• Another Look at Functionalism and the Emotions
    Brain and Mind 4 (3): 353-383. 2003.
    Two chronic problems have plagued functionalism in the philosophy of mind. The first is the chauvinism/liberalism dilemma, the second the absent qualia problem. The first problem is addressed by blocking excessively liberal counterexamples at a level of functional abstraction that is high enough to avoid chauvinism. This argument introduces the notion of emotional functional organization. The second problem is addressed by granting Block's skeptical conclusions with respect to mentality as such,…Read more
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    How human musical experience emerges from the audition of organized tones is a riddle of long standing. In "The Musical Representation," Charles Nussbaum offers a philosophical naturalist's solution.
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    Majoritarianism, autonomy, and ‘entrenchment’
    Southwest Philosophy Review 12 (1): 85-102. 1996.
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    Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics in Kant’s Schematism
    Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress 2 321-330. 1995.
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    How human musical experience emerges from the audition of organized tones is a riddle of long standing. In _The Musical Representation_, Charles Nussbaum offers a philosophical naturalist's solution. Nussbaum founds his naturalistic theory of musical representation on the collusion between the physics of sound and the organization of the human mind-brain. He argues that important varieties of experience afforded by Western tonal art music since 1650 arise through the feeling of tone, the sense o…Read more
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    Troubles with the causal homeostasis theory of reference
    Philosophical Psychology 14 (2). 2001.
    While purely causal theories of reference have provided a plausible account of the meanings of names and natural kind terms, they cannot handle vacuous theoretical terms. The causal homeostasis theory can but incurs other difficulties. Theories of reference that are intensional and not purely causal tend to be molecularist or holist. Holist theories threaten transtheoretic reference, whereas molecularist theories must supply a principled basis for selecting privileged meaning-determining relatio…Read more
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    Musicians sometimes shake their heads in wonderment at the remarkable incidence of musical creativity that occurred in Germany and Austria between the years 1750 and 1900. One after another, a series of musical giants arose in rapid succession, each unique, and each exemplifying human artistic genius of the highest possible order. That the German-speaking world dominated music composition during this period is scarcely open to question. But it was not always this way. In the seventeenth century,…Read more
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    Kant is the last classical practitioner of foundationalist epistemology in the Cartesian tradition, a tradition which saw the major problem of the theory of knowledge as one of providing a metaphysical account of the way in which the subjective contents of the individual mind come to have indubitable objective reference. But he is also the inaugurator of a very different approach to epistemology, one that sees methodology or rules of cognitive procedure as fundamental in determining the objectiv…Read more
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    Reply to Budd
    Estetika 52 (2): 190-202. 2015.
    Charles Nussbaum´s reply to Malcom Budd´s review essay on Nussbaum´s book, The Musical Representation
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    Kinds, types, and musical ontology
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61 (3). 2003.
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    Kant’s Changing Conception of the Causality of the Will
    International Philosophical Quarterly 36 (3): 265-286. 1996.
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    Habermas on Speech Acts: A Naturalistic Critique
    Philosophy Today 42 (2): 126-145. 1998.
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    Dretske on Introspection
    Dialogue 38 (2): 327-334. 1999.
    RÉSUMÉ: Dans son ouvrage de 1995, Naturalizing the Mind, Dretske propose une analyse de l’introspection qui s’appuie sur la notion de perception déplacée. Tout comme Dretske perçoit qu’il pèse 170 livres en percevant la lecture indiquée sur sa balance, il perçoit qu’il se représente un objet bleu en percevant cet objet bleu. Dans les deux cas, le sujet percevant procède à partir d’un «fait intermédiaire» à l’inférence d’un «fait cible» déplacé. Le présent article dévoile une confusion au sujet d…Read more
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    Habermas and Gruenbaum on the logic of psychoanalytic explanations
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 17 (3): 193-216. 1991.
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    Dretske on Introspection
    Dialogue 38 (2): 327-. 1999.
    RÉSUMÉ: Dans son ouvrage de 1995, Naturalizing the Mind, Dretske propose une analyse de l’introspection qui s’appuie sur la notion de perception déplacée. Tout comme Dretske perçoit qu’il pèse 170 livres en percevant la lecture indiquée sur sa balance, il perçoit qu’il se représente un objet bleu en percevant cet objet bleu. Dans les deux cas, le sujet percevant procède à partir d’un «fait intermédiaire» à l’inférence d’un «fait cible» déplacé. Le présent article dévoile une confusion au sujet d…Read more
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    Craning the Ultimate Skyhook
    In Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury & Kenneth Williford (eds.), Millikan and Her Critics, Wiley. pp. 176--197. 2013.
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    The transition in Kant's writings form a pre-critical to a critical standpoint has been thoroughly documented with regard to Kant's changing conception of metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of mathematics. But a similar alteration in standpoint in Kant's philosophy of logic has received little or no attention. This paper documents the existence of this shift in Kant's philosophy of logic and examines its nature. The resulting analysis provides evidence for the thesis that Kant bega…Read more
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    Did Kant refute the ontological argument?
    Southwest Philosophy Review 10 (1): 147-156. 1994.
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    Aesthetics and the Problem of Evil
    Metaphilosophy 34 (3): 250-283. 2003.
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    Another look at functionalism and the emotions
    Brain and Mind 4 (3): 353-383. 2003.
    Two chronic problems have plagued functionalism in the philosophy of mind. The first is the chauvinism/liberalism dilemma, the second the absent qualia problem. The first problem is addressed by blocking excessively liberal counterexamples at a level of functional abstraction that is high enough to avoid chauvinism. This argument introduces the notion of emotional functional organization (EFO). The second problem is addressed by granting Block's skeptical conclusions with respect to mentality as…Read more