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  1. In Defence of Weak Psychological Egoism.Mark Mercer - 2001 - Erkenntnis 55 (2):217-237.
    Weak psychological egoism is the doctrine that anything an agent does intentionally, that agent does at least expecting thereby to realize one of her self-regarding ends. (Strong psychological egoism, by contrast, is the doctrine that agents act always intending thereby to realize a self-regarding end.) Though weak psychological egoism is a doctrine ultimately answerable to empirical evidence, we presently have excellent a priori reasons for accepting it and attempting to construct psychological theories that include it as an organizing principle. These (...)
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    Grounds of Liberal Tolerance.Mark Mercer - 1999 - Journal of Value Inquiry 33 (3):319-334.
  3. Psychological Egoism and Its Critics.Mark Mercer - 1998 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 36 (4):557-576.
    I will present what I think is the best argument for the version of psychological egoism under consideration here, and explain why I think even that argument fails to go much distance toward establishing it. It turns out, though, I will caution, that defeating that argument means only that we are right to reject psychological egoism as extremely implausible; it does not entitle us to claim to have shown the thesis itself to be either confused and senseless or false. However, (...)
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    On a Pragmatic Argument Against Pragmatism in Ethics.Mark Douglas Mercer - 1993 - American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (2):163-173.
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  5. Metaphor and Sentence Meaning.Mark Mercer - 2006 - Facta Philosophica 8 (1-2):3-22.
    Donald Davidson holds that metaphors have no linguistic meaning in addition to their literal meaning. Max Black and Frank B. Farrell each contends that Davidson’s view is inconsistent with the fact that metaphors are appropriate objects of explication and evaluation. However, as I show, Davidson’s view actually is entirely consistent with this fact. I also argue that Black’s and Farrell’s own accounts of metaphor imply that sometimes the linguistic meaning of a sentence is other than a product of the meanings (...)
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    Constructive Philosophy. [REVIEW]Mark Mercer - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (3):130-131.
  7. Folk Psychology's Epistemic Credentials.Mark Mercer - 2007 - Facta Philosophica 9 (1):37-53.
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    In Defence of Believing Wishfully.Mark Mercer - 2010 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (2):211-224.
    To believe a proposition wishfully is to believe it because one wants to believe it, and not because one has evidence or reason that it is true. Is it wise to be open to believing wishfully? After criticising one popular argument that we ought be closed to believing wishfully, I develop an argument that being closed to believing wishfully is to labour under a debilitating prejudice. As a rule, then, we ought to be open to believing wishfully. I find one (...)
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  9. On the Possibility and Nature of Interpretation.Mark Douglas Mercer - 1991 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
    The dissertation is an exploration of the possibility and nature of interpretation. Its thesis is that coming to know what someone believes or desires, or what their words mean, or what they are doing, is not to be distinguished from coming to know something about the world. This thesis is defended, on the one hand, by distancing it from empiricist readings, and, on the other hand, by arguing against idealist or realtivist reasons for rejecting it. ;The dissertation is in two (...)
     
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    The Construction of Reality.Mark Mercer - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):82-82.
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    Meaning Holism and Interpretability.C. J. L. Talmage & Mark Mercer - 1991 - Philosophical Quarterly 41 (July):301-15.
    The authors argue that while meaning holism makes massive error possible, it does not, as Donald Davidson fears, threaten interpretability. Thus they hold, in opposition to Davidson, that meaning holism need not be constrained by an account of meaning according to which in the methodologically most basic cases the content of a belief is given by the cause of that belief. What ensures interpretability, they maintain, is not that speakers' beliefs are in the main true, but rather that beliefs have (...)
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    Noun Phrases, Quantifiers, and Generic Names, EJ LOWE Frege and Russell Have Taught Us That Indefinite and Plural Noun Phrases in Natural Language Often Function as Quantifier Expressions Rather Than as Referring Expressions, Despite Possessing Many Syntactical Simi-Larities with Names. But It Can Be Shown That in Some of Their Most Im.Catherine Jl Talmage & Mark Mercer - 1991 - Philosophy 66 (257).