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Nietzsche on Free will, autonomy and the sovereign individual
In some texts Nietzsche vehemently denies the possibility of free will; in others he seems to positively countenance its existence. This paper distinguishes two different notions of free will. AgencyExpand
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Hypothetico-Deductivism, Content, and the Natural Axiomatization of Theories
  • Ken Gemes
  • Mathematics, Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 September 1993
In Gemes (1990) I examined certain formal versions of hypothetico-deductivism (H-D) showing that they have the unacceptable consequence that "Abe is a white raven" confirms "All ravens are black"! InExpand
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Postmodernism's Use and Abuse of Nietzsche
Postmodern readings of Nietzsche typically misunderstand his various attacks on dogmatic philosophy as paving the way for acceptance of a self, a world, characterized by fundamental disunity. InExpand
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A new theory of content I: Basic content
  • Ken Gemes
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • J. Philos. Log.
  • 1 December 1994
Philosophers of science as divergent as the inductivist Carnap and the deductivist Popper share the notion that the logical content of a proposition is given by its consequence class. I claim that this notion of content is (a) unintuitive and (b) inappropriate for many of the formal needs of philosophers of science. Expand
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Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy
The principal aim of this book is to elucidate what freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy mean for Nietzsche and what philosophical resources he gives us to re-think these crucial concepts. A relatedExpand
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Hypothetico-Deductivism: The Current State of Play; the Criterion of Empirical Significance: Endgame
Any precise version of H-D needs to handle various problems, most notably, the problem of selective confirmation: Precise formulations of H-D should not have the consequence that where S confirms T,Expand
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Explanation, unification, and content
The following is an essay on the notion of scientific explanation as unification. In it a new notion of (logical) content is used to explicate Michael Friedman's notion of "k-atomicity," and toExpand
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Irrelevance: Strengthening the Bayesian requirements
  • Ken Gemes
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 30 January 2007
A stronger notion of irrelevance fitting our intuitions and the contexts of decision making is proposed: e is irrelevant to h if and only if every part of e is probabilistically irrelevant to every part h. Expand
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Freud and Nietzsche on Sublimation
The notion of sublimation is essential to Nietzsche and Freud. However, Freud's writings fail to provide a persuasive notion of sublimation. In particular, Freud's writings are confused on theExpand
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