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Stephen Harrop
Yale University
  1. On Some Leibnizian Arguments for the Principle of Sufficient Reason.Stephen Harrop - 2020 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 37 (2):143-162.
    Leibniz often refers to the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) as something like a first principle. In some texts, however, he attempts to give positive arguments in its favor. I examine two such arguments, and find them wanting. The first argument has two defects. First, it is question-begging; and second, when the question-begging step is excised, the principle one can in fact derive is highly counter-intuitive. The second argument is valid, but has the defect of only reaching a nearly trivial (...)
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    Antinomies of Pure Conception: An Essay on Conceivability Arguments.Stephen Harrop - 2016 - Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University
    This is my undergrad thesis. In it, I argue that several contemporary accounts of the link between conceivability and possibility are defective. There's a lot I still agree with here, and a lot I think could've been done better. But it does represent my first attempt at serious long-form philosophical writing.
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  3. Thomas Reid on Induction and Natural Kinds.Stephen Harrop - forthcoming - Journal of Scottish Philosophy.
    I examine the views of Thomas Reid with respect to a certain version of the problem of induction: Why are inductions using natural kinds successful, and what justifies them? I argue that while both Reid holds a kind of conventionalist view about natural kinds, this conventionalism has a realistic component which allows him to answer both questions.
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