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Max Planck Institute for The History of Science
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    The state is not abolished, it withers away: How quantum field theory became a theory of scattering.Alexander S. Blum - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 60:46-80.
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    Necessity of identity and Tarski's T‐schema.Alex Blum - 2022 - Philosophical Investigations 46 (2):264-265.
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    From dressed electrons to quasiparticles: The emergence of emergent entities in quantum field theory.Alexander S. Blum & Christian Joas - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 53:1-8.
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    The Kantian versus Frankfurt.Alex Blum - 2000 - Analysis 60 (3):287–288.
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    Translation as heuristics: Heisenberg׳s turn to matrix mechanics.Alexander Blum, Martin Jähnert, Christoph Lehner & Jürgen Renn - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 60:3-22.
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    The Reinvention of General Relativity: A Historiographical Framework for Assessing One Hundred Years of Curved Space-time.Alexander Blum, Roberto Lalli & Jürgen Renn - 2015 - Isis 106 (3):598-620.
    The history of the theory of general relativity presents unique features. After its discovery, the theory was immediately confirmed and rapidly changed established notions of space and time. The further implications of general relativity, however, remained largely unexplored until the mid 1950s, when it came into focus as a physical theory and gradually returned to the mainstream of physics. This essay presents a historiographical framework for assessing the history of general relativity by taking into account in an integrated narrative intellectual (...)
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    Taking approximations seriously: The cases of the Chew and Nambu-Jona-Lasinio models.Pablo Ruiz de Olano, James D. Fraser, Rocco Gaudenzi & Alexander S. Blum - 2022 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 93 (C):82-95.
    In this article, we offer a detailed study of two important episodes in the early history of high-energy physics, namely the development of the Chew and the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio models. Our study reveals that both models resulted from the combination of an old Hamiltonian, which had been introduced by earlier researchers, and two new approximation methods developed by Chew and by Nambu and Jona-Lasinio. These new approximation methods, furthermore, were the key component behind the models’ success. We take this historical investigation (...)
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    The birth of quantum mechanics from the spirit of radiation theory.Alexander S. Blum & Martin Jähnert - 2022 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 91 (C):125-147.
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    QED and the man who didn׳t make it: Sidney Dancoff and the infrared divergence.Alexander S. Blum - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 50:70-94.
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  10. Can It Be that Tully=Cicero?Alex Blum - 2017 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 4 (2):149-150.
    We show, that given two fundamental theses of Kripke, no statement of the form ‘‘a=b’ is necessarily true’, is true, if ‘a’ and ‘b’ are distinct rigid designators.
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    The Force of Truth 1.Alex Blum - 2011 - Philosophical Investigations 34 (4):393-395.
    The theme of the paper is that what is true cannot be false and conversely. This position was anticipated by Aristotle in De Interpretatione and by G. H. von Wright. The latter calls it “a truth of the logic of relative modalities.”Aristotle has been taken to task by Susan Haack and others for arguing fallaciously from the Principle of Bivalence, that every statement is either true or false, to fatalism. The implication holds, but we show that it is unreasonable to (...)
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  12. The core of the consequence argument.Alex Blum - 2003 - Dialectica 57 (4):423-429.
    We suggest that the classical version of the consequence argument contending that freedom and determinism are incompatible subtly misstates the core intuition, which is that if a true conditional and a true antecedent are jointly beyond our control, then so is the consequent. We show however that the improved version no less than the classical implies fatalism.Interestingly, the reasoning, that yields fatalism, undermines a direct argument for the soundness of the improved version. But if fatalism is sound, then trivially, so (...)
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    The Core of the Consequence Argument.Alex Blum - 2003 - Dialectica 57 (4):423-429.
    We suggest that the classical version of the consequence argument contending that freedom and determinism are incompatible subtly misstates the core intuition, which is that if a true conditional and a true antecedent are jointly beyond our control, then so is the consequent. We show however that the improved version no less than the classical implies fatalism.Interestingly, the reasoning, that yields fatalism, undermines a direct argument for the soundness of the improved version. But if fatalism is sound, then trivially, so (...)
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    Can It Be that Tully=Cicero?Alex Blum - forthcoming - Symposion. Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences.
    Alex Blum ABSTRACT: We show, that given two fundamental theses of Kripke, no statement of the form ‘‘a=b’ is necessarily true’, is true, if ‘a’ and ‘b’ are distinct rigid designators. Download PDF.
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    ‘On the necessity of identity and Tarski's T‐schema’—A response to Davood Hosseini.Alex Blum - 2024 - Philosophical Investigations 47 (2):270-271.
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    The Force of Truth.Alex Blum - 2011 - Philosophical Investigations 34 (4):393-395.
    The theme of the paper is that what is true cannot be false and conversely. This position was anticipated by Aristotle in De Interpretatione and by G. H. von Wright. The latter calls it “a truth of the logic of relative modalities.”Aristotle has been taken to task by Susan Haack and others for arguing fallaciously from the Principle of Bivalence, that every statement is either true or false, to fatalism. The implication holds, but we show that it is unreasonable to (...)
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    On the history of the quantum. Introduction to the HQ4 special issue.Jaume Navarro, Alexander Blum & Christoph Lehner - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 60:1-2.
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    On the Argument for the Necessity of Identity.Alex Blum - 2023 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 10 (2):169-171.
    We show that the thesis that identity is necessary is equivalent to the thesis that everything is necessarily what it is. Hence the challenges facing either, faces them both.
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  19. Foreknowledge and Free Will.Alex Blum - 2012 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 19 (1):55-57.
    We contend that since what is true cannot be false, foreknowledge is transparently incompatible with free will. We argue that what is crucial to the conflict is the role of truth in foreknowledge and that the identity of the one who foreknows is irrelevant.
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    Real Virtuality and Actual Transitions: Historical Reflections on Virtual Entities before Quantum Field Theory.Alexander Blum & Martin Jähnert - forthcoming - Perspectives on Science:1-21.
    This paper studies the notion of virtuality in the Bohr-Kramers-Slater theory of 1924. We situate the virtual entities of BKS within the tradition of the correspondence principle and the radiation theory of the Bohr model. We show how, in this context, virtual oscillators emerged as classical substitute radiators and were used to describe the otherwise elusive quantum transitions. They played an effective role in the quantum theory of radiation while remaining categorically distinct and ontologically separated from the quantum world of (...)
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  21. The Hidden Future.Alex Blum - 2018 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 5 (1):9-10.
    We argue that the part of the future which is up to us is in principle unknowable.
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    ‘N’.Alex Blum - 2000 - Analysis 60 (3):284–286.
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    On Changing the Past.Alex Blum - 2013 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 20 (3):377-378.
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    Arithmetic and Logic Incompleteness: the Link.Laureano Luna & Alex Blum - 2008 - The Reasoner 2 (3):6.
    We show how second order logic incompleteness follows from incompleteness of arithmetic, as proved by Gödel.
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  25. Laws and instantial statements.Alex Blum - 1970 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 21 (4):371-378.
    In 'The Structure of Science' Nagel contends that a deductive explanation of the occurrence of an individual event must contain at least one instantial statement as a premiss (Nagel, 1961, p. 31). I shall defend a version of his contention.
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  26. A Purported Theorem of Epistemic Logic.Alex Blum - 1996 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 16 (1):105-106.
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    John Wheeler’s Desert Island: The conservatism of non-empirical physics.Alexander S. Blum - 2021 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 90 (C):219-225.
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    Einstein’s second-biggest blunder: the mistake in the 1936 gravitational-wave manuscript of Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen.Alexander S. Blum - 2022 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 76 (6):623-632.
    In a 1936 manuscript submitted to the Physical Review, Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen famously claimed that gravitational waves do not exist. It has generally been assumed that there was a conceptual error underlying this fallacious claim. It will be shown, through a detailed study of the extant referee report, that this claim was probably only the result of a calculational error, the accidental use of a pathological coordinate transformation.
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    A correction in Copi's account of Boolean normal forms.Alex Blum - 1973 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 14 (2):288-288.
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    A logic of belief.Alex Blum - 1976 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 17 (3):344-348.
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    A note on natural deduction.Alex Blum - 1974 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 15 (2):349-350.
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    Discussion: Tractatus 2.063.Alex Blum - 1989 - Philosophical Investigations 12 (4):325-326.
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    Nozick on indeterministic free will.Alex Blum & Stanley Malinovich - 1986 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 13 (4):471-473.
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    Quine on an alleged non sequitur.Alex Blum - 1981 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 22 (3):249-250.
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    The missing premiss.Alex Blum - 1970 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 11 (2):203-204.
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    An Anomaly in the D–N Model of Explanation.Alex Blum - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):365-367.
    It is argued that the constraints placed on the non-law premisses of a D–N explanation are irrelevant to their function and will not salvage the deductive requirement from triviality.
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    Analyticity and truth in all possible worlds.Alex Blum - 1983 - Noûs 17 (2):281-289.
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    Aristotle and the Future.Alex Blum - forthcoming - Symposion. Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences.
    Alex Blum ABSTRACT: We intend to show that Aristotle’s contention that future tense contingent statements are neither true nor false leads to inconsistency. Download PDF.
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    Aristotle and the Future.Alex Blum - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):7-8.
    We intend to show that Aristotle’s contention that future tense contingent statements are neither true nor false leads to inconsistency.
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    An introduction to logic.Alex Blum - 1988 - Philosophia 18 (2-3):303-308.
  41. A Look at «Tractatus» 6.54.Alex Blum - 1988 - Logique Et Analyse 31 (123-124):219-221.
     
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    A note on pleasure.Alex Blum - 1991 - Journal of Value Inquiry 25 (October):367-70.
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    A note on theological fatalism1.Alex Blum - 2007 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 14 (2):143-147.
    We contend that a very seductive argument for theological fatalism fails. In the course of our discussion we point out that theological fatalism is incompatible with the existence of a being who is omnipotent, omniscient and infallible. We suggest that ‘possible’ formalized as ‘◊’ is to be understood as ‘can or could have been’ and not simply as ‘can’. The argument we discuss conflates the two. We end by rounding out, hope-fully, some left over corners of serious concern to the (...)
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    A Version of the Frege ‐ Quine Argument.Alex Blum - 1988 - Dialectica 42 (4):307-312.
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    Adrian Wüthrich , The Genesis of Feynman Diagrams . Reviewed by.Alexander Blum - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (1):76-78.
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    Belief in the Tractatus.Alex Blum - 1996 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 51 (1):259-260.
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    Belief in the Tractatus.Alex Blum - 1996 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 51 (1):259-260.
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  48. Bayne on Kripke.Alex Blum - 1989 - Philosophia 19 (4):455-456.
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    Correction.Alex Blum - 2001 - Analysis 61 (1):90-90.
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  50. Cidd: 168 impossible premises and correct argument.Alex Blum - 1997 - Manuscrito 20.
     
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