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    Michael Losonsky (2014). The Preoccupation and Crisis of Analytic Philosophy. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 10 (1):5-20.
    I propose to reconsider Gilbert Ryle’s thesis in 1956 in his introduction to The Revolution of Philosophy that “the story of twentieth-century philosophy is very largely the story of this notion of sense or meaning” and, as he writes elsewhere, the “preoccupation with the theory of meaning is the occupational disease of twentieth-century Anglo-Saxon and Austrian philoso- phy.” Ryle maintains that this preoccupation demar- cates analytic philosophy from its predecessors and that it gave philosophy a set of academic credentials as (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (2004). Frege's 'Bedeutung' and Mill's 'Denotatlon'. Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1):139-145.
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    Michael Losonsky (1987). Individual Essences. American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (3):253 - 260.
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    Michael Losonsky (1997). Self-Deceivers' Intentions and Possessions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):121-122.
    Although Mele's four sufficient conditions for self-deception are on track insofar as they avoid the requirement that self-deception involves contradictory beliefs, they are too weak, because they are broad enough to include cases of bias or prejudice that are not typical cases of self-deception. I discuss what distinguishes self-deception from other forms of bias.
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    Michael Losonsky (2006). Linguistic Turns in Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    This book traces the linguistic turns in the history of modern philosophy and the development of the philosophy of language from Locke to Wittgenstein. It examines the contributions of canonical figures such as Leibniz, Mill, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, and Davidson, as well as those of Condillac, Humboldt, Chomsky, and Derrida. Michael Losonsky argues that the philosophy of language begins with Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding and demonstrates how the history of the philosophy of language in the modern period (...)
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    Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (2005). What God Could Have Made. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):355-376.
    Plantinga grants that there are possible worlds with freedom and no moral evil, but he argues that it is possible that although God is omnipotent, it is not within God’s power to actualize a world containing freedom and no moral evil. Plantinga believes that the atheologian assumes that it is necessary that it is within an omnipotent God’s power to actualize these better worlds, but in fact, Plantinga argues, this is demonstrably not the case. Since so many philosophers have regarded (...)
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    Klaus Reich, Jane Kneller & Michael Losonsky (1994). The Completeness of Kant's Table of Judgments. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 103 (2):373-375.
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    Michael Losonsky (1990). The Nature of Artifacts. Philosophy 65 (251):81 - 88.
    In Book II, Chapter 1 of the Physics Aristotle attempts to distinguish natural objects from artifacts. He begins by stating that a natural object ‘has in itself a source of change and staying unchanged, whether in respect of place, or growth and decay, or alteration’. But this is not sufficient to distinguish natural objects from artifacts. As he points out later, a wooden bed, for example, can rot or burn, and this is surely a change whose source is, in part, (...)
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  9. Michael Losonsky (2007). Language, Meaning, and Mind in Locke's Essay. In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". Cambridge University Press
     
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    Michael Losonsky (1996). John Locke on Passion, Will and Belief. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 4 (2):267 – 283.
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    Michael Losonsky (1995). Emdedded Systems Vs. Individualism. Minds and Machines 5 (3):357-71.
    The dispute between individualism and anti-individualism is about the individuation of psychological states, and individualism, on some accounts, is committed to the claim that psychological subjects together with their environments do not constitute integrated computational systems. Hence on this view the computational states that explain psychological states in computational accounts of mind will not involve the subject''s natural and social environment. Moreover, the explanation of a system''s interaction with the environment is, on this view, not the primary goal of computational (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (2012). Locke and Leibniz on Religious Faith. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):703 - 721.
    In the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke maintains that ?Reason must be our last Judge and Guide in every Thing,? including matters of religious faith, and this commitment to the primacy of reason is not abandoned in his later religious writings. This essay argues that with regard to the relation between reason and religious faith, Locke is primarily concerned not with evidence, but with consistency, meaning, and how human beings ought to respond to their inclinations, including their inclinations to believe. (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (1993). Passionate Thought: Computation, Thought and Action in Hobbes. Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 1 (2):245-266.
    According to a computational view of mind, thinking is identified with the manipulation of internal mental representations and intelligent behavior is the output of these computations. Although Thomas Hobbes's philosophy of mind is taken by many to be a precursor of this brand of cognitivism, this is not the case. For Hobbes, not all thinking is the manipulation of language-like symbols, and intelligent behavior is partly constitutive of cognition. Cognition requires a 'passionate thought', and this Hobbsian synthesis of inner thought (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (1987). Individuation and the Bundle Theory. Philosophical Studies 52 (2):191 - 198.
    It has been suggested that distinct individuals can have exactly the same properties; thus individuals cannot be individuated by their properties, And so the bundle theory appears to be false. One way to shore up the bundle theory is to introduce impure properties, And I defend this move against some objections by d m armstrong, M loux, And j van cleve.
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    Michael Losonsky (1991). Philosophy and the Ecological Problem, a Special Issue of Filozoficky Casopis. Environmental Ethics 13 (1):87-93.
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    Michael Losonsky (2008). Locke: A Biography (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (1):175-176.
    Michael Losonsky - Locke: A Biography - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 46.1 175-176 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Michael Losonsky Colorado State University Roger Woolhouse. Locke: A Biography. Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xviii + 528. Cloth, $39.99. "A man of versatile mind"—a remark from a letter to Locke by a life-long friend—is the subtitle of the first chapter of this biography. It could also be the (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (1979). God, Property and Morality. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):131 - 139.
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    Michael Losonsky (1988). An Ontological Argument for Modal Realism. Grazer Philosophische Studien 31:165-177.
    I argue for modal realism from the following principles:(R1) p just in case there are truth-makers for the proposition that p.(R2) If there are truth-makers for the proposition that p and the proposition that p relevantly entails the proposition that q, then there are truthrmakers for the proposition that q.(M) The proposition that p relevantly entails the proposition that possibly p.(R3) I f there are truth-makers for the proposition that q, then necessarily, if q, there are truth-makers for the proposition (...)
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    Michael Losonsky (1995). Reasoned Freedom. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):293-314.
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    Michael Losonsky (1985). Reference and Rorty's Veil. Philosophical Studies 47 (2):291 - 294.
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    Michael Losonsky (1992). Leibniz's Adamic Language of Thought. Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (4):523-643.
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    Michael Losonsky (2008). Andrew Brook,(Ed). The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  23. Michael Losonsky (1994). Locke on Meaning and Signification. In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Oxford University Press
     
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    Beth Preston, Matthew Elton, Michael Losonsky, Saul Traiger, Randall R. Dipert & Jerome A. Shaffer (1994). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 4 (3):353-376.
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    Michael Losonsky (1986). Zeit der Ernte. Idealistic Studies 16 (1):94-95.
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    Michael Losonsky (1986). No Problem for Actualism. Philosophical Review 95 (1):95-97.
    Alan mcmichaels has argued that actualism, The view that there are no non-Actual entities, Has a problem with iterated modalities. This paper argues that this is not the case.
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    Michael Losonsky (1993). Abstraction, Covariance, and Representation. Philosophical Studies 70 (2):225 - 234.
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    Michael Losonsky (1994). Beyond Methodological Solipsism? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):723.
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    Michael Losonsky (2008). The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  30. Michael Losonsky (1993). Patricia S. Churchland and Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Computational Brain Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 13 (4):142-144.
     
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    Michael Losonsky (1983). Idealism, Cataclysms, and the Facts of Reference. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (1):68 – 77.
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    Michael Losonsky (2006). Review of Allen W. Wood, Kant. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (4).
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    Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1998). Beginning Metaphysics: An Introductory Text with Readings. Blackwell Publishers.
    This flexible textbook is both an introduction and a reader in metaphysics combining original discussion with selections from primary sources.
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    Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1996). Readings in Language and Mind. Blackwell Publishers.
    This is an anthology of landmark essays in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and cognitive science since 1950. It includes essays that aim to reflect the fact that philosophy and the science of mind and language have close historical and conceptual ties. Each section begins with a brief and simple overview highlighting the issues and recommending other readings. The combination of this editorial material with a selection of classic essays makes this anthology a very flexible tool for introductory (...)
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  35. Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1996). Readings in Language and Mind. Wiley-Blackwell.
    This is an anthology of landmark essays in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and cognitive science since 1950. It includes essays that aim to reflect the fact that philosophy and the science of mind and language have close historical and conceptual ties. Each section begins with a brief and simple overview highlighting the issues and recommending other readings. The combination of this editorial material with a selection of classic essays makes this anthology a very flexible tool for introductory (...)
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  36. Michael Losonsky (2008). Andrew Brook, .The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  37. Michael Losonsky (1982). A Defense of an Idealist Theory of Reference for Proper Names. Dissertation, The University of Rochester
    According to an idealist theory of reference for proper names the reference of proper names is fixed by what name users express in their beliefs, intentions, thoughts, and so forth. My task is to show that an idealist can defend himself against the proponent of the causal theory of reference, who claims that reference cannot be fixed solely by what is expressed in name users' minds. An idealist can handle certain facts of reference the causal theorist believes idealists cannot handle. (...)
     
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  38. Michael Losonsky (1979). Books in Review. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):141.
     
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  39. Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1991). Beginning Metaphysics. John Wiley & Sons.
    This flexible textbook is both an introduction and a reader in metaphysics combining original discussion with selections from primary sources.
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    Michael Losonsky (2001). Enlightenment and Action From Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought. Cambridge University Press.
    Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This is the first book to trace systematically the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views (...)
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  41. Michael Losonsky (2005). Enlightenment and Action From Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought. Cambridge University Press.
    Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This book systematicaaly traces the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views of seventeenth-century philosophy and (...)
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  42. Michael Losonsky (2009). Enlightenment and Action From Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought. Cambridge University Press.
    Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This book systematicaaly traces the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views of seventeenth-century philosophy and (...)
     
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  43. Michael Losonsky (2007). Enlightenment and Action From Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought. Cambridge University Press.
    Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This book systematicaaly traces the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views of seventeenth-century philosophy and (...)
     
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  44. Michael Losonsky & Peter Heath (eds.) (1999). Humboldt: 'On Language': On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species. Cambridge University Press.
    Wilhelm von Humboldt's classic study of human language was first published in 1836, as a general introduction to his three-volume treatise on the Kawi language of Java. It is the final statement of his lifelong study of the nature of language, exploring its universal structures and its relation to mind and culture. Empirically wide-ranging - Humboldt goes far beyond the Indo-European family of languages - it remains one of the most interesting and important attempts to draw philosophical conclusions from comparative (...)
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  45. Michael Losonsky (1996). Locke on Meaning and Significance. In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Clarendon Press
     
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  46. Michael Losonsky (2012). Linguistic Turns in Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    This book traces the linguistic turns in the history of modern philosophy and the development of the philosophy of language from Locke to Wittgenstein. It examines the contributions of canonical figures such as Leibniz, Mill, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, and Davidson, as well as those of Condillac, Humboldt, Chomsky, and Derrida. Michael Losonsky argues that the philosophy of language begins with Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. He shows how the history of the philosophy of language in the modern period (...)
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  47. Michael Losonsky (ed.) (1996). Readings in Language and Mind. Wiley.
    This is an anthology of landmark essays in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and cognitive science since 1950. It includes essays that aim to reflect the fact that philosophy and the science of mind and language have close historical and conceptual ties. Each section begins with a brief and simple overview highlighting the issues and recommending other readings. The combination of this editorial material with a selection of classic essays makes this anthology a very flexible tool for introductory (...)
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  48. Michael Losonsky & Peter Heath (eds.) (1999). Wilhelm von Humboldt on Language : On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
    Wilhelm von Humboldt's classic study of human language was first published in 1836, as a general introduction to his three-volume treatise on the Kawi language of Java. It is the final statement of his lifelong study of the nature of language, exploring its universal structures and its relation to mind and culture. Empirically wide-ranging - Humboldt goes far beyond the Indo-European family of languages - it remains one of the most interesting and important attempts to draw philosophical conclusions from comparative (...)
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