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  1. After Popper, Kuhn, and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method.Robert Nola & Howard Sankey (eds.) - 2000 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Some think that issues to do with scientific method are last century's stale debate; Popper was an advocate of methodology, but Kuhn, Feyerabend, and others are alleged to have brought the debate about its status to an end. The papers in this volume show that issues in methodology are still very much alive. Some of the papers reinvestigate issues in the debate over methodology, while others set out new ways in which the debate has developed in the last decade. The (...)
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  2. After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method.Howard Sankey & Robert Nola (eds.) - 2000
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    The Antipodean Philosopher: Public Lectures on Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand.John Bigelow, Raymond D. Bradley, Andrew Brennan, Tony Coady, Peter Forrest, James Franklin, Karen Green, Russell Grigg, Matthew Sharpe, Jeanette Kennett, Neil Levy, Catriona Mackenzie, Gary Malinas, Chris Mortensen, Robert Nola & Paul Patton - 2011 - Lexington Books.
    Series of lectures on many aspects of philosophy in Australia.
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    Fixing the Reference of Theoretical Terms.Robert Nola - 1980 - Philosophy of Science 47 (4):505-531.
    Kripke and Putnam have proposed that terms may be introduced to refer to theoretical entities by means of causal descriptions such as 'whatever causes observable effects O'. It is argued that such a reference-fixing definition is ill-formed and that theoretical beliefs must be involved in fixing the reference of a theoretical term. Some examples of reference-fixing are discussed e.g., the term 'electricity'. The Kripke-Putnam theory can not give an account of how terms may be introduced into science and then subsequently (...)
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    Post-Modernism, a French Cultural Chernobyl: Foucault on Power/Knowledge.Robert Nola - 1994 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):3 – 43.
    Foucault appears to challenge traditional views of truth, reason, and knowledge in the doctrine of power/knowledge developed in his post?1970 writings. This doctrine applies to all the sciences (and to non?scientific and non?discursive practices that are not discussed here). Foucault's notions of discourse (1) and power (3) are sufficiently discussed to set out his explanatory theory of the cause of our discourses and their change. In (4) three theses concerning the power/knowledge link are distinguished, of which the more important is (...)
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    Introducing the Canberra Plan.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola - 2009 - In David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.), Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism. MIT Press. pp. 1--20.
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    Ramsification, Reference Fixing and Incommensurability.Fred Kroon & Robert Nola - 2001 - In Paul Hoyningen-Huene & Howard Sankey (eds.), Incommensurability and Related Matters. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 91--121.
  8. Ramsification and Glymour’s Counterexample.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola - 1997 - Analysis 57 (3):167–169.
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  9. Rescuing Reason a Critique of Anti-Rationalist Views of Science and Knowledge.Robert Nola - 2003
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  10. Relativism and Realism in Science.Robert Nola (ed.) - 1988 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  11. The Optimistic Meta-Induction and Ontological Continuity: The Case of the Electron.Robert Nola - 2008 - In Lena Soler, Howard Sankey & Paul Hoyningen-Huene (eds.), Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison. Springer.
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    Constructivism in Science and Science Education: A Philosophical Critique.Robert Nola - 1997 - Science and Education 6 (1-2):55-83.
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    'Paradigms Lost, or the World Regained' —an Excursion Into Realism and Idealism in Science.Robert Nola - 1980 - Synthese 45 (3):317 - 350.
    Tensions between idealism and scientific realism have been resolved by an appeal to the theory/observation distinction. but many who support incommensurability reject the distinction in favor of a version of idealism, e.g., thomas kuhn who supports a version of relativist idealism in which the terms of a theory do refer, but only to a paradigm--relative world of entities. it is argued that the three kinds of idealism depend on a cluster theory of meaning for fixing the reference of scientific terms, (...)
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    New Directions for Nature of Science Research.Gürol Irzik & Robert Nola - 2014 - In Michael R. Matthews (ed.), International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Springer. pp. 999-1021.
    The idea of family resemblance, when applied to science, can provide a powerful account of the nature of science (NOS). In this chapter we develop such an account by taking into consideration the consensus on NOS that emerged in the science education literature in the last decade or so. According to the family resemblance approach, the nature of science can be systematically and comprehensively characterised in terms of a number of science categories which exhibit strong similarities and overlaps amongst diverse (...)
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  15. The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend. John Preston, Gonzalo Munévar, David Lamb.Robert Nola - 2001 - Mind 110 (439):813-817.
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    A Family Resemblance Approach to the Nature of Science for Science Education.Gürol Irzık, Gurol Irzik & Robert Nola - unknown
    Although there is universal consensus both in the science education literature and in the science standards documents to the effect that students should learn not only the content of science but also its nature, there is little agreement about what that nature is. This led many science educators to adopt what is sometimes called “the consensus view” about the nature of science (NOS), whose goal is to teach students only those characteristics of science on which there is wide consensus. This (...)
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    ‘Paradigms Lost, or the World Regained’ —An Excursion Into Realism and Idealism in Science.Robert Nola - 1980 - Synthese 45 (3):317-350.
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    The Strong Programme for the Sociology of Science, Reflexivity and Relativism.Robert Nola - 1990 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):273 – 296.
    David Bloor has advocated a bold hypothesis about the form any sociology of science should take in setting out the four central tenets of his ?strong programme? (SP). The first section of this paper discusses how three of these tenets are best formulated and how they relate to one another. The second section discusses how reasons can be causes of belief and how such reasons raise a serious difficulty for SP. The third section discusses how SP is committed to a (...)
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    Nietzsche's Theory of Truth and Belief.Robert Nola - 1987 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (4):525-562.
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    The Status of Popper's Theory of Scientific Method.Robert Nola - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (4):441-480.
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    There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy: A Dialogue on Realism and Constructivism.Robert Nola - 1994 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (5):689-727.
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  22. Social Studies of Science.Robert Nola - 2008 - In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge. pp. 259--68.
     
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    Interpretation of "The Facts" in the Light of Theory.Robert Nola - 1983 - Philosophica 31.
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  24. Review. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):467-473.
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  25. SIEGEL, H.: "Relativism Refuted: A Critique of Contemporary Epistemological Relativism". [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40:423.
     
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    Nietzsche as Anti-Semitic Jewish Conspiracy Theorist.Robert Nola - 2003 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):35-62.
    Despite his strong objections to anti-Semitism, it will be argued that Nietzsche held a curious conspiracy theory about the Jews that is uniquely his own. Modern Jews, he declared, had the power to have mastery over Europe. And Ancient Jews exercised a remarkable power of self-preservation when they got others to accept the slave morality of Christianity. The second claim is shown to have a setting in Nietzsche’s own theory of the genealogy of morals. But it is argued that that (...)
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    The Fuzziness of Pseudoscience.Robert Nola - 2015 - Metascience 24 (2):279-284.
    This is a collection of 23 papers plus an Introduction in a book which revives an old issue that some have declared to be long dead, viz., whether there is any way of demarcating science from other endeavors, but most importantly pseudoscience. This is a timely book that is well worth consulting since it breathes life back into an important problem. There is something in it for all, as the six parts into which it is divided indicate: “What’s the problem (...)
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    Varieties of Structuralism.Robert Nola - 2012 - Metascience 21 (1):59-64.
    Varieties of structuralism Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-6 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9557-x Authors Robert Nola, Department of Philosophy, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 New Zealand Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  29. Kant, Kripke and Gold.Fred Kroon & Robert Nola - 1987 - Kant-Studien 78 (4):442-458.
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    Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, by Markus Seidel. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (3):628-629.
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    Varieties of Reference and Realism.Robert Nola - 2014 - Metascience 23 (1):137-140.
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    Knowledge, Discourse, Power and Genealogy in Foucault.Robert Nola - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (2):109-154.
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    Meera Nanda, Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India.Robert Nola - 2004 - Science and Education 13 (3):243-249.
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    Constructivism: Defense or a Continual Critical Appraisal A Response to Gil-Pérez Et Al.Mansoor Niaz, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Alicia Benarroch, Liberato Cardellini, Carlos E. Laburú, Nicolás Marín, Luis A. Montes, Robert Nola, Yuri Orlik & Lawrence C. Scharmann - 2003 - Science and Education 12 (8):787-797.
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    Reviews. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1980 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31 (1):91-97.
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  36. PUTNAM, HILARY: "Meaning and the Moral Sciences". [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1980 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31:91.
     
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    Some Observations on a Popperian Experiment Concerning Observation.Robert Nola - 1990 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 21 (2):329-346.
    Summary In several places Popper describes a little experiment in which an audience is given the non-specific command ‚Observe!‘ He draws a number of conclusions from this experiment, in particular that observation takes place in the presence of theoretical problems, questions, hypotheses or points of view. The paper argues that while Popper's experiment is instructive, it hardly supports the strong conclusions he draws about the theory-dominance of observation in science. In particular, it is argued that talk of principles of selection (...)
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    Observation and Growth in Scientific Knowledge.Robert Nola - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:245 - 257.
    In the writings of scientists we find claim to the effect that we can observe items such as pulsars, gravity waves, quarks, electrons, etc. An epistemological theory, originally developed by Dretske and modified by Jackson, is used to give an account of such claims and the extent to which they may be deemed correct. The theory eschews talk of the theory-ladenness of observation while giving an account of how our observation reports may evolve with growth in scientific knowledge. The theory (...)
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    Review of Herbert Keuth, The Philosophy of Karl Popper[REVIEW]Robert Nola - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (10).
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    Review. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (3):467-473.
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    On the Possibility of a Scientific Theory of Scientific Method.Robert Nola - 1999 - Science and Education 8 (4):427-439.
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    Saving Kuhn From the Sociologists of Science.Robert Nola - 2000 - Science and Education 9 (1-2):77-90.
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    Naked Before Reality; Skinless Before the Absolute.Robert Nola - 2003 - Science and Education 12 (2):131-166.
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    Introduction.Robert Nola - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (2):1-4.
  45. Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) - 2008 - Bradford.
    Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to this approach seeks to reconcile a certain account of conceptual analysis with philosophical naturalism; prominent and influential proponents of this methodology include the late David Lewis, Frank Jackson, Michael Smith, Philip Pettit, and David Armstrong. Naturalistic analysis is a tool for locating in the scientifically given world objects and properties we quantify over in (...)
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  46. The Canberra Plan.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
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  47. Abandoning Science and Truth, or Reclaiming Science and Truth From Nietzschean Ascetic Ideals?Robert Nola - 2005 - Rivista di Estetica 45 (28):199-223.
     
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  48. Darwinian Inferences.Robert Nola & Friedel Weinert - 2012 - In Martin H. Brinkworth & Friedel Weinert (eds.), Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences. Springer.
     
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  49. Foucault.Robert Nola - 1998
     
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  50. Karl Popper a proposito dell ’idea di scienza e della sua demarcazione‘.Robert Nola - 2002 - Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 20 (1).
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