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The Philosophical Review (2004) 113 (1): 31–88.
Published: 01 January 2004
.... The Philosophical Review, Vol. 113, No. 1 (January 2004) Form, Substance, and Mechanism Robert Pasnau Philosophers today have largely given up on the project of categorizing being. Aristotle’s ten categories now strike us as quaint, and no attempt to improve...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (3): 482–484.
Published: 01 July 2001
...Lon Becker THE QUANTUM MECHANICS OF MINDS AND WORLDS. By Jeffrey Alan Barrett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999 Pp. xv, 267. Cornell University 2001 Barrett, J. 1999 . The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bohm, D., and B. J. Hiley...
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The Philosophical Review (2023) 132 (3): 355–458.
Published: 01 July 2023
...Kevin Dorst Predictable polarization is everywhere: we can often predict how people’s opinions, including our own, will shift over time. Extant theories either neglect the fact that we can predict our own polarization, or explain it through irrational mechanisms. They needn’t. Empirical studies...
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The Philosophical Review (2019) 128 (3): 293–336.
Published: 01 July 2019
..., construed as a nonimagistic faculty of representation. But Cavendish rejects the pure intellect as a fantasy (OEP 47, 88). 28 © 2019 by Cornell University 2019 Margaret Cavendish color color realism resemblance mechanism Hobbes Descartes Philosophers , which thought to reason well...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (1): 81–122.
Published: 01 January 2017
... that we have come to a different and more expansive understanding of ‘all sets’ (or ‘all ordinals’ or ‘all cardinals’). But indefinite extensibility is philosophically puzzling: extant accounts are either metasemantically suspect in requiring mysterious mechanisms of domain expansion, or metaphysically...
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The Philosophical Review (2012) 121 (2): 149–177.
Published: 01 April 2012
...Darren Bradley This article defends the Doomsday Argument, the Halfer Position in Sleeping Beauty, the Fine-Tuning Argument, and the applicability of Bayesian confirmation theory to the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics. It will argue that all four problems have the same structure...
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The Philosophical Review (2018) 127 (2): 151–196.
Published: 01 April 2018
...″ tall, and why we can say “Ellen has a hat like the one Sherlock Holmes always wears” without implying Holmes exists or has a hat. This article presents a simple formalism for understanding this pragmatic mechanism, specifying how, in context, the result of such subtractions is determined. And it shows...
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The Philosophical Review (2000) 109 (2): 267–270.
Published: 01 April 2000
... mechanism” and that the truth of the thesis of causal determinism would not show that agents fail to exercise guidance control of their actions. Their account of what it is for an action to be produced by a “reasons- responsive mechanism” (chapters 2 and 3) provides the basis for their account...
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The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (4): 528–532.
Published: 01 October 2022
... theory: even something as simple as shifting from the position to the momentum basis in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics transforms the Schrödinger equation into something explicitly nonlocal). Unfortunately, I don’t think Ney succeeds in giving a clear statement of the high-dimensional space she has...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (3): 417–420.
Published: 01 July 2017
... system consisting of an information producer and an endorsement mechanism. The endorsement mechanism either endorses or rejects the content generated by the information producer, and endorsed content results in a belief. The reliability of this two-step process depends on the ratio of accurate...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (4): 639–641.
Published: 01 October 2001
... an equation of the form Vi = fi(Vi1Vim), where Vi is distinct from each Vij. These equations represent “mechanisms” whereby the value of one variable is causally determined by the values of others. Mechanisms differ from what philosophers call “laws” in that the former are asymmetric. If it is a law...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (3): 355–359.
Published: 01 July 2014
..., the physical theory known as “Bohmian mechanics,” according to which there is a “privileged reference frame” that plays a special role in the dynamical laws. 2 If one accepts Bohmian mechanics, it seems that one will be forced to admit that there are counterexamples to Optimism. Suppose, for example...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (2): 302–308.
Published: 01 April 2020
... by pragmatist philosophy. Healey puts forward the interpretation as an alternative to realist quantum theories on the one hand such as Bohmian mechanics, spontaneous collapse theories, and many-worlds interpretations, which are different proposals for describing what the quantum world is like and what...
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The Philosophical Review (2021) 130 (4): 591–596.
Published: 01 October 2021
... and attractive alternative to present-day accounts of the laws of nature (particularly regularity theory, necessitarianism, and skepticism). Part 2 is a study of Kant’s a priori laws of mechanics in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science , which begins with a wide angle and proceeds...
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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (2): 269–272.
Published: 01 April 2015
.... On such a basis, he accords modern “foundational” work in continuum mechanics a fairly perfunctory nod and ignores many recent innovations in this vein altogether. 1 To a Hilbertian formalist, continuum doctrine represents a significantly different kettle of fish than the simple point mass mechanics that Sklar...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (3): 342–354.
Published: 01 July 2014
... to be measurable magnitudes. And Kant needs to give this foundation for Newton's physics without relying either on the mechanism of Descartes and his followers or on Newton's absolute space and time. Second, Friedman argues that “the general dynamical theory of matter on which Kant builds a foundation for Newton's...
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The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (1): 1–49.
Published: 01 January 2022
... arbitrariness laws of nature time’s arrow Past Hypothesis quantum theory fundamentality indeterminacy statistical mechanics Vagueness is a pervasive feature of ordinary language. Many predicates we use in everyday contexts do not have determinate boundaries of application. Is John bald when he...
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The Philosophical Review (2023) 132 (1): 151–154.
Published: 01 January 2023
...Catherine Wilson Apparently, Kant realized only in the controversy with Eberhard that Leibniz never made the drastically confused claim that we perceive monads-as-unextended-primary-substances through the ordinary mechanisms of visual perception. Martha Brandt Bolton discusses the perception...
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The Philosophical Review (2018) 127 (3): 426–431.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of the characteristic functional features of computational mechanisms. The remaining chapters, almost half the total length, apply this theory to a variety of examples and debates. While fourteen of the chapters draw on separately published work, there is much added value in the presentation of this material...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (3): 393–398.
Published: 01 July 2017
... relation is normative (insofar as it concerns the assessment of evidence) is original and informs her interpretation of his argument about induction in Treatise 1.3.6, discussed below. De Pierris's second division is between “mechanical philosophers,” who accept the “demonstrative ideal” of natural...