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  1.  9
    Hanne Appelqvist (forthcoming). On Wittgenstein's Kantian Solution of the Problem of Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-23.
    ABSTRACTIn 1931 Wittgenstein wrote: ‘the limit of language manifests itself in the impossibility of describing the fact that corresponds to a sentence without simply repeating the sentence’. Here, Wittgenstein claims, ‘we are involved … with the Kantian solution of the problem of philosophy’. This paper shows how this remark fits with Wittgenstein's early account of the substance of the world, his account of logic, and ultimately his view of philosophy. By contrast to the currently influential resolute reading of the Tractatus, (...)
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    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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    Nabeel Hamid (forthcoming). Dilthey on the Unity of Science. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTThis paper elaborates a conception of the unity of science that emerges in the context of Dilthey’s well-known treatment of the distinction between the Naturwissenschaften and the Geisteswissenschaften. Dilthey’s account of the epistemological foundations of the Geisteswissenschaften presupposes, this paper argues, their continuity with the natural sciences. The unity of the two domains has both a psychological and a biological basis. Whereas the psychological functions at work in scientific thinking, the articulation of which is the task of Dilthey’s proposed science (...)
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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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    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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    Charlotte Alderwick (forthcoming). The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-2.
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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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    Matthew Barnard (forthcoming). Freedom to Fail: Heidegger’s Anarchy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    David Batho (forthcoming). Heidegger and Hallucination. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTCan Heidegger account for hallucination? I argue that while Heidegger does not develop an account of hallucination, he gives us all the resources we need to develop such an account. I first discuss a prominent argument against the very possibility of such an account. I argue that this argument is mistaken. I then discuss Heidegger's brief remarks on hallucination. In analysing a particular case study, Heidegger claims that the subject hallucinates for two reasons. First, he fails to realize the distinction (...)
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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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  17. 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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    Stephen R. L. Clark (forthcoming). Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism From Plotinus to Gregory of Nyssa. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    William C. Davis (forthcoming). Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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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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    Mehmet Metin Erginel (forthcoming). Akrasia and Conflict in the Nicomachean Ethics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    ABSTRACTIn Nicomachean Ethics VII, Aristotle offers an account of akrasia that purports to salvage the kernel of truth in the Socratic paradox that people act against what is best only through ignorance. Despite Aristotle’s apparent confidence in having identified the sense in which Socrates was right about akrasia, we are left puzzling over Aristotle’s own account, and the extent to which he agrees with Socrates. The most fundamental interpretive question concerns the sense in which Aristotle takes the akratic to be (...)
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    Gail Fine (forthcoming). The ‘Two Worlds’ Theory in the Phaedo. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-16.
    ABSTRACTAt least in some dialogues, Plato has been thought to hold the so-called Two Worlds Theory, according to which there can be belief but not knowledge about sensibles, and knowledge but not belief about forms. The Phaedo is one such dialogue. In this paper, I explore some key passages that might be thought to support TW, and ask whether they in fact do so. I also consider the related issue of whether the Phaedo argues that, if knowledge is possible at (...)
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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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  27. 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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    Owen Hulatt (forthcoming). Hegel, Danto, Adorno, and the End and After of Art. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTIn this paper, I consider Adorno's claim that art is at, or is coming to, an ‘end’. I consider Adorno's account in relation to the work of Arthur Danto and G. W. F. Hegel. I employ Danto's account, together with two distinct interpretive glosses of Hegel's account, as heuristic devices in order to clarify both Adorno's own arguments, and the context within which they are being advanced. I argue that while Danto and Hegel see art as coming to an end (...)
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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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    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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    David Kaspar (forthcoming). Ross’s Place in the History of Analytic Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-18.
    ABSTRACTWith the recent revival of moral intuitionism, the work of W. D. Ross has grown in stature. But if we look at some recent well-regarded histories, anthologies and companions of analytic philosophy, Ross is noticeably absent. This discrepancy of assessments raises the question of Ross’s place in the history of analytic philosophy. Hans-Johann Glock has recently claimed that Ross is not an analytic philosopher at all, but is instead a ‘traditional philosopher’. In this article, I will identify several undeniable features (...)
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    George Klosko (forthcoming). The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-5.
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    Antonia LoLordo (forthcoming). Locke’s Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-3.
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    John McHugh (forthcoming). Ways of Desiring Mutual Sympathy in Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    ABSTRACTIn this paper, I address the question of what we are really after when we seek Smithian mutual sympathy; I also show how the answer I propose can be used to illuminate a crucial feature of Smith's moral philosophy. The first section develops a Smithian response to egoistic interpretations of the desire for mutual sympathy. The second section identifies a number of different self- and other-relevant ways in which one could desire mutual sympathy. Some of these different ways of desiring (...)
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    Thomas McNally (forthcoming). More Than a Feeling: Wittgenstein and William James on Love and Other Emotions. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22.
    ABSTRACTOne of the most significant features of Wittgenstein's Remarks on the Philosophy of Psychology is his reflections on emotions. Wittgenstein's treatment of this topic was developed in direct response to his reading of William James’s chapter on emotions in his 1890 masterpiece, The Principles of Psychology. This paper examines the competing views of emotions that emerge in these works, both of which attempt to overcome the Cartesian dualist conception in different ways. The main point of disagreement concerns the relation between (...)
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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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    Giorgio Pini (forthcoming). Duns Scotus on Material Substances and Cognition: A Discussion of Two Recent Books. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-11.
    ABSTRACTIn a recent book, Thomas Ward advances an original interpretation of Duns Scotus’s hylomorphism, which stresses the ability of the parts of certain kinds of composites to exist independently from each other and from the composite to which they belong. Ward argues that the notion of essential order plays a key role in accounting for the unity of those parts in a composite. In another book, Richard Cross gives a comprehensive treatment of Duns Scotus’s theory of cognition, which proposes an (...)
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  40. 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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    David Sullivan (forthcoming). Frege's ‘On the Concept of Number’ – an Unnoticed Publication. British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-5.
    ABSTRACTA short piece by Frege, heretofore overlooked, containing a précis of his views on the concept of number, is presented, after some very brief questions about Frege's possible involvement in the wider intellectual milieu.
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  47. 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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    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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