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  1. On the Logic of What It is Like to Be a Conscious Subject.Jeff Foss - 1989 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 67 (2):305-320.
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  2. On Accepting Van Fraassen's Image of Science.Jeff Foss - 1984 - Philosophy of Science 51 (1):79-92.
    In his book, The Scientific Image, van Fraassen lucidly draws an alternative to scientific realism, which he calls "Constructive Empiricism". In this epistemological theory, the concept of observability plays the pivotal role: acceptable theories may be believed only where what they say solely concerns observables. Van Fraassen develops a concept of observability which is, as he admits, vague, relative, science-dependent, and anthropocentric. I draw out unacceptable consequences of each of these aspects of his concept. Also, I argue against his assumption (...)
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  3. Introduction to the Epistemology of the Brain: Indeterminacy, Micro-Specificity, Chaos, and Openness.Jeffrey Foss - 1992 - Topoi 11 (1):45-57.
    Given that the mind is the brain, as materialists insist, those who would understand the mind must understand the brain. Assuming that arrays of neural firing frequencies are highly salient aspects of brain information processing (the vector functional account), four hurdles to an understanding of the brain are identified and inspected: indeterminacy, micro-specificity, chaos, and openness.
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    The Percept and Vector Function Theories of the Brain.Jeff Foss - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (December):511-537.
    Physicalism is an empirical theory of the mind and its place in nature. So the physicalist must show that current neuroscience does not falsify physicalism, but instead supports it. Current neuroscience shows that a nervous system is what I call a vector function system. I provide a brief outline of the resources that empirical research has made available within the constraints of the vector function approach. Then I argue that these resources are sufficient, indeed apt, for the physicalist enterprise, by (...)
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  5. Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Nagel on Consciousness.Jeffrey Foss - 1993 - Dialogue 32 (4):725-36.
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    Feyerabendian Pragmatism.Jeff Foss - 2018 - Spontaneous Generations 9 (1):26-30.
    In the not-too-distant future the scientific realism debate will be absorbed into the far more ancient-and-venerable, old-and-unqualified, realism debate. The first efficient mover of this absorption will be the fact that scientific ontology is a growing and very mixed bag, including not just rocks, plants, animals, and stars, but the Higgs boson, the Big Bang, evolutionary pressures, teenage anxieties, economic growth, social trends, countries, industrial toxins, and hedge funds. Trying to hedge off these ever-stranger newcomers by such moves as castling (...)
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  7. Materialism, Reduction, Replacement, and the Place of Consciousness in Science.Jeffrey E. Foss - 1995 - Journal of Philosophy 92 (8):401-429.
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    Rethinking Self-Deception.Jeffrey E. Foss - 1980 - American Philosophical Quarterly 17 (3):237-242.
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    On the Evolution of Intentionality as Seen From the Intentional Stance.Jeffrey E. Foss - 1994 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (3):287-310.
    Like everyone with a scientific bent of mind, Dennett thinks our capacity for meaningful language and states of mind is the product of evolution (Dennett [1987, ch. VIII]). But unlike many of this bent, he sees virtue in viewing evolution itself from the intentional stance. From this stance, ?Mother Nature?, or the process of evolution by natural selection, bestows intentionality upon us, hence we are not Unmeant Meaners. Thus, our intentionality is extrinsic, and Dennett dismisses the theories of meaning of (...)
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    Beyond Environmentalism: A Philosophy of Nature.Jeffrey E. Foss - 2008 - Wiley.
    Beyond Environmentalism is the first book of its kind to present a timely and relevant analysis of environmentalism.
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    Science and the Riddle of Consciousness: A Solution.Jeffrey E. Foss - 2000 - Springer Verlag.
    The questions examined in the book speak directly to neuroscientists, computer scientists, psychologists, and philosophers.
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    On Saving the Phenomena and the Mice: A Reply to Bourgeois Concerning Van Fraassen's Image of Science.Jeff Foss - 1991 - Philosophy of Science 58 (2):278-287.
    In the fusillade he lets fly against Foss (1984), Bourgeois (1987) sometimes hits a live target. I admit that I went beyond the letter of van Fraassen's The Scientific Image (1980), making inferences and drawing conclusions which are often absurd. I maintain, however, that the absurdities must be charged to van Fraassen's account. While I cannot redress every errant shot of Bourgeois, his essay reveals the need for further discussion of the concepts of the phenomena and the observables as used (...)
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    How Many Beliefs Can Dance in the Head of the Self-Deceived?Jeffrey E. Foss - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):111-112.
    Mele desires to believe that the self-deceived have consistent beliefs. Beliefs are not observable, but are instead ascribed within an explanatory framework. Because explanatory cogency is the only criterion for belief attribution, Mele should carefully attend to the logic of belief-desire explanation. He does not, and the consistency of his own account as well as that of the self-deceived, are the victims.
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    Is the Mind-Body Problem Empirical?Jeffrey Foss - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (September):505-32.
    There is no problem more paradigmatically philosophical than the mind-body problem. Nevertheless, I will argue that the problem is empirical. I am not even suggesting that conceptual analysis of the various mind-body theories be abandoned – just as I could not suggest it be abandoned for theories in physics or biology. But unlike the question, ‘Is every even number greater than 2 equal to the sum of two primes?’ the mind-body problem cannot be solved a priori, by analysis alone; though (...)
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    Reflections on Peirce's Concepts of Testability and the Economy of Research.Jeff Foss - 1984 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:28 - 39.
    Peirce measures the testability of scientific hypotheses by these oft-repeated standards: "money, time, energy, thought". His concept of testability is outlined and developed. It is found to be strikingly different, but not incompatible with, the positivist-empiricist concept of testability- in-principle. Peirce's concept of testability is, however, much richer than the received positivist-empiricist concept, and plays a larger, more central role in the logic of science, as Peirce sees it. In particular, Peirce's concept, in its role in his theory of the (...)
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    Masters in Our Own House: A Reply to Brown.Jeffrey Foss - 1996 - Dialogue 35 (1):165-176.
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    On Seeking the Mythical Fountain of Consciousness.Jeffrey Foss - 1995 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (4):682-682.
    Because consciousness has an organizational, or functional, center, Gray supposes that there must be a corresponding physical center in the brain. He proposes further that since this center generates consciousness, ablating it would eliminate consciousness, while leaving behavior intact. But the center of consciousness is simply the product of the functional linkages among sensory input, memory, inner speech, and so on, and behavior.
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    A Rule of Minimal Rationality: The Logical Link Between Beliefs and Values.Jeffrey Foss - 1976 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 19 (1-4):341 – 353.
    The object of this essay is to demonstrate a logical connection between beliefs and values. It is argued that such a connection can be established only if one keeps in mind the question: What is minimally required in order that it makes sense to speak of beliefs and values at all? Thus, the concept of minimal rationality is indispensable to the task at hand. A particular example of a logical connection between a belief and a value is examined, which leads (...)
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    Irresistible Environment Meets Immovable Neurons.Jeffrey Foss - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):565-566.
    Quartz & Sejnowski's main accomplishment is the presentation of increasing complexity in the developing brain. Although this cuts a colorful swath through current theories of learning, it leaves the central question untouched: How does the environment direct neural structure? In answer, Q&S offer us only Hebb's half-century-old suggestion once again.
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    Is The Mind-Body Problem Empirical?Jeffrey Foss - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (3):505-532.
    There is no problem more paradigmatically philosophical than the mind-body problem. Nevertheless, I will argue that the problem is empirical. I am not even suggesting that conceptual analysis of the various mind-body theories be abandoned – just as I could not suggest it be abandoned for theories in physics or biology. But unlike the question, ‘Is every even number greater than 2 equal to the sum of two primes?’ the mind-body problem cannot be solved a priori, by analysis alone; though (...)
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    Arithmetic and Old Lace.Jeffrey Foss - 1996 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (2):252-253.
    Geary's project faces the severe methodological difficulty of tracing the biological effects of gender on mathematical ability in a system that is massively open. Two methodological stratagems he uses are considered. The first is that pancultural sex differences are biological in nature, which is dubious in the domain of mathematics, since it is completely culture-bound. The second is that sociosexual differences are partly caused by biosexual differences, which renders his thesis unfalsifiable and empirically empty.
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    A Materialist's Misgivings About Eliminative Materialism.Jeffrey Foss - 1985 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 11:105-33.
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    A Materialist's Misgivings About Eliminative Materialism.Jeffrey Foss - 1985 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 15 (sup1):105-133.
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  24. A Materialist's Misgivings About Eliminative Materialism.Jeffrey Foss - 1985 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 11:105.
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    A Scientific Fix for the Classical Account of Addiction.Jeffrey Foss - 1996 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (4):579-579.
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    Abstract Solutions Versus Neurobiologically Plausible Problems.Jeffrey Foss - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (1):95-96.
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    C. I. Lewis and Dayton on Pragmatic Contradiction.Jeffrey E. Foss - 1981 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 17 (2):153 - 157.
    Dayton's account of lewis' pragmatic contradiction seriously misconstrues this key concept by analyzing it in terms of logical contradiction. this order of analysis is explicitly rejected by lewis as the reverse of the proper order in which the pragmatic concept is foundational to logic and epistemology. i outline a correct account of pragmatic contradiction. then lewis' application of the idea to moral skepticism and the liar paradox is reconsidered, and is seen to vindicate his claim that both skeptic and liar (...)
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    Critical Notice. [REVIEW]Jeffrey Foss - 1986 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (2):303-322.
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    Critical Notice.Jeff Foss - 1981 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 11 (4):761-773.
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    Good Science, Bad Philosophy.Jeffrey Foss - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):791-792.
    Behrendt's & Young's (B&Y's) persuasive scientific theory explains hallucinations, and is supported by a wide variety of psychological evidence, both normal and abnormal – unlike their philosophical thesis, Kantian idealism. I argue that the evidence cited by the authors in support of idealism actually favors realism. Fortunately, their scientific theory is separable from their philosophy, and is methodologically consistent with realism.
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    Game Theory for Reformation of Behavioral Science Based on a Mistake.Jeffrey Foss - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):24-25.
    Gintis assumes the behavioral (=social) sciences are in disarray, and so proposes a theory for their unification. Examination of the unity of the physical sciences reveals he misunderstands the unity of science in general, and so fails to see that the social sciences are already unified with the physical sciences. Another explanation of the differences between them is outlined. (Published Online April 27 2007).
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  32. Hilary Putnam, Representation and Reality Reviewed By.Jeff Foss - 1988 - Philosophy in Review 8 (12):491-494.
     
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  33. Hilary Putnam, Representation and Reality. [REVIEW]Jeff Foss - 1988 - Philosophy in Review 8:491-494.
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  34. John D. Greenwood, Ed., The Future of Folk Psychology: Intentionality and Cognitive Science Reviewed By.Jeffrey Foss - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (3):162-166.
     
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  35. Joseph Margolis, Culture and Cultural Entities Reviewed By.Jeff Foss - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5 (3):120-123.
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  36. Joseph Margolis, Culture and Cultural Entities. [REVIEW]Jeff Foss - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5:120-123.
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    Just the Facts, and Only the Facts, About Human Rationality?Jeffrey Foss - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (5):254-255.
    Elqayam & Evans' (E&E's) laudable program to keep the scientific investigation of human reasoning norm-free and focused on the facts alone is an essential part of a long tradition in the philosophy of science – but it faces deeper difficulties than the authors seem to realize, since reasoning is a competence, and the very concept of competence is normative.
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    Mad About Hue.Jeffrey Foss - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (2):189-189.
    Despite the heat of their attack, Saunders & van Brakel do illuminate various shortcomings of color research in the tradition of Berlin & Kay. Berlin and Kay elicit a pan-cultural pattern in color language, but the pattern does not provide much insight into the human mind.
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  39. Nicholas Maxwell, From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution in the Aims and Methods of Science Reviewed By.Jeffrey Foss - 1986 - Philosophy in Review 6 (5):235-237.
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    On Enlightenment. [REVIEW]Jeff Foss - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):194-196.
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    On Enlightenment David Stove Edited by Andrew Irvine Preface by Roger Kimball. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2003, Xxxvii + 185 Pp. [REVIEW]Jeff Foss - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):194-.
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    Only Three Dimensions and the Mother of Invention.Jeff Foss - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (4):370-370.
    Although the first three dimensions of evolution outlined by Jablonka & Lamb (J&L) are persuasively presented as aspects of evolutionary science, the fourth dimension, symbolic evolution, is problematic: Though it may in some metaphorical sense be happening, there cannot be a science of symbolic evolution. Symbolic evolution essentially involves meaning, which, besides being nonphysical, resolutely resists scientific categorization.
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    Perception and Cognition.Jeffrey Foss - 1986 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (2):303-322.
  44. Paul M. Churchland, A Neurocomputational Perspective: The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science Reviewed By.Jeffrey Foss - 1990 - Philosophy in Review 10 (10):399-402.
  45. Patricia Smith Churchland, Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy Reviewed By.Jeffrey Foss - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (2):89-92.
     
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  46. Patricia Smith Churchland, Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy. [REVIEW]Jeffrey Foss - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24:89-92.
     
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    Radical Behaviorism is a Dead End.Jeff Foss - 1985 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8 (1):59-59.
  48. Radu J. Bogdan, Ed., Mind and Common Sense: Philosophical Essays on Commonsense Psychology Reviewed By.Jeffrey Foss - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (3):162-166.
     
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  49. Richard M. Martin, Primordiality, Science and Value Reviewed By.Jeff Foss - 1981 - Philosophy in Review 1 (6):268-270.
     
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  50. Richard M. Martin, Primordiality, Science and Value. [REVIEW]Jeff Foss - 1981 - Philosophy in Review 1:268-270.
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