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Philip Percival
Nottingham University
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    Fitch and Intuitionistic Knowability.Philip Percival - 1990 - Analysis 50 (3):182.
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  2. Epistemic Consequentialism.Philip Percival - 2002 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):121–151.
    [Philip Percival] I aim to illuminate foundational epistemological issues by reflecting on 'epistemic consequentialism'-the epistemic analogue of ethical consequentialism. Epistemic consequentialism employs a concept of cognitive value playing a role in epistemic norms governing belief-like states that is analogous to the role goodness plays in act-governing moral norms. A distinction between 'direct' and 'indirect' versions of epistemic consequentialism is held to be as important as the familiar ethical distinction on which it is based. These versions are illustrated, respectively, by cognitive (...)
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    Absolute Truth.Philip Percival - 1994 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 94:189-213.
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    Epistemic Consequentialism.Philip Percival - 2002 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):121-151.
    I aim to illuminate foundational epistemological issues by reflecting on ‘epistemic consequentialism’—the epistemic analogue of ethical consequentialism. Epistemic consequentialism employs a concept of cognitive value playing a role in epistemic norms governing belief-like states that is analogous to the role goodness plays in act-governing moral norms. A distinction between ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ versions of epistemic consequentialism is held to be as important as the familiar ethical distinction on which it is based. These versions are illustrated, respectively, by cognitive decision-theory and (...)
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    The Pursuit of Epistemic Good.Philip Percival - 2003 - Metaphilosophy 34 (1‐2):29-47.
    PaceZagzebski, there is no route from the value of knowledge to a non–reliabilist virtue–theoretic epistemology. Her discussion of the value problem is marred by an uncritical and confused employment of the notion of a “state” of knowledge, an uncritical acceptance of a “knowledge–belief” identity thesis, and an incoherent presumption that the widely held thought that knowledge is more valuable than true belief amounts to the view that knowledge is a state of true belief having an intrinsic property which a state (...)
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    Knowability, Actuality, and the Metaphysics of Context-Dependence.Philip Percival - 1991 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69 (1):82 – 97.
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    A Presentist's Refutation of Mellor's McTaggart.Philip Percival - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:91-.
    For twenty years, D. H. Mellor has promoted an influential defence of a view of time he first called the ‘tenseless’ view, but now associates with what he calls the ‘B-theory.’ It is his defence of this view, not the view itself, which is generally taken to be novel. It is organized around a forcefully presented attack on rival views which he claims to be a development of McTaggart's celebrated argument that the ‘A-series’ is contradictory. I will call this attack (...)
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    Indices of Truth and Temporal Propositions.Philip Percival - 1989 - Philosophical Quarterly 39 (155):190-199.
    This paper is in three sections. In the first I describe and illustrate three uses of indices of truth in semantics. The way I illustrate this classification is not completely uncontroversial, but I expect that my intuitions on this matter are generally shared. In the second section I broach a question which is central to the metaphysics of time, namely: how should certain temporal indices of truth - times - be fitted within this classificatory scheme? I sketch three proposals as (...)
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    Branching of Possible Worlds.Philip Percival - 2013 - Synthese 190 (18):4261-4291.
    The question as to whether some objects are possible worlds that have an initial segment in common, i.e. so that their fusion is a temporal tree whose branches are possible worlds, arises both for those who hold that our universe has the structure of a temporal tree and for those who hold that what there is includes concrete universes of every possible variety. The notion of “possible world” employed in the question is seen to be the notion of an object (...)
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    Comic Normativity and the Ethics of Humour.Philip Percival - 2005 - The Monist 88 (1):93-120.
    Comic moralism holds that some moral properties impact negatively on the funniness of certain items that possess them. Strong versions of the doctrine deem the impact to be devastating: the possession of such a property by one of these items ensures the item is not funny. Weak versions deem the impact merely damaging: any funniness one of the items possesses is diminished, but not destroyed, by its possession of the property. Various species of comic moralism hold, respectively, various moral properties (...)
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    Indices of Truth and Intensional Operators.Philip Percival - 1990 - Theoria 56 (3):148-172.
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    Lewis's Dilemma of Explanation Under Indeterminism Exposed and Resolved.Philip Percival - 2000 - Mind 109 (433):39-66.
    In a brief passage, David Lewis derives from quantum-theory a dilemma regarding the explanation of chance events which he tries to solve by first distinguishing plain from contrastive why-questions have answers. His brevity warrants elaboration and critique. I endorse his derivation, but I make a structural objection to his solution. Once a further distinction is drawn between different kinds of contrastive why-question, his solution can be modified and refined so as to go some way to meeting this objection. However, it (...)
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  13. An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism : The Aim of Science.Philip Percival - 2007 - In Bradley Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Predicate Abstraction, the Limits of Quantification, and the Modality of Existence.Philip Percival - 2011 - Philosophical Studies 156 (3):389-416.
    For various reasons several authors have enriched classical first order syntax by adding a predicate abstraction operator. “Conservatives” have done so without disturbing the syntax of the formal quantifiers but “revisionists” have argued that predicate abstraction motivates the universal quantifier’s re-classification from an expression that combines with a variable to yield a sentence from a sentence, to an expression that combines with a one-place predicate to yield a sentence. My main aim is to advance the cause of predicate abstraction while (...)
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    Thank Goodness That's Non-Actual.Philip Percival - 1992 - Philosophical Papers 21 (3):191-213.
  16. Beyond Reality?Philip Percival - forthcoming - In Mircea Dumitru (ed.), Metaphysics, Meaning, and Modality: Themes from Kit Fine. Oxford University Press.
     
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  17. Peter Carruthers, "Human Knowledge and Human Nature".Philip Percival - 1995 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 3 (2):338.
  18. A Note on Lewis on Counterfactual Dependence in a Chancy World.Philip Percival - 1999 - Analysis 59 (3):165–173.
    In a Postscript, David Lewis tries to extend results obtained in his "Time's Arrow and Counterfactual Dependence" from the deterministic case to the indeterministic one. In particular, he claims that under the supposition that the actual world is indeterministic, the truth of the counterfactual 'If Nixon had pressed the button, there would have been a nuclear holocaust' is reconciled with his truth conditions for counterfactual conditionals by a certain refinement of his earlier treatment. Sections II and III explain why his (...)
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    The Explanation of Chance Events.Philip Percival - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999:105-122.
    Quantum mechanics gives us reason to think both that the world is indeterministic, and that there are irreducibly statistical laws governing objectively chancy processes. Lewis notes that this raises a two-horned dilemma between two options deemed unacceptable: severely curtail our explanatory practices with respect to macro events, or revise our conception of the essence of chance. He maintains, however, that we can escape this dilemma by making a distinction between ‘plain’ why-questions of the simple form ‘Why did D occur?’ and (...)
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    Review of Jonathan L. Kvanvig, The Knowability Paradox[REVIEW]Philip Percival - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (3).
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    Stecker's Dilemma: A Constructive Response.Philip Percival - 2000 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (1):51-60.
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    Is Constructivism Floored? Reply to Stecker.Philip Percival - 2002 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (1):82–86.
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    On Realism About Chance.Philip Percival - 2006 - In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and Modality. Oxford University Press. pp. 74--105.
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