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    On Fitelson's Measure of Coherence.Mark Siebel - 2004 - Analysis 64 (2):189–190.
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    Equivalent Testimonies as a Touchstone of Coherence Measures.Mark Siebel & Werner Wolff - 2008 - Synthese 161 (2):167-182.
    Over the past years, a number of probabilistic measures of coherence have been proposed. As shown in the paper, however, many of them do not conform to the intuitition that equivalent testimonies are highly coherent, regardless of their prior probability.
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    Against Probabilistic Measures of Coherence.Mark Siebel - 2005 - Erkenntnis 63 (3):335-360.
    It is shown that the probabilistic theories of coherence proposed up to now produce a number of counter-intuitive results. The last section provides some reasons for believing that no probabilistic measure will ever be able to adequately capture coherence. First, there can be no function whose arguments are nothing but tuples of probabilities, and which assigns different values to pairs of propositions {A, B} and {A, C} if A implies both B and C, or their negations, and if P(B)=P(C). But (...)
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    Bolzano's Concept of Consequence.Mark Siebel - 2002 - The Monist 85 (4):580-599.
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    Illocutionary Acts and Attitude Expression.Mark Siebel - 2003 - Linguistics and Philosophy 26 (3):351-366.
    In the classic Linguistic Communication and Speech Acts,Kent Bach and Robert M. Harnish advocated the idea that to perform an illocutionary actoften just means to express certain attitudes. The underlying definition of attitudeexpression, however, gives rise to serious problems because it requires intentions of a peculiarkind. Recently, Wayne Davis has proposed a different analysis of attitude expression whichis not subject to these difficulties and thus promises a more plausible account of illocutions.It will be shown, however, that this account is too (...)
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    Kant on Infinite and Negative Judgements: Three Interpretations, Six Tests, No Clear Result.Mark Siebel - forthcoming - Topoi:1-15.
    In his table of judgements, Kant added infinity as a third quality. An infinite judgement ‘All S are non-P’ is said to differ from the affirmative ‘All S are P’ because it ascribes a negative predicate; and it differs from the negative ‘No S is P’ because it has a richer content. The present paper puts three interpretations of this surplus content to six tests. Among other things, it is examined whether these interpretations marry up with Kant’s solution to the (...)
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    Gricean Communication and Transmission of Thoughts.Friedrich Christoph Doerge & Mark Siebel - 2008 - Erkenntnis 69 (1):55-67.
    Gricean communication is communication between utterers and their audiences, where the utterer means something and the audience understands what is meant. The weak transmission idea is that, whenever such communication takes place, there is something which is transmitted from utterer to audience; the strong transmission idea adds that what is transmitted is nothing else than what is communicated. We try to salvage these ideas from a seemingly forceful attack by Wayne Davis. Davis attaches too much significance to the surface structure (...)
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    Inconsistency as a Touchstone for Coherence Measures.Michael Schippers & Mark Siebel - 2015 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 30 (1):11-41.
    The debate on probabilistic measures of coherence has focused on evaluating sets of consistent propositions. In this paper we draw attention to the largely neglected question of whether such measures concur with intuitions on test cases with inconsistent propositions and whether they satisfy general adequacy constraints on coherence and inconsistency. While it turns out that, for the vast majority of proposals in their original shape, this question must be answered in the negative, we show that it is possible to adapt (...)
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    Red Watermelons and Large Elephants.Mark Siebel - 2000 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 15 (2):263-280.
    The standard argument against the compositionality of adjective-noun compounds containing "red" says that "red" does not make the same semantic contribution because a red car has to be red outside whereas a red watermelon has to be red inside. Fodor's reply to that argument is that the inside/outside feature is semantically irrelevant because "red F" just means F which is red for Fs. That account agrees with our intuitions concerning analyticity; but it seems to be in conflict with a central (...)
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    A Puzzle About Concept Possession.Mark Siebel - 2004 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 68 (1):1-22.
    To have a propositional attitude, a thinker must possess the concepts included in its content. Surprisingly, this rather trivial principle refl ects badly on many theories of concept possession because, in its light, they seem to require too much. To solve this problem, I point out an ambiguity in attributions of the form 'S possesses the concept of Fs'. There is an undemanding sense which is involved in the given principle, whereas the theoretical claims concern a stronger sense which can (...)
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    It Falls Somewhat Short of Logical Precision. Bolzano on Kant's Definition of Analyticity.Mark Siebel - 2011 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 82 (1):91-127.
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    The Ontology of Meanings. [REVIEW]Mark Siebel - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 137 (3):417 - 426.
    In part 4 of Meaning, Expression, and Thought, Davis rejects what he calls Fregean ideational theories, according to which the meaning of an expression is an idea; and then presents his own account, which states that, e.g., the meaning of ‘Primzahl’ in German is the property of meaning prime number. Before casting doubt on the latter ontology of meanings, I come to Frege’s defence by pointing out that he was not an advocate of the position Davis named after him because (...)
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    Der Rabe und der Bayesianist.Mark Siebel - 2004 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 35 (2):313-329.
    The Raven and the Bayesian. As an essential benefit of their probabilistic account of confirmation, Bayesians state that it provides a twofold solution to the ravens paradox. It is supposed to show that (i) the paradox’s conclusion is tenable because a white shoe only negligibly confirms the hypothesis that all ravens are black, and (ii) the paradox’s first premise is false anyway because a black raven can speak against the hypothesis. I argue that both proposals are not only unable to (...)
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    Variation, Derivability and Necessity.Mark Siebel - 1997 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 53:117-137.
    In Bolzano's view, a proposition is necessarily true iff it is derivable from true propositions that include no intuition (Anschauung). This analysis is historically important because it displays close similarities to Quine's and Kripke's ideas. Its systematic significance, however, is reduced by the fact that derivability is defined with recourse to the method of variation, which we are allowed to apply even to propositions containing none of the respective variables. This liberality leads to the result that, according to Bolzano's analysis, (...)
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  15. Bolzanos Ableitbarkeit und Tarskis logische Folgerung.Mark Siebel - 1997 - In Julian Nida-Rümelin & Georg Meggle (eds.), Analyomen 2, Volume I: Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science. De Gruyter. pp. 148-156.
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    Red Watermelons and Large Elephants: A Case Against Compositionality?Mark Siebel - 2000 - Theoria 15 (38):263-280.
    The standard argument against the compositionality of adjective-noun compounds containing "red" says that "red" does not make the same semantic contribution because a red car has to be red outside whereas a red watermelon has to be red inside. Fodor's reply to that argument is that the inside/outside feature is semantically irrelevant because "red F" just means F which is red for Fs. That account agrees with our intuitions concerning analyticity; but it seems to be in conflict with a central (...)
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    Bolzanos Urteilslehre.Mark Siebel - 2004 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 86 (1):56-87.
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  18. Bolzano and Analytic Philosophy.Wolfgang Künnne, Mark Siebel & Mark Textor (eds.) - 1997 - Rodopi.
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/Table of Contents: Vorbemerkung/Preface. Dagfin FØLLESDAL: Bolzano's Legacy. Jan BERG: Bolzano, the Prescient Encyclopedist. Jan SEBESTIK: Bolzano, Exner and the Origins of Analytical Philosophy. Paul RUSNOCK: Bolzano and the Traditions of Analysis. Peter SIMONS: Bolzano on Collections. Ali BEHBOUD: Remarks on Bolzano's Collections. Mark SIEBEL: Variation, Derivability and Necessity. Edgar MORSCHER: Bolzano's Method of Variation: Three Puzzles. Rolf GEORGE: Bolzano's Programme andObjects. Mark TEXTOR: Bolzano's Sententialism. Wolfgang KÜNNE: Propositions in Bolzano and Frege. Michael DUMMETT: Comments on Wolfgang Künne's Paper. Carsten (...)
     
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    Ayers Kritik an Kants Definition analytischer Urteile.Mark Siebel - 2014 - Kant-Studien 105 (2):196-220.
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    William P. Alston: Illocutionary Acts and Sentence Meaning, Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London 2000.Mark Siebel - 2001 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 62 (1):249-261.
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    Truth and Intra-Personal Concept Stability.Mark Siebel - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (4):632-633.
    I criticize three claims concerning simulators: (1) That a simulator provides the best-fitting simulation of the perceptual impression one has of an object does not guarantee, pace Barsalou, that the object belongs to the simulator's category. (2) The people described by Barsalou do not acquire a concept of truth because they are not sensitive about the potential inadequacy of their sense impressions. (3) Simulator update prevents Barsalou's way of individuating concepts (i.e., identifying them with simulators) from solving the problem of (...)
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  22. Searle's Representing Account of Illocutionary Acts and Its Weak Spots.Mark Siebel - 2001 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 69:97-112.
     
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    Volume26 No. 1 February 2003.Mark Siebel, Illocutionary Acts & Scott Soames - 2003 - Linguistics and Philosophy 26:791-792.
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    Review: The Ontology of Meanings. [REVIEW]Mark Siebel - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 137 (3):417-426.
    In part 4 of Meaning, Expression, and Thought, Davis rejects what he calls Fregean ideational theories, according to which the meaning of an expression is an idea; and then presents his own account, which states that, e.g., the meaning of 'Primzahl' in German is the property of meaning prime number. Before casting doubt on the latter ontology of meanings, I come to Frege's defence by pointing out that he was not an advocate of the position Davis named after him because (...)
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    Does TEC Explain the Emergence of Distal Representations?Mark Siebel - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):588-589.
    Hommel et al. (2001) try to explain the emergence of distal representations by an evolutionary account which includes their theory of event coding. A closer look at the way the terms “distal representations” and “representations of events” are defined reveals, however, that their hypothesis of a common code for perceived and to-be-produced events is in fact superfluous. Moreover, it shows that they mix up empirical facts with conceptual/definitional facts in the second assumption of their explanation.
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  26. Ableitbarkeit bei Bolzano.Mark Siebel & Der Begriffder - 1999 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 2:265.
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  27. Bolzano’s Concept of Consequence.Mark Siebel - 2002 - The Monist 85 (4):580-599.
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  28. Erkenntnistheorie. Positionen zwischen Tradition und Gegenwart. [REVIEW]Mark Siebel - 2003 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 57 (3).
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  29. Free Content A Puzzle About Concept Possession.Mark Siebel - 2005 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 68:1-22.
    To have a propositional attitude, a thinker must possess the concepts included in its content. Surprisingly, this rather trivial principle refl ects badly on many theories of concept possession because, in its light, they seem to require too much. To solve this problem, I point out an ambiguity in attributions of the form 'S possesses the concept of Fs'. There is an undemanding sense which is involved in the given principle, whereas the theoretical claims concern a stronger sense which can (...)
     
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  30. Inconsistency as a Touchstone for Coherence Measures.Mark Siebel & Michael Schippers - 2015 - Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 30 (1):11.
  31. La notion bolzanienne de déductibilité.Mark Siebel - 2003 - Philosophiques 30 (1):171-189.
    L’article présente le concept de déductibilité que Bolzano introduit dans sa Wissenscahftslehre, indique quelques traits caractéristiques en vertu desquels ce concept diffère de plusieurs conceptions contemporaines de la conséquence et examine l’affirmation selon laquelle il présente une forte similarité avec la conception de Tarski et la logique de la pertinence.The article presents the concept of deducibility which Bolzano introduced in his Wissenschaftslehre, points out some of the characteristic features in virtue of which it differs from many modern conceptions of consequence (...)
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  32. Semantik Und Ontologie.Mark Siebel & Mark Textor (eds.) - 2004 - Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.
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  33. Semantik Und Ontologie: Beiträge Zur Philosophischen Forschung.Mark Siebel & Markus Textor (eds.) - 2004 - Ontos Verlag.
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  34. Variation, Derivability and Necessity.Mark Siebel - 1997 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 53:117-137.
    In Bolzano's view, a proposition is necessarily true iff it is derivable from true propositions that include no intuition. This analysis is historically important because it displays close similarities to Quine's and Kripke's ideas. Its systematic significance, however, is reduced by the fact that derivability is defined with recourse to the method of variation, which we are allowed to apply even to propositions containing none of the respective variables. This liberality leads to the result that, according to Bolzano's analysis, every (...)
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