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    Possible Worlds of Doubt.Ron Wilburn - 2010 - Acta Analytica 25 (2):259-277.
    A prominent contemporary anti-skeptical strategy, most famously articulated by Keith DeRose, aims to cage the skeptic′s doubts by contextualizing subjunctive conditional accounts of knowledge through a conversational rule of sensitivity. This strategy, I argue, courts charges of circularity by selectively invoking heavy counterfactual machinery. The reason: such invocation threatens to utilize a metric for modal comparison that is implicitly informed by judgments of epistemic sameness. This gives us reason to fear that said modal metric is selectively cherry-picked in advance to (...)
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    Semantic Indeterminacy and the Realist Stance.Ron Wilburn - 1992 - Erkenntnis 37 (3):281 - 308.
    Semantic Indeterminacy and Scientific Realism are perhaps the two most ubiquitous and influential doctrines of the Quinean corpus. My concern is to argue against neither in isolation, but against their joint compatibility. Scientific Realism, I argue, when understood as Quine's realistic attitude toward the posits of physical theory, is essentially intentional in character. Thus, Realism requires Intentionality. In Section 1, I provide some necessary exegesis. In Section 2, I attempt to show how this Realism/Intentionality connection arises, surprisingly, within Quine's own (...)
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    Moscow Nights.Ron Wilburn, Todd Jones & David Beisecker - 2001 - The Philosophers' Magazine 15 (15):30-31.
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    Skepticism, Objectivity and the Aspirations of Immanence.Ron Wilburn - 1998 - Dialectica 52 (4):291-318.
    Quine's attitude toward external world skepticism remains, to this day, less than completely clear. As one might except, Quine seems to dismiss such concerns in most of his work as beneath refutation. But, occasionally Quine seems to adopt an alternative stance, a stance from which he aims to address the issue, not simply ignore it. This is particularly true of Quine's brief but pithy “Response to Stroud,” wherein he seeks to defend the adequacy of epistemology naturalized qua knowledge theory against (...)
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    Linguistic Evidence and Substantive Epistemic Contextualism.Ron Wilburn - 2021 - Logos and Episteme 12 (1):53-76.
    Epistemic contextualism is the thesis that the standards that must be met by a knowledge claimant vary with contexts of utterance. Thus construed, EC may concern only knowledge claims, or else the knowledge relation itself. Herein, my concern is with “Substantive EC.” Let’s call the claim that the sorts of linguistic evidence commonly cited in support of Semantic EC also imply or support Substantive EC the “Implication Thesis”. IP is a view about which some epistemologists have equivocated. Keith DeRose is (...)
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    The Probability of the Possible.Ron Wilburn - 2014 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 10 (1):44-55.
    In “Why is There Anything at All?” Peter van Inwagen argues that even though it was never necessary that concrete beings existed, it was always maximally probable – just short of necessity – that they did . I argue that van Inwagen’s argument fails, albeit for an interesting reason which has remained so far unnoticed in the literature: there is a critical ten- sion between two of its premises, both essential to its soundness, concerning the nature of comprehensively specified possible (...)
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    Epistemic Contextualism and Sceptical Epistemology.Ron Wilburn - 2008 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 11 (1):13-43.
    Philosophers generally assume that “contextual” factors blunt the force of “external world” skepticism. I argue herein that this is not the case. On the contrary, properly invoked contextual considerations support, rather than undermine, the skeptic's agenda. This is because the contexts of assessment against which we rightfully judge that knowledge is or is not available ultimately consist in little more than our own presuppositions concerning the objectivity of the items at issue. What this implies, given the mind-independence of the external (...)
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    More Fun Than Pigs.Ron Wilburn - 2001 - The Philosophers' Magazine 15:33-33.
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  9. Epistemic Contextualism and Sceptical Epistemology.Ron Wilburn - 2009 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 12.
    Philosophers generally assume that “contextual” factors blunt the force of “external world” skepticism. I argue herein that this is not the case. On the contrary, properly invoked contextual considerations support, rather than undermine, the skeptic's agenda. This is because the contexts of assessment against which we rightfully judge that knowledge is or is not available ultimately consist in little more than our own presuppositions concerning the objectivity of the items at issue. What this implies, given the mind-independence of the external (...)
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  10. Is the Skeptic's Reasoning Our Own? Epistemological Realism as an Intuiteve Doctrine.Ron Wilburn - 2001 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 36 (78):55-74.
  11. The Pragmatic Value of Pragmatics Values.Ron Wilburn - 2004 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 39 (84):179-192.
     
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  12. Pragmatic Method and Realist Commitment.Ron Wilburn - 2012 - Analysis and Metaphysics 11:54-64.
     
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    Epistemological Realism as the Skeptic’s Heart of Darkness.Ron Wilburn - 1998 - Journal of Philosophical Research 23:165-217.
    Michael Williams has argued that radical “external world” skepticism, far from being an interesting philosophical discovery about knowledge, is actually a philosophical artifact, a by-product of “Epistemological Realism,” the view that there are objective epistemological relations able to group distinct kinds of “knowledge” (e.g., “experiential” vs. “external worldly”) into a context-invariant evidential order. I argue against this thesis. It is the skeptic’s conception of the world’s objectivity, not his conception of knowledge’s objectivity as a singular unified context-invariant structure, I maintain, (...)
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    World’s Minds Meet in Turkey.Dave Beisecker & Ron Wilburn - 2003 - The Philosophers' Magazine 24 (24):11-12.
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    Does Analytic Philosophy Terminate in Pragmatism?Ron Wilburn - 2002 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 5 (1):111-140.
    Over the last several decades, Richard Rorty has developed a compelling metaphilosophical theory on the history of analytic philosophy. On this telling, analytic philosophy was atavistic from the outset, a forlorn attempt to reinstate scheme/content distinctions. Rather than asking whether our claims "correspond" to some nonhuman, eternal way the world is, we should ask about their pragmatic utility. On Rorty's account, analytic philosophy terminates in pragmatism. In this paper, I argue against this assessment of the fate of our tradition. More (...)
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    Posits and Positing: Why Quine’s Scientific Realism and Semantic Antirealism Are Incompatible.Ron Wilburn - 1997 - Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (1):91-102.
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    Moral Realism, Supervenience, Externalism and the Limits of Conceptual Metaphor.Ron Wilburn - 2004 - ProtoSociology 20:320-373.
    In this paper, I articulate a form of moral realism that I take to be of special promise. I hope to show, not only that this realist position satisfies cognitivist, objectivist and success constraints, but also that this position is particularly commended by a number of recent apologetic strategies that have been more commonly deployed in the defense of other non-moral varieties of realism. To this extent, I aim to show that moral realism, far from being a desperate or quixotic (...)
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    Implicature, Appropriateness and Warranted Assertability.Ron Wilburn - 2009 - ProtoSociology 26:241-261.
    In a number of papers, Keith DeRose articulates his reasons for thinking that we cannot plausibly explain the mechanics of knowledge attribution in terms of varying conditions of warranted assertability . His reasoning is largely comparative: “know,” he argues, proves a poor candidate for such a diagnosis when compared to other terms to which such warranted assertabilility maneuvers clearly apply. More specifically, DeRose aims, through to use of such comparative case studies, to identify several general principles through which we might (...)
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    Objectivity, Triangulation and the Skeptic.Ron Wilburn - 1999 - Southwest Philosophy Review 15 (1):17-26.
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    What is the Relation Between Semantic and Substantive Epistemic Contextualism?Ron Wilburn - 2021 - Logos and Episteme 12 (3):344-366.
    Epistemic Contextualism is generally treated as a semantic thesis that may or may not have epistemological consequences. It is sometimes taken to concern only knowledge claims. Still, at other times it is taken to regard the knowledge relation itself. Call the former view Semantic EC, the latter view Substantive EC, and the idea that the plausibility of Semantic EC presupposes that of Substantive EC, the “Presupposition Thesis.” Numerous authors argue against the Presupposition Thesis on the grounds that an understanding of (...)
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    Skepticism, Contextualism, Externalism and Modality.Ron Wilburn - 2006 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 10 (2):171-187.
    In this paper, I argue for the following claims. Contextualist strategies to tame or localize epistemic skepticism are hopeless if contextualist factors are construed internalistically. However, because efforts to contextualize externalism via subjunctive conditional analysis court circularity, it is only on an internalistic interpretation that contextualist strategies can even be motivated. While these claims do not give us an argument for skepticism, they do give us an argument that contextualism, as such, is not likely to provide us with an argument (...)
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    Moral Knowledge and Moral Factuality.Ron Wilburn - 2008 - [email protected] - An International Journal for Moral Philosophy 7 (1):69-85.
    For naturalistic and non-intuitionistic moral realists, moral knowledge is more problematic than ordinary and scientific factual knowledge. For without special faculties of moral discernment, how could we ever detect moral facts and properties? Physical facts and properties may be accessible to perceptual recognition. But how could moral facts and properties ever be similarly accessible? To address this challenge, we need a meta-ethical account that does two things. First, it must explain how the discernment of moralfacts and properties ultimately consists only (...)
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    Knowledge, Content and the Wellsprings of Objectivity.Ron Wilburn - 2003 - In Preyer Gerhard, Peter Georg & Ulkan Maria (eds.), Protosociology. Klewer Academic Publishers.
    This volume includes contributions from well-known philosophers of language and semanticists. It is a useful collection for students in philosophy of language, semantics and epistemology. It discusses new research in semantics, theory of truth, philosophy of language and theory of communication from a trans-disciplinary perspective and addresses issues such as sentence meaning, utterance meaning, speaker's intention and reference, linguistic context, circumstances and background theories.
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    Knowledge, Content, and the Wellsprings of Objectivity.Ron Wilburn - 1998 - ProtoSociology 11:120-148.
    In a number of recent papers, Davidson cultivates a new-found interest in skepticism.. Starting from a naturalistic "attitude and method," he purports to show that the skeptic's doubts are vacuous because the skeptic "does not understand his own doubts." His argument for this invokes a theory of cognitive content on which the traditional Cartesian picture of inference from inner to outer domains is allegedly turned on its head. On Davidson's alternative account, propositional thought is only made possible by a prior (...)
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Ron Wilburn - 1995 - Mind 104 (414):413-419.
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  26. Metaphysical Realism as Less Than a Dogma.Ron Wilburn - 2000 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 35 (76):85-96.
     
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