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  1. 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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  2. Michael Losonsky (2008). Andrew Brook,(Ed). The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  3. 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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  4. Michael Losonsky (2008). The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Michael Losonsky (2006). Review of Allen W. Wood, Kant. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (4).
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  8. Michael Losonsky & Heimir Geirsson (2005). What God Could Have Made. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):355-376.
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  9. Michael Losonsky (2004). Frege's 'Bedeutung' and Mill's 'Denotatlon'. Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1):139-145.
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  10. 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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  11. Michael Losonsky (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).
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  12. Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1998). Beginning Metaphysics: An Introductory Text with Readings. Blackwell Publishers.
  13. 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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  14. Heimir Geirsson & Michael Losonsky (eds.) (1996). Readings in Language and Mind. Blackwell Publishers.
  15. Michael Losonsky (1996). John Locke on Passion, Will and Belief. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 4 (2):267 – 283.
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Michael Losonsky (1995). Reasoned Freedom. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):293-314.
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  19. Michael Losonsky (1994). Beyond Methodological Solipsism? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):723.
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  20. 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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  21. 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.
  22. Klaus Reich, Jane Kneller & Michael Losonsky (1994). The Completeness of Kant's Table of Judgments. Philosophical Review 103 (2):373-375.
  23. Michael Losonsky (1993). Abstraction, Covariance, and Representation. Philosophical Studies 70 (2):225 - 234.
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  24. 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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  25. Michael Losonsky (1993). Passionate Thought: Computation, Thought and Action in Hobbes. Pragmatics 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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  26. Michael Losonsky (1992). Leibniz's Adamic Language of Thought. Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (4):523-643.
  27. Michael Losonsky (1991). Philosophy and the Ecological Problem, a Special Issue of Filozoficky Casopis. Environmental Ethics 13 (1):87-93.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Michael Losonsky (1987). Individual Essences. American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (3):253 - 260.
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  32. 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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  33. Michael Losonsky (1986). Zeit der Ernte. Idealistic Studies 16 (1):94-95.
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  34. Michael Losonsky (1985). Reference and Rorty's Veil. Philosophical Studies 47 (2):291 - 294.
  35. Michael Losonsky (1983). Idealism, Cataclysms, and the Facts of Reference. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (1):68 – 77.
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  36. 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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  37. Michael Losonsky (1979). God, Property and Morality. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):131 - 139.
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