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  1. Alan Schwerin (2015). Can the Self Be a Brain? Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 19 (2): 235 - 246.
    Philosophical materialists suggest that a person can be identified with their brain. My paper is a critical investigation of this provocative thesis and an analysis of some of the prominent arguments to support this view. My overall argument is that there is more to this issue than some philosophers appear to acknowledge.
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    Alan Schwerin (2015). On Hume's Defense of Berkeley. Open Journal of Philosophy 5 (6):327 - 337.
    In 1739 Hume bequeathed a bold view of the self to the philosophical community that would prove highly influential, but equally controversial. His bundle theory of the self elicited substantial opposition soon after its appearance in the Treatise of Human Nature. Yet Hume makes it clear to his readers that his views on the self rest on respectable foundations: namely, the views of the highly regarded Irish philosopher, George Berkeley. As the author of the Treatise sees it, his account of (...)
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    Alan Schwerin (2015). On Hume's Search for a Theory of the Self. Metaphysica: Internationale Fachzeitschrift Für Ontologie Und Metaphysik (Issue 2):139 - 158.
    In his Treatise Hume makes a profound suggestion: philosophical problems, especially problems in metaphysics, are verbal. This view is most vigorously articulated and defended in the course of his investigation of the problem of the self, in the section “Of personal identity.” My paper is a critical exploration of Hume's arguments for this influential thesis and an analysis of the context that informs this 1739 version of the nature of philosophical problems that anticipates the linguistic turn in philosophy. -/- .
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    Alan Schwerin (1999). A Lady, Her Philosopher And A Contradiction. Russell 19 (1).
    Nineteen eleven was a tumultuous year for Bertrand Russell, both personally and academically. The intense scholarly activity of 1911 that resulted in an impressive set of diverse academic publications and manuscripts was accompanied by a number of personal entanglements that were equally intense for Russell. Two of these relationships would prove to be especially strained. Late Wednesday afternoon, 18 October 1911, Russell met Ludwig Wittgenstein for the first time. As we know from the numerous accounts available on their relationship, the (...)
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    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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    Alan Schwerin (2014). "Is Hume's Account of the Soul Contradictory?". International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 2 (4):61 - 68.
    In his Treatise of Human Nature Hume argues for a provocative account of the soul; the soul - or self, as he prefers to call it - is nothing but a bundle of perceptions. But this bold thesis, concedes Hume, gives rise to a predicament concerning two incompatible propositions, or principles as he calls them: one on the nature of perceptions, the other on the capabilities of the mind: "In short, there are two principles, which I cannot render consistent; nor (...)
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    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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    Alan Schwerin (1996). The Rise of Modern Philosophy. The Leibniz Review 6:149-154.
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    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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    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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    Alan Schwerin (1998). Some Questions About Kant's “Clear Question”. Southwest Philosophy Review 14 (2):1-15.
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    Alan Schwerin (1996). Some Thoughts on Thinking and Teaching Styles. Inquiry 16 (1):48-54.
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    Alan Schwerin (1995). Hume's Paradoxical Thesis and His Critics. Southwest Philosophy Review 11 (2):65-72.
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    Alan Schwerin (1983). Some Comments on the Begriffsschrift and Natural Language. Philosophical Papers 12 (2):32-38.
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    Alan Schwerin (1989). Hume on Our Notion of Causality. Philosophy 64 (247):104 - 106.
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    Alan Schwerin (1984). Semantic Holism and Observation Statements. Philosophical Papers 13 (2):19-27.
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    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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  18. Alan Schwerin (1989). The Reluctant Revolutionary: An Essay on David Hume's Account of Necessary Connection. Peter Lang Publishing.
    Hume's contributions to discussions on causality and necessary connection are significant and influential. Yet they remain a source of ongoing debate among philosophers. The analysis in my book is an attempt to dissipate some of the perplexities that surround these issues. The arguments here support what I call a subjectivist interpretation of Hume's views on necessary connection. My central thesis is the suggestion that Hume identifies necessary connection or power with a specific psychological dispositon of the mind "to carry our (...)
     
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    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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  20. 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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  21. Alan Schwerin (1989). On Hume's Search for the Source of the Idea of Necessary Connection. South African Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):30-40.
     
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  22. 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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    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 (...)
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  24. Alan K. Schwerin (1993). The Expanding Universe an Introduction to Philosophy. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  25. Alan Schwerin (1996). The Rise of Modern Philosophy. Leibniz Society Review 6:149-154.
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  26. Alan Schwerin (1999). Victory is Ours: Some Thoughts on Apartheid and Christianity. Janus Head 2 (1).
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