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  • Virtue and prejudice: giving and taking reasons 

    Birondo, Noell N. (Oxford University Press, 2016-04-01)
    The most long-standing criticism of virtue ethics in its traditional, eudaimonistic variety centers on its apparently foundational appeal to nature in order to provide a source of normativity. This paper argues that a ...
  • Mathematical structuralism, modal nominalism, and the coherence principle 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Oxford University Press, 2015-10)
    According to Stewart Shapiro's coherence principle, structures exist whenever they can be coherently described. I argue that Shapiro's attempts to justify this principle (along with his position, ante rem structuralism) ...
  • Experimentation on analogue models 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2015-05-31)
    Analogue models are actual physical setups used to model something else. They are especially useful when what we wish to investigate is difficult to observe or experiment upon due to size or distance in space or time: ...
  • Truth and value in Rebecca West's the return of the soldier 

    Hershfield, Jeffrey A. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014-10)
    Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier offers an imaginative and philosophically intriguing twist on the familiar trope of the irreconcilable tension between a man’s love for a woman and his duties to his wife and family. ...
  • Prioritizing scientific exploration: A comparison of the ethical justifications for space development and for space science 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Elsevier Ltd., 2014-11)
    I argue that the moral justification for space science is more compelling than the moral justification for space development. Thus, we ought to reemphasize the status of science as a major stakeholder in space, especially ...
  • Book Review: Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, vol 1 

    Birondo, Noell N. (Koninklijke Brill NV, 2014)
    This volume initiates a welcome new Oxford Studies series based on the annual meeting of the Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics, organized by Mark Timmons. The back matter indicates that the series is a place where ...
  • On the interpretive role of theories of gravity and 'ugly' solutions to the total evidence for dark matter 

    Vanderburgh, William L. (Elsevier Ltd., 2014-08)
    Peter Kosso (2013) discusses the weak gravitational lensing observations of the Bullet Cluster and argues that dark matter can be detected in this system solely through the equivalence principle without the need to specify ...
  • Physical pictures: Engineering models circa 1914 and in Wittgenstein's "Tractatus" 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002)
    Today I want to talk about an element in the milieu in which Ludwig Wittgenstein conceived the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus that has not been recognized to date: the generalization of the methodology of experimental scale ...
  • How beliefs make a difference 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (University of Pittsburgh, 1999-11-15)
    How are beliefs efficacious? One answer is: via rational intentional action. But there are other ways that beliefs are efficacious. This dissertation examines these other ways, and sketches an answer to the question of how ...
  • Kinds of models 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2003-03-20)
    In this paper, I survey a broad variety of models with an eye to asking what kind of model each is in the following sense: in virtue of what is each of them regarded as a model? It will be seen that when we classify models ...
  • Similarity and dimensional analysis 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Elsevier/North-Holland, 2009)
    The importance of similarity in comprehending things and reasoning about them was recognized before the time of Plato. Similarity continues to be important in philosophy, science, and technology to this day. The historical ...
  • Models of machines and models of phenomena 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Taylor & Francis, 2006-01)
    Experimental engineering models have been used both to model general phenomena, such as the onset of turbulence in fluid flow, and to predict the performance of machines of particular size and configuration in particular ...
  • Three views of logic: Mathematics, Philosophy, Computer Science 

    Loveland, Donald W.; Hodel, Richard E.; Sterrett, Susan G. (Princeton University Press, 2014)
    Demonstrating the different roles that logic plays in the disciplines of computer science, mathematics, and philosophy, this concise undergraduate textbook covers select topics from three different areas of logic: proof ...
  • Physical models and fundamental laws: Using one piece of the world to tell about another 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Springer-Verlag, 2002-03-01)
    In this paper I discuss the relationship between model, theories, and laws in the practice of experimental scale modeling. The methodology of experimental scale modeling, also known as physical similarity, differs ...
  • How many thoughts can fit in the form of a proposition? 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2004--06-2)
    I argue here that Frege’s eventual view on the relation between sentences and the thoughts they express is that, ideally, a sentence expresses exactly one thought, and a thought is expressed by exactly one (canonical) ...
  • Frege and Hilbert on the Foundations of Geometry 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (1994-10-14)
  • Kites, models and logic: Susan Sterrett investigates models in Wittgenstein's world 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (, 2008)
    This is the text of Dr. Sterrett's replies to an interviewer's questions for, a website with interviews by academics on various authors, philosophers, and scientists.
  • Historical context and Philosophy of Science: a reply to Peter Simons' 'Coincidence and Kite-Flying' 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2009-03-04)
    This essay responds to a review of my book "Wittgenstein Flies A Kite: A Story of Models of Wings and Models of the World" by Peter Simons that appears in the March 2009 issue of the journal Metascience. The revised version ...
  • Bringing up Turing's 'Child-Machine' 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Springer, Berlin, 2012)
    Turing wrote that the "guiding principle" of his investigation into the possibility of intelligent machinery was "The analogy [of machinery that might be made to show intelligent behavior] with the human brain." [10] In ...
  • Too many instincts: contrasting philosophical views on intelligence in humans and non-humans 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Taylor and Francis Ltd, 2002)
    This paper investigates the following proposal about machine intelligence: that behaviour in which a habitual response that would have been inappropriate in a certain unfamiliar situation is overridden and replaced by a ...

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