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James Cargile

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Hired September 1965 and Retired May 2018

B.A., University of Utah
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Cambridge

AOS: Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Language


Paradoxes: A Study in Form and Predication, Cambridge University Press, 1979


“Logical Form” in The Force of Argument, ed. By Jonathan Lear and Alex Oliver, Routledge, 2010, pp.48-67.

Critical Notice of The Language of Thought Revisited by Jerry Fodor (Oxford 2008) in  Analysis, February, 2010, pp.1-10.

“The Fallacy of Epistemicism” Oxford Studies in Epistemology.  2006. pp. 33-67.

“On ‘Alexander’s Dictum’” Topoi vol. 22 (2003).

“On Russell’s Argument Against Resemblance Nominalism” Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2003.

“Panteismo” in Arete vol XIII no. 2, 2001.

Comments on Christopher Peacocke’s Being Known for the Book Symposium Philosophical Books 2001.

“Skepticism and Possibilities” Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 2000.

“Proposition and Tense” Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 1999.

“On an Argument Against Closure” Nous, June 1999.

“The Problem of Induction”, Philosophy 73, 1998.

“On the Burden of Proof”, Philosophy 72, 1997.

“Evidence and Inquiry” by Susan Haack (Book Symposium), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56, 1996.

“Some Comments on Fatalism”, Philosophical Quarterly 46, 1996.

14 entries for The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, 1995.

"Justification and Misleading Defeaters", Analysis 55, 1995.

"Supposing for the Sake of Argument" Inquiry 1995.

Critical Notice of The Revision Theory of Truth by Anil Gupta and Nuel Belnap, in Philosophical Books, 1995.  

"On a Problem About Probability and Decision", Analysis 52, 1992.

"Real and Nominal Definitions" in Definitions and Definability: Philosophical Perspectives, ed. by J. H. Fetzer, D. Shatz and G. Schlesinger, (Kluwer Publications, 1991).

“Tense and Existence” in Cause, Mind, and Reality: Essays Honoring C. B. Martin (Norwell Kluwer, 1989).

"What is a Natural Property?", Philosophy 64, 1989.

"Definitions and Counter-Examples", Philosophy 62, 1987.

Critical Notice of Recent Essays on Truth and The Liar Paradox, ed. by R. L. Martin, Mind, 1986.  

"Classical Logic: Traditional and Modern" in Principles of Philosophical Reasoning ed. by James H. Fetzer, APQ Library, 1984.  

Comments on "The Priority of Human Interests" by Lawrence C. Becker in Ethics and Animals ed. by Harlan Miller and William Williams (Humana Press,1983).

“Postscript to Human Interests, Porcine Interests, and Chipmunk Interests” in Ethics and Animals ed. by Harlan B. Miller and William Williams (Humana Press, 1983).

"Newcombe's Paradox", The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 26, 1975.

"The Ontological Argument", Philosophy 50, 1975.

"On an Interpretation of T, S4, and S5", Philosophia 2, 1972.

"In Reply to a Defense of Skepticism" Philosophical Review 81, 1972. (Reprinted in Essays on Knowledge and Justification ed. by George S. Pappas and Marshall Swain, Cornell University Press.

"Moore's Proposition W", Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 13, 1972.

"On Near Knowledge", Analysis 31, 1971.

" On Goodman's Riddle of Induction", Ratio 12, 1970.

"Davidson's Notion of Logical Form", Inquiry 13, 1970.

"A Note on `Iterated Knowings'", Analysis 30, 1970.

“The Sorites Paradox’, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 20, 1969.  (Reprinted in Vagueness: a Reader edited by Rosanna Keefe and Peter Smith, MIT Press 1996).

“On Consequentialism”, Analysis 29, 1969.  (Reprinted in Ethical Theory 2 edited by James Rachels, Oxford Readings in Philosophy 1998.)

"A Note on "Time, Truth and Modalities", Mind 77, 1968.  (With G.B. Thomas)

"On Believing You Believe", Analysis 27, 1967.  

"The Surprise Test Paradox", The Journal of Philosophy 64, 1967.

"On Omnipotence", Nous 1, 1967.

"Pascal's Wager", Philosophy 41, 1966.  (Reprinted in Introduction to Philosophy ed. by Perry and Bratman, 1986).

"On Having Reasons", Analysis 26, 1966.

"The Universalisibility of Lying" The Australasian Journal of Philosophy 43, 1965.

"Utilitarianism and the Desert Island Problem", Analysis 25, 1964.  (Reprinted in Mill: Utilitarianism, ed. by Samuel Gorovitz). 

Honors & Awards

The University of Virginia's 1997 All-University Outstanding Teaching Award