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  1. Catherine Z. Elgin.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1998 - In Alcoff Linda (ed.), Epistemology: The Big Questions. Blackwell. pp. 26.
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    Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1997 - Cornell University Press.
    In Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary, Catherine Z. Elgin maps a constructivist alternative to the standard Anglo-American conception of philosophy's ...
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    Interpretation and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World?Nelson Goodman & Catherine Z. Elgin - 1986 - Critical Inquiry 12 (3):564-575.
    Predictions concerning the end of the world have proven less reliable than your broker’s recommendations or your fondest hopes. Whether you await the end fearfully or eagerly, you may rest assured that it will never come—not because the world is everlasting but because it has already ended, if indeed it ever began. But we need not mourn, for the world is indeed well lost, and with it the stultifying stereotypes of absolutism: the absurd notions of science as the effort to (...)
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    Considered Judgement.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2000 - Mind 109 (434):334-337.
    Philosophy long sought to set knowledge on a firm foundation, through derivation of indubitable truths by infallible rules. For want of such truths and rules, the enterprise foundered. Nevertheless, foundationalism's heirs continue their forbears' quest, seeking security against epistemic misfortune, while their detractors typically espouse unbridled coherentism or facile relativism. Maintaining that neither stance is tenable, Catherine Elgin devises a via media between the absolute and the arbitrary, reconceiving the nature, goals, and methods of epistemology. In Considered Judgment, (...)
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  5. True Enough.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2004 - Philosophical Issues 14 (1):113–131.
    Truth is standardly considered a requirement on epistemic acceptability. But science and philosophy deploy models, idealizations and thought experiments that prescind from truth to achieve other cognitive ends. I argue that such felicitous falsehoods function as cognitively useful fictions. They are cognitively useful because they exemplify and afford epistemic access to features they share with the relevant facts. They are falsehoods in that they diverge from the facts. Nonetheless, they are true enough to serve their epistemic purposes. Theories that contain (...)
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    ``Is Understanding Factive?".Catherine Z. Elgin - 2009 - In Adrian Haddock, Alan Millar & Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Epistemic Value. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 322--30.
  7. With Reference to Reference.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1983 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    "Systematizes and develops in a comprehensive study Nelson Goodman's philosophy of language. The Goodman-Elgin point of view is important and sophisticated, and deals with a number of issues, such as metaphor, ignored by most other theories." --John R. Perry, Stanford University.
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  8. Persistent Disagreement.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2010 - In Richard Feldman & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Disagreement. Oxford University Press.
     
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  9. From Knowledge to Understanding.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2006 - In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Epistemology Futures. Oxford University Press. pp. 199--215.
     
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  10. Fiction as Thought Experiment.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2014 - Perspectives on Science 22 (2):221-241.
    Jonathan Bennett (1974) maintains that Huckleberry Finn’s deliberations about whether to return Jim to slavery afford insight into the tension between sympathy and moral judgment; Miranda Fricker (2007) argues that the trial scene in To Kill a Mockingbird affords insight into the nature of testimonial injustice. Neither claims merely that the works prompt an attentive reader to think something new or to change her mind. Rather, they consider the reader cognitively better off for her encounters with the novels. Nor is (...)
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  11. Understanding: Art and Science.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1993 - Synthese 95 (1):13-28.
    The arts and the sciences perform many of the same cognitive functions, both serving to advance understanding. This paper explores some of the ways exemplification operates in the two fields. Both scientific experiments and works of art highlight, underscore, display, or convey some of their own features. They thereby focus attention on them, and make them available for examination and projection. Thus, the Michelson-Morley experiment exemplifies the constancy of the speed of light. Jackson Pollock's "Number One" exemplifies the viscosity of (...)
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  12. Keeping Things in Perspective. [REVIEW]Catherine Z. Elgin - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 150 (3):439 - 447.
    Scientific realism holds that scientific representations are utterly objective. They describe the way the world is, independent of any point of view. In Scientific Representation, van Fraassen argues otherwise. If science is to afford an understanding of nature, it must be grounded in evidence. Since evidence is perspectivai, science cannot vindicate its claims using only utterly objective representations. For science to do its epistemic job, it must involve perspectivai representations. I explicate this argument and show its power.
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    Considered Judgment.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2000 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 60 (3):724-726.
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    Trustworthiness.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2008 - Philosophical Papers 37 (3):371-387.
    I argue that trustworthiness is an epistemic desideratum. It does not reduce to justified or reliable true belief, but figures in the reason why justified or reliable true beliefs are often valuable. Such beliefs can be precarious. If a belief's being justified requires that the evidence be just as we take it to be, then if we are off even by a little, the belief is unwarranted. Similarly for reliability. Although it satisfies the definition of knowledge, such a belief is (...)
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    Art in the Advancement of Understanding.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2002 - American Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1):1 - 12.
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    Construction and Cognition.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2009 - Theoria : An International Journal for Theory, History and Fundations of Science 24 (2):135-146.
    _The Structure of Appearance_ presents a phenomenalist system which constructs enduring visible objects out of qualia. Nevertheless Goodman does not espouse phenomenalism. Why not? In answering this question this paper explicates Goodman’s views about the nature and functions of constructional systems, the prospects of reductionism, and the character of epistemology.
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    D. M. Armstrong. A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Etc. 1989, Xiii + 156 Pp. - Brian Skyrms. Tractarian Nominalism. Therein, Pp. 145–152. , Pp. 199–206.). [REVIEW]Catherine Z. Elgin - 1991 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 56 (1):352-355.
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    Making Manifest: The Role of Exemplification in the Sciences and the Arts.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2011 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 15 (3):399-413.
    Exemplification is the relation of an example to whatever it is an example of. Goodman maintains that exemplification is a symptom of the aesthetic: although not a necessary condition, it is an indicator that symbol is functioning aesthetically. I argue that exemplification is as important in science as it is in art. It is the vehicle by which experiments make aspects of nature manifest. I suggest that the difference between exemplars in the arts and the sciences lies in the way (...)
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  19. The Epistemic Efficacy of Stupidity.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1988 - Synthese 74 (3):297 - 311.
    I show that it follows from both externalist and internalist theories that stupid people may be in a better position to know than smart ones. This untoward consequence results from taking our epistemic goal to be accepting as many truths as possible and rejecting as many falsehoods as possible, combined with a recognition that the standard for acceptability cannot be set too high, else scepticism will prevail. After showing how causal, reliabilist, and coherentist theories devalue intelligence, I suggest that knowledge, (...)
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  20. Take It From Me: The Epistemological Status of Testimony.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):291-308.
    Testimony consists in imparting information without supplying evidence or argument to back one's claims. To what extent does testimony convey epistemic warrant? C. J. A. Coady argues, on Davidsonian grounds, that (1) most testimony is true, hence (2) most testimony supplies warrant sufficient for knowledge. I appeal to Grice's maxims to undermine Coady's argument and to show that the matter is more complicated and context-sensitive than is standardly recognized. Informative exchanges take place within networks of shared, tacit assumptions that affect (...)
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  21. Epistemology's Ends, Pedagogy's Prospects'.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1999 - Facta Philosophica 1:39-54.
     
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  22. Unnatural Science.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1995 - Journal of Philosophy 92 (6):289-302.
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    With Reference to Reference.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1984 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 42 (4):448-451.
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  24. "The Legacy of" Two Dogmas".Catherine Z. Elgin - 2011 - American Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):267.
    W. V. Quine is famous, or perhaps infamous, for his repudiation of the analytic/synthetic distinction and kindred dualisms—the necessary/contingent dichotomy and the a priori/a posteriori dichotomy. As these dualisms have come back into vogue in recent years, it might seem that the denial of the dualisms is no part of Quine's enduring legacy. Such a conclusion is unwarranted—not only because the dualisms are deeply problematic, but because "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" haunts even those who want to retain them. "Two Dogmas" (...)
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    Unnatural Science.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1995 - Journal of Philosophy 92 (6):289.
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  26. With Reference to Reference.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1983 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 42 (2):336-340.
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  27. The Legacy of Nelson Goodman.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2001 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (3):679-690.
    Nelson Goodman was one of the soaring figures of twentieth century philosophy. His work radically reshaped the subject, forcing fundamental reconceptions of philosophy’s problems, ends, and means. Goodman not only contributed to diverse fields, from philosophy of language to aesthetics, from philosophy of science to mereology, his works cut across these and other fields, revealing shared features and connecting links that narrowly focused philosophers overlook. That the author of The Structure of Appearance also wrote Languages of Art is not in (...)
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    Education and the Advancement of Understanding.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 3:131-140.
    Understanding, as I construe it, is holistic. It is a matter of how commitments mesh to form a mutually supportive, independently supported system of thought. It is advanced by bootstrapping. We start with what we think we know and build from there. This makes education continuous with what goes on at the cutting edge of inquiry. Methods, standards, categories and stances are as important as facts. So something like E. D. Hirsch’s list of facts every fourth grader should know is (...)
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    Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences.Nelson Goodman & Catherine Z. Elgin - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (3):710-713.
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    Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences.Nelson Goodman & Catherine Z. Elgin - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (12):711-716.
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  31. 13 Skepticism Aside.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2010 - In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & Harry S. Silverstein (eds.), Knowledge and Skepticism. MIT Press. pp. 309.
     
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    Williams on Truthfulness.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (219):343-352.
    Truth and Truthfulness: an Essay in Genealogy. By Bernard Williams.
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    Take If From Me: The Epistemological Status of Testimony.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):291-308.
    Testimony consists in imparting information without supplying evidence or argument to back one's claims. To what extent does testimony convey epistemic warrant? C. J. A. Coady argues, on Davidsonian grounds, that most testimony is true, hence most testimony supplies warrant sufficient for knowledge. I appeal to Grice's maxims to undermine Coady's argument and to show that the matter is more complicated and context‐sensitive than is standardly rocognized. Informative exchanges take place within networks of shared, tacit assumptions that affect the scope (...)
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    Worldmaker: Nelson Goodman.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2000 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 31 (1):1-18.
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    Understanding: Art and Science.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1991 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 16 (1):196-208.
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    Begging to Differ.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):77-82.
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    Creation as Reconfiguration: Art in the Advancement of Science.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2002 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (1):13 – 25.
    Cognitive advancement is not always a matter of acquiring new information. It often consists in reconfiguration--in reorganizing a domain so that hitherto overlooked or underemphasized features, patterns, opportunities, and resources come to light. Several modes of reconfiguration prominent in the arts--metaphor, fiction, exemplification, and perspective--play important roles in science as well. They do not perform the same roles as literal, descriptive, perspectiveless scientific truths. But to understand how science advances understanding, we need to appreciate the ineliminable cognitive contributions of non-literal, (...)
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    Richard Foley’s Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (3):724-734.
    Descartes’ demon is a crafty little devil. Despite centuries of effort by exceedingly clever thinkers, he continues to elude our clutches. Skepticism endures. The reason, Richard Foley thinks, is not hard to discover. It is simply impossible to break through the Cartesian circle. Our only means of vindicating a claim to knowledge or rational belief is to show that it is produced or sustained by our best epistemic methods, that it satisfies the best standards we can devise for rational belief. (...)
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    Begging to Differ.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59:77-82.
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    The Epistemic Normativity of Knowing-How.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2018 - In Astrid Wagner & Ulrich Dirks (eds.), Abel Im Dialog: Perspektiven der Zeichen- Und Interpretationsphilosophie. De Gruyter. pp. 483-498.
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    Interpretation and Understanding.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2000 - Erkenntnis 52 (2):175-183.
    To understand a term or other symbol, I argue that it is generally neither necessary nor sufficient to assign it a unique determinate reference. Independent of and prior to investigation, it is frequently indeterminate not only whether a sentence is true, but also what its truth conditions are. Nelson Goodman's discussions of likeness of meaning are deployed to explain how this can be so.
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    Paul M. Churchland.Translucent Belief & Catherine Z. Elgin - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (1).
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    Scheffler's Symbols.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1993 - Synthese 94 (1):3 - 12.
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  44. Reorienting Aesthetics, Reconceiving Cognition.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2000 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (3):219-225.
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    Critical Notice.David Miller, Catherine Z. Elgin, Jonathan E. Adler & Douglas N. Walton - 1980 - Synthese 43 (3):125 – 140.
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    Review: Williams on Truthfulness. [REVIEW]Catherine Z. Elgin - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (219):343 - 352.
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    Translucent Belief.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):74-91.
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    What Goodman Leaves Out.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1991 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 25 (1):89-95.
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    Mainsprings of Metaphor.Catherine Z. Elgin & Israel Scheffler - 1987 - Journal of Philosophy 84 (6):331-335.
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    Take It From Me: The Epistemological Status of Testimony.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (2):291-308.
    Testimony consists in imparting information without supplying evidence or argument to back one’s claims. To what extent does testimony convey epistemic warrant? C. J. A. Coady argues, on Davidsonian grounds, that (1) most testimony is true, hence (2) most testimony supplies warrant sufficient for knowledge. I appeal to Grice’s maxims to undermine Coady’s argument and to show that the matter is more complicated and context-sensitive than is standardly recognized. Informative exchanges take place within networks of shared, tacit assumptions that affect (...)
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