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  1. Causal Descriptivism.Frederick W. Kroon - 1987 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 65 (1):1 – 17.
  2. Descriptivism, Pretense, and the Frege-Russell Problems.Frederick Kroon - 2004 - Philosophical Review 113 (1):1-30.
    Contrary to frequent declarations that descriptivism as a theory of how names refer is dead and gone, such a descriptivism is, to all appearances, alive and well. Or rather, a descendent of that doctrine is alive and well. This new version—neo-descriptivism, for short—is supposedly immune from the usual arguments against descriptivism, in large part because it avoids classical descriptivism’s emphasis on salient, first-come-to-mind properties and holds instead that a name’s reference-fixing content is typically given by egocentric properties specified in terms (...)
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    Theoretical Terms and the Causal View of Reference.Frederick W. Kroon - 1985 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63 (2):143 – 166.
  4. Fictionalism in Metaphysics.Frederick Kroon - 2011 - Philosophy Compass 6 (11):786-803.
    This is a survey of contemporary work on ‘fictionalism in metaphysics’, a term that is taken to signify both the place of fictionalism as a distinctive anti‐realist metaphysics in which usefulness rather than truth is the norm of acceptance, and the fact that philosophers have given fictionalist treatments of a range of specifically metaphysical notions.
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    Is the Brain a Quantum Computer?Abninder Litt, Chris Eliasmith, Frederick W. Kroon, Steven Weinstein & Paul Thagard - 2006 - Cognitive Science 30 (3):593-603.
    We argue that computation via quantum mechanical processes is irrelevant to explaining how brains produce thought, contrary to the ongoing speculations of many theorists. First, quantum effects do not have the temporal properties required for neural information processing. Second, there are substantial physical obstacles to any organic instantiation of quantum computation. Third, there is no psychological evidence that such mental phenomena as consciousness and mathematical thinking require explanation via quantum theory. We conclude that understanding brain function is unlikely to require (...)
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    Non-Directed Postmortem Sperm Donation: Some Questions.Frederick Kroon & Ben Kroon - 2021 - Journal of Medical Ethics 47 (4):261-262.
    In their recent ‘The ethical case for non-directed postmortem sperm donation’, Hodson and Parker outline and defend the concept of voluntary non-directed postmortem sperm donation, the idea that men should be able to register their desire to donate their sperm after death for use by strangers since this would offer a potential means of increasing the quantity and heterogeneity of donor sperm. In this response, we raise some concerns about their proposal, focusing in particular on the fact that current methodologies (...)
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  7. Make-Believe and Fictional Reference.Frederick Kroon - 1994 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 52 (2):207-214.
  8. Existence in the Theory of Definite Descriptions.Frederick Kroon - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy 106 (7):365-389.
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    Rationality and Epistemic Paradox.Frederick Kroon - 1993 - Synthese 94 (3):377 - 408.
    This paper provides a new solution to the epistemic paradox of belief-instability, a problem of rational choice which has recently received considerable attention (versions of the problem have been discussed by — among others — Tyler Burge, Earl Conee, and Roy Sorensen). The problem involves an ideally rational agent who has good reason to believe the truth of something of the form:[Ap] p if and only if it is not the case that I accept or believe p.
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  10. Was Meinong Only Pretending?Frederick W. Kroon - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (3):499-527.
    In this paper I argue against the usual interpretation of\nMeinong's argument for nonexistent objects, an\ninterpretation according to which Meinong imported\nnonexistent objects like "the golden mountain" to account\ndirectly for the truth of statements like the golden\nmountain is golden'. I claim instead (using evidence from\nMeinong's "On Assumptions") that his argument really\ninvolves an ineliminable appeal to the notion of pretense.\nThis appeal nearly convinced Meinong at one stage that he\ncould do without nonexistent objects. The reason, I argue,\nwhy he nonetheless embraced an ontology of nonexistents (...)
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  11. Realism and Dialetheism.Frederick Kroon - 2004 - In Graham Priest, J. C. Beall & Bradley Armour-Garb (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction. Clarendon Press.
     
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  12. Belief About Nothing in Particular.Frederick Kroon - 2005 - In Mark Eli Kalderon (ed.), Fictionalism in Metaphysics. Clarendon Press. pp. 178.
     
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    Quantified Negative Existentials.Frederick Kroon - 2003 - Dialectica 57 (2):149–164.
    This paper suggests that quantified negative existentials about fiction—statements of the form “There are some / many / etc. Fs in work W who don't exist”—offer a serious challenge to the theorist of fiction: more serious, in a number of ways, that singular negative existentials. I argue that the temptation to think that only a realist semantics of such statements is plausible should be resisted. There are numerous quantified negative existentials found in other areas that seem equally “true” but where (...)
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    A Problem About Make-Believe.Frederick William Kroon - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 75 (3):201 - 229.
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    Characterizing Non-Existents.Frederick Kroon - 1996 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 51 (1):163-193.
    Consider predicates like 'is a fictional character' and 'is a mythical object'. Since their ascription entails a corresponding Negative Existential claim, call these 'NE-characterizing predicates'. Objectualists such as Parsons, Sylvan, van Inwagen, and Zalta think that NE-characterizing properties are genuine properties of genuinely non-existent objects. But how, then, to make room for statements like 'Vulcan is a failed posit' and 'that little green man is a trick of the light'? The predicates involved seem equally NE-characterizing yet on the surface fail (...)
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    Phenomenal Intentionality and the Role of Intentional Objects.Frederick Kroon - 2013 - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Phenomenal Intentionality. Oup Usa. pp. 137.
  17. Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts.Frederick Kroon - 2004 - Mind 113 (451):559-562.
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  18. Millian Descriptivism.Frederick Kroon - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):553 – 576.
    Mill is a detractor of the view that proper names have meanings, defending in its place the view that names are nothing more than (meaningless) marks. Because of this, Mill is often regarded as someone who anticipated the theory of direct reference for names: the view that the only contribution a name makes to propositions expressed through its use is the name's referent. In this paper I argue that the association is unfair. With some gentle interpretation, Mill can be portrayed (...)
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  19. A-Intensions and Communication.Frederick Kroon - 2004 - Philosophical Studies 118 (1-2):279-298.
    In his 'Why We Need A-Intensions', Frank Jackson argues that "representational content [is] how things are represented to be by a sentence in the communicative role it possesses in virtue of what it means," a type of content Jackson takes to be broadly descriptive. I think Jackson overstates his case. Even if we agree that such representational properties play a crucial reference-fixing role, it is much harder to argue the case for a crucial communicative role. I articulate my doubts about (...)
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  20. Circles and Fixed Points in Description Theories of Reference.Frederick Kroon - 1989 - Noûs 23 (3):373 - 382.
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    Much Ado About Nothing: Priest and the Reinvention of Noneism. [REVIEW]Frederick Kroon - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (1):199–207.
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    The Semantics of 'Things in Themselves': A Deflationary Account.Frederick Kroon - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (203):165-181.
    Kant's distinction between things in themselves and things as they appear, or appearances, is commonly attacked on the ground that it delivers a radical and incoherent ‘two world’ picture of what there is. I attempt to deflect this attack by questioning these terms of dismissal. Distinctions of the kind Kant draws on are in fact legion, and they make perfectly good sense. The way to make sense of them, however, is not by buying into a profligate ontology but by using (...)
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    What to Say When There Is Nothing to Talk About.Mircea Dumitru & Frederick Kroon - 2008 - Critica 40 (120):97-109.
    In Reference without Referents, Mark Sainsbury aims to provide an account of reference that honours the common-sense view that sentences containing empty names like "Vulcan" and "Santa Claus" are entirely intelligible, and that many such sentences -"Vulcan doesn't exist", "Many children believe that Santa Claus will give them presents at Christmas", etc.- are literally true. Sainsbury's account endorses the Davidsonian program in the theory of meaning, and combines this with a commitment to Negative Free Logic, which holds that all simple (...)
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    Much Ado About Nothing: Priest and the Reinvention of Noneism.Frederick Kroon - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (1):199-207.
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    The Problem of 'Jonah': How Not to Argue for the Causal Theory of Reference.Frederick W. Kroon - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (2):281 - 299.
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    A Utilitarian Paradox.Frederick Kroon - 1980 - Analysis 41 (2):107 - 112.
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    Denotation and Description in Free Logic.Frederick W. Kroon - 1991 - Theoria 57 (1-2):17-41.
  28. Theory-Dependence, Warranted Reference, and the Epistemic Dimensions of Realism.Frederick Kroon - 2011 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (2):173-191.
    The question of the role of theory in the determination of reference of theoretical terms continues to be a controversial one. In the present paper I assess a number of responses to this question (including variations on David Lewis’s appeal to Ramsification), before describing an alternative, epistemically oriented account of the reference-determination of such terms. The paper concludes by discussing some implications of the account for our understanding of both realism and such competitors of realism as constructive empiricism.
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    Deterrence and the Fragility of Rationality.Frederick Kroon - 1996 - Ethics 106 (2):350-377.
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    On a Moorean Solution to Instability Puzzles.Frederick W. Kroon - 1990 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (4):455 – 461.
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    Fear and Integrity.Frederick Kroon - 2008 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (1):31-49.
    I'll begin this paper with an autobiographical example — an instance of a common enough kind of case involving agents who are faced with making a choice they strongly care about, but who have tendencies that incline them towards choosing an option they prefer not to choose. Later in the paper, I apply some of the general lessons learned from this case to a philosophically more familiar example of a hard-to-make choice, and to the well-known problem the example generates for (...)
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    Beyond Belief? A Critical Study of Graham Priest's Beyond the Limits of Thought'.Frederick Kroon - 2001 - Theoria 67 (2):140-53.
  33. Chambers on Putnam's Paradox.Frederick Kroon - 2001 - Mind 110 (439):703-708.
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    Plantinga on God, Freedom, and Evil.Frederick W. Kroon - 1981 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2):75 - 96.
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    Against Ontological Reduction.Frederick W. Kroon - 1992 - Erkenntnis 36 (1):53 - 81.
  36. Truthmaking and Fiction.Frederick W. Kroon - 2000 - Logique Et Analyse 43 (169-170):195-210.
     
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    A Motivated Realism.Frederick William Kroon - 1994 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 32 (2):197-207.
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    Forms, Qualities, Resemblance, Max Deutscher.Frederick W. Kroon - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (3):499-527.
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    Vulnerabilities of Morality.Scott Woodcock, Frederick Kroon, Thomas Bittner & Peter Pagin - 2008 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (1):pp. 141-159.
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  40. Philosophical Fictionalism.Bradley Armour-Garb & Frederick Kroon (eds.) - 2019 - Oxford University Press.
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    The Problem of (Fully) Empty Predicates.Bradley Armour-Garb & Frederick Kroon - 2017 - Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (2):163-167.
    ABSTRACTIn our paper, we mount a novel argument, which trades on recent work by Roy Sorensen [2016], following work by Saul Kripke, against Yablo's preferred reading of if-thenism, which is an attempt to read problematically ontologically committing sentences in a way that does not carry such ontological commitments. Although our argument is directed at Yablo's proposed reading of if-thenism, if the argument is successful, other versions of if-thenism may be affected. After reviewing Sorensen's recent work and presenting our argument, we (...)
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    A Realistic Theory of Categories: An Essay on Ontology Roderick M. Chisholm New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996, Ix + 146 Pp., $49.95, $14.95 Paper. [REVIEW]Frederick Kroon - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (2):417-.
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  43. A Realistic Theory of Categories: An Essay on Ontology. [REVIEW]Frederick Kroon - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (2):417-419.
    Roderick Chisholm’s Essay looks beguilingly simple. It is a short work, written in a simple, unaffected style. There is, of course, the usual crop of technical definitions, but these should not daunt the reader. Chisholm makes it easy enough, for the most part, to see what motivates his formulations, and he makes it easy for his readers to see how his concerns and solutions compare with those of some other important philosophers.
     
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    Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity. [REVIEW]Frederick Kroon & Jonathan McKeown-Green - 2005 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (3):423 – 430.
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    God's Blindspot.Frederick Kroon - 1996 - Dialogue 35 (4):721-734.
    God, by definition, is all-powerful, all-good, all-wise, and all-knowing. Therein lies a problem for the theist, of course, for every one of these attributes has been the subject of fierce debate. In this paper I want to return to the debate by introducing a new problem for the idea that anyone could have the kind of perfect knowledge God is supposed to have. What distinguishes my problem from others is that the sort of knowledge it focuses on is self-knowledge, hence (...)
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    Gottlob Frege. [REVIEW]Frederick W. Kroon - 1982 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 29:287-290.
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  47. Intending and Imagining.Frederick Kroon - 2006 - In Henrik Lagerlund, Sten Lindström & Rysiek Sliwinski (eds.), Modality Matters: Twenty-Five Essays in Honour of Krister Segerberg. Uppsala Philosophical Studies 53. pp. 53--247.
     
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    Imaginative Motivation.Frederick Kroon - 2009 - Utilitas 21 (2):181-196.
    This article argues for a certain picture of the rational formation of conditional intentions, in particular deterrent intentions, that stands in sharp contrast to accounts on which rational agents are often not able to form such intentions because of what these enjoin should their conditions be realized. By considering the case of worthwhile but hard-to-form deterrent intentions (the threat to leave a cheating partner, say), the article argues that rational agents may be able to form such intentions by first simulating (...)
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    Intentional Objects, Pretence, and the Quasi-Relational Nature of Mental Phenomena: A New Look at Brentano on Intentionality.Frederick Kroon - 2013 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21 (3):377-393.
    Brentano famously changed his mind about intentionality between the 1874 and 1911 editions of Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (PES). The 1911 edition repudiates the 1874 view that to think about something is to stand in a relation to something that is within in the mind, and holds instead that intentionality is only like a relation (it is ‘quasi-relational’). Despite this, Brentano still insists that mental activity involves ‘the reference to something as an object’, much as he did in the (...)
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    Kant and Kripke on the Identifiability of Modal and Epistemic Notions.Frederick W. Kroon - 1981 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 19 (1):49-60.
    It is sometimes claimed that kripke's work in "naming and necessity" has demonstrated that kant was "right" in his acceptance of the synthetic "a priori", Even though perhaps "wrong" in his choice of examples. This article disputes such a claim by showing that, In accepting the identification of the empirically necessary and the "a priori", Kant's position is incompatible with an acceptance of the kripkean synthetic "a priori" (as well as the kripkean necessary "a posteriori").
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