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    Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers
    The Philosophers' Magazine 91 65-69. 2020.
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    Life After the Storm: Surviving COVID-19
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 63 (3): 494-501. 2020.
    Critical care medicine is suddenly, and unfortunately, in the news, with staggering numbers of COVID-19 patients requiring treatment in intensive care units around the world. Talk on the street, in those countries in which talk on the street is allowed, is of ventilators, ARDS, and cytokine storms—the overcharged immune response that itself is a killer. These technical terms are now in everyday use, and questions that have been restricted largely to critical care, infectious diseases, and public…Read more
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    Williams, Pragmatism, and the Law
    Res Publica 27 (2): 155-170. 2021.
    This paper views Bernard Williams through the lens of the pragmatist tradition. The central insight of pragmatism is that philosophy must start with human practice, in contrast to high theory or metaphysics. Williams was one of the twentieth century’s most able proponents of this insight, especially when considering the topics of ethics and the law. Williams never saw himself as a pragmatist, because he took Richard Rorty’s radical relativism to be the exemplar of the position. But I shall sugge…Read more
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    Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers
    Oxford University Press. 2020.
    Frank Ramsey was a brilliant Cambridge philosopher, mathematician, and economist who died in 1930 at 26 having made landmark contributions to decision theory, game theory, mathematics, logic, semantics, philosophy of science, and the theory of truth. This rich biography tells the story of his extraordinary life and intellectual achievement.
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    Truth and Historicity
    Philosophical Quarterly 46 (182): 122-124. 1996.
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    Making Disagreement Matter
    In Robert B. Talisse & Scott F. Aikin (eds.), The Pragmatism Reader: From Peirce Through the Present, Princeton University Press. pp. 471-484. 2011.
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    Steven Methven, Frank Ramsey and the Realistic Spirit
    Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 7 (6). 2019.
    Reviewed by Cheryl Misak.
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    Medically Inappropriate or Futile Treatment: Deliberation and Justification
    with Douglas B. White and Robert D. Truog
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 2015.
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    Ramsey, Pragmatism, and the Vienna Circle
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 11 (1). 2019.
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    In the preface to this excellent book, Fraser MacBride says he decided to write it because he had "become convinced that there is far more to find out and far more to learn from the history of early analytic philosophy". He is right; the history of early analytic philosophy holds insights for us today, and most of them lie outside of what MacBride calls our "cartoon histories." In punchy prose, he mines gems from what one of his heroes, Frank Ramsey, called "that great muddle the theory of unive…Read more
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    Charles Sanders Peirce on Necessity
    In Adriane Rini, Edwin Mares & Max Cresswell (eds.), Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity, Cambridge University Press. pp. 256-278. 2016.
    Necessity is a touchstone issue in the thought of Charles Peirce, not least because his pragmatist account of meaning relies upon modal terms. We here offer an overview of Peirce’s highly original and multi-faceted take on the matter. We begin by considering how a self-avowed pragmatist and fallibilist can even talk about necessary truth. We then outline the source of Peirce’s theory of representation in his three categories of Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness, (monadic, dyadic and triadic r…Read more
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    There Can Be No Difference Anywhere that Doesn't Make a Difference Elsewhere
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54 (3): 417. 2018.
    My title is of course drawn from William James's Pragmatism: A New Name for some Old Ways of Thinking. The five excellent critics of Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein have zeroed in on the profound questions at the heart of pragmatism. All of us working in the tradition should thank them, and I happily do so. In what follows, I will explore the supposed differences between their views and my own. I hope to persuade my critics that sometimes there is no differ…Read more
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    Criterialism versus Deliberativism
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 60 (3): 408-414. 2018.
    I was one of the group that produced “An Official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Policy Statement: Responding to Requests for Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units”. I do not write on that group’s behalf, but rather from two distinct perspectives which converge onto one view. First, I am a philosopher who thinks about our most pressing questions, such as how to make treatment decisions when a life is coming to an end. From that perspective, three of us from the group …Read more
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    Pragmatism is the idea that philosophical concepts must start with, and remain linked to human experience and inquiry. This book traces and assesses the influence of American pragmatism on British philosophy, with emphasis on Cambridge in the inter-war period, post-war Oxford, and recent developments.
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    Truth, Politics, Morality: Pragmatism and Deliberation
    Mind 110 (439): 796-799. 2001.
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    Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth
    with John Boler
    Philosophical Review 102 (1): 110. 1993.
  • _Verificationism_ is the first comprehensive history of a concept that dominated philosophy and scientific methodology between the 1930s and the 1960s. The verificationist principle - the concept that a belief with no connection to experience is spurious - is the most sophisticated version of empiricism. More flexible ideas of verification are now being rehabilitated by a number of philosophers. C.J. Misak surveys the precursors, the main proponents and the rehabilitators. Unlike traditional stu…Read more
  • Readings Phl 100y
    with Erindale College
    Custom Publishing Service, University of Toronto. 1995.
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    The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2008.
    Cheryl Misak presents the first collective study of the development of philosophy in North America, from the 18th century to the end of the 20th century.
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    New Pragmatists (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2007.
    The best of Peirce, James, and Dewey has thus resurfaced in deep, interesting, and fruitful ways, explored in this volume by David Bakhurst, Arthur Fine, Ian ...
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    The Cambridge Companion to Peirce (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2004.
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), the founder of pragmatism, is generally considered the most significant American philosopher. Popularized by William James and John Dewey, pragmatism advocates that our philosophical theories be linked to experience and practice. The essays in this volume reveal how Peirce developed this concept.
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    Verificationism is the first comprehensive history of a concept that dominated philosophy and scientific methodology between the 1930s and 1960s,surveying the precursors,the main proponents and the rehabilitators. This title available in eBook format. Click here for more information . Visit our eBookstore at: www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk.
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    Klein on James on the Will to Believe
    Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 5 (1): 118-28. 2015.
    This commentary explores the disagreement between Alex Klein and Cheryl Misak about the core insights of American Pragmatism, against a background of agreement. Both take the history of early American pragmatism to be a vital part of the history of analytic philosophy, not a radical break with it. But Misak argues that James seeks to loosen the usual epistemic standards so that religious and scientific belief can both be justified by a unitary set of evidentiary rules, and Klein argues that Jame…Read more
  • Frederick F. Schmitt, Truth: A Primer Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 15 (3): 209-211. 1995.
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    Cheryl Misak offers a strikingly new view of the development of philosophy in the twentieth century. Pragmatism, the home-grown philosophy of America, thinks of truth not as a static relation between a sentence and the believer-independent world, but rather, a belief that works. The founders of pragmatism, Peirce and James, developed this idea in more and less objective ways. The standard story of the reception of American pragmatism in England is that Russell and Moore savaged James's theory, a…Read more
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    Truth and Objectivity
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (3): 365-379. 1992.
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    The pragmatist view of politics is at its very heart epistemic, for it treats morals and politics as a kind of deliberation or inquiry, not terribly unlike other kinds of inquiry. With the exception of Richard Rorty, the pragmatists argue that morals and politics, like science, aim at the truth or at getting things right and that the best method for achieving this aim is a method they sometimes call the scientific method or the method of intelligence – what would now be termed deliberative democ…Read more