Peter Millican: Some Web Publications
This page contains links to some of my academic papers – excluding the majority which are on History of Philosophy – that are currently available on the Web, usually in Word format but sometimes in PDF. Where a paper is given but without a live Web link, this indicates that it is not yet mounted, but may be before too long. In most cases the printed version will differ slightly from those given here, due to publisher's house style modifications etc. In some, the papers here are to be preferred, either because they contain slight improvements (e.g. addition of more recent references – such improvements always being noted in the text) or, more seriously, because the published paper contained serious misprints introduced after proof stage. The main instance of the latter is the 1990 Joint Session paper, regrettably part of a volume which contains numerous misprints throughout.
Publications on Hume ...
Publications and talks on Hume and the History of Modern Philosophy are not included here, but are collected together on the website www.davidhume.org
Other Printed Papers
- (1979), 'The Analysis of Knowledge', (undergraduate) Fairbrother Prize Essay, Lincoln College, Oxford
- (1982), 'Mackie's Defence of Induction', Analysis 42 pp. 19-24
- (1982), 'On the Transitivity of Epistemic Preferability', Analysis 42 pp. 88-90
- (1983), 'Hare on Moral Thinking', Philosophical Quarterly 33 pp. 207-11
- (1984), 'Probability: Subjective and Mathematical', Analysis 44 pp. 33-37
- (1986), 'Natural Necessity and Induction', Philosophy 61 pp. 395-403
- (1989), 'The Devil's Advocate', Cogito 3 pp. 193-207, 9,500 words
- (1990), 'Content, Thoughts, and Definite Descriptions', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 64 pp. 167-203, 12,000 words
- (1992), 'Taking Logic for Granted', Inside Out 7 pp. 3-7, 3,500 words
- (1992), 'The Complex Problem of Abortion', in D. Bromham, M. Dalton, J. Jackson & P. Millican (eds), Philosophical Ethics in Reproductive Medicine, Springer Verlag, pp. 161-188, 13,500 words
- (1994), 'Statements and Modality: Strawson, Quine and Wolfram', International Journal of Moral and Social Studies 8 pp. 315-326, 4,500 words
- (1996), 'Introduction' to Peter Millican and Andy Clark (eds) The Legacy of Alan Turing, volume 1: Machines and Thought, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-9, 3,000 words
- (1997), 'Induction', 'Knowledge', and 'Logic', in Encyclopaedia of Empiricism, eds. Don Garrett and Edward Barbanell, Greenwood Press, pp. 180-8 (3,500 words), 202-5 (1,000 words), and 215-7 (1,000 words) respectively
- (2000), 'Abortion' and 'Ontological Argument', in The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, eds Adrian Hastings, Alistair Mason, and Hugh Pyper, Oxford University Press, pp. 3-4 (1,500 words) and 499-500 (1,300
- (2004), 'The One Fatal Flaw in Anselm's Argument', Mind 113 pp. 437-76, 13,000 words
Electronic Academic Publications
(Software programs have been included here only if they have been published as self-standing systems and are accompanied by substantial documentation of significant academic relevance.)
- (2001), Turtle Graphics Programming System, an innovative system for teaching programming and compiler concepts. The package contains a comprehensive on-line help file, explaining the principles of programming and compilation (including machine code and recursive heap/stack processing etc), and also providing a series of
carefully graded exercises for self-teaching – 29,000 words
- (2002), Elizabeth, a system developed initially to complement and illustrate a paper on the Turing Test, but also used in 2002-03 to provide the main introduction to Artificial Intelligence for all first year students in the School of Computing at Leeds. It starts from the ELIZA paradigm of conversation 'chatterbots', but has been greatly extended to facilitate the teaching of general AI principles and natural language processing concepts. The package contains a comprehensive on-line help file, explaining the operation of the system and giving an introduction to the principles of grammars and pattern matching etc. (including a working illustration of propositional logic theorem
proving by automated resolution-refutation) – 25,000 words
- (2003-), The Signature Stylometric System, developed to enable non-specialists to explore stylometric concepts (e.g. to assist with questions of disputed authorship). The package documentation is limited at present to a PowerPoint presentation, but a comprehensive on-line help file is planned in due course.
- (2004-), Turtle Java Programming System, broadly similar to the 2001 system, but more advanced and with a Java compiler rather than Pascal.