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D. Gene Witmer
University of Florida
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    From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2000 - Philosophical Review 109 (3):459.
    This slim volume is sure to provoke. The topics include physicalism, the theory of color, and metaethics, but the primary focus is metaphilosophical: Jackson aims to defend the use of conceptual analysis as a tool for doing “serious metaphysics.”.
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  2. Intrinsicality Without Naturalness.D. Gene Witmer, William Butchard & Kelly Trogdon - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (2):326–350.
    Defense of an account of intrinsic properties in terms of (what is now called) grounding rather than naturalness.
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  3. A "Physical" Need: Physicalism and the Via Negativa.Carl Gillett & D. Gene Witmer - 2001 - Analysis 61 (4):302–309.
    A number of philosophers have argued that there is no good way to make sense of the "physical" so that the usual arguments and conclusions of physicalists can be rendered sensible. David Papineau and David Spurrett have recently suggested replacing "physical" with either "non-mental" or "quantitative" in the best known argument for physicalism, namely, the causal argument. We argue that the resulting new argument is unsatisfactory. More precisely, we argue that if there was a real difficulty in making sense of (...)
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    Physicality for Physicalists.D. Gene Witmer - 2018 - Topoi 37 (3):457-472.
    How should the “physical” in “physicalism” be understood? I here set out systematic criteria of adequacy, propose an account, and show how the account meets those criteria. The criteria of adequacy focus on the idea of rational management: to vindicate philosophical practice, the account must make it plausible that we can assess various questions about physicalism. The account on offer is dubbed the “Ideal Naturalist Physics” account, according to which the physical is that which appears in an ideal theory that (...)
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    A Simple Theory of Intrinsicality.D. Gene Witmer - 2014 - In Robert M. Francescotti (ed.), Companion to Intrinsic Properties. De Gruyter. pp. 111-138.
  6. How to Be a (Sort of) A Priori Physicalist.D. Gene Witmer - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 131 (1):185-225.
    What has come to be known as “a priori physicalism” is the thesis, roughly, that the non-physical truths in the actual world can be deduced a priori from a complete physical description of the actual world. To many contemporary philosophers, a priori physicalism seems extremely implausible. In this paper I distinguish two kinds of a priori physicalism. One sort – strict a priori physicalism – I reject as both unmotivated and implausible. The other sort – liberal a priori physicalism – (...)
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  7. Sufficiency Claims and Physicalism: A Formulation.D. Gene Witmer - 2001 - In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press.
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    Supervenience Physicalism and the Problem of Extras.D. Gene Witmer - 1999 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 37 (2):315-31.
  9. Chudnoff on the Awareness of Abstract Objects.D. Gene Witmer - 2016 - Florida Philosophical Review 16 (1):105-116.
    In his book Intuition, Elijah Chudnoff develops an account of how we might, by having intuitions, be made aware of abstract objects. While the conditions under which we enjoy such awareness are, on his account, happily free of objectionable metaphysics or dubious mechanisms, it is not clear that the conditions bear the epistemic weight they need to carry. To flesh out this worry, I develop an example that is parallel in all relevant respects to cases of intuitive awareness as described (...)
     
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    Necessity, Identity, and A Priori Access.D. Gene Witmer - 2007 - Philosophical Topics 35 (1/2):241-263.
  11. Naturalism and Physicalism.D. Gene Witmer - 2012 - In Robert Barnard & Neil Manson (eds.), Continuum Companion to Metaphysics. pp. 90-120.
    A substantial guide providing an overview of both physicalism and metaphysical naturalism, reviewing both questions of formulation and justification for both doctrines. Includes a diagnostic strategy for understanding talk of naturalism as a metaphysical thesis.
     
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    Stalking the Elusive Physicalist Thesis: Daniel Stoljar: Physicalism. New York: Routledge, 2010, 252pp, $35.95 PB, $140.00 HB. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2012 - Metascience 21 (1):71-75.
    Stalking the elusive physicalist thesis Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-5 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9528-2 Authors D. Gene Witmer, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, P. O. Box 118545, Gainesville, FL 32611-8545, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    Is Natural Kindness a Natural Kind?D. Gene Witmer & John Sarnecki - 1998 - Philosophical Studies 90 (3):245-264.
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    Review: Physicalism, or Something Near Enough. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2006 - Mind 115 (460):1136-1141.
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    Dupre's Anti-Essentialist Objection to Reductionism.D. Gene Witmer - 2003 - Philosophical Quarterly 53 (211):181-200.
    In his 'The Disorder of Things' John Dupré presents an objection to reductionism which I call the 'anti-essentialist objection': it is that reductionism requires essentialism, and essentialism is false. I unpack the objection and assess its cogency. Once the objection is clearly in view, it is likely to appeal to those who think conceptual analysis a bankrupt project. I offer on behalf of the reductionist two strategies for responding, one which seeks to rehabilitate conceptual analysis and one (more concessive) which (...)
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  16. Conceptual Analysis, Circularity, and the Commitments of Physicalism.D. Gene Witmer - 2001 - Acta Analytica 16 (26):119-133.
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    Review of Andrew Melnyk, A Physicalist Manifesto: Thoroughly Modern Materialism[REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2004 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (6).
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    What is Wrong with the Manifestability Argument for Supervenience.D. Gene Witmer - 1998 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (1):84-89.
    The manifestability argument presented by Papineau and Loewer turns on the premise that nonphysical properties are capable of making a difference to physical conditions. From this and the completeness of physics a strenuous supervenience conclusion is supposed to follow. I argue that the plausible version of this premise implies a weaker supervenience thesis only, one that is too weak to be of any use for a physicalist. There is a more contentious premise one might use to deduce the needed conclusion, (...)
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    Multiple Realizability and Psychological Laws: Evaluating Kim's Challenge.D. Gene Witmer - 2003 - In Sven Walter & Heinz-Dieter Heckmann (eds.), Physicalism and Mental Causation. Imprint Academic. pp. 59.
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    Brad Hooker and Margaret Olivia Little , Moral Particularism, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2000, Pp. Xiv + 317. [REVIEW]Crystal Thorpe & D. Gene Witmer - 2001 - Utilitas 13 (3):369.
  21. Tim Crane, Ed., The Contents of Experience: Essays on Perception Reviewed By.Brian McLaughlin & D. Gene Witmer - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (1):8-13.
     
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  22. Tim Crane, Ed., The Contents of Experience: Essays on Perception. [REVIEW]Brian Mclaughlin & D. Gene Witmer - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13:8-13.
     
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  23. Full and Partial Grounding.Kelly Trogdon & D. Gene Witmer - forthcoming - Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
    Discussion of partial grounds that aren't parts of full grounds; definition of full grounding in terms of partial grounding.
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    Being Reduced: New Essays on Reduction, Explanation, and Causation, Edited by Jakob Hohwy and Jesper Kallestrup. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2011 - Mind 120 (479):882-888.
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    Christopher S. Hill, Thought and World: An Austere Portrayal of Truth, Reference, and Semantic Correspondence. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2004 - Philosophical Inquiry 26 (4):142-145.
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    Dual Carving and Minimal Rationalism.D. Gene Witmer - forthcoming - Analytic Philosophy.
    In his Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (2017) Philip Goff defends his anti-physicalist argument against what he calls the "Dual Carving" objection—the idea that two representations of the very same fact could both be conceptually independent and "transparent," that is, revealing of the essences of the entities in question. His defense invokes a thesis he calls "Minimal Rationalism." I explore exactly how Minimal Rationalism is supposed to turn aside the objection and argue that the formulation of Minimal Rationalism on offer is (...)
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    Experience, Appearance, and Hidden Features.D. Gene Witmer - 2001 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 7.
    Charles Siewert has given us an ingenious thought experiment involving a limited lack of conscious experience. The possibility of the described case is incompatible with a number of popular theories of consciousness. Siewert acknowledges, however, that this possibility is not a direct threat to "hidden feature" theories. I aim to do two things: first, strengthen his defense of the claim that the case is genuinely possible by considering and rejecting some further attempts to explain away our temptation to believe it (...)
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    From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2000 - Philosophical Review 109 (3):459-462.
    Conceptual analysis is currently out of favour, especially in North America. This is partly through misunderstanding of its nature. Properly understood, conceptual analysis is not a mysterious activity discredited by Quine that seeks after the a priori in some hard‐to‐understand sense. It is, rather, something familiar to everyone, philosophers and non‐philosophers alike—or so I argue. Another reason for its unpopularity is a failure to appreciate the need for conceptual analysis. The cost of repudiating it has not been sufficiently appreciated; without (...)
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  29. On Making Everything Boring.D. Gene Witmer - 2011 - Florida Philosophical Review 11 (1):1-16.
    Presidential Address for the 2011 meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association.
     
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    Physicalism UnBlocked.D. Gene Witmer - 2020 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (7):890-904.
    What has become known as the blockers problem is an alleged difficulty facing attempts to formulate physicalism as a supervenience thesis. A blocker is an entity, itself contrary to physicalism, with the power to disrupt an otherwise necessary connection between physical and nonphysical conditions. I argue that there is no distinct blockers problem. Insofar as a problem can be identified, it turns out to be just a rather baroque version of a distinct and familiar objection to supervenience formulations and to (...)
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    Review of Christopher Peacocke, Truly Understood[REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (6).
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    Review of Steven Horst, Beyond Reduction: Philosophy of Mind and Post-Reductionist Philosophy of Science[REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (4).
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    The Conceptual Link From Physical to Mental by Robert Kirk. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2014 - Analysis 74 (3):552-556.
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    Review Of: Timothy Williamson, The Philosophy of Philosophy. [REVIEW]D. Gene Witmer - 2011 - Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2):155-160.