UNLV Philosophy Department Chair

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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"We always have a beer after the meeting" PDF
How norm, customs, conventions, and the like explain behavior.

There are a vast number of ways of explaining human behavior in the social sciences and in ordinary conversation. One family of accounts seeks to explain behavior using terms like norms, customs, tradition, convention, and culture. Despite the ubiquity of these terms, it is not fully clear how these concepts really explain behavior, how they are related, how they differ, and what they contrast with. In this paper I hope to answer such questions.
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"The virtues of non-reduction, even when reduction is a virtue." PDF


This paper aims to reduce the confusion about what our proper attitudes toward reductionism should be. I will begin by saying briefly why reductive explanations are generally desirable. I will then spend the bulk of the paper laying out what I consider to be the best epistemic reasons for thinking that developing non-reductive accounts is also highly desirable.
 
     
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