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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):1-24.
    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. Brian Embry (forthcoming). An Early Modern Scholastic Theory of Negative Entities: Thomas Compton Carleton on Lacks, Negations, and Privations. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    Seventeenth century scholastics had a rich debate about the ontological status and nature of lacks, negations, and privations. Realists in this debate posit irreducible negative entities responsible for the non-existence of positive entities. One of the first scholastics to develop a realist position on negative entities was Thomas Compton Carleton. In this paper I explain Carleton's theory of negative entities, including what it is for something to be negative, how negative entities are individuated, whether they are abstract or concrete, and (...)
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  3. Wolfgang Huemer (forthcoming). Themes From Brentano. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  4. John J. Kaag (forthcoming). The Lot of the Beautiful: Pragmatism and Aesthetic Ideals. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    This article focuses on the intimate relationship between German aesthetic theory, particularly the philosophies of Kant and Schiller, and the pragmatic tradition of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I argue that many aspects of Kantian aesthetic theory ? his development of reflective judgement, genius, and common sense ? are reflected in the thinking of C. S. Peirce. I conclude, however, that such a comparison risks selling short the way that German idealism influenced American thinkers and instead suggest that it (...)
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  5. Severin Schroeder (forthcoming). The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-12.
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  6. 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 . Adorno's allegiance to Hegel's dialectic emerges when he traces the dialectical process whereby enlightenment reverts (...)
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  7. Steven Tester (forthcoming). Kant and Rational Psychology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  8. John J. Tilley (forthcoming). John Clarke of Hull's Argument for Psychological Egoism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    John Clarke of Hull, one of the eighteenth century's staunchest proponents of psychological egoism, defended that theory in his Foundation of Morality in Theory and Practice. He did so mainly by opposing the objections to egoism in the first two editions of Francis Hutcheson's Inquiry into Virtue. But Clarke also produced a challenging, direct argument for egoism which, regrettably, has received virtually no scholarly attention. In this paper I give it some of the attention it merits. In addition to reconstructing (...)
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  9. Han Thomas Adriaenssen (forthcoming). The Radical Cartesianism of Robert Desgabets and the Scholastic Heritage. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    Robert Desgabets has been described as a ‘radical Cartesian’. Drawing conclusions from Descartes's thought that Descartes himself had failed to see, Desgabets treated Cartesianism as a work in progress that awaited further enrichment and development. But, as scholars have recognized, Desgabets's writings also betray a significant indebtedness to scholastic tradition. In presenting his philosophy, Desgabets often appeals to traditional notions, breathing new life into scholastic concepts and ideas. This paper investigates what we are to make of the scholastic vestiges in (...)
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  10. Charlotte Alderwick (forthcoming). Atemporal Essence and Existential Freedom in Schelling. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    Although it is clear in Schelling's Freiheitsschrift that he takes an agent's atemporal choice between good and evil to be central to understanding human freedom, there is no consensus in the literature and no adequate account of how to understand this choice. Further, the literature fails to render intelligible how existential freedom is possible in the light of this atemporal choice. I demonstrate that, despite their differences, the dominant accounts in the literature are all guilty of these failings and argue (...)
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  11. 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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  12. Jean-Philippe Deranty (forthcoming). Feuerbach and the Philosophy of Critical Theory. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-26.
    It is a hallmark of the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory that it has consistently made philosophical reflection a central component of its overall project. Indeed, the core identity that this tradition has been able to maintain arguably stems from the fact that a number of key philosophical assumptions have been shared by the generations of thinkers involved in it. These assumptions form a basic ‘philosophical matrix’, whose main aim is to allow for a ‘critique of reason’, the heart (...)
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  13. Jeremy William Dunham (forthcoming). On Habit. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  14. 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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  15. Markus Kohl (forthcoming). Kant on the Inapplicability of the Categories to Things in Themselves. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-25.
    This paper addresses the question of what we can legitimately say about things in themselves in Kant's critical doctrine. Many Kant scholars believe that Kant allows that things in themselves can be characterized through the unschematized or ‘pure’ concepts of our understanding such as ‘substance’ or ‘causality’. However, I show that on Kant's view things in themselves do not conform to the unschematized categories : the pure categories, like space and time, are merely subjective forms of finite, discursive cognition. I (...)
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  16. 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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  17. Melinda Letts (forthcoming). Rufus of Ephesus and the Patient's Perspective in Medicine. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-25.
    Rufus of Ephesus's treatise Quaestiones Medicinales is unique in the known corpus of ancient medical writing. It has been taken for a procedural handbook serving an essentially operational purpose. But with its insistent message that doctors cannot properly understand and treat illnesses unless they supplement their own knowledge by questioning patients, and its distinct appreciation of the singularity of each patient's experience, Rufus's work shows itself to be no mere handbook but a treatise about the place of questioning in the (...)
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  18. 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 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 role (...)
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  19. Matthew Meyer (forthcoming). Nietzsche's Naturalized Aestheticism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    This essay seeks to overcome the divide that has emerged in recent scholarship between Alexander Nehamas’s reading of Nietzsche as an aestheticist who eschews the dogmatism implicit in the scientific project and Brian Leiter's reading of Nietzsche as a hard-nosed naturalist whose project is continuous with the natural sciences. It is argued that Nietzsche turns to the natural sciences to justify a relationalist ontology that not only eliminates metaphysical concepts such as ‘being’ and ‘things-in-themselves’, but also can be linked to (...)
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Tiberiu Popa (forthcoming). Observing the Invisible Regimen I on Elemental Powers and Higher Order Dispositions. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    This study aims to clarify the role played by higher order dispositions in the context of the explanatory method in Regimen I and of the approach to dietetics in Regimen as a whole. My main claim is that there are two concomitant directions involved in the inquiry carried out in Chaps 25–36 of Regimen I: there is an inferential and revelatory move from premises about complex dispositions to the ‘invisible’, that is, to the particular composition of one's body ; and (...)
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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. 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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  25. José Filipe Silva (forthcoming). Potentially Human? Aquinas on Aristotle on Human Generation. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-19.
    Thomas Aquinas 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 and that a substantial form directly informs prime matter leads to the conclusion that the succession of soul kinds is non-cumulative. The problem is that this (...)
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  26. Frans Svensson (forthcoming). Non-Eudaimonism, The Sufficiency of Virtue for Happiness, and Two Senses of the Highest Good in Descartes's Ethics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-20.
    In his reflections on ethics, Descartes distances himself from the eudaimonistic tradition in moral philosophy by introducing a distinction between happiness and the highest good. While happiness, in Descartes’s view, consists in an inner state of complete harmony and satisfaction, the highest good instead consists in virtue, i.e. in ‘a firm and constant resolution' to always use our free will well or correctly. In Section 1 of this paper, I pursue the Cartesian distinction between happiness and the highest good in (...)
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  27. Daniel Watts (forthcoming). Recent Work on Kierkegaard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-8.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Roger Eichorn (forthcoming). Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumiéres, Aufklärung. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-6.
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  31. Corinne Gartner (forthcoming). The Possibility of Psychic Conflict in Seneca's De Ira. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    This paper explores the potential for psychic conflict within Seneca's moral psychology. Some scholars have taken Seneca's explicit claim in De Ira that the soul is unitary to preclude any kind of simultaneous psychic conflict, while other interpreters have suggested that Seneca views all cases of anger as instances of akrasia. I argue that Seneca's account of anger provides the resources for accommodating some types of simultaneous psychic conflict; however, he denies the possibility of psychic conflict between two action-generating impulses, (...)
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  32. Stavros Kouloumentas (forthcoming). The Body and the Polis: Alcmaeon on Health and Disease. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    Alcmaeon, a philosopher-cum-doctor from Croton, offers the earliest known definition of health and disease. The aim of this paper is to examine the formulation of his medical theory in terms of political organization, namely the polarity between one-man rule and egalitarianism , by taking into account contemporary philosophical and medical texts, as well as the historical context. The paper is divided into four sections. I first overview the compendium in which this medical theory is reported, trace the doxographical layers, and (...)
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  33. Michael LeBuffe (forthcoming). The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms: Miracles, Monotheism, and Reason in Spinoza. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-15.
    Spinoza insists in the Theological Political Treatise that philosophy and theology are two separate kingdoms. I argue here that there is a basis in the psychology of the Ethics for one of the major components of the doctrine of the two kingdoms. Under the kingdom of theology, religion's principal function is to overcome the influence of harmful passion that prevents people from living life according to a fixed plan: people can live according to a fixed plan because they can obey. (...)
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  34. 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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