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  1. Motivated Irrationality.David Francis Pears - 1984 - St. Augustine's Press.
    This book is about self-deception and lack of self-control or wishful thinking and acting against one's own better judgement. Steering a course between the skepticism of philosophers, who find the conscious defiance of reason too paradoxical, and the tolerant empiricism of psychologists, it compares the two kinds of irrationality, and relates the conclusions drawn to the views of Freud, cognitive psychologists, and such philosophers as Aristotle, Anscombe, Hare and Davidson.
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  2. The False Prison: A Study of the Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy.David Francis Pears - 1987 - Oxford University Press.
    In this volume, Pears examines the internal organization of Wittgenstein's thought and the origins of his philosophy to provide unusually clear insight into the philosopher's ideas. Part I surveys the whole of Wittgenstein's work, while Part II details the central concepts of his early system; both reveal how the details of Wittgenstein's work fit into its general pattern.
     
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    Individuals.David Pears & P. F. Strawson - 1961 - Philosophical Quarterly 11 (44):262.
    Since its publication in 1959, Individuals has become a modern philosophical classic. Bold in scope and ambition, it continues to influence debates in metaphysics, philosophy of logic and language, and epistemology. Peter Strawson's most famous work, it sets out to describe nothing less than the basic subject matter of our thought. It contains Strawson's now famous argument for descriptive metaphysics and his repudiation of revisionary metaphysics, in which reality is something beyond the world of appearances. Throughout, Individuals advances some highly (...)
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    Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy.David Pears - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
    This is a concise and readable study of five intertwined themes at the heart of Wittgenstein's thought, written by one of his most eminent interpreters. David Pears offers penetrating investigations and lucid explications of some of the most influential and yet puzzling writings of twentieth-century philosophy. He focuses on the idea of language as a picture of the world; the phenomenon of linguistic regularity; the famous "private language argument"; logical necessity; and ego and the self.
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  5. The False Prison: Volume Two.David Pears - 1988 - Clarendon Press.
     
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  6. Wittgenstein.David Francis Pears - 1971 - London: Fontana.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein was born in Vienna in 1889 and died in Cambridge in 1951. He studied engineering, first in Berlin and then in Manchester, and he soon began to ask himself philosophical questions about the foundations of mathematics. What are numbers? What sort of truth does a mathematical equation possess? What is the force of proof in pure mathematics? In order to find the answers to such questions, he went to Cambridge in 1911 to work with Russell, who had just (...)
     
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  7. The Relation Between Wittgenstein's Picture Theory of Propositions and Russell's Theories of Judgment.David Pears - 1977 - Philosophical Review 86 (2):177-196.
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    Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His Treatise.David Pears - 1990 - Oxford University Press.
    In this compelling analysis David Pears examines the foundations of Hume's theory of the mind as presented in the first book of the Treatise. Past studies have tended to take one of two extreme views: that Hume relies exclusively on a theory of meaning, or that he relies exclusively on a theory of truth and evidence. Steering a middle course between these positions, Pears argues that Hume's theory of ideas serves both functions. He examines in detail its application to three (...)
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein.David Francis Pears - 1970 - Harvard University Press.
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  10. Self-Deceptive Belief-Formation.David F. Pears - 1991 - Synthese 89 (3):393-405.
  11. The Causal Conditions of Perception.David F. Pears - 1976 - Synthese 33 (June):25-40.
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    Nothing is Hidden: Wittgenstein's Criticism of His Early Thought.David Pears - 1989 - Philosophical Review 98 (3):379.
  13. Questions In The Philosophy Of Mind.David F. Pears - 1975 - London: : Duckworth.
  14. Courage as a Mean.David Pears - 1980 - In Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), Essays on Aristotle's Ethics. University of California Press. pp. 171--187.
     
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    Wittgensteinian Themes: Essays in Honour of David Pears.David Francis Pears, David Charles & William Child (eds.) - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
    A stellar group of philosophers offer new works on themes from the great philosophy of Wittgenstein, honoring one of his most eminent interpreters David Pears. This collection covers both the early and the later work of Wittgenstein, relating it to current debates in philosophy. Topics discussed include solipsism, ostension, rules, necessity, privacy, and consciousness.
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  16. Logic And Language.David F. Pears - 1951 - Oxford,: Blackwell.
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    The Function of Acquaintance in Russell's Philosophy.David Pears - 1981 - Synthese 46 (2):149 - 166.
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    Hypotheticals.David Pears - 1949 - Analysis 10 (3):49 - 63.
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    Individuals.David Pears - 1961 - Philosophical Quarterly 11 (43):172-185.
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    Universals.David Pears - 1951 - Philosophical Quarterly 1 (3):218-227.
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    How Easy is Akrasia?David Pears - 1982 - Philosophia 11 (1-2):33-50.
  22. The Anatomy of Courage.David Pears - 2004 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 71 (1):1-12.
     
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    Wittgenstein’s Naturalism.David Pears - 1995 - The Monist 78 (4):411-424.
    There are several kinds of philosophical naturalism and one of their leading ideas is that the right method in philosophy is not to theorize about things but to describe them as we find them in daily life. Wittgenstein’s later philosophy is evidently a naturalism inspired by this idea. However, that is an observation which leaves much unexplained. It is a simple key which unlocks the first door only to reveal others behind it that remain closed.
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    Hume on Personal Identity.David Pears - 1993 - Hume Studies 19 (2):289-299.
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    The Appropiate Causation of Intentional Basic Actions.David Pears - 1975 - Critica 7 (20):39-72.
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    Wittgenstein’s Naturalism.David Pears - 1995 - The Monist 78 (4):411-424.
    There are several kinds of philosophical naturalism and one of their leading ideas is that the right method in philosophy is not to theorize about things but to describe them as we find them in daily life. Wittgenstein’s later philosophy is evidently a naturalism inspired by this idea. However, that is an observation which leaves much unexplained. It is a simple key which unlocks the first door only to reveal others behind it that remain closed.
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    Freedom and the Will.David Francis Pears - 1963 - New York: St. Martin's Press.
  28. Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His Treatise.David Pears - 1991 - Oxford University Press UK.
    In this book, Professor Pears examines the foundations of Hume's system as laid down in the first book of his Treatise, where his ideas are oresebted in their first fresh and undiluted form. The author steers a middle course between the two extreme views adopted in recent writings on Hume: that he relies exclusively on a theory of meaning, or that he relies exclusively on a theory of truth and evidence. Professor Pears argues that Hume's theory of ideas serves both (...)
     
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  29. The False Prison: A Study of the Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy. Volume 1.David Pears - 1987 - Clarendon Press.
    This is the first of two volumes which describe the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy from the Tracatus to his later writings. Part I of this volume is a survey of the whole of his work; Part II is a detailed examination of the central ideas for his early system. The second volume will cover later philosophy. The book fills a gap in the literature on Wittgenstein between brief introductions and detailed commentaries. Although necessarily selective, the doctrines and ideas chosen for (...)
     
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    The Incongruity of Counterparts.David Pears - 1952 - Mind 61 (241):78-81.
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  31. Hume’s Recantation of His Theory of Personal Identity.David Pears - 2004 - Hume Studies 30 (2):257-264.
    I am going to defend a diagnosis of Hume’s recantation that I have already defended—rather unsuccessfully—in more than one publication. My excuse for trying again is that I shall now offer a more carefully qualified defense. My diagnosis was, and still is, that in the Appendix to the Treatise Hume came to see that he could not account for the necessary ownership of perceptions —i.e., for the fact that this very perception could not have occurred in a different set.
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    The Originality of Wittgenstein's Investigation of Solipsism.David Pears - 1996 - European Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):124-137.
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    The Ego and the Eye: Wittgenstein’s Use of an Analogy.David Pears - 1993 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 44 (1):59-68.
    Wittgenstein's critique of sohpsism - his attempt to show that sohpsism loses its intended meaning on the way to achieving its aspired truth - is reconstructed from its erarly stages in the Notebooks 1914-1916 via the 1936 lecture notes to the passages in the Philosophical Investigations. The analogy of the geometrical eye and the pointing to it are used to show the connections between the different arguments here involved.
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    Irrational Action and Irrational Belief.David Pears - 1988 - Argumentation 2 (1):51-61.
    Many philosophers agree with Socrates that it is not possible to perform an akratic action consciously and freely. They take this view because they assimilate the internal irrationality of such a performance to the internal irrationality of drawing a theoretical conclusion which contadicts one's premisses. This article develops some arguments against that assimilation. The extreme cost of theoretical self-contradiction is forming the belief both that something is so and that it is not so. This is impossible for anyone who understands (...)
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  35. The Paradoxes of Self-Deception.David F. Pears - 1974 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 1:7-24.
     
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  36. Professor Norman Malcolm: Dreaming.David F. Pears - 1961 - Mind 70 (April):145-163.
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    Wittgenstein's Holism.David Pears - 1990 - Dialectica 44 (1‐2):165-173.
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    Wittgenstein's Account of Rule-Following.David Pears - 1991 - Synthese 87 (2):273 - 283.
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    The Nature of Metaphysics.David Francis Pears - 1957 - New York: St. Martin's Press.
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    Hypotheticals.David Pears - 1950 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 15 (3):215-216.
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    Desires as Causes of Actions.David Pears - 1968 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 1:83-97.
    It is not easy to explain how people know what they are going to do. The phenomenon occurs: obviously we often do know what we are going to do; but its explanation is less obvious. When I say this, I do not mean that we have some mysterious method by which we discover what we are going to do, like forecasting tomorrow's weather. Usually we know without any investigation, and without the use of any method of discovery. You know some (...)
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    Philosophical Theorizing and Particularism: Michael Dummett on Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy of Language.David Pears - 1994 - In Brian McGuiness & Gianluigi Oliveri (eds.), The Philosophy of Michael Dummett. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 45--57.
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    David Hume: A Symposium.Antony Flew & David Pears - 1965 - Philosophical Quarterly 15 (60):265.
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    David Hume a Symposium.Stuart Hampshire & David Francis Pears - 1963 - Macmillan.
  45. La Philosophie En Europe.Raymond Klibansky, David Francis Pears & Unesco - 1993
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  46. Akrasia and the Power of Reason.David Pears - 2002 - European Review of Philosophy 5.
     
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  47. A Comparison Between Ayer's Views About the Privilege of Sense-Datum Statements and the Views of Russell and Austin.David Pears - 1979 - In Graham F. Macdonald (ed.), Perception and Identity. Cornell University Press.
     
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  48. Bertrand Russell.David Francis Pears (ed.) - 1972 - Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books.
     
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  49. Bertrand Russell and the British Tradition in Philosophy.David Francis Pears - 1967 - London: Fontana.
     
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    Criss-Crossing a Philosophical Landscape.David Pears - 1992 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 42:91-105.
    Starting from an analysis of Wittgenstein's reasons for placing all true-seeming sentences about the relation between language and the world in the class of utterances that lack a truth-value and can only communicate in the privileged way, the doctrine of showing is investigated in Wittgenstein's later writings. In contrast to the view that the concept of showing simply disappeared with the abandonment of the picture theory of the sentence it is argued that much of his erarly doctrine of showing survives (...)
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