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Michael Liston
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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    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. Mark Steiner. The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem.Michael Liston - 2000 - Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
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    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.
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    Critical Studies / Book Reviews.Michael Liston - 2000 - Philosophia Mathematica 8 (2):190-213.
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    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.
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    The Fortunes of Inquiry. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):433-436.
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    Explaining Donnellan's Distinction.Jeffrey King & Michael Liston - 1984 - Analysis 44 (1):13 - 14.
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    Review of What Is Mathematics, Really? By Reuben Hersh. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (3):501-502.
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    Review of Understanding the Infinite by Shaughan Lavine. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (3):480-482.
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    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 (...)
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    Mr. More on Rigidity and Identity.Michael Liston - 1983 - Analysis 43 (3):146 - 147.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures. Margaret Morrison.Michael Liston - 2001 - Isis 92 (3):579-580.
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    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.
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    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 (...)
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    Review of Penelope Maddy, Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method[REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (12).
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    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 (...)
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    Duhemian Lessons for Metaphysicians.Michael Liston - manuscript
    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 (...)
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    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 (...)
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    Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures by Margaret Morrison. [REVIEW]Michael Liston - 2001 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:579-580.
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    Through a Glass Darkly - Russell on Names.Michael Liston - 2007 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (2):191-226.
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    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 (...)
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    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.
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    Does" Rabbit" Refer to Rabbits?Michael Liston & Michael List - 2005 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 1 (1):39-56.