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    Are intellectual property rights compatible with Rawlsian principles of justice?
    Ethics and Information Technology 14 (2): 109-121. 2012.
    This paper argues that intellectual property rights are incompatible with Rawls’s principles of justice. This conclusion is based upon an analysis of the social stratification that emerges as a result of the patent mechanism which defines a marginalized group and ensure that its members remain alienated from the rights, benefits, and freedoms afforded by the patent product. This stratification is further complicated, so I argue, by the copyright mechanism that restricts and redistributes those r…Read more
  •  138
    The Concept of Mental Illness--Where the Debate has Reached and Where it Needs to Go
    Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 25 (1): 116-132. 2005.
    The paper develops a framework for discussing concepts of health and disease along two dimensions. The first is the role of values in our disease concepts, and the second is the relationship between science and folk psychology. This framework is then applied to the concept of mental disorder. I argue that existing treatments of the concept yield too much authority to common sense, which produces a tension within the program of finding a scientific basis for our ascriptions of mental disorder. Th…Read more
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    Jerry Fodor has argued that a modular mind must include central systems responsible for updating beliefs, and has defended this position by appealing to shared properties of belief fixation and scientific confirmation. Peter Carruthers and Stephen Pinker have attacked this analogy between science and ordinary inference. I examine their arguments and show that they fail. This does not show that Fodor's more general position is correct
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    Varieties of self-explanation
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2): 155-156. 2009.
    Carruthers is right to reject the idea of a dedicated piece of cognitive architecture with the exclusive job of reading our own minds. But his mistake is in trying to explain introspection in terms of any one mindreading system. We understand ourselves in many different ways via many systems
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    Folk psychology meets the frame problem
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32 (3): 565-573. 2001.
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    Dopamine and Discovery
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 18 (1): 69-71. 2011.
    Kendler and Schaffner have written an exemplary case study of the rise of the dopamine hypothesis and, if not its fall, at least its stagnation and transmutation. They bring out well both the state of the science and the opportunities offered by the theory to consider some famous philosophical theories of scientific progress. So well, in fact, have they done this, that I do not have a lot to say about it. I will just mention one or two points that I found interesting, and then say a little about…Read more
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    Can psychiatry refurnish the mind?
    Philosophical Explorations 20 (2): 160-174. 2017.
    In this paper, I will argue that the NIMH’s new Research Domain of Criteria is a useful test of the philosophical hypothesis of eliminative materialism and demonstrates the superiority of a moderate eliminativism over integrationism, which is a rival philosophical framework for the cognitive sciences. I begin by going over the motivation for RDOC, which rests on the problems with the existing Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders framework in psychiatry. Then, I introduce the mai…Read more
  •  36
    Alteration and Aristotle's Theory of Change in Physics 6
    Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 34 185-218. 2008.
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    The Author's Intention
    Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 9 (1): 129-132. 2005.
  •  24
    Author’s Intention (review)
    Dialogue 45 (4): 787. 2006.
  •  24
    Genesis and Nature in Early Greek Philosophy
    The European Legacy 13 (5): 639-644. 2008.
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    The history and biography of life
    Biology and Philosophy 18 (4): 607-618. 2003.
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    Explanation in Psychiatry
    Philosophy Compass 5 (7): 602-610. 2010.
    Philosophy of psychiatry has boomed in the last few years. We are now seeing a growing literature on the nature of psychiatric explanation, including work that makes contact with longstanding disputes in the philosophy of science as well as more specific work on mental disorders. This paper looks at some recent work on both representing and explaining mental illness. An emerging picture sees explanation of mental disorder as first constructing causal‐statistical networks that represent disease p…Read more
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    Philosophy of psychiatry
    The Philosophers' Magazine 72 85-86. 2016.
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    Author’s Intention (review)
    Dialogue 45 (4): 787-789. 2006.
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    Resurrecting Ancient Christianities
    The European Legacy 11 (2): 185-188. 2006.
    Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testament. By Bart Ehrman, vi + 342 pp. $30.00 cloth. Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. By Bart Ehrman, xviii + 294 pp. $30.00 cloth.
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    In this critical notice I review the main ideas presented in Peyman Vahabzadeh's thought-provoking investigation into the genesis of new social movements, Articulated Experiences: Towards a Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements. I examine two central features of Vahabzadeh's work: (i) its notion of ?ultimate referentiality;? and (ii) the centrality of the role accorded to language in Vahabzadeh's overall theory. I argue that in his stipulation that language is the most fundament…Read more
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    The Author’s Intention (review)
    Symposium 9 (1): 129-132. 2005.
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    Relaxing into Psychiatry
    Metascience 18 (2): 335-338. 2009.
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    Judith Peller Hallet
    Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 103 (4): 532-532. 2010.
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    Can Psychiatry Refurnish the Mind?
    Philosophical Explorations 20 (2): 160-174. 2017.
    In this paper, I will argue that the NIMH’s new Research Domain of Criteria is a useful test of the philosophical hypothesis of eliminative materialism and demonstrates the superiority of a moderate eliminativism over integrationism, which is a rival philosophical framework for the cognitive sciences. I begin by going over the motivation for RDOC, which rests on the problems with the existing Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders framework in psychiatry. Then, I introduce the mai…Read more
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    ""Plato's Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a" Socratic" Dialogue by Thomas M. Tuozzo (review) (review)
    Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 106 (3): 525-526. 2013.
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    Isocrates and the Dialogue
    Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 106 (3): 311-353. 2013.