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    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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    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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  4. Self-Deceptive Belief-Formation.David F. Pears - 1991 - Synthese 89 (3):393-405.
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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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  6. The False Prison: Volume Two.David Pears - 1988 - Clarendon Press.
     
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    Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His Treatise.David Francis 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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    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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  9. Professor Norman Malcolm: Dreaming.David F. Pears - 1961 - Mind 70 (April):145-163.
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  10. 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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  11. Hume's Recantation of His Theory of Personal Identity.David Pears - 2004 - Hume Studies 30 (2):257-264.
  12. The Anatomy of Courage.David Pears - 2004 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 71 (1):1-12.
     
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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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    The Causal Conditions of Perception.David F. Pears - 1976 - Synthese 33 (June):25-40.
  15. Bertrand Russell and the British Tradition in Philosophy.David Francis Pears - 1967 - London: Fontana.
     
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  16. The False Prison Vol. One.David Pears - 1987 - Clarendon Press.
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  17. Ludwig Wittgenstein.David Francis Pears - 1970 - Harvard University Press.
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  18. Questions In The Philosophy Of Mind.David F. Pears - 1975 - London: : Duckworth.
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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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    Wittgenstein's Naturalism.David Pears - 1995 - The Monist 78 (4):411-424.
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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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  23. 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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  24. Bertrand Russell.David Francis Pears (ed.) - 1972 - Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books.
     
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    How Easy is Akrasia?David Pears - 1982 - Philosophia 11 (1-2):33-50.
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    Wittgenstein's Account of Rule-Following.David Pears - 1991 - Synthese 87 (2):273 - 283.
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    The Incongruity of Counterparts.David Pears - 1952 - Mind 61 (241):78-81.
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  28. Logic And Language.David F. Pears - 1951 - Oxford,: Blackwell.
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    Synthetic Necessary Truth.David Pears - 1950 - Mind 59 (234):199-208.
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    Universals.David Pears - 1951 - Philosophical Quarterly 1 (3):218-227.
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    Rule-Following in Philosophical Investigations.David Pears - 1989 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 33:249-261.
    The negative part of Wittgenstein's treatment of rule-following in the Philosophical Investigations is a critique of Platonic theories of meaning. The main argument, summarized in §§ 201-202 is a reductio: if Platonism were true, the difference between obeying and disobeying a linguistic rule would vanish. For Platonism requires the rule-follower to have in his mind something which will completely determine in advance all the correct applications of a descriptive word, but this is a requirement that could not be conceivably satisfied. (...)
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    The Appropiate Causation of Intentional Basic Actions.David Pears - 1975 - Critica 7 (20):39 - 72.
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    Hume on Personal Identity.David Pears - 1993 - Hume Studies 19 (2):289-299.
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  34. 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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    Wittgenstein's Criticism of Cartesianism.David Pears - 1996 - Synthese 106 (1):49 - 55.
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    Hintikka's Interpretation of Wittgenstein's Treatment of Sensation-Language.David Pears - 1994 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 49:1-18.
    Wittgenstein's critique of solipsism is explained as a development in three stages. In the first, which appeares in the Notebooks 1914-16 and Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, he criticizes the solipsist for not identifying his ego and, therefore, leaving the objects presented to it unidentified. He argues that this is like trying to identify the eye without using any psychological facts. In the second stage, which appeares in The Blue Book and Notes for Lectures on "Private Experience" and "Sensations", he assumes that the (...)
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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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    The Ego and the Eye.David Pears - 1993 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 44:59-68.
    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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    Wittgenstein's Concept of Showing.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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  40. The Structure of the Private Language Argument.David Pears - 1989 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 43 (169):264.
     
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  41. Logical Atomism: Russell and Wittgenstein.David F. Pears - 1956 - In A. J. Ayer (ed.), The Revolution in Philosophy. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 44--55.
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    New Books. [REVIEW]H. H. Price, David Pears, William Kneale, Max Black, A. F. Peters, George E. Hughes, Margaret Macdonald, G. J. Warnock, T. D. Weldon, R. F. Holland, H. D. Lewis, Antony Flew, W. G. Maclagan, J. Harrison, Richard Wollheim, P. L. Heath, Donald Nicholl, Patrick Gardiner & Ernest Gellner - 1951 - Mind 60 (240):550-583.
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    Freedom and the Will.David Francis Pears - 1963 - New York: St. Martin's Press.
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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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  45. Motivated Irrationality, Freudian Theory and Cognitive Dissonance.David Pears - 1982 - In Richard Wollheim & James Hopkins (eds.), Philosophical Essays on Freud. Cambridge University Press. pp. 264--288.
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    The Nature of Metaphysics.David Francis Pears - 1957 - New York: St. Martin's Press.
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    Split Self-Reference and Personal Survival.David Pears - 1992 - Southwest Philosophy Review 8 (1):65-76.
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    Desires as Causes of Actions.David Pears - 1968 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 1:83-97.
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    Literalism and Imagination: Wittgenstein's Deconstruction of Traditional Philosophy.David Pears - 2002 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 10 (1):3 – 16.
    In his later philosophy, Wittgenstein unlike Russell offers no theories, because he believes that philosophical theories are never explanatory. They try to imitate scientific theories, but they lack the empirical basis that gives science its explanatory power. Two examples of his deconstructive work are discussed. One is his critique of the theory that the direct objects of perception are always sense-data, describable in a radically private language. Austin too criticized the theory of sense-data, but Wittgenstein's critique, unlike Austin's, included an (...)
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  50. Strawson on Freedom and Resentment.David F. Pears - 1998 - In The Philosophy of P.F. Strawson. Chicago: Open Court.
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