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  1. Kurt Mosser (2011). Naturalism and the Surreptitious Embrace of Necessity. Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2):17-32.
    Abstract: In this article, two philosophical positions that structure distinct approaches in the history of metaphysics and epistemology are briefly characterized and contrasted. While one view, “naturalism,” rejects an a priori commitment to necessity, the other view, “transcendentalism,” insists on that commitment. It is shown that at the level of the fundamentals of thought, judgment, and reason, the dispute dissolves, and the naturalists' employment of “necessity for all practical purposes” is at best only nominally distinct from the transcendentalists' use of (...)
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  2. Kurt Mosser (2009). Kant and Wittgenstein: Common Sense, Therapy, and the Critical Philosophy. Philosophia 37 (1):1-20.
    Kant’s reputation for making absolutist claims about universal and necessary conditions for the possibility of experience are put here in the broader context of his goals for the Critical philosophy. It is shown that within that context, Kant’s claims can be seen as considerably more innocuous than they are traditionally regarded, underscoring his deep respect for “common sense” and sharing surprisingly similar goals with Wittgenstein in terms of what philosophy can, and at least as importantly cannot, provide.
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  3. Kurt Mosser (2008). Kant's General Logic and Aristotle. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 16:181-189.
    In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant uses the term “logic” in a bewildering variety of ways, at times making it close to impossible to determine whether he is referring to (among others) general logic, transcendental logic, transcendental analytic, a "special" logic relative to a specific science, a "natural" logic, a logic intended for the "learned" (Gelehrter), some hybrid of these logics, or even some still-more abstract notion that ranges over all of these uses. This paper seeks to come to (...)
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  4. Kurt Mosser (2008). The Grammatical Background of Kant's General Logic. Kantian Review 13 (1):116-140.
  5. Kurt Mosser (2008). The Noise of Battle. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 35:29-35.
    Although the Internet is often used to talk with those with whom one agrees, this paper presents an "agonistic" strategy designed to help students find discussion partners with whom they disagree. This "agonistic" strategy has a number of advantages, specifically helping students' skills in writing, reading, logic, and rhetoric, as well as helping them recognizes the values of these skills and the importance of being well-informed when one enters a debate. As a further benefit, this approach has improved classroom discussion (...)
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  6. Kurt Mosser (2007). Kant's Logic(s) and the Logic of Aristotle. Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (1):125-135.
  7. Kurt Mosser (2006). Looking for a Fight. Teaching Philosophy 29 (4):343-362.
    This exercise requires students—particularly in Introduction to Philosophy courses—to use Internet chatrooms in an “agonistic” fashion,actively seeking out others with whom to argue. Generally using topics in applied ethics, students develop skills in articulating their positions, providing evidence to support those positions, and presenting arguments. These Internet exchanges have resulted in improvement in students’ critical thinking skills, writing, and classroom discussion, and have revealed the value of defending a position with a dispassionate, well-reasoned argument.
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  8. Kurt Mosser (2002). Comment on Robinson, “Langton and Traditionalism on Things in Themselves”. Southwest Philosophy Review 18 (2):147-151.
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  9. Kurt Mosser (2001). Why Doesn't Kant Care About Natural Language? Dialogue 40 (01):25-.
  10. Kurt Mosser (1999). BonJour, Kant, and the A Priori. Disputatio:1-14.
  11. Kurt Mosser (1999). Kant and Feminism. Kant-Studien 90 (3):322-353.
  12. Kurt Mosser (1999). The Limits o F Gendered Reason. Grazer Philosophische Studien 57:237-273.
    In recent years, an approach within feminist philosophy of reason has emerged, for convenience called "gendered reason", that states that due to differences of sex and gender, women and men perceive, think, know, understand, judge, reason about, interact with others and (possibly) constitute the world in fundamentally distinct ways. On the basis of three distinct but interrelating arguments it is tried to show that there is a basic difficulty in maintaining at least some versions of this view; indeed that it (...)
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  13. Kurt Mosser (1998). Should the Skeptic Live His Skepticism? Nietzsche and Classical Skepticism. Manuscrito 21:47.
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  14. Kurt Mosser (1997). Nietzsche and Metaphysics (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 35 (2):312-313.
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  15. Kurt Mosser (1995). Kant's Critical Model of the Experiencing Subject. Idealistic Studies 25 (1):1-24.
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  16. Kurt Mosser (1993). Nietzsche, Kant, and the Thing in Itself. International Studies in Philosophy 25 (2):67-77.
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  17. Kurt Mosser (1993). Stoff" and Nonsense in Kant's First "Critique. History of Philosophy Quarterly 10 (1):21 - 36.
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  18. Kurt Mosser (1993). Was Wittgenstein a Neo-Kantian? Grazer Philosophische Studien 45:187-202.
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