Jyl Gentzler Amherst College
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  1. Luis Salas, Richard Bett, Richard Bosley, Edmonton Alan C. Bowen, Lesley Dean-Jones, Michael Ferejohn, Jyl Gentzler, Daniel Graham, Brad Inwood & David Konstan (2013). A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science. Apeiron 46 (1).
     
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    Jyl Gentzler (2012). How Should I Be? A Defense of Platonic Rational Egoism. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):39-67.
    There has been a long tradition of interpreting Plato as a rational egoist. Over the past few decades, however, some scholars have challenged this reading. While Rational Egoism appeals to many ordinary folk, in sophisticated philosophical circles it has fallen out of favor as a general and complete account of the nature of reasons for action. I argue that while the theory of practical rationality that is often equated with rational egoism—a view that I call ‘Simple-Minded Rational Egoism'—is neither plausible (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (2011). Plato Fine The Oxford Handbook of Plato. Pp. Xii + 604. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Cased, £85. ISBN: 978-0-19-5182903. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 61 (1):58-60.
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    J. Gentzler (2007). RM Dancy, Plato's Introduction of Forms. Philosophy in Review 27 (5):327.
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  5. Jyl Gentzler (2005). How to Know the Good: The Moral Epistemology of Plato's Republic. Philosophical Review 114 (4):469-496.
    John Mackie famously dismissed the rational tenability of moral objectivism with two quick arguments. The second, the so-called “argument from queerness,” proceeds as follows. A commitment to moral objectivism brings with it a commitment to the existence of moral properties as “queer” as Platonic Forms that are apprehended only through occult faculties like so-called “moral intuition” (Mackie 1977, 38). Since we have no reason to believe that there is any faculty such as moral intuition that serves as a reliable Form (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (2004). Winner of The Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize 2003: The Attractions and Delights of Goodness. Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):353 - 367.
    What makes something good for me? Most contemporary philosophers argue that something cannot count as good for me unless I am in some way attracted to it, or take delight in it. However, subjectivist theories of prudential value face difficulties, and there is no consensus about how these difficulties should be resolved. Whether one opts for a hedonist or a desire-satisfaction account of prudential value, certain fundamental assumptions about human well-being must be abandoned. I argue that we should reconsider Plato's (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (2003). Review: Plato and His Predecessors: The Dramatisation of Reason. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (445):156-162.
  8. Jyl Gentzler (2003). What is a Death with Dignity? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (4):461 – 487.
    Proponents of the legalization of assisted suicide often appeal to our supposed right to "die with dignity" to defend their case. I examine and assess different notions of "dignity" that are operating in many arguments for the legalization of assisted suicide, and I find them all to be deficient. I then consider an alternative conception of dignity that is based on Aristotle's conception of the conditions on the best life. I conclude that, while such a conception of dignity fits best (...)
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    J. Gentzler (2001). Cross-Examining Socrates: A Defense of the Interlocutors in Plato's Early Dialogues. Philosophical Review 110 (4):587-590.
    A review of John Beversluis' "Cross-Examining Socrates: A Defense of the Interlocutors in Plato's Early Dialogues".
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    J. Gentzler (ed.) (1998). Method in Ancient Greek Philosophy. The Clarendon Press.
    Method in Ancient Philosophy brings together fifteen new, specially written essays by leading scholars on a broad subject of central importance. The ancient Greeks recognized that different forms of human activity are guided by different methods of reasoning; examination of how they reasoned, and how they thought about their own reasoning, helps us to see how they came to hold the views they did, and how our own methods of enquiry have developed under their influence. Contributors include Terence Irwin, Patricia (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (ed.) (1998). Method in Ancient Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
    Method in Ancient Philosophy brings together fifteen new, specially written essays by leading scholars on a broad subject of central importance. The ancient Greeks recognized that different forms of human activity are guided by different methods of reasoning; examination of how they reasoned, and how they thought about their own reasoning, helps us to see how they came to hold the views they did, and how our own methods of enquiry have developed under their influence. Contributors include Terence Irwin, Patricia (...)
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  12. Jyl Gentzler (ed.) (1997). Method in Ancient Philosophy. Oxford University Press Uk.
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    Jyl Gentzler (1996). Forms, Individuals, and Individuation: Mary Margaret McCabe's "Plato's Individuals". Apeiron 29 (2):163 - 181.
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  14. Jyl Gentzler (1996). Forms, Individuals, and Individuation: Mary Margaret McCabe's Plato's Individuals. Apeiron 29 (2).
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    Jyl Gentzler (1995). Commentary on Bobonich. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 11 (1):140-153.
    Bobonich argues that, in the Laws, Plato is committed to the view that the goodness of all goods entirely distinct from virtue is dependent on the virtue of their possessor. He suggests further that Plato's commitment to this dependency thesis is best explained by Plato's commitment to two other theses: (1) that knowledge is sufficient for all virtue, and (2) that the goodness of goods entirely distinct from virtue depends on their possessor's knowledge of the nature of their goodness. While (...)
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  16. Jyl Gentzler (1995). How to Discriminate Between Experts and Frauds: Some Problems for Socratic Peirastic. History of Philosophy Quarterly 12 (3):227 - 246.
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  17. Jyl Gentzler (1995). The Sophistic Cross-Examination of Callicles in the Gorgias. Ancient Philosophy 15 (1):17-43.
    Socrates' cross-examination of Callicles in the 'Gorgias' has traditionally been viewed as a paradigm of the Socratic method. I argue that, when he cross examines Callicles, Socrates behaves out of character. In fact, he acts like a Sophist and violates the very principles of persuasion that he advocates in the 'Gorgias'. I offer an explanation of Socrates' temporary transformation into a Sophist, and suggest that his role-reversal reinforces Plato's representation of Socrates as the model of the virtuous philosopher.
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    Jyl Gentzler (1994). Recollection and the Problem of the Elenchus. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 10 (1):257-295.
    We simply cannot make sense of Socrates' procedure for cross-examining his interlocutors in the early dialogues if we insist that Socrates uses cross-examination only for the purpose of testing his interlocutor's claim to knowledge. This view of Socratic cross-examination cannot explain the fact that Socrates examines theses that he himself proposes and that neither he nor his interlocutor explicitly endorses. In contrast,the supposition that Socrates is inquiring on these occasions provides a good explanation for his procedure. When one is attempting (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (1994). Recollection and the Problem of the Socratic Elenchus. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 10:257-95.
    We simply cannot make sense of Socrates' procedure for cross-examining his interlocutors in the early dialogues if we insist that Socrates uses cross-examination only for the purpose of testing his interlocutor's claim to knowledge. This view of Socratic cross-examination cannot explain the fact that Socrates examines theses that he himself proposes and that neither he nor his interlocutor explicitly endorses. In contrast,the supposition that Socrates is inquiring on these occasions provides a good explanation for his procedure. When one is attempting (...)
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  20. Patricia Kenig Curd, Jyl Gentzler, Christopher J. Martin, C. J. F. Williams, Nicholas Denyer & Christopher Kirwan (1991). Brill Online Books and Journals. Phronesis 36 (3).
     
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    Jyl Gentzler (1991). Συμφωνεῖν in Plato's "Phaedo". Phronesis 36 (3):265 - 276.
    In Socrates' account of his earlier investigations into the nature of causation in the "Phaedo", he describes a method that uses hypotheses. He posited as true those propositions that appeared to harmonize ("sumphonein") with his hypothesis and as false those propositions that failed to harmonize with his hypothesis. Earlier commentators on this passage have maintained that it is impossible to give a univocal reading of the occurrences of "sumphonein"' such that the method that Socrates describes is at all reasonable. It (...)
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    Jyl Gentzler (1991). «Sumphonein» in Plato's Phaedo. Phronesis 36 (3):265-276.
    In Socrates' account of his earlier investigations into the nature of causation in the "Phaedo", he describes a method that uses hypotheses. He posited as true those propositions that appeared to harmonize ("sumphonein") with his hypothesis and as false those propositions that failed to harmonize with his hypothesis. Earlier commentators on this passage have maintained that it is impossible to give a univocal reading of the occurrences of "sumphonein"' such that the method that Socrates describes is at all reasonable. It (...)
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