Research

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Baron, S. & Norton, J. (forthcoming) "Metaphysical Explanation: the Kitcher Picture" Erkenntnis

James and I offer a grounding-free account of metaphysical explanation by generalising Kitcher's unificationist theory of explanation over to the metaphysical case.


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Baron, S. & Evans, P. W. (forthcoming) "What's So Spatial About Time Anyway?" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Pete and I consider the proposal that the difference between time and space is enshrined in the laws of nature. We consider a couple of proposals along these lines before outlining our own view: temporal perspectivalism.


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Baron, S. (forthcoming) "A Formal Apology for Metaphysics" Ergo

I argue against the sceptic of metaphysics that metaphysics can be justified on the same grounds as pure mathematics. Along the way I outline some important applications of metaphysics in science.


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Baron, S. & Tallant, J. (forthcoming) "It's One Thing to Rule Them All, and Another Thing to Bind Them" Synthese

Jonathan and I introduce a contingent form of priority monism and then show that the nomic argument for priority monism does not support even a contingent version of the view, due to the lack of scale invariant laws of gravity.


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Baron, S. (forthcoming) "How to Endure Presentism" Inquiry

I consider an argument from Jonathan Tallant that aims to show that presentism is at odds with endurantism. I sketch a presentist-friendly account of endurance.


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Asay, J. & Baron, S. (forthcoming) "Deflating Deflationary Truthmaking" Philosophical Quarterly

Jamin and I consider a deflationary approach to truthmaking, one that is analogous to the deflationary approach to truth. The basic idea being to get truthmaking without any ontological cost. We argue that there is no viable deflationary approach to truthmaking


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Baron, S. & Colyvan, M. (forthcoming) "The End of Mystery" American Philosophical Quarterly

Mark Colyvan and I defend the claim that the best explanation for why time travellers cannot initiate self-defeating causal chains is a logical one.


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Baron, S. (forthcoming) "Mathematical Explanation by Law" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

This paper offers a theory of extra-mathematical explanation in science which involves combining the deductive-nomological model with relevance logic.


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Baron, S. (forthcoming) "Infinite Lies and Explanatory Ties: Idealizations in Phase Transitions" Synthese.

I consider the use of infinite idealizations in phase transitions and use indispensability considerations to address an apparent paradox.


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Baron, S. & Tallant, J. (2018) "Do Not Revise Ockham's Razor Without Necessity" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 96(3): 596-619.

Jonathan and I argue that rivising ockham's razor into a principle of theory choice in terms of simplicity with respect to the fundamentals only is a mistake.


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Baron, S. (2018) "Time, Philosophy and Physics: It's All Relative" Philosophy Compass 13(1): e12466

A non-technical survey article on the relationship between special relativity and the dynamic theories of time aimed at a philosophical audience.


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Baron, S. (2017) "Back to the Unchanging Past" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98(1): 129-147.

A proof that the addition of n time dimensions cannot solve the grandfather paradox, for all n > 1.


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Baron, S. (2017) "Feel the Flow" Synthese 194: 609-630.

A response to a range of arguments which purport to show that the experience of temporal flow can provide no evidence for the existence of temporal flow.


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Baron, S., Colyvan, M. & Ripley, D. (2017) "How Mathematics Can Make a Difference" Philosophers' Imprint 17(3): 1-29.

A preliminary demonstration that counterfactual reasoning can be used as a basis for understanding mathematical explanation in science.


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Baron, S. (2016) "Explaining Mathematical Explanation" Philosophical Quarterly 66(264): 458-480.

This paper explores the prospects for generalising theories of scientific explanation over to mathematical explanations in science.

Baron, S. & Tallant, J. (2016) "Monism: The Islands of Plurality" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 93(3): 583-606.

A modal argument for the conclusion that priority monism is false based on the possibility of island universes featuring disconnected spacetimes.


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Baron, S. (2016) "Metaphysics as Fairness" Synthese 193(7): 2237-2259.

I offer a model for determining the norms by which metaphyiscs ought to be practiced. I suggest a Rawlsian approach, in which metaphysicians are placed behind a veil of ignorance.


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Baron, S. & Colyvan, M. (2016) "Time Enough for Explanation" Journal of Philosophy 113(2): 61-88.

Mark and I argue that there are logical explanations of physical facts that arise in time travel cases. We claim that these are of a piece with mathematical explanations.


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Baron, S. (2015) "Mathematical Explanation and Epistemology: Please Mind the Gap" Ratio 29(1): 149-167.

I argue that the existence of mathematical explanations and the tractability of mathematical epistemology stand or fall together.


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Baron, S. (2015) "Tensed Truthmaker Theory" Erkenntnis 80(5): 923-944.

I offer a way of developing a fully tensed truthmaker theory in terms of fundamentally distinct categories of being.


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Baron, S., Cusbert, J., Farr, M., & Miller, K. (2015) "Temporal Experience, Temporal Passage and the Cognitive Sciences" Philosophy Compass 10(8): 560-571.

A survey article on the relationship between the phenomenology and metaphysics of time in philosophy and ongoing work in cognitive science and psychology.


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Dougherty, T., Baron, S. & Miller, K. (2015) "Female Under-representation Among Philosophy Majors: A Map of the Hypotheses and a Survey of the Evidence" Feminist Philosophical Quarterly 1(1).

An article outlining a range of hypotheses for the under-representation of women in philosophy along with the evidence available for each hypothesis.


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Dougherty, T., Baron, S. & Miller, K. (2015) "Why do Female Students Leave Philosophy? The Story from Sydney" Hypatia 30(2): 467-474.

A brief survey of a study conducted by the authors at the University of Sydney on the reasons female students choose not to go on with philosophy.


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Baron, S., Dougherty, T. & Miller, K. (2015) "Why is there Female Under-representation Among Philosophy Majors? Evidence of Pre-University Effects" Ergo 2(14).

A detailed discussion of a study conducted by the authors at the University of Sydney on the reasons female students choose not to go on with philosophy.

Baron, S. (2015) "A Bump on the Road to Presentism" American Philosophical Quarterly 52(4): 345-356.

I argue that 'cheating' approaches to truthmaking for presentism face a serious problem from the factivity of knowledge.


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Baron, S. & Miller, K. (2015) "Causation sans Time" American Philosophical Quarterly 52(1): 27-40.

Together, Kristie and I argue that it is possible for there to be causation without time. We base the argument on an interpretation of quantum entanglement.


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