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Alexander Rosenberg

R. Taylor Cole Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy

Selected Publications


THE INEVITABILITY OF A GENERALIZED DARWINIAN THEORY OF BEHAVIOR, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE

Journal Article American Philosophical Quarterly · January 1, 2021 The paper argues that the evident features of all human affairs of interest to the social scientist demand Darwinian explanations. It must however be recognized that the range of regularities, models, theories that a successful Darwinian research program w ... Cite

Scientism versus the theory of mind

Journal Article Think (UK) · October 6, 2020 Many philosophers call themselves'naturalists'because they believe theism is incompatible with science. However, many also hold that science is compatible with many other theistic beliefs about morality, free will, the mind, and the meaning of life. Those ... Full text Cite

Reduction and Mechanism

Book · June 4, 2020 Reductionism is a widely endorsed methodology among biologists, a metaphysical theory advanced to vindicate the biologist's methodology, and an epistemic thesis those opposed to reductionism have been eager to refute. While the methodology has gone from st ... Full text Open Access Cite

Can we make sense of subjective experience in metabolically situated cognitive processes?

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · April 1, 2018 In “Mind, matter and metabolism,” Godfrey-Smith’s objective is to “develop a picture” in which, first, the basis of living activity in physical processes “makes sense,” second, the basis of proto-cognitive activity in living activity “makes sense” and thir ... Full text Cite

Making mechanism interesting

Journal Article Synthese · January 1, 2018 I note the multitude of ways in which, beginning with the classic paper by Machamer et al. (Philos Sci 67:1–25, 2000), the mechanists have qualify their methodological dicta, and limit the vulnerability of their claims by strategic vagueness regarding thei ... Full text Cite

Philosophy of social science, fifth edition

Book · January 1, 2018 Philosophy of Social Science provides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at ... Full text Cite

Why Social Science is Biological Science

Journal Article Journal for General Philosophy of Science · September 1, 2017 The social sciences need to take seriously their status as divisions of biology. As such they need to recognize the central role of Darwinian processes in all the phenomena they seek to explain. An argument for this claim is formulated in terms of a small ... Full text Cite

Is Indeterminism the Source of the Statistical Character of Evolutionary Theory?

Chapter · January 1, 2017 Brandon and Carson (1996) [hereafter BC] dispute at least one part of these analyses. They hold that the theory of evolution [hereafter ET] "is fundamentally indeterministic." More fully, they argue for a conditional: What we have shown is that if one is a ... Cite

Reductionism Redux: Computing the Embryo

Chapter · January 1, 2017 This paper argues that the consensus physicalist antireductionism in the philosophy of biology cannot accommodate the research strategy or indeed the recent findings of molecular developmental biology. After describing Wolpert's programmatic claims on its ... Cite

Fitness, Probability and the Principles of Natural Selection

Chapter · January 1, 2017 We argue that a fashionable interpretation of the theory of natural selection as a claim exclusively about populations is mistaken. The interpretation rests on adopting an analysis of fitness as a probabilistic propensity which cannot be substantiated, dra ... Cite

Darwin's Nihilistic Idea: Evolution and the Meaninglessness of Life

Chapter · January 1, 2017 No one has expressed the destructive power of Darwinian theory more effectively than Daniel Dennett. Others have recognized that the theory of evolution offers us a universal acid. but Dennett, bless his heart, coined the term. Many have appreciated that t ... Full text Cite

ON the VERY IDEA of IDEAL THEORY in POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 2016 The essay agues that there is little scope for ideal theory in political philosophy, even under Rawls's conception of its aims. It begins by identifying features of a standard example of ideal theory in physics - the ideal gas law, PV=NRT and draws attenti ... Full text Cite

Darwinism as philosophy can the universal acid be contained?

Chapter · January 1, 2016 The history of science has a broad pattern. Each science, including mathematics, began its life as a subdiscipline of philosophy, or at least as among the concerns of philosophers. Mathematics - at first mainly the science of space - separated itself from ... Full text Cite

The Genealogy of Content or the Future of an Illusion

Journal Article Philosophia (United States) · September 1, 2015 Eliminativism about intentional content argues for its conclusion from the partial correctness of all three of the theses Hutto and Satne seek to combine: neo-Cartesianism is correct to this extent: if there is intentional content it must originally be men ... Full text Cite

The biological character of social theory

Chapter · January 1, 2015 This chapter argues that all social sciences need to take seriously their status as divisions of biology, and that, as such, they need to recognize the central role of Darwinian processes in all the phenomena they seek to explain. The argument is formulate ... Full text Cite

Replies to critics: Very brief, very selective, rather snarky

Chapter · January 1, 2014 The notion that a serious discussion of the existence of God should require pro and con, response and rejoinder, timekeepers, votes of who “won”, and judges of rhetoric is laughable. Paul Moser is a serious and influential epistemologist. He employs expert ... Full text Cite

Reflexivity, uncertainty and the unity of science

Journal Article Journal of Economic Methodology · December 1, 2013 The paper argues that substantial support for Soros' claims about uncertainty and reflexivity in economics and human affairs generally are provided by the operation of both factors in the biological domain to produce substantially the same processes which ... Full text Cite

THE INEVITABILITY OF A GENERALIZED DARWINIAN THEORY OF BEHAVIOR, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE

Journal Article American Philosophical Quarterly · January 1, 2021 The paper argues that the evident features of all human affairs of interest to the social scientist demand Darwinian explanations. It must however be recognized that the range of regularities, models, theories that a successful Darwinian research program w ... Cite

Scientism versus the theory of mind

Journal Article Think (UK) · October 6, 2020 Many philosophers call themselves'naturalists'because they believe theism is incompatible with science. However, many also hold that science is compatible with many other theistic beliefs about morality, free will, the mind, and the meaning of life. Those ... Full text Cite

Reduction and Mechanism

Book · June 4, 2020 Reductionism is a widely endorsed methodology among biologists, a metaphysical theory advanced to vindicate the biologist's methodology, and an epistemic thesis those opposed to reductionism have been eager to refute. While the methodology has gone from st ... Full text Open Access Cite

Can we make sense of subjective experience in metabolically situated cognitive processes?

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · April 1, 2018 In “Mind, matter and metabolism,” Godfrey-Smith’s objective is to “develop a picture” in which, first, the basis of living activity in physical processes “makes sense,” second, the basis of proto-cognitive activity in living activity “makes sense” and thir ... Full text Cite

Making mechanism interesting

Journal Article Synthese · January 1, 2018 I note the multitude of ways in which, beginning with the classic paper by Machamer et al. (Philos Sci 67:1–25, 2000), the mechanists have qualify their methodological dicta, and limit the vulnerability of their claims by strategic vagueness regarding thei ... Full text Cite

Philosophy of social science, fifth edition

Book · January 1, 2018 Philosophy of Social Science provides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at ... Full text Cite

Why Social Science is Biological Science

Journal Article Journal for General Philosophy of Science · September 1, 2017 The social sciences need to take seriously their status as divisions of biology. As such they need to recognize the central role of Darwinian processes in all the phenomena they seek to explain. An argument for this claim is formulated in terms of a small ... Full text Cite

Is Indeterminism the Source of the Statistical Character of Evolutionary Theory?

Chapter · January 1, 2017 Brandon and Carson (1996) [hereafter BC] dispute at least one part of these analyses. They hold that the theory of evolution [hereafter ET] "is fundamentally indeterministic." More fully, they argue for a conditional: What we have shown is that if one is a ... Cite

Reductionism Redux: Computing the Embryo

Chapter · January 1, 2017 This paper argues that the consensus physicalist antireductionism in the philosophy of biology cannot accommodate the research strategy or indeed the recent findings of molecular developmental biology. After describing Wolpert's programmatic claims on its ... Cite

Fitness, Probability and the Principles of Natural Selection

Chapter · January 1, 2017 We argue that a fashionable interpretation of the theory of natural selection as a claim exclusively about populations is mistaken. The interpretation rests on adopting an analysis of fitness as a probabilistic propensity which cannot be substantiated, dra ... Cite

Darwin's Nihilistic Idea: Evolution and the Meaninglessness of Life

Chapter · January 1, 2017 No one has expressed the destructive power of Darwinian theory more effectively than Daniel Dennett. Others have recognized that the theory of evolution offers us a universal acid. but Dennett, bless his heart, coined the term. Many have appreciated that t ... Full text Cite

ON the VERY IDEA of IDEAL THEORY in POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 2016 The essay agues that there is little scope for ideal theory in political philosophy, even under Rawls's conception of its aims. It begins by identifying features of a standard example of ideal theory in physics - the ideal gas law, PV=NRT and draws attenti ... Full text Cite

Darwinism as philosophy can the universal acid be contained?

Chapter · January 1, 2016 The history of science has a broad pattern. Each science, including mathematics, began its life as a subdiscipline of philosophy, or at least as among the concerns of philosophers. Mathematics - at first mainly the science of space - separated itself from ... Full text Cite

The Genealogy of Content or the Future of an Illusion

Journal Article Philosophia (United States) · September 1, 2015 Eliminativism about intentional content argues for its conclusion from the partial correctness of all three of the theses Hutto and Satne seek to combine: neo-Cartesianism is correct to this extent: if there is intentional content it must originally be men ... Full text Cite

The biological character of social theory

Chapter · January 1, 2015 This chapter argues that all social sciences need to take seriously their status as divisions of biology, and that, as such, they need to recognize the central role of Darwinian processes in all the phenomena they seek to explain. The argument is formulate ... Full text Cite

Replies to critics: Very brief, very selective, rather snarky

Chapter · January 1, 2014 The notion that a serious discussion of the existence of God should require pro and con, response and rejoinder, timekeepers, votes of who “won”, and judges of rhetoric is laughable. Paul Moser is a serious and influential epistemologist. He employs expert ... Full text Cite

Reflexivity, uncertainty and the unity of science

Journal Article Journal of Economic Methodology · December 1, 2013 The paper argues that substantial support for Soros' claims about uncertainty and reflexivity in economics and human affairs generally are provided by the operation of both factors in the biological domain to produce substantially the same processes which ... Full text Cite

What is economics good for?

Journal Article · 2013 Cite

Free markets and the myth of earned inequalities

Journal Article 3AM Magazine · 2013 Cite

Reflexivity, Uncertainty and the Unity of Science

Journal Article Review of Economic Methodology · 2013 Cite

From rational choice to reflexivity

Journal Article Economic Thought (on-line) · 2013 Cite

Theism and Allism

Chapter · 2013 Cite

Why I am a naturalist

Chapter · 2013 Cite

Reply to critics

Chapter · 2013 Cite

Biology

Chapter · January 1, 2013 It is only since the 1950s that philosophers of science began to pay serious attention to biology. Initially philosophers used biological examples to test the claims about science that logical positivists and logical empiricists had drawn from their studie ... Full text Cite

How Jerry Fodor slid down the slippery slope to Anti-Darwinism, and how we can avoid the same fate

Journal Article European Journal for Philosophy of Science · January 2013 Full text Cite

Why do spatiotemporally restricted regularities explain in the social sciences?

Journal Article British Journal for the Philosophy of Science · March 1, 2012 Employing a well-known local regularity from macroeconomics, the Phillips curve, I examine Woodward's ([2000], [2003]) account of the explanatory power of such historically restricted generalizations and the mathematical models with which they are sometime ... Full text Cite

Designing a successor to the patent as second best solution to the problem of optimum provision of good ideas

Chapter · January 1, 2012 This chapter reviews welfarist arguments for government intervention to optimize the provision of good ideas that arise from their nature. It shows that, paradoxically, these same considerations provide reasons to think that, as a solution to the good idea ... Full text Cite

Reconstruction in moral philosophy?

Journal Article Analyse und Kritik · January 1, 2012 We raise three issues for Kitcher's Ethical Project: First, we argue that the genealogy of morals starts well before the advent of altruism-failures and the need to remedy them, which Kitcher dates at about 50K years ago. Second, we challenge the likelihoo ... Full text Cite

Solving the circularity problem for functions: A response to Nanay

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 2012 Full text Cite

Can There beA PrioriCausal Models of Natural Selection?

Journal Article Australasian Journal of Philosophy · December 2011 Full text Cite

Can nuerophilosophy save the humanities

Journal Article New York Times · November 2011 Cite

Why I am a Naturalist

Journal Article New York Times · September 2011 Cite

Solving the circularity problem for functions

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · July 2011 Cite

Lessons for Cognitive Science from Neurogenomics

Chapter · September 2, 2009 This article discusses the lessons from neurogenomics that are applicable to cognitive science. It argues that the work of some leading cognitive scientists who employed the resources of neurogenomics has already provided strong grounds to be pessimistic a ... Full text Cite

Are homologies (selected effect or causal role) function free?

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · July 1, 2009 This article argues that at least very many judgments of homology rest on prior attributions of selected-effect (SE) function, and that many of the "parts" of biological systems that are rightly classified as homologous are constituted by (are so classifie ... Full text Cite

Are homologies function free?

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · October 2008 Cite

Reductionism in Biology

Chapter · April 1, 2008 Full text Cite

More worry and less love?

Journal Article Metascience · January 1, 2008 Full text Cite

Reductionism in biology

Chapter · December 1, 2007 Reductionism is a thesis about formal logical relations among theories that were undermined by the philosophers of science with the powers of mathematical logic to illuminate interesting and important methodological matters such as explanation and theory t ... Full text Cite

Darwinian Reductionism: How stupid of me to have thought of it

Journal Article Metascience · October 2007 Cite

Is epigeneis a counterexample to the central dogma

Journal Article History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences · September 2007 Cite

Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction

Book · January 1, 2007 Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg - a biologist and a philosopher, respectively - join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biolo ... Full text Cite

Reductionism (and antireductionism) in biology

Chapter · January 1, 2007 Accelerating developments in molecular biology since 1953 have strongly encouraged the advocacy of reductionism by a number of important biologists, including Crick, Monod, and E. O. Wilson, and strong opposition by equally prominent biologists, especially ... Full text Cite

How Darwinian reductionism refutes genetic determinism.

Journal Article Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci · March 2006 Genetic determinism labels the morally problematical claim that some socially significant traits, traits we care about, such as sexual orientation, gender roles, violence, alcoholism, mental illness, intelligence, are largely the results of the operation o ... Full text Link to item Cite

In defence of Genocentrism

Journal Article History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 2005 ;27:345-59 · 2006 Cite

Biology, Philosophy of

Chapter · 2006 Cite

Reductionism

Chapter · 2006 Cite

Will genomics do more for metaphysics than locke?

Chapter · January 1, 2006 Origin of man now solved. He who understands baboon would do more for metaphysics than Locke. Darwin, Notebooks. THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND “JUST-SO STORIES”. Darwin's claim is probably guilty of pardonable exaggeration. After all he did not prove ... Full text Cite

Is epigenetic inheritance a counterexample to the central dogma?

Conference History and philosophy of the life sciences · January 2006 This paper argues that nothing that has been discovered in the increasingly complex delails of gene regulation has provided any grounds to retract or qualify Crick's version of the central dogma. In particular it defends the role of the genes as the sole b ... Cite

How reductionism refutes genetic determinism

Journal Article Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences · July 2005 Cite

On the Original Contract: Evolutionary Game Theory and Human Evolution

Journal Article Analyse und Kritik · May 1, 2005 This paper considers whether the available evidence from archeology, biological anthropology, primatology, and comparative gene-sequencing, can test evolutionary game theory models of cooperation as historical hypotheses about the actual course of human pr ... Full text Cite

Matten and Ariews Obituary for Fitness

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · March 2005 Cite

Defending information-free genocentrism.

Journal Article History and philosophy of the life sciences · January 2005 Genocentrism, the thesis that the genes play a special role in the causation of development is often rejected in favor of a 'causal democracy thesis' to the effect that all causally necessary conditions for development are equal. Genocentrists argue that g ... Cite

How to reconcile physicalism and antireductionism about biology

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · January 1, 2005 Physicalism and antireductionism are the ruling orthodoxy in the philosophy of biology. But these two theses are difficult to reconcile. Merely embracing an epistemic antireductionism will not suffice, as both reductionists and antireductionists accept tha ... Full text Cite

The rational-behavioral debate in financial economics

Journal Article Journal of Economic Methodology · December 1, 2004 The contest between rational and behavioral finance is poorly understood as a contest overtestability' and 'predictive success.' In fact, neither rational nor behavioral finance offer much in the way of testable predictions of improving precision. Research ... Full text Cite

On the Priority of Intellectual Property Rights, Especially in Biotechnology

Journal Article Politics, Philosophy & Economics · January 1, 2004 This article argues that considerations about the role and predictability of intellectual innovation make the protection of intellectual property morally obligatory even when it greatly reduces short-term welfare. Since the provision of good new ideas is t ... Full text Cite

The Political Philosophy of Intellectual Property, with Applications in Biotechnology

Journal Article Politics, Philosophy and Economics · 2004 Cite

Fitness, probability and the principles of natural selection

Journal Article BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE · 2004 Full text Cite

Darwin's nihilistic idea: Evolution and the meaninglessness of life

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · November 1, 2003 Full text Cite

The priority of intellectual property

Journal Article Fraser Forum, February 2003, pp. 12-15 · 2003 Cite

Drift, fitness and the foundations of probability

Conference DETERMINISM IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY · 2003 Cite

Fitness

Chapter · 2002 Cite

Indeterminacy, probability and randomness in evolutionary theory

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 2001 Cite

How is biological explanation possible?

Journal Article British Journal for the Philosophy of Science · January 1, 2001 That biology provides explanations is not open to doubt. But how it does so must be a vexed question for those who deny that biology embodies laws or other generalizations with the sort of explanatory force that the philosophy of science recognizes. The mo ... Full text Cite

Reductionism in a historical science

Journal Article PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE · 2001 Full text Link to item Cite

On multiple realization and the special sciences

Journal Article JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY · 2001 Full text Cite

The Problem of Enforcement: Is there an Alternative to Leviathan?

Journal Article Journal of Consciousness Studies · 2000 Cite

Privacy as a matter of taste and right

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 2000 Full text Cite

La Genetique et le holism debride

Journal Article Review Internationale de Philosophie · 2000 Cite

Limits to Biology

Chapter · 2000 Cite

Les Limits de la Connaissance Biologique

Journal Article Annales d’histoire et de philosophie du vivant · 1999 Cite

Naturalistic Epistemology for Eliminative Materialists

Journal Article Philosophy and Phenomenological Research · 1999 Cite

Economic theory as political philosophy

Journal Article Social Science Journal · January 1, 1999 I defend the integrity of the question of what the cognitive status of economic theory could amount to, and I argue that the theory is best understood as a compartment of formal political philosophy, in particular a species of contractarianism. This seems ... Full text Cite

Is indeterminism the source of the statistical character of evolutionary theory?

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · January 1, 1999 We argue that Brandon and Carson's (1996) "The Indeterministic Character of Evolutionary Theory" fails to identify any indeterminism that would require evolutionary theory to be a statistical or probabilistic theory. Specifically, we argue that (1) their d ... Full text Cite

La teoria economica como filosofia politica

Journal Article Teoria · 1998 Cite

Folk Psychology

Chapter · 1998 Cite

Sociobiology

Chapter · 1998 Cite

Reductionism Redux: Computing the Embryo

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · January 1, 1997 This paper argues that the consensus physicalist antireductionism in the philosophy of biology cannot accommodate the research strategy or indeed the recent findings of molecular developmental biology. After describing Wolpert's programmatic claims on its ... Full text Cite

Can physicalist antireductionism compute the embryo?

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · January 1, 1997 It is widely held that (1) there are autonomous levels of organization above that of the macromolecule and that (2) at least sometimes macromolecular processes are best explained in terms of such autonomous kinds. I argue that molecular developmental biolo ... Full text Cite

Research Tactics and Economic Strategies: Case of the Human Genome Project

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · 1996 Cite

Laws, damn laws, and ceteris paribus clauses

Journal Article Southern Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 1996 Full text Cite

Sober’s "Philosophy of Biology" and His Philosophy of Biology

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1996 Cite

A Field Guide to Recent Species of Naturalism

Journal Article British Journal for the Philosophy of Science · January 1, 1996 This review of recent work in the philosophy of science motivated by a commitment to 'naturalism' begins by identifying three key axioms and one theorem shared by philosophers thus self-styled. Owing much to Quine and Ernest Nagel, these philosophers of sc ... Full text Cite

Philosophy of Biology

Journal Article · 1996 Cite

Philosophy of Biology

Chapter · 1996 Cite

Critical review: Sober's philosophy of biology and his philosophy of biology

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · January 1, 1996 An examination of the foundations of Elliot Sober's philosophy of biology as reflected in his introductory textbook of that title reveals substantial and controversial philosophical commitments. Among these are the claim that all understanding is historica ... Full text Cite

Metaphysical Foundations of Microeconomics

Journal Article Monist · 1995 Cite

Equality, Sufficiency, and Opportunity in the Just Society

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 1995 Full text Cite

Empirical Equivalence, Underdetermination and Systems of the World

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1994 Cite

Powers and Limits of Agricultural Economics

Journal Article American Journal of Agricultural Economics · 1993 Cite

Genic Selection and Biological Instrumentalism

Journal Article Midwest Studies in Philosophy · 1993 Cite

Genie Selection, Molecular Biology and Biological Instrumentalism

Journal Article Midwest Studies In Philosophy · January 1, 1993 Full text Cite

Selection and Science: Critical notice of David Hull's Science as a Process

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · April 1, 1992 An examination of Hull's claims about the nature of interactors, replicators and selection, with special attention to how the genetic material realizes the first two types, and a critique of Hull's attempt to apply the theory of natural selection to the ex ... Full text Cite

Causation, Probability and the Monarchy

Journal Article American Philosophical Quarterly · 1992 Cite

Contractarianism and the Trolley

Journal Article Journal of Social Philosophy, 23, 1992: 88-104 · 1992 Cite

Contractarianism and the "trolley" problem.

Journal Article Journal of social philosophy · January 1992 Full text Cite

Adequacy criteria for a theory of fitness

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · January 1, 1991 Full text Cite

Teleology

Chapter · 1991 Cite

The biological justification of ethics: A best-case scenario

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 1990 Full text Cite

Normative Naturalism and the Role of Philosophy

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1990 Cite

Moral Realism and Social Science

Journal Article Midwest Studies In Philosophy · January 1, 1990 Full text Cite

Are generic predictions enough?

Journal Article Erkenntnis · March 1, 1989 I have argued not that economics has no predictive content, but that it is limited, or at least has so far been limited to generic predictions. Now this is an important kind of prediction, and almost certainly a necessary preliminary to specific or quantit ... Full text Cite

Russell vs. Steiner on Physics and Causality

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1989 Cite

Intensionality, intenSionality and Representation

Journal Article Behaviorism · 1989 Cite

Economics Is Too Important to be Left to the Rhetoricians

Journal Article Economics and Philosophy · 1988 Cite

Rhetoric is Not Important Enough for Economists to Bother About

Journal Article Economics and Philosophy · 1988 Cite

Is the Theory of Natural Selection a Statistical Theory?

Journal Article Canadian Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 1988 Full text Cite

Grievous Faults in "Vaulting Ambition"?

Journal Article Ethics · 1988 Cite

Will the Real Argument for "Abstracta" Please Stand Up?

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · 1988 Cite

Are Generic Predictions Enough?

Journal Article Fundamenta Scientiae · 1988 Cite

The Past Recaptured: Mongin on the Problem of Realism in Economics

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1988 Full text Cite

Will the argument for abstracta please stand up?

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · January 1, 1988 Full text Cite

The Structure of Biological Science.

Journal Article The Journal of Philosophy · April 1987 Full text Cite

Why Does the Nature of Species Matter

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · 1987 Cite

Weintraub’s aims: A Brief Rejoinder

Journal Article Economics and Philosophy · January 1, 1987 Full text Cite

The political philosophy of biological endowments: Some considerations

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 1987 Full text Cite

Ignorance and disinformation in the philosophy of biology: A reply to Stent

Journal Article Biology and Philosophy · December 1, 1986 Full text Cite

Fitness as Primitive and Propensity

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1986 Cite

What Rosenberg’s Philosophy of Economics Is Not

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1986 Cite

On the Explanatory Role of Existence Proofs

Journal Article Ethics · 1986 Cite

Lakatosian consolations for economics

Journal Article Economics and Philosophy · January 1, 1986 Full text Cite

Causation and Explanation in Evolutionary Biology

Journal Article Behaviorism · 1986 Cite

Fitness in Fact and Fiction

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · 1985 Cite

The Place of Psychology in a Vacuum of Theories

Journal Article Annals of Theoretical Psychology · 1985 Cite

Prospects for the elimination of tastes from economics and ethics

Journal Article Social Philosophy and Policy · January 1, 1985 Full text Cite

Methodology, Theory and the Philosophy of Science

Journal Article Pacific Philosophical Quarterly · 1985 Cite

Mackie and Shoemaker on Dispositions and Properties

Journal Article Midwest Studies In Philosophy · January 1, 1984 In “Dispositions and Powers,” J. L. Mackie identifies three different “ontological views about dispositions”: The first is the one Armstrong calls phenomenalist and ascribes to Ryle: we attribute a minimal disposition, which is in effect to assert a condit ... Full text Cite

Fitness, reinforcement, underlying mechanisms

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · January 1, 1984 Full text Cite

Fitness

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · 1983 Cite

Critical Notice of Genes, Mind and Culture

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · 1983 Cite

The Human Sciences: Obstacles and Opportunities

Journal Article Syracuse Scholar · 1983 Cite

If Economics Isn’t Science, What Is It?

Journal Article Philosophical Forum · 1983 Cite

Protagoras Among the Physicists

Journal Article Dialogue · January 1, 1983 Full text Cite

Coefficients, Effects and Genic Selection

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1983 Cite

Consciousness and Content vs. the Intentional Stance

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · 1983 Cite

Content and consciousness versus the International stance

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · January 1, 1983 Full text Cite

In Hume’s Cause: A Reply to Mackie and Flew

Journal Article Philosophical Books · 1982 Cite

Are there culturgens?

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · January 1, 1982 Full text Cite

On the Propensity Definition of Fitness

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1982 Cite

In Defense of Convergent Realism

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1982 Cite

Typologies: Obstacles and opportunities in scientific change

Journal Article Behavioral and Brain Sciences · January 1, 1981 Full text Cite

A skeptical history of microeconomic theory

Journal Article Theory and Decision · March 1, 1980 Full text Cite

Obstacles to the Nomological Connection of Reasons and Actions

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1980 Full text Cite

Species Notions and the Theoretical Hierarchy of Biology

Journal Article Nature and System · 1980 Cite

The Extensionality of Causal Contexts

Journal Article Midwest Studies In Philosophy · January 1, 1979 Full text Cite

Can Economic Theory Explain Everything?

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1979 Full text Cite

Hollis and Nell: Rationalist Economic Men

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1978 Full text Cite

The Supervenience of Biological Concepts

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1978 Cite

The Puzzle of Economic Modeling

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · 1978 Cite

Genetics and the Theory of Natural Selection: Synthesis or Sustenance?

Journal Article Nature and System, 1, 1978: 3-15. · 1978 Cite

Critical Notice of The Cement of the Universe

Journal Article Canadian Journal of Philosophy · 1977 Cite

Critical Notice

Journal Article Canadian Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 1977 Full text Cite

Materialism and Evolution: A Reconsideration

Journal Article Canadian Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 1976 Full text Cite

On the Interanimation of Micro and Macroeconomics

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1976 Full text Cite

Rejoinder to Puccetti

Journal Article Canadian Journal of Philosophy · January 1, 1976 Full text Cite

The nomological character of microeconomics

Journal Article Theory and Decision · January 1, 1975 Full text Cite

Proper Hoc, Ergo Post Hoc

Journal Article American Philosophical Quarterly · 1975 Cite

The virtues of vagueness in the languages of science

Journal Article Dialogue · January 1, 1975 Full text Cite

Terms of experience and theory: A rejoinder to Körner

Journal Article Dialogue · January 1, 1975 Full text Cite

Singular Causal Statements: a Reconsideration

Journal Article Philosophical Forum, 5, 1974: 611-618 · 1974 Cite

On Kim’s Account of Events and Event Identity

Journal Article Journal of Philosophy · 1974 Cite

Strong, Weak, and Functional Equivalence in Machine Simulation

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1974 Cite

Vincula Revindicata

Chapter · 1974 Cite

Causation and recipes: The mixture as before?

Journal Article Philosophical Studies · November 1, 1973 Full text Cite

Mill and Some Contemporary Critics on ‘Cause’

Journal Article Personalist · 1973 Cite

Action, Purpose and Consciousness Among the Computers

Journal Article Philosophy of Science · 1973 Cite

Friedman's ‘Methodology’ for Economics: A Critical Examination

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1972 Full text Cite

Getting the War News Straight: The Actual Situation in the Philosophy of Science

Journal Article American Political Science Review, 66, 1972: 818-826 · 1972 Cite

Anti-behaviourism in the Hour of its Disintegration

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · 1972 Cite

IV—Anti-Behaviourism in the Hour of its Disintegration

Journal Article Philosophy of the Social Sciences · January 1, 1972 Full text Cite

Comment: Getting the war news straight: The actual situation in the philosophy of science

Journal Article American Political Science Review · January 1, 1972 Full text Cite