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David Sosa
University of Texas at Austin
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    Naturalizing the Mind.David Sosa & Fred Dretske - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (3):429.
    Aware that the representational thesis is more plausible for the attitudinal than for the phenomenal, Dretske courageously focuses on sensory experience, where progress in our philosophical understanding of the mental has lagged. His view, essentially, is that what makes any mental state what it is is not so much what it's like as what it's about.
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  2. Dubious Assertions.David Sosa - 2009 - Philosophical Studies 146 (2):269 - 272.
    The knowledge account of assertion—roughly: one should not assert what one does not know—aspires to identify the norm distinctive of assertion. One main argument given in support of the knowledge account has been the success with which it explains a variety of Moore-paradoxical assertion. But that explanation does not generalize satisfactorily.
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  3. Rigidity in the Scope of Russell's Theory.David Sosa - 2001 - Noûs 35 (1):1–38.
  4. The Import of the Puzzle About Belief.David Sosa - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (3):373 - 402.
    Relocating Kripke's puzzle about belief, this paper investigates i) in what the puzzle consists, exactly; ii) the method used in its construction; and iii) relations between meaning and rationality. Essential to Kripke's puzzle is a normative notion of contradictory belief. Different positions about the meaning of names yield different views of what constitutes the attribution of contradictory belief; and Kripke's puzzle unwittingly _imports a Millian assumption. Accordingly, the puzzle about belief is not independent of positions about the meaning of names.
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  5. Scepticism About Intuition.David Sosa - 2006 - Philosophy 81 (4):633-648.
    Contemporary philosophy’s antipathy to intuition can come to seem baffling. There is inadequate reason to move away from the intuitively attractive view that we have a faculty of intuition, in many ways akin to our faculties of perception and memory and introspection, that gives us reason for belief, and with it, often enough, gives us knowledge. The purpose here is to consider whether scepticism about intuition is more reasonable than a corresponding scepticism about other epistemic faculties. I am sceptical that (...)
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  6. Consequences of Consequentialism.David Sosa - 1993 - Mind 102 (405):101-122.
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    What Does It Matter What It's Like?David Sosa - 2015 - Philosophical Issues 25 (1):224-242.
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  8. The Fine Line.David Sosa - 2010 - Analysis 70 (2):347-358.
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    Standard Bearers.David Sosa - 2017 - Episteme 14 (3):329-341.
    In both ethics and epistemology an important question is whether justification is a fully internal or a partly external matter. In view of analogies between relevant considerations in each area, I recommend distinguishing, as basic and independent subjects of normative status, (i) people and (ii) what they do. Evaluations of subjects, on one hand, and of their beliefs and actions, on the other, are less intimately related than is presupposed. This helps resolve internalism/externalism controversies in both domains. An important related (...)
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  10. What is It Like to Be a Group?David Sosa - 2009 - Social Philosophy and Policy 26 (1):212-226.
    Consequentialist and Kantian theories differ over the ethical relevance of consequences of actions. I investigate how they might differ too over the relevance of what actions are consequence of. Focusing on the case of group action and collective responsibility, I argue that there's a kind of analog to the problem of aggregating the value of consequencesthat Kantian theories will not confront and consequentialist theories will. The issue provides a useful way to characterize a deep difference between Kantian and consequentialist theories (...)
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  11. Perceptual Friction.David Sosa - 2007 - Philosophical Issues 17 (1):245–261.
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    A Companion to Analytic Philosophy.Aloysius Martinich & David Sosa (eds.) - 2001 - Blackwell.
    This volume is a vital resource for anyone interested in analytic philosophy.
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  13. Two Forms of Dualism.David Sosa - 2011 - Dialogue 50 (2):307-313.
    ABSTRACT: I distinguish two sorts of motivation for dualism. One motivation is driven by the distinctive character of conscious phenomenology. The other is driven by the special character of normativity: Is rationality an even problem than consciousness? There is no dramatic climax in which I show that these two dualist currents have a common source; in fact, I think they are relatively independent.
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  14. Pathetic Ethics.David Sosa - 2001 - In Brian Leiter (ed.), Objectivity in Law and Morals. Cambridge University Press. pp. 287--329.
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  15. Some of the Structure of Experience and Belief.David Sosa - 2011 - Philosophical Issues 21 (1):474-484.
  16. The Philosophy of Language.A. P. Martinich & David Sosa - 2012 - Oxford University Press USA.
    What is meaning? How is linguistic communication possible? What is the nature of language? What is the relationship between language and the world? How do metaphors work? The Philosophy of Language, Sixth Edition, is an excellent introduction to such fundamental questions. Incorporating insights from new coeditor David Sosa, the sixth edition collects forty-eight of the most important articles in the field, making it the most up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the subject. Revised to address changing trends and contemporary developments, the (...)
     
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  17. Unconditionals.Josh Dever, David Sosa & Daniel Bonevac - unknown
    Conditionality is a modal feature (in only the trivial sense, in the case of the material conditional). For φ to be conditioned on ψ is for the appearance of φ and ψ to be connected in some way over some region of modal space.
     
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    Slouching Towards Dualism. [REVIEW]David Sosa - 2001 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 55 (216):257-263.
    Searle may protest too much his anti-dualism. It may be that what needs reconsideration is not so much the traditional opposition between material and mental as the supposed opposition between property dualism and our contemporary scientific world view. Searle at one points notes that "[w]hen we come to the proposition that reality is physical, we come to what is perhaps the crux of the whole discussion." I agree.
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    A Big, Good Thing: T.M. Scanlon, What We Owe to Each Other (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).David Sosa - 2004 - Noûs 38 (2):359–377.
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    Scenes Seen.David Sosa - 2006 - Philosophical Books 47 (4):314-325.
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    Getting Clear on the Concept.David Sosa - 1998 - Philosophical Issues 9:317-322.
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    T.M. Scanlon, What We Owe to Each Other (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998) A Big, Good Thing.David Sosa - 2004 - Noûs 38 (2):359-377.
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  23. Epistemic Luck.David Sosa - manuscript
    About what are internalists and externalists in dispute fundamentally? Different sorts of thing.
     
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    Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology.Aloysius Martinich & David Sosa (eds.) - 2001 - Blackwell.
    P. Grice and P. F. Strawson. 45. Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man. (Wilfrid Sellars). 46. From The Blue and the Brown Books. (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
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    Getting Acquainted with Perception.David Sosa - 1996 - Philosophical Issues 7:209-214.
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    Review: A Big, Good Thing. [REVIEW]David Sosa - 2004 - Noûs 38 (2):359 - 377.
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    ¿Dónde se encuentra el enigma sobre la creencia?David Sosa - 1994 - Critica 26 (76/77):7-50.
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    Perception and Reason.David Sosa - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (4):635-638.
    “This book is about the role of conscious perceptual experiences in the acquisition of empirical knowledge”. So begins Bill Brewer’s interesting Perception and Reason, whose introduction usefully sets out the structure of his essay as follows.
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  29. Checking Searle's Background.David Sosa - 1999 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 18 (1):109-123.
     
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    Rigidity.David Sosa - 2008 - In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    For an expression to be rigid means that it refers to one and the same thing with respect to any possible situation. But how is this in turn to be understood? An example will help us work through the definition. Take a word like ‘Aristotle.’ That word is a proper name; and proper names are a clear case of a type of word that refers. ‘Aristotle’ refers to a particular person, the last great philosopher of antiquity; in general, a name (...)
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    Reference From a Perspective Versus Reference.David Sosa - 1995 - Philosophical Issues 6:79-89.
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    Meaningful Explanation.David Sosa - 1997 - Philosophical Issues 8:351-356.
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  33. Qualia and Mental Causation in a Physical World: Themes From the Philosophy of Jaegwon Kim.Terence Horgan, Marcelo Sabates & David Sosa (eds.) - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    How does mind fit into nature? Philosophy has long been concerned with this question. No contemporary philosopher has done more to clarify it than Jaegwon Kim, a distinguished analytic philosopher specializing in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. With new contributions from an outstanding line-up of eminent scholars, this volume focuses on issues raised in Kim's work. The chapters cluster around two themes: first, exclusion, supervenience, and reduction, with attention to the causal exclusion argument for which Kim is widely celebrated; and (...)
     
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  34. Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Language Volume 1.Ernie Lepore & David Sosa (eds.) - 2019 - Oxford University Press.
    Philosophy of language has been at the center of philosophical research at least since the start of the 20th century. But till now there has been no regular forum for outstanding original work in this area. That is what Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Language offers.
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  35. Slouching Towards Dualism. [REVIEW]David Sosa - 2001 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 55 (216):257-263.
     
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  36. Analytic Philosophy.David Sosa (ed.) - 2011 - Wiley.
    Featuring updates and the inclusion of nine new chapters, _Analytic_ _Philosophy: An Anthology, 2nd Edition_ offers a comprehensive and authoritative collection of the most influential readings in analytic philosophy written over the past hundred years. Features broad coverage of analytic philosophy, including such topics as ethics, methodology, and freedom and personal identity Focuses on classic or seminal articles that were especially influential or significant New articles in this edition include “Proof of an External World” by G. E. Moore, “Criteria, Defeasibility, (...)
     
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  37. Blackwell Companion to Analytic Philosophy.David Sosa & A. P. Martinich (eds.) - 2001 - Blackwell.
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  38. Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs.David Sosa (ed.) - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    What makes a word bad? On the one hand, slurs and other derogatory language appear to be meaningful - different slurs can seem to refer to different groups, for example. On the other hand, slurs can seem to be just an arbitrary tool for insulting or enabling harm. How is the meaning of a slur related to its practical uses?
     
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    Philosophical Books (Analytic Philosophy).David Sosa (ed.) - 1972 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    THE PROBLEM OF EVIL by M. B. Ahern.MORALITY AND RELIGION by W. W. Bartley III.ROLES AND VALUES: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ETHICS by R. S. Downie.THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE by D. W. Hamlyn.ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by John Hick.THE LOGIC OF EDUCATION by P. H. Hirst and R. S. Peters.METALOGIC: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE METATHEORY OF STANDARD FIRST ORDER LOGIC by Geoffrey Hunter.ETHICAL KNOWLEDGE by J. J. Kupperman.LOGIC AND METAPHYSICS IN ARISTOTLE by Walter Leszl.MEMORY by Don Locke.JOHN STUART (...)
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  40. Representing Thoughts and Language.David Sosa - 1996 - Dissertation, Princeton University
    These three papers, each constituting a chapter, lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. Chapter 1 reviews and reassesses Kripke's puzzle about belief. I argue, contra Kripke, that the puzzle shows Millianism to be inadequate . It must be supplemented with a Fregean theory. But Millianism and Fregeanism need not be opposed. Developing a distinction between mental representation and linguistic representation, I divide the notion of proposition. It is one thing to be the object of (...)
     
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  41. The Inference That Leaves Something to Chance.David Sosa - 2007 - In Sanford C. Goldberg (ed.), Internalism and Externalism in Semantics and Epistemology. Oxford University Press. pp. 219-234.
  42. 20.1 WHAT is RIGIDITY?David Sosa - 2006 - In Barry C. Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. pp. 476.
     
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