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  1. Truthmaking Without Truthmakers.Joseph Melia - 2005 - In Helen Beebee & Julian Dodd (eds.), Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate. Clarendon Press. pp. 67.
     
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  2. Response to Colyvan.Joseph Melia - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):75-80.
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  3. The Analytic Limit of Genuine Modal Realism.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):15-36.
    According to the Genuine Modal Realist, there is a plurality of possible worlds, each world nothing more than a maximally inter-related spatiotemporal sum. One advantage claimed for this position is that it offers us the resources to analyse, in a noncircular manner, the modal operators. In this paper, we argue that the prospects for such an analysis are poor. For the analysis of necessity as truth in all worlds to succeed it is not enough that no modal concepts be used (...)
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  4. On What There's Not.Joseph Melia - 1995 - Analysis 55 (4):223 - 229.
    (1) The average Mum has 2.4 children. (2) The number of Argle’s fingers equals the number of Bargle’s toes. (3) There are two possible ways in which Joe could win this chess game. In the right contexts, and outside the philosophy room, all the above sentences may be completely uncontroversial. For instance, if we know that Joe could win either by exchanging queens and entering an endgame, or by initiating a kingside attack then, if ignorant of Quine’s work on ontology, (...)
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    Ramseyfication and Theoretical Content.Joseph Melia & Juha Saatsi - 2006 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (3):561-585.
    Model theoretic considerations purportedly show that a certain version of structural realism, one which articulates the nvtion of structure via Ramsey sentences, is in fact trivially true. In this paper we argue that the structural realist is by no means forced to Ramseyfy in the manner assumed in the formal proof. However, the structural realist's reprise is short-lived. For, as we show, there are related versions of the model theoretic argument which cannot be so easily blocked by the structural realist. (...)
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    Review of Jody Azzouni, Deflating Existential Consequence: A Case for Nominalism[REVIEW]Joseph Melia - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (8).
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    Modality.Joseph Melia - 2003 - Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
    This introduction to modality places the emphasis on the metaphysics of modality rather than on the formal semetics of quantified modal logic. The text begins by introducing students to the "de re/de dicto" distinction, conventionalist and conceptualist theories of modality and some of the key problems in modality, particularly Quine's criticisms. It then moves on to explain how possible worlds provide a solution to many of the problems in modality and how possible worlds themselves have been used to analyse notions (...)
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  8. Field's Programme: Some Interference.Joseph Melia - 1998 - Analysis 58 (2):63–71.
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  9. Ersatz Possible Worlds.Joseph Melia - 2008 - In Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. Blackwell. pp. 135--51.
     
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  10. Against Modalism.Joseph Melia - 1992 - Philosophical Studies 68 (1):35 - 56.
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    5. A World of Concrete Particulars.Joseph Melia - 2008 - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 4 4:99.
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  12. A Note on Lewis's Ontology.Joseph Melia - 1992 - Analysis 52 (3):191--192.
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    An Alleged Disanalogy Between Numbers and Propositions.Joseph Melia - 1992 - Analysis 52 (1):46 - 48.
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    Anti-Realism Untouched.Joseph Melia - 1991 - Mind 100 (3):341-342.
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    Continuants and Occurrents.Peter Simons & Joseph Melia - 2000 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 74:59-92.
    Commonsense ontology contains both continuants and occurrents, but are continuants necessary? I argue that they are neither occurrents nor easily replaceable by them. The worst problem for continuants is the question in virtue of what a given continuant exists at a given time. For such truthmakers we must have recourse to occurrents, those vital to the continuant at that time. Continuants are, like abstract objects, invariants under equivalences over occurrents. But they are not abstract, and their being invariants enables us (...)
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    Mark Colyvan, The Indispensability of Mathematics.Joseph Melia - 2003 - Metascience 12 (1):55-58.
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    Genuine Modal Realism Limited.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2003 - Mind 112 (445):83-86.
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    Genuine Modal Realism: Still Limited.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2006 - Mind 115 (459):731-740.
    In this reply, we defend our argument for the incompleteness of Genuine Modal Realism against Paseau's criticisms. Paseau claims that isomorphic set of worlds represent the same possibilities, but not only is this implausible, it is inimical to the target of our paper: Lewis's theory of possible worlds. We argue that neither Paseau's model-theoretic results nor his comparison to arithmetic carry over to GMR. We end by distinguishing two notions of incompleteness and urge that, for all that Paseau has said, (...)
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    Languages of Possibility.Joseph Melia & Graeme Forbes - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (159):271.
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    Continuants and Occurrents, II.Joseph Melia - 2000 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 74 (1):77–92.
    [Peter Simons] Commonsense ontology contains both continuants and occurrents, but are continuants necessary? I argue that they are neither occurrents nor easily replaceable by them. The worst problem for continuants is the question in virtue of what a given continuant exists at a given time. For such truthmakers we must have recourse to occurrents, those vital to the continuant at that time. Continuants are, like abstract objects, invariants under equivalences over occurrents. But they are not abstract, and their being invariants (...)
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  21. Reply to Colyvan.Joseph Melia - 2002 - Mind 111:75-9.
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    II–Joseph Melia.Joseph Melia - 2000 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 74 (1):77-92.
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    The Significance of Non-Standard Models.Joseph Melia - 1995 - Analysis 55 (3):127--34.
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    Continuants and Occurrents, II.Joseph Melia - 2000 - Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 74 (1):77-92.
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  25. Properties, Possibilia and Contingent Second-Order Predication.Joseph Melia & Duncan Watson - 2009 - Analysis 69 (4):643-649.
    1. The problemLewis identifies the monadic property being F with the set of all actual and possible Fs; the dyadic relation R is identified with the set of actual and possible pairs of things that are related by R; and so on . 1 Egan has argued that the fact that some properties have some of their properties contingently leads to trouble: " Let @ be the actual world, in which being green is [someone's] favourite property, and let w be (...)
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  26. ``Anti-Realism Untouched&Quot.Joseph Melia - 1991 - Mind 100:341-342.
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    Comments on 'De Jure and De Facto Validity in the Logic of Time and Modality.Joseph Melia - 2013 - Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):206-209.
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    Lewis: Metaphysics in the Service of Philosophy.Joseph Melia - 2015 - Philosophical Topics 43 (1-2):189-194.
    In this paper, I discuss Moore’s assessment of Lewis’s metaphysical theorizing. While I am sympathetic to Moore’s complaint that much contemporary metaphysics lacks the scope and reach of older metaphysical theories, I take issue with Moore’s diagnosis: neither lack of self-consciousness, nor Quinean naturalism, nor the post-Quinean restitution of necessity is to blame. Rather, the lack of impact of Lewis’s system should be attributed to the very high weight he attaches to conservatism: the preservation of commonsense and ordinary thought and (...)
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  29. Books Received. [REVIEW]Joseph Melia - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (159).
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    Against Taylor's Putnam.Joseph Melia - 1996 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (1):171 – 174.
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    Tensing the Copula, David Lewis.Joseph Melia - 2002 - Mind 111 (441).
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    Graeme Forbes, "Languages of Possibility". [REVIEW]Joseph Melia - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (59):271.
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  33. Endurantism and Timeless Worlds.Nikk Effingham & Joseph Melia - unknown
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  34. Modality.Joseph Melia - 2003 - Routledge.
    This introduction to modality places the emphasis on the metaphysics of modality rather than on the formal semetics of quantified modal logic. The text begins by introducing students to the "de re/de dicto" distinction, conventionalist and conceptualist theories of modality and some of the key problems in modality, particularly Quine's criticisms. It then moves on to explain how possible worlds provide a solution to many of the problems in modality and how possible worlds themselves have been used to analyse notions (...)
     
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  35. Modality.Joseph Melia - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (220):526-528.
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