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  1. Through Thick and Thin.Menachem Fisch - 2004 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (1):1-24.
    Some relativists deny that moral discourse is factual. According to them, our ethical commitments are to be explained by appealing to noncognitive mental states like desires, rather than to beliefs in some independent moral facts. Indeed, the package antirealism (there are no moral properties) & noncognitivism (the source of moral commitments is noncognitive) seems to be implicit in Lewis’s and Harman’s relativism. But to many philosophers this package seems to be unattractive. Our task in this paper is to construe and (...)
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  2. Through Thick and Thin: A New Defense of Cultural Relativism.Yitzhak Benbaji & Menachem Fisch - 2004 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (1):1-24.
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  3. William Whewell Philosopher of Sciences.Menachem Fisch & Robert C. Richardson - 1994 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):155.
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    Whewell's Consilience of Inductions--An Evaluation.Menachem Fisch - 1985 - Philosophy of Science 52 (2):239-255.
    The paper attempts to elucidate and evaluate William Whewell's notion of a "consilience of inductions." In section I Whewellian consilience is defined and shown to differ considerably from what latter-day writers talk about when they use the term. In section II a primary analysis of consilience is shown to yield two types of consilient processes, one in which one of the lower-level laws undergoes a conceptual change (the case aptly discussed in Butts [1977]), and one in which the explanatory theory (...)
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  5. William Whewell: A Composite Portrait.Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.) - 1991 - Clarendon Press.
    William Whewell was a giant of Victorian intellectual culture. His influence, whether recognized or forgotten, is palpable in areas as diverse as moral philosophy, mineralogy, architecture, the politics of education, physics, engineering, and theology. Recent studies of the place of the sciences in nineteenth-century Britain have repeatedly indicated the significance of Whewell's sweeping and critical proposals for a reformed account of scientific knowledge and moral values. -/- However, until now there has been no detailed study of the context and impact (...)
     
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    Necessary and Contingent Truth in William Whewell's Antithetical Theory of Knowledge.Menachem Fisch - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (4):275-314.
  7. A Philosopher's Coming of Age: A Study in Erotetic Intellectual History.Menachem Fisch - 1991 - In Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.), William Whewell: A Composite Portrait. Clarendon Press. pp. 31--66.
     
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    Taking the Linguistic Turn Seriously.Menachem Fisch - 2008 - The European Legacy 13 (5):605-622.
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    Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency.Menachem Fisch - 2010 - The Monist 93 (4):518-544.
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    Toward a Rational Theory of Progress.Menachem Fisch - 1994 - Synthese 99 (2):277 - 304.
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    Factuality Without Realism: Normativity and the Davidsonian Approach to Meaning.Yitzhak Benbaji & Menachem Fisch - 2005 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):505-530.
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    How and Why I Write History of Science.Menachem Fisch - 2013 - Science in Context 26 (4):573-585.
    I have always been a philosopher at heart. I write history of science and history of its philosophy primarily as a philosopher wary of his abstractions and broad conceptualizations. But that has not always been the case. Lakatos famously portrayed history of science as the testing ground for theories of scientific rationality. But he did so along the crudest Hegelian lines that did injury both to Hegel and to the history and methodology of science. Since science is ultimately rational, he (...)
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    Science Naturalized, Science Denatured: An Evaluation of Ronald Giere's Cognitivist Approach to Explaining Science.Noah J. Efron & Menachem Fisch - 1991 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 13 (2):187 - 221.
    Ronald Giere and others aspire to 'naturalize science' by examining scientific activity as they would any other natural phenomenon — scientifically. Giere aims to fashion a theory of science that is naturalistic, realistic, and evolutionary, and to thus carve for himself a niche between foundationalist philosophies of science (positing abstract criteria of rationality) on the one hand, and relativist sociologies of science on the other. Giere's approach is appealing because it allows that science is a human endeavor pursued by humans (...)
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    HOPOS and the Paradigm Shifts of Philosophy.Menachem Fisch - manuscript
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    Factuality Without Realism.Menachem Fisch - 2005 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):505-530.
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    Hempel's Ravens, the Natural Classification of Hypotheses and the Growth of Knowledge.Menachem Fisch - 1984 - Erkenntnis 21 (1):45 - 62.
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    ‘The Emergency Which Has Arrived’: The Problematic History of Nineteenth-Century British Algebra – a Programmatic Outline.Menachem Fisch - 1994 - British Journal for the History of Science 27 (3):247-276.
    More than any other aspect of the Second Scientific Revolution, the remarkable revitalization or British mathematics and mathematical physics during the first half of the nineteenth century is perhaps the most deserving of the name. While the newly constituted sciences of biology and geology were undergoing their first revolution, as it were, the reform of British mathematics was truly and self-consciously the story of a second coming of age. ‘Discovered by Fermat, cocinnated and rendered analytical by Newton, and enriched by (...)
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    Ein Blick vorwärts in die Vergangenheit: Ein Fall für den historischen Nominalismus.Menachem Fisch - 1992 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 40 (11):1279-1294.
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    Trouble-Shooting Creativity: A Critical Appraisal of David Bohm and F. David Peat's "Science Order & Creativity".Menachem Fisch - 1994 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):141 - 153.
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  20. Rational Rabbis: Its Project and Argument.Menachem Fisch - 2006 - Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
    0. Rational Rabbis aspires to make two main points, one philosophical and contemporary, the other interpretative and historical. The book’s philosophical undertaking, presented in Part I, is to develop a central insight of Karl Popper’s into a more fuller theory of rational endeavor. The book’s interpretative and main undertaking, presented in Part II, is to argue (a) that the talmudic literature bears clear witness to a tannaitic view of humanly possible intellectual achievement intriguingly akin to the theory of rationality proposed (...)
     
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  21. 11. Antithetical Knowledge.Menachem Fisch - 1991 - In Menachem Fisch & Simon Schaffer (eds.), William Whewell: A Composite Portrait. Clarendon Press. pp. 289.
  22. Berakhot 19b: The Bavli's Paradigm of Confrontational Discourse.Menachem Fisch - 2006 - Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
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  23. Babbage's Two Lives.Menachem Fisch - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Science 47 (1):95-118.
    Babbage wrote two relatively detailed, yet significantly incongruous, autobiographical accounts of his pre-Cambridge and Cambridge days. He published one in 1864 and in it advertised the existence of the other, which he carefully retained in manuscript form. The aim of this paper is to chart in some detail for the first time the discrepancies between the two accounts, to compare and assess their relative credibility, and to explain their author's possible reasons for knowingly fabricating the less credible of the two.
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  24. Criticism, Interpretation, and Canon: A Reply of Sorts.Menachem Fisch - 2006 - Journal of Textual Reasoning 4 (2).
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  25. Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge, and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain by Richard Yeo. [REVIEW]Menachem Fisch - 1994 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 85:706-707.
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  26. Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge, and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain. Richard Yeo.Menachem Fisch - 1994 - Isis 85 (4):706-707.
  27. Ethical Diversity, Tolerance, and the Problem of Sovereignty: A Jewish Perspective.Menachem Fisch - 2009 - In Tracy B. Strong & Richard Madsen (eds.), The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World. Princeton University Press. pp. 195-218.
  28. Necessary and Contingent Truth in William Whewell's Antithetical Theory of Knowledge.Menachem Fisch - 1984 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 16 (4):275.
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  29. Trouble-Shooting Creativity: A Critical Appraisal of David Bohm and F. David Peat's' Science Orders & Creativity'. A Review of Science Order & Creativity. [REVIEW]Menachem Fisch, David Bohm & F. David Peat - 1994 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (1):141-154.
     
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  30. The View From Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism.Menachem Fisch - 2011 - University of Notre Dame Press.
    __The View from Within_ _examines the character of reason and the ability of an individual to effectively distance himself from the normative framework in which he functions in order to be self-critical and innovative. To accomplish this task, Menachem Fisch and Yitzhak Benbaji critically employ or reject the recent writings of Brandom, Friedman, Frankfurt, Walzer, Davidson, Williams, Habermas, Rorty, and McDowell to offer a fundamental analysis of the character of reason and the problem of relativism. This ambitious book forcefully raises (...)
     
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