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Chris Swoyer
University of Oklahoma
  1. » The Nature of Natural Laws «.Chris Swoyer - 1982 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 60 (3):1982.
    That laws of nature play a vital role in explanation, prediction, and inductive inference is far clearer than the nature of the laws themselves. My hope here is to shed some light on the nature of natural laws by developing and defending the view that they involve genuine relations between properties. Such a position is suggested by Plato, and more recent versions have been sketched by several writers.~ But I am not happy with any of these accounts, not so much (...)
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  2. Structural Representation and Surrogative Reasoning.Chris Swoyer - 1991 - Synthese 87 (3):449 - 508.
    It is argued that a number of important, and seemingly disparate, types of representation are species of a single relation, here called structural representation, that can be described in detail and studied in a way that is of considerable philosophical interest. A structural representation depends on the existence of a common structure between a representation and that which it represents, and it is important because it allows us to reason directly about the representation in order to draw conclusions about the (...)
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  3. Relativism.Chris Swoyer - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  4. Properties.Chris Swoyer - 2001 - In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2001).
     
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  5. Abstract Entities.Chris Swoyer - 2008 - In Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. Blackwell.
     
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  6. How Ontology Might Be Possible: Explanation and Inference in Metaphysics.Chris Swoyer - 1999 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):100–131.
  7. Theories of Properties: From Plenitude to Paucity.Chris Swoyer - 1996 - Philosophical Perspectives 10:243 - 264.
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    Leibnizian Expression.Chris Swoyer - 1995 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (1):65-99.
  9. Complex Predicates and Logics for Properties and Relations.Chris Swoyer - 1998 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 27 (3):295-325.
    In this paper I present a formal language in which complex predicates stand for properties and relations, and assignments of denotations to complex predicates and assignments of extensions to the properties and relations they denote are both homomorphisms. This system affords a fresh perspective on several important philosophical topics, highlighting the algebraic features of properties and clarifying the sense in which properties can be represented by their extensions. It also suggests a natural modification of current logics of properties, one in (...)
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    The Power of Logic.Chris Swoyer - 2001 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 7 (1):79-81.
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    Causation and Identity.Chris Swoyer - 1984 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):593-622.
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    The Metaphysics of Measurement.Chris Swoyer - 1987 - In John Forge (ed.), Measurement, Realism and Objectivity Essays on Measurement in the Social and Physical Sciences. Reidel. pp. 235–290.
    My thesis is that there are good reasons for a philosophical account of measurement to deal primarily with the properties or magnitudes of objects measured, rather than with the objects themselves. The account I present here embodies both a realism about measurement and a realism about the existence of the properties involved in measurement. It thus provides an alternative to most current treatments of measurement, many of which are operationalistic or conventionalistic, and nearly all of which are nominalistic.1 This enables (...)
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    Realism and Explanation.Chris Swoyer - 1983 - Philosophical Inquiry 5 (1):14-28.
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    Leibniz on Intension and Extension.Chris Swoyer - 1995 - Noûs 29 (1):96-114.
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    The New Dialectic: Conversational Contexts of Argument. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (2):291-295.
    These books are part of Douglas Walton’s project to develop a new theoretical framework for informal logic. The first book, on his new dialectic, is extremely ambitious; the goal is nothing less than to construct a systematic and comprehensive theory of rationality that can provide the basis for the normative evaluation of real-life arguments in real-life settings. The second book, on ad hominem arguments, provides an extended application of the framework developed in the first book. Since the first, foundational, book (...)
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  16. Leibniz's Calculus of Real Addition.Chris Swoyer - 1994 - Studia Leibnitiana 26 (1):1-30.
    In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird Leibniz' wahrscheinlich detailliertestes und ausgefeiltestes System untersucht: ein Kalkül der Einfügung und eine der Konjunktion ähnliche Operation, die er realis abjectio nennt. Das System soll hinreichend detailliert und mit hinreichender Präzision vorgestellt werden, um zu zeigen, daβ es ausgefeilt formal logisch ist und eine Anzahl originärer und wichtiger Züge aufweist. Neben seinem eigenständigen Interesse ist dieses System wichtig wegen seiner Auswirkungen auf andere Aspekte von Leibniz' Logik und Philosophie, und ein weiteres Ziel dieser Arbeit ist, (...)
     
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    Reason and Commitment.Chris Swoyer - 1974 - Philosophical Quarterly 24 (97):375-378.
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    Logic and the Empirical Conception of Properties.Chris Swoyer - 1993 - Philosophical Topics 21 (2):199-231.
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    C. Stephen Layman. The Power of Logic. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, Calif., London, and Toronto, 1999, Ix + 566 Pp. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 2001 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 7 (1):79-81.
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  20. The Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis.Chris Swoyer - manuscript
    Many linguists, including Noam Chomsky, contend that language in the sense we ordinary think of it, in the sense that people in Germany speak German, is a historical or social or political notion, rather than a scientific one. For example, German and Dutch are much closer to one another than various dialects of Chinese are. But the rough, commonsense divisions between languages will suffice for our purposes.
     
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    C.I.Lewis’s Calculus of Predicates.Chris Swoyer - 1995 - History and Philosophy of Logic 16 (1):19-37.
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    Belief and Predication.Chris Swoyer - 1983 - Noûs 17 (2):197-220.
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    Complex Predicates and Conversion Principles.Chris Swoyer - 1997 - Philosophical Studies 87 (1):1-32.
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    Intensional Logic and the Metaphysics of Intentionality. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 1993 - Noûs 27 (2):243.
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    Relativism and Representation.Chris Swoyer - 1988 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (1):151-155.
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  26. Relativism and the Constructive Aspects of Perception.Chris Swoyer - manuscript
    The early, largely automatic stages of human visual processing involve things like feature detectors (e.g., edge detectors) that do not involve our concepts or beliefs. These stages are called data-driven or bottom up aspects of perceptual information processing. But in the later stages of processing perception often is affected by our concepts, beliefs, and expectations. Such processes are said to be hypothesis-driven or expectation-driven; they are also known as..
     
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    Kantian Derivations.Chris Swoyer - 1983 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 13 (3):409 - 431.
    Although Kant's attempts in the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals to derive statements of specific duties from the categorical imperative have received much attention, there is still disagreement over the strategies of particular derivations, the status of the auxiliary assumptions employed therein, and the principles at work in the derivations generally. Yet an understanding of these matters is indispensable for a proper understanding of the Groundwork and bears on a much wider class of ethical theories as well. My aim (...)
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    Metaphysics and Essence.Chris Swoyer - 1976 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 7 (3):189-192.
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    Hume and the Three Views of the Self.Chris Swoyer - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):43-61.
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    Private Languages and Skepticism.Chris Swoyer - 1977 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):41-50.
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    Sense and Nonsense.Chris Swoyer - 1979 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 9 (4):685 - 700.
    “What kind of psychological theory could relate our use of words to sets of possible worlds?” So queries a recent author, but the question is rhetorical, the insinuation being that any analysis or explanation of semantical notions in terms of possible worlds will involve an account that won't square with a naturalistic view of language acquisition or use. Such feelings are widespread; my purpose here is to argue that they are unjustified.
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    Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine.D. E. Over, Robert W. Shahan & Chris Swoyer - 1979
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  33. Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine.Robert W. Shahan, Chris Swoyer & W. V. Quine - 1979 - University of Oklahoma Press, C1979.
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    Editor’s Note.Chris Swoyer - 1978 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):5-6.
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    Editor’s Note.Chris Swoyer - 1978 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):5-6.
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    Theory Confirmation in Psychology.Chris Swoyer & Thomas C. Monson - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (4):487-502.
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    Benacerraf and His Critics.Chris Swoyer - 1998 - International Philosophical Quarterly 38 (4):451-454.
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    The Power of Logic.Chris Swoyer - 2004 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 10 (2):218-219.
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    Review: C. Stephen Layman, The Power of Logic. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 2001 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 7 (1):79-81.
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    Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine.D. E. Over, Robert W. Shahan & Chris Swoyer - 1981 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (123):175.
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    Review. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (4):603-609.
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  42. REVIEWS-The Power of Logic.S. Layman & Chris Swoyer - 2001 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 7 (1):79-81.
  43. REVIEWS-The Power of Logic.C. Stephen Layman & Chris Swoyer - 2004 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 10 (2):218-219.
  44. John W. Carroll Laws of Nature. [REVIEW]Chris Swoyer - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (4):603.
     
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