9 found
Sort by:
See also:
Profile: Houston Smit (University of Arizona)
  1. Houston Smit & Mark Timmons (2011). The Moral Significance of Gratitude in Kant's Ethics. Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (4):295-320.
    In this essay, we examine the grounds, nature and content, status, acquisition and role, and justification of gratitude in Kant's ethical system, making use of student notes from Kant's lectures on ethics. We are especially interested in questions about the significance of gratitude in Kant's ethics. We examine Kant's claim that gratitude is a sacred duty, because it cannot be discharged, and explain how this claim is consistent with his insistence that “ought” implies “can.” We argue that for Kant a (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  2. Houston Smit (2010). Apriority, Reason, and Induction in Hume. Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (3):313-343.
    In what follows, I argue that Hume works with a notion of the a priori that, though unfamiliar today, was standard in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On this notion of the a priori, to know (consider, prove) something a priori is to know (consider, prove) it from the grounds that make it true. I will refer to this as the "from-grounds" notion of the a priori, and to the now-familiar and dominant notion—on which to know something a priori is (...)
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  3. Houston Smit (2009). Kant on Apriority and the Spontaneity of Cognition. In Samuel Newlands & Larry M. Jorgensen (eds.), Metaphysics and the Good: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams. Oxford University Press.
  4. Houston Smit (2003). Internalism and the Origin of Rational Motivation. Journal of Ethics 7 (2):183-231.
    What makes a subject''s motivationrational is its originating in her practicalreasoning. I explain the appeal of this thesisabout rational motivation, and explore itsrelation to recent discussions of internalismabout reasons for action. I do so in theservice of clarifying an important meta-ethicaldebate between Humean motivational skeptics andtheir Kantian opponents. This debate is oneover whether, as this skeptic contends andKantians deny, considerations about ourmotivational capacities, together withinternalism, restrict genuine reasons foraction to merely instrumental ones. I arguethat properly adjudicating this debate requiresidentifying one (...)
    Direct download (8 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  5. Houston Smit (2003). Review of Lisa Shabel, Mathematics in Kant's Critical Philosophy. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (11).
  6. Houston Smit (2001). Aquinas's Abstractionism. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 10 (1):85-118.
    According to St. Thomas, the natures of material things are the proper objects of human understanding. 1 And he holds that, at least in this life, humans cognize these natures, not through innate species or by perceiving the divine exemplars, but only by abstraction from phantasms (ST Ia, 84.7, 85.1). 2 More precisely, the human intellects potency to understand. 3 The aim of the present piece is to clarify Thomass antinativism—arguably the most important historical and philosophical legacy of his cognitive (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  7. Houston Smit (2000). Kant on Marks and the Immediacy of Intuition. Philosophical Review 109 (2):235-266.
    Direct download (10 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  8. Houston Smit (1999). The Role of Reflection in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (2):203–223.
    There are two prevailing interpretations of the status which Kant accorded his claims in the Critique of Pure Reason: 1) he is analyzing our concepts of cognition and experience; 2) he is making empirical claims about our cognitive faculties. I argue for a third alternative: on Kant's account, all cognition consists in a reflective consciousness of our cognitive faculties, and in critique we analyze the content of this consciousness. Since Strawson raises a famous charge of incoherence against such a position, (...)
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation