Almost : A test?


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PENKA, Doris, 2005. Almost : A test?. Fifteenth Amsterdam Colloquium, 19. Dez 2005 - 21. Dez 2005. In: DEKKER, Paul, ed., Michael FRANKE, ed.. Proceedings of the Fifteenth Amsterdam Colloquium : December 19 — 21, 2005. Amsterdam:ILLC, Department of Philosophy; University of Amsterdam, pp. 179-184. ISBN 90-5776-146-7

@inproceedings{Penka2005Almos-19667, title={Almost : A test?}, year={2005}, isbn={90-5776-146-7}, address={Amsterdam}, publisher={ILLC, Department of Philosophy; University of Amsterdam}, booktitle={Proceedings of the Fifteenth Amsterdam Colloquium : December 19 — 21, 2005}, pages={179--184}, editor={Dekker, Paul and Franke, Michael}, author={Penka, Doris} }

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