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    The Evolutionary Relevance of Abstraction and Representation.Andrew M. Winters - 2014 - Biosemiotics 7 (1):125-139.
    This paper investigates the roles that abstraction and representation have in activities associated with language. Activities such as associative learning and counting require both the abilities to abstract from and accurately represent the environment. These activities are successfully carried out among vocal learners aside from humans, thereby suggesting that nonhuman animals share something like our capacity for abstraction and representation. The identification of these capabilities in other species provides additional insights into the development of language.
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    Not so exceptional : away from Chomskian saltationism and towards a naturally gradual account of mindfulness.Andrew M. Winters & Alex Levine - 2012 - In Liz Stillwaggon Swan (ed.), Origins of mind. New York: Springer.
    It is argued that a chief obstacle to a naturalistic explanation of the origins of mind is human exceptionalism, as exemplified in the 17th century by Descartes, and in the 20th century by Noam Chomsky. As an antidote to human exceptionalism we turn to the account of aesthetic judgment in Darwin’s Descent of Man, according to which the mental capacities of humans differ from those of lower animals only in degree, not in kind. Thoroughgoing naturalistic explanation of these capacities is (...)
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    Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Experiential Learning and Education.Andrew M. Winters - 2018 - American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy 4:181-192.
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    Introduction: a Structural and Historical Approach to Understanding Advancements in Evolutionary Theory.Andrew M. Winters - 2018 - Biosemiotics 11 (2):167-180.
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    Natural Processes: Understanding Metaphysics Without Substance.Andrew M. Winters - 2017 - Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
    In thinking about ontology as the study of being or what fundamentally exists, we can adopt an ontology that either takes substances or processes as primary. There are, however, both commonsense and naturalistic reasons for not fully adopting a substance ontology, which indicate that we ought to suspend judgment with respect to the acceptance of a substance ontology. Doing so allows room to further explore other ontologies. In this book, Andrew M. Winters argues that there are both commonsense and naturalistic (...)
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    Some Benefits of Getting It Wrong: Guided Unsuccessful Retrievals and Long-Term Understanding.Andrew M. Winters - 2015 - American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy 1:179-190.
    What might be called the “common approach” to teaching incorporates traditional retrieval exercises, such as tests and quizzes, as tools for evaluating retention. Given our course goals, many educators would recognize that the emphasis on retention is problematic. In addition to understanding information in the short-term, long-term understanding is also desirable. In this paper, I advocate for a new use of quizzes in philosophy courses that is intentionally designed to enhance long-term understanding of course material as well as to develop (...)
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    Some Benefits of Getting It Wrong.Andrew M. Winters - 2015 - Aapt Studies in Pedagogy 1:179-190.
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    A Natural Case for Realism: Processes, Structures, and Laws.Andrew Michael Winters - 2015 - Dissertation, University of South Florida
    Recent literature concerning laws of nature highlight the close relationship between general metaphysics and philosophy of science. In particular, a person's theoretical commitments in either have direct implications for her stance on laws. In this dissertation, I argue that an ontic structural realist should be a realist about laws, but only within a non-Whiteheadean process framework. Without the adoption of a process framework, any account of laws the ontic structural realist offers will require metaphysical commitments that are at odds with (...)
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    Experiential Learning Within and Without Philosophy.Andrew M. Winters - 2018 - American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy 4:1-14.
    Philosophy has made substantive contributions to education, going at least as far back as to well-known figures such as Plato and Aristotle. Along with disciplines like psychology and sociology, philosophy has helped shape some of the core features of experiential learning. The central aim of the present introduction is to illustrate how developments in experiential learning are the result of contributions from both within and without philosophy. Some secondary goals include discussing the historical and contemporary developments in experiential learning as (...)
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    I Am Not Who I Used to Be, But Am I Me?Andrew M. Winters - 2017 - In Tom Sparrow & Jacob Graham (eds.), True Detective and Philosophy. New York: Wiley. pp. 108–119.
    Rustin Cohle, or Rust, is identifiable as being one character by looking at the script of True Detective and seeing the lines of text that only Rust will say. It would appear that the brute physicalist account is not sufficient for understanding how there are three different Rusts while each possesses many of the same physical characteristics as the others. In fact, one identifies at least three distinct non‐identical Rusts namely: Taxman, Belligerent, and Patient. Since they are mental instantiations and (...)
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    Man is the Most Dangerous Animal of All.Andrew M. Winters - 2010-09-24 - In Fritz Allhoff & S. Waller (eds.), Serial Killers ‐ Philosophy for Everyone. Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 15–28.
    This chapter contains sections titled: A Philosophical Gaze into the Writings of the Zodiac Killer Who is the Zodiac Killer? Peek‐A‐Boo: You Are Doomed! This is the Zodiac Speaking Conclusion.
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    Not So Exceptional: Away from Chomskian Saltationism and Towards a Naturally Gradual Account of Mindfulness.Andrew M. Winters & Alex Levine - 2013 - In Liz Swan (ed.), Origins of Mind. pp. 289--299.
    It is argued that a chief obstacle to a naturalistic explanation of the origins of mind is human exceptionalism, as exempli fi ed in the seventeenth century by René Descartes and in the twentieth century by Noam Chomsky. As an antidote to human exceptionalism, we turn to the account of aesthetic judgment in Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man , according to which the mental capacities of humans differ from those of lower animals only in degree, and not in kind. Thoroughgoing (...)
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    The Evolvability of Evolutionary Theories: A Reply to Denis Noble.Andrew M. Winters - 2021 - Biosemiotics 14 (3):669-673.
    In this commentary on Denis Noble’s “The Illusions of the Modern Synthesis,” I discuss three illusions he argues exist within the Modern Synthesis. These illusions have the common theme of attempting to identify the correct way of understanding and describing biological systems. I agree with much of Noble’s claims, but offer the language of developmental systems theory as a friendly tool for moving the project forward.
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    Moving Beyond Unification and Modeling: A Reconsideration of Radically Naturalized Metaphysics.Andrew M. Winters - 2016 - Lato Sensu: Revue de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences 3 (1):52-58.
    Ontic structural realists Ladyman and Ross endorse the view that the only metaphysical tasks worth pursuing are to unify the sciences and model the objective structure of reality. This form of radically naturalized metaphysics, however, depends upon the principle of naturalistic closure. In this paper I argue that the principle of naturalistic closure is at odds with radically naturalized metaphysics since it is a nonnaturalized metaphysical principle, claiming that radically naturalized metaphysics is not the only form of metaphysics worth doing. (...)
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