - 2015 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 46 (2):413-418.
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    Old Quantum Theory: A Paraconsistent Approach.Bryson Brown - 1992 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:397 - 411.
    Just what forms do (or should) our cognitive attitudes towards scientific theories take? The nature of cognitive commitment becomes particularly puzzling when scientists' commitments are) inconsistent. And inconsistencies have often infected our best efforts in science and mathematics. Since there are no models of inconsistent sets of sentences, straightforward semantic accounts fail. And syntactic accounts based on classical logic also collapse, since the closure of any inconsistent set under classical logic includes every sentence. In this essay I present some evidence (...)
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  7. Philosophy of Ecology.Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.) - 2011 - North-Holland.
    The most pressing problems facing humanity today - over-population, energy shortages, climate change, soil erosion, species extinctions, the risk of epidemic disease, the threat of warfare that could destroy all the hard-won gains of civilization, and even the recent fibrillations of the stock market - are all ecological or have a large ecological component. in this volume philosophers turn their attention to understanding the science of ecology and its huge implications for the human project. To get the application of ecology (...)
     
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    Defending Backwards Causation.Bryson Brown - 1992 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (4):429 - 443.
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    Paraconsistency, Pluralistic Models and Reasoning in Climate Science.Bryson Brown - 2017 - Humana Mente 10 (32).
    Scientific inquiry is typically focused on particular questions about particular objects and properties. This leads to a multiplicity of models which, even when they draw on a single, consistent body of concepts and principles, often employ different methods and assumptions to model different systems. Pluralists have remarked on how scientists draw on different assumptions to model different systems, different aspects of systems and systems under different conditions and defended the value of distinct, incompatible models within science at any given time. (...)
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  10. The Pragmatics of Empirical Adequacy.Bryson Brown - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):242 – 264.
    Empirical adequacy is a central notion in van Fraassen's empiricist view of science. I argue that van Fraassen's account of empirical adequacy in terms of a partial isomorphism between certain structures in some model(s) of the theory and certain actual structures (the observables) in the world, is untenable. The empirical adequacy of a theory can only be tested in the context of an accepted practice of observation. But because the theory itself does not determine the correct practice of observation, its (...)
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    A Solution to the Completeness Problem for Weakly Aggregative Modal Logic.Peter Apostoli & Bryson Brown - 1995 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 60 (3):832-842.
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    An Empty Refinement in Mellor's Definition of Chances.Bryson Brown - 2000 - Analysis 60 (3):238–243.
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    Logic and Aggregation.Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 1999 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 28 (3):265-288.
    Paraconsistent logic is an area of philosophical logic that has yet to find acceptance from a wider audience. The area remains, in a word, disreputable. In this essay, we try to reassure potential consumers that it is not necessary to become a radical in order to use paraconsistent logic. According to the radicals, the problem is the absurd classical account of contradiction: Classically inconsistent sets explode only because bourgeois classical semantics holds, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, (...)
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    Notes on Hume and Skepticism of the Senses.Bryson Brown - 2003 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (3):289-303.
    In A Treatise of Human Nature Hume wrote a long section titled “Of skepticism with regard to the senses.” The discussion examines two key features of our beliefs about the objects making up the external world: 1. They continue to exist, even when unperceived. 2. They are distinct from the mind and its perceptions. The upshot of the discussion is a graceful sort of intellectual despair:I cannot conceive how such trivial qualities of the fancy, conducted by such false suppositions, can (...)
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    Ecology as Historical Science.Bryson Brown - 2011 - In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland. pp. 11--251.
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    The Pragmatics of Empirical AdequacyThanks Are Due to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and to the University of Melbourne for Support of This Research. This Paper has Benefited From Discussion with Members of the Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science Departments at the University of Melbourne and the Philosophy Department at La Trobe University, as Well as From the Comments and Suggestions of Three Anonymous Referees.Bryson Brown - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):242-264.
    Empirical adequacy is a central notion in van Fraassen's empiricist view of science. I argue that van Fraassen's account of empirical adequacy in terms of a partial isomorphism between certain structures in some model of the theory and certain actual structures in the world, is untenable. The empirical adequacy of a theory can only be tested in the context of an accepted practice of observation. But because the theory itself does not determine the correct practice of observation, its failure to (...)
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  17. Knowledge and Non-Contradiction.Bryson Brown - 2004 - In Graham Priest, J. C. Beall & Bradley Armour-Garb (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction. Clarendon Press.
     
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    Adjunction and Aggregation.Bryson Brown - 1999 - Noûs 33 (2):273-283.
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    Paraconsistency, Pluralistic Models and Reasoning in Climate Science.Bryson Brown - 2017 - Humana Mente 10 (32):179-194.
    Scientific inquiry is typically focused on particular questions about particular objects and properties. This leads to a multiplicity of models which, even when they draw on a single, consistent body of concepts and principles, often employ different methods and assumptions to model different systems. Pluralists have remarked on how scientists draw on different assumptions to model different systems, different aspects of systems and systems under different conditions and defended the value of distinct, incompatible models within science at any given time. (...)
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    Rational Inconsistency and Reasoning.Bryson Brown - 1992 - Informal Logic 14 (1).
    Nicholas Rescher has argued we must tolerate inconsistency because of our cognitive limitations. He has also produced, together with R. Brandom, a serious attempt at exploring the logic of inconsistency. Inconsistency tolerance calls for a systematic rewriting of our logical doctrines: it requires a paraconsistent logic. However, having given up all aggregation of premises, Rescher's proposal for a paraconsistenl logic fails to account for the reductive reasoning Rescher appeals to in his account of inconsistency tolerance. A non-adjunctive logic developed by (...)
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    Skepticism About the Past and the Problem of the Criterion.Bryson Brown - 2006 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):291-306.
    An argument for skepticism about the past exploits a circularity in the arguments connecting present observations to claims about past events. Arguments supporting claims about the past depend on current observations together with processes linking current observations to those claims. But knowledge of processes requires knowledge of the past: Knowledge of the present alone cannot provide evidence for claims about the past. A practical, coherentist response to this challenge rejects the assumption that we come to the problem with no information (...)
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    Ethics in Darwin's Melancholy Vision.Bryson Brown - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42 (1):20-29.
    Darwinian natural selection draws on Malthus’ harsh vision of human society to explain how organisms come to be adapted to their environments. Natural selection produces the appearance of teleology, but requires only efficient causal processes: undirected, heritable variation combined with effects of the variations on survival and reproduction. This paper draws a sharp distinction between the resulting form of backwards-directed teleology and the future-directed teleology we ascribe to intentional human activity. Rather than dismiss teleology as mere illusion, the paper concludes (...)
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    The Facts of Causation.Bryson Brown - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):467-494.
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    Philosophy of Ecology Today.Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock Kevin deLaplante - 2011 - In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland. pp. 3.
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    Smoke and Mirrors: A Few Nice Tricks.Bryson Brown - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (1):123-.
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  26. David N. Stamos, The Species Problem: Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology Reviewed By.Bryson Brown - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (5):371-374.
     
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    Acknowledgments.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press.
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  28. Graham Priest, Richard Routley and Jean Norman, Eds., Paraconsistent Logic: Essays on the Inconsistent Reviewed By.Bryson Brown - 1991 - Philosophy in Review 11 (1):58-60.
     
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    Frontmatter.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press.
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    References.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 195-198.
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    Logic on the Track of Social Change.David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2001 - Mind 110 (440):1054-1057.
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    Struggling With Conditionals.Bryson Brown - 1992 - Dialogue 31 (2):327-.
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    Index.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 199-202.
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    Nomenclature.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 189-194.
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    Smoke and Mirrors: A Few Nice Tricks.Bryson Brown - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (1):123-134.
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    Contents.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press.
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    Critical Notice.Bryson Brown - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):467-494.
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    Consequence as Preservation: Some Refinements.Bryson Brown - 2013 - In Francesco Berto, Edwin Mares, Koji Tanaka & Francesco Paoli (eds.), Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications. Springer. pp. 123--139.
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    10. Ambiguity Games and Preserving Ambiguity Measures.Bryson Brown - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 175-188.
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    8. Representation of Forcing.Bryson Brown & Dorian Nicholson - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 145-160.
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    Contributors.Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch - 2009 - In Raymond Jennings, Bryson Brown & Peter Schotch (eds.), On Preserving: Essays on Preservationism and Paraconsistent Logic. University of Toronto Press. pp. 203-203.
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    Logic on the Track of Social Change.David Braybrooke & Bryson Brown - 1995 - Clarendon Press.
    The book sets out a new logic of rules, developed to demonstrate how such a logic can contribute to the clarification of historical questions about social rules. The authors illustrate applications of this new logic in their extensive treatments of a variety of accounts of social changes, analysing in these examples the content of particular social rules and the course of changes in them.
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  43. 14. Bootstrapping Norms: From Cause to Intention.Bryson Brown - 2006 - In Susan Sherwin & Peter Schotch (eds.), Engaged Philosophy: Essays in Honour of David Braybrooke. University of Toronto Press. pp. 343-364.
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  44. Evolution: A Historical Perspective.Bryson Brown - 2007 - Greenwood Press.
  45. Ethics in Darwin’s Melancholy Vision.Bryson Brown - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (1):20-29.
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  46. Isaac Levi, Hard Choices: Decision-Making Under Unresolved Conflict. [REVIEW]Bryson Brown - 1987 - Philosophy in Review 7:500-503.
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  47. On the Preservation of Reliability.Bryson Brown - 2016 - In Peter Verdée & Holger Andreas (eds.), Logical Studies of Paraconsistent Reasoning in Science and Mathematics. Springer Verlag.
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  48. Smoke and Mirrors.Bryson Brown - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (1):123-134.
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  49. Truth and Probability: Essays in Honour of Hugues Leblanc.Bryson Brown (ed.) - 2006 - College Publications.
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