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    Quine, Conceptual Pragmatism, and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction.Robert Sinclair - 2022 - Lanham: Lexington Books.
    This book provides an in-depth examination of C.I. Lewis's conceptual pragmatism and its influence on Quine's developing views in epistemology. The author shows how Quine's engagement with problems presented by Lewis, such as analyticity and the empirical given, contribute to the development of his conception of naturalized epistemology.
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  2. Quine and Conceptual Pragmatism.Robert Sinclair - 2012 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (3):335-355.
    In comparing his conception of empiricism with that of other like-minded philosophers at the end of his 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism,' W. V. Quine famously emphasized the broader scope of his pragmatist commitment in these terms:Carnap, Lewis, and others take a pragmatic stand on the question of choosing between language forms, scientific frameworks; but their pragmatism leaves off at the imagined boundary between the analytic and the synthetic. In repudiating such a boundary I espouse a more thorough pragmatism.Such remarks have (...)
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    Science and Sensibilia by W. V. Quine: The 1980 Immanuel Kant Lectures.Robert Sinclair (ed.) - 2019 - Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
    In this book, W. V. Quine’s Immanuel Kant Lectures entitled Science and Sensibilia are published for the first time in English. These lectures represent an important stage in the development of Quine’s later thought, where he is more explicit about the importance of physicalist constraints in his account of the steps from sensory stimulation to scientific theory, and in further using them to assess the extent to which mental vocabulary is defensible. Taken as a unit, these lectures fill an important (...)
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    Pragmatism and scientific philosophy in Carnap and Quine.Robert Sinclair - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-8.
    Critical Review of The Philosophical Project of Carnap and Quine, edited by Sean Morris, Cambridge University Press, 2023.Scholarly opinion concerning the Carnap–Quine relationship and their centra...
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  5. What is radical interpretation? Davidson, Fodor, and the naturalization of philosophy.Robert Sinclair - 2002 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 45 (2):161-184.
    Jerry Fodor and Ernest Lepore have recently criticized Davidson's methodology of radical interpretation because of its apparent failure to reflect how actual interpretation is achieved. Responding to such complaints, Davidson claims that he is not interested in the empirical issues surrounding actual interpretation but instead focuses on the question of what conditions make interpretation possible. It is argued that this exchange between Fodor and Lepore on one side, and Davidson on the other, cannot be viewed simply as a naturalist reaction (...)
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    The philosophical significance of triangulation: Locating Davidson's non-reductive naturalism.Robert Sinclair - 2005 - Metaphilosophy 36 (5):708-728.
    Donald Davidson has emphasized the importance of what he calls “triangulation” for clarifying the conditions that make thought possible. Various critics have questioned whether this triangular causal interaction between two individuals and a shared environment can provide necessary conditions for the emergence of thought. I argue that these critical responses all suffer from a lack of appreciation for the way triangulation is responsive to the philosophical commitments of Davidson's naturalism. This reply to Davidson's critics helps clarify several metaphilosophical issues concerning (...)
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  7. The influence of mood state on judgment and action: Effects on persuasion, categorization, social justice, person perception, and judgmental accuracy.Robert C. Sinclair & Melvin M. Mark - 1992 - In L. Martin & A. Tesser (eds.), The Construction of Social Judgments. Lawrence Erlbaum. pp. 165--193.
     
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    Quine on Evidence.Robert Sinclair - 2013 - In Ernie Lepore & Gilbert Harman (eds.), A Companion to W. V. O. Quine. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 350–372.
    Alex Orenstein: “Inscrutability Scrutinized”: This is a reply to Quine's comments on an earlier paper. In his comments on that earlier paper Quine acknowledged that distinguishing the inscrutability of reference from the indeterminacy of meaning might be preferable to other of his ways of referring to this distinction. He also agreed that inscrutability of reference is a strong claim, a “thesis”, proven as per model theory. His examples of inscrutability are examined and supplemented with other examples. By contrast, indeterminacy of (...)
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    The effects of mood state on judgemental accuracy: Processing strategy as a mechanism.Robert C. Sinclair & Melvin M. Mark - 1995 - Cognition and Emotion 9 (5):417-438.
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    When naturalized epistemology turn normative: Kim on the fallures of Quinean epistemology.Robert Sinclair - 2004 - Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2):53-67.
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    Précis of Quine, Conceptual Pragmatism, and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction.Robert Sinclair - 2023 - Asian Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):1-7.
    Quine’s references to his “pragmatism” have often been seen as indicating a possible link to the American pragmatism of Peirce, James, and Dewey. In Quine, Conceptual Pragmatism, and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction, I argue that the influence of pragmatism on Quine’s philosophy is more accurately traced to C.I. Lewis’s conceptual pragmatism. Quine’s epistemology shares many affinities with Lewis’s view, which depicts knowledge as a conceptual system pragmatically revised in light of future experience. This claim is defended through an examination of several (...)
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    Replies to my critics.Robert Sinclair - 2023 - Asian Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):1-13.
    In these replies, I respond to critics in the book symposium on my Quine, Conceptual Pragmatism, and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction, Lexington Books, 2022.
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    Stimulus Meaning Reconsidered.Robert Sinclair - 2002 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 40 (3):395-409.
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    Quine's Naturalized Epistemology and the Third Dogma of Empiricism.Robert Sinclair - 2007 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (3):455-472.
    This essay reconsiders Davidson's critical attribution of the scheme‐content distinction to Quine's naturalized epistemology. It focuses on Davidson's complaint that the presence of this distinction leads Quine to mistakenly construe neural input as evidence. While committed to this distinction, Quine's epistemology does not attempt to locate a justificatory foundation in sensory experience and does not then equate neural intake with evidence. Quine's central epistemological task is an explanatory one that attempts to scientifically clarify the route from stimulus to science. Davidson's (...)
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    Quine's Naturalized Epistemology and the Third Dogma of Empiricism.Robert Sinclair - 2007 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (3):455-472.
    This essay reconsiders Davidson's critical attribution of the scheme‐content distinction to Quine's naturalized epistemology. It focuses on Davidson's complaint that the presence of this distinction leads Quine to mistakenly construe neural input as evidence. While committed to this distinction, Quine's epistemology does not attempt to locate a justificatory foundation in sensory experience and does not then equate neural intake with evidence. Quine's central epistemological task is an explanatory one that attempts to scientifically clarify the route from stimulus to science. Davidson's (...)
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  16. Dewey and White on Value, Obligation, and Practical Judgment.Robert Sinclair - 2014 - SATS 15 (1):39-54.
     
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  17. Naturalism and Normativity By Mario De Caro and David Macarthur, editors.Robert Sinclair - 2011 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (4):531.
    Recent trends in philosophical naturalism have their chief source in Quine's influential call to 'naturalize' epistemology, which recommended that philosophical concerns be seen as simply one part of a scientifically informed attempt to understand the natural world. The result is the view described as 'scientific naturalism' where philosophy now must defer to science when addressing questions of knowledge, meaning and existence. This naturalist turn is sometimes portrayed as a novel and radical transformation of philosophy, one that holds the promise of (...)
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    Quine on the Indeterminacy of Translation.Robert Sinclair - 2011-09-16 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 362–366.
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    Reification.Robert Sinclair - 2018-05-09 - In Robert Arp, Steven Barbone & Michael Bruce (eds.), Bad Arguments. Wiley. pp. 378–381.
    This chapter focuses on one of the common fallacies in Western philosophy, 'reification'. A relative newcomer to the world of logical fallacies, reification is difficult to place and its status as a fallacy not that well understood. In general, reification involves taking something that is abstract, like an idea or concept, and making it concrete, or assigning it a concrete, 'real' existence. The standard analysis of reification presents it as a fallacy of presumption, which can be avoided by minimizing the (...)
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    A Less Radical Interpretation of Davidson and Quine.Robert Sinclair - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):107-124.
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    Dewey and the Problem of Religion.Robert Sinclair - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 45:321-327.
    This essay explores the tension between those who find value in the example of the religious life and others who take the intellectual bankruptcy of religious doctrines as recommending the complete abandonment of religion. It briefly describes John Dewey’s attempt to overcome this tension through a rethinking of the religious life and the sources of its continuing value and purpose. Dewey responds to this conflict over religion by attempting to emancipate its fundamental valuefrom the constraints of any supernatural affiliation. He (...)
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    Dewey, Religion, and the New Atheism.Robert Sinclair - 2010 - Contemporary Pragmatism 7 (1):93-106.
    This article explores the conflict between those who find value in religious commitment and others who recommend the complete abandonment of religion. It examines John Dewey's reflections on religion in order to assess its possible resources for addressing this specific conflict. Dewey's discussion highlights deep human impulses that a secular perspective should address. But this should be accomplished not through his proposed broadening of religious life, but by promoting these impulses and the community life that responds to them as shared (...)
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    Incidental moods, source likeability, and persuasion: Liking motivates message elaboration in happy people.Robert C. Sinclair, Sean E. Moore, Melvin M. Mark, Alexander S. Soldat & Carrie A. Lavis - 2010 - Cognition and Emotion 24 (6):940-961.
    Happy people often fail to elaborate on persuasive arguments, while people in sad moods tend to scrutinise messages in greater detail. According to some motivational accounts, however, happy people will elaborate a message if they believe it might maintain their positive mood. The present research extends this reasoning by demonstrating that happy people will elaborate arguments from message presenters that convey positive hedonic attributes (i.e., source likeability). In a pilot study, we show that happy people believe persuasive messages from a (...)
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    Introduction: Quine’s Immanuel Kant Lectures.Robert Sinclair - 2019 - In Science and Sensibilia by W. V. Quine: The 1980 Immanuel Kant Lectures. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
    These introductory remarks provide an overview of the project Quine develops in his Kant lectures. Much of the lectures are aimed at locating mentalistic discourse within a scientific, physicalist framework, where this forms part of a scientific, if abstract, explanation of how we come to know the external world and other minds without an appeal to mental entities or other sensibilia. I further attempt to illuminate Quine’s physicalist rendering of perception through a comparison with Austin’s ordinary language approach to perception. (...)
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    Jack Ritchie, Understanding Naturalism Reviewed by.Robert Sinclair - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (2):135-137.
  26. Morton White's Moral Pragmatism: O Pragmatismo Moral de Morton White.Robert Sinclair - 2011 - Cognitio 12 (1).
     
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    No Title available: Dialogue.Robert Sinclair - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (3):602-604.
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  28. Quine's epistemology naturalized.Robert Sinclair - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Quine's Epistemology Naturalized.Robert Sinclair - 2011-09-16 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 183–187.
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    "Quine in Historical Context" Critical Notice of Peter Hylton, Quine.Robert Sinclair - 2008 - Philosophical Inquiry 30 (3-4):185-192.
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  31. Quine on Evidence.Robert Sinclair - 2013 - In Gilbert Harman & Ernest LePore (eds.), A Companion to W. V. O. Quine. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  32. Quine on the indeterminacy of translation.Robert Sinclair - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
  33. Quine's two dogmas of empiricism.Robert Sinclair - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Quine's Two Dogmas of Empiricism.Robert Sinclair - 2011-09-16 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 169–173.
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    Vision and Technique in Pragmatist Philosophy.Robert Sinclair - 2016 - The Pluralist 11 (2):64-85.
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    Why Quine is Not an Externalist.Robert Sinclair - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Research 34:279-304.
    This essay reconsiders the place of meaning within Quine’s naturalism. It takes as its point of departure Davidson’s claim that Quine’s linguistic behaviorism entails a form of semantic externalism. It then further locates this claim within the Davidson-Quine debate concerning whether the proximal or distal stimulus is the relevant determinant of semantic content. An interpretation of Quine’s developing views on translation and epistemology is defended that rejects Davidson’s view that Quine be read as a proto-externalist. Quine’s empirical evaluation of translation (...)
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    Why Quine is Not an Externalist.Robert Sinclair - 2009 - Journal of Philosophical Research 34:279-304.
    This essay reconsiders the place of meaning within Quine’s naturalism. It takes as its point of departure Davidson’s claim that Quine’s linguistic behaviorism entails a form of semantic externalism. It then further locates this claim within the Davidson-Quine debate concerning whether the proximal or distal stimulus is the relevant determinant of semantic content. An interpretation of Quine’s developing views on translation and epistemology is defended that rejects Davidson’s view that Quine be read as a proto-externalist. Quine’s empirical evaluation of translation (...)
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    Review of Quentin Kammer, Jean-Philippe Narboux and Henri Wagner: C.I. Lewis: the a priori and the given[REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2022 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 12 (1):315-319.
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    Quentin Kammer, Jean-Philippe Narboux, and Henri Wagner, eds. C. I. Lewis: The A Priori and the Given. New York: Routledge, 2021. Pp. vii+320. $160.00 (cloth). ISBN 978-1-138-70087-1. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2022 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 12 (1):315-319.
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    C. I. Lewis: The Last Great Pragmatist. By Murray G. Murphey. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2007 - Metaphilosophy 38 (5):718-725.
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    Becoming John Dewey: Dilemmas of a Philosopher and Naturalist Thomas C. Dalton Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2002, xi + 377 pp. $45.00. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):176-.
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    Becoming John Dewey. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):176-178.
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    Huw Price , Naturalism Without Mirrors . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (3):222-224.
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    Kirk Ludwig , Donald Davidson, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 240 pages. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2005 - Philosophiques 32 (1):271-273.
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    Murray G. Murphey , The Development of Quine's Philosophy . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2013 - Philosophy in Review 33 (3):219–221.
  46. Paul A. Gregory, Quine's Naturalism: Language, Theory and the Knowing Subject. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2009 - Philosophy in Review 29 (4):257.
     
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    Philip Kitcher, Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism. Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2016 - Philosophy in Review 36 (1):17-19.
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    Review of Peter Olen and Carl Sachs: Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C.I. Lewis[REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2019 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 9 (1):201-205.
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    Peter Olen and Carl Sachs, eds. Pragmatism in Transition: Contemporary Perspectives on C. I. Lewis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. viii+222. $109.99 ; $84.99. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2019 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 9 (1):201-205.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Quine. [REVIEW]Robert Sinclair - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (3):602-604.
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