28 found
Order:
See also
Michael Liston
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  1.  87
    Rabbits Astray and Significance Awandering: Review Essay on Mark Wilson’s Wandering Significance.Michael Liston - 2010 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (3):809-817.
  2.  57
    Taking Mathematical Fictions Seriously.Michael Liston - 1993 - Synthese 95 (3):433 - 458.
    I argue on the basis of an example, Fourier theory applied to the problem of vibration, that Field's program for nominalizing science is unlikely to succeed generally, since no nominalistic variant will provide us with the kind of physical insight into the phenomena that the standard theory supplies. Consideration of the same example also shows, I argue, that some of the motivation for mathematical fictionalism, particularly the alleged problem of cognitive access, is more apparent than real.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   3 citations  
  3.  10
    The Fortunes of Inquiry. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):433-436.
    No categories
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   3 citations  
  4. Mark Steiner. The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem.Michael Liston - 2000 - Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
  5.  51
    Critical Studies / Book Reviews.Michael Liston - 2000 - Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
  6.  70
    Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism.Michael Liston - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):356 – 359.
    Book Information Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism. Knowledge, Cause, and Abstract Objects: Causal Objections to Platonism Colin Cheyne , Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 2001 , xvi + 236 , £55 ( cloth ) By Colin Cheyne. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Pp. xvi + 236. £55.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   1 citation  
  7.  17
    How Abstract Objects Strike Us.Michael Liston - 1994 - Dialectica 48 (1):3-27.
    SummaryBenacerraf challenges us to account for the reliability of our mathematical beliefs given that there appear to be no natural connections between mathematical believers and mathematical ontology. In this paper I try to do two things. I argue that the interactionist view underlying this challenge renders inexplicable not only the reliability of our mathematical beliefs, construed either platonistically or naturalistically , but also the reliability of most of our beliefs in physics. I attempt to counter Benacerraf's challenge by sketching an (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   1 citation  
  8.  6
    Externalist Determinants of Reference.Michael Liston - 1998 - ProtoSociology 11:173-215.
    According to externalism, reference is a relation between uses of an expression and features of the environment. Moreover, the reference relation is normative , and the referential relata of our expressions are explanatory of successful language use. This paper largely agrees with the broad conception underlying externalism: it is what people do with words that makes them have the references they have, and the world constrains what people can successfully do with words. However, the paper strongly disagrees with the details (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   1 citation  
  9.  44
    Scientific Realism and Antirealism.Michael Liston - 2016 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Scientific Realism and Antirealism Debates about scientific realism concern the extent to which we are entitled to hope or believe that science will tell us what the world is really like. Realists tend to be optimistic; antirealists do not. To a first approximation, scientific realism is the view that well-confirmed scientific theories are approximately true; … Continue reading Scientific Realism and Antirealism →.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  10.  77
    Explaining Donnellan's Distinction.Jeffrey King & Michael Liston - 1984 - Analysis 44 (1):13 - 14.
  11.  27
    Christopher Pincock. Mathematics and Scientific Representation. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-975710-7. Pp. Xv + 330. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2013 - Philosophia Mathematica 21 (3):371-385.
  12.  17
    Duhemian Lessons for Metaphysicians.Michael Liston -
    In this paper I discuss lessons that metaphysicians might learn from Duhem. Given Duhem’s well known antipathy to metaphysics, you will likely think that this is a fairly inauspicious beginning with a predictable ending: i.e., physics is one thing, metaphysics another, and never the twain shall meet. If you will bear with me, however, I hope to persuade you differently. On the contrary, I will argue, Duhem was both a common sense and metaphysical realist, his nuanced views about the relationship (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  13.  3
    Does" Rabbit" Refer to Rabbits?Michael Liston & Michael List - 2005 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 1 (1):39-56.
    It is commonly presupposed that all instances of the deflationary reference schema ‘F’ applies to x if and only if x is ‘are correct. This paper argues, mainly on the basis of concrete example, that we have little reason to be confident about this presupposition: our tendency to believe the instances is based on local successes that may not be globally extendible. There is a problem of semantic projection, Ii argue, and standard accounts that would resolve or dissolve the problem (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  14.  2
    Introduction.Michael Liston - 2007 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):5-6.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  15.  13
    Mathematical Empiricism and the Mathematization of Chance: Comment on Gillies and Schneider.Michael Liston - 2000 - In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 77--80.
  16.  29
    Meaning in Mathematics.Michael Liston - 2012 - History and Philosophy of Logic 33 (4):379-381.
    History and Philosophy of Logic, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 1-2, Ahead of Print.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  17.  56
    Mr. More on Rigidity and Identity.Michael Liston - 1983 - Analysis 43 (3):146 - 147.
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  18.  5
    Mathematical Progress: Ariadne's Thread.Michael Liston - 2000 - In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 257--268.
  19.  24
    On Tins and Tin-Openers.Michael Liston - 2011 - In de Regt Henk W. (ed.), EPSA Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 151-160.
    Most science requires applied mathematics. This truism underlies the Quine-Putnam indispensability argument: we cannot be mathematical nominalists without rejecting whole swaths of good science that are seamlessly linked with mathematics. One style of response (e.g. Field’s program) accepts the challenge head-on and attempts to show how to do science without mathematics. There is some consensus that the response fails because the nominalistic apparatus deployed either is not extendible to all of mathematical physics or is merely a deft reconstrual equivalent to (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  20.  19
    On Tins and Tin-Openers.Michael Liston - 2009 - In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer. pp. 151--160.
    Most science requires applied mathematics. This truism underlies the Quine-Putnam indispensability argument: we cannot be mathematical nominalists without rejecting whole swaths of good science that are seamlessly linked with mathematics. One style of response accepts the challenge head-on and attempts to show how to do science without mathematics. There is some consensus that the response fails because the nominalistic apparatus deployed either is not extendible to all of mathematical physics or is merely a deft reconstrual equivalent to standard mathematics. A (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  21.  38
    Reliability in Mathematical Physics.Michael Liston - 1993 - Philosophy of Science 60 (1):1-21.
    In this paper I argue three things: (1) that the interactionist view underlying Benacerraf's (1973) challenge to mathematical beliefs renders inexplicable the reliability of most of our beliefs in physics; (2) that examples from mathematical physics suggest that we should view reliability differently; and (3) that abstract mathematical considerations are indispensable to explanations of the reliability of our beliefs.
    Direct download (7 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  22.  39
    Roland Omnès. Converging Realities: Towards a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005. Pp. XVII + 264. Isbn 0-691-11530-. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2007 - Philosophia Mathematica 15 (2):257-267.
    In this book physicist Roland Omnès addresses some big questions in philosophy of mathematics. Anyone who reflects on the history and practice of mathematics and the sciences, especially physics, will naturally be struck by some remarkable coincidences. First, often newly developed mathematics was not well understood. But its successful applications and its agreement with intuitive representations of reality promoted confidence in its correctness even absent clear foundations . Later, this confidence is vindicated when a proper setting for the concepts and (...)
    Direct download (7 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  23.  27
    Review of Penelope Maddy, Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method[REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (12).
  24.  26
    Review of Understanding the Infinite by Shaughan Lavine. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (3):480-482.
  25.  23
    Review of What Is Mathematics, Really? By Reuben Hersh. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (3):501-502.
  26.  6
    Through a Glass Darkly - Russell on Names.Michael Liston - 2007 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):191-226.
    Russell’s views about the proper logical and epistemological treatment of names conspired to lead him to set aside considerations that support the claim that names are not definite descriptions. Though he appreciated those considerations, he famously argued that ordinary names are truncated definite descriptions. Nevertheless, his appreciation of the distinctive semantic behavior of ordinary names combined with his view that acquaintance comes in degrees led him to attempt to secure a semantically privileged status for ordinary names: only special kinds of (...)
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  27.  11
    Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures by Margaret Morrison. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2001 - Isis 92:579-580.
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  28.  11
    Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures. Margaret Morrison.Michael Liston - 2001 - Isis 92 (3):579-580.