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  1.  15
    John J. Callanan (forthcoming). The Poverty of Conceptual Truth: Kant’s Analytic/Synthetic Distinction and the Limits of Metaphysics. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Corey W. Dyck (forthcoming). Materialism in the Mainstream of Early German Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    Discussions of the reception of materialist thought in Germany in the first half of the 18th century tend to focus, naturally enough, upon the homegrown freethinkers who advanced the cause of Lucretius, Hobbes, and Spinoza in clandestine publications and frequently courted the ire of the state for doing so. If the philosophers belonging to the mainstream of German intellectual life in that period are accorded a place in the story, it is only insofar as they actively set themselves against the (...)
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    Lynda Gaudemard (forthcoming). Rico Vitz, Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  4. Lorenzo Greco (forthcoming). A Powerless Conscience: Hume on Reflection and Acting Conscientiously. British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
    If one looks for the notion of conscience in Hume, there appears to be a contrast between the standard, loose use of it that can be found in his The History of England, and the stricter use of it Hume makes in his philosophical works such as A Treatise of Human Nature and An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals. It is my belief that, notwithstanding the alleged problems Hume’s philosophy raises for a notion such as conscience, it is nonetheless (...)
     
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    Andrew Stephenson (forthcoming). Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and His Realism. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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    Emma Wilkins (forthcoming). ‘Exploding’ Immaterial Substances: Margaret Cavendish’s Vitalist-Materialist Critique of Spirits. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    ABSTRACTIn this paper, I explore Margaret Cavendish’s engagement with mid-seventeenth-century debates on spirits and spiritual activity in the world, especially the problems of incorporeal substance and magnetism. I argue that between 1664 and 1668, Cavendish developed an increasingly robust form of materialism in response to the deficiencies which she identified in alternative philosophical systems – principally mechanical philosophy and vitalism. This was an intriguing direction of travel, given the intensification in attacks on the supposedly atheistic materialism of Hobbes. While some (...)
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    Catherine Wilson (forthcoming). Hume and Vital Materialism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    ABSTRACTHume was not a philosopher famed for what are sometimes called ‘ontological commitments'. Nevertheless, few contemporary scholars doubt that Hume was an atheist, and the present essay tenders the view that Hume was favourably disposed to the 'vital materialism' of post-Newtonian natural philosophers in England, Scotland and France. Both internalist arguments, collating passages from a range of Hume's works, and externalist arguments, reviewing the likely sources of his knowledge of ancient materialism and his association with his materialistic contemporaries are employed.
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    Charlotte Alderwick (forthcoming). Interanimations: Receiving Modern German Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Hanne Appelqvist (forthcoming). Representation and Reality in Wittgenstein's. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Richard Kenneth Atkins (forthcoming). Peirce on Facts and True Propositions. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-17.
    ABSTRACTPeirce maintains that facts and propositions are structurally isomorphic. When we understand how Peirce thinks they are isomorphic, we find that a common objection raised against epistemic conceptions of truth – that there are facts beyond the ken of discovery – holds no water against Peirce’s claim that truth is what would be believed after a sufficiently long and rigorous course of inquiry.
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    Sophie Audidière (forthcoming). Why Do Helvétius's Writings Matter? Rousseau’s Notes Sur De L’Esprit. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    ABSTRACTDe l’esprit was read and commented on by Rousseau, Diderot, and Voltaire, in 1758. So was De l’homme when it appeared posthumously in 1773. We will go into this series of books, marginalia, and refutations, to address the question: what exactly was widely discussed between the three authors during the 1750s? Is it ‘materialism’? Our first point is to interpret the potential distortions, re-workings or re-appropriations in Rousseau’s marginalia, known as Notes sur De l’esprit, especially here about the so-called theory (...)
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    Dennis Vanden Auweele (forthcoming). Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion Within the Bounds of Bare Reason. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Joshua Black (forthcoming). Peirce. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-5.
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    Nathaniel Bulthuis (forthcoming). The Motivations for Walter Burley’s Theory of the Proposition. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-18.
    ABSTRACTWalter Burley claims throughout his career that the mind can make a statement out of things. Since things include entities that exist outside of the mind, Burley appears to be claiming that the mind can form a statement out of things that exist outside of it. Most scholars of Burley offer a deflationary reading of this claim, arguing that it confuses two distinct but closely related philosophical issues: the nature of propositional content, on the one hand, and the role of (...)
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  15. 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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    Philip Choi (forthcoming). Ockham’s Weak Externalism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTThere is debate over whether the content of an intuitive cognition is determined externally or internally in Ockham’s theory. According to the most common view, which I call the Strong Externalist Interpretation, intuitive content is wholly determined externally. Opposed to SE is the Strong Internalist Interpretation, according to which the content of an intuition is wholly determined by internal features of a cognizer. The aim of this paper is to argue against those interpretations, and to argue for a third kind (...)
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    Frank Chouraqui (forthcoming). Nietzsche on Mind and Nature. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  18. Joshua Cockayne (forthcoming). Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony, and the Crisis of Modernity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Joshua Cockayne (forthcoming). The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Joshua Cockayne (forthcoming). Contemporaneity and Communion: Kierkegaard on the Personal Presence of Christ. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTSøren Kierkegaard’s claim that having faith requires being contemporary with Christ is one of the most important, yet difficult to interpret claims across his entire authorship. How can one be contemporary with a figure who existed more than two millennia ago? A prominent answer to this question is that contemporaneity with Christ is achieved through a kind of imaginative co-presence made possible by reading Scripture. However, I argue, this ignores what Kierkegaard thinks about Christ as a living agent, and not (...)
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    Demetrios Dedes (forthcoming). The Philosophy of Gemistos Plethon: Platonism in Late Byzantium, Between Hellenism and Orthodoxy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Jay R. Elliott (forthcoming). Reply to Müller: Aristotle on Vicious Choice. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-11.
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    Alberto Frigo (forthcoming). A Very Obscure Definition: Descartes’s Account of Love in the Passions of the Soul and its Scholastic Background. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    ABSTRACTThe definition of love given by Descartes in the Passions of the Soul has never stopped puzzling commentators. If the first Cartesian textbooks discreetly evoke or even fail to discuss Descartes’s account of love, Spinoza harshly criticizes it, pointing out that it is ‘on all hands admitted to be very obscure’. More recently several scholars have noticed the puzzling character of the articles of the Passions of the Soul on love and hate. In this paper, I would like to propose (...)
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    Lynda Gaudemard (forthcoming). Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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    Tom Giesbers (forthcoming). Briefwechsel – Nachlaß – Dokumente. Briefwechsel. Reihe I: Text. Band 10: Briefwechsel Juni 1792 Bis September 1794. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-5.
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    Michael B. Gill (forthcoming). Love of Humanity in Shaftesbury’s Moralists. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    ABSTRACTShaftesbury believed that the height of virtue was impartial love for all of humanity. But Shaftesbury also harboured grave doubts about our ability to develop such an expansive love. In The Moralists, Shaftesbury addressed this problem. I show that while it may appear on the surface that The Moralists solves the difficulty, it in fact remains unresolved. Shaftesbury may not have been able to reconcile his view of the content of virtue with his view of our motivational psychology.
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    Stephen Howard (forthcoming). Why Did Leibniz Fail to Complete His Dynamics? British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    ABSTRACTLeibniz’s ‘new science of dynamics’ is typically taken to have been completed in the late monadological metaphysics. On this view, stemming from Martial Gueroult and continuing in the recent interpretations of Robert Adams and Pauline Phemister, Leibniz accomplished his dynamics in his later account of physical forces as merely phenomenal modifications of monadic, metaphysical forces. This paper argues, by contrast, that Leibniz considered the dynamics to be an unfinished project: this is evident in statements from throughout his mature period until (...)
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    Sarah Hutton (forthcoming). Salving the Phenomena of Mind: Energy, Hegemonikon, and Sympathy in Cudworth. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTRalph Cudworth’s theory of mind was the most fully developed philosophical psychology among the Cambridge Platonists. Like his seventeenth-century contemporaries, Cudworth discussed mental powers in terms of soul rather than mind and considered the function of the soul to be not merely intellectual, but vital and moral. Cudworth conceived the soul as a single self-determining unit which combined many powers. He developed this against a philosophical agenda set by Descartes and Hobbes. But he turned to ancient philosophy, especially the philosophy (...)
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    Naoya Iwata (forthcoming). Clitophon's Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    David James (forthcoming). The Political Theology of Fichte’s Staatslehre: Immanence and Transcendence. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    ABSTRACTGiven its use of religious concepts and language, it is tempting to class Fichte’s rarely discussed Staatslehre as a political theology. I argue that the Staatslehre can be classed as a political theology because of the way in which it can be understood in terms of the concepts of immanence and transcendence. The concept of immanence applies to Fichte’s account of history in particular. Fichte himself allows for a moment of transcendence at the very beginning of history. I argue that (...)
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    Timo Kaitaro (forthcoming). Eighteenth-Century French Materialism Clockwise and Anticlockwise. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-13.
    ABSTRACTBecause of their reliance on mechanistic metaphors and analogies referring to machines, the eighteenth-century materialists La Mettrie and Diderot have sometimes been described as ‘mechanistic materialists’. However, if one pays close attention to the ways in which mechanical analogies and metaphors were used in eighteenth-century French materialism, one sees that the recourse to these metaphors and comparisons in no way implies mechanism in the sense of physicalist reductionism. Instead, early instances of these comparisons appear in arguments pointing out that technological (...)
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  32. Katherina Kinzel (forthcoming). Wilhelm Windelband and the Problem of Relativism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    ABSTRACTThis paper analyzes the shifts in Wilhelm Windelband’s ‘critical philosophy of values’ as it developed hand in hand with his understanding of relativism. The paper has two goals. On the one hand, by analyzing the role that relativism played in his philosophical project, it seeks to contribute to a better understanding of Windelband's intellectual development in the context of historicism and Neo-Kantianism. On the other hand, by highlighting Windelband’s contribution to the understanding of relativism, it sheds light on an important (...)
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    Derek Matravers (forthcoming). Collected Essays on Philosophers. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Steven Nadler (forthcoming). Spinoza Ou L’« Athée Vertueux ». British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Kristopher G. Phillips (forthcoming). Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Philip A. Reed (forthcoming). Hume on Sympathy and Agreeable Qualities. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    ABSTRACTHume says that sympathy is the source of our moral feeling of approval for useful qualities. But does Hume give the same psychological explanation of our approval of immediately agreeable qualities as he does to our approval of useful qualities? Does he trace our moral approbation of immediately agreeable qualities to sympathy? Some commentators, including Rachel Cohon and Don Garrett, argue that he does not. Let us call this view the ‘narrow view’ of sympathy in contrast to the ‘wide view’ (...)
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    Sheldon Richmond (forthcoming). Spinoza’s Critique of Religion and its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, and Adorno. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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    Marleen Rozemond (forthcoming). Descartes, Malebranche and Leibniz: Conceptions of Substance in Arguments for the Immateriality of the Soul. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTThe most prominent early modern argument against materialism is to be found in Descartes. Previously I had argued that this argument relies crucially on a robust conception of substance, according to which it has a single principal attribute of which all its other intrinsic qualities are modes. In the present paper I return to this claim. In Section 2, I address a question that is often raised about that conception of substance: its commitment to the idea that a substance has (...)
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    Paola Rumore (forthcoming). Mechanism and Materialism in Early Modern German Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    ABSTRACTThe paper focuses on the gradual separation between materialism and mechanism in early modern German philosophy. In Germany the distinction between the two concepts, originally introduced by Leibniz, was definitively stated by Wolff who was the first to provide a definition of the new philosophical term Materialismus, and of the related philosophical sect. In the first part I describe the initial identification of mechanism and materialism in German philosophy between the last decades of the seventeenth century and 1720. Mechanism is (...)
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    Andrea Sangiacomo (forthcoming). The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Justin B. Shaddock (forthcoming). Recent Work on Kant's Transcendental Deduction. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-10.
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    Sandra L. Visser (forthcoming). Freedom and Self-Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  43. 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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    Charles T. Wolfe (forthcoming). Materialism and ‘the Soft Substance of the Brain’: Diderot and Plasticity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    ABSTRACTMaterialism is the view that everything that is real is material or is the product of material processes. It tends to take either a ‘cosmological’ form, as a claim about the ultimate nature of the world, or a more specific ‘psychological’ form, detailing how mental processes are brain processes. I focus on the second, psychological or cerebral form of materialism. In the mid-to-late eighteenth century, the French materialist philosopher Denis Diderot was one of the first to notice that any self-respecting (...)
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    Joshua M. Wood (forthcoming). On Grounding Superadded Properties in Locke. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    ABSTRACTScholars have employed three interpretive strategies to explain how Locke understands the metaphysical relationship between a superadded property and the material body to which it is affixed. The first is the mechanist strategy advanced by Michael Ayers and Edwin McCann. It argues that the mechanical affections of a given body are causally responsible for the operation of superadded powers. The second is the extrinsic strategy found in Mathew Stuart. It argues that Locke, who rejects mechanism, does not intend to ground (...)
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    John P. Wright (forthcoming). Hume: An Intellectual Biography. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-10.
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    Falk Wunderlich (forthcoming). Materialism in Late Enlightenment Germany: A Neglected Tradition Reconsidered. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    ABSTRACTLate Enlightenment German materialism has hardly attracted any scholarly attention in the past, in spite of the fact that there were quite a few exponents of it. In this paper, I identify the philosophically most important ones and examine to what extent they were connected with each other. In fact, there are local concentrations of materialists at universities and academic circles in Göttingen, Halle, and Gießen. I then discuss the spectrum of materialist positions held by them, from empiricist naturalism in (...)
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    Johannes Zachhuber (forthcoming). The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-9.
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