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  1. Alan Schwerin (2013). Russell on Hume's Account of the Self. Russell 33 (1):31 - 47.
    The History of Western Philosophy enhanced Russell’s broad reputation among members of the public and helped secure his finances. But the academic community was less enthusiastic about the text and tended to treat it with contempt. My paper is a critical investigation of one of the central chapters of Russell’s History: namely, Russell’s rendition of David Hume’s views on the self. My argument is that Russell’s concise treat­ment of le bon David’s provocative views on the self must be read with (...)
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  2. Alan Schwerin (2012). Hume's Labyrinth. Annales Philosophici 5:69 - 84.
    In the appendix to his Treatise Hume admits that his philosophy of mind is defective. Reluctantly he asserts that his thought has ensnared him in a labyrinth. Referring specifically to the section in the Treatise on personal identity and the self, the young Scot admits that he is “involv’d in such a labyrinth, that, I must confess, I neither know how to correct my former opinions, nor how to render them consistent.” (Treatise 633) My paper is a critical investigation of (...)
     
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  3. Alan Schwerin (2012). Hume's Labyrinth: A Search for the Self. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    In his magnum opus, David Hume asserts that a person is “nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity, and are in a perpetual flux and movement.” (Treatise 252) Hume is clearly proud of his bold thesis, as is borne out by his categorical arguments and analyses on the self. Contributions like this will, in his opinion, help establish a new science of human nature, “which will not be inferior in certainty, (...)
     
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  4. Alan Schwerin (2012). Hume on the Self. Metaphysica 13 (1):65-85.
    In the Treatise Hume argues that a person is “nothing but a bundle of perceptions”. But what precisely is the meaning of this bundle thesis of a person? In my paper, an attempt is made to articulate two plausible interpretations of this controversial view and to identify and evaluate a number of problems for this thesis that is central to Hume’s account of the self.
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  5. Alan Schwerin (ed.) (2011). Reason and Belief: Great Issues in Philosophy. Whittier Publications.
    This is a collection of brilliant and often lucid philosophical writings that will appeal to and engage students new to philosophy. Spanning the entire history of philosophy, the collection contains material from the Upanishads, Socrates, Aquinas, the British Empiricists, the Continental Philosophers and some of the leading analytic philosophers.
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  6. Alan Schwerin (ed.) (2008). Russell Revisited: Critical Reflections on the Thought of Bertrand Russell. Cambridge Scholars Pub..
    Bertrand Russell has played a central role in the development of modern western philosophy, especially analytic philosophy. An appreciation of the main themes and arguments of the thinkers who contributed to this modern movement in philosophy must include references to and analyses of Russell’s important contributions. It would seem that many do recognize the significance of his thought and have shown this in a somewhat dramatic manner. Russell’s Google number, for instance, is about 2.35 million. If the number of entries (...)
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  7. Alan Schwerin (2007). Hume and The Self: A Critical Response. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (1):15-30.
    In the discussion of personal identity, from his Treatise of Human Nature, David Hume reaches a famous, if notorious conclusion: there is no self. We are “nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions” (T 252). My argument is that Hume's thesis on the self rests on a questionable rejection of a rival view that appears to commit the fallacy of equivocation. Along the way I identify a few possible problems with Hume's overall analysis of the self. My argument (...)
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  8. Alan Schwerin (ed.) (2002). Bertrand Russell on Nuclear War, Peace, and Language: Critical and Historical Essays. Praeger.
    This edited collection of original essays by prominent Russell scholars focuses on the philosopher's positions on the key issues of nuclear war, peace, and ...
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  9. Alan Schwerin (1998). Some Questions About Kant's “Clear Question”. Southwest Philosophy Review 14 (2):1-15.
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  10. Alan Schwerin (1996). Some Thoughts on Thinking and Teaching Styles. Inquiry 16 (1):48-54.
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  11. Alan Schwerin (1996). The Rise of Modern Philosophy. The Leibniz Review 6:149-154.
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  12. Alan Schwerin (1995). Hume's Paradoxical Thesis and His Critics. Southwest Philosophy Review 11 (2):65-72.
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  13. Alan Schwerin (1989). Hume on Our Notion of Causality. Philosophy 64 (247):104 - 106.
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  14. Alan Schwerin (1989). An Analysis of Two Accounts on the Sense of Singular Terms. Dialectica 42 (3):221-231.
    This paper is a critical investigation of Gottlob Frege's and Bertrand Russell's views on the sense or meaning of singular terms.
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  15. Alan Schwerin (1984). Semantic Holism and Observation Statements. Philosophical Papers 13 (2):19-27.
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