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    Google and Gödel
    Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 29 (6): 464-469. 2009.
    The article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in last Summer’s Atlantic Monthly, raised a number of provocative, and indeed worrisome, questions about computer usage and cognitive development. For instance, persons with considerable experience of reading for the sake of pleasure report that, after a couple of years using computers a great deal, they have experienced a loss of interest in pleasure-reading, even feeling impatient when written sources do not supply the information they seek quickly and…Read more
  • Contributed Papers
    Psa: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. 1990.
  • Positivism and the Pragmatic Theory of Observation
    In Contributed Papers, Psa: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. pp. 25--37. 1990.
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    The vienna circle's 'anti-foundationalism'
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (2): 297-308. 1998.
    Uebel has recently claimed that, contrary to popular opinion, none of the philosophers of the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivists were proponents of epistemological foundationalism. According to the considerations of the current discussion, however, Uebel's conclusion is erroneous, especially with respect to the work of Moritz Schlick. The chief reason Uebel offers to support his conclusion is that current attempts to portray Schlick's epistemology as foundationalist fail to overcome its ‘ultim…Read more
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    Positivism and the Pragmatic Theory of Observation
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990. 1990.
    The purpose of this paper is to undermine Paul Feyerabend's claim, which is crucial to the success of his analysis of Positivism, that the Pragmatic Theory of Observation was first developed by Rudolf Carnap in his early discussions of protocol sentences. Rather, it will be argued that Carnap's conception of protocols was founded on considerations drawn from his conception of language so that Carnap's reasons for endorsing certain aspects of the Pragmatic Theory are nothing like Feyerabend's. Mo…Read more
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    Carnap's conventionalism: The problem with p-rules
    Grazer Philosophische Studien 68 (1): 119-137. 2005.
    Rudolf Carnap's 'Principle of Tolerance' was undoubtedly one of the most infl uential precepts in 20th Century philosophy. Introduced in The Logical Syntax of Language, Carnap's Principle suffered from ambiguities which aroused important philosophical questions from Moritz Schlick and Alberto Coffa. Specifi cally, their questions arise from the application of the Principle to the matter of including extra-logical transformation rules in the defi nition of a language, which Carnap regarded as an …Read more
  • Postscript to Protocols: Reflections on Empiricism
    In Alan Richardson & Ronald Giere (eds.), Origins of Logical Empiricism. Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science, Vol. XVI, University of Minnesota Press. pp. 260-291. 1996.
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    Discussion. Deconstructing protocols: Reply to Uebel
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (2): 301-304. 1999.
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    The Synthesis of Logicism and Formalism in Carnap’s Logical Syntax of Language
    Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 1 157-168. 1993.
    One important achievement Rudolf Carnap claimed for his book, The Logical Syntax of Language, was that it effected a synthesis of two seemingly antithetical philosophies of mathematics, logicism and formalism. Reconciling these widely divergent conceptions had been a goal of Carnap’s for several years. But in the years in which Carnap’s synthesis evolved, important intellectual developments influenced the direction of his efforts and, ultimately, the final outcome. These developments were, first…Read more
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    Protocols, Truth and Convention (edited book)
    Rodopi. 1993.
    The continuing philosophical interest in the famous 'Protocol Sentence Debate' in the Vienna Circle of Logical Positivists is, to a large measure, due to the focus on the epistemological issues in the dispute, and the neglect of differences among the leading players in their philosophical views of logic and language. In Protocols, Truth and Convention, the current understanding of the debate is advanced by developing the contemporaneous views of logic and language held by the principal disputant…Read more
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    The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station (review)
    Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 1 249-250. 1993.
    Coffa’s book attempts to unify the most important intellectual developments in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries by grouping them together as “The Semantic Tradition”, identifying their focus on issues in the philosophy of language and logic, and extolling their implications for epistemological issues. Coffa’s interpretations of the intellectual episodes he recounts are strikingly original and, though many will dissent, none will deny the care with which he argues or the scholarly eru…Read more
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    Marburg Neo-Kantianism has attracted substantial interest among contemporary philosophers drawn by its founding idea that the success of advanced theoretical science is a given fact and it is the task of philosophical inquiry to ground the objectivity of scientific achievement in its a priori sources (Cohen and Natorp 1906, p. i). The Marburg thinkers realized that recent advances and developments in the mathematical sciences had changed the character of Kant’s transcendental project, demanding …Read more