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  1. From an Ontological Point of View.John Heil - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    From an Ontological Point of View is a highly original and accessible exploration of fundamental questions about what there is. John Heil discusses such issues as whether the world includes levels of reality; the nature of objects and properties; the demands of realism; what makes things true; qualities, powers, and the relation these bear to one another. He advances an account of the fundamental constituents of the world around us, and applies this account to problems that have plagued recent work (...)
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    Perception and Cognition.John Heil - 1983 - University of California Press.
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    The Universe as We Find It.John Heil - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    What does reality encompass? Is it exclusively physical, or does it include mental and 'abstract' aspects? What are the elements of being, reality's raw materials? John Heil offers stimulating answers to these questions framed in terms of a comprehensive metaphysics of substances and properties inspired by Descartes, Locke, and their successors.
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  4. Dispositions.John Heil - 2005 - Synthese 144 (3):343-356.
    Appeals to dispositionality in explanations of phenomena in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, require that we first agree on what we are talking about. I sketch an account of what dispositionality might be. That account will place me at odds with most current conceptions of dispositionality. My aim is not to establish a weighty ontological thesis, however, but to move the discussion ahead in two respects. First, I want to call attention to the extent to which assumptions philosophers have (...)
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  5. Mental Causation.John Heil - 2002 - In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger. Blackwell. pp. 29--52.
    This volume presents a collection of new, specially written essays by a diverse group of philosophers, including Donald Davidson, Ted Honderich, and Philip Pettit, each of whom is widely known for defending a particular conception of minds and their place in nature.
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  6. Properties and Powers.John Heil - 2004 - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 1:223-254.
  7. The Ontological Turn.C. B. Martin & John Heil - 1999 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):34–60.
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    A World of States of Affairs.John Heil & D. M. Armstrong - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):115.
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  9. Rules and Powers.John Heil & C. B. Martin - 1998 - Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):283-312.
  10. Privileged Access.John Heil - 1988 - Mind 98 (April):238-51.
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    Believing Reasonably.John Heil - 1992 - Noûs 26 (1):47-61.
  12. Mental Properties.John Heil & David Robb - 2003 - American Philosophical Quarterly 40 (3):175-196.
    It is becoming increasingly clear that the deepest problems currently exercising philosophers of mind arise from an ill-begotten ontology, in particular, a mistaken ontology of properties. After going through some preliminaries, we identify three doctrines at the heart of this mistaken ontology: (P) For each distinct predicate, “F”, there exists one, and only one, property, F, such that, if “F” is applicable to an object a, then “F” is applicable in virtue of a’s being F. (U) Properties are universals, not (...)
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    Seeing is Believing.John Heil - 1982 - American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (July):229-240.
  14. Does Cognitive Psychology Rest on a Mistake?John Heil - 1981 - Mind 90 (February):321-42.
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    Multiple Realizability.John Heil - 1999 - American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (3):189-208.
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    Truthmaking and Fundamentality.John Heil - forthcoming - Synthese:1-12.
    Consider the idea that some entities are more fundamental than others, some entities ‘ground’ other, less fundamental, entities. What is it for something to be more fundamental than another, or for something to ‘ground’ something else? This paper urges the rejection of conceptions of grounding and fundamentality according to which reality has a hierarchical structure in which higher-level entities are taken to be distinct from but metaphysically dependent on more fundamental lower-level entities. Truthmaking is offered as an apt replacement for (...)
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    Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction.John Heil (ed.) - 2004 - Routledge.
    This comprehensive textbook, written by a leading author in the field, provides a survey of mainstream conceptions of the nature of mind accessible to readers with little or no background in philosophy. Included are the dualist, behaviourist, and functionalist accounts of the nature of mind, along with a critical assessment of recent trends in the subject. The problem of consciousness, widely thought to be the chief roadblock to our understanding of the mind, is addressed throughout the book and there is (...)
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    Speechless Brutes.John Heil - 1982 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 42 (March):400-406.
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    Supervenience Deconstructed.John Heil - 1998 - European Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):146-155.
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    Traces of Things Past.John Heil - 1978 - Philosophy of Science 45 (March):60-72.
    This paper consists of two parts. In Part I, an attempt to get around certain well-known criticisms of the trace theory of memory is discussed. Part II consists of an account of the so-called "logical" notion of a memory trace. Trace theories are sometimes thought to be empirical hypotheses about the functioning of memory. That this is not the case, that trace theories are in fact philosophical theories, is shown, I believe, in the arguments which follow. If this is so, (...)
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  21. Doxastic Agency.John Heil - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (3):355 - 364.
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    The Nature of True Minds.John Heil - 1992 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book aims at reconciling the emerging conceptions of mind and their contents that have, in recent years, come to seem irreconcilable. Post-Cartesian philosophers face the challenge of comprehending minds as natural objects possessing apparently non-natural powers of thought. The difficulty is to understand how our mental capacities, no less than our biological or chemical characteristics, might ultimately be products of our fundamental physical constituents, and to do so in a way that preserves the phenomena. Externalists argue that the significance (...)
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  23. Mental Causation.David Robb & John Heil - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Worries about mental causation are prominent in contemporary discussions of the mind and human agency. Originally, the problem of mental causation was that of understanding how a mental substance (thought to be immaterial) could interact with a material substance, a body. Most philosophers nowadays repudiate immaterial minds, but the problem of mental causation has not gone away. Instead, focus has shifted to mental properties. How could mental properties be causally relevant to bodily behavior? How could something mental qua mental cause (...)
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  24. The Legacy of Linguisticism.John Heil - 2006 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):233 – 244.
    In recent work on truth and truthmaking, D. M. Armstrong has defended a version of 'truthmaker necessitarianism', the doctrine that truths necessitate truthmakers. Truthmaker necessitarianism, he contends, requires the postulation of 'totality facts', which serve as ingredients of truthmakers for general truths and negative truths, and propositions, which function as the fundamental truth bearers. I argue that neither totality facts nor propositions need figure in an account of truthmaking, and suggest that both are artifacts stemming, albeit in different ways, from (...)
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    Relations.John Heil - 2009 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
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  26. Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction.John Heil - 2012 - Routledge.
    When first published, John Heil's introduction quickly became a widely used guide for students with little or no background in philosophy to central issues of philosophy of mind. Heil provided an introduction free of formalisms, technical trappings, and specialized terminology. He offered clear arguments and explanations, focusing on the ontological basis of mentality and its place in the material world. The book concluded with a systematic discussion of questions the book raises--and a sketch of a unified metaphysics of mind--thus inviting (...)
     
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    Mental Causes.John Heil & Alfred R. Mele - 1991 - American Philosophical Quarterly 28 (January):61-71.
  28. Powers and the Realization Relation.John Heil - 2011 - The Monist 94 (1):34-53.
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    Kinds and Essences.John Heil - 2005 - Ratio 18 (4):405–419.
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    Doxastic Incontinence.John Heil - 1984 - Mind 93 (369):56-70.
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  31. Levels of Reality.John Heil - 2003 - Ratio 16 (3):205–221.
    Philosophers and non-philosophers have been attracted to the idea that the world incorporates levels of being: higher-level items – ordinary objects, artifacts, human beings – depend on, but are not in any sense reducible to, items at lower levels. I argue that the motivation for levels stems from an implicit acceptance of a Picture Theory of language according to which we can ‘read off’ features of the world from ways we describe the world. Abandonment of the Picture Theory opens the (...)
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  32. Believing What One Ought.John Heil - 1983 - Journal of Philosophy 80 (11):752-765.
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    C. B. Martin.John Heil - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (1):177 – 179.
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    Truth Making and Entailment.John Heil - 2000 - Logique and Analyse 43 (169-170):231-242.
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  35. Book Review: Transfiguration. [REVIEW]John Paul Heil - forthcoming - Interpretation 60 (3):348-348.
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    Real Tables.John Heil - 2005 - The Monist 88 (4):493-509.
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    Powerful Qualities.John Heil - 2010 - In Anna Marmodoro (ed.), The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Routledge.
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    The Possibility of Metaphysics: Substance, Identity, and Time.John Heil & E. J. Lowe - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (1):91.
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    Multiply Realized Properties.John Heil - 2003 - In Sven Walter & Heinz-Dieter Heckmann (eds.), Physicalism and Mental Causation. Imprint Academic. pp. 11--30.
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    Minds Divided.John Heil - 1989 - Mind 98 (392):571-583.
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    Accidents, Modes, Tropes, and Universals.John Heil - 2014 - American Philosophical Quarterly 51 (4):333-344.
    What are properties? Examples are easy. Consider a particular billiard ball. The ball is red, spherical, and has a definite mass. The ball's redness, sphericity, and mass are properties: properties of the ball. Putting it this way invites a distinction between the ball, a bearer of properties, and the ball's properties. Some philosophers deny that there are properties. To say that the ball is red or spherical, for instance, is just to say that the predicates "is red" and "is spherical" (...)
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    Intentionality and the Explanation of Behavior.John Heil - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (1):146.
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    Are We Brains in a Vat? Top Philosopher Says 'No'.John Heil - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (2):427 - 436.
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    Real Agency.John Heil - 2017 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 24:9-22.
    Peter van Inwagen’s Consequence Argument makes salient the difficulties facing attempts to reconcile determinism and agency. Others go further. Derk Pereboom, for instance, contends that science provides compelling evidence that no action is free, and Galen Strawson argues that conditions for genuinely free action are flatly unsatisfiable. Against such skepticism about free will, the paper introduces considerations in support of the idea that there are probably good reasons to think that conditions for free actions—real agency—are sometimes satisfied, that ascriptions of (...)
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    III—Aristotelian Supervenience.John Heil - 2015 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115 (1pt1):41-56.
    Three matchsticks could be arranged on a table so as to form a triangle. Were you to place a lump of sugar into a cup of hot tea it would dissolve. You might never have been born. Such assertions express modal judgements and, as we suppose, truths about the universe. But if modal judgements can be true, what features of the universe make them true? Thanks largely to the efforts of David Lewis, philosophers nowadays find it natural to appeal to (...)
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  46. Intentionality Naturalized: A Review Of. [REVIEW]John Heil - 1986 - Behaviorism 14 (1):51-56.
     
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  47. Locke On Supposing a Substratum.Goldwin Smith Hall, John Heil, Nicholas Jolley, Norman Kretzmann & Lisa Shapiro - unknown
    It is an old charge against Locke that his commitment to a common substratum for the observable qualities of particular objects and his empiricist theory about the origin of ideas are inconsistent with one another. How could we have an idea of something in which observable qualities inhere if all our ideas are constructed from ideas of observable qualities? In this paper, I propose an interpretation of the crucial passages in Locke, according to which the idea of substratum is formed (...)
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    Why is Aristotle's Brave Man So Frightened? The Paradox of Courage in the "Eudemian Ethics".John F. Heil - 1996 - Apeiron 29 (1):47 - 74.
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    Cartesian Transubstantiation.John Heil - unknown
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    Universals in a World of Particulars.John Heil - unknown
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