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  1. Eric Brown, Aristotle on the Choice of Lives: Two Concepts of Self-Sufficiency.
    In Nicomachean Ethics I 5, Aristotle discusses four sorts of lives, giving preferred attention to the lives devoted to gratification, politics, and philosophical contemplation, and dismissing the one devoted to making money. On his account, those who live these different sorts of lives pursue manifestly different goals, and their different goals shape different evaluations of all of their actions, reactions, relations, and possessions. Hence, Aristotle simultaneously engages the traditional inquiry into which sort of life is best and extracts from that (...)
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  2. Eric Brown, Advising the Cosmopolis.
    Plutarch charges that Stoic theory is inconsistent with Stoic political engagement no matter what they decide to do, because the Stoics' endorsement of the political life is inconsistent with their cosmopolitan rejection of ordinary politics (Stoic.rep., ab init.). Drawing on evidence from Chrysippus and Seneca, I develop an argument that answers this charge, and I draw out two interesting implications of the argument. The first implication is for scholars of ancient Stoicism who like to say that Stoicism is apolitical. The (...)
     
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  3. Eric Brown, Stoic Psychopathology.
    Apathy is the best-known feature of Stoicism; even Webster's records that a Stoic lives without passions.1 But it remains unclear what Stoic apathy amounts to, because it remains unclear what Stoics understand by passions and why they find passions problematic. In this essay, I start with four unsettled questions about the Stoic definition of passions, and to answer these questions, I explain the passions as central elements of Stoic psychopathology, that is, as defects relative to the Stoic account of the (...)
     
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  4. Eric Brown, Socrates the Cosmopolitan.
    When Socrates was asked to which [country] he belonged, he would say, 'To the world,' for he thought that he was an inhabitant and citizen of the whole world."2 So we are told by those philosophers in later antiquity who liked to see themselves as the heirs of Socrates and as cosmopolitans.
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  5. Eric Brown, Socrates the Stoic? Rethinking Protreptic, Eudaimonism, and the Role of Plato's Socratic Dialogues.
    In the Euthydemus, Socrates and young Cleinias agree, "Not one of the other things is good or bad, but of these two, one—wisdom—is good, and the other—ignorance—is bad" (281e3-5).1 To some, this is the outrageous and characteristically Stoic claim that wisdom is the only good.
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  6. Eric Brown, Wishing for Fortune, Choosing Activity: Aristotle on External Goods and Happiness.
    In Book One of the Nicomachean Ethics (EN),1 Aristotle seeks to identify the human good, which he also calls eudaimonia2 or happiness (I 4, 1095a14-20) and which he explains as that for the sake of which one should do everything one does (I 7, 1097a22-24 and 1097a25- b21). After introducing the idea (in chapters one through three) and surveying some received accounts of it (in chapters four through six), he seems to give his definition in the seventh chapter, where he (...)
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  7. Eric M. Brown, Logic II: The Theory of Propositions.
    This is part two of a complete exposition of Logic, in which there is a radically new synthesis of Aristotelian-Scholastic Logic with modern Logic. Part II is the presentation of the theory of propositions. Simple, composite, atomic, compound, modal, and tensed propositions are all examined. Valid consequences and propositional logical identities are rigorously proven. Modal logic is rigorously defined and proven. This is the first work of Logic known to unite Aristotelian logic and modern logic using scholastic logic as the (...)
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  8. Eric Brown (2013). Vulnerability and the Basis of Business Ethics: From Fiduciary Duties to Professionalism. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 113 (3):489-504.
    This paper examines the role of vulnerability in the basis of business ethics by criticizing its role in giving a moral substantial character to fiduciary duties to shareholders. The target is Marcoux’s (Bus Ethics Q 13(1):1–24, 2003) argument for morally substantial fiduciary duties vis-à-vis the multifiduciary stakeholder theory. Rather than proceed to support the stakeholder paradigm, a conception of vulnerability is combined with Heath’s 2004) “market failure” view of the ethical obligations of managers as falling out of their roles as (...)
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  9. Eric Brown (2011). Control, Risk, and the Role of Luck in Moral Responsibility. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (2):11-21.
    Questions about the role of luck in attributions of moral responsibility have troubled theorists for some time. In this paper I will explicate a position that acknowledges luck as a contributing factor to most, if not all, outcomes and consequences while denying luck the exculpatory role that some theorists contend it plays. I begin by going through the characterization of two perspectives on luck offered by Susan Wolf. From there I outline two necessary conditions for the legitimate attribution of praise (...)
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  10. Eric C. Brown (2011). Fantasizing Ants: Literary Entomology as Environmental Advocacy. Society and Animals 19 (2):195-197.
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  11. Eric Brown, Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism, A. In & Mary Louise Gill (2010). A Comprehensive Overview of Cosmopolitan Literature Garrett Wallace Brown and Megan Kime. In Garrett Wallace Brown & David Held (eds.), The Cosmopolitanism Reader. Polity.
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  12. Eric Brown (2009). Politics and Society. In James Warren (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism. Cambridge University Press.
  13. Eric Brown (2009). The Emergence of Natural Law and the Cosmopolis. In Stephen G. Salkever (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought. Cambridge University Press. 331.
  14. Eric Brown (2008). Contemplative Withdrawal in the Hellenistic Age. Philosophical Studies 137 (1):79 - 89.
    I reject the traditional picture of philosophical withdrawal in the Hellenistic Age by showing how both Epicureans and Stoics oppose, in different ways, the Platonic and Aristotelian assumption that contemplative activity is the greatest good for a human being. Chrysippus the Stoic agrees with Plato and Aristotle that the greatest good for a human being is virtuous activity, but he denies that contemplation exercises virtue. Epicurus more thoroughly rejects the assumption that the greatest good for a human being is virtuous (...)
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  15. Eric Brown, Plato's Ethics and Politics in the Republic. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Plato's Republic centers on a simple question: is it always better to be just than unjust? The puzzles in Book One prepare for this question, and Glaucon and Adeimantus make it explicit at the beginning of Book Two. To answer the question, Socrates takes a long way around, sketching an account of a good city on the grounds that a good city would be just and that defining justice as a virtue of a city would help to define justice as (...)
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  16. Eric Brown (2007). Colloquium 7: Wishing for Fortune, Choosing Activity: Aristotle on External Goods and Happiness1. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 22 (1):221-256.
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  17. Eric Brown (2007). The Roman Stoics: Self, Responsibility, and Affection (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (3):490-491.
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  18. Eric Brown (2006). Colloquium 2: Wishing for Fortune, Choosing Activity: Aristotle on External Goods and Happiness. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 21 (1):57-88.
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  19. Eric Brown (2005). Plato on the Rule of Wisdom. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (S1):84-96.
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  20. Eric Brown (2004). From Republic to Laws T. Samaras: Plato on Democracy . (Major Concepts in Politics and Political Theory 23.) Pp. XII + 405. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. Cased, €74.70. Isbn: 0-8204-5681-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 54 (01):71-.
  21. Eric Brown (2004). Minding the Gap in Plato's Republic. Philosophical Studies 117 (1-2):275-302.
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  22. Eric Brown (2003). Knowing the Whole: Comments on Gill, “Plato's Phaedrus and the Method of Hippocrates”. Modern Schoolman 80 (4):315-323.
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  23. Eric Brown (2002). Women in Plato's Political Theory. Ancient Philosophy 22 (1):189-193.
  24. Eric C. Brown (2002). Insects, Colonies, and Idealization in the Early Americas. Utopian Studies 13 (2):20 - 37.
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  25. Richard Bett, Christopher Bobonich, David Bostock, Eric A. Brown, John M. Cooper, Dorothea Frede, David Gallop, Jonathan Lear, Nicholas D. Smith, Thomas M. Robinson, Christopher Shields, C. C. W. Taylor, Cass Weller & Bernard Williams (2001). Essays on Plato's Psychology. Lexington Books.
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  26. Judith R. Blau & Eric S. Brown (2001). Du Bois and Diasporic Identity: The Veil and the Unveiling Project. Sociological Theory 19 (2):219-233.
    Positioning Du Bois's arguments in The Souls of Black Folk (1903) within social theory enhances our understanding of the phenomenological dimensions of racial oppression and of how oppressed groups build on members' differences, as well as on what they share, to construct a cosmopolitan and richly textured community. Du Bois wrote Souls just at the beginning of the Great Migration but indicated that geographical dispersion would deepen racial solidarity, enhance the meaningfulness of community, and emancipate individual group members through participation (...)
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  27. Eric Brown (2000). Justice and Compulsion for Plato's Philosopher–Rulers. Ancient Philosophy 20 (1):1-17.
  28. Eric Brown (2000). Topics in Stoic Philosophy, And: Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (3):432-434.
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  29. Eric Brown (1999). A New Stoicism (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (1):162-164.
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  30. Eric Brown (1999). The Ethics of the Stoic Epictetus: An English Translation, And: Discourses Book 1 (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (4):671-673.
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  31. Eric A. Brown (1997). A Defense of Plato's Argument for the Immortality of the Soul at Republic X 608c-611a. Apeiron 30 (3):211 - 238.
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  32. Eric J. Brown (1995). Phagocytosis. Bioessays 17 (2):109-117.
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  33. Frank Restle & Eric R. Brown (1970). Serial Pattern Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology 83 (1p1):120.
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  34. Coleman Merryman, Barbara Kaufmann & Eric Brown (1968). Effect of "Rights" and "Wrongs" on Concept Identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology 76 (1p1):116.
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