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  1. Tropes: Properties, Objects, and Mental Causation.Douglas Ehring - 2011 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
    Properties and objects are everywhere, but remain a philosophical mystery. Douglas Ehring argues that the idea of tropes--properties and relations understood as particulars--provides the best foundation for a metaphysical account of properties and objects. He develops and defends a new theory of trope nominalism.
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  2. Causation and persistence: a theory of causation.Douglas Ehring - 1997 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Ehring shows the inadequacy of received theories of causation, and, introducing conceptual devices of his own, provides a wholly new account of causation as the persistence over time of individual properties, or "tropes.".
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  3. Mental causation, determinables, and property instances.Douglas Ehring - 1996 - Noûs 30 (4):461-80.
  4. Causal relata.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - Synthese 73 (2):319 - 328.
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  5. Lewis, temporary intrinsics and momentary tropes.Douglas Ehring - 1997 - Analysis 57 (4):254-258.
  6. The transference theory of causation.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - Synthese 67 (2):249 - 258.
  7. Temporal parts and bundle theory.Douglas Ehring - 2001 - Philosophical Studies 104 (2):163 - 168.
    In this paper, I try to make a bundle theory of objects consistentwith a temporal parts theory of object persistence. To that end,I propose that such bundles are made up of tropes includingthe co-instantiation relation.
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    Causal asymmetry.Douglas Ehring - 1982 - Journal of Philosophy 79 (12):761-774.
    This thesis addresses the problem of causal asymmetry. This problem may be characterized as follows: what is the relation R such that if an event c causes an event e c bears relation R to e but e does not bear relation R to e. The traditional Humean account of causal asymmetry is that "R" may be replaced by "temporally prior." Difficulties with this account based on consideration of cases of simultaneous causation and backward causation have given rise to non-Humean (...)
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  9. Part-whole physicalism and mental causation.Douglas Ehring - 2003 - Synthese 136 (3):359-388.
    A well-known ``overdetermination''argument aims to show that the possibility of mental causes of physical events in a causally closed physical world and the possibility of causally relevant mental properties are both problematic. In the first part of this paper, I extend an identity reply that has been given to the first problem to a property-instance account of causal relata. In the second, I argue that mental types are composed of physical types and, as a consequence, both mental and physical types (...)
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    Tropeless in Seattle: the cure for insomnia.Douglas Ehring - 1999 - Analysis 59 (1):19-24.
  11. Distinguishing universals from particulars.Douglas Ehring - 2004 - Analysis 64 (4):326-332.
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  12. Why Parfit did not go far enough.Douglas Ehring - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 165 (1):133-149.
    Parfit has argued for the revolutionary thesis that personal identity does not matter in ordinary survival, only the R-relation does. “Reconciliationists,” such as Lewis, have tried to stop this revolution, arguing that both personal identity and the R-relation matter. The disagreement has been between those who hold that only the R-relation matters and those who hold that, in addition, personal identity matters. But there is a third option. I argue that Parfit is right that personal identity does not matter but (...)
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  13. Property counterparts and natural class trope nominalism.Douglas Ehring - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (3):443 – 463.
    'Natural class' trope nominalism makes a trope's being of a certain sort--its nature--a matter of its membership in a certain natural class of actual tropes. It has been objected that on this theory had even a single member of the class of red tropes not existed, for example, then the type 'being red' would not have been instantiated and nothing would have been red. I argue that natural class trope nominalism can avoid this implication by way of counterpart theory as (...)
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  14. Personal identity and time travel.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - Philosophical Studies 52 (3):427 - 433.
    Memory theories of personal identity are subject to the difficulty that distinct simultaneous person stages may both stand in the memory relation to an earlier person stage. Apparently, Such theories entail that these two duplicate person stages are stages of the same person, A claim argued to be "obviously false". In this paper, I argue that the characteristics of these duplication cases usually cited to support this claim do not provide adequate evidence to make it cogent.
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  15. Fission, Fusion and the Parfit Revolution.Douglas Ehring - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 94 (3):329-332.
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    Donald Cary Williams.Keith Campbell, James Franklin & Douglas Ehring - 2012 - In Ed Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. pp. 0.
    Stanford Encyclopedia article surveying the life and work of D.C. Williams, notably in defending realism in metaphysics in the mid-twentieth century and in justifying induction by the logic of statistical inference.
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  17. Papineau on causal asymmetry.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (1):81-87.
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    Johansson on Fission.Douglas Ehring - 2019 - Acta Analytica 34 (2):155-163.
    Johansson, in “Parfit on Fission,” rejects Parfit’s thesis that fission demonstrates that identity does not matter in survival based on the following assumption (call the person who fissions, “Mr. Fissiony” and the fission products, “Lefty” and “Righty”): It is determinately true that Mr. Fissiony is identical to Lefty or that he is identical to Righty, but it is indeterminate whether Mr. Fissiony is identical to Lefty and it is indeterminate whether Mr. Fissiony is identical to Righty. Johansson argues that there (...)
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  19. Personal identity and the r-relation: Reconciliation through cohabitation.Douglas Ehring - 1995 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (3):337-346.
  20. Simultaneous Causation and Causal Chains.Douglas Ehring - 1985 - Analysis 45 (2):98 - 102.
    A standard objection to the thesis that all causation is simultaneous causation is that this claim rules out temporally extended causal chains. Defenders of universal simultaneous causation have suggested two replies: deny the supposed incompatibility between simultaneous causation and causal chains or deny the existence of causal chains. In this paper, I argue that neither type of defense of universal causation against this objection is plausible.
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    Why Parfit Cannot Generalize From Fission.Douglas Ehring - 2018 - Analytic Philosophy 59 (3):413-425.
    One of Parfit’s arguments for the thesis that identity never matters involves generalizing from “divergence” cases in which identity arguably does not matter. The primary divergence case for Parfit is fission. According to Parfit’s assessment, it is not true that the fissioner gets what matters with respect to either fissionee by way of being identical to each fissionee but does so by way of the M-relation, psychological continuity with its normal cause, the persistence of enough of the brain. The same (...)
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    Does Parfit Establish Non-Reductionists Should Accept the Extreme Claim?Douglas Ehring - 2024 - Philosophia 52 (1):57-68.
    The Non-Reductionist holds that personal identity is a matter in whole or in part of “further facts,” facts over and above those about psychological and physical continuity and connectedness. If Non-Reductionism is true, then it is possible for there to be “nonsymmetrical fission cases” in which there is nonsymmetry with respect to further facts such that the fissioner is identical with one of the fission products but not the other, even though there is symmetry along each branch with respect to (...)
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    Non-Simultaneous Causation.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - Analysis 47 (1):28 - 32.
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    Non-simultaneous causation.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - Analysis 46 (4):28-32.
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    Preemption and Eells on token causation.Douglas Ehring - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 74 (1):39 - 50.
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    Probabilistic causality and preemption.Douglas Ehring - 1984 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (1):55-57.
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    The causal argument against natural class trope nominalism.Douglas Ehring - 2002 - Philosophical Studies 107 (2):179 - 190.
    In this paper, I consider an objection to ``natural class''trope nominalism, the view that a trope's nature isdetermined by its membership in a natural class of tropes.The objection is that natural class trope nominalismis inconsistent with causes' being efficacious invirtue of having tropes of a certain type. I arguethat if natural class trope nominalism is combinedwith property counterpart theory, then this objectioncan be rebutted.
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    The system-property theory of goal-directed processes.Douglas Ehring - 1984 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 14 (4):497-504.
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    Bunzl on causal overdetermination.Douglas Ehring - 1981 - Philosophical Studies 39 (2):209 - 210.
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    Causal asymmetry and causal relata: Reply to Lee.Douglas Ehring - 1988 - Synthese 76 (3):371 - 375.
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    On Mackie’s New Account of Causal Priority.Douglas Ehring - 1980 - Analysis 41 (2):82 - 83.
  32. Survival and trivial facts.Douglas E. Ehring - 1987 - Analysis 47 (January):50-54.
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    Why Parfit Can Rebut Johnstonʼs Reductio.Douglas Ehring - 2020 - Theoria 86 (5):583-594.
    Theoria, EarlyView. Henry Pollock, in “Parfit's Fission Dilemma: Why Relation R Doesn't Matter”, examines the options available to Parfit for defending his “argument from below” from Johnstonʼs reductio objection. Pollock argues that Parfitʼs proposed defence against Johnston fails. In this article, I argue that Pollockʼs objections to Parfitʼs defence can be resisted.
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  34. Compound Emphasis and Causal Relata.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - Analysis 47 (4):209 - 213.
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    Abstracting Away from Preemption.Douglas Ehring - 2009 - The Monist 92 (1):41-71.
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    Accidental Functions.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (2):291-.
    Various philosophical accounts of function attributions have taken the following form:fis a function of a structureXin a systemSif and only ifXdoesfinSandfcausally contributes toG. While sharing this form, these accounts disagree over how “G” is to be specified. Specifications of “G” range from the fairly determinate to the less determinate. Although much of the debate over functions has been concerned with the proper characterization of “G”, it has become apparent that theories which fit this schema are subject to now-standard counterexamples in (...)
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    Are Workers Forced to Work?Douglas Ehring - 1989 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (4):589 - 602.
    G. A. Cohen, in his ‘The Structure of Proletarian Unfreedom,’ addresses the classical Marxist claim that workers are forced to sell their labour power under capitalism. This claim has been the object of much debate and controversy. Cohen brings his very considerable analytical skills to bear on this question with the result that he supports, in distinctive but non-conflicting ways, both sides of the controversy. On Cohen’s analysis this claim is ambiguous, i.e., the term ‘proletariat’ has two importantly different senses. (...)
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    Causation and causal factuals.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - Erkenntnis 25 (1):77 - 84.
    Martin bunzl in "causal factuals" ("erkenntnis" 21, 1984) attempts to adapt and improve upon an approach to causation associated with the counterfactual theory of causation. Bunzl proposes to use possible world semantics to analyze causal sentences without reference to counterfactuals. In this paper I argue that bunzl's analysis is subject to problem cases which bear a close resemblance to those which plague counterfactual theory.
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    Causation and Universals.Douglas Ehring - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (4):884.
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  40. Closed Causal Loops, Single Causes, and Asymmetry.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - Analysis 46 (1):33 - 35.
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    Cohen, Exploitation, and Theft.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - Dialogue 26 (2):299-.
    G. A. Cohen in “More on Exploitation and the Labour Theory of Value” defends the thesis that the Marxist charge of exploitation against the capitalist cannot be supported by way of the labour theory of value. He suggests an alternative, non-labour-theoretic argument for this charge which depends on premises he takes to be more obvious than the labour theory of value. Cohen claims that his argument is the only way a Marxist couldjustify attributions of “exploitation” to the capitalist, if any (...)
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    Causal Processes and Causal Interactions.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:24 - 32.
    Wesley Salmon has developed a theory of causation which makes use of the concepts of a "causal process" and a "causal interaction." Roughly, a causal process is a process which transmits its own structure, and a causal interaction is an intersection of processes which transforms the character of these processes. The cause-effect relation is analyzed as a causal interaction followed by a causal process which terminates in a further causal interaction. In this paper I present a series of problem cases (...)
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    Causal Processes and Causal Interactions.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - PSA Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986 (1):24-32.
    Wesley Salmon in Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World offers a causal account of scientific explanation (Salmon 1984). In this context he develops an analysis of the concept of causality, an analysis which marks a break with various contemporary theories of causation including the Neo-Humean view, counterfactual theory, and manipulability theory. His analysis also goes well beyond the confines of probabilistic accounts such as that developed by Suppes. Salmon attempts to explicate the concept of causation by way (...)
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  44. Counterfactual theories, preemption, and persistence.Douglas Ehring - 2003 - In Phil Dowe & Paul Noordhof (eds.), Cause and Chance: Causation in an Indeterministic World. Routledge.
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    Enç On Functions.Douglas Ehring - 1985 - Philosophical Inquiry 7 (2):74-81.
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    Fission and anticipating having an experience.Douglas Ehring - 2020 - Synthese 198 (12):12223-12234.
    According to Parfit’s assessment of fission, the fissioner can have prudential concern for each of the post-fission people and that concern will be rational in virtue of some relation he bears to those post-fission people. Parfit suggests that it is plausible that the relation that grounds rational prudential concern is not identity, but some other relation. This argument can be challenged by reference to Velleman’s account of anticipating having an experience on the reasonable assumption that prudential concern with respect to (...)
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    Motion, causation, and the causal theory of identity.Douglas Ehring - 1991 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69 (2):180 – 194.
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    Mental identity.Douglas Ehring - 1984 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):189-194.
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    Mental Identity.Douglas Ehring - 2010 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):189-194.
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  50. Manipulability Theory and Event Types.Douglas Ehring - 1982 - Analysis 42 (3):149 - 151.
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