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  1. Maria Rosa Antognazza (forthcoming). The Benefit to Philosophy of the Study of its History. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (1).
    This paper advances the view that the history of philosophy is both a kind of history and a kind of philosophy. Through a discussion of some examples from epistemology, metaphysics, and the historiography of philosophy, it explores the benefit to philosophy of a deep and broad engagement with its history. It comes to the conclusion that doing history of philosophy is a way to think outside the box of the current philosophical orthodoxies. Somewhat paradoxically, far from imprisoning its students in (...)
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  2. Arianna Betti & Hein van den Berg (forthcoming). Modelling the History of Ideas. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    We propose a new method for the history of ideas that has none of the shortcomings so often ascribed to this approach. We call this method the model approach to the history of ideas. We argue that any adequately developed and implementable method to trace (dis)continuities in the history of human thought, or concept drift, will require that historians use explicit interpretive conceptual frameworks. We call these frameworks models. We argue that models enhance the comprehensibility of historical texts, and provide (...)
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  3. Gloria Frost (forthcoming). Peter Olivi's Rejection of God's Concurrence with Created Causes. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-25.
    The relationship between divine and created causality was widely discussed in medieval and early modern philosophy. Contemporary scholars of these discussions typically stake out three possible positions: occasionalism, concurrentism, and mere-conservationism. It is regularly claimed that virtually no medieval thinker adopted the final view which denies that God is an immediate active cause of creaturely actions. The main aim of this paper is to further understanding of the medieval causality debate, and particularly the mere-conservationist position, by analysing Peter John Olivi's (...)
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  4. Yoram Hazony (forthcoming). Imagined Causes: Hume's Conception of Objects. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-5.
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  5. Wolfgang Huemer (forthcoming). Themes From Brentano. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  6. Julia Jorati (forthcoming). Leibniz's Twofold Gap Between Moral Knowledge and Motivation. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    Moral rationalists and sentimentalists traditionally disagree on at least two counts, namely regarding the source of moral knowledge or moral judgements and regarding the source of moral motivation. I will argue that even though Leibniz's moral epistemology is very much in line with that of mainstream moral rationalists, his account of moral motivation is better characterized as sentimentalist. Just like Hume, Leibniz denies that there is a necessary connection between knowing that something is right and the motivation to act accordingly. (...)
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  7. C. S. Meyns (forthcoming). The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  8. Severin Schroeder (forthcoming). The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-12.
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  9. Lionel Shapiro (forthcoming). Sellars on the Function of Semantic Vocabulary. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    This paper examines two explanations Sellars gives, at successive stages of his career, of how semantic vocabulary (paradigmatically ‘means that ... ’ and ‘is true if and only if ... ’) lets us relate linguistic expressions to extra-linguistic reality. Despite their differences, both explanations reveal a distinctive pragmatist approach. According to Sellars, we do not use semantic vocabulary to describe language- world relations. Rather, our taking language to relate to the world is implicit in the moves (inferential or non-inferential) licensed (...)
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  10. Steven Tester (forthcoming). Kant and Rational Psychology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  11. Joshua M. Wood (forthcoming). Causality and Mind: Essays on Early Modern Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  12. Joshua M. Wood (forthcoming). Review of Nicholas Jolley's Causality and Mind: Essays on Early Modern Philosophy (2013). [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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  13. Benjamin Berger (forthcoming). Schelling's Theory of Symbolic Language: Forming the System of Identity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  14. Leo Catana (forthcoming). Readings of Platonic Virtue Theories From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Case of Marsilio Ficino's De Amore. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    It is commonly known that ancient schools of ethics were revived during the Renaissance: The texts pertaining to Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic and Epicurean ethics were edited, translated and discussed in this period. It is less known that the Renaissance also witnessed a revival of Plotinian ethics, by then perceived as a legitimate form of Platonic ethics. Plotinus' ethics had been transmitted through the Middle Ages through Macrobius' Latin treatise In somnium Scipionis I.8, which relied heavily on Plotinus' student, Porphyry, and (...)
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  15. George Duke (forthcoming). Aristotle and the Authoritativeness of Politikē. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    This paper explores the normative implications of Aristotle's concept of politik? and demonstrates its relevance to contemporary debates on legitimate political authority. Section one of the paper provides historical and interpretative background on Aristotle's conception of politik?. The second section examines the central normative role that the common good plays in Aristotle's account of politik? and claims that its capacity to play this role points in the direction of a less exclusionary politics than is suggested by Book 1 of the (...)
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  16. Jeremy William Dunham (forthcoming). On Habit. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  17. Patrick R. Frierson (forthcoming). Maria Montessori's Epistemology. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-25.
    This paper lays out the epistemology of Maria Montessori (1870?1952). I start with what I call Montessori's ?interested empiricism?, her empiricist emphasis on the foundational role of the senses combined with her (broadly Jamesian) insistence that all cognition is infused with ?interest?. I then discuss the unconscious. Partly because of her emphasis on early childhood, Montessori puts great emphasis on unconscious cognitive processes and develops a conceptual vocabulary to make sense of the continuity between conscious and unconscious processes. The final (...)
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  18. Ludmila Guenova (forthcoming). Kant's Organicism: Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  19. Mogens Laerke (forthcoming). L'Art du Portrait Conceptuel. Deleuze Et l'Histoire de la Philosophie. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  20. Roberto Lo Presti (forthcoming). Informing Matter and Enmattered Forms: Aristotle and Galen on the 'Power' of the Seed. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    In this paper, I consider points of intersection between the Aristotelian and the Galenic notions of ?power of the seed? and some of the key issues and key concepts developed within the power-structuralism paradigm and try to understand whether, and to what extent, the conceptual lens provided by the power-structuralism hypothesis may help us (1) to shed fresh light on aspects of both the Aristotelian and the Galenic theory of the seed, which are still unclear or highly controversial, like the (...)
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  21. Ohad Nachtomy (forthcoming). Philosophical Religions From Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  22. Brian O'Connor (forthcoming). Play, Idleness and the Problem of Necessity in Schiller and Marcuse. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    The central concern of this paper is to explore the efforts of Schiller's post-Kantian idealism and Marcuse's critical theory to develop a new conception of free human experience. That conception is built on the notion of play. Play is said to combine the human capacities for physical pleasure and reason, capacities which the modern world has dualized. Analysis of their respective accounts of play reveals its ambivalent form in the work of both philosophers. Play supports the ideal of ?freedom from (...)
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  23. G. A. J. Rogers (forthcoming). Locke's Metaphysics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  24. Kenneth Seeskin (forthcoming). Maimonides: Life and Thought. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  25. Joseph Shaw (forthcoming). Moral Dilemma in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  26. José Filipe Silva (forthcoming). Potentially Human? Aquinas on Aristotle on Human Generation. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    Thomas Aquinas (1225?74) describes embryological development as a succession of vital principles, souls, or substantial forms of which the last places the developing being in its own species. In the case of human beings this form is the rational soul. Aquinas' well-known commitment to the view that there is only one substantial form for each composite (unicity thesis [UT]) and that a substantial form directly informs prime matter (diPM) leads to the conclusion that the succession of soul kinds is non-cumulative. (...)
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  27. Sanem Soyarslan (forthcoming). The Susceptibility of Intuitive Knowledge to Akrasia in Spinoza's Ethical Thought. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    Spinoza unequivocally states in the Ethics that intuitive knowledge is more powerful than reason. Nonetheless, it is not clear what exactly this greater power promises in the face of the passions. Does this mean that intuitive knowledge is not liable to akrasia? Ronald Sandler offers what, to my knowledge, is the only explicit answer to this question in recent Spinoza scholarship. According to Sandler, intuitive knowledge, unlike reason, is not susceptible to akrasia. This is because, intuitive knowledge enables the knower (...)
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  28. Alison Stone (forthcoming). Adorno, Hegel, and Dialectic. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    This article explores critical theory's relations to German idealism by clarifying how Adorno's thought relates to Hegel's. Adorno's apparently mixed responses to Hegel centre on the dialectic and actually form a coherent whole. In his Logic, Hegel outlines the dialectical process by which categories ? fundamental forms of thought and reality ? necessarily follow one another in three stages: abstraction, dialectic proper, and the speculative (famously simplified as ?thesis, antithesis, synthesis?). Adorno's allegiance to Hegel's dialectic emerges when he traces the (...)
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  29. Agnes Judit Vashegyi MacDonald (forthcoming). The Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Lukács, and the Frankfurt School. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  30. Daniel Watts (forthcoming). Recent Work on Kierkegaard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-8.
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  31. James Wilberding (forthcoming). Teratology in Neoplatonism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    Teratogenesis poses a real problem for all those who wish to see the natural world as a success story, and this includes the Neoplatonists. On their view even ordinary biological reproduction is governed by principles ultimately derived from intelligible Forms. Thus, the generation of terata would seem to call into question the very efficacy of these intelligible principles in the sensible world, since these would seem to be cases in which matter has gotten the upper hand over the intelligible. Although (...)
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  32. Leo Catana (forthcoming). Review: Models of the History of Philosophy. Volume II: From Cartesian Age to Brucker, Ed. By Gregorio Piaia and Giovanni Santinello,(International Archives of the History of Ideas, 204). [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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  33. R. L. Weed (forthcoming). The Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Book Review). British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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