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  1. Redundant Causation.Michael McDermott - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (4):523-544.
    I propose an amendment of Lewis's counterfactual analysis of causation, designed to overcome some difficulties concerning redundant causation.
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    True Antecedents.Michael McDermott - 2007 - Acta Analytica 22 (4):333-335.
    In this note I discuss what seems to be a new kind of counterexample to Lewis’s account of counterfactuals. A coin is to be tossed twice. I bet on ‘Two heads’, and I win. Common sense says that (1) is false. But Lewis’s theory says that it is true. (1) If at least one head had come up, I would have won.
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    On the Truth Conditions of Certain ‘If’-Sentences.Michael McDermott - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):1-37.
    This paper is about what we may provisionally call “indicative” conditionals. It aims to describe one use of the word ‘if’, by giving the truth conditions of sentences using ‘if’ in the way in question. Here are some sentences that, on their natural interpretations, illustrate the target use.
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  4. Counterfactuals and Access Points.Michael McDermott - 1999 - Mind 108 (430):291-334.
    Common sense suggests that counterfactuals are capable of truth and falsity, and that their truth values depend on more than just the actual course of events. Projectivists, like Mackie, deny the first; reductivists, like Lewis, deny the second. I criticize Mackie's and Lewis's theories, thereby defending realism. There are parallel issues and positions concerning the other concepts of the natural necessity family. A realist theory may also have a positive part, consisting of an account of some of the conceptual relations (...)
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    Causation: Influence Versus Sufficiency.Michael McDermott - 2002 - Journal of Philosophy 99 (2):84-101.
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    Conditionals.Michael McDermott, Michael Woods, David Wiggins & Dorothy Edington - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):103.
    Woods argues that there is just one meaning of ‘if’ in all conditionals. Like Dudman, he thinks that the traditional division into “indicatives” and “subjunctives” is wrong; but unlike Dudman, he thinks that even a line drawn in the right place won’t distinguish two senses of ‘if’. Woods’s comprehensive account of conditionals has three main ingredients: the meaning of ‘if’, the meaning of ‘will’/‘would’, and the temporal significance of tense.
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    On the Truth Conditions of Certain ‘If’-Sentences.Michael McDermott - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):1-37.
    This paper is about what we may provisionally call “indicative” conditionals. It aims to describe one use of the word ‘if’, by giving the truth conditions of sentences using ‘if’ in the way in question. Here are some sentences that, on their natural interpretations, illustrate the target use.
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    Harms and Objections.Michael McDermott - forthcoming - Analysis.
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    Jonathan Bennett, A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003, Pp. 402, £50 , £17.99.Michael McDermott - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):341-350.
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    Causation.Michael McDermott - 2002 - Journal of Philosophy 99 (2):84 - 101.
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    Truth and Assertability.Michael McDermott - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 38 (4):465-470.
    Deflationists say that the equivalence between ‘p is true’ and p is all there is to the meaning of ‘true’. “Use” theories generally construe meaning as acceptance conditions. I argue: (i) there are certain obvious objections to a deflationary theory of truth so formulated; but (ii) they can be overcome if we employ a graded notion of use, i.e. a notion of assertability; but (iii) there appear to be certain further difficulties which cannot be overcome in this way.
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  12. A Russellian Account of Belief Sentences.Michael McDermott - 1988 - Philosophical Quarterly 38 (151):141-157.
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    Lewis on Causal Dependence.Michael McDermott - 1995 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (1):129 – 139.
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    Closeness of Worlds.Michael McDermott - 2003 - Acta Analytica 18 (1-2):227-230.
    An objection is presented to Lewis’s analysis of counterfactual conditionals in terms of relative closeness of possible worlds. The objection depends on no special assumptions about the ‘closer-than’ relation. The argument also casts doubt on Lewis’s claim that Antecedent Strengthening fails for counterfactuals.
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    A Science of Intention.Michael McDermott - 2009 - Philosophical Quarterly 59 (235):252-273.
    Quine's key argument against intentional psychology is that belief ascriptions have no determinate empirical content unless we take facts about linguistic meaning for granted, but meaning claims have no determinate empirical content unless we take belief for granted. I try to show that, on the contrary, an intentional psychology can explain behaviour without relying on any concept of meaning.
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    Are Plans Necessary?Michael McDermott - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 138 (2):225-232.
    According to classical decision theory, an agent realises at time t the option with maximum expected utility (determined by his beliefs and desires at t), where the relevant options are possible actions performed at t. I consider an alternative according to which the relevant options are in general plans, complex courses of action extending into the future.
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    The Narrow Semantics of Names.Michael McDermott - 1988 - Mind 97 (386):224-237.
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    Hare's Argument for Utilitarianism.Michael McDermott - 1983 - Philosophical Quarterly 33 (133):386-391.
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    Sets as Open Sentences.Michael McDermott - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (3):247 - 253.
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    How to Preach.Michael McDermott - 1978 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 8 (4):633 - 652.
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    Metaphysics and Conceptual Analysis: Lewis on Indeterministic Causation.Michael McDermott - 1997 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 75 (3):396 – 403.
    Lewis considers (Postscript B to 'Causation') the objection that what he calls a plain case of probabilistic causation is really a probable case of plain causation. He replies that the objection rests on the false metaphysical assumption that counterfactuals whose consequents are about events (rather than chances) can be true under indeterminism. The present note argues that this is the wrong kind of reply, because metaphysics is never relevant to conceptual analysis.
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    Reply to Ramachandran.Michael McDermott - 1996 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (2):330.
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    Utility and Rational Self-Interest.Michael McDermott - 1984 - Philosophical Studies 46 (2):199 - 214.
  24. Inductive Definitions.Michael Mcdermott - 1981 - Logique Et Analyse 24 (September-December):315-330.
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