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  1. Spatially Coinciding Objects.Frederick C. Doepke - 1982 - Ratio:10--24.
    Following Wiggins’ seminal article, On Being in the Same Place at the Same Time, this article presents the first comprehensive account of the relation of material constitution, an asymmetrical, transitive relation which totally orders distinct ‘entities’ (individuals, pluralities or masses of stuff) which ‘spatially coincide.’ Their coincidence in space is explained by a recursive definition of ‘complete-composition’, weaker than strict mereological indiscernibility, which also explains the variety of logically independent similarities in such cases. This account is ‘analytical’, dealing with ‘putative’ (...)
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    The Kinds of Things: A Theory of Personal Identity Based on Transcendental Argument.Frederick C. Doepke - 1996 - Open Court Publishing Company.
    The main contribution of this work is to develop the account of material constitution presented in Spatially Coinciding Objects (Ratio 24, 1982) and a series of related articles. This account was merely ‘analytical’ in that it applied generously to ‘putative’ examples of distinct entities (individuals, pluralities and masses of stuff) in the same place at the same time. The account herein is ‘critical’ in that it seeks justification for recognizing the existence of entities constituted in addition to the entities that (...)
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    Parts, A Study in Ontology.Frederick Doepke - 1991 - Noûs 25 (3):393-396.
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    Identity and Natural Kinds.Frederick Doepke - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 42 (166):89-94.
    That no member of a natural kind can switch kinds is a consequence of David Wiggins’ view that the identity conditions for such things are given by the natural kind itself. If dog is a natural kind, then dogs must be dogs and one dog cannot ‘turn into’ something else, say, by gradually ‘becoming’ a mass of tissue (as Marjorie Price had held). Were such a transition to involve the persistence of the same thing, then the thing in question would (...)
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    In Defence of Locke's Principle: A Reply to Peter M. Simons.Frederick Doepke - 1986 - Mind 95 (378):238-241.
    I defend Locke’s claim that no two things of the same kind can occupy the same place at that time. In the relevant sense of ‘kind’, a kind is a sortal, which, with an appropriate ostension, is enough to indicate which object is meant. To perform this function sortals must be sufficient to determine the persistence conditions of the thing ostended.
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    The Trees of Constitution.Frederick Doepke - 1986 - Philosophical Studies 49 (3):385 - 392.
    The general account of material constitution presented in my article, Spatially Coinciding Objects (Ratio vol. 24.1, June 1982), is further developed. There we saw how distinct objects in the same place at the same time can be strictly ordered by an asymmetrical, transitive relation of material constitution. I show herein how this relation can conceivably form ‘upright trees’ in which one object constitutes two other objects, neither of which constitutes the other. It is, however, impossible to have ‘inverted trees’ in (...)
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  7. A Normative Conception of Philosophy.Frederick Doepke - 2006 - The Pluralist 1 (2):104 - 122.
    I defend a theory of philosophy, suggested explicitly by Allan Gibbard (and inspired by Kant), in which the main branches may be considered as fundamental inquiry into norms of different kinds. Special attention is given to how even metaphysics fits the description. The theory is defended by explaining a variety of ‘known facts’ about philosophy, understood as facts commonly recognized in academic philosophy. These include: that philosophy spans a diversity of areas, including logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics; that philosophy (...)
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  8. Books on Personal Identity Since 1970.Kenneth F. Barber, Jorge Je Gracia, York Press, Andrew Brennan, Caroline Walker Bynum, Michael Carrithers, Roderick M. Chisholm, I. L. La Salle & Frederick C. Doepke - 2003 - In Raymond Martin & John Barresi (eds.), Personal Identity. Blackwell.
     
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    Philosophy: Confronting the Unavoidable.Frederick C. Doepke - 2002 - Wadsworth.
    This introductory text offers a coherent treatment of issues in a wide range of areas of philosophy. It begins with logic (in a broad, traditional sense that includes epistemology), since the concepts of this area illuminate metaphysics, covered next in the sequence. (Consider, for example, how material reality is what is known through sensation or how mind is what is known through introspection.). Ethics is covered next, because views on well-being and morality have been deepened by being couched in metaphysical (...)
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  10. Review of Peter Simons' Parts: A Study in Ontology. [REVIEW]Frederick Doepke - 1991 - Noûs.
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    The Step to Individuation.Frederick Doepke - 1989 - Synthese 78 (2):129 - 140.
    The ‘step’ to individuation is taken when one can perceive an object as a single, countable thing. While Strawson envisages this step as one from feature placing, I argue that the presence of demonstratives renders this problematic. The step is best seen as taken from universal recognition, as explained by Price. This shows that the step is ‘greater’ than we might have expected. There is a mutual dependence of the abilities to individuate, to grasp demonstrative concepts and to draw a (...)
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  12. The Structures of Persons and Artifacts.Frederick Doepke - 1987 - Ratio (1):36.
    ‘Second substances’ are Aristotle’s species and genera that reveal the general nature of a thing. Sortals correspond to the most specific, least abstract of these, normally thought of as ‘the’ kind to which a thing belongs. I argue against a common view that artifact terms such as ‘clock’ or ‘pen’ are suitable as sortals and for their being regarded as more like genera. If we can individuate clocks and pens as we do trees and rocks, by a combination of sortal (...)
     
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    Book Reviews : Jurgen Habermas, Postmetaphysical Thinking: Philosophical Essays. Translated by William Mark Hohengarten. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, and London, 1992. Pp. Xx + 241. $22.50. Originally in German as Nachmetaphysisches Denken: Philosophische Aufsatze. Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, 1988. [REVIEW]Frederick Doepke - 1996 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 26 (4):563-567.
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    The Endorsements of Interpretation.Frederick Doepke - 1990 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20 (3):277-294.
    Support is given to Habermas's argument that we interpret thoughts only by seeing persons as actually justified in their circumstances. Habermas holds further that his argument extends to moral thinking, in that we understand it only by actually taking the moral point of view, and he thinks this is illustrated by Kohlberg's theory of moral development. While this illustration is denied here on the ground that Kohlberg's theory accepts Rawls's theory of justice, it is argued that the extension to morality (...)
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