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  1. Aaron Garrett & James Harris (eds.) (2015). Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford University Press.
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  2. Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris (eds.) (2015). Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion. OUP Oxford.
    This new history of Scottish philosophy will include two volumes that focus on the Scottish Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. In this first volume, a team of leading experts explore the ideas, intellectual context, and influence of Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, Reid, and many other thinkers.
     
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  3. Aaron Garrett (2014). The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Philosophical Review 123 (4):533-541.
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  4. Aaron Garrett (ed.) (2014). The Routledge Companion to Eighteenth Century Philosophy. Routledge.
    The Eighteenth century is one of the most important periods in the history of Western philosophy, witnessing philosophical, scientific, and social and political change on a vast scale. In spite of this, there are few single volume overviews of the philosophy of the period as a whole. The Routledge Companion to Eighteenth Century Philosophy is an authoritative survey and assessment of this momentous period, covering major thinkers, topics and movements in Eighteenth century philosophy. Beginning with a substantial introduction by Aaron (...)
     
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  5. Aaron Garrett (2013). Seventeenth-Century Moral Philosophy: Self Help, Self-Knowledge, and the Devil's Mountain. In Roger Crisp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics. Oxford University Press 229.
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  6. Aaron Garrett (2013). Mind and Matter. In James A. Harris (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford University Press 171.
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  7. Aaron Garrett (2012). Knowing the Essence of the State in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):50-73.
    This paper argues that Spinoza's main political writings are concerned, in part, with knowledge of essences as detailed in the Ethics. It is further argued that knowledge of the essences of states, and essential properties that belong to states, may be an example of the elusive scientia intuitiva or third kind of knowledge. The paper concludes by considering Spinoza's goals in his political writings and the importance of metaphysics and the theory of knowledge more broadly for early modern political philosophers.
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  8. Aaron Garrett (2012). Reasoning About Morals From Butler to Hume. In Ruth Savage (ed.), Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain: New Case Studies. Oxford University Press
  9. Aaron Garrett (2007). Francis Hutcheson and the Origin of Animal Rights. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (2):243-265.
    "Animal right" is an important political and philosophical concept that has its roots in the work of Francis Hutcheson. Developing ideas derived from his natural-law predecessors, Hutcheson stressed the category of acquired or adventitious right to explain how animals might gain rights through becoming members of a community guided by a moral sense. This theoretical innovation had consequences not just for animals, but for making sense of how all of the formerly rightless might gain rights. Examining Hutcheson's development of an (...)
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  10. Aaron Garrett (2006). Forum: The Idea of the Self. Modern Intellectual History 3 (2):299-304.
    The following comments and response were presented at a symposium on Jerrold Seigel's TheIdeaoftheSelf:ThoughtandExperienceinWesternEuropesincetheSeventeenthCentury (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), held at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, on 14 October 2005. The symposium was organized by David Armitage, Peter Gordon and Judith Surkis and was sponsored by the CES's Colloquia in Intellectual and Cultural History.
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  11. Aaron Garrett (2005). :The Library of Scottish Philosophy;Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings;James Beattie: Selected Philosophical Writings;The Scottish Idealists: Selected Philosophical Writings;Art and Enlightenment: Scottish Aesthetics in the 18th Century;Scottish Philosophy: Selected Writings 1690–1960;John Macmurray: Selected Philosophical Writings. [REVIEW] Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (2):181-186.
    The Library of Scottish Philosophy: Volumes 1 – 6, Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004 James Otteson , ed. Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings, 247pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 184540-001-1 James Harris , ed. James Beattie: Selected Philosophical Writings, 204pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-711 David Boucher , ed. The Scottish Idealists: Selected Philosophical Writings, 201pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-72X Jonathan Friday , ed. Art and Enlightenment: Scottish Aesthetics in the 18th century, 212pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-762 Gordon Graham , ed. Scottish Philosophy: Selected (...)
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  12. Aaron Garrett (2005). Review of : The Library of Scottish Philosophy_; Review of James Otteson: _Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings_; Review of James Harris: _James Beattie: Selected Philosophical Writings_; Review of David Boucher: _The Scottish Idealists: Selected Philosophical Writings_; Review of Jonathan Friday: _Art and Enlightenment: Scottish Aesthetics in the 18th Century_; Review of Gordon Graham: _Scottish Philosophy: Selected Writings 1690–1960_; Review of Esther McIntosh: _John Macmurray: Selected Philosophical Writings. [REVIEW] Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (2):181-186.
    The Library of Scottish Philosophy: Volumes 1 – 6, Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2004 James Otteson , ed. Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings, 247pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 184540-001-1 James Harris , ed. James Beattie: Selected Philosophical Writings, 204pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-711 David Boucher , ed. The Scottish Idealists: Selected Philosophical Writings, 201pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-72X Jonathan Friday , ed. Art and Enlightenment: Scottish Aesthetics in the 18th century, 212pp. Paperback £12.95. ISBN 0907845-762 Gordon Graham , ed. Scottish Philosophy: Selected (...)
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  13. Aaron Garrett (2004). In Defense of Elephants: Priestley on Reid on How to Be a Newtonian of the Mind. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 2 (2):137-153.
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  14. Aaron Garrett (2004). The Lives of the Philosophers. Jahrbuch für Recht Und Ethik 12.
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  15. Christian Barry, Michael Davis, Peter K. Dews, Aaron V. Garrett, Yusuf Has, Bill E. Lawson, Val Plumwood, Joshua Preiss, Jennifer C. Rubenstein & Avital Simhony (2003). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Ethics 113 (3):734-741.
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  16. Aaron Garrett (2003). Anthropology: The 'Original'of Human Nature. In Alexander Broadie (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment. Cambridge University Press 79--83.
     
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  17. Aaron Garrett (2003). Meaning in Spinoza's Method. Cambridge University Press.
    Readers of Spinoza's philosophy have often been discouraged, as well as fascinated, by the geometrical method which he employs in his masterpiece Ethics. Aaron Garrett examines this method and suggests that Spinoza intended not only to make claims and propositions but also to transform readers by enabling them to view themselves and the world in a different way. This original and controversial book will be of interest to historians of philosophy.
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  18. Knud Haakonssen, Manfred Kuehn, Daniel Schulthess, M. A. Stewart, Alexander Broadie, Rebecca Copenhaver, John Glassford, Miguel A. Badia-Cabrera, Aaron Garrett & Atis Zakatistovs (2001). British Society for the History of Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):195.
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  19. Amy Davidoff, A. Bowen Garrett, Diane Makuc & Matthew Schirner (2000). Children Eligible for Medicaid but Not Enrolled: Health Status, Access to Care and Implications for Medicaid Enrollment. Inquiry 37 (2):203-18.
     
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  20. Aaron Garrett (2000). Hume's Revised Racism Revisited. Hume Studies 26 (1):171-177.
  21. Aaron Garrett (1999). Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes. Philosophical Review 108 (2):288-290.
  22. Aaron V. Garrett (1997). Ratio Faciens: Method, Act, and Cause in Spinoza's "Ethics". Dissertation, New School for Social Research
    This dissertation sets out to discuss some features of Spinoza's concepts of conatus and causation, through a discussion of the overall structure of the Ethics. ;The major portion of the dissertation is devoted to Spinoza's method, as employed in the Ethics, the notorious geometric method. I argue against the traditional reading of the method as a simple geometric device, and for a position which emphasizes how the method itself leads the reader to come to the highest kinds of knowledge. This (...)
     
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  23. A. C. Garrett (1996). European Science and Scholarship in Exile: Conformity and Disparity Mitchell Ash and Alfons Söllner, Forced Migration and Scientific Change: Emigre German-Speaking Scientists and Scholars After 1933. Washington, DC: German Historical Institute, 1996. History of the Human Sciences 9 (4):139-149.
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  24. Aaron V. Garrett (1995). Leviathan. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (1):277-282.
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  25. Aaron Vladeck Garrett (1994). The Ancient Commentators on Aristotle I. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 17 (1-2):377-391.
  26. A. J. M. Garrett (1991). " Bell's Theorem and Bayes' Theorem," Found Phys. 20, 1475-1512 (1990). Foundations of Physics 21 (6).
  27. A. J. M. Garrett (1990). Bell's Theorem and Bayes' Theorem. Foundations of Physics 20 (12):1475-1512.
    Bell's theorem is expounded as an analysis in Bayesian probabilistic inference. Assume that the result of a spin measurement on a spin-1/2 particle is governed by a variable internal to the particle (local, “hidden”), and examine pairs of particles having zero combined angular momentum so that their internal variables are correlated: knowing something about the internal variable of one tells us something about that of the other. By measuring the spin of one particle, we infer something about its internal variable; (...)
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  28. A. J. M. Garrett (1990). Bell's Theorem, Inference, and Quantum Transactions. Foundations of Physics 20 (4):381-402.
    Bell's theorem is expounded as an analysis in Bayesian inference. Assuming the result of a spin measurement on a particle is governed by a causal variable internal (hidden, “local”) to the particle, one learns about it by making a spin measurement; thence about the internal variable of a second particle correlated with the first; and from there predicts the probabilistic result of spin measurements on the second particle. Such predictions are violated by experiment: locality/causality fails. The statistical nature of the (...)
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  29. Aaron Garrett, Richard Dean, Humphrey Primatt, John Oswald & Thomas Young (eds.) (1713/2000). Animal Rights and Souls in the Eighteenth Century. Thoemmes Press.
    The publication of 'Animal Rights and Souls in the 18th Century' will be welcomed by everyone interested in the development of the modern animal liberation movement, as well as by those who simply want to savour the work of enlightenment thinkers pushing back the boundaries of both science and ethics. At last these long out-of-print texts are again available to be read and enjoyed - and what texts they are! Gems like Bougeant's witty reductio of the Christian view of animals (...)
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