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Mark Zelcer
Queensborough Community College (CUNY)
  1. Reading the Menexenus Intertextually.Mark Zelcer - 2018 - In Harold Parker & Max Robitzsch (eds.), Speeches for the Dead: Essays on Plato's Menexenus. Berlin: de Gruyter. pp. 29-49.
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  2. Against Mathematical Explanation.Mark Zelcer - 2013 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 44 (1):173-192.
    Lately, philosophers of mathematics have been exploring the notion of mathematical explanation within mathematics. This project is supposed to be analogous to the search for the correct analysis of scientific explanation. I argue here that given the way philosophers have been using “ explanation,” the term is not applicable to mathematics as it is in science.
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    A History of the Continuum, Without Too Many Gaps: John L. Bell: The Continuous, the Discrete and the Infinitesimal in Philosophy and Mathematics. Switzerland: Springer, 2019, 313+Xvii Pp, 88.39€ HB. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2020 - Metascience 29 (2):333-336.
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    Plato’s Menexenus as a History That Falls Into Patterns.Nickolas Pappas & Mark Zelcer - 2013 - Ancient Philosophy 33 (1):19-31.
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    Conscientious Objection and the Transformative Nature of War.Mark Zelcer - 2015 - Journal of Military Ethics 14 (2):118-122.
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    Mathematics Via Symmetry.Noson Yanofsky & Mark Zelcer - unknown
    We state the defining characteristic of mathematics as a type of symmetry where one can change the connotation of a mathematical statement in a certain way when the statement's truth value remains the same. This view of mathematics as satisfying such symmetry places mathematics as comparable with modern views of physics and science where, over the past century, symmetry also plays a defining role. We explore the very nature of mathematics and its relationship with natural science from this perspective. This (...)
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    Ethics for the Weekends: The Case of Reservists.Mark Zelcer - 2012 - Journal of Military Ethics 11 (4):333-352.
    This essay argues that a military's reserve force occupies an important and overlooked ethical position. It shows that, among other things, reservists pose special challenges to virtue ethics accounts of military personnel, an understanding of the relationship between a government and its military, as well as standard questions about jus in bello.
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    Plato on International Relations.Mark Zelcer - 2017 - Philosophical Forum 48 (3):325-339.
    Plato’s political philosophy is usually seen in the context of domestic politics, justice within a polis. This essay argues that Plato had views on international relations theory as well. We show that Plato had a theory of the causes of international conflict, and that his theory can be seen as a response to Thucydides’ theory as well as theories espoused by other Greek thinkers. Plato’s theory can be generalized to a theory of causation in the social sciences. He also had (...)
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    A Wide-Ranging Collection on Arithmetic and Other Matters: Review of Storrs McCall's: The Consistency of Arithmetic: And Other Essays. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, 240 Pp, £48.00 HB. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2015 - Metascience 24 (3):479-481.
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    A Finite Review of a Finite Book on an Infinite Topic: Alexander R. Pruss: Infinity, Causation, and Paradox. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 207pp, $60.00. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2019 - Metascience 28 (2):349-351.
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    The Role of Symmetry in Mathematics.Noson S. Yanofsky & Mark Zelcer - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (3):495-515.
    Over the past few decades the notion of symmetry has played a major role in physics and in the philosophy of physics. Philosophers have used symmetry to discuss the ontology and seeming objectivity of the laws of physics. We introduce several notions of symmetry in mathematics and explain how they can also be used in resolving different problems in the philosophy of mathematics. We use symmetry to discuss the objectivity of mathematics, the role of mathematical objects, the unreasonable effectiveness of (...)
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    Review of Andrew Aberdein and Matthew Inglis (eds), Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics: New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2019, 296 pages, $114. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2020 - Philosophia 48 (3):1283-1287.
  13. A Flow-Chart Approach to the Ontological Argument.Mark Zelcer - 2003 - APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 2 (2):232-233.
     
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  14. Review of E. Brian Davies, Why Beliefs Matter: Reflections on the Nature of Science. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2014 - Science, Religion and Culture 1 (3):141-143.
     
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    A Glimpse of Some Topics in Contemporary Philosophy of Mathematics: John P. Burgess: Rigor and Structure. Oxford University Press, 2015, 215 Pp, £35.00 HB. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2016 - Metascience 25 (1):147-150.
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    Putnam on Metaphysics, Religion, and Ethics: Critical Notice of Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas, Wittgenstein.Mark Zelcer - 2009 - Philosophical Forum 40 (3):425-434.
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    A Translation of “Beliefs and Opinions in Light of the Natural Sciences”.Mark Zelcer & Abraham Adolf Fraenkel - 2012 - Hakirah 12:209-232.
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    Review of Noson Yanofsky, The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics and Logic Cannot Tell Us. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (255):383-385.
  19. The Cyrenaics. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2011 - Philosophical Forum 42 (3):273-273.
     
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    Reflections on Recollections: A Jewish Mathematician’s Life: Abraham A. Fraenkel. Recollections of a Jewish Mathematician in Germany. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield , Allison Brown . Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, $89.99 HB. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer - 2017 - Metascience 26 (3):503-505.
  21. A Cognitive Neuroscience, Dual-Systems Approach to the Sorites Paradox.Leib Litman & Mark Zelcer - 2013 - Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 25 (3):355-366.
    Typical approaches to resolving the sorites paradox attempt to show, in one way or another, that the sorites argument is not paradoxical after all. However, if one can show that the sorites is not really paradoxical, the task remains of explaining why it appears to be a paradox. Our approach begins by addressing the appearance of paradox and then explores what this means for the paradox itself. We examine the sorites from the perspective of the various brain systems that are (...)
     
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    Politics and Philosophy in Plato's Menexenus: Education and Rhetoric, Myth and History.Nickolas Pappas & Mark Zelcer - 2015 - New York, USA: Routledge.
  23. Military Psychological Operations: Ethics and Policy Considerations.Mark Zelcer, Garrett vanPelt & Devin Casey - 2018 - In David Boonin (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy. Palgrave. pp. 111-122.
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  24. Military Psychological Operations: Ethics and Policy Considerations.Mark Zelcer, Garrett VanPelt & Devin Casey - 2018 - In David Boonin, Katrina L. Sifferd, Tyler K. Fagan, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Michael Huemer, Daniel Wodak, Derk Pereboom, Stephen J. Morse, Sarah Tyson, Mark Zelcer, Garrett VanPelt, Devin Casey, Philip E. Devine, David K. Chan, Maarten Boudry, Christopher Freiman, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shelley Wilcox, Jason Brennan, Eric Wiland, Ryan Muldoon, Mark Alfano, Philip Robichaud, Kevin Timpe, David Livingstone Smith, Francis J. Beckwith, Dan Hooley, Russell Blackford, John Corvino, Corey McCall, Dan Demetriou, Ajume Wingo, Michael Shermer, Ole Martin Moen, Aksel Braanen Sterri, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Jeppe von Platz, John Thrasher, Mary Hawkesworth, William MacAskill, Daniel Halliday, Janine O’Flynn, Yoaav Isaacs, Jason Iuliano, Claire Pickard, Arvin M. Gouw, Tina Rulli, Justin Caouette, Allen Habib, Brian D. Earp, Andrew Vierra, Subrena E. Smith, Danielle M. Wenner, Lisa Diependaele, Sigrid Sterckx, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus K. Labude, Harisan Unais Nasir, Udo Schuklenk, Benjamin Zolf & Woolwine (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy. Springer Verlag. pp. 111-122.
    This chapter addresses some basic ethical questions about psychological operations. It defines PSYOP, then compares and contrasts it with both conventional military activities and contemporary information warfare. Then it briefly clarifies emerging public policy problems, outlines relevant legal particularities, and offers general policy considerations with regard to ethical considerations in its employment.
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