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    What Price Changing Laws of Nature?
    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11 (1): 1-19. 2021.
    In this paper, we show that it is not a conceptual truth about laws of nature that they are immutable. In order to do so, we survey three popular accounts of lawhood— necessitarianism, dispositionalism and ‘best system analysis’—and expose the extent, as well as the philosophical cost, of the amendments that should be enforced in order to leave room for the possibility of changing laws.
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    Emergence develops a novel account of diachronic ontological emergence called transformational emergence and locates it in an established historical framework. The author shows how many problems affecting ontological emergence result from a dominant but inappropriate metaphysical tradition and provides a comprehensive assessment of current theories of emergence.
  •  6
    The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2014.
    This handbook provides both an overview of state-of-the-art scholarship in philosophy of science, as well as a guide to new directions in the discipline. Section I contains broad overviews of the main lines of research and the state of established knowledge in six principal areas of the discipline, including computational, physical, biological, psychological and social sciences, as well as general philosophy of science. Section II covers what are considered to be the traditional topics in the ph…Read more
  •  1
    Philosophical Papers
    Oup Usa. 2018.
    This volume contains fifteen papers by Paul Humphreys, who has made important contributions to the philosophy of computer simulations, emergence, the philosophy of probability, probabilistic causality, and scientific explanation. It includes detailed postscripts to each section and a philosophical introduction. One of the papers is previously unpublished.
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    Why propensities cannot be probabilities
    Philosophical Review 94 (4): 557-570. 1985.
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    This book provides a post-positivist theory of deterministic and probabilistic causality that supports both quantitative and qualitative explanations. Features of particular interest include the ability to provide true explanations in contexts where our knowledge is incomplete, a systematic interpretation of causal modeling techniques in the social sciences, and a direct realist view of causal relations that is compatible with a liberal empiricism. The book should be of wide interest to both phi…Read more
  •  6
    Science, Belief, and Behaviour: Essays in Honour of R. B. Braithwaite
    with D. H. Mellor
    Philosophical Review 91 (4): 609. 1982.
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    The New Theory of Reference: Kripke, Marcus, and its origins (edited book)
    with J. H. Fetzer
    Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1998.
    This collection of essays is the definitive version of a widely discussed debate over the origins of the New Theory of Reference. In new articles, written especially for this volume, Quentin Smith and Scott Soames, the original participants in the debate, elaborate their positions on who was responsible for the ideas that Saul Kripke presented in his Naming and Necessity. They are joined by John Burgess, who weighs in on the side of Soames, while Smith adds a further dimension in discussing the …Read more
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    Probabilistic Causality and Multiple Causation
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980. 1980.
    It is argued in this paper that although much attention has been paid to causal chains and common causes within the literature on probabilistic causality, a primary virtue of that approach is its ability to deal with cases of multiple causation. In doing so some ways are indicated in which contemporary sine qua non analyses of causation are too narrow (and ways in which probabilistic causality is not) and an argument by Reichenbach designed to provide a basis for the asymmetry of causation is re…Read more
  •  3
    Reviews (review)
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (4): 410-412. 1983.
  •  221
    The Grand Leap (review)
    with David Freedman
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (1): 113-123. 1996.
  • ROSENBERG, JAY F.: "One World and Our Knowledge of it" (review)
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (n/a): 410. 1983.
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    Inference, Method, and Decision: Towards a Bayesian Philosophy of Science (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 12 (1): 90-91. 1980.
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  • Cutting the Causal Chain
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 61 (3): 305. 1980.
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    Aleatory Explanations Expanded
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982. 1982.
    Existing definitions of relevance relations are essentially ambiguous outside the binary case. Hence definitions of probabilistic causality based on relevance relations, as well as probability values based on maximal specificity conditions and homogeneous reference classes are also not uniquely specified. A 'neutral state' account of explanations is provided to avoid the problem, based on an earlier account of aleatory explanations by the author. Further reasons in support of this model are give…Read more
  •  92
    Computer Simulations
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990. 1990.
    This article provides a survey of some of the reasons why computational approaches have become a permanent addition to the set of scientific methods. The reasons for this require us to represent the relation between theories and their applications in a different way than do the traditional logical accounts extant in the philosophical literature. A working definition of computer simulations is provided and some properties of simulations are explored by considering an example from quantum chemistr…Read more
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    Consensus Institute Staff
    with Ned Block, Richard Boyd, Robert Butts, Ronald Giere, Clark Glymour, Adolf Grunbaum, Erwin Hiebert, Colin Howson, and David Hull
    In C. Wade Savage (ed.), Scientific Theories, University of Minnesota Press. pp. 417. 1990.
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    Abstract and Concrete (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1): 157. 1995.
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    Knowledge transfer across scientific disciplines
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 77 112-119. 2019.