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    Gregory Johnson (2009). Mechanisms and Functional Brain Areas. Minds and Machines 19 (2):255-271.
    Explanations of how psychological capacities are carried out often invoke functional brain areas. I argue that such explanations cannot succeed. Psychological capacities are carried out by identifiable entities and their activities in the brain, but functional brain areas are not the relevant entities. I proceed by assuming that if functional brain areas did carry out psychological capacities, then these brain areas could be included in descriptions of mechanisms. And if functional brain areas participate in mechanisms, then (...)
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    Gregory Johnson (2012). The Relationship Between Psychological Capacities and Neurobiological Activities. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):453-480.
    This paper addresses the relationship between psychological capacities, as they are understood within cognitive psychology, and neurobiological activities. First, Lycan’s (1987) account of this relationship is examined and certain problems with his account are explained. According to Lycan, psychological capacities occupy a higher level than neurobiological activities in a hierarchy of levels of nature, and psychological entities can be decomposed into neurobiological entities. After discussing some problems with Lycan’s account, a similar, more recent account built around levels of mechanisms is (...)
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    Greg Johnson (1982). Emily Dickinson. Renascence 35 (1):2-15.
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    Gregory Johnson (2016). Methodological Functionalism and the Description of Natural Systems. Philosophical Psychology 29 (3):374-389.
    The primary way that explanations are constructed in cognitive psychology is by methodological functionalism: in short, functionally defined components are proposed in order to explain how inputs are turned into behavior. But despite its close association with cognitive psychology, methodological functionalism is a technique that can be used to describe any natural system. I look at how methodological functionalism has fared when used by other special sciences and what lessons can be learned from these cases. Three explanations of chemical and (...)
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  5. Charles M. Sherover & Gregory R. Johnson (2003). From Kant and Royce to Heidegger Essays in Modern Philosophy.
     
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1990). Hermeneutics: A Protreptic. Critical Review 4 (1-2):173-211.
    An argument is made for the relevance of phenomenological hermeneutics to economics, with special attention to recent debates on hermeneutics among economists of the Austrian school of Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek. Hermeneutics is explicated in the context of Husserlian phenomenology, with special attention to phenomenology's Aristotelian roots. Naive and methodological forms of ?objectivism?; are contrasted with hermeneutics, which recovers the horizons of scientific knowledge: the whole, and the activities of the human knower. Finally, the charges that hermeneutics (...)
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    Gregory Johnson (2008). LeDoux's Fear Circuit and the Status of Emotion as a Non-Cognitive Process. Philosophical Psychology 21 (6):739 - 757.
    LeDoux (1996) has identified a sub-cortical neural circuit that mediates fear responses in rats. The existence of this neural circuit has been used to support the claim that emotion is a non-cognitive process. In this paper I argue that this sub-cortical circuit cannot have a role in the explanation of emotions in humans. This worry is raised by looking at the properties of this neural pathway, which does not have the capacity to respond to the types of stimuli that are (...)
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    Gregory Johnson & Glenn Magee (2000). Berlin on Liberalism and Objective Value. Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (4):397-408.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1998). Rethinking Political Theory. New Vico Studies 16:125-127.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1998). Myth and the Limits of Reason. New Vico Studies 16:123-125.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1997). Recasting Conservatism. Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):876-878.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1997). Sullivan, Roger J. An Introduction to Kant's Ethics. Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):926-927.
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    Greg Johnson (2002). The Situated Self and Utopian Thinking. Hypatia 17 (3):20-44.
    : This article takes up the call of feminist thinkers to reconsider the importance of the utopian. I offer a view of the utopian that is situated, critical, and relevant to transformative politics, a view that is structured by embodiment. To this end, I consider some epistemological and ontological connections of situated utopian thinking that enable us to think the utopian differently. Finally, I argue that this view of the utopian can be found in the political efforts of "integrative feminisms.".
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    George Psathas, Kurt H. Wolff, H. Wolff, A. Whole, A. Fragment, Greg Johnson & Merleau-Pontian Phenomenology as Non-Conventionally (2003). Simmel Symposium. Human Studies 26:513-515.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1997). Shell, Susan Meld. The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation, and Community. Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):918-920.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1997). Page, Carl R. Philosophical Historicism and the Betrayal of First Philosophy. Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):912-915.
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    Gregory R. Johnson & Chris Matthew Sciabarra (2001). Ayn Rand in the Scholarly Literature. [REVIEW] Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 3 (1):165 - 169.
    Gregory R. Johnson and Chris Matthew Sciabarra discuss references to Ayn Rand in the works of Paul Feyerabend and Slovaj Žižek.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (2000). Plato the Myth Maker. New Vico Studies 18:145-147.
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    Greg Johnson (2003). Merleau-Pontian Phenomenology as Non-Conventionally Utopian. Human Studies 26 (3):383-400.
    This essay takes up the claim made recently by Simon Critchley in The Companion to Continental Philosophy that a feature common to many philosophers in the Continental tradition is the utopian demand that things be otherwise. The general question I pursue has to do with whether or not such a claim includes movements within Continental philosophy that do not self-identify with the utopian (like critical theory). The particular question has to do with whether or not the movement of phenomenology is (...)
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    Greg Johnson (1998). Process Philosophy as Postmodern? A Reading of David Griffin. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 19 (3):255 - 273.
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    Greg Johnson & Keith Cooper (2003). George E. Arbaugh, 1933-2002. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 76 (5):157 - 158.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1993). Heidegger's Confrontation with Modernity. Review of Metaphysics 47 (2):402-403.
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    Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen (2001). Rejoinder to Machan and Tabarrok: Rand on Abortion, Revisited. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (2):469 - 485.
    Gregory R. Johnson and David Rasmussen defend their critique of Ayn Rand's views on abortion, arguing that their critics miss its main points. Tibor Machan and Alexander Tabarrok actually depart from Rand's own position under the guise of defending it; they introduce a non-Randian distinction between being a human organism and being a moral person.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (2000). Philosophy as a Way of Life. New Vico Studies 18:135-138.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1999). Liberty and Nature: The Missing Link. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 1 (1):135 - 166.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON examines the link between Ayn Rand's ethics, which can be broadly characterized as Aristotelian, and her political philosophy, which can be broadly characterized as classical liberalism of the Lockean, natural rights variety. He maintains that Rand's argument for classical liberalism on the basis of the objectivity of values fails because of a reductionistic and excessively intellectualistic conception of human nature. In addition to discussing Rand's arguments, he surveys the Rand-influenced work of Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. (...)
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    Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen (2001). Rand on Abortion, Revisited. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (2):469-485.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON and DAVID RASMUSSEN defend their critique of Ayn Rand's views on abortion, arguing that their critics miss its main points. Tibor Machan and Alexander Tabarrok actually depart from Rand's own position under the guise of defending it; they introduce a non-Randian distinction between being a human organism and being a moral person.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (2000). Rejoinder to Thomas and Vacker: Ayn Rand and the Mastery of Nature. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (1):229 - 240.
    Gregory R. Johnson argues, contra Barry Vacker, that reductionist thinking and nonlinear aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and that the passages in The Fountainhead cited by Vacker actually support the mastery of nature thesis. Johnson also addresses some miscellaneous criticisms offered by William Thomas, who wrote a review of Johnson's "Liberty and Nature" (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Fall 1999) that appeared in Navigator.
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    Gregory M. Johnson (2010). Abstract Elementary Classes with Löwenheim-Skolem Number Cofinal with Ω. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 51 (3):361-371.
    In this paper we study abstract elementary classes with Löwenheim-Skolem number $\kappa$ , where $\kappa$ is cofinal with $\omega$ , which have finite character. We generalize results obtained by Kueker for $\kappa=\omega$ . In particular, we show that $\mathbb{K}$ is closed under $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -elementary equivalence and obtain sufficient conditions for $\mathbb{K}$ to be $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -axiomatizable. In addition, we provide an example to illustrate that if $\kappa$ is uncountable regular then $\mathbb{K}$ is not closed under $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -elementary equivalence.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1991). A Friend of Reason: José Guilherme Merquior. Critical Review 5 (3):421-446.
    This essay surveys and assesses J. G. Merquior's principal English?language contributions to liberal social and political theory. The greatest strength of Merquior's work is his recognition that one can neither understand nor defend liberalism without first understanding and defending modernity. The greatest weakness of Merquior's work is his overly oppositional conception of the relationship between modernity and its postmodern critics, particularly his failure to recognize that both the positive and negative features of postmodernism are simply radicalizations of the positive and (...)
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    Greg Johnson (2003). On the Importance of Reversibility in Deliberative Democracy. Social Philosophy Today 19:179-191.
    In this essay I argue that proponents of deliberative democracy too quickly assume that the idea of reciprocity is the best moral foundation. I further argue that a more fundamental ground, namely that of reversibility, is overlooked, a ground that transforms the nature of deliberative interaction. Thus, my aim is to develop this alternate ground and indicate how it augments the notion of democratic reciprocity. I demonstrate how the appeal to reason by proponents of deliberative democracy is an epistemic ground (...)
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    Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen (2000). Rand on Abortion: A Critique. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 1 (2):245 - 261.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON and DAVID RASMUSSEN argue that Rand's defense of abortion on demand is inconsistent with her own fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and moral principles, namely that everything that exists has a determinate identity, that the concept of man refers to all of man's characteristics, not just his essential characteristics, and that there is no gap between what an organism truly is and what it ought to be.
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    Gregory R. Johnson (1999). The Role of Religion in History. New Vico Studies 17:138-140.
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  33. Michelle E. Brady, Paul A. Cantor, Thomas Darby, Henry T. Edmondson Iii, Stephen L. Gardner, Marc D. Guerra, Gregory R. Johnson, Joseph M. Knippenberg, Peter Augustine Lawler, Daniel J. Mahoney, James F. Pontuso, Paul Seaton & Ashley Woodiwiss (2001). Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today. Lexington Books.
    This rich and varied collection of essays addresses some of the most fundamental human questions through the lenses of philosophy, literature, religion, politics, and theology. Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale McConkey have fashioned an interdisciplinary consideration of such perennial and enduring issues as the relationship between nature and history, nature and grace, reason and revelation, classical philosophy and Christianity, modernity and postmodernity, repentance and self-limitation, and philosophy and politics.
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  34. J. Patrick Dobel, Henry T. Edmondson Iii, Gregory R. Johnson, Peter Kalkavage, Judith Lee Kissell, Peter Augustine Lawler, Alan Levine, Daniel J. Mahoney, Will Morrisey, Pádraig Ó Gormaile, Paul C. Peterson, Michael Platt, Robert M. Schaefer, James Seaton & Juan José Sendín Vinagre (2000). The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics. Lexington Books.
    The contributors to The Moral of the Story, all preeminent political theorists, are unified by their concern with the instructive power of great literature. This thought-provoking combination of essays explores the polyvalent moral and political impact of classic world literatures on public ethics through the study of some of its major figures-including Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, Jane Austen, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Robert Penn Warren, and Dostoevsky. Positing the uniqueness of literature's ability to promote dialogue on salient moral and intellectual virtues, (...)
     
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  35. Gregory R. Johnson (2000). Ayn Rand and the Mastery of Nature. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (1):229-240.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON argues, contra Barry Vacker, that reductionist thinking and nonlinear aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and that the passages in The Fountainhead cited by Vacker actually support the mastery of nature thesis. Johnson also addresses some miscellaneous criticisms offered by William Thomas, who wrote a review of Johnson's "Liberty and Nature" that appeared in Navigator.
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  36. Gregory R. Johnson (ed.) (2004). Are We in Time?: And Other Essays on Time and Temporality. Northwestern University Press.
    The summa of a distinguished philosopher's career, and full treatment of the temporal in philosophical terms, this volume shows us that by taking time seriously we can discover something essential to almost every question of human concern. Are we IN time? Charles Sherover asks, and in pursuing this question he considers time in conjunction with cognition, morality, action, physical nature, being, God, freedom, and politics. His essays, while drawing upon Royce, Heidegger, Kant, Leibniz, and even Hartshorne and Bergson, defy categorization (...)
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  37. Gregory Johnson (1994). Heraclitus Seminar by Martin Heidegger & Eugen Fink. [REVIEW] Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 88:58-59.
     
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  38. Gregory R. Johnson & Glenn Alexander Magee (eds.) (2003). Kant on Swedenborg: Dreams of a Spirit-Seer & Other Writings. Swedenborg Foundation Publishers.
    _Dreams of a Spirit-Seer_, Immanuel Kant's book on Emanuel Swedenborg, has mystified readers since its publication in 1766 during Swedenborg's lifetime. The unusual style and content of _Dreams_ have given rise to two opposing interpretations. Most Kant scholars regard the work as a skeptical attack on Swedenborg's mysticism. Other critics, however, believe that Kant regarded Swedenborg as a serious philosopher and visionary, and that _Dreams_ both reveals Kant's profound debt to Swedenborg and coneals that debt behind the mask of irony. (...)
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  39. Gregory Johnson (1995). Luttwak Takes a Bath. [REVIEW] Reason Papers 20:121-124.
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  40. Gregory Johnson & Glenn Magee (1991). Preface. Reason Papers 16:2-2.
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    Greg S. Johnson & Dan R. Stiver (eds.) (2012). Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy. Lexington Books.
    This book offers a sustained engagement with the political philosophy of Paul Ricoeur and demonstrates both the significance of the political in his own thinking throughout his career, and how his understanding of the political offers something valuable to current discussions of issues in political philosophy.
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  42. Greg S. Johnson & Dan R. Stiver (eds.) (2014). Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy. Lexington Books.
    This book offers a sustained engagement with the political philosophy of Paul Ricoeur and demonstrates both the significance of the political in his own thinking throughout his career, and how his understanding of the political offers something valuable to current discussions of issues in political philosophy.
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  43. Gregory Johnson (1997). Strange New World. [REVIEW] Reason Papers 22:140-143.
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  44. Gregory Johnson (1994). The Non-Sequitur of Value-Relativism: A Critique of John Gray's "Post-Liberalism". Reason Papers 19:99-108.
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  45. Greg Johnson (2002). The Situated Self And Utopian Thinking. Hypatia 17 (3):20-44.
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  46. Gregory R. Johnson (1997). Update: Publications Through 1997. New Vico Studies 15:90-94.
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  47. Gregory Johnson (1992). Without Sense or Reference: J. G. Merquior's From Prague to Paris: A Critique of Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Thought. [REVIEW] Reason Papers 17:153-160.
  48. Nancy Tuana, William Cowling, Maurice Hamington & Greg Johnson (eds.) (2002). Revealing Male Bodies. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
    Revealing Male Bodies is the first scholarly collection to directly confront male lived experience. There has been an explosion of work in men’s studies, masculinity issues, and male sexuality, in addition to a growing literature exploring female embodiment. Missing from the current literature, however, is a sustained analysis of the phenomenology of male-gendered bodies. Revealing Male Bodies addresses this omission by examining how male bodies are physically and experientially constituted by the economic, theoretical, and social practices in which men are (...)
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  49. Nancy Tuana, William Cowling, Maurice Hamington & Greg Johnson (eds.) (2002). Revealing Male Bodies. Indiana University Press.
    Revealing Male Bodies is the first scholarly collection to directly confront male lived experience. There has been an explosion of work in men’s studies, masculinity issues, and male sexuality, in addition to a growing literature exploring female embodiment. Missing from the current literature, however, is a sustained analysis of the phenomenology of male-gendered bodies. Revealing Male Bodies addresses this omission by examining how male bodies are physically and experientially constituted by the economic, theoretical, and social practices in which men are (...)
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