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    Indispensability and Explanation: An Overview and Introduction.Daniele Molinini, Fabrice Pataut & Andrea Sereni - 2016 - Synthese 193 (2):317-332.
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    Truth, Objects, Infinity: New Perspectives on the Philosophy of Paul Benacerraf.Fabrice Pataut (ed.) - 2016 - Springer Verlag.
    This volume features essays about and by Paul Benacerraf, whose ideas have circulated in the philosophical community since the early nineteen sixties, shaping key areas in the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of logic, and epistemology. The book started as a worskhop held in Paris at the Collège de France in May 2012 with the participation of Paul Benacerraf. The introduction addresses the methodological point of the legitimate use of so-called “Princess Margaret Premises” in drawing philosophical (...)
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    Comments on “Parsimony and Inference to the Best Mathematical Explanation”.Fabrice Pataut - 2016 - Synthese 193 (2):351-363.
    The author of “Parsimony and inference to the best mathematical explanation” argues for platonism by way of an enhanced indispensability argument based on an inference to yet better mathematical optimization explanations in the natural sciences. Since such explanations yield beneficial trade-offs between stronger mathematical existential claims and fewer concrete ontological commitments than those involved in merely good mathematical explanations, one must countenance the mathematical objects that play a theoretical role in them via an application of the relevant mathematical results. The (...)
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  4. Critical Studies / Book Reviews.Fabrice Pataut - 2004 - Philosophia Mathematica 12 (3):268-278.
  5. Réalisme, Sens Commun Et Langage Ordinaire.Fabrice Pataut - unknown - In Sandra Laugiet & Christophe Al-Saleh (eds.), John L. Austin et la philosophie du langage ordinaire. Georg Holms Verlag.
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  6. L. Elwonger (U. Of Nebraska-Lincoln): "Physical Constants and Essentialist Arguments for Necessitarianism" - Commentator : B. Rettler (U. Of Notre-Dame), Plus "Comments on Elwonger and Rettler" by Fabrice Pataut. [REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    Many philosophers hold that physical laws have a unique modal status known as nomic necessity which is weaker than metaphysical necessity. This orthodox view has come into question in the past few decades. In particular, the metaphysical view known as essentialism has provided an argument that the laws of nature are necessary in the strongest possible sense. It seems obvious to many that at least some essentialist arguments in favor of the necessity of scientific claims are going to be sound. (...)
     
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  7. Antirealism and the Self-Ascription of Attitudes.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    In a nutshell, semantic antirealism is the doctrine that if a statement is true, then it must be possible, at least in principle, to determine that it is true. Consider the particular case of self-ascriptions of attitudes such as beliefs, desires and intentions, i.e. statements of the form "I φ [that] p", where φ ranges over propositional attitude verbs and p provides the content of whatever is φd by the self-ascriber. Should we be semantic antirealists about these when the putative (...)
     
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  8. Willard von Orman Quine.Denis Bonnay, Sandra Laugier, Layla RAÏD, Fabrice Pataut & Roger Schmit - 2008 - Archives de Philosophie 71 (4).
     
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  9. Jazyk, myšlení, logika a dějiny analytické filosofie z perspektivy antirealismu.Michael Dummett & Fabrice Pataut - 1999 - Filosoficky Casopis 47:589-620.
    [An Anti-Realist Perspective on Language, Thought, Logic and the History of Analytic Philosophy. .].
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  10. Analyomen 2, Volume III: Philosophy of Mind, Practical Philosophy, Miscellanea.Fabrice Pataut - 1997 - Hawthorne: De Gruyter.
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  11. Holism of Content Ascription and Holism of Belief Content.Fabrice Pataut - 1997 - In Analyomen 2, Volume III: Philosophy of Mind, Practical Philosophy, Miscellanea. Hawthorne: De Gruyter.
     
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  12. Realism, Decidability and the Past.Fabrice Pataut - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Southern California
    Realism is the claim that truth may transcend all possible verification. The familiar Dummettian argument against that modal claim is that there is no way to manifest an understanding of it in actual linguistic practice. The Dummettian anti-realist's provisional conclusion is that the modal claim must be false. ;The attack on truth-conditional semantics and on the principle of bivalence are familiar ingredients of the anti-realist negative programme. I agree that, whether mathematical formulae or ordinary sentences in the past tense are (...)
     
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  13. Un entretien avec Michael Dummett.Fabrice Pataut - 1997 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 11 (1-2):100-149.
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    Uma Perspectiva Anti-Realista Sobre a Linguagem, o Pensamento, a Lógica E A História da Filosofia Analítica: Uma Entrevista Com Michael Dummett.Fabrice Pataut - 1997 - Disputatio (3):1-35.
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    An Anti-Realist Perspective on Language, Thought, Logic and the History of Analytic Philosophy: An Interview with Michael Dummett.Fabrice Pataut - 1996 - Philosophical Investigations 19 (1):1-33.
    The interview took place in Oxford on 10 September 1992. While working from the tape on the text of the interview, I decided to gather references to books and articles in footnotes so that the reader may have a sense of the flow of the conversation. I then divided the text into sections, according to the topics which were discussed. Some material has been edited from the original transcript.
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  16. Anti-Realism, History and the Past.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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  17. Abstract of "An Anti-Realist Perspective on Language, Thought, Logic and the History of Analytic Philosophy".Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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  18. Interpretation and the Logical Constants.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    May the theory of radical interpretation developed by Donald Davidson on the basis of Quine's arguments for the indeterminacy of translation help fix the meaning of the logical constants? In particular, may the theory exclude ways of conferring meaning on the constants which, although developed within the Davidsonian framework, would lead to unexpected results? Could an interpreter fix the meaning of the constants in a non classical way, although still in accordance with the guiding principles of the interpretative strategy? Or, (...)
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  19. On Danielle Macbeth's "Frege's Logic".Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    Danielle Macbeth's purpose in Macbeth 2005 is threefold. Her monograph proposes "to provide a logical justification for all aspects of Frege's peculiar notation, to motivate and explain the developments in Frege's views over the course of his intellectual life, and to explicate his most developed, critically reflective conception of his Begriffschrift, his formula language of pure thought". I shall focus here on a few selected aspects of the first and third points and leave on the side the discussion of the (...)
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  20. Verifiability, Scientific Realism and Constructive Empiricism.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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    Direct Vs. Indirect Consequences of Empirical Verifications.Fabrice Pataut - 2002 - Topoi 21 (1-2):93-98.
    Professor Prawitz has made four claims in his talk. The first claim is that one should be able to generalize the intuitionistic theory of meaning already available for mathematical discourse to empirical discourse. Since each claim constitutes a step in an argument of a general form in favour of some new kind of antirealistically inclined theory of meaning (with a final pessimistic overtone), I shall go over each claim one by one, check whether the argument which links them in the (...)
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  22. Critical Review of'Pourquoi les mathématiques sont-elles difficiles' by Lény Oumraou.Fabrice Pataut - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  23. Empiricism, Rational Belief and Objectivity.Fabrice Pataut - 2010 - Philosophy of Science.
    There are several ways of conceiving objectivity -- scientific objectivity in particular -- and, accordingly, several ways of defending or attacking particular construals of it. According to one conception sometimes labelled "realism", objectivity in science is a semantic, modal and metaphysical notion: a scientific theory is objective insofar as it tells the truth about the way the world is independently of its epistemic accessibility to us. So, for instance, the Newtonian theory of gravition is objective insofar as it tells the (...)
     
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  24. Abstract of "Antirealism, History and the Past".Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    According to the antirealist view of history, history is something historians construct in the present. Although the warrants they may gather in favour of past events do not form a coherent class, such warrants constitute the assertibility conditions of our statements about the past. They are by nature partial, gradual and defeasible. The antirealist is then faced with two problems. One is to account for a notion of historical significance, either in terms of causal links, broad patterns, or justified historiographic (...)
     
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    IX. Naturalizing Mathematics and Naturalizing Ethics.Fabrice Pataut - 2011 - In Petrov V. (ed.), Ontological Landscapes: Recent Thought on Conceptual Interfaces Between Science and Philosophy. Ontos. pp. 183.
    I offer several reasons for rejecting naturalism as a philosophical viewpoint or program envisaged for two paradigm cases: the case of mathematics and the case of ethics. Semantical, epistemological and metaphysical similarities between the two are investigated and assessed. I then offer a sketch of a different way of understanding the nature of mathematical difficulties and that of ethical puzzles.
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  26. Naturalizing Ethics and Naturalizing Mathematics.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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    Platonism And Mathematical Explanations.Fabrice Pataut - 2020 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 12 (2):63-74.
    Ontological parsimony requires that if we can dispense with A when best explaining B, or when deducing a nominalistically statable conclusion B from nominalistically statable premises, we must indeed dispense with A. When A is a mathematical theory and it has been established that its conservativeness undermines the platonistic force of mathematical derivations, or that a nonnumerical formulation of some explanans may be obtained so that the platonistic force of the best numerical-based account of the explanandum is also undermined, the (...)
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  28. Logical Revisionism: Logical Rules Vs. Structural Rules.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    As far as logic is concerned, the conclusion of Michael Dummett's manifestability argument is that intuitionistic logic, as first developed by Heyting, satisfies the semantic requirements of antirealism. The argument may be roughly sketched as follows: since we cannot manifest a grasp of possibly justification-transcendent truth conditions, we must countenance conditions which are such that, at least in principle and by the very nature of the case, we are able to recognize that they are satisfied whenever they are. Intuitionistic logic (...)
     
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  29. Remarks on Mark Colyvan on Mathematical Explanation.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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  30. Language, Normativity and Emotion.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    Emotions are part of our culture ; particular emotions like resentment andguilt are part of specific cultural heritages. On the other hand, moral judgementsand imperatives have the appearance of objectivity. There lies - or so it seems -a conflict, even a contradiction. Statements like "Slavery is unjust" may beasserted, agreements may be reached concerning what they claim or express,and they may occur as antecedents in conditionals such as "If slavery is unjust,then it must be abolished". When it is claimed that (...)
     
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  31. Antirealism, Truth and Epistemic Modalities.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
     
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    Realism, Modality and Truths About the Past.Fabrice Pataut - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 32:97-106.
    Anti-realists about the past claim that no one has yet manifested a knowledge of the truth of tensed instances of the realist schema '‡,' instances such as '‡. It is true that we cannot decide specific instances of the realist schema and that, consequently, neither our understanding of these instances, nor our knowledge of their truth may be constituted by the recognitional and executive capacities which, according to Michael Dummett's antirealism, constitute grasp of meaning. Although we cannot decide these issues, (...)
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  33. Antirealism, Strict Finitism and Structural Rules.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    According to semantic antirealism, intuitionistic logic satisfies the requirement that truth should be constrained by provability in principle. Some philosophers have argued that semantic antirealism must be committed to effective provability and that the commitment leads to a stronger kind of logical revisionism exemplified by substructural logics. I shall take into account two different kinds of reply. The first is concerned with meaning per se and grasp or fixing of meaning. It rests on the idea that if we have a (...)
     
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  34. Mathematical Objects and Mathematical Knowledge.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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    Introduction À la Philosophie du Langage Daniel Laurier Collection «Philosophie Et Langage» Liège, Pierre Mardaga, 1993, 322 P. [REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - 1995 - Dialogue 34 (2):402-.
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    Questions to Danielle Macbeth on Frege's Logical Notation and Related Topics.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
    Danielle Macbeth's purpose in Macbeth 2005 is threefold. Her monograph proposes "to provide a logical justification for all aspects of Frege's peculiar notation, to motivate and explain the developments in Frege's views over the course of his intellectual life, and to explicate his most developed, critically reflective conception of his Begriffschrift, his formula language of pure thought". I shall focus here on a few selected aspects of the first and third points and leave on the side the discussion of the (...)
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    Incompleteness, Constructivism and Truth.Fabrice Pataut - 1998 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 6:63.
    Although G¨odel proved the first incompleteness theorem by intuitionistically respectable means, G¨odel’s formula, true although undecidable,seems to offer a counter-example to the general constructivist or anti-realistclaim that truth may not transcend recognizability in principle. It is arguedhere that our understanding of the formula consists in a knowledge of itstruth-conditions, that it is true in a minimal sense and, finally, that it is recognized as such given the consistencyand ω-consistency of P. The philosophical lesson to be drawn from G¨odel’sproof is that (...)
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  38. Criticial Comments on "Social Epistemology and Embodied Cognition" by P. S. Williams (U. Of Warwick) ; Critical Comments on "Cosmology and the End of Weberian Science" by G. Guralp (Johns Hopkins University). [REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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    Holisme, anatomicité et hiérarchie.Fabrice Pataut - 2008 - Archives de Philosophie 71 (4):599-607.
    Selon le holisme sémantique, les propriétés sémantiques sont par nature anatomiques, c’est-à-dire intrinsèquement collectives. Selon le holisme de l’interprétation, la signification ou le contenu sont attribués collectivement. La thèse de constitution holistique de la signification peut être raisonnablement défendue à l’aide d’une contrainte de molécularité, qui introduit une hiérarchie dans la complexité logique des phrases, et un ordre ou une articulation dans le langage, en faisant droit à une condition finitaire d’anatomicité.According to semantic holism, semantic properties are anatomic by nature, (...)
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  40. An Anti-Realist Perspective on Language, Thought and Logic.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
     
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    Truth Meaning, Modalities and Ethics (a Second Interview with Michael Dummett).Fabrice Pataut - 2002 - Philosophical Investigations 25 (3):225–271.
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    Pourquoi les Mathématiques Sont-Elles Difficiles? LÉNY OUMRAOU Paris: Vuibert, « Philosophie des Sciences » Series, 2009; 216 Pp.; €24.70. [REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - 2015 - Dialogue 54 (2):389-392.
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  43. Short Introduction to the Workshop.Fabrice Pataut - unknown
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    Review of Anat Matar, Modernism and the Language of Philosophy[REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - 2006 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (11).
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    Daniel Laurier, dir., Essais sur le sens et la réalité, Montréal-Paris, Bellarmin-Vrin, « Collection Analytique - 2 », 1991, 239 p.Daniel Laurier, dir., Essais sur le sens et la réalité, Montréal-Paris, Bellarmin-Vrin, « Collection Analytique - 2 », 1991, 239 p. [REVIEW]Fabrice Pataut - 1995 - Philosophiques 22 (2):523-532.
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    Truth Meaning, Modalities and Ethics.Fabrice Pataut - 2002 - Philosophical Investigations 25 (3):225-271.
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    Platonism and Mathematical Explanations.Fabrice Pataut - 2021 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 13 (2):113-122.
    Ontological parsimony requires that if we can dispense with A when best explaining B, or when deducing a nominalistically statable conclusion B from nominalistically statable premises, we must indeed dispense with A. When A is a mathematical theory and it has been established that its conservativeness undermines the platonistic force of mathematical derivations, or that a non numerical formulation of some explanans may be obtained so that the platonistic force of the best numerical-based account of the explanandum is also undermined, (...)
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