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Sense, incomplete understanding, and the problem of normative guidance
(2017) - Journal article
Frege seems committed to the thesis that the senses of the fundamental notions of arithmetic remain stable and are stably grasped by thinkers throughout history. Fully competent practitioners grasp those senses clearly and ...
Comments on Brian Epstein's The Ant Trap
(2017-02-13) - Journal item
The Ant Trap is a terrific book, which opens up new opportunities to use philosophical methods in the social realm, by drawing on the tools and techniques of contemporary metaphysics. Epstein uses concepts of dependence, ...
Indexicality, transparency, and mental files
(2014) - Journal article
Francois Recanati’s Mental Files (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) presents a picture of the mind on which mental representations are indexical and transparent. I dispute this picture: there is no clear case for ...
How many angels can be in the same place at the same time? A defense of mereological universalism
(2016-10) - Journal article
I reply to Hawthorne and Uzquiano's (2011) arguments for the incompatibility between mereological universalism and plenitudinous co-location. I argue that a mereology in which antisymmetry for parthood fails is independently ...
(2018-06) - Journal article
Contemporary social-scientific research seeks to identify specific causal mechanisms for outcomes of theoretical interest. Experiments that randomize populations to treatment and control conditions are the “gold standard” ...
Corporate agency and possible futures
(2018-05-03) - Journal article
We need an account of corporate agency that is temporally robust – one that will help future people to cope with challenges posed by corporate groups in a range of credible futures. In particular, we need to bequeath moral ...
Errol Lord and Barry Maguire, eds., Weighing reasons
(2017-10) - Journal item
Concepts and meaning in medieval philosophy
(Fordham University Press, 2014-12) - Book item
In his recent study, Concepts, Fodor identifies five nonnegotiable constraints on any theory of concepts. These theses were all shared by the standard medieval theories of concepts. However, those theories were cognitivist, ...
Who's afraid of determinism?
(2014-07) - Journal article
Because of the idealizations involved in the ideas of a total state of the world and of all the laws of nature, the thesis of all-encompassing determinism is unverifiable. Our everyday non-scientific talk of causation does ...
Answering to future people : responsibility for climate change in a breaking world
(2018-08) - Journal article
Our everyday notions of responsibility are often driven by our need to justify ourselves to specific others – especially those we harm, wrong, or otherwise affect. One challenge for contemporary ethics is to extend this ...