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  1. Jeremy William Dunham (forthcoming). Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Will to Believe: Charles Renouvier and William James. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    This article investigates the history of the relation between idealism and pragmatism by examining the importance of the French idealist Charles Renouvier for the development of William James’s ‘Will to Believe’. By focusing on French idealism, we obtain a broader understanding of the kinds of idealism on offer in the nineteenth century. First, I show that Renouvier’s unique methodological idealism led to distinctively pragmatist doctrines and that his theory of certitude and its connection to freedom is worthy of reconsideration. Second, (...)
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  2. 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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  3. Melissa McBay Merritt (forthcoming). Varieties of Reflection in Kant's Logic. British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
    For Kant, ‘reflection’ (Überlegung, Reflexion) is a technical term with a range of senses. I focus here on the senses of reflection that come to light in Kant’s account of logic, and then bring the results to bear on the distinction between ‘logical’ and ‘transcendental’ reflection that surfaces in the Amphiboly chapter of the Critique of Pure Reason. Although recent commentary has followed similar cues, I suggest that it labours under a blindspot, as it neglects Kant’s distinction between ‘pure’ and (...)
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  4. Paul Carelli (forthcoming). The Courage of Conviction: Andreia as Precondition for Philosophic Examination in Plato's Protagoras and Republic. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    There are at least two apparently conflicting views of courage found in Plato's dialogues: the intellectualist view exemplified by Socrates’s identification of courage with wisdom as found in the Protagoras; and the dispositional view of courage as a natural temperament to overcome fear in situations of danger, the necessary qualification for the auxiliary class in the Republic. In this paper I argue that these views are complementary, dispositional courage being a necessary precondition for the pursuit of the proper human excellence (...)
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  5. Clare Carlisle (forthcoming). Spinoza Past and Present: Essays on Spinoza, Spinozism and Spinoza Scholarship. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  6. 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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  7. Shannon Dea (forthcoming). A House at War Against Itself: Absolute Versus Pluralistic Idealism in Spinoza, Peirce, James and Royce. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    In this paper, I elaborate affinities between Peirce, Spinoza and Royce, in order to illuminate the division between Peirce's and James's expressions of idealism. James contrasted Spinoza's and Royce's absolute idealism with his and Peirce's pluralistic idealism. I triangulate among Peirce, Spinoza and Royce to show that, contra James's view, Peirce himself was more at home in the absolutistic camp. In Section 2, I survey Peirce's discussions of Spinoza's pragmatism and of the divide within pragmatism Peirce perceived to obtain. In (...)
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  8. Guy Elgat (forthcoming). Slave Revolt, Deflated Self-Deception. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    The problem of self-deception lies at the heart of Nietzsche's account of the slave revolt in morality in the first essay of On the Genealogy of Morals. The viability of Nietzsche's genealogy of morality is thus crucially dependent on a successful explanation of the self-deception the slaves of the first essay are caught in. But the phenomenon of self-deception is notoriously puzzling. In this paper, after critically examining existing interpretations of the slaves’ self-deception, I provide, by drawing on Alfred Mele's (...)
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  9. Dina Emundts (forthcoming). Hegel as a Pragmatist. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    In this paper, I want to focus on the question whether Hegel's philosophy shares its main characteristics with pragmatism. I will answer this question affirmatively. In the first part, I sketch the understanding of pragmatism that allows me to call Hegel a pragmatist. In the second part, I turn to the specific project of Hegel's Phenomenology and try to substantiate the claim that Hegel is a pragmatist in this sense. I end with a discussion about the limits of my thesis (...)
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  10. Zachary Gartenberg (forthcoming). Peirce's Account of Purposefulness: A Kantian Perspective. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
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  11. Andrew Huddleston (forthcoming). Nietzsche on Art and Life. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  12. Michelle Jenkins (forthcoming). Early Education in Plato's Republic. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    In this paper, I reconsider the commonly held position that the early moral education of the Republic is arational since the youths of the Kallipolis do not yet have the capacity for reason. I argue that, because they receive an extensive mathematical education alongside their moral education, the youths not only have a capacity for reason but that capacity is being developed in their early education. If this is so, though, then we must rethink why the early moral education is (...)
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  13. Mark A. Johnstone (forthcoming). Tyrannized Souls: Plato's Depiction of the ‘Tyrannical Man. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-15.
    In book 9 of Plato's Republic, Socrates describes the nature and origins of the ‘tyrannical man’, whose soul is said to be ‘like’ a tyrannical city. In this paper, I examine the nature of the ‘government’ that exists within the tyrannical man's soul. I begin by demonstrating the inadequacy of three potentially attractive views sometimes found in the literature on Plato: the view that the tyrannical man's soul is ruled by his ‘lawless’ unnecessary appetites, the view that it is ruled (...)
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  14. Mogens Lærke (forthcoming). Five Figures of Folding: Deleuze on Leibniz's Monadological Metaphysics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    This article is about Gilles Deleuze's book Le Pli. Leibniz et le Baroque from 1988. It shows how Deleuze's notion of folding captures some basic intuitions in Leibniz and how they relate to each other. To this purpose, I propose five figures, all referring to the same basic fold, all illustrating how the consideration of such figures allows developing central elements of Leibniz's monadology. These figures can help, I hope, alleviate some of the fundamental difficulties in understanding Deleuze's approach to (...)
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  15. Anna Marmodoro (forthcoming). Anaxagoras’s Qualitative Gunk. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    Are there atoms in the constitution of things? Or is everything made of atomless ‘gunk’ whose proper parts have proper parts? Anaxagoras is the first gunk lover in the history of metaphysics. For him gunk is not only a theoretical possibility that cannot be ruled out in principle . Rather, it is a view that follows cogently from his metaphysical analysis of the physical world of our experience. What is distinctive about Anaxagoras’s take on gunk is not only what motives (...)
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  16. Davide Orsi (forthcoming). Oakeshott on Practice, Normative Thought and Political Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-24.
    This paper examines Michael Oakeshott's ideas on the relation between political philosophy and normative thought. To this end, some of the most controversial concepts of his thought are considered in the context of the philosophical debates that developed after the success of analytic philosophy and, in particular, of Ayer's Language, Truth, and Logic. First, the paper argues that, in contrast to analytic and ordinary language thinkers, Oakeshott defends the legitimacy and the rationality of normative thinking. To this end, the importance (...)
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  17. John Sellars (forthcoming). Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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  18. Martin Sticker (forthcoming). The Moral-Psychology of the Common Agent – A Reply to Ido Geiger. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-14.
    Ido Geiger's paper ‘What it is the Use of the Universal Law Formula of the Categorical Imperative?’ is part of a growing trend in Kant scholarship, which stresses the significance of the rational competence of ordinary human beings. I argue that this approach needs to take into account that the common agent is an active reasoner who has the means to find out what she ought to do. The purpose of my paper is to show how universality already figures in (...)
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  19. 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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