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  1. Colour: Some Philosophical Problems From Wittgenstein.Jonathan Westphal - 1987 - Blackwell.
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    Conflicting Appearances, Necessity and the Irreducibility of Propositions About Colours.Jonathan Westphal - 2005 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (2):219-235.
    Parts I and II of 'Conflicting Appearances, Necessity and the Irreducibility of Propositions about Colours' review the argument from 'conflicting appearances' for the view that nothing has any one colour. I take further a well-known criticism of the argument made by Austin and Burnyeat. In Part III I undertake the task of positive construction, offering a theory of what it is that all things coloured a particular colour have in common. I end, in Part IV, by arguing that the resulting (...)
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    Colours: Their Nature and Representation.Barry Maund & Jonathan Westphal - 1995. xv + 247 p - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (1):143-150.
    The world as we experience it is full of colour. This book defends the radical thesis that no physical object has any of the colours we experience it as having. The author provides a unified account of colour that shows why we experience the illusion and why the illusion is not to be dispelled but welcomed. He develops a pluralist framework of colour-concepts in which other, more sophisticated concepts of colour are introduced to supplement the simple concept that is presupposed (...)
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    Colour: A Philosophical Introduction.Jonathan Westphal - 1991 - Blackwell.
  5. The Logic of the Compatibility of God's Foreknowledge and Human Freewill.J. Westphal - 2012 - Analysis 72 (4):746-748.
    A central argument for the view that God's necessary omniscience [( Bgf p )] precludes freewill is unsound, because the necessity of the consequence is not the necessity of the consequent, and nor is Bgf true. God's belief in some particular proposition f about what I will do is not necessary, as I might do something that makes ~ f true. Fischer and Tognazzini claim that this counterargument argument assumes that I must freely do the something that makes f true. (...)
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  6. The Future and the Truth-Value Links: A Common Sense View.Jonathan Westphal - 2006 - Analysis 66 (289):1–9.
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  7. The Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Freewill.J. Westphal - 2011 - Analysis 71 (2):246-252.
    On Friday God knew everything, including f, a proposition about what Jones would do on Monday; we can write the time-indexed proposition that on Friday God believed f as Bgf. If Jones does not do the thing that makes f true, then the resulting state of affairs will be ∼f. So on Monday, before a certain time – ‘ t time’ – Jones has it in his power to bring it about that ∼f. It seems to follow that on Monday (...)
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  8. The Politics of Infrastructure.Joseph W. Westphal - 2008 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 75 (3):793-804.
    No recent natural disaster since perhaps the great Mississippi floods of 1927 and 1993 has had such an immense impact on our national pride and confidence, as did Katrina. The reason was evident from the time the storm began to form in the Gulf of Mexico to once it hit land, our government at all levels was dazed and confused. The billions spent on infrastructure and the organizational structures operating for decades were overwhelmed. This was a disaster of great proportions (...)
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  9. Free Inquiry and Academic Freedom: A Panel Discussion Among Academic Leaders.Robert M. Berdahl, Hanna Holborn Gray, Bob Kerrey, Anthony Marx, Charles M. Vest & Joseph Westphal - 2009 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 76 (2):731-766.
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    Is There a Modal Fallacy in van Inwagen's 'First Formal Argument'?J. Westphal - 2012 - Analysis 72 (1):36-41.
    The argument given by Peter van Inwagen for the second premise on his "First Formal Argument" in An Essay on Free Will is invalid. The second premise hinges on the principle that since a proposition p , some statement about the present, is actually true, ~p can't be true. ~p must be false. What is the reason? The principle is that ~p cannot be true at the same time as p . I argue that, among other things, in its attachment (...)
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  11. How Can the Logic of Colour Concepts Apply to Aferimage Colours?Jonathan Westphal - 2010 - In Jonathan D. Cohen & Mohan Matthen (eds.), Color Ontology and Color Science. MIT Press. pp. 245.
    This chapter focuses on the incompatibility of afterimage colors. Several quasilogical, semantic, and metaphysical questions having to do with incompatibility come up in color theory, and the problem is so complicated and fragile that it is argued here that, despite some marvelous work on the topic, the problem remains to be sorted out. Every naive subject who encounters afterimages without prejudice has agreed that they have color; this is mentioned here because it is the initial and also the commonsense view. (...)
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    Time.Jonathan Westphal & Carl Avren Levenson (eds.) - 1993 - Hackett Pub. Co..
    This book contains more than 20 texts plus suggested further readings.
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    Is Life Absurd?Jonathan Westphal & Christopher Cherry - 1990 - Philosophy 65 (252):199 - 203.
    Thomas Nagel believes, with some existentialists, that life is absurd. We shall criticize his belief, as well as the anodyne he offers.
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    A New Way with the Consequence Argument, and the Fixity of the Laws.Jonathan Westphal - 2003 - Analysis 63 (3):208-212.
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    Sources of Error in the Metaphysics of Time.Jonathan Westphal - 1996 - Philosophical Investigations 19 (2):131-139.
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    The Complexity of Quality.Jonathan Westphal - 1984 - Philosophy 59 (230):457-71.
    Many philosophers have believed that colours and the other qualia ofexperience are simples and that colour terms are unanalysable. Colour termsare unanalysable because colours are simples, colours are known to be simple because colour terms are unanalysable. I shall try to show that things are not as simple as this. Nothing in the paper will depend on the general Wittgensteinian thesis of the relativity of simplicity. The thought I shallpursue is the more specific one that the philosophers who have believed (...)
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    Silhouettes Are Shadows.Jonathan Westphal - 2011 - Acta Analytica 26 (2):187-197.
    Sorensen’s celebrated problem about the eclipse of Near and Far is given a solution in which what is seen is Far, silhouetted. Near cannot be seen, as it is in the shadow of Far. A silhouette is a shadow. The so–called Yale Puzzle is a linguistic confusion.
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    White.Jonathan Westphal - 1986 - Mind 95 (379):310-28.
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    The Retrenchability of 'the Present'.J. Westphal - 2002 - Analysis 62 (1):4-10.
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    Descartes, Leibniz and Berkeley on Whether We Can Dream Marks of the Waking State.Russell Wahl & Jonathan Westphal - 1992 - Studia Leibnitiana 24 (2):177-181.
    Dans la première méditation, Descartes a conclu, en regard des songes, « qu'il n'y a point d'indices concluants, ni de marques assez certaines par où l'on puisse distinguer nettement la veille d'avec la sommeil [...] » . À la fin de la sixième méditation, il a conclu qu'il y a de tels indices, mais qu'on a besoin de la garantie de Dieu pour savoir si ces indices sont réellement des indices de la veille. Cottingham a proposé une objection générale contre (...)
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    Colour: Physical or Phenomenal?Russell Wahl & Jonathan Westphal - 1998 - Philosophy 73 (284):301-304.
    We wish to defend Jonathan Westphal's view that colour is complex against a recent ‘phenomenological’ criticism of Eric Rubenstein. There is often thought to be a conflict between two kinds of determinants of colour, physical and phenomenal. On the one hand there are the complex physical facts about colour, such as the determination of a surface colour by an absorption spectrum. There is also, however, the fact that the apparently simple phenomenological quality of what is seen is a function of (...)
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    The Retrenchability of ‘the Present’.Jonathan Westphal - 2002 - Analysis 62 (273):4–10.
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    My Body," "My X," and "I.Jonathan Westphal - 2008 - American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (3):299 - 307.
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    A New Way with the Consequence Argument, and the Fixity of the Laws.J. Westphal - 2003 - Analysis 63 (3):208-212.
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    Black.Jonathan Westphal - 1989 - Mind 98 (October):585-9.
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    Ix*-Conflicting Appearances, Necessity and the Irreducibility of Propositions About Colours.Jonathan Westphal - 2005 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (2):235-251.
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    Is Wittgenstein's Goethe Stock's Goethe?Jonathan Westphal - 1982 - Mind 91 (363):430-431.
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    Review. Colours: Their Nature and Representation. Barry Maund.J. Westphal - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (1):143-148.
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    Letters to the Editor.Jonathan Westphal, Laurence Hitterdale, Steven M. Cahn, Marcus Verhaegh, Christopher W. Stevens, Tibor R. Machan & Steven Yates - 2002 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 75 (5):173 - 182.
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    Brown.Jonathan Westphal - 1982 - Inquiry 25 (4):417 – 433.
    In Remarks on Colour Wittgenstein discusses a number of puzzling propositions about brown, e.g. that it cannot be pure and that there cannot be a brown light. He does not actually answer the questions he asks, and the status of his projected ?logic of colour concepts? remains unclear. I offer a real definition of brown from which the puzzle propositions follow logically. It is based on two experiments from Helmholtz. Brown is shown to be logically complex in the sense that (...)
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    Leibniz and the Problem of Other Minds.Jonathan Westphal - 2001 - Studia Leibnitiana 33 (2):206 - 215.
    Robert McRae vertritt in seinem Artikel „As Though Only God and It Existed in the World“ die Ansicht, Leibniz habe seine Meinung darüber geändert, ob und wie wir wissen können, dass es ‚andere‛ gibt und dass sie Bewusstsein haben. Ich vertrete dagegen hier in meinem Aufsatz die Auffassung, dass man die relevanten Texte falsch interpretiert und weder der Stärke noch der Komplexität des Leibniz'sehen ‚Indifferenzarguments‛ gerecht wird.
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    Reply to Gilbert.Jonathan Westphal - 1988 - Mind 97 (388):603-604.
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    Christopher Cherry.Is Life Absurd & Jonathan Westphal - 1989 - Philosophy 64 (250).
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    On Value and Value: A Reply to Quentin Smith: Discussion.Jonathan Westphal - 1991 - Philosophy 66 (258):525-526.
    In ‘Concerning the Absurdity of Life’ Quentin Smith accuses us of contradicting ourselves in our argument against Thomas Nagel. On the one hand we said that Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 is not ‘insignificant’ compared with cosmic radiation. On the other we said that the life of a man of integrity or humanity could be lived without a formal claim to Value, so that there was nothing for Nagel's external perspective to negate. But where is the contradiction? We put ‘emotional (...)
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    Experience and Expression: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology.Jonathan Westphal - 1995 - History of European Ideas 21 (3):476-477.
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    Review. [REVIEW]Jonathan Westphal - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (1):143-148.
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    On Value and Value: A Reply to Quentin Smith.Jonathan Westphal & Christopher Cherry - 1991 - Philosophy 66 (258):525 - 526.
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    On Value And Value-a Reply to Smith, Quentin.J. Westphal & C. M. Cherry - 1991 - Philosophy 66 (258):525-526.
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    Universals and Creativity.Jonathan Westphal - 1990 - Philosophy 65 (253):255 - 260.
    There are many problems of universals, at least the four distinguished by Jenny Teichmann. Consider her second one. ‘How can we form a general term when we are faced with easily distinguishable, widely differing examples?’ The term ‘blue’, for example, covers a wide range of—well, what does it cover a wide range of? A wide range of the colour blue? This is nonsense. What it covers is a wide range of blues —shades of blue. But we do not form a (...)
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  40. Reality.Carl Avren Levenson & Jonathan Westphal (eds.) - 1994 - Hackett Pub. Co..
    _Reality_ brings together philosophical and literary works representing the many ways--metaphysical, scientific, analytic, phenomenological, literary--in which philosophers and others have reflected on questions about reality.
     
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    Certainty.Jonathan Westphal (ed.) - 1995 - Hackett Pub. Co..
    "The selections are well chosen... the Introduction and headnotes are extremely clear and well written... appropriately pegged for a very introductory audience." --Steven Gerrard, Williams College.
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  42. Colour -- A Philosophical Introduction.Jonathan Westphal - 1993 - Philosophical Quarterly 43 (171):233-238.
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  43. Colour : some philosophical problems from Wittgenstein, Aristotelian Society Series, vol. 7.Jonathan Westphal - 1989 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 179 (4):625-626.
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  44. Experience and Expression: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology. [REVIEW]Jonathan Westphal - 1995 - History of European Ideas 21 (6):785-785.
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  45. Grene, M., "Descartes". [REVIEW]J. Westphal - 1988 - Mind 97:133.
     
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  46. Hardin, C. L., "Color for Philosopher: Unweaving the Rainbow". [REVIEW]J. Westphal - 1989 - Mind 98:145.
     
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    Justice.Jonathan Westphal (ed.) - 1996 - Hackett.
    Jorge Luis Borges, "The Lottery in Babylon," from Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina (-), poet, novelist, librarian, author, and literary critic, ...
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  48. Leibniz and the Problem of Induction.Jonathan Westphal - 1989 - Studia Leibnitiana 21:174-187.
    Das „Problem der Induktion", dessen Formulierung man gewöhnlich David Hume zuschreibt, hat Leibniz schon am Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts formuliert und gelöst. Die Methode von Leibniz war sowohl „Hume-isch" als auch rationalistisch. Sie begreift in sich eine Herabsetzung des Empirischen und auch den Gebrauch der „Geheimkräfte", die Hume ausschalten wollte. Ohne solche „Geheimkräfte" gibt es keine Harmonie im klassischen Sinn von Leibniz . Für Leibniz ist eine Hypothese vorzuziehen, die eine Harmonie behauptet oder die maximale Verschiedenheit der Phänomene mit der (...)
     
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    Philosophical Propositions: An Introduction to Philosophy.Jonathan Westphal - 1998 - Routledge.
    Philosophical Propositions provides a fresh and lucid introduction to key philosophical problems in a classic style. Designed for students coming to philosophy for the first time, Jonathan Westphal introduces readers to the key problems in philosophy, encouraging them to work through those problems themselves. Each chapter considers a key philosophical problem: The Nature of a Philosophical Problem; Basic Concepts of Logic and Philosophy; The Problem of Evil; The Existence of God; Reality; Certainty; Time; Personal Identity; The Mind-Body Problem; Freewill and (...)
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  50. Philosophical Propositions: An Introduction to Philosophy.Jonathan Westphal - 2005 - Routledge.
    _Philosophical Propositions_ is a fresh, up to date, and reliable introduction to philosophical problems. It takes seriously the need for philosophy to deal with definitive and statable propositions, such as God, certainty, time, personal identity, the mind/body problem, free will and determinism, and the meaning of life.
     
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