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  1. Mind-independence disambiguated: Separating the meat from the straw in the realism/anti-realism debate.Sam Page - 2006 - Ratio 19 (3):321–335.
    The notion of mind‐independence plays a central role in the contemporary realism/anti‐realism debate, but the notion is severely ambiguous and consequently the source of considerable misunderstanding. In this paper, four kinds of mind‐independence are distinguished: ontological, causal, structural, and individuative independence. Appreciating these distinctions entails that one can reject the individuative independence of the natural world, and still maintain that the natural world is causally and structurally independent of us. This paper argues that so‐called anti‐realists, especially Rorty, Putnam, and Goodman, (...)
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  2. Searle's realism deconstructed.Sam Page - 2004 - Philosophical Forum 35 (3):249-274.
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    Carving Nature at its Inherent Joints: The Problem of the Independent Criterion.Sam Page - unknown
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    The Challenge of Observing Reality’s Inherent Joints.Sam Page - 2006 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):22-28.
    Individuative Realism is the thesis that reality is individuated intrinsically-that is, that reality is divided up into objects that are circumscribed by boundaries that are totally independent of our gerrymandering. One strategy for substantiating the thesis would involve discovering some of reality’s inherent joints by direct observation. This paper critically considers the observational strategy by examining a number of proposals for how reality might be individuated intrinsically, and demonstrating case-by-case that the individuation in question is likely imposed by us, rather (...)
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    The Challenge of Observing Reality’s Inherent Joints.Sam Page - 2006 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 1 (20):22-28.
    Individuative Realism is the thesis that reality is individuated intrinsically-that is, that reality is divided up into objects that are circumscribed by boundaries that are totally independent of our gerrymandering. One strategy for substantiating the thesis would involve discovering some of reality’s inherent joints by direct observation. This paper critically considers the observational strategy by examining a number of proposals for how reality might be individuated intrinsically, and demonstrating case-by-case that the individuation in question is likely imposed by us, rather (...)
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    Unconditional Truth in Practice.Sam Page - 2006 - Contemporary Pragmatism 3 (1):37-50.
    Even if unconditional truth is unattainable in principle, the ideal of unconditional truth has an important role to play in practice, according to Habermas. Habermas' position can be construed as descriptive or prescriptive. Either way, it faces considerable challenges. As a description, it raises classic philosophical problems. As a prescription, it raises many of the practical problems of religious fundamentalism, as Rorty argues. Trying to avoid the theoretical problems inherent to the concept of unconditional truth by non-epistemic means is not (...)
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    Western hegemony over african agriculture in Southern Rhodesia and its continuing threat to food security in independent zimbabwe.Sam L. J. Page & Helán E. Page - 1991 - Agriculture and Human Values 8 (4):3-18.
    Zimbabwe's communal farmers are now less food secure than they were two generations ago. The roots of this decline lie not only in the confinement of Africans to marginal land but also in the historic forced replacement of their sustainable, indigenous farming system with one whose productivity now relies on the use of large amounts of expensive chemical inputs. Environmentally-friendly, traditional farming practices such as pyro-culture, minimum tillage, mixed cropping, and bush fallowing were completely wiped out and replaced with a (...)
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