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  1. Lisa Downing (2013). Mechanism and Essentialism in Locke's Thought. In Stewart Duncan & Antonia LoLordo (eds.), Debates in Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses. Routledge. 159.
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  2. Lisa Downing (2012). Maupertuis on Attraction as an Inherent Property of Matter. In Janiak Schliesser (ed.), Interpreting Newton.
    Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis’ famous and influential Discours sur les différentes figures des astres, which represented the first public defense of attractionism in the Cartesian stronghold of the Paris Academy, sometimes suggests a metaphysically agnostic defense of gravity as simply a regularity. However, Maupertuis’ considered account in the essay, I argue, is much more subtle. I analyze Maupertuis’ position, showing how it is generated by an extended consideration of the possibility of attraction as an inherent property and fuelled by (...)
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  3. Lisa Downing (2011). Bodies in Descartes and Boyle. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press. 109.
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  4. Lisa Downing (2011). Newton as Philosopher. Philosophical Review 120 (1):124-129.
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  5. Lisa Downing (2011). Sensible Qualities and Material Bodies in Descartes and Boyle. In Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate. Oxford University Press.
    Descartes and Boyle were the most influential proponents of strict mechanist accounts of the physical world, accounts which carried with them a distinction between primary and secondary (or sensible) qualities. For both, the distinction is a piece of natural philosophy. Nevertheless the distinction is quite differently articulated, and, especially, differently grounded in the two thinkers. For Descartes, reasoned reflection reveals to us that bodies must consist in mere extension and its modifications, and that sensible qualities as we conceive of them (...)
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  6. Lisa Downing (2010). Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
    Film Ethics considers a range of films and texts of film criticism alongside disparate philosophical discourses of ethics by Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, ...
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  7. Lisa Downing (2010). Foucault in Focus : Ethics, Surveillance, Soma. In , Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
     
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  8. Lisa Downing (2010). Pornography and the Ethics of Censorship. In , Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
     
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  9. Lisa Downing (2010). The Cinematic Ethics of Psychoanalysis : Futurity, Death Drive, Desire. In , Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
     
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  10. Lisa Downing (2010). Testing Positive : Gender, Sexuality, Representation. In , Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
  11. Lisa Downing (2010). What If We Are Post-Ethical? : Postmodernism's Ethics and Aesthetics. In , Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
     
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  12. Lisa Downing (2009). Locke : The Primary and Secondary Quality Distinction. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
  13. Lisa Downing (2009). Re-Viewing the Sexual Relation: Levinas and Film. Film-Philosophy 11 (2).
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  14. Lisa Downing, George Berkeley. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, was one of the great philosophers of the early modern period. He was a brilliant critic of his predecessors, particularly Descartes, Malebranche, and Locke. He was a talented metaphysician famous for defending idealism, that is, the view that reality consists exclusively of minds and their ideas. Berkeley's system, while it strikes many as counter intuitive, is strong and flexible enough to counter most objections. His most studied works, the Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (...)
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  15. Lisa Downing (2008). The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault. Cambridge University Press.
    French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality, has had a profound and enduring impact across the humanities and social sciences. This introductory book, written for students, offers in-depth critical and contextual perspectives on all of Foucault's major published works. It provides (...)
     
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  16. Lisa Downing (2008). The "Sensible Object" and the "Uncertain Philosophical Cause&Quot;. In Daniel Garber & Béatrice Longuenesse (eds.), Kant and the Early Moderns. Princeton University Press.
  17. Lisa Downing (2007). Locke's Ontology. In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's. Cambridge University Press.
    One of the deepest tensions in Locke’s Essay, a work full of profound and productive conflicts, is one between Locke’s metaphysical tendencies—his inclination to presuppose or even to argue for substantive metaphysical positions—and his devout epistemic modesty, which seems to urge agnosticism about major metaphysical issues. Both tendencies are deeply rooted in the Essay. Locke is a theorist of substance, essence, quality. Yet, his favorite conclusions are epistemically pessimistic, even skeptical; when it comes to questions about how the world is (...)
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  18. Lisa Downing (2005). Berkeley's Natural Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. In Kenneth Winkler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley. Cambridge University Press. 230--265.
    Although George Berkeley himself made no major scientific discoveries, nor formulated any novel theories, he was nonetheless actively concerned with the rapidly evolving science of the early eighteenth century. Berkeley's works display his keen interest in natural philosophy and mathematics from his earliest writings (Arithmetica, 1707) to his latest (Siris, 1744). Moreover, much of his philosophy is fundamentally shaped by his engagement with the science of his time. In Berkeley's best-known philosophical works, the Principles and Dialogues, he sets up his (...)
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  19. Lisa Downing (2004). Old History and Introductory Teaching in Early Modern Philosophy. In J. B. Schneewind (ed.), Teaching New Histories of Philosophy. 19-28.
  20. Vere Chappell, Dorothy Coleman, Timothy Costelloe, Lisa Downing, James Dye, Daniel Flage, R. G. Frey, James King & Beryl Logan (2001). Hume Studies Referees, 2000-2001. Hume Studies 27 (2).
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  21. Lisa Jeanne Downing (1999). Interpreting Arnauld (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (2):367-368.
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  22. Lisa Downing (1998). The Status of Mechanism in Locke's Essay. Philosophical Review 107 (3):381-414.
    The prominent place 0f corpuscularizm mechanism in L0ckc`s Essay is nowadays universally acknowledged} Certainly, L0ckc’s discussions 0f the primary/secondary quality distinction and 0f real essences cannot be understood without reference to the corpuscularizm science 0f his day, which held that all macroscopic bodily phenomena should bc explained in terms 0f the motions and impacts 0f submicroscopic particles, 0r corpuscles, each of which can bc fully characterized in terms of 21 strictly limited range 0f (primary) properties: size, shape, motion (or mobility), (...)
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  23. Lisa J. Downing (1997). Locke's Newtonianism. Perspectives on Science 5 (3).
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  24. Lisa J. Downing (1996). The Cambridge Companion to Locke. Philosophical Review 105 (1):120-122.
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  25. Lisa Downing (1995). Berkeley's Case Against Realism About Dynamics. In Robert G. Muehlmann (ed.), Berkeley's Metaphysics: Structural, Interpretive, and Critical Essays. The Pennsylvania State University Press. 197--214.
    While De Motu, Berkeley's treatise on the philosophical foundations of mechanics, has frequently been cited for the surprisingly modern ring of certain of its passages, it has not often been taken as seriously as Berkeley hoped it would be. Even A.A. Luce, in his editor's introduction to De Motu, describes it as a modest work, of limited scope. Luce writes: The De Motu is written in good, correct Latin, but in construction and balance the workmanship falls below Berkeley's usual standards. (...)
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  26. Lisa J. Downing (1995). Siris and the Scope of Berkeley's Instrumentalism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 3 (2):279 – 300.
    I. Introduction Siris, Berkeley's last major work, is undeniably a rather odd book. It could hardly be otherwise, given Berkeley's aims in writing it, which are three-fold: 'to communicate to the public the salutary virtues of tar-water,'1 to provide scientific background supporting the efficacy of tar-water as a medicine, and to lead the mind of the reader, via gradual steps, toward contemplation of God.2 The latter two aims shape Berkeley's extensive use of contemporary natural science in Siris. In particular, Berkeley's (...)
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  27. Lisa Jeanne Downing (1994). Berkeley's Ontology (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 32 (2):309-311.
  28. Lisa Downing (1993). Descartes' Metaphysical Physics. Review of Metaphysics 47 (1):146-147.
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  29. Lisa Jeanne Downing (1992). Are Corpuscles Unobservable in Principle for Locke? Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (1):33-52.
  30. Lisa Downing, Occasionalism and Strict Mechanism: Malebranche, Berkeley, Fontenelle.
    The rich connections between metaphysics and natural philosophy in the early modern period have been widely acknowledged and productively mined, thanks in no small part to the work of Margaret Wilson, whose book, Descartes, served as an inspirational example for a generation of scholars. The task of this paper is to investigate one particular such connection, namely, the relation between occasionalist metaphysics and strict mechanism. My focus will be on the work of Nicholas Malebranche, the most influential Cartesian philosopher after (...)
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  31. Lisa Downing, The Uses of Mechanism: Corpuscularianism in Drafts a and B of Locke's Essay.
    That corpuscularianism played a critical role in Locke’s philosophical thought has perhaps now attained the status of a truism. In particular, it is universally acknowledged that the primary/secondary quality distinction and the conception of real essence found in the Essay Concerning Human Understanding cannot be understood apart from the corpuscularian science of Locke’s time.1 When Locke provides lists of the primary qualities of bodies,2 the qualities that “are really in them whether we perceive them or no,” those lists show strong (...)
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