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I am a presentist: nothing exists which is not present. I say that this was believed by everyone, both the philosophers and the folk, until at least the nineteenth century; it is written into theExpand
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Metaphysics of causation
ConclusionThe world contains not only causes and effects, but also causal relations holding between causes and effects. Because causal relations enter into the structure of the world, their presenceExpand
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Improving critical thinking using web based argument mapping exercises with automated feedback
In this paper we describe a simple software system that allows students to practise their critical thinking skills by constructing argument maps of natural language arguments. Expand
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Worlds Enough For Time
Time passes. Time passes. This is surely the most important thing about time. Yet it is also the most mysterious. The more you think about the passage of time, the less coherent it seems. I willExpand
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Subjunctive Reasoning
I find Pollock's book a kind of cautionary tale for coherence theorists. Expand
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The World as One of a Kind: Natural Necessity and Laws of Nature
This world is one of a kind. Some philosophers have maintained that there are many other worlds which are spatially, temporally and causally unrelated to ours. We are not asserting that there are anyExpand
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The Big Bad Bug: What are the Humean's Chances?
Humean supervenience is the doctrine that there are no necessary connections in the world. David Lewis identifies one big bad bug to the programme of providing Humean analyses for apparentlyExpand
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Science and Necessity
Preface 1. Realism and truth 2. Quantities 3. Modal language and reality 4. Modal ontology 5. Laws of nature 6. Causation 7. Explanation 8. Mathematics in science Coda: scientific platonismExpand
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Does Science Persecute Women? The case of the 16th–17th Century Witch-hunts
I. Logic, rationality and ideology Herbert Marcuse once claimed that the ‘“rational” is a mode of thought and action which is geared to reduce ignorance, destruction, brutality, and oppression.’ HeExpand
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