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Maja Malec
University of Ljubljana
  1. A Priori Knowledge Contextualised and Benacerraf’s Dilemma.Maja Malec - 2004 - Acta Analytica 19 (33):31-44.
    In this article, I discuss Hawthorne'€™s contextualist solution to Benacerraf'€™s dilemma. He wants to find a satisfactory epistemology to go with realist ontology, namely with causally inaccessible mathematical and modal entities. I claim that he is unsuccessful. The contextualist theories of knowledge attributions were primarily developed as a response to the skeptical argument based on the deductive closure principle. Hawthorne uses the same strategy in his attempt to solve the epistemologist puzzle facing the proponents of mathematical and modal realism, but (...)
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    Newton’s Bucket Experiment.Maja Malec - 2019 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):125-132.
    The bucket experiment in Newton’s Principia is quite simple. Nonetheless, physicists as well as philosophers and historians of science are still debating its purpose and success. I present two interpretations found in the literature. According to the first, Newton tries to prove absolute rotation and thus the existence of absolute space. According to the second, he tries to provide a definition of absolute rotation as it is used in his mechanics. Closely connected to this is his rejection of Descartes’ explanation (...)
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  3. Kit Fine, Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers.Maja Malec - 2006 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 18:610-616.
     
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  4. What is More Puzzling, Real Essences or the World of Undifferentiated Stuff?Maja Malec - 2012 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):169-178.
    Conventionalists about modality deny that the world has a modal structure. Metaphysical necessity is not a real feature of the world, but a linguistic necessity grounded in conventions governing our use of words. In this paper, I focus on Allan Sidelle’s conventionalist account and especially on his claim that the idea of real necessity should be abandoned since it is puzzling. My strategy for the defense of the realist notion of modality is twofold. First, the ontology of undifferentiated stuff, which (...)
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  5. Filozofska pot Andreja Uleta.Olga Markič & Maja Malec (eds.) - 2019 - Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultet v Ljubljani.
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    Essentialism Contextualized.Maja Malec - 2009 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):201-217.
    I critically discuss the contextualist approach to essentialism, which was developed as an explanation of the seeming inconstancy of our essentialist intuitions. The problem is supposed to be that we vacillate a great deal in judging what properties an object has essentially from one occasion to another, which obviously undermines the reliability of our essentialist intuitions. Contextualists solve the problem by combining the metaphysical view that objects have essential properties with the semantic thesis that the term “essentially” is a context (...)
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    Yet Another Look at the Conceivability and Possibility of Zombies.Maja Malec - 2015 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):115-124.
    Since 1996, when David Chalmers introduced the zombie argument against physicalism in The Conscious Mind, numerous works of ever-increasing technical complexity and nuanced argumentation have been written on the conceivability and possibility of zombies. In this paper, I focus on the main points of the argument. First, I discuss the conceivability of zombies. I briefly outline three other thought-experiments in order to determine what is expected of a good thought-experiment and its workings. Next, I turn to Chalmers' defense of their (...)
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    Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers.Maja Malec - 2006 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):610-616.
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    On Diffi Culties Facing the Formulation of the Doctrine of Supervenience.Maja Malec - 2009 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):201-217.
    I critically discuss the contextualist approach to essentialism, which was developed as an explanation of the seeming inconstancy of our essentialist intuitions. The problem is supposed to be that we vacillate a great deal in judging what properties an object has essentially from one occasion to another, which obviously undermines the reliability of our essentialist intuitions. Contextualists solve the problem by combining the metaphysical view that objects have essential properties with the semantic thesis that the term “essentially” is a context (...)
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