Robert D Lane Malaspina University-College
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Bob Lane is a retired member of the faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute of Practical Philosophy. http://records.viu.ca/www/ipp/ipp.htm
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  1. Robert Lane (2014). Peircean Semiotic Indeterminacy and Its Relevance for Biosemiotics. In Vinicius Romanini (ed.), Peirce and Biosemiotics.
    This chapter presents a detailed explanation of Peirce’s early and late views on semiotic indeterminacy and then considers how those views might be applied within biosemiotics. Peirce distinguished two different forms of semiotic indeterminacy: generality and vagueness. He defined each in terms of the “right” that indeterminate signs extend, either to their interpreters in the case of generality or to their utterers in the case of vagueness, to further determine their meaning. On Peirce’s view, no sign is absolutely determinate, i.e., (...)
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  2. Robert Lane (2011). The Final Incapacity: Peirce on Intuition and the Continuity of Mind and Matter, Part I. Cognitio 12 (1).
    This is the first of two papers that examine Charles Peirce’s denial that human beings have a faculty of intuition. The semiotic and epistemo-logical aspects of that denial are well-known. My focus is on its neglected metaphysical aspect, which I argue amounts to the doctrine that there is no determinate boundary between the internal world of the cognizing subject and the external world that the subject cognizes. In the second paper, I will argue that the “objective idealism” of Peirce’s 1890s (...)
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  3. Robert Lane (2011). The Final Incapacity: Peirce on Intuition and the Continuity of Mind and Matter, Part II. Cognitio 12 (2):237-256.
    This is the second of two papers that examine Charles Peirce’s denial that human beings have a faculty of intuition. In the first paper, I argued that in its metaphysical aspect, Peirce’s denial of intuition amounts to the doctrine that there is no determinate boundary between the internal world of the cognizing subject and the external world that the subject cognizes.In the present paper, I argue that, properly understood, the “objective idealism” of Peirce’s 1890s cosmological series is a more general (...)
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  4. Robert Lane (2009). Persons, Signs, Animals: A Peircean Account of Personhood. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):pp. 1-26.
    In this essay I describe two of the accounts that Peirce provides of personhood: the semiotic account, on which a person is a sequence of thought-signs, and the naturalistic account, on which a person is an animal. I then argue that these disparate accounts can be reconciled into a plausible view on which persons are numerically distinct entities that are nevertheless continuous with each other in an important way. This view would be agreeable to Peirce in some respects, as it (...)
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  5. Robert Lane (2007). Haack's Critical Common-Sensism About Perception. In Cornelis De Waal (ed.), Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions: The Philosopher Responds to Critics. Prometheus Books. 109.
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  6. Karen F. Balkin & Robert D. Lane (2005). Assisted Suicide. Greenhaven Press.
    Contributors explore the social, medical, and ethical dilemma of assisted suicide in this revised edition that includes international as well as domestic viewpoints. The federal government's continued challenges to Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, the disabled community's response to assisted suicide, and the slippery slope argument are all examined.
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  7. Robert Lane (2004). On Peirce’s Early Realism. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 40 (4):575 - 605.
    It is well known that C. S. Peirce eventually accepted an "extreme scholastic realism" about "generals" and "vagues." But it has been a subject of debate among Peirce scholars whether he was a nominalist early on. In particular, it remains unsettled whether Peirce's earliest position regarding generals was one of antirealism or whether he was a realist about generals from the very beginning. In this essay I argue that despite first appearances, the textual evidence does not support the claim that (...)
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  8. Robert D. Lane & Steven M. Lane, Finding Patterns in Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth. Comparative Studies The Hemingway Society.
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  9. M. M. Bradley, P. J. Lang, R. Lane & L. Nadel (2000). Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. In Richard D. R. Lane, L. Nadel, G. L. Ahern, J. Allen & Alfred W. Kaszniak (eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
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  10. David Clarke, James Kunstler, James Legacy, Robert Lane, Richard Smith & Stanley Pearson (2000). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Knowledge, Technology and Policy 12 (4):91-103.
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  11. R. J. Davidson, R. D. Lane & L. Nadel (2000). Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. In Richard D. R. Lane, L. Nadel, G. L. Ahern, J. Allen & Alfred W. Kaszniak (eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. Oxford University Press. 371--388.
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  12. Barry Fagin, Roland Person, Ron Thomas & Robert Lane (2000). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Knowledge, Technology and Policy 13 (2):109-122.
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  13. Robert Lane (2000). Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays, by Susan Haack. [REVIEW] Knowledge Technology and Policy 12 (4):98-99.
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  14. Robert Lane (2000). Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud, by Robert Park. [REVIEW] Knowledge Technology and Policy 13 (2):117-120.
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  15. J. LeDoux, R. D. Lane & L. Nadel (2000). Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. In Richard D. R. Lane, L. Nadel, G. L. Ahern, J. Allen & Alfred W. Kaszniak (eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
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  16. E. Reiman, R. Lane, G. Ahern, R. Davidson & G. Schwartz (2000). Positron Emission Tomography in the Study of Emotion, Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders. In Richard D. R. Lane, L. Nadel, G. L. Ahern, J. Allen & Alfred W. Kaszniak (eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
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  17. Robert Lane (1999). Peirce’s Triadic Logic Revisited. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35 (2):284 - 311.
    This is a discussion of a three-valued logic in Peirce's writings.
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  18. Robert D. Lane (1998). Thomas R. Flynn, Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 18 (5):326-327.
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  19. Robert D. Lane (1996). Marjorie Grene, A Philosophical Testament Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 16 (2):108-110.
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  20. Robert D. Lane (1994). INTRODUCTIONS Practical Ethics (Second Edition). Philosophical Books 35 (4):285-287.
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  21. Robert D. Lane (ed.) (1994). Reading the Bible: Intention, Text, Interpretation. University Press of America.
    This book argues that the best way to understand the stories of the Old and New Testaments is to consider them as human stories with sophisticated narrative techniques at play. God is a character in these stories from the beginning, and considering god as a character in a narrative proves fruitful in responding to the human voices of these stories. -/- Although many readers go to the Bible to find the revealed word of Yahweh or of the Christian God, what (...)
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  22. Robert Lane (1992). Organ Transplants and Ethics. Philosophical Books 33 (1):47-48.
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  23. Robert Lane (1991). Love: Emotion, Myth, and Metaphor. Philosophical Books 32 (4):243-244.
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  24. R. Lane (1985). Maritain's Philosophy of Spirituality in Jacques Maritain, Philosophe Dans la Cité. Philosophica.(Ottawa) 28:143-153.
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  25. Robert D. Lane (1984). Albert Camus: The Absurd Hero. Humanist in Canada 17 (4):85-89.
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