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  1. Contrast, Inference and Scientific Realism.Mark Day & George Botterill - 2008 - Synthese 160 (2):249-267.
    The thesis of underdetermination presents a major obstacle to the epistemological claims of scientific realism. That thesis is regularly assumed in the philosophy of science, but is puzzlingly at odds with the actual history of science, in which empirically adequate theories are thin on the ground. We propose to advance a case for scientific realism which concentrates on the process of scientific reasoning rather than its theoretical products. Developing an account of causal–explanatory inference will make it easier to resist the (...)
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    Philosophy of Psychology.Peter Carruthers & George Botterill - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this chapter we review, and contribute to, the intense debate which has raged concerning the appropriate notion of content for psychology (both folk and scientific). Our position is that the case for wide content (that is, content individuated in ...
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  3. Two Kinds of Causal Explanation.George Botterill - 2010 - Theoria 76 (4):287-313.
    To give a causal explanation is to give information about causal history. But a vast amount of causal history lies behind anything that happens, far too much to be included in any intelligible explanation. This is the Problem of Limitation for explanatory information. To cope with this problem, explanations must select for what is relevant to and adequate for answering particular inquiries. In the present paper this idea is used in order to distinguish two kinds of causal explanation, on the (...)
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  4. Hume on Liberty and Necessity.George Botterill - 2002 - In Peter Millican (ed.), Reading Hume on Human Understanding: Essays on the First Enquiry. Clarendon Press.
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    Contrastive Explanation and the Many Absences Problem.Jane Suilin Lavelle, George Botterill & Suzanne Lock - 2013 - Synthese 190 (16):3495-3510.
    We often explain by citing an absence or an omission. Apart from the problem of assigning a causal role to such apparently negative factors as absences and omissions, there is a puzzle as to why only some absences and omissions, out of indefinitely many, should figure in explanations. In this paper we solve this ’many absences problem’ by using the contrastive model of explanation. The contrastive model of explanation is developed by adapting Peter Lipton’s account. What initially appears to be (...)
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  6. God and First Person in Berkeley.George Botterill - 2007 - Philosophy 82 (1):87-114.
    Berkeley claims idealism provides a novel argument for the existence of God. But familiar interpretations of his argument fail to support the conclusion that there is a single omnipotent spirit. A satisfying reconstruction should explain the way Berkeley moves between first person singular and plural, as well as providing a powerful argument, once idealism is accepted. The new interpretation offered here represents the argument as an inference to the best explanation of a shared reality. Consequently, his use of the first (...)
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    Folk Psychology and Theoretical Status.George Botterill - 1996 - In Peter Carruthers & Peter K. Smith (eds.), Theories of Theories of Mind. Cambridge University Press. pp. 105--118.
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    Scientific Essentialism.George Botterill - 2005 - Philosophical Books 46 (2):118-122.
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    Rational Belief: Structure, Grounds and Intellectual Virtue.George Botterill - 2016 - Analysis 76 (4):547-549.
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  10. Rational Belief: Structure, Grounds and Intellectual VirtueBy Robert Audi.George Botterill - forthcoming - Analysis:anw056.
     
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    Right and Wrong Reasons in Folk-Psychological Explanation.George Botterill - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (4):463 – 488.
    Davidson argued that the fact we can have a reason for acting, and yet not be the reason why we act, requires explanation of action in terms of the agent's reasons to be causal. The present paper agrees with Dickenson (_Pacific Philosophical Quarterly_, 2007) in taking this argument to be an inference to the best explanation. However, its target phenomenon is the very existence of a case in which an agent has more than one reason, but acts exclusively becaue of (...)
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    Beliefs, Functionally Discrete States, and Connectionist Networks.George Botterill - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):899-906.
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    Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe By Mariam Thalos.George Botterill - 2014 - Analysis 74 (3):556-558.
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    Falsification and the Existence of God: A Discussion of Plantinga's Free Will Defence.George Botterill - 1977 - Philosophical Quarterly 27 (107):114-134.
  15. The Enigma of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem in Contemporary Thought.Sergio Moravia & George Botterill - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (2):328-330.
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    The Rationality of Induction.George Botterill - 1987 - Philosophical Books 28 (3):189-192.
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    The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume. [REVIEW]George Botterill - 1992 - Philosophical Books 31 (4):203-205.
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    The Internal Problem of Dreaming: Detection and Epistemic Risk.George Botterill - 2008 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (2):139 – 160.
    There are two epistemological problems connected with dreaming, which are of different kinds and require different treatment. The internal problem is best seen as a problem of rational consistency, of how we can maintain all of: Dreams are experiences we have during sleep. Dream-experiences are sufficiently similar to waking experiences for the subject to be able to mistake them for waking experiences. We can tell that we are awake. (1)-(3) threaten to violate a requirement on discrimination: that we can only (...)
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    Empiricism and Experience - by Anil Gupta.George Botterill - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (2):165-166.
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    Learning From Error: Karl Popper's Psychology of Learning.George Botterill - 1986 - Philosophical Books 27 (2):98-100.
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    Review of Hanne Andersen, Peter Barker, Xiang Chen, The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions[REVIEW]George Botterill - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (3).
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    Review: Recent Work in Folk Psychology. [REVIEW]George Botterill - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (175):246 - 251.
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    Particles and Ideas: Bishop Berkeley's Corpuscularian Philosophy. [REVIEW]George Botterill - 1990 - Philosophical Books 31 (2):75-77.
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    Scientism. Philosophy and the Infatuation with Science.George Botterill - 1993 - Philosophical Books 34 (4):232-234.
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    Review. [REVIEW]George Botterill - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (2):328-330.
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    Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Rene Descartes.George Botterill - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (1):33-36.
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  27. Ancient and Modern Philosophy.George Botterill - 1989 - New York: Clarendon Press.
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  28. Human Nature and Folk Psychology in the Person and the Human Mind: Issues.George Botterill - 1989 - In Ancient and Modern Philosophy. New York: Clarendon Press.
  29. Human Nature and Folk Psychology.George Botterill - 1990 - In Christopher Gill (ed.), The Person and the Human Mind: Issues in Ancient and Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
     
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  30. Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His.George Botterill - 1992 - Philosophical Books 33 (1):11-13.
  31. Theory and Understanding: A Critique of Interpretive Social Science.George Botterill - 1987 - Philosophical Books 28 (1):54-57.
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    The Philosophy of Psychology.George Botterill & Peter Carruthers - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    What is the relationship between common-sense, or 'folk', psychology and contemporary scientific psychology? Are they in conflict with one another? Or do they perform quite different, though perhaps complementary, roles? George Botterill and Peter Carruthers discuss these questions, defending a robust form of realism about the commitments of folk psychology and about the prospects for integrating those commitments into natural science. Their focus throughout the book is on the ways in which cognitive science presents a challenge to our common-sense self-image (...)
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