Volume I, Issue 1, 2014

Some Problems With Steadfast Strategies for Rational Disagreement (pages 89-107)

Hamid Vahid ABSTRACT: Current responses to the question of how one should adjust one’s beliefs in response to peer disagreement have, in general, formed a spectrum at one end of which sit the so-called ‘conciliatory’ views and whose other end is occupied by the ‘steadfast’ views. While the conciliatory views of disagreement maintain that one is required to make doxastic conciliation ... Read More »

Skeptical Thoughts Concerning Explanationism and Skepticism (pages 77-87)

Clayton Littlejohn ABSTRACT: According to the explanationist, we can rely on inference to best explanation to justifiably believe familiar skeptical hypotheses are false. On this view, commonsense beliefs about the existence and character of familiar, medium-sized dry goods provides the best explanation of our evidence and so justifies our belief that we’re not brains-in-vats. This explanationist approach seems prima facie plausible ... Read More »

Algebra of Theoretical Term Reductions in the Sciences (pages 51-67)

Dale Jacquette ABSTRACT: An elementary algebra identifies conceptual and corresponding applicational limitations in John Kemeny and Paul Oppenheim’s (K-O) 1956 model of theoretical reduction in the sciences. The K-O model was once widely accepted, at least in spirit, but seems afterward to have been discredited, or in any event superceeded. Today, the K-O reduction model is seldom mentioned, except to clarify ... Read More »

Søren Kierkegaard’s Repetition. Existence in Motion (pages 23-49)

Ionuț Alexandru Bârliba ABSTRACT: This article tries to make sense of the concept of repetition in Søren Kierkegaard’s works. According to Kierkegaard repetition is a temporal movement of existence. What is repetition and what is its meaning for human existence? In answering this question the Danish philosopher depicts repetition by comparing three different approaches to life. Throughout the article I try ... Read More »

Stoicism, Feminism and Autonomy (pages 9-22)

Scott Aikin, Emily McGill-Rutherford ABSTRACT: The ancient Stoics had an uneven track record with regard to women’s standing. On the one hand, they recognized women as fully capable of rationality and virtue. On the other hand, they continued to hold that women’s roles were in the home. These views are consistent, given Stoic value theory, but are unacceptable on liberal feminist grounds. Stoic value ... Read More »

For True Conditionalizers Weisberg’s Paradox is a False Alarm (pages 111-119)

Franz Huber ABSTRACT: Weisberg introduces a phenomenon he terms perceptual undermining. He argues that it poses a problem for Jeffrey conditionalization, and Bayesian epistemology in general. This is Weisberg’s paradox. Weisberg argues that perceptual undermining also poses a problem for ranking theory and for Dempster-Shafer theory. In this note I argue that perceptual undermining does not pose a problem for any ... Read More »

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