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  • Epistemic utility and theory-choice in science: Comments on Hempel 

    Feleppa, Robert (D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1981)
    Professor Hempel has sketched a number of turns in the problem of induction, showing us in the process that the traditional problem of justifying inductive inference is inextricably bound up with problems concerning ...
  • Translation as Rule-Governed Behaviour 

    Feleppa, Robert (Sage publications, 1982)
    The problems of radical translation occupy a central place in a number of long-standing controversies in philosophy and anthropology. The philosophical difficulties here concern the accurate recovery of speaker meaning ...
  • On Reproducing Social Reality: A Reply to Harrison 

    Feleppa, Robert (Sage publications, 1986)
    That social inquirers should be careful about the intrusion of biases and questionable ethnocentric presuppositions is a widely accepted and unquestionably cogent methodological dictum. Less widely accepted, and perhaps ...
  • Emics, Etics, and Social Objectivity 

    Feleppa, Robert (University of Chicago Press, 1986-06)
    Emic analysis, whether seen as opposed or as complementary to etic modes, is regarded as essential for ensuring that culture-specific particularities are not suppressed in efforts to subsume social phenomena under ...
  • Frege and Hilbert on the Foundations of Geometry 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (1994-10-14)
  • Aspects of the Cannibalism Controversy: Comments on Merrilee Salmon 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 1995)
    Professor Salmon argues that the controversies about Mead’s work and about cannibalism encourage healthy discussion of anthropological standards of evidence and definition, and provide an opportunity to consider the ...
  • Ethics and the human genome project 

    Paske, Gerald H. (Kansas Medical Society, 1995)
  • Sounds like light: Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and Mach's work in Acoustics and Aerodynamics 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Elsevier, 1998-03-11)
    Ernst Mach is the only person whom Einstein included on both the list of physicists he considered his true precursors, and the list of the philosophers who had most affected him. Einstein scholars have been less generous ...
  • 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 ...
  • Turing's two tests for intelligence 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000)
    On a literal reading of 'Computing Machinery and Intelligence', Alan Turing presented not one, but two, practical tests to replace the question 'Can machines think?' He presented them as equivalent. I show here that the ...
  • Book Review: Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture, and Philosophy. By Michele M. Moody-Adams 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000-04)
    In this ambitious book, Moody-Adams aims to establish, as she says, “a plausible conception of moral objectivity” and to defend “a cautious optimism that moral philosophy can be an aid in serious, everyday moral inquiry” ...
  • Physical pictures: Engineering models circa 1914 and in Wittgenstein's "Tractatus" 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2000-07-17)
    In 1914, Wittgenstein recorded an incident in his Notebooks that he later mentioned to several friends as occasioning a major insight for his views in the Tractatus that propositions represent by being pictures. The entry ...
  • Quine, Davidson, and the Naturalization of Metaethics 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001)
    Quine’s ethical views typify what might seem to be natural sympathies between empiricism and ethical noncognitivism. Like Ayer, he sees a case for noncognitivism rooted in an epistemic discontinuity between ethics and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nested algorithms and "the original imitation game test": a reply to James Moor 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002)
    In "The Status and Future of the Turing Test" (Moor, 2001), which appeared in an earlier issue of this journal, James Moor remarks on my paper "Turing's Two Tests for Intelligence." In my paper I had claimed that, whatever ...
  • 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 ...
  • Darwin’s analogy between artificial and natural selection: how does it go? 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Elsevier, 2002-03)
    The analogy Darwin drew between artificial and natural selection in "On the Origin of Species" has a detailed structure that has not been appreciated. In Darwin’s analogy, the kind of artificial selection called Methodical ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Black Rain: Reflections on Hiroshima and Nuclear War in Japanese Film 

    Feleppa, Robert (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)
    In the literature on atomic bomb themes in Japanese cinema we find a number of trends. Some films, but surprisingly few, are intended as open social protest of America’s use of the bombs. There are some critics who see ...