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    A Probabilistic Approach to Epistemic Safety From the Perspective of Ascribers.Yingjin Xu - forthcoming - Episteme:1-16.
    “Epistemic safety” refers to an epistemic status in which the subject acquires true beliefs without involving epistemic luck. There is a tradition of cashing out safety-defining modality in terms of possible world semantics, and even Julian Dutant's and Martin Smith's normalcy-based notions of safety also take this semantics as a significant component of them. However, such an approach has to largely depend on epistemologists’ ad hoc intuitions on how to individuate possible worlds and how to pick out “close” worlds. In (...)
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    What If Wittgenstein Could Speak Japanese?Yingjin Xu & Ning Zong - 2020 - Asian Philosophy 30 (1):85-102.
    Wittgenstein’s criticism of the notion of ‘private language’ is related to the putative centrality of “being“ and the ‘subject-predicate’ distinction. However, his efforts would prove to be more f...
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  3. The Frame Problem, the Relevance Problem, and a Package Solution to Both.Yingjin Xu & Pei Wang - 2012 - Synthese 187 (S1):43-72.
    As many philosophers agree, the frame problem is concerned with how an agent may efficiently filter out irrelevant information in the process of problem-solving. Hence, how to solve this problem hinges on how to properly handle semantic relevance in cognitive modeling, which is an area of cognitive science that deals with simulating human's cognitive processes in a computerized model. By "semantic relevance", we mean certain inferential relations among acquired beliefs which may facilitate information retrieval and practical reasoning under certain epistemic (...)
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  4. What Does Fodor’s “Anti-Darwinism” Mean to Natural Theology?Yingjin Xu - 2011 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):465-479.
    In the current dialogue of “science and religion,” it is widely assumed that the thoughts of Darwinists and that of atheists overlap. However, Jerry Fodor, a full-fledged atheist, recently announced a war against Darwinism with his atheistic campaign. Prima facie, this “civil war” might offer a chance for theists: If Fodor is right, Darwinistic atheism will lose the cover of Darwinism and become less tenable. This paper provides a more pessimistic evaluation of the situation by explaining the following: Fodor’s criticism (...)
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    The Troublesome Explanandum in Plantinga’s Argument Against Naturalism.Yingjin Xu - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (1):1-15.
    Intending to have a constructive dialogue with the combination of evolutionary theory (E) and metaphysical naturalism (N), Alvin Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism (EAAN) takes the reliability of human cognition (in normal environments) as a purported explanandum and E&N as a purported explanans. Then, he considers whether E&N can offer a good explanans for this explanandum, and his answer is negative (an answer employed by him to produce a defeater for N). But I will argue that the whole EAAN goes (...)
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    Why Is the Husserlian Notion of “Intentionality” Needed by Artificial General Intelligence?Yingjin Xu & Pei Wang - 2018 - Philosophical Forum 49 (4):401-425.
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    Iki and Contingency: A Reconstruction of Shūzō Kuki’s Early Aesthetic Theory.Yingjin Xu - 2018 - Asian Philosophy 28 (3):277-294.
    ABSTRACTIki is the key word of Shūzō Kuki’s The Structure of Iki, and it became one of the most widely recognized Japanese aesthetic categories mainly due to this work. However, in The Problems of Contingency, which is Kuki’s most important philosophical work, there is no discussion of iki again, and consequently, most commentators of Kuki fail to see the correlation between his theories of iki and contingency. This article, by contrast, intends to provide a new interpretation of iki in the (...)
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