• Socratic Persuasion in the Crito

    by  • January 22, 2013

    Article via British Journal for the History of Philosophy Abstract Socrates does not use the Laws’ Speech in the Crito principally to persuade Crito to accept his coming execution. It is used instead to persuade Crito to examine and work on his inadequate view of justice. Crito’s view of justice fails to coordinate one’s...

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    Bolzano and Kant on the Nature of Logic

    by  • January 10, 2013

    Article via History and Philosophy of Logic Abstract Here I revisit Bolzano’s criticisms of Kant on the nature of logic. I argue that while Bolzano is correct in taking Kant to conceive of the traditional logic as a science of the activity of thinking rather than the content of thought, he is wrong to...

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    Malebranche and the General Will of God

    by  • January 5, 2013

    Article via British Journal for the History of Philosophy Abstract Central to Nicolas Malebranche’s theodicy is the distinction between general volitions and particular volitions. One of the fundamental claims of his theodicy is that although God created a world with suffering and evil, God does not will these things by particular volitions, but only...

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    Reasoning without believing: on the mechanisation of presuppositions and partiality

    by  • December 29, 2012

    Article via Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics Abstract It is well known that many relevant aspects of everyday reasoning based on natural language cannot be adequately expressed in classical first-order logic. In this paper we address two of the problems, firstly that of so-called presuppositions, expressions from which it is possible to draw implicit...

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    The Poetic Experience of the World

    by  • December 27, 2012

    Article via International Journal of Philosophical Studies Abstract In this article I develop Heidegger’s phenomenology of poetry, showing that it may provide grounds for rejecting claims that he lapses into linguistic idealism. Proceeding via an analysis of the three concepts of language operative in the philosopher’s work, I demonstrate how poetic language challenges language’s...

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    Epicureanism and Early Modern Naturalism

    by  • December 20, 2012

    Article via British Journal for the History of Philosophy Abstract It is often suggested that certain forms of early modern philosophy are naturalistic. Although I have some sympathy with this description, I argue that applying the category of naturalism to early modern philosophy is not useful. There is another category that does most of...

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    Concept possession, experimental semantics, and hybrid theories of reference

    by  • December 17, 2012

    Article via Philosophical Psychology Abstract Contemporary debates about the nature of semantic reference have tended to focus on two competing approaches: theories which emphasize the importance of descriptive information associated with a referring term, and those which emphasize causal facts about the conditions under which the use of the term originated and was passed...

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    Physicalists Have Nothing to Fear from Ghosts

    by  • December 10, 2012

    Article via International Journal of Philosophical Studies Abstract It is well known that, according to some, philosophical reflection on zombies (i.e. bodies without minds) poses a problem for physicalism. But what about ghosts, i.e., minds without bodies? Does philosophical reflection on them pose a problem for physicalism? Descartes, of course, thought so, and lately...

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    Deep trouble for the deep self

    by  • December 9, 2012

    Article via Philosophical Psychology Abstract Chandra Sripada’s (2010) Deep Self Concordance Account aims to explain various asymmetries in people’s judgments of intentional action. On this account, people distinguish between an agent’s active and deep self; attitude attributions to the agent’s deep self are then presumed to play a causal role in people’s intentionality ascriptions....

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    Hegel, Alienation, and the Phenomenological Development of Consciousness

    by  • November 28, 2012

    Article via International Journal of Philosophical Studies Abstract While it has long been recognized that the concept ‘alienation’ plays a crucial role in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and indeed his overall philosophical project, too often commentators simply note its importance without providing an in-depth discussion of this important concept. I aim to remedy this...

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    The Philosophy of David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees”

    by  • November 28, 2012

    Via The BBC David O Russell took the 1994 Sundance Festival by storm with coming-of-age yarn Spanking The Monkey and two years later directed Ben Stiller in screwball comedy Flirting With Disaster. However, it wasn’t until the release of his Gulf war satire Three Kings in 1999 (starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg) that...

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    Psyche’s Babel: archetypal patterns in psychological organisations

    by  • November 23, 2012

    Article via International Journal of Jungian Studies Abstract The bitterness of strife within and between depth psychology organisations has often been noted and deplored. This paper offers a different perspective. It suggests that a pattern of ‘coming together and splitting apart’ is archetypal, unavoidable and essential to the search for a creative authority and...

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