alexander bird - research

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AHRC Metaphysics of Science project

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Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties Oxford: Oxford University Press (2007) details.

Reviews:
Times Literary Supplement (Helen Beebee) pdf.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (John Carroll) html.
Metascience (Anjan Chakravartty) pdf.
Philosophical Review (Marc Lange) pdf.
Philosophy (Simon Bostock) pdf.
Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy (Barbara Vetter) pdf.
Analysis Reviews (Peter Menzies) (Critical Notice) pdf.
Mind (Max Kistler) pdf.
Erkenntnis (Gerhard Schurz) pdf.


Thomas Kuhn Chesham: Acumen, Princeton: Princeton University Press (2000) details.
(Spanish edition: Thomas Kuhn Madrid: Tecnos (2002) trans. Carmen Garcia Trevijano details.)

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British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (James Robert Brown) pdf.
Philosophical Quarterly (Howard Sankey) pdf.
New York Times (Edward Rothstein) html.
La Nacion (Argentina, Spanish translation of the above) html / pdf.
Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendues philosophiques (Francis Remedios) pdf.
Isis (William Lynch) pdf.
Metascience (Steve Fuller) pdf.
Laguna: Revista de Filosofia (Samuel Doble-Gutierrez)


Philosophy of Science London: UCL Press, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press (1998) details.

Reviews:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (Peter Lipton) pdf.
Mind (Stephen Mumford) pdf.
Revista Patagonica de Filosofia (Eduardo Flichman).
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Michael Ashooh) pdf.
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"What are Natural Kinds?" (with Katherine Hawley) Philosophical Perspectives 25 (2011) 205–21.

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"The Epistemological Function of Hill's Criteria" Preventive Medicine 53 (2011) 85–96.

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"Lange and Laws, Kinds, and Counterfactuals" Topics in Contemporary Philosophy volume 8: Carving Nature at its Joints (eds Joseph Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew Slater) Cambridge MA: MIT Press (2011) 85–96.

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"Are Any Kinds Ontologically Fundamental?" Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics (ed. Tuomas Tahko) Cambridge University Press (2011) 94–104.

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"Waismann Versus Ewing on Causality" Vienna Institute Institute Yearbook vol.14: Friedrich Waismann—Causality and Logical Positivism (eds Brian McGuinness and Friedrich Stadler) Springer (2011) 15–32.

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"Philosophy of Science and Epistemology" Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science (eds Steven French and Juha Saatsi) London: Continuum (2011) 15–32.

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"Inductive Knowledge" Routledge Companion to Epistemology (ed. Duncan Pritchard) Abingdon: Routledge (2011) 271–82.

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"Thomas Kuhn’s Relativistic Legacy" Blackwell Companion to Relativism (ed. Steven Hales) Oxford: Wiley–Blackwell (2011) 456–74.

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"Eliminative Abduction—Examples from Medicine" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 41 (2010) 345–52.

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"Social Knowing" Philosophical Perspectives 24 (2010) 23–56.

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"The Epistemology of Science—A Bird's-Eye View" Synthese 175 (2010) 5–16.

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"Causation and the Manifestation of Powers" Powers. Their Grounding and their Manifestations (ed. Anna Marmodoro) Abingdon: Routledge (2010) 160–168.

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"A Posteriori Knowledge of Natural Kind Essences: A Defence" Philosophical Topics 35 (2010) 293–312

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"Discovering the Essences of Natural Kinds" The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (eds Helen Beebee and Nigel Sabbarton-Leary) Abingdon: Routledge (2010) 125–36.

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"Are Natural Kinds Reducible?" Reduction and Elimination in Philosophy and the Sciences (eds Alexander Hieke and Hannes Leitgeb) Frankfurt: Ontos (2009) 127–36.

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". . . And Then Again, He Might Not Be" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2009) 517–21.

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"Essences and Natural Kinds" Routledge Companion to Metaphysics (eds Robin Le Poidevin, Peter Simons, Andrew McGonigal, and Ross Cameron) Abingdon: Routledge (2009) 497–506.

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"Kripke" Twelve Modern Philosophers (eds Christopher Belshaw and Gary Kemp) Chichester: Wiley–Blackwell (2009) 153–72.

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"Structural Properties Revisited" Dispositions and Causes (ed. Toby Handfield) Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009) 215–41.

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"Natural Kinds" (with Emma Tobin) Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 edition), (ed. Edward N. Zalta).

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"Lowe on A Posteriori Essentialism" Analysis (2008) 68 336–44.

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"Remarks on Our Knowledge of Modal Facts" Norsk filosofisk tidsskrift 43 (2008) 54–60.

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"Dispositions, Rules, and Finks" (with Toby Handfield) Philosophical Studies 140 (2008) 285–98.

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"Scientific Progress as Accumulation of Knowledge—A Reply to Rowbottom" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 39 (2008) 279–81.

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"The Epistemological Argument Against Lewis's Regularity View of Laws" Philosophical Studies 138 (2008) 73–89.

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"The Historical Turn in the Philosophy of Science" in Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science (eds Stathis Psillos and Martin Curd) Abingdon: Routledge (2008) 67–77.

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"Causal Exclusion and Evolved Emergent Properties" Revitalizing Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science (ed. Ruth Groff) Abingdon: Routledge (2007).

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"The Regress of Pure Powers?" Philosophical Quarterly 57 (2007) 513–34 (winner of the Philosophical Quarterly essay prize 2006).

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"Scientific and Theological Realism" Realism and Religion (eds Andrew Moore and Michael Scott) Aldershot: Ashgate (2007) 61–81.

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"Inference to the Only Explanation" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2007) 424–32.

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"Incommensurability Naturalized" in Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 255, eds Léna Soler, Howard Sankey, and Paul Hoyningen-Huene) Dordrecht: Spinger (2007) 21–39.

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"What is Scientific Progress?" Noôs 41 (2007) 64–89.

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"Underdetermination and Evidence" Images of Empiricism (ed. Bradley Monton) Oxford: Oxford University Press (2007) 62–82.

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"Justified Judging" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2007) 81–110.

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"Selection and Explanation" in Rethinking Explanation (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 252, eds Johannes Persson and Petri Ylikoski) (2006) 131–6.

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"Looking for Laws" Metascience 15 (2006) 441–54.

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"Potency and Modality" Synthese 149 (2006) 491–508.

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"Abductive Knowledge and Holmesian Inference" in Oxford Studies in Epistemology (eds. Tamar Szabo Gendler and John Hawthorne) Oxford: Oxford University Press (2005) 1–31.

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"Unexpected A Posteriori Necessary Laws of Nature" Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (2005) 533–48.

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"Laws and Essences" Ratio 18 (2005) 437–61. Reprinted in Metaphysics in Science (ed. Alice Drewery) Oxford: Blackwell (2006) 63–87.

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"The Dispositionalist Conception of Laws" Foundations of Science 10 (2005) 353–70.

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"Explanation and Metaphysics" Synthese 143 (2005) 89–107.

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"Naturalizing Kuhn" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (2005) 109–27.

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"The Ultimate Argument Against Armstrong's Contingent Necessitation View of Laws" Analysis 65 (2005) 147–55.

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"Antidotes All the Way Down?" Theoria 19 (2004) 259–69.

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"Thomas Kuhn" The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (ed. Edward N. Zalta) (Fall 2004 Edition).

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"Strong Necessitarianism: the Nomological Identity of Possible Worlds" Ratio 17 (2004) 256–76.

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"Kuhn, Naturalism, and the Positvist Legacy" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 35 (2004) 337–56.

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"Kuhn and Twentieth Century Philosophy of Science" Annals of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science 12 (2004) 1–14.

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"Kuhn on Reference and Essence" Philosophia Scientiae 8 (2004) 39–71.

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"Is Evidence Non-Inferential?" Philosophical Quarterly 54 (2004) 253–65.

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"Kuhn, Nominalism, and Empiricism" Philosophy of Science 70 (2003) 690–719.

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"Three Conservative Kuhns" Social Epistemology 17 (2003) 125–31.

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"Nozick's Fourth Condition" Facta Philosophica 5 (2003) 141–51.

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"Resemblance Nominalism and Counterparts" Analysis 63 (2003) 221–28.

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"Philosophy of Science" in Fundamentals of Philosophy (ed. John Shand) London: Routledge (2003) 297–324.

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"Thomas Samuel Kuhn" Dictionary of Literary Biography (2003) 154–66.

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"Structural Properties" in Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D.H. Mellor (eds. Hallvard Lillehammer and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra) London: Routledge (2003) 154–68.

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"Laws and Criteria" Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (2002) 511–41.

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"What is in a Paradigm?" Richmond Journal of Philosophy 1.ii (2002) 11–20.

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"On Whether Some Laws are Necessary" Analysis 62 (2002) 257–70.

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"Kuhn's Wrong Turning" Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 33 (2002) 443–63.

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"Illocutionary Silencing" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83 (2002) 1–15.

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"Necessarily, Salt Dissolves in Water" Analysis 61 (2001) 267–74.

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"Scepticism and Contrast Classes" Analysis 61 (2001) 97–107.

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"Il concetto di metodo scientifico e spegazione" ("The concept of scientific method and explanation") Interpretare (Italy) (2000) 116–49.

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"Further Antidotes: A Response to Gundersen" Philosophical Quarterly 50 (2000) 229–33.

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"Scientific Revolutions and Inference to the Best Explanation" Danish Yearbook of Philosophy 34 (1999) 25–42.

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"Explanation and Laws" Synthese 120 (1999) 1–18.

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"Dispositions and Antidotes" Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1998) 227–34.

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"The Logic in Logicism" Dialogue 36 (1997) 341–60.

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"Squaring the Circle: Hobbes on Philosophy and Geometry" Journal of the History of Ideas 57 (1996) 217–31.

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"Rationality and the Structure of Self-deception" in Gianfranco Soldati ed. European Review of Philosophy 1 (1994) 19–38.

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work in progress

"The Metaphysics of Natural Kinds"

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"Can Dispositions have Intrinsic Finks and Antidotes?"

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"Evidence and Inference"

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"Outline of a Dispositional Account of Causation"

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"Monistic Dispositional Essentialism"

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"The Structure and Necessity of the Natural Laws"

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"Time and Background-Free Theories"

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podcasts

"Dispositions, Rules, and Finks" (see above for paper)

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"What is in a Paradigm?" (see above for paper)

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"Taking Science Seriously - Scientific versus alternative medicine"

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