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  1. Quasi-Realism, Negation and the Frege-Geach Problem.Nicholas Unwin - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (196):337-352.
    Expressivists, such as Blackburn, analyse sentences such as 'S thinks that it ought to be the case that p' as S hoorays that p'. A problem is that the former sentence can be negated in three different ways, but the latter in only two. The distinction between refusing to accept a moral judgement and accepting its negation therefore cannot be accounted for. This is shown to undermine Blackburn's solution to the Frege-Geach problem.
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  2. Norms and Negation: A Problem for Gibbard’s Logic.Nicholas Unwin - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (202):60-75.
    A difficulty is exposed in Allan Gibbard's solution to the embedding/Frege-Geach problem, namely that the difference between refusing to accept a normative judgement and accepting its negation is ignored. This is shown to undermine the whole solution.
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    Quasi-Realism, Negation, and the Frege-Geach Problem.Nicholas Unwin - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (196):337-352.
    Every expressivist theory of moral language requires a solution to the Frege-Geach problem, i.e., the problem of explaining how moral sentences retain their meaning in unasserted contexts. An essential part of Blackburn’s ‘quasi-realist project’, i.e., the project of showing how we can earn the right to treat moral sentences as if they have ordinary truth-conditions, is to provide a sophisticated solution. I show, however, that simple negated contexts provide a fundamental difficulty, since accepting the negation of a sentence is easily (...)
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    Quasi.Nicholas Unwin - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (196):337-352.
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  5. Explaining Colour Phenomenology: Reduction Versus Connection.Nicholas Unwin - manuscript
    A major part of the mind–body problem is to explain why a given set of physical processes should give rise to qualia of one sort rather than another. Colour hues are the usual example considered here, and there is a lively debate between, for example, Hardin, Levine, Jackson, Clark and Chalmers as to whether the results of colour vision science can provide convincing explanations of why colours actually look the way they do. This paper examines carefully the type of explanation (...)
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    Aiming at Truth.Nicholas Unwin - 2007 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    The author argues that is not obvious what it means for our beliefs and assertions to be "truth-directed", and that we need to weaken our ordinary notion of a belief if we are to deal with radical scepticism without surrendering to idealism. Topics examined also include whether there could be alien conceptual schemes and what might happen to us if we abandoned genuine belief in place of mere pragmatic acceptance. A radically new "ecological" model of knowledge is defended.
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    The Nature and Structure of Content. By Jeffrey C. King. (Oxford UP, 2007. Pp. X + 230. Price £37.50 Hardback. £17.99 Paperback).Nicholas Unwin - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (249):876-878.
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    Why Do Colours Look the Way They Do?Nicholas Unwin - 2011 - Philosophy 86 (3):405-424.
    A major part of the mind–body problem is to explain why a given set of physical processes should give rise to perceptual qualities of one sort rather than another. Colour hues are the usual example considered here, and there is a lively debate as to whether the results of colour vision science can provide convincing explanations of why colours actually look the way they do. The internal phenomenological structure of colours is considered here in some detail, and a comparison is (...)
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  9. The Individuation of Events.Nicholas Unwin - 1996 - Mind 105 (418):315-330.
    It is argued that current solutions to the question of how to individuate events do not work. Jonathan Bennett's thesis that the indeterminacy here is only semantic, not ontological, is refuted. An alternative account of why events resemble facts (although their identity criteria are less fine-grained) is defended.
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    Beyond Truth: Towards a New Conception of Knowledge and Communication.Nicholas Unwin - 1987 - Mind 96 (383):299-317.
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    Why Do Colours Look the Way They Do?: Nicholas Unwin.Nicholas Unwin - 2011 - Philosophy 86 (3):405-424.
    A major part of the mind–body problem is to explain why a given set of physical processes should give rise to perceptual qualities of one sort rather than another. Colour hues are the usual example considered here, and there is a lively debate as to whether the results of colour vision science can provide convincing explanations of why colours actually look the way they do. The internal phenomenological structure of colours is considered here in some detail, and a comparison is (...)
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    Objects and Identity.Nicholas Unwin & Harold W. Noonan - 1981 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (125):367.
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  13. Divine Hoorays: Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics.Nicholas Unwin - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (3):659-684.
    Divine law theories of metaethics claim that moral rightness is grounded in God’s commands, wishes and so forth. Expressivist theories, by contrast, claim that to call something morally right is to express our own attitudes, not to report on God’s. Ostensibly, such views are incompatible. However, we shall argue that a rapprochement is possible and beneficial to both sides. Expressivists need to explain the difference between reporting and expressing an attitude, and to address the Frege-Geach problem. Divine law theorists need (...)
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    Can Emotivism Sustain a Social Ethics?Nicholas Unwin - 1990 - Ratio 3 (1):64-81.
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    Morality, Law, and the Evaluation of Values.Nicholas Unwin - 1985 - Mind 94 (376):538-549.
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    Relativism and Moral Complacency.Nicholas Unwin - 1985 - Philosophy 60 (232):205-214.
    Moral relativism is the doctrine that morality may vary from culture to culture. Given the difficulty of saying when two individuals belong to the same culture it can be taken in more or less radical forms. In its least radical form it means nothing more than that, although morality is fixed and universal for human beings, Martian morality may be different. In its most radical form it implies that each person has his own morality which may vary from one individual (...)
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    Substance, Essence, and Conceptualism.Nicholas Unwin - 1984 - .
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  18. Truthmakers, Deflationism and Weak Correspondence.Nicholas Unwin - manuscript
    A line of argument, presented by David Lewis, to show that the correspondence theory of truth is not a real alternative to deflationism is developed. It is shown that truthmakers, construed as concrete events or states of affairs, are unsatisfactory entities, since we do not know how to individuate them or how to identify their essential qualities. Furthermore, the real work is usually done by supervenience relations, which have little to do with truth. It is argued that the Equivalence Schema (...)
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    Deflationist Truth is Substantial.Nicholas Unwin - 2013 - Acta Analytica 28 (3):257-266.
    Deflationism is usually thought to differ from the correspondence theory over whether truth is a substantial property. However, I argue that this notion of a ‘substantial property’ is tendentious. I further argue that the Equivalence Schema alone is sufficient to lead to idealism when combined with a pragmatist theory of truth. Deflationism thus has more powerful metaphysical implications than is generally thought and itself amounts to a kind of correspondence theory.
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  20. Expressivism and the Metaphysics of Consciousness.Nicholas Unwin - manuscript
    An expressivist theory of consciousness is outlined. The suggestion that attributions of consciousness involve an essentially projective element is carefully examined, as is the view that ‘zombism’, defined as the thought that certain people are unconscious although physically normal, is a largely affective and not wholly cognitive (hypothetical) disorder. A comparison is drawn between ‘zombism’ and the Capgras delusion. The notion of supervenience is shown to be deeply problematic when applied to projected properties, as is the distinction between weak and (...)
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    The Language of Colour:Neurology and the Ineffable.Nicholas Unwin - 2012 - .
    It is often claimed, following Joseph Levine, that there is an ‘explanatory gap’ between ordinary physical facts and the way we perceive things, so that it is impossible to explain, among other things, why colours actually look the way they do. C.L. Hardin, by contrast, argues that there are sufficient asymmetries between colours to traverse this gap. This paper argues that the terms we use to characterize colours, such as ‘warm’ and ‘cool’, are not well understood, and that we need (...)
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    Transitivity and the Ontology of Causation.Nicholas Unwin - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1):101-111.
    It is argued that it is very hard to analyse causation in such a way that prevents everything from causing everything else. This is particularly true if we assume that the causal relation is transitive, for it all too often happens that causal chains that we wish to keep separate pass through common intermediate events. It is also argued that treating causes as aspects of events, rather than the events themselves, will not solve this problem. This is because aspects have (...)
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    Divine Hoorays: Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics.Nicholas Unwin - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (3):659-684.
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    Locke on Language and Real Essences : A Defense.Nicholas Unwin - 1996 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 13 (2):205-219.
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    Locke on Language and Real Essences : A Defense.Nicholas Unwin - 1996 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 13 (2):205-219.
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    What Does It Mean to Aim at Truth?Nicholas Unwin - 2003 - American Philosophical Quarterly 40 (2):91-104.
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    Belief, Truth and Radical Disagreement.Nicholas Unwin - 2016 - In Pedro Schmechtig & Martin Grajner (eds.), Epistemic Reasons, Norms, and Goals. De Gruyter. pp. 117-136.
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    The Faces of Existence: An Essay in Nonreductive Metaphysics.Nicholas Unwin - 1989 - Philosophical Books 30 (3):162-164.
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    Identity and Essence.Nicholas Unwin - 1982 - Philosophical Books 23 (1):49-50.
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    Ernest Sosa and His Critics - Edited by John Greco.Nicholas Unwin - 2007 - Philosophical Books 48 (2):170-172.
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    Epistemology.Alan Millar & Nicholas Unwin - 2005 - Philosophical Books 46 (2):167-170.
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    The Problem of Perception, by A.D. Smith.Nicholas Unwin - 2005 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 36 (1):102-103.
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    Before Logic by Richard Mason. Albany NY: State University of New York Press. 2000. Pp. 153. $23.50, $22.95.Nicholas Unwin - 2005 - Philosophy 80 (2):289-291.
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    Recent Philosophers: A Supplement to A Hundred Years of Philosophy.Nicholas Unwin - 1987 - Philosophical Books 28 (2):87-88.
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    Cultures and Total Frameworks.Nicholas Unwin - unknown
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    Review: Reviews. [REVIEW]Nicholas Unwin - 2005 - Philosophy 80 (312):289 - 291.
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    Things That Happen.Nicholas Unwin - 1982 - Philosophical Books 23 (2):106-107.
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    Before Logic. [REVIEW]Nicholas Unwin - 2005 - Philosophy 80 (2):289-291.
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  39. The Subjects of Causal Relationships.Nicholas Unwin - 1979
     
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