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    Hume’s Defence of Causal Inference.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Dialogue 22 (4):661-694.
    As is well known, the Humean account of causal inference gives a central location to inference habits. Some of these habits one can discipline. Thus, one can so discipline oneself as to reason in accordance with the “rules by which to judge of causes and effects”, that is, one can discipline oneself to think scientifically, rather than, say, in accordance with the rules of prejudice, or of superstition. All such judgments, even those of science, are, however, upon the Humean account (...)
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    The External World and Our Knowledge of It: Hume's Critical Realism, an Exposition and a Defence.Fred Wilson (ed.) - 2008 - University of Toronto Press.
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    Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill.Fred Wilson - 1990
    John Stuart Mill underwent a mental crisis in the 1820s. He emerged from it, argues Fred Wilson, with a new understanding of the notion of introspective analysis more dequare as an empirical method than the sort of analysis that had been used by earlier utilitarian thinkiers such as Bentham and James Mill. Wilson's study places Mill's innovations in the context of earlier work in ethics and perception and of subsequent developments in the history of psychology. He shows the significance of (...)
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    John Stuart mill.Fred Wilson - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Marras on Sellars on thought and language.Fred Wilson - 1975 - Philosophical Studies 28 (August):91-102.
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    Carnap and Goodman: Two Formalists.Alan Hausman & Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (3):327-330.
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    Acquaintance, Ontology, and Knowledge.Fred Wilson - 1970 - New Scholasticism 44 (1):1-48.
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    Dispositions: Defined or reduced?Fred Wilson - 1969 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47 (2):184 – 204.
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    Hume's Sceptical Argument Against Reason.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Hume Studies 9 (2):90-129.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:HUME'S SCEPTICAL ARGUMENT AGAINST REASON In the section of the Treatise entitled Of scepticism with regard to reason Kume considers the mind as reflecting upon its own activities, monitors them as it were, and then adjusts them in accordance with certain principles and strategies. ^ What it discovers is that in drawing inferences, the mind sometimes errs. In the light of this knowledge, and in accordance with rational principles (...)
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    The Concept of Physical Law.Fred Wilson - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):130-132.
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    Explanation, Causation and Deduction.Fred Wilson - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):311-313.
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    Is Hume a sceptic with regard to the senses?Fred Wilson - 1989 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (1):49-73.
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    Hume and the Role of Testimony in Knowledge.Fred Wilson - 2010 - Episteme 7 (1):58-78.
    It has been argued that Hume's account of testimony is seriously inadequate: an autonomous knower of the sort Hume defends cannot, through simple inductive methods, justify accepting another's testimony as true. This conclusion is no doubt correct. But Hume does not defend the idea of an autonomous knower, nor does he defend relying upon simple inductive methods. An examination of Hume's critique of Descartes’ method of doubt shows him as a defender of what might be called the responsible knower, and (...)
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  14. Mill on psychology and the moral sciences.Fred Wilson - 1998 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge University Press. pp. 203--54.
     
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    The Logic of Probabilities in Hume's Argument against Miracles.Fred Wilson - 1989 - Hume Studies 15 (2):255-276.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:The Logic of Probabilities in Hume's Argument against Miracles Fred Wilson The position is often stated that Hume's discussion of miracles is inconsistent with his views on the logical or ontological status oflaws ofnature and with his more general scepticism. Broad, for one, has so argued.1 Hume's views on induction are assumed to go somethinglike this. Any attempt to demonstrate knowledge ofmatters offact presupposes causal reasoning, but the latter (...)
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    The Origins of Hume's Sceptical Argument against Reason.Fred Wilson - 1985 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (3):323 - 335.
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    Weinberg's Refutation of Nominalism.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Dialogue 8 (3):460-474.
    Professor Weinberg, in his recention, Relation, and Induction, has critically discussed the nominalistic tradition stemming from Ockham and continuing in the work of Berkeley and Hume. In this tradition there is one fundamental principle, which however divides into two parts. The first is Whatever is distinguishable is distinct, and conversely. The second is Whatever is distinct is separable, and conversely. Weinberg argues that both and are mistaken.In this paper I propose to explore the case against nominalism. I shall suggest that (...)
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  18. Definition and discovery (I).Fred Wilson - 1967 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 18 (4):43-56.
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    Empiricism and the Epistemology of Instruments.Fred Wilson - 1995 - The Monist 78 (2):207-229.
    There are scientific theories that can be tested only through the use of instruments. Thus, we use, for example, instruments such as microscopes, telescopes, Wilson cloud chambers, and so on, to test theories. This use of instruments in science has been pointed out often by philosophers of science, who then correctly draw the conclusion that what is tested is not so much a single theory T but rather a conjunction.
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    Effability, Ontology, and Method.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:419-469.
    Bergmann has proposed an ontology that contains an entity many find strange: particularity. And in fact, Bergmann, too, seems to find it strange. He proposes a phenomenological method in ontology, and holds, as he therefore should, that particularity is presented. Nonetheless, he also holds that it is ineffable, that its presence in a particular is an unsayable state of affairs, and that it is something which is not a thing and yet is also not nothing. Bergmann’s position has been long (...)
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    Hume on the Abstract Idea of Existence: Comments on Cummins' "Hume on the Idea of Existence".Fred Wilson - 1991 - Hume Studies 17 (2):167-201.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Hume on the Abstract Idea of Existence: Comments on Cummins' "Hume on the Idea of Existence"1 Fred Wilson Hume'sviews on theconceptofexistence: thisisone ofthemore obscure parts of Hume's philosophy. Professor Cummins has done a valuable service simply by trying to unravel some ofthe puzzles; it is still more valuable for shedding as much light as it does on the issues. There are nonetheless problems with the interpretation that he develops, (...)
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    Is Hume a Sceptic with Regard to Reason?Fred Wilson - 1984 - Philosophy Research Archives 10:275-319.
    This paper argues that, contrary to most interpretations, e.g., those of Reid, Popkin and Passmore, Hume is not a sceptic with regard to reason. The argument of Treatise I, IV. i, of course, has a sceptical conclusion with regard to reason, and a somewhat similar point is made by Cleanthes in the Dialogues. This paper argues that the argument of Treatise I, IV. i is parallel to similar arguments in Bentham and Laplace. The latter are, as far as they go, (...)
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    Is there a Prussian Hume? or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh?Fred Wilson - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):1-18.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:IS THERE A PRUSSIAN HUME? or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh! Lewis White Beck has recently argued that Hume, in spite of his empiricist commitment, implicitly recognized the limitations of that position when he incorporated in his thinking ideas that are essentially Kantian and incompatible with his official empiricism. Beck is not, of course, the first so to argue; Robert Paul Wolff made a 2 similar (...)
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  24. Laws and Other Worlds. A Humean Account of Laws and Counterfactuals.Fred Wilson - 1989 - Studia Logica 48 (2):261-262.
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    Mill's proof that happiness is the criterion of morality.Fred Wilson - 1982 - Journal of Business Ethics 1 (1):59 - 72.
    This paper considers the converse of the principle that ought implies can, namely, the principle that must implies ought. It argues that this principle is the central premiss for Mill's argument that happiness is desirable (worthy of desire), and it examines the sense of must that is relevant and the implications it has for Mill's moral philosophy.
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    The Role of a Principle of Acquaintance in Ontology.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Modern Schoolman 47 (1):37-56.
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    Empiricism and Darwin's science.Fred Wilson - 1991 - Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    I would like to record my thanks to Paul Thompson for useful conver sations over the years, and also to several generations of students who have helped me develop my ideas on biological theory and on Darwin. My wife has, as usual, been more than helpful; in particular she typed a good portion of the manuscript while I was on leave a few years ago, more now than I like to remember. My parents were both looking forward to holding a (...)
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    I. Addis on analysing disposition concepts.Fred Wilson - 1985 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 28 (1-4):247-260.
    Addis (1981) has criticized a proposal of ours (Wilson [1969b]) for analysing disposition predications in terns of the horseshoe of material implication, and has proposed a related but significantly different analysis. This paper restates the original proposal, and defends it against Addis's criticisms. It is further argued that his proposal will not do as a general account of disposition predications; that, however, if it is suitably qualified, then it does account for certain special sorts of disposition predication; but that so (...)
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    Explanation in Aristotle, Newton, and Toulmin: Part I.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophy of Science 36 (3):291-310.
    The claim that scientific explanation is deductive has been attacked on both systematic and historical grounds. This paper briefly defends the claim against the systematic attack. Essential to this defence is a distinction between perfect and imperfect explanation. This distinction is then used to illuminate the differences and similarities between Aristotelian (anthropomorphic) explanations of certain facts and those of classical mechanics. In particular, it is argued that when one attempts to fit classical mechanics into the Aristotelian framework the latter becomes (...)
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    Hume's Defence of Science.Fred Wilson - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (4):611.
    It is incorrect to construe Hume as a Pyrrhonian sceptic. Or so I have argued elsewhere. To the contrary, Hume in fact offers a detailed defence of the thesis that the norms of scientific inference, that is, the “rules by which to judge of causes and effects”, arereasonablerules to follow in forming our beliefs. Conforming to these rules in its formation of causal beliefs is astrategythe understanding employs in order to satisfy the end of curiosity (T271). Science is reasonable because, (...)
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    Implicit definition once again.Fred Wilson - 1965 - Journal of Philosophy 62 (14):364-374.
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    Acquaintance, Ontology, and Knowledge: Collected Essays in Ontology.Fred Wilson - 2007 - De Gruyter.
    These essays bring together forty years of work in ontology. Intentionality, negation, universals, bare particulars, tropes, general facts, relations, the myth of the 'myth of the given', are among the topics covered. Bergmann, Quine, Sellars, Russell, Wittgenstein, Hume, Bradley, Hochberg, Dummett, Frege, Plato, are among the philosophers discussed. The essays criticize non-Humean notions of cause; they criticize the notion that besides simple atomic facts there are also negative facts and general facts. They defend a realism of properties as universals, against (...)
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    Pragmatism and Purpose: Essays Presented to Thomas A. Goudge.Leonard Sumner, John G. Slater & Fred Wilson (eds.) - 1981 - University of Toronto Press.
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    The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought: Seven Studies.Fred Wilson - 1999 - University of Toronto Press.
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    The distribution of terms: a defense of the traditional doctrine.Fred Wilson - 1987 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 28 (3):439-454.
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    Perceptual Ideality and the Ground of Inference.Fred Wilson - 1995 - Bradley Studies 1 (2):125-138.
    Ferreira outlines Bradley’s account of judgment and perception, and then, towards the end of his essay, indicates the sort of reason that Bradley takes to be an argument in favour of his views. I want to look at that argument, but will first summarize Ferreira’s account of Bradley’s views. This account seems to me to make a very important point about the role of feeling in Bradley’s philosophy, specifically that feeling in Bradley’s ontology/epistemology has a very different status and role (...)
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    Barker on geometry as a priori.Fred Wilson - 1969 - Philosophical Studies 20 (4):49 - 53.
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    Galileo's lunar observations: do they imply the rejection of traditional lunar theory?Fred Wilson - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (3):557-570.
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    Is there a Prussian Hume? or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh?Fred Wilson - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):1-18.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:IS THERE A PRUSSIAN HUME? or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh! Lewis White Beck has recently argued that Hume, in spite of his empiricist commitment, implicitly recognized the limitations of that position when he incorporated in his thinking ideas that are essentially Kantian and incompatible with his official empiricism. Beck is not, of course, the first so to argue; Robert Paul Wolff made a 2 similar (...)
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    Is operationism unjust to temperature?Fred Wilson - 1968 - Synthese 18 (4):394 - 422.
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    Is there a Prussian Hume?: or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh.Fred Wilson - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):1-18.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:IS THERE A PRUSSIAN HUME? or How Far Is It from Könisberg to Edinburgh! Lewis White Beck has recently argued that Hume, in spite of his empiricist commitment, implicitly recognized the limitations of that position when he incorporated in his thinking ideas that are essentially Kantian and incompatible with his official empiricism. Beck is not, of course, the first so to argue; Robert Paul Wolff made a 2 similar (...)
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    Mill's 'proof' of utility and the composition of causes.Fred Wilson - 1983 - Journal of Business Ethics 2 (2):135 - 155.
    John Stuart Mill proposed that all policy precepts, be they in the areas of morality or prudence or aesthetics, are all subordinate to the precepts of the Art of Life. The value which he assumes in defining the Art of Life is the Principle of Utility. This principle, being normative rather than fact, can admit of no proof based solely on deductive inference. Yet Mill proposed considerations that he believed capable of rationally persuading one to accept his principle as the (...)
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  43. On the Hausmans' 'A New Approach'.Fred Wilson - 1995 - In Robert G. Muehlmann (ed.), Berkeley's Metaphysics: Structural, Interpretive, and Critical Essays. The Pennsylvania State University Press.
  44. On Hume’s Theory of Consciousness.Fred Wilson - 1995 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (1):271-276.
    Waxman has reversed the historical process and gone from Kant to Hume. In his previous book on Kant, Kant's Model of the Mind, it was pointed out that Hume's philosophy seemed to come to grief with the failure to account for the identity of the self, and this in turn was a consequence of Hume's inability to account for how the imagination is able to yield a consciousness of succession. There seemed no way to obtain either the unity, spatial and (...)
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    Universals, Particulars, Tropes and Blobs.Fred Wilson - 2008 - In Guido Bonino & Rosaria Egidi (eds.), Fostering the Ontological Turn: Gustav Bergmann (1906-1987). Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag. pp. 15-44.
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    Ontology and the Vicious-Circle Principle.Fred Wilson - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (3):339-341.
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    Hume' and 'The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise.Fred Wilson - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):435-440.
  48. Pragmatism and Purpose Essays Presented to Thomas A. Goudge /Edited by L.W. Sumner, John G. Slater, Fred Wilson. --. --.Thomas A. Goudge, John G. Slater, Fred Wilson & L. W. Sumner - 1981
     
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  49. Methods and systematic reflections, postmodern reflections on death.George Kovacs, Judith A. Boss & Fred Wilson - 2002 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 25 (3):203-213.
     
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    Editors' Note.Robert Muehlmann & Fred Wilson - 1990 - Hume Studies 16 (2):v-vi.
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