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    The Coherence Theory of Truth.Nicholas Rescher - 1973 - Oxford, Clarendon Press.
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    Process Metaphysics: An Introduction to Process Philosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 1996 - State University of New York Press.
    Presents a synoptic, compact, and accessible exposition of this influential and interesting sector of twentieth-century American philosophy.
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    Dialectics: A Controversy-Oriented Approach to the Theory of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 1977 - State University of New York Press.
    tational background of dialectic: the structure of formal disputation. Formal disputation Perhaps the clearest, and surely historically the most prominent, ...
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    Luck: The Brilliant Randomness of Everyday Life.Nicholas Rescher - 1995 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    An esteemed American philosopher reflects on the nature of luck and its historical role in war, business, lotteries, and romance, and delineates the differences ...
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    Many-Valued Logic.Nicholas Rescher - 1969 - New York: Mcgraw-Hill.
  6. Pluralism: Against the Demand for Consensus.Nicholas Rescher - 1993 - Oxford University Press.
    Nicholas Rescher presents a critical reaction against two currently influential tendencies of thought. On the one hand, he rejects the facile relativism that pervades contemporary social and academic life. On the other hand, he opposes the rationalism inherent in neo-contractarian theory--both in the idealized communicative-contract version promoted in continental European political philosophy by J;urgen Habermas, and in the idealized social contract version of the theory of political justice promoted in the Anglo-American context by John Rawls. Against such tendencies, Rescher's pluralist (...)
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  7. Rationality: A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Nature and the Rationale of Reason.Nicholas Rescher - 1988 - Oxford University Press.
    Contending that only a normative theory of rationality can be adequate to the complexities of the subject, this book explains and defends the view that rationality consists of the intelligent pursuit of appropriate objectives. Rescher considers the mechanics, rationale, and rewards of reason, and argues that social scientists who want to present a theory of rationality while avoiding the vexing complexities of normative deliberations must amend their perspective of the rational enterprise.
     
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  8. Essays in Honor of Carl G. Hempel.Carl G. Hempel, Donald Davidson & Nicholas Rescher (eds.) - 1970 - Dordrecht: D. Reidel.
    Reminiscences of Peter, by P. Oppenheim.--Natural kinds, by W. V. Quine.--Inductive independence and the paradoxes of confirmation, by J. Hintikka.--Partial entailment as a basis for inductive logic, by W. C. Salmon.--Are there non-deductive logics?, by W. Sellars.--Statistical explanation vs. statistical inference, by R. C. Jeffre--Newcomb's problem and two principles of choice, by R. Nozick.--The meaning of time, by A. Grünbaum.--Lawfulness as mind-dependent, by N. Rescher.--Events and their descriptions: some considerations, by J. Kim.--The individuation of events, by D. Davidson.--On properties, by (...)
     
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    Methodological Pragmatism: A Systems-Theoretic Approach to the Theory of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 1977 - Blackwell.
  10. Realistic Pragmatism: An Introduction to Pragmatic Philosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 1999 - State University of New York Press.
    Recovers classical pragmatism from recent deconstructive interpretations.
     
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    Temporal Logic.Nicholas Rescher - 1971 - New York: Springer Verlag.
  12. Scientific Explanation.Nicholas Rescher - 1970 - New York: Free Press.
  13. Distributive Justice: A Constructive Critique of the Utilitarian Theory of Distribution.Nicholas Rescher - 1969 - Philosophical Review 78 (2):265-268.
  14. Moral Objectivity.Nicholas Rescher - 2008 - Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):393-409.
    The aim of this essay is to set out an argument for moral objectivity. A brief sketch of the considerations at issue should help make it possible to keep sight of the forest amid the profusion of trees.
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    Unknowability: An Inquiry Into the Limits of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 2009 - Lexington Books.
    This philosophically rich volume examines the limits of human knowledge and considers their implications.
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  16. H2O: Hempel-Helmer-Oppenheim, an Episode in the History of Scientific Philosophy in the 20th Century.Nicholas Rescher - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (2):334 - 360.
  17. The Allocation of Exotic Medical Lifesaving Therapy.Nicholas Rescher - 1969 - Ethics 79 (3):173-186.
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    Hypothetical Reasoning.Nicholas Rescher - 1964 - Amsterdam: North-Holland Pub. Co..
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  19. Philosophical Disagreement: An Essay Towards Orientational Pluralism in Metaphilosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 1978 - Review of Metaphysics 32 (2):217 - 251.
  20. Paradoxes: Their Roots, Range, and Resolution.Nicholas Rescher - 2004 - Studia Logica 76 (1):135-142.
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    Presumption and the Practices of Tentative Cognition.Nicholas Rescher - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    Presumption is a remarkably versatile and pervasively useful resource. Firmly grounded in the law of evidence from its origins in classical antiquity, it made its way in the days of medieval scholasticism into the theory and practice of disputation and debate. Subsequently, it extended its reach to play an increasingly significant role in the philosophical theory of knowledge. It has thus come to represent a region where lawyers, debaters, and philosophers can all find some common around. In Presumption and the (...)
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    Leibniz: An Introduction to His Philosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 1979 - University Press of America.
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    Peirce's Philosophy of Science.Nicholas Rescher - 1979 - Philosophy 54 (210):566-567.
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  24. Process Philosophy: A Survey of Basic Issues.Nicholas Rescher - 2000 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    _Process Philosophy_ surveys the basic issues and controversies surrounding the philosophical approach known as “process philosophy.” Process philosophy views temporality, activity, and change as the cardinal factors for our understanding of the real—process has priority over product, both ontologically and epistemically. Rescher examines the movement’s historical origins, reflecting a major line of thought in the work of such philosophers as Heracleitus, Leibniz, Bergson, Peirce, William James, and especially A. N. Whitehead. Reacting against the tendency to associate process philosophy too closely (...)
     
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  25. Epistemology: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 2003 - State University of New York Press.
    A comprehensive introduction to the theory of knowledge.
     
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  26. Plurality Quantification Revisited.Nicholas Rescher - 2004 - Philosophical Inquiry 26 (1-2):1-6.
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    The Strife of Systems: An Essay on the Grounds and Implications of Philosophical Diversity.Nicholas Rescher - 1985 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    The disagreement of philosophers is notorious. In this book, Rescher develops a theory that accounts for this conflict and shows how the basis for philosophical disagreement roots in divergent 'cognitive values'-values regarding matters such as importance, centrality, and priority. In light of this analysis, Rescher maintains that, despite this inevitable discord, a skeptical or indifferentist reaction to traditional philosophy is not warranted, seeing that genuine value-conflicts are at issue. He argues that philosophy is an important and worthwhile enterprise, notwithstanding its (...)
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    A System of Pragmatic Idealism.Nicholas Rescher - 1992
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  29. Epistemic Logic: A Survey of the Logic of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 2005 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    Epistemic logic is the branch of philosophical thought that seeks to formalize the discourse about knowledge. Its object is to articulate and clarify the general principles of reasoning about claims to and attributions of knowledge. This comprehensive survey of the topic offers the first systematic account of the subject as it has developed in the journal literature over recent decades. Rescher gives an overview of the discipline by setting out the general principles for reasoning about such matters as propositional knowledge (...)
     
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  30. Introduction to Value Theory.Nicholas Rescher - 1969 - Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall.
    A reprint of the popular 1969, Prentice-Hall edition, the principal innovation of this philosophical introduction to value theory is its focus upon values as they are dealt with in everyday life situations, and have sometimes been studied by sociologists and social psychologists, rather than upon value as has been standard in the philosophical tradition.
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    Plausible Reasoning: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Plausibilistic Inference.Nicholas Rescher - 1976 - Van Gorcum.
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    Peirce's Philosophy of Science: Critical Studies in His Theory of Induction and Scientific Method.Nicholas Rescher - 1978 - Philosophical Review 90 (1):138-143.
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    The Logic of Decision and Action.Nicholas Rescher & Alan Ross Anderson (eds.) - 1966 - Pittsburgh]University of Pittsburgh Press.
    The four main essays in this volume investigate new sectors of the theory of decision, preference, act-characteristics, and action analysis.
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  34. Scientific Realism a Critical Reappraisal.Nicholas Rescher - 1987
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    Process Philosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  36. Induction: An Essay on the Justification of Inductive Reasoning.Nicholas Rescher - 1980 - Blackwell.
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    Unpopular Essays on Technological Progress.Nicholas Rescher - 1980 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    Nicholas Rescher examines a number of controversial social issues using the intellectual tools of the philosopher, in an attempt to clarify some of the complexities of modern society, technology, and economics. He elucidates his thoughts on topics such as: whether technological progress leads to greater happiness; environmental problems; endangered species, costly scientific research on the frontiers of knowledge, medical/moral issues on the preservation of life; and crime and justice, among others.
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  38. Cognitive Economy: The Economic Dimension of the Theory of Knowledge.Nicholas Rescher - 1989 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    Cost, expected benefits, and risks are paramount in grant agencies' decisions to fund scientific research. In _Cognitive Economy,_ Nicholas Rescher outlines a general theory for the cost-effective use of intellectual resources, amplifying the theories of Charles Sanders Pierce, who stressed an “economy of research.” Rescher discusses the requirements of cooperation, communication, cognitive importance, cognitive economy, as well as the economic factors bearing on induction and simplicity. He then applies his model to several case studies and to clarifying the limits imposed (...)
     
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  39. Complexity a Philosophical Overview.Nicholas Rescher - 1998
     
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    Topics in Philosophical Logic.Nicholas Rescher - 1968 - Dordrecht: D. Reidel.
  41. [Book Review] Objectivity, the Obligations of Impersonal Reason. [REVIEW]Nicholas Rescher - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4):286-291.
     
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    Conditionals.Nicholas Rescher - 2007 - Bradford.
    This book by distinguished philosopher Nicholas Rescher seeks to clarify the idea of what a conditional says by elucidating the information that is normally transmitted by its utterance. The result is a unified treatment of conditionals based on epistemological principles rather than the semantical principles in vogue over recent decades. This approach, argues Rescher, makes it easier to understand how conditionals actually function in our thought and discourse. In its concern with what language theorists call pragmatics--the study of the norms (...)
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    Foundationalism, Coherentism, and the Idea of Cognitive Systematization.Nicholas Rescher - 1974 - Journal of Philosophy 71 (19):695-708.
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    Cause and Counterfactual.Herbert A. Simon & Nicholas Rescher - 1966 - Philosophy of Science 33 (4):323-340.
    It is shown how a causal ordering can be defined in a complete structure, and how it is equivalent to identifying the mechanisms of a system. Several techniques are shown that may be useful in actually accomplishing such identification. Finally, it is shown how this explication of causal ordering can be used to analyse causal counterfactual conditionals. First the counterfactual proposition at issue is articulated through the device of a belief-contravening supposition. Then the causal ordering is used to provide modal (...)
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    Axioms for the Part Relation.Nicholas Rescher - 1955 - Philosophical Studies 6 (1):8 - 11.
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    Introduction to Logic.Nicholas Rescher - 1964 - New York: St. Martin's Press.
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    Philosophical Reasoning: A Study in the Methodology of Philosophizing.Nicholas Rescher - 2001 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This book is a study in the methodology of philosophical inquiry. It expounds and defends the thesis that systematization is the proper instrument of philosophical inquiry and that the effective pursuit of philosophy's mission calls for constructing a doctrinal system that answers our questions in a coherent and comprehensive manner.
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    A Philosopher Looks at Science. [REVIEW]Nicholas Rescher - 1959 - Journal of Philosophy 56 (24):970-973.
  49. Philosophical Dialectics: An Essay on Metaphilosophy.Nicholas Rescher - 2006 - State University of New York Press.
    A study in philosophical methodology aimed at providing a clear view of the scope and limits of philosophical inquiry.
     
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    Studies in Epistemology.Nicholas Rescher - 2006 - De Gruyter.
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