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Patrick McGivern
University of Wollongong
Patrick McGivern
University of Wollongong
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    Approaching Minimal Cognition.Nick Brancazio, Miguel Segundo-Ortin & Patrick McGivern - 2019 - Adaptive Behavior 2019.
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    Harm and the Boundaries of Disease.Patrick McGivern & Sarah Sorial - 2017 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42 (4):467-484.
    What is the relationship between harm and disease? Discussions of the relationship between harm and disease typically suffer from two shortcomings. First, they offer relatively little analysis of the concept of harm itself, focusing instead on examples of clear cases of harm such as death and dismemberment. This makes it difficult to evaluate such accounts in borderline cases, where the putative harms are less severe. Second, they assume that harm-based accounts of disease must be understood normatively rather than naturalistically, in (...)
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    Gallagher on Non-Reductive Naturalism: Complementarity, Integration or Multiscale Science?Patrick McGivern - 2018 - Australasian Philosophical Review 2 (2):159-170.
    Gallagher [2019] defends a form of naturalised phenomenology based on a non-classical view of science. A central component of this argument involves an analogy between phenomenology and quantum-mechanics: Gallagher suggests that both require us to give up key components of a classical view of the natural world. Here, I try to clarify this analogy and consider two associated problems. The first problem concerns the concept of subjectivity and its different roles in physics and phenomenology, and the second concerns the concept (...)
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  4. Hierarchies and Levels of Reality.Alexander Rueger & Patrick Mcgivern - 2010 - Synthese 176 (3):379-397.
    We examine some assumptions about the nature of 'levels of reality' in the light of examples drawn from physics. Three central assumptions of the standard view of such levels (for instance, Oppenheim and Putnam 1958) are (i) that levels are populated by entities of varying complexity, (ii) that there is a unique hierarchy of levels, ranging from the very small to the very large, and (iii) that the inhabitants of adjacent levels are related by the parthood relation. Using examples from (...)
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  5. Brian Ellis, Scientific Essentialism. [REVIEW]Patrick Mcgivern - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (4):269-271.
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    Reductive Levels and Multi-Scale Structure.Patrick McGivern - 2008 - Synthese 165 (1):53 - 75.
    I discuss arguments about the relationship between different “levels” of explanation in the light of examples involving multi-scale analysis. I focus on arguments about causal competition between properties at different levels, such as Jaegwon Kim’s “supervenience argument.” A central feature of Kim’s argument is that higher-level properties can in general be identified with “micro-based” properties. I argue that explanations from multi-scale analysis give examples of explanations that are problematic for accounts such as Kim’s. I argue that these difficulties suggest that (...)
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  7. Emergence in Physics.Patrick McGivern & Alexander Rueger - 2010 - In Antonella Corradini & Timothy O'Connor (eds.), Emergence in Science and Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 213-232.
    We examine cases of emergent behavior in physics, and argue for an account of emergence based on features of the phase space portraits of certain dynamical systems. On our account, the phase space portraits of systems displaying emergent behavior are topologically inequivalent to those of the systems from which they ‘emerge’. This account gives us an objective sense in which emergent phenomena are qualitatively novel, without involving the difficulties associated with downward causation and the like. We also argue that the (...)
     
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  8. Can the Bundle Theory Save Substantivalism From the Hole Argument?Glenn Parsons & Patrick McGivern - 2001 - Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S358-S370.
    One of the most serious theoretical obstacles to contemporary spacetime substantivalism is Earman and Norton's hole argument. We argue that applying the bundle theory of substance to spacetime points allows spacetime substantivalists to escape the conclusion of this argument. Some philosophers have claimed that the bundle theory cannot be applied to substantival spacetime in this way due to problems in individuating spacetime points in symmetrical spacetimes. We demonstrate that it is possible to overcome these difficulties if spatiotemporal properties are viewed (...)
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    Fundamentality, Scale, and the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect.Elay Shech & Patrick McGivern - forthcoming - Erkenntnis:1-20.
    We examine arguments for distinguishing between ontological and epistemological concepts of fundamentality, focusing in particular on the role that scale plays in these concepts. Using the fractional quantum Hall effect as a case study, we show that we can draw a distinction between ontologically fundamental and non-fundamental theories without insisting that it is only the fundamental theories that get the ontology right: there are cases where non-fundamental theories involve distinct ontologies that better characterize real systems than fundamental ones do. In (...)
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  10. Levels of Reality and Scales of Application.Patrick McGivern - 2012 - In Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis & Howard Sankey (eds.), Properties, Powers, and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism. Routledge.
    Philosophers and scientists often describe theories, laws, and explanations as applying to the world at different 'levels'. The idea of a 'level of application' is often used to demarcate disciplinary or sub-disciplinary boundaries in the sciences. For instance, stoichiometric laws and quantum mechanical laws might be said to describe chemical phenomena at different levels. More generally, the idea of levels is used to distinguish more fundamental laws or theories from less fundamental ones: more fundamental theories are those that apply at (...)
     
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    How Embodied is Cognition?David D. Hutto & Patrick McGivern - 2015 - The Philosophers' Magazine 68:77-83.
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  12. Tim Maudlin, The Metaphysics Within Physics Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Patrick McGivern - 2008 - Philosophy in Review 28 (1):54-56.
     
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    Reviews. [REVIEW]Ioan Muntean, Patrick McGivern & Dean Rickles - 2009 - Philosophical Psychology 22 (1):107 – 121.
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    Emergent Expertise?Patrick McGivern - 2014 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (6):1-17.
    The concept of emergence appears in various places within the literature on expertise and expert practice. Here, I examine some of these applications of emergence in the light of two prominent accounts of emergence from the philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. I evaluate these accounts with respect to several specific contexts in which emergence seems to be an appropriate way of characterizing expertise in groups. While it is sometimes assumed that emergent phenomena are in some way inexplicable, the (...)
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  15. Peter Kosso, Knowing The Past: Philosophical Issues of History and Archaeology Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Patrick McGivern - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (2):112-114.
     
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  16. Emergence.Patrick McGivern - manuscript
    The problem of emergence is a central question in philosophy, at the heart of subjects such as metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind: consciousness may be said to be an emergent property of brain. It is at the heart of debates about causation, supervenience and reductionism has been in use at least since Aristotle. In this book, Patrick McGivern introduces and assesses the problem of emergence from a philosophical standpoint. He explains and assesses the following topics and arguments (...)
     
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  17. Emergence.Patrick McGivern - 2018 - Routledge.
    The problem of emergence is a central question in philosophy, at the heart of subjects such as metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind: consciousness may be said to be an emergent property of brain. It is at the heart of debates about causation, supervenience and reductionism has been in use at least since Aristotle. In this book, Patrick McGivern introduces and assesses the problem of emergence from a philosophical standpoint. He explains and assesses the following topics and arguments (...)
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