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Stephen Leeds
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  1. Theories of References and Truth.Stephen Leeds - 1978 - Erkenntnis 13 (1):111 - 129.
  2. Gauges: Aharonov, Bohm, Yang, Healey.Stephen Leeds - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (4):606-627.
    I defend the interpretation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect originally advanced by Aharonov and Bohm, i.e., that it is caused by an interaction between the electron and the vector potential. The defense depends on taking the fiber bundle formulation of electrodynamics literally, or almost literally.
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  3. Truth, Correspondence, and Success.Stephen Leeds - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 79 (1):1 - 36.
  4. Foundations of Statistical Mechanics—Two Approaches.Stephen Leeds - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (1):126-144.
    This paper is a discussion of David Albert's approach to the foundations of classical statistical menchanics. I point out a respect in which his account makes a stronger claim about the statistical mechanical probabilities than is usually made, and I suggest what might be motivation for this. I outline a less radical approach, which I attribute to Boltzmann, and I give some reasons for thinking that this approach is all we need, and also the most we are likely to get. (...)
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  5. Correspondence Truth and Scientific Realism.Stephen Leeds - 2007 - Synthese 159 (1):1 - 21.
    I argue that one good reason for Scientific Realists to be interested in correspondence theories is the hope they offer us of being able to state and defend realistic theses in the face of well-known difficulties about modern physics: such theses as, that our theories are approximately true, or that they will tend to approach the truth. I go on to claim that this hope is unlikely to be fulfilled. I suggest that Realism can still survive in the face of (...)
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    Computability and Logic.Stephen Leeds - 1977 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 42 (4):585-586.
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  7. Physical and Metaphysical Necessity.Stephen Leeds - 2007 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (4):458–485.
    I propose a different way of thinking about metaphysical and physical necessity: namely that the fundamental notion of necessity is what would ordinarily be called "truth in all physically possible worlds" – a notion which includes the standard physical necessities and the metaphysical ones as well; I suggest that the latter are marked off not as a stricter kind of necessity but by their epistemic status. One result of this reconceptualization is that the Descartes-Kripke argument against naturalism need no longer (...)
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  8. Juhl on Many Worlds.Stephen Leeds - 2007 - Noûs 41 (3):536–549.
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    Malament and Zabell on Gibbs Phase Averaging.Stephen Leeds - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (2):325-340.
    In their paper "Why Gibbs Phase Averages Work--The Role of Ergodic Theory" (1980), David Malament and Sandy Zabell attempt to explain why phase averaging over the microcanonical ensemble gives correct predictions for the values of thermodynamic observables, for an ergodic system at equilibrium. Their idea is to bypass the traditional use of limit theorems, by relying on a uniqueness result about the microcanonical measure--namely, that it is uniquely stationary translation-continuous. I argue that their explanation begs questions about the relationship between (...)
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  10. Constructive Empiricism.Stephen Leeds - 1994 - Synthese 101 (2):187 - 221.
    Constructive Empiricism, the view introduced in The Scientific Image, is a view of science, an answer to the question “what is science?” Arthur Fine’s and Paul Teller’s contributions to this symposium challenge especially two key ideas required to formu- late that view, namely the observable/unobservable and accept- ance/belief distinctions. I wish to thank them not only for their insightful critique but also for the support they include. For they illuminate and counter some misunderstandings of Constructive Empiricism along the way. That (...)
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    Holes and Determinism: Another Look.Stephen Leeds - 1995 - Philosophy of Science 62 (3):425-437.
    I argue that Earman and Norton's familiar "hole argument" raises questions as to whether GTR is a deterministic theory only given a certain assumption about determinism: namely, that to ask whether a theory is deterministic is to ask about the physical situations described by the theory. I think this is a mistake: whether a theory is deterministic is a question about what sentences can be proved within the theory. I show what these sentences look like: for interesting theories, a harmless (...)
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    Qualia, Awareness, Sellars.Stephen Leeds - 1993 - Noûs 27 (3):303-330.
  13. Possibility: Physical and Metaphysical.Stephen Leeds - 2001 - In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and Its Discontents. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  14. Perception, Transparency, and the Language of Thought.Stephen Leeds - 2002 - Noûs 36 (1):104-129.
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    Church's Translation Argument.Stephen Leeds - 1979 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 9 (1):43 - 51.
    What are the objects of the so-called ‘propositional attitudes’ — belief, desire, and the like? One of the best-known accounts holds them to be sentences. According to this account — which I shall call the ‘linguistic theory’ — an analysis of the logical form of a sentence like John believes that the moon is roundwill see the word ‘that’ as a hidden pair of quotation marks: except for niceties of idiom, might be written John believes ‘the moon is round’. asserts (...)
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    Discussion: Malament on Time Reversal.Stephen Leeds - 2006 - Philosophy of Science 73 (4):448-458.
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    A Disquotationalist Looks at Vagueness.Stephen Leeds - 2000 - Philosophical Topics 28 (1):107-128.
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    Logic.Stephen Leeds - 1980 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 45 (2):382-383.
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    Other Minds, Support, and Likelihoods.Stephen Leeds - unknown
    This paper investigates the possibility of extending the likelihood treatment of support to situations in which the evidence and the hypotheses supported by the evidence are all outcomes of a chance process. An example is when we ask how much support the observed sequence of heads and tails gives to the hypothesis that the next toss will be a head. I begin by discussing Sober’s approach to a problem of this type: that of estimating how much support the observation that (...)
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  20. How to Think About Reference.Stephen Leeds - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (15):485-503.
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    Price on the Wheeler-Feynman Theory.Stephen Leeds - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1):288-294.
  22. The Conceptual Role of 'Temperature'in Statistical Mechanics: Or How Probabilistic Averages Maximize Predictive Accuracy.Malcolm R. Forster, I. A. Kieseppä, Dan Hausman, Alexei Krioukov, Stephen Leeds, Alan Macdonald & Larry Shapiro - forthcoming - Philosophy of Science.
     
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    Incommensurability and Vagueness.Stephen Leeds - 1997 - Noûs 31 (3):385-407.
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    Wheeler–Feynman Again: A Reply to Price.Stephen Leeds - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (3):381-383.
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    A Disquotationalist Looks at Vagueness.Stephen Leeds - 2000 - Philosophical Topics 28 (1):107--28.
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    Yoemon Sampei. On the Principle of Effective Choice and its Applications. Commentarii Mathematici Universitatis Sancti Pauli, Vol. 15 , Pp. 29–42. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1975 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 40 (2):243-244.
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    Eells and Jeffrey on Newcomb's Problem.Stephen Leeds - 1984 - Philosophical Studies 46 (1):97 - 107.
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    Interventionism in Statistical Mechanics.Stephen Leeds - unknown
    I defend the idea that the fact that no system is entirely isolated can be used to explain the successful use of the microcanonical distribution in statistical mechanics. The argument turns on claims about what is needed for an adequate explanation of this fact: I argue in particular that various competing explanations do not meet reasonable conditions of adequacy, and that the most striking lacuna in Interventionism – its failure to explain the ‘arrow of time’ – is no real defect.
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  29. The Epistemology of Social Facts: The Evidential Value of Personal Experience Versus Testimony.Luc J. Bovens & Stephen Leeds - 2002 - In Georg Meggle (ed.), Social Facts and Collective Intentionality. Philosophische Forschung / Philosophical research. Frankfurt A. M.: Dr. Haensel-Hohenhausen. pp. 43-51.
    "The Personal is Political": This was an often-heard slogan of feminist groups in the late sixties and early seventies. The slogan is no doubt open to many interpretations. There is one interpretation which touches on the epistemology of social facts, viz. the slogan claims that in assessing the features of a political system, personal experiences have privileged evidentiary value. For instancte, in the face of third person reports about political corruption, I may remain unmoved in my belief that the political (...)
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    Kelly Kevin T. And Oliver Schulte. The Computable Testability of Theories Making Uncomputable Predictions. Erkenntnis, Vol. 43 , Pp. 29–66. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1996 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 61 (3):1049.
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  31. Semantic primitives and learnability.Stephen Leeds - 1979 - Logique Et Analyse 22 (85):99.
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  32. Chance, Realism, Quantum Mechanics.Stephen Leeds - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):567-578.
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    A Note on Pollock's System of Direct Inference.Stephen Leeds - 1994 - Theory and Decision 36 (3):247-256.
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    Wilfrid Hodges. Logic. Pelican Books. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, England, 1977, 331 Pp. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1980 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 45 (2):382-383.
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    George Boolos and Richard Jeffrey. Computability and Logic. Cambridge University Press, New York and London1974, X + 262 Pp. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1977 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 42 (4):585-586.
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    Quine on Properties and Meanings.Stephen Leeds - 1978 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 9 (2):97-108.
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    Perception and Cognition: Issues in the Foundations of Psychology.Stephen Leeds - 1980 - Philosophical Review 89 (3):482.
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    A Problem About Frequencies in Direct Inference.Stephen Leeds, John L. Pollock & Henry E. Kyburg - 1985 - Philosophical Studies 48 (1):137 - 140.
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    Perception and Cognition: Issues in the Foundations of Psychology.Stephen Leeds - 1981 - Mind 90 (359):471-473.
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    Causation, Physics and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited.Stephen Leeds - 2008 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86 (4):688 – 690.
    (2008). Causation, Physics and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited. Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 86, No. 4, pp. 688-690.
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    A Note on Van Fraassen's Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Stephen Leeds & Richard Healey - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (1):91-104.
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    Yoemon Sampei. On the Complete Basis for the Sets. Commentarii Mathematici Universitatis Sancti Pauli, Vol. 13 , Pp. 81–88. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1975 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 40 (2):243.
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    Kyburg and Fiducial Inference.Stephen Leeds - 1981 - Philosophy of Science 48 (1):78-91.
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    Two Senses of 'Appears Red'.Stephen Leeds - 1975 - Philosophical Studies 28 (September):199-205.
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    Postscript to 'a Problem About Frequencies in Direct Inference'.Stephen Leeds - 1985 - Philosophical Studies 48 (1):149 - 152.
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    Tooley on Causation and Probabilities.Stephen Leeds - 2000 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (2):223 – 230.
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    Review: Kevin T. Kelly, Oliver Schulte, The Computable Testability of Theories Making Uncomputable Predictions. [REVIEW]Stephen Leeds - 1996 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 61 (3):1049-1049.
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    Understanding Understanding.Stephen Leeds - 1973 - International Philosophical Quarterly 13 (4):586-588.
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    A Note on Craigian Instrumentalism.Stephen Leeds - 1975 - Journal of Philosophy 72 (7):177-184.
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    Levi's Decision Theory.Stephen Leeds - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (1):158-168.
    Suppose my utilities are representable by a set of utility assignments, each defined for atomic sentences; suppose my beliefs are representable by a set of probability assignments. Then each of my utility assignments together with each of my probability assignments will determine a utility assignment to non-atomic sentences, in a familiar way. This paper is concerned with the question, whether I am committed to all the utility assignments so constructible. Richard Jeffrey (1984) says (in effect) "no", Isaac Levi (1974) says (...)
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