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  1. Debra Nails (forthcoming). On Wittgenstein: The Language-Game and Linguistics. Auslegung.
    Wittgenstein was not the "anti-philosopher" he is so often characterized as having been. this short paper points out inadequacies in some of the traditional views of wittgenstein's philosophy. it then suggests a more positive view of what wittgenstein believed the object of philosophy ought to be: in short, the language-game conceived as human activity, object and linguistic sign, mediated by the rules of grammar. finally, to provide an example of one of the ways in which philosophy might proceed, i discuss (...)
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  2. Debra Nails (forthcoming). Social-Scientific Sexism: Gilligan's Mismeasure of Man. Social Research.
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  3. Debra Nails (2013). Colloquium 3: Two Dogmas Of Platonism. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):77-101.
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  4. Debra Nails (2012). Plato's Republic in its Athenian Context. History of Political Thought 33 (1):1-23.
    Plato's Republic critiques Athenian democracy as practised during the Peloponnesian War years. The diseased city Socrates attempts to purge mirrors Athens in crucial particulars, and his proposals should be evaluated as counter-weights to existing institutions and practices, not as absolutes to be instantiated. Plato's assessment of the Athenian polity incorporates two strategies -- one rhetorical, the other argumentative -- both of which I address. Failure to consider Athens a catalyst for Socrates' arguments has led to the misconception that Plato was (...)
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  5. Debra Nails, Socrates. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  6. Debra Nails (2007). Review of Cristina Ionescu, Plato's Meno: An Interpretation. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (11).
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  7. Debra Nails & Soula Proxenos (2007). Plato's Housing Policy. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 10:73-78.
    Plato put housing second only to a secure food supply in the order of business of an emerging polis [Republic 2.369d); we argue, without quibbling over rank, that adequate housing ought to have fundamental priority, with health and education, in civil societies' planning, budgets, and legislative agendas. Somethingmade explicit in the Platonic Laws, and often reiterated by today's poor — but as often forgotten by bureaucrats— is that human wellbeing, eudaimonia, is impossible for the homeless. That is, adequate housing is (...)
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  8. J. H. Lesher, Debra Nails & Frisbee C. C. Sheffield (eds.) (2006). Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception. Distributed by Harvard University Press.
  9. Debra Nails (2006). Tragedy Off-Stage. In J. H. Lesher, Debra Nails & Frisbee C. C. Sheffield (eds.), Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception. Distributed by Harvard University Press.
     
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  10. Debra Nails (2005). Metaphysics at the Barricades : Spinoza and Race. In Andrew Valls (ed.), Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy. Cornell University Press.
  11. Debra Nails (2001). Plato's Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (2):289-290.
  12. Debra Nails (2001). Seduced by Prodicus. Southwest Philosophy Review 17 (2):129-139.
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  13. Hayden W. Ausland, Eugenio Benitez, Ruby Blondell, Lloyd P. Gerson, Francisco J. Gonzalez, J. J. Mulhern, Debra Nails, Erik Ostenfeld, Gerald A. Press, Gary Alan Scott, P. Christopher Smith, Harold Tarrant, Holger Thesleff, Joanne Waugh, William A. Welton & Elinor J. M. West (2000). Who Speaks for Plato?: Studies in Platonic Anonymity. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  14. Debra Nails (1997). Tidying the Socratic Mess of a Method. Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (2):1-14.
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  15. Debra Nails (1995). Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy offers extremely careful and detailed criticisms of some of the most important assumptions scholars have brought to bear in beginning the process of (Platonic) interpretation. It goes on to offer a new way to group the dialogues, based on important facts in the lives and philosophical practices of Socrates - the main speaker in most of Plato's dialogues - and of Plato himself. Both sides of Debra Nails's arguments deserve close attention: the negative (...)
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  16. Debra Nails (1993). Problems with Vlastos's Platonic Developmentalism. Ancient Philosophy 13 (2):273-291.
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  17. Debra Nails (1988). A Little Platonic Heresy. Demonstrating Philosophy:71-78.
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  18. Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.) (1986). Spinoza And The Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
    My aspiration, however, is not to situate Spinoza among the natural philosophical giants who opened the way to modern science. I cannot conscript him into ...
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  19. Debra Nails (1986). Annotated Bibliography of Spinoza and the Sciences. In. In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 305--314.
  20. Debra Nails (1985). A Little Platonic Heresy for the Eighties. Teaching Philosophy 8 (1):33-40.
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  21. Debra Nails (1985). Of Children, Fools and Madmen. Southwest Philosophy Review 2:30-42.
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  22. Debra Nails (1979). Ousia in the Platonic Dialogues. Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 10 (1):71-77.
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  23. Debra Nails (1978). Epitaph For The Third Man. Auslegung 6:6-23.
    The "third man" argument presented in plato's "parmenides" is valid against any articulated version of the theory of forms. Plato recognized this fact, yet continued to hold the theory because the most fundamental description of what is (the "unwritten theory") cannot be articulated and does not fall victim to the third man.
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