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Hasteners and delayers : why rains don't cause fires
(2018-07) - Journal article,
We typically judge that hasteners are causes of what they hasten, while delayers are not causes of what they delay. These judgements, I suggest, are sensitive to an underlying metaphysical distinction. To see this, we need ...
Robert Fland, or Elandus Dialecticus?
(2017-05-01) - Journal article,
In the late 1970s, Paul Spade edited three treatises, on Consequences, Insolubles and Obligations, which he attributed to an otherwise unknown fourteenth-century logician whom he named as Robert Fland. We question this ...
Some results on the limits of thought
(2018-01-31) - Journal article,
Generalizing on some arguments due to Arthur Prior and Dmitry Mirimanoff, we provide some further limitative results on what can be thought.
Why it is disrespectful to violate rights : contractualism and the Kind-Desire Theory
(2018-01) - Journal article,
The most prominent theories of rights, the Will Theory and the Interest Theory, notoriously fail to accommodate all and only rights-attributions that make sense to ordinary speakers. The Kind-Desire Theory, Leif Wenar’s ...
Aristotle and Lukasiewicz on existential import
(2015) - Journal article,
Jan Lukasiewicz's treatise on Aristotle's Syllogistic, published in the 1950s, has been very influential in framing contemporary understanding of Aristotle's logical systems. However, Lukasiewicz's interpretation is based ...
Universalism and junk
(2014) - Journal article,
Those who accept the necessity of mereological universalism face what has come to be known as the junk argument due to Bohn , which proceeds from (i) the incompatibility of junk with universalism and (ii) the possibility ...
Validity for strong pluralists
(2013-05) - Journal article,
(2014-12) - Journal article,
Mereotopology is a theory of connected parts. The existence of boundaries, as parts of everyday objects, is basic to any such theory; but in classical mereotopology, there is a problem: if boundaries exist, then either ...
(2017-04) - Journal article,
General-elimination harmony articulates Gentzen's idea that the elimination-rules are justified if they infer from an assertion no more than can already be inferred from the grounds for making it. Dummett described the ...
Descartes's critique of the syllogistic
(2017-10) - Journal article,
This article presents a novel reading of Descartes’s critique of the traditional syllogistic. The reading differs from those previously presented by scholars who regard Descartes’s critique as a version of a well-known ...