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Terrance A. Tomkow
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  1. The Dif.Kadri Vihvelin & Terrance A. Tomkow - 2006 - Journal of Philosophy 103 (4):183-205.
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    The Dif.Terrance Tomkow - 2005 - Journal of Philosophy 102 (4):183 - 205.
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  3. The Temporal Asymmetry of Counterfactuals.Terrance A. Tomkow & Kadri Vihvelin - manuscript
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    Determinism.Terrance Tomkow & Kadri Vihvelin - manuscript
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    The Simple Theory of Counterfactuals.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    The standard account of counterfactuals that most philosophers endorse—Lewis's 'Analysis 1' — is wrong. The correct theory is one invented by Jonathan Bennett in 1984 which he called 'The Simple Theory'. Bennett later argued himself out of that theory and went on to champion the standard account. But those arguments fail. The Simple Theory has been right all along.
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    Counterfactuals: The Short Course.Terrance Tomkow & Kadri Vihvelin - manuscript
  7. Computation, Laws and Supervenience.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    The Computational Theory of the Laws of Nature entails that the accessibility relation for nomological necessity is not symmetric or transitive. This means that nomologically possible worlds need not share our world's laws. This subverts a standard style of argument against Humean Supervenience.
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  8. Causation.Terrance A. Tomkow & Kadri Vihvelin - manuscript
    Causation is defined as a relation between facts: C causes E if and only if C and E are nomologically independent facts and C is a necessary part of a nomologically sufficient condition for E. The analysis is applied to problems of overdetermination, preemption, trumping, intransitivity, switching, and double prevention. Preventing and allowing are defined and distinguished from causing. The analysis explains the direction of causation in terms of the logical form of dynamic laws. Even in a universe that is (...)
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  9. Counterfactuals, Irreversible Laws and The Direction of Time.Terrance A. Tomkow - manuscript
    The principle of Information Conservation or Determinism is a governing assumption of physical theory. Determinism has counterfactual consequences. It entails that if the present were different, then the future would be different. But determinism is temporally symmetric: it entails that if the present were different, the past would also have to be different. This runs contrary to our commonsense intuition that what has happened in the future depends on the past in a way the past does not depend on the (...)
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  10. Now, Me.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
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    Blackburn, Truth and Other Hot Topics.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    Quine taught us that the collapse of positivism entails that empirical theories are, in principle, undetermined-- not just by the available evidence-- but by all possible evidence. Without disputing that conclusion, contemporary philosophers-- exampled here by Simon Blackburn and Jerry Fodor-- have wanted to treat this as a merely abstract possibility that need not undermine our confidence in actual scientific theory and practice. I argue that there is no basis for this complacency.
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    Self Defense.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    If there are rights there is surely a right to self-defense. But self-defense has proved very puzzling to rights theorists. The central puzzle has been called the "paradox of self-defense": If our right not to be harmed gives rise to our right to fight back, what happens to the attacker's right not to be harmed when the defender fights back? If the attacker somehow forfeits his right to self-defense because he is a bad actor, what do we say about innocent (...)
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    The Retributive Theory of Property.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
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    The Good, The Bad and Peter Singer.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
  15. What is Grammar?Terrance A. Tomkow - 1980 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 6:61.
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    Computational Metaphysics.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    Introduces 'Turing Worlds' as a device for thinking about Metaphysical Problems and uses them to examine several different theories of counter-factuals.
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    The Computational Theory of the Laws of Nature.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    A new account of the of the laws of nature based upon Algorithmic Information Theory.
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    A Few Short Steps to the Gallows.Terrance Tomkow - manuscript
    Our justification for punishing the wrong doer is not that we are enacting God-like retribution. Neither do we have to argue that inflicting the punishment will make any person, living or dead, happier or better off. We punish to keep a promise to the victims: a promise made before they were victims, a promise they were entitled to ask for; that we were entitled to give and that we are now obliged to honor.
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    What is Grammar?Terrance A. Tomkow - 1980 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 10 (sup1):61-82.