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    The Anatomy of Historical Knowledge.Fred Wilson - 1977 - Philosophical Review 88 (4):663-668.
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    Hume’s Defence of Causal Inference.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Dialogue 22 (4):661-694.
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    Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill.Fred Wilson - 1990
    John Stuart Mill underwent a mental crisis in the 1820s. He emerged from it, argues Fred Wilson, with a new understanding of the notion of introspective analysis more dequare as an empirical method than the sort of analysis that had been used by earlier utilitarian thinkiers such as Bentham and James Mill. Wilson's study places Mill's innovations in the context of earlier work in ethics and perception and of subsequent developments in the history of psychology. He shows the significance of (...)
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  4. The External World and Our Knowledge of It: Hume's Critical Realism, an Exposition and a Defence.Fred Wilson (ed.) - 2008 - University of Toronto Press.
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    John Stuart Mill.Fred Wilson - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Marras on Sellars on Thought and Language.Fred Wilson - 1975 - Philosophical Studies 28 (August):91-102.
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    Acquaintance, Ontology, and Knowledge.Fred Wilson - 1970 - New Scholasticism 44 (1):1-48.
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    Hume's Sceptical Argument Against Reason.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Hume Studies 9 (2):90-129.
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    Carnap and Goodman: Two Formalists.Alan Hausman & Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (3):327-330.
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    Hume and the Role of Testimony in Knowledge.Fred Wilson - 2010 - Episteme 7 (1):58-78.
    It has been argued that Hume's account of testimony is seriously inadequate: an autonomous knower of the sort Hume defends cannot, through simple inductive methods, justify accepting another's testimony as true. This conclusion is no doubt correct. But Hume does not defend the idea of an autonomous knower, nor does he defend relying upon simple inductive methods. An examination of Hume's critique of Descartes’ method of doubt shows him as a defender of what might be called the responsible knower, and (...)
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    Dispositions: Defined or Reduced?Fred Wilson - 1969 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47 (2):184 – 204.
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    The Logic of Probabilities in Hume's Argument Against Miracles.Fred Wilson - 1989 - Hume Studies 15 (2):255-275.
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    The Concept of Physical Law.Fred Wilson - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):130-132.
  14. Definition and Discovery (I).Fred Wilson - 1967 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 18 (4):43-56.
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    Is Hume a Sceptic with Regard to the Senses?Fred Wilson - 1989 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (1):49-73.
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    Kuhn and Goodman: Revolutionary Vs. Conservative Science. [REVIEW]Fred Wilson - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 44 (3):369 - 380.
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    Empiricism and the Epistemology of Instruments.Fred Wilson - 1995 - The Monist 78 (2):207-229.
    There are scientific theories that can be tested only through the use of instruments. Thus, we use, for example, instruments such as microscopes, telescopes, Wilson cloud chambers, and so on, to test theories. This use of instruments in science has been pointed out often by philosophers of science, who then correctly draw the conclusion that what is tested is not so much a single theory T but rather a conjunction.
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    Mill's Proof That Happiness is the Criterion of Morality.Fred Wilson - 1982 - Journal of Business Ethics 1 (1):59 - 72.
    This paper considers the converse of the principle that ought implies can, namely, the principle that must implies ought. It argues that this principle is the central premiss for Mill's argument that happiness is desirable (worthy of desire), and it examines the sense of must that is relevant and the implications it has for Mill's moral philosophy.
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  19. Laws and Other Worlds. A Humean Account of Laws and Counterfactuals.Fred Wilson - 1989 - Studia Logica 48 (2):261-262.
  20. Mill on Psychology and the Moral Sciences.Fred Wilson - 1998 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge University Press. pp. 203--54.
     
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    Empiricism and Darwin’s Science.Fred Wilson - 1991 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    I would like to record my thanks to Paul Thompson for useful conver sations over the years, and also to several generations of students who have helped me develop my ideas on biological theory and on Darwin. My wife has, as usual, been more than helpful; in particular she typed a good portion of the manuscript while I was on leave a few years ago, more now than I like to remember. My parents were both looking forward to holding a (...)
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    Weinberg's Refutation of Nominalism.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Dialogue 8 (3):460-474.
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    Hume on the Abstract Idea of Existence: Comments on Cummins' "Hume on the Idea of Existence".Fred Wilson - 1991 - Hume Studies 17 (2):167-201.
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    Explanation, Causation and Deduction.Fred Wilson - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):311-313.
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    Explanation in Aristotle, Newton, and Toulmin: Part I.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (3):291-310.
    The claim that scientific explanation is deductive has been attacked on both systematic and historical grounds. This paper briefly defends the claim against the systematic attack. Essential to this defence is a distinction between perfect and imperfect explanation. This distinction is then used to illuminate the differences and similarities between Aristotelian (anthropomorphic) explanations of certain facts and those of classical mechanics. In particular, it is argued that when one attempts to fit classical mechanics into the Aristotelian framework the latter becomes (...)
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    The Role of a Principle of Acquaintance in Ontology.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Modern Schoolman 47 (1):37-56.
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    Is Hume a Sceptic with Regard to Reason?Fred Wilson - 1984 - Philosophy Research Archives 10:275-319.
    This paper argues that, contrary to most interpretations, e.g., those of Reid, Popkin and Passmore, Hume is not a sceptic with regard to reason. The argument of Treatise I, IV. i, of course, has a sceptical conclusion with regard to reason, and a somewhat similar point is made by Cleanthes in the Dialogues. This paper argues that the argument of Treatise I, IV. i is parallel to similar arguments in Bentham and Laplace. The latter are, as far as they go, (...)
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    The Origins of Hume's Sceptical Argument Against Reason.Fred Wilson - 1985 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (3):323 - 335.
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    Hume's Defence of Science.Fred Wilson - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (4):611.
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    I. Addis on Analysing Disposition Concepts.Fred Wilson - 1985 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 28 (1-4):247-260.
    Addis (1981) has criticized a proposal of ours (Wilson [1969b]) for analysing disposition predications in terns of the horseshoe of material implication, and has proposed a related but significantly different analysis. This paper restates the original proposal, and defends it against Addis's criticisms. It is further argued that his proposal will not do as a general account of disposition predications; that, however, if it is suitably qualified, then it does account for certain special sorts of disposition predication; but that so (...)
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    Galileo's Lunar Observations: Do They Imply the Rejection of Traditional Lunar Theory?Fred Wilson - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (3):557-570.
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    Explanation, Causation and Deduction.Fred Wilson - 1985 - Dordrecht, Boston, Lancaster: Reidel.
    The purpose of this essay is to defend the deductive-nomological model of explanation against a number of criticisms that have been made of it. It has traditionally been thought that scientific explanations were causal and that scientific explanations involved deduction from laws. In recent years, however, this three-fold identity has been challenged: there are, it is argued, causal explanations that are not scientific, scientific explanations that are not deductive, deductions from laws that are neither causal explanations nor scientific explanations, and (...)
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    On Hume’s Theory of Consciousness.Fred Wilson - 1995 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (1):271-276.
    Waxman has reversed the historical process and gone from Kant to Hume. In his previous book on Kant, Kant's Model of the Mind, it was pointed out that Hume's philosophy seemed to come to grief with the failure to account for the identity of the self, and this in turn was a consequence of Hume's inability to account for how the imagination is able to yield a consciousness of succession. There seemed no way to obtain either the unity, spatial and (...)
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    Effability, Ontology, and Method.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:419-469.
    Bergmann has proposed an ontology that contains an entity many find strange: particularity. And in fact, Bergmann, too, seems to find it strange. He proposes a phenomenological method in ontology, and holds, as he therefore should, that particularity is presented. Nonetheless, he also holds that it is ineffable, that its presence in a particular is an unsayable state of affairs, and that it is something which is not a thing and yet is also not nothing. Bergmann’s position has been long (...)
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  35. On the Hausmans' 'A New Approach'.Fred Wilson - 1995 - In Robert G. Muehlmann (ed.), Berkeley's Metaphysics: Structural, Interpretive, and Critical Essays. The Pennsylvania State University Press.
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    Is Operationism Unjust to Temperature?Fred Wilson - 1968 - Synthese 18 (4):394 - 422.
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    Mill's 'Proof' of Utility and the Composition of Causes.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Journal of Business Ethics 2 (2):135 - 155.
    John Stuart Mill proposed that all policy precepts, be they in the areas of morality or prudence or aesthetics, are all subordinate to the precepts of the Art of Life. The value which he assumes in defining the Art of Life is the Principle of Utility. This principle, being normative rather than fact, can admit of no proof based solely on deductive inference. Yet Mill proposed considerations that he believed capable of rationally persuading one to accept his principle as the (...)
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    Implicit Definition Once Again.Fred Wilson - 1965 - Journal of Philosophy 62 (14):364-374.
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    Is There a Prussian Hume?: Or How Far Is It From Könisberg to Edinburgh.Fred Wilson - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):1-18.
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    Challengeability in Modern Science. J. O. Wisdom. [REVIEW]Fred Wilson - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (1):169-170.
    Machiavelli studied the past and wrote history, yet he also complained of the "malice of time" and denounced the infamy of those who proposed to accelerate change by sub- verting religions or republics. Philosophers of science have no such ambivalence about the history of science: the latter is a record of change-growth-but what moves and accel- erates that change is not so much infamous as praiseworthy. J. 0. Wisdom's new book is another attempt to locate the feature of science that (...)
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    Critical Notice. [REVIEW]Fred Wilson - 1978 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):587-597.
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    Bradley’s Critique of Associationism.Fred Wilson - 1998 - Bradley Studies 4 (1):5-60.
    F. H. Bradley, while not alone in securing idealism its standing in British thought for several generations of philosophers, was by far the ablest exponent of the position. He was by far the ablest critic, too, of the “school of experience,” the empiricist philosophers. In particular, he criticized the doctrines of the associationist psychology of Hume, Hartley, and the Mills. This criticism was metaphysically based, arguing that the psychology was inadequate because of its “atomism,” that is, because it presupposed an (...)
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  43. Methods and Systematic Reflections, Postmodern Reflections on Death.George Kovacs, Judith A. Boss & Fred Wilson - 2002 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 25 (3):203-213.
     
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    Barker on Geometry as a Priori.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophical Studies 20 (4):49 - 53.
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    Was Hume a Subjectivist?Fred Wilson - 1988 - Philosophy Research Archives 14:247-282.
    In a crucial passage in the Treatise, Hume argues that all our sense impressions are dependent for their existence upon the state of our sense organs. Hume points out that this is not the same as an ontological dependence upon minds; and moreover the argument is clearly causal. Hume uses it to establish the system of the philosophers as opposed to the system of the vulgar. This paper argues that Hume’s case parallels that which, in this century, the critical realists (...)
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    The Significance for Psychology of Bradley’s Humean View of the Self.Fred Wilson - 1999 - Bradley Studies 5 (1):5-44.
    James Mark Baldwin was one of the leaders in the new experimental psychology that developed at the end of the 19th century. In a discussion of F. H. Bradley’s view of the self, he makes an apparently odd remark. Baldwin describes Bradley’s account of the active self, the self of volition and desire. In particular, he refers to Bradley’s account of the feeling of self activity. On the latter, certain contents defining the ‘I’ remain constant, while there is change in (...)
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  47. Introduction.Fred Wilson - 2008 - In The External World and Our Knowledge of It: Hume's Critical Realism, an Exposition and a Defence. University of Toronto Press. pp. 1-20.
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    Exemplification, Then and Now.Fred Wilson - 2013 - Axiomathes 23 (2):269-289.
    Exemplification can be found in ontologies from the ancient world, such as those of Plato and Aristotle, and more recent ontologies, in particular those that take what exists to be determined by the empiricist’s Principle of Acquaintance. This study examines some of the ways in which exemplification takes different forms in these different ontologies. Exemplification has also been criticized as an ontological category. This paper examines a number of these criticisms, to see the extent to which they are viable.
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    Metaphysical Analysis. J. W. Yolton. [REVIEW]Fred Wilson - 1970 - Philosophy of Science 37 (3):455-458.
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    Is There a Prussian Hume?: Or How Far Is It From Könisberg to Edinburgh.Fred Wilson - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):1-18.
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