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  1.  41
    Vagueness: A Reader.Rosanna Keefe & Peter Smith (eds.) - 1997 - MIT Press.
    Vagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language. Vague terms -- such as 'tall', 'red', 'bald', and 'tadpole' -- have borderline cases ; and they lack well-defined extensions. The phenomenon of vagueness poses a fundamental challenge to classical logic and semantics, which assumes that propositions are either true or false and that extensions are determinate.This anthology collects for the first time the most important papers in the field. After a substantial introduction that surveys (...)
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    Does Play Matter? Functional and Evolutionary Aspects of Animal and Human Play.Peter K. Smith - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (1):139.
  3. Rejection and Valuations.Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith - 2010 - Analysis 70 (1):3 - 10.
    Timothy Smiley’s wonderful paper ‘Rejection’ (1996) is still perhaps not as well known or well understood as it should be. This note first gives a quick presentation of themes from that paper, though done in our own way, and then considers a putative line of objection – recently advanced by Julien Murzi and Ole Hjortland (2009) – to one of Smiley’s key claims. Along the way, we consider the prospects for an intuitionistic approach to some of the issues discussed in (...)
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    Is 'No' a Force-Indicator? Sometimes, Possibly.Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith - 2012 - Analysis 72 (2):225-231.
    Some bilateralists have suggested that some of our negative answers to yes-or-no questions are cases of rejection. Mark Textor (2011. Is ‘no’ a force-indicator? No! Analysis 71: 448–56) has recently argued that this suggestion falls prey to a version of the Frege-Geach problem. This note reviews Textor's objection and shows why it fails. We conclude with some brief remarks concerning where we think that future attacks on bilateralism should be directed.
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  5. Approximate Truth and Dynamical Theories.Peter Smith - 1998 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2):253-277.
    Arguably, there is no substantial, general answer to the question of what makes for the approximate truth of theories. But in one class of cases, the issue seems simply resolved. A wide class of applied dynamical theories can be treated as two-component theories—one component specifying a certain kind of abstract geometrical structure, the other giving empirical application to this structure by claiming that it replicates, subject to arbitrary scaling for units etc., the geometric structure to be found in some real-world (...)
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    Smart's Argument for Realism.Peter Smith - 1983 - Analysis 43 (2):74 - 78.
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    Ancestral Arithmetic and Isaacson's Thesis.Peter Smith - 2008 - Analysis 68 (297):1–10.
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  8. An Introduction to Formal Logic.Peter Smith - 2003 - Cambridge University Press.
    Formal logic provides us with a powerful set of techniques for criticizing some arguments and showing others to be valid. These techniques are relevant to all of us with an interest in being skilful and accurate reasoners. In this highly accessible book, Peter Smith presents a guide to the fundamental aims and basic elements of formal logic. He introduces the reader to the languages of propositional and predicate logic, and then develops formal systems for evaluating arguments translated into these languages, (...)
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    Pretend Play.Chris Jarrold, Peter Carruthers, Jill Boucher & Peter K. Smith - 1994 - Mind and Language 9 (4):445-468.
    Children’s ability to pretend, and the apparent lack of pretence in children with autism, have become important issues in current research on ‘theory of mind’, on the assumption that pretend play may be an early indicator of metarepresentational abilities.
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  10. Solitary Speakers.Peter Smith - 1975 - Mind 84 (336):590-594.
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    Could We Be Brains in a Vat.Peter Smith - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):115--23.
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    Philosophical Problems of Modern Physics.Peter Smith & Peter Mittelstaedt - 1977 - Philosophical Quarterly 27 (107):188.
  13. Bad News for Anomalous Monism?Peter Smith - 1982 - Analysis 42 (October):220-4.
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    Realism and the Progress of Science.Peter Smith - 1981 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book examines the philosophical foundations of the realist view of the progress of science as cumulative.
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    The Philosophy of Mind.Peter Smith & Jones O. R. - 1986 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is a straightforward, elementary textbook for beginning students of philosophy. The general aim is to provide a clear introduction to the main issues arising in the philosophy of mind. Part I discusses the Cartesian dualist view which many find initially appealing, and contains a careful examination of arguments for and against. Part II introduces the broadly functionalist type of physicalism which has Aristotelian roots. This approach is developed to yield accounts of perception, action, belief and desire, and the emerging (...)
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  16. Approximate Truth for Minimalists.Peter Smith - 1998 - Philosophical Papers 27 (2):119-128.
  17. Formal Logic.Peter Smith - unknown
    ... and a reading knowledge of formal logical symbolism is essential too. (Philosophers often use bits of logical symbolism to clarify their arguments.) Because the artificial and simply formal languages of logic give us highly illuminating objects of comparison when we come thinking about how natural languages work. (Relevant to topics in ‘philosophical logic’ and the philosophy of language.) But mainly because it us the point of entry into the study of one of the major intellectual achievements by philosophers of (...)
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    Carr on Beliefs and Dispositions.Peter Smith - 1980 - Analysis 41 (3):154 - 155.
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    Men’s Approval of Family Planning in Bangladesh.Mohammad Amirul Islam, Sabu S. Padmadas & Peter W. F. Smith - 2006 - Journal of Biosocial Science 38 (2):247.
  20. Modest Reductions and the Unity of Science.Peter Smith - 1992 - In K. Lennon & D. Charles (eds.), Reduction, Explanation, and Realism. Oxford University Press. pp. 19--43.
     
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    Metaphysical Realism and Historical Interpretation.Peter Smith - 1986 - Analysis 46 (3):157 - 158.
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    Hess on Reasons and Causes.Peter Smith - 1981 - Analysis 41 (4):206 - 209.
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    Review of P. Maddy, Defending the Axioms: On the Philosophical Foundations of Set Theory[REVIEW]Luca Incurvati & Peter Smith - 2012 - Mind 121 (481):195-200.
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    Anomalous Monism and Epiphenomenalism: A Reply to Honderich.Peter Smith - 1984 - Analysis 44 (2):83-86.
  25. Constructivism Exploded?Peter Smith - 2003 - Analysis 63 (3):263–266.
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    Subjectivity and Colour Vision.Peter Smith - 1987 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 61:245-81.
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  27. Charles Parsons: Mathematical Thought and Its Object.Peter Smith - manuscript
     
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    Back to Basics: Revisiting the Incompleteness Theorems.Peter Smith - unknown
    Preface 1 The First Theorem revisited 1.1 Notational preliminaries 1.2 Definitional preliminaries 1.3 A general version of G¨ odel’s First Theorem 1.4 Giving the First Theorem bite 1.5 Generic G¨ odel sentences and arithmetic truth 1.6 Canonical and standard G¨ odel sentences 2 The Second Theorem revisited 2.1 Definitional preliminaries 2.2 Towards G¨ odel’s Second Theorem 2.3 A general version of G¨ odel’s Second Theorem 2.4 Giving the Second Theorem bite 2.5 Comparisons 2.6 Further results about provability predicates 2.7 Back (...)
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  29. Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe.Peter K. Smith (ed.) - 2002 - Routledge.
    Violence in schools is a pervasive, highly emotive and, above all, global problem. Bullying and its negative social consequences are of perennial concern, while the media regularly highlights incidences of violent assault - and even murder - occurring within schools. This unique and fascinating text offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of how European nations are tackling this serious issue. _Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe_, brings together contributions from all EU member states and two associated states. Each chapter (...)
     
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    Quotation and the Liar Paradox.Dean Buckner & Peter Smith - 1986 - Analysis 46 (2):65-68.
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    Godel Without (Too Many) Tears.Peter Smith - manuscript
    odel’s Theorems (CUP, heavily corrected fourth printing 2009: henceforth IGT ). Surely that’s more than enough to be going on with? Ah, but there’s the snag. It is more than enough. In the writing, as is the way with these things, the book grew far beyond the scope of the lecture notes from which it started. And while I hope the result is still pretty accessible to someone prepared to put in the time and effort, there is – to be (...)
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    Which Males or Females Are Most at Risk and on What? An Analysis of Gender Differentials Within the Primary School System of Trinidad and Tobago.Jerome De Lisle, Peter Smith & Vena Jules - 2005 - Educational Studies 31 (4):393-418.
    This paper reviews the work on gendered achievement in the English?speaking Caribbean, with its often explicit focus on underachieving males. However, patterns of gendered achievement are more likely region?specific and variegated in some contexts. In Trinidad and Tobago, the full?scale implementation of national assessments in 2004 provided an opportunity to evaluate mathematics and language performance across the entire pupil population at standards 1 (7? to 8?year?olds) and 3 (9? to 10?year?olds). Census data from the high?stakes 2003 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) (...)
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    Mathematical Thought and its Objects.Peter Smith - 2009 - Analysis 69 (3):549 - 557.
    Needless to say, Charles Parsons’s long awaited book1 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the philosophy of mathematics. But as Parsons himself says, this has been a very long time in the writing. Its chapters extensively “draw on”, “incorporate material from”, “overlap considerably with”, or “are expanded versions of” papers published over the last twenty-five or so years. What we are reading is thus a multi-layered text with different passages added at different times. And this makes for (...)
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    Basic Reading on Computable Functions.Peter Smith - unknown
    This is an annotated reading list on the beginning elements of the theory of computable functions. It is now structured so as to complement the first eight lectures of Thomas Forster’s Part III course in Lent 2011 (see the first four chapters of his evolving handouts).
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    Index to Volume 59, 1999.Peter Smith - 1999 - Analysis 59 (264):362–364.
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    Curry's Paradox, Lukasiewicz, and Field.Peter Smith - unknown
    In approaching Ch. 4 of Saving Truth from Paradox, it might be helpful first to revisit Curry’s original paper, and to revisit Lukasiewicz too, to provide more of the scenesetting that Field doesn’t himself fill in. So in §1 I’ll say something about Curry, in §2 we’ll look at what Lukasiewicz was up to in his original three-valued logic, and in §3 we’ll look at the move from a three-valued to a many-valued Lukasiewicz logic. In §4, I move on to (...)
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    Tennenbaum's Theorem.Peter Smith - unknown
    We are going to prove a key theorem that tells us just a bit more about the structure of the non-standard countable models of first-order Peano Arithmetic; and then we will very briefly consider whether any broadly philosophical morals can be drawn from the technical result.
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    Field on Truth: How Complex is Too Complex?Peter Smith - unknown
    In a reading group, we’ve been working through the first three parts of Field’s Saving Truth from Paradox, by the end of which he has presented his core proposals. At this point, we’ve now rather lost the will to continue – for this is an astonishingly badly written book, which makes ridiculous demands on the patience of even a sympathetic reader. It so happened that it fell to me to introduce the last two chapters in Part III, Ch. 17 in (...)
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    Space, Time and Motion: A Philosophical Introduction.Peter Smith & Wesley C. Salmon - 1976 - Philosophical Quarterly 26 (105):371.
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    Wittgenstein on Mathematics and Games.Peter Smith - unknown
    Unlike his other major typescripts, the Big Typescript is divided into titled chapters, themselves divided into titled sections. But within a section we still get a collection of remarks typically without connecting tissue and lacking any transparently significant ordering or helpful signposting. So we still encounter the usual difficulties in trying to think our way through into what Wittgenstein might be wanting to say. Some enthusiasts like to try to persuade us that the aphoristic style is really of the essence. (...)
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  41. Introducing Wilfrid Hodges, a Shorter Model Theory.Peter Smith - unknown
    In the opening chapter of ‘the Shorter Hodges’, we get a lot of fixing of terminology and notation, and some fairly natural definitions of ideas like that of isomorphism between structures. There are no really tricky ideas which need further exploration, nor any nasty proofs that could do with more elaboration. So I don’t pretend to have anything very thrilling by way of introductory comments. But let me make some more general philosophical comments.
     
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    Critical Notice of C. Parsons, Mathematical Thought and its Objects[REVIEW]Peter Smith - 2009 - Analysis 69 (3):549-557.
    Needless to say, Charles Parsons’s long awaited book1 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the philosophy of mathematics. But as Parsons himself says, this has been a very long time in the writing. Its chapters extensively “draw on”, “incorporate material from”, “overlap considerably with”, or “are expanded versions of” papers published over the last twenty-five or so years. What we are reading is thus a multi-layered text with different passages added at different times. And this makes for (...)
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    On Animal Beliefs.Peter Smith - 1982 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):503-512.
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    Eliminative Materialism--A Reply to Everitt.Peter Smith - 1982 - Mind 91 (363):438-440.
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  45. Laws of Nature.Peter Smith - manuscript
    Where to begin? I’ll take three books from my shelves. First, now nearly forty years old, a little book of television lectures by the great physicist Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law. He talks about the laws of motion, the inverse square law of gravitation, conservation laws, symmetry principles and the various ways these all hang together. Feynman obviously takes it that it is a prime aim of science to discover such laws. But what are laws? He writes – (...)
     
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    Phenotypic Matching, Human Altruism, and Mate Preference.Maria Leek & Peter K. Smith - 1989 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 12 (3):534.
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    Blackburn on Saying That.Peter Smith - 1976 - Philosophical Studies 30 (6):423 - 426.
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    The Galois Connection Between Syntax and Semantics.Peter Smith - unknown
    Preface 1 Partially ordered sets 1.1 Posets introduced 1.2 Partial orders and strict orders 1.3 Maps between posets 1.4 Compounding maps 1.5 Order similarity 1.6 Inclusion posets as typical..
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    Church's Thesis After 70 Years.Peter Smith - unknown
    In the section ‘Further reading’, I listed a book that arrived on my desk just as I was sending IGT off to the press, namely Church’s Thesis after 70 Years edited by Adam Olszewski et al. On the basis of a quick glance, I warned that the twenty two essays in the book did seem to be of ‘variable quality’. But actually, things turn out to be a bit worse than that: the collection really isn’t very good at all! After (...)
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    Memory Scanning as a Serial Self-Terminating Process.John Theios, Peter G. Smith, Susan E. Haviland, Jane Traupmann & Melvyn C. Moy - 1973 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 97 (3):323.
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