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  1. Sandra Lee Bartky, Paul Benson, Sue Campbell, Claudia Card, Robin S. Dillon, Jean Harvey, Karen Jones, Charles W. Mills, James Lindemann Nelson, Margaret Urban Walker, Rebecca Whisnant & Catherine Wilson (2004). Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Moral psychology studies the features of cognition, judgement, perception and emotion that make human beings capable of moral action. Perspectives from feminist and race theory immensely enrich moral psychology. Writers who take these perspectives ask questions about mind, feeling, and action in contexts of social difference and unequal power and opportunity. These essays by a distinguished international cast of philosophers explore moral psychology as it connects to social life, scientific studies, and literature.
     
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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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    Catherine Wilson (2008). Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity. Oxford University Press.
    This landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, more broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy. The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical criticism by Cicero, and of opprobrium by the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its unflinching commitment to the absence of divine supervision and the (...)
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  4. Catherine Wilson (1995). The Invisible World Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  5. Catherine Wilson (1989). Leibniz's Metaphysics. Princeton Up.
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    Catherine Wilson (2007). Two Opponents of Material Atomism. In P. Phemister & S. Brown (eds.), Leibniz and the English-Speaking World. Springer 35--50.
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  7. Catherine Wilson (2011). Moral Progress Without Moral Realism. Philosophical Papers 39 (1):97-116.
    This paper argues that we can acknowledge the existence of moral truths and moral progress without being committed to moral realism. Rather than defending this claim through the more familiar route of the attempted analysis of the ontological commitments of moral claims, I show how moral belief change for the better shares certain features with theoretical progress in the natural sciences. Proponents of the better theory are able to convince their peers that it is formally and empirically superior to its (...)
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    Catherine Wilson (2001). Prospects for Non-Cognitivism. Inquiry 44 (3):291 – 314.
    This essay offers a defence of the non-cognitivist approach to the interpretation of moral judgments as disguised imperatives corresponding to social rules. It addresses the body of criticism that faced R. M. Hare, and that currently faces moral anti-realists, on two levels, by providing a full semantic analysis of evaluative judgments and by arguing that anti-realism is compatible with moral aspiration despite the non-existence of obligations as the externalist imagines them. A moral judgment consists of separate descriptive and prescriptive components (...)
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    Catherine Wilson (1998). Savagery and the Supersensible: Kant's Universalism in Historical Context. History of European Ideas 24 (4-5):315-330.
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  10. Monte Ransome Johnson & Catherine Wilson (2007). Lucretius and the History of Science. In Stuart Gillespie & Philip R. Hardie (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius. Cambridge University Press
    An overview of the influence of Lucretius poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) on the renaissance and scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, and an examination of its continuing influence over physical atomism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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    Catherine Wilson (2004). Love of God and Love of Creatures: The Masham-Astell Debate. History of Philosophy Quarterly 21 (3):281 - 298.
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    Catherine Wilson (2011). Moral Truth: Observational or Theoretical? Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):97-114.
    Moral properties are widely held to be response-dependent properties of actions, situations, events and persons. There is controversy as to whether the putative response-dependence of these properties nullifies any truth-claims for moral judgements, or rather supports them. The present paper argues that moral judgements are more profitably compared with theoretical judgements in the natural sciences than with the judgements of immediate sense-perception. The notion of moral truth is dependent on the notion of moral knowledge, which in turn is best understood (...)
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    Catherine Wilson (2007). Two Opponents of Material Atomism: Cavendish and Leibniz. In P. Phemister & S. Brown (eds.), Leibniz and the English-Speaking World. Springer 35-50.
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    Catherine Wilson (forthcoming). Darwin and Nietzsche: Selection, Evolution, and Morality. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (2):354-370.
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    Catherine Wilson (2015). The Doors of Perception and the Artist Within. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 89 (1):1-20.
    This paper discusses the significance for the philosophy of perception and aesthetics of certain productions of the ‘offline brain’. These are experienced in hypnagogic and other trance states, and in disease- or drug-induced hallucination. They bear a similarity to other visual patterns in nature, and reappear in human artistry, especially of the craft type. The reasons behind these resonances are explored, along with the question why we are disposed to find geometrical complexity and ‘supercolouration’ beautiful. The paper concludes with a (...)
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  16. Catherine Wilson (2008). Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity. Oxford University Press Uk.
    This sensitive, engaging, and richly documented book examines the Scientific Revolution and the formation of the canon of early modern philosophy in light of the rediscovery and reworking of the materialistic philosophy of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius. It is written in a manner intended to be accessible to all readers, but it will be of special interest to historians interested in seventeenth century science, philosophy, politics, and morals; to philosophers interested in the origins of materialism, and to classicists (...)
     
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    Catherine Wilson (1993). On Some Alleged Limitations to Moral Endeavor. Journal of Philosophy 60 (6):275-289.
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    Catherine Wilson (1983). Leibnizian Optimism. Journal of Philosophy 80 (11):765-783.
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    Catherine Wilson (2013). Darwin and Nietzsche. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (2):354-370.
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    Catherine Wilson (2005). What is the Importance of Descartes’s Meditation Six? Philosophica 76.
    In this essay, I argu e that Descartes considered his theory that the body is an inn ervated machine – in which the soul is situated – to be his most original contribution to philosophy. His ambition to prove the immortality of the soul was very poorly realized, a predictable outcome, insofar as his aims were ethical, not theological. His dualism accordingly requires reassessment.
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    Catherine Wilson (1988). Visual Surface and Visual Symbol: The Microscope and the Occult in Early Modern Science. Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (1):85.
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    Catherine Wilson (2000). Plenitude and Compossibility in Leibniz. The Leibniz Review 10:1-20.
    Leibniz entertained the idea that, as a set of “striving possibles” competes for existence, the largest and most perfect world comes into being. The paper proposes 8 criteria for a Leibniz-world. It argues that a) there is no algorithm e.g., one involving pairwise compossibility-testing that can produce even possible Leibniz-worlds; b) individual substances presuppose completed worlds; c) the uniqueness of the actual world is a matter of theological preference, not an outcome of the assembly-process; and d) Goedel’s theorem implies that (...)
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  23. Catherine Wilson (2000). Descartes and the Corporeal Mind: Some Implications of the Regius Affair. In John Schuster, Stephen Gaukroger & John Sutton (eds.), Descartes' Natural Philosophy. Routledge 659--79.
     
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  24. Catherine Wilson (1993). Causation in Early Modern Philosophy. University Park: Penn St University Press.
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    Catherine Wilson (1983). Literature and Knowledge. Philosophy 58 (226):489 - 496.
    There is probably no subject in the philosophy of art which has prompted more impassioned theorizing than the question of the ‘cognitive value’ of works of art. ‘In the end’, one influential critic has stated, ‘I do not distinguish between science and art except as regards method. Both provide us with a view of reality and both are indispensable to a complete understanding of the universe.’ If a man is not prepared to distinguish between science and art one may well (...)
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  26. Catherine Wilson (1990). Michael R. Matthews, Ed., The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 10 (6):243-244.
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    Catherine Wilson (1994). Berkeley and the Microworld. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 76 (1):37-64.
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    Catherine Wilson (2004). Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory. Oxford University Press.
    In Moral Animals, Catherine Wilson develops a theory of morality based on two fundamental premises: first that moral progress implies the evolution of moral ideals involving restraint and sacrifice; second that human beings are outfitted by nature with selfish motivations, intentions, and ambitions that place constraints on what morality can demand of them. Normative claims, she goes on to show, can be understood as projective hypotheses concerning the conduct of realistically-described nonideal agents in preferred fictional worlds. Such claims differ from (...)
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    Catherine Wilson (1993). Leibniz and Arnauld. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):661-674.
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    Catherine Wilson (1995). 13 The Reception of Leibniz in the Eighteenth Century. In Nicholas Jolley (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz. Cambridge University Press 442.
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    Catherine Wilson (1997). Motion, Sensation, and the Infinite: The Lasting Impression of Hobbes on Leibniz. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 5 (2):339 – 351.
  32. Catherine Wilson (2005). Is the History of Philosophy Good for Philosophy? In Tom Sorell & G. A. J. Rogers (eds.), Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy. Oxford University Press
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    Catherine Wilson (2007). Evolutionary Ethics. In Mohan Matthen & Christopher Stephens (eds.), Philosophy of Biology. Elsevier 219.
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    Catherine Wilson (1999). Introduction. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (Supplement):1-30.
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    Catherine Wilson (1982). Leibniz and Atomism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (3):175-199.
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    Catherine Wilson (1991). Leibniz and Strawson. International Studies in Philosophy 23 (3):99-100.
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    Catherine Wilson (2014). Mach, Musil, and Modernism. The Monist 97 (1):138-155.
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  38. Catherine Wilson (2003). Margaret Cavendish, Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (5):325-327.
     
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    Catherine Wilson (1978). Cognitivism's Contributions: Some Questions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (2):253.
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    Catherine Wilson (1992). Leibniz's Metaphysics: A Historical and Comparative Study. Philosophical Review 101 (4):853-855.
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    Catherine Wilson (2000). The Biological Basis and Ideational Superstructure of Morality. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (Supplement):211-244.
    (2000). The Biological Basis and Ideational Superstructure of Morality. Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 30, Supplementary Volume 26: Moral Epistemology Naturalized, pp. 210-244.
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    Catherine Wilson (1989). Subjectivity and Representation in Descartes: The Origins of Modernity. History of European Ideas 10 (3):387-389.
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    Catherine Wilson (2003). The Role of a Merit Principle in Distributive Justice. Journal of Ethics 7 (3):277-314.
    The claim that the level of well-beingeach enjoys ought to be to some extent afunction of individuals'' talents, efforts,accomplishments, and other meritoriousattributes faces serious challenge from bothegalitarians and libertarians, but also fromskeptics, who point to the poor historicalrecord of attempted merit assays and theubiquity of attribution biases arising fromlimited sweep, misattribution, custom andconvention, and mimicry. Yet merit-principlesare connected with reactive attitudes andinnate expectations, giving them some claim torecognition and there is a widespread beliefthat their use indirectly promotes thewell-being of all. (...)
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  44. Catherine Wilson (1987). De Ipsa Natura: Leibniz on Substance, Force and Activity. Studia Leibnitiana 19:148.
     
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    Catherine Wilson (1999). Margaret Dauler Wilson. The Leibniz Review 9:1-15.
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  46. Catherine Wilson (1983). Peter Loptson, Ed., Anne Conway: The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 3 (6):292-296.
     
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    Catherine Wilson (2003). A Humean Argument for Benevolence to Strangers. The Monist 86 (3):454-468.
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    Catherine Wilson (2004). Report on the 2004 Montreal Nouveaux Essais Conference. The Leibniz Review 14:173-174.
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  49. Catherine Wilson (2005). 'Compossibility, Expression, Accommodation'. In Donald Rutherford J. A. Cover (ed.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press 108--20.
     
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    Glenn A. Hartz & Catherine Wilson (2005). Ideas and Animals: The Hard Problem of Leibnizian Metaphysics. Studia Leibnitiana 37 (1):1 - 19.
    Die Ansicht, dass Leibniz urn 1700 oder einige Zeit danach ein überzeugter Idealist war oder wurde, der allein an die Realität der Geister und ihrer Ideen glaubte, hält sich merkwürdigerweise in der neueren Sekundärliteratur. In diesem Beitrag beurteilen wir die Textgrundlage für diese Behauptung nach von uns für solide gehaltenen Kriterien einer historischen Interpretation, wobei sich die Behauptung unserer Ansicht nach als unzureichend erweist. Obwohl Leibniz zur Überzeugung gelangt war, dass wirkliche "Atome" der Natur keine Ausdehnung hätten, war er sein (...)
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