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  1. Rafael Ferber (2015). Key Concepts in Philosophy: An Introduction. Academia Verlag.
    The book provides an introduction to six key concepts in philosophy - philosophy, language, knowledge, truth, being and good. At the same time, it aims to initiate its readers into the process of philosophical thinking. The book is addressed to students and laypeople, but also contains new ideas for specialists. It is written in a clear, accessible and engaging style, and its author 'shares, and manages to convey, something of Plato's own commitment to philosophy'.
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  2. Rafael Ferber (2015). Platos Idee des Guten. Academia Verlag.
    At the centre of the monograph (1984, first edition) lies a detailed interpretation and critique of the idea of the Good in the Republic. The main thesis of the interpretation runs as follows: The idea of the Good functions as a third item between thinking and being. The main purpose of the monograph is to introduce the systematic problem of the third item via the historical problem of the idea of the Good. The second, enlarged edition (1989) gives a new (...)
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  3. Rafael Ferber (2014). Alle Menschen streben von Natur nach Wissen. Studia Philosophica:167-183.
    The article is the revised version of an inaugural lecture given at the University of Lucerne on 8 November 2001. In part (I), I give an interpretation of the first sentence of the Aristotelian Metaphysics: ‘All men desire by nature to know’. In part (II), I show how, for Aristotle, this desire to know constitutes a continuum from knowledge given by sense perception to knowledge of the first principles. In part (III), I compare this Aristotelian conception to Plato’s more ‘existentialist’ (...)
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  4. Rafael Ferber (2014). Introduction to "Sophistae". In Fulvia de Luise & Alessandro Stavru (eds.), Socratica III. Academia Verlag 201-203.
    Plato’s “Apology of Socrates” is a masterpiece of the philosophical literature. The question remains as to how much it has been influenced by earlier works, e.g. of Gorgias of Leontinoi and Euripides. Nevertheless, comparative studies on Hippolytus’ defense in Euripides’ tragedy of the same name, on Gorgias’ “Defense of Palamedes” and on Plato’s “Apology” do not exist. The short paper gives an introduction into the status quaestionis.
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  5. Rafael Ferber (2013). Was jede Seele sucht und worumwillen sie alles tut. Elenchos 34 (1):5-31.
    The article first (i) gives an exegesis of the famous passage in the Republic, 505d11-506a2. Attention is drawn to the fact that the principle that every soul does everything for the Good (panta prattei) can be translated in two ways: Every soul does everything for the sake of the Good, or goes to all lengths for the sake of the Good. Depending on the different translations, we have a different picture of the platonic Socrates in the Republic, an intellectualistic Socrates (...)
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  6. Matthias Vonarburg & Rafael Ferber (2011). Marion Ledwig, God's Rational Warriors. The Rationality of Faith Considered. Philosophisches Jahrbuch 118 (1):161.
     
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  7. Rafael Ferber (2010). Plato's "Side Suns" : Beauty, Symmetry and Truth. Comments Concerning Semantic Monism and Pluralism of the "Good" in the "Philebus". Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 31 (1):51-76.
    Under semantic monism I understand the thesis “The Good is said in one way” and under semantic pluralism the antithesis “The Good is said in many ways”. Plato’s Socrates seems to defend a “semantic monism”. As only one sun exists, so the “Good” has for Socrates and Plato only one reference. Nevertheless, Socrates defends in the Philebus a semantic pluralism, more exactly trialism, of “beauty, symmetry and truth” . Therefore, metaphorically speaking, there seem to exist not only one sun, but (...)
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  8. Rafael Ferber (2010). The origins of objectivity in communal discussion" : einige Bemerkungen zu Gadamers und Davidsons Interpretationen des "Philebos. In Christopher Gill & François Renaud (eds.), Hermeneutic Philosophy and Plato: Gadamer's Response to the Philebus. Academia 211-242.
    The first chapter, "Der Hintergrund von Gadamers 'Phänomenologischen Interpretationen' in Sein und Zeit" traces the origins of Gadamer’s interpretation of the Philebus in Sein und Zeit. Especially important is that Dasein is, thanks to speech , already outside of itself in the world. The second chapter "Gadamers Dialektische Ethik" gives a short summary of the main points of Gadamer's interpretation of the Philebus. The third chapter "Davidsons reinterpretation of von Gadamer's Dialektischer Ethik" 222-231), points especially to the fact that Davidson (...)
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  9. Rafael Ferber & Matthias Vonarburg (2008). Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, Die Möglichkeit des Guten. Ethik im 21. Jahrhundert. Philosophisches Jahrbuch 115 (1):230.
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  10. Rafael Ferber (2007). What Did Socrates Know and How Did He Know It? In Luc Brisson & Michael Erler (eds.), Gorgias - Menon. Selected Papers from the seventh Symposium Platonicum. Academia Verlag 263-267.
    The article is the shortened english version of the article "Was und wie hat Sokrates gewusst? Elenchos: Rivista di studi sul pensiero antico, 28, 5-39. First: it states a set of seven "knowledge-claims" made by Socrates: 1. There is a distinction between right opinion and knowledge.2. Virtue is knowledge. 3. Nobody does willingly wrong. 4. To do injustice is the greatest evil for the wrongdoer himself. 5. An even greater evil is if the wrongdoer is not punished. 6. The just (...)
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  11. Rafael Ferber (2007). Was und wie hat Sokrates gewusst. Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 28 (1):5-39.
    The first part of the paper (p. 10-21) tries to answer the first question of the title and describes a set of seven "knowledge-claims" made by Socrates: 1. There is a distinction between right opinion and knowledge.2. Virtue is knowledge. 3. Nobody does willingly wrong. 4. To do injustice is the greatest evil for the wrongdoer himself. 5. An even greater evil is if the wrongdoer is not punished. 6. The just man is happy; the unjust person is unhappy. 7. (...)
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  12. Rafael Ferber (2005). Ist die Idee des Guten nicht transzendent oder ist sie es doch? Nochmals Platons ΕΠΕΚΕΙΝΑ ΤΗΣ ΟΥΣΙΑΣ. In Damir Barbaric (ed.), Platon über das Gute und die Gerechtigkeit / Plato on Goodness and Justice / Platone sul Bene e sulla Giustizia. Königshausen & Neumann 149-174.
    Plato scholars such as Matthias Baltes (1940-2003) and Luc Brisson have defended the thesis that Plato‘s Idea of the Good is on the one hand beyond being (epekeina tês ousias) in dignity and power, but is nevertheless not transcendent over being. The article gives first (I.), an introduction into the status questionis. Second (II.), it delivers the most important arguments for the thesis of Baltes and Brisson. Third (III.), it gives two counterarguments against the thesis. Fourth (IV), it deals with (...)
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  13. Rafael Ferber (2003). Nachruf auf Henri Lauener. Kant-Studien 94 (4):403-404.
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  14. Rafael Ferber (2001). "the Occurrence Of An Essence": "dies Aber Istdie Ousia." . Einige Bemerkungen Zur Aristotelischen Metaphysik Z17, 1041b4-9. [REVIEW] Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 26 (1):61-76.
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  15. Rafael Ferber (1999). Philosophische Grundbegriffe. Verlag Valdemar Kramer.
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  16. Rafael Ferber (1998). Zenon von Elea und das Leib-Seele-Problem. Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 23 (3):231-246.
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  17. Rafael Ferber (1997). Perché Platone nel Timeo torna a sostenere la dottrina delle idee. Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 18 (1):5-28.
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  18. Rafael Ferber, Moral Judgments as Descriptions of Institutional Facts.
    This is the abbreviated and slightly revised English version of my paper “Moralische Urteile als Beschreibungen institutioneller Tatsachen. Unterwegs zu einer Theorie moralischer Urteile“, in: Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 79, 1993, 372-392. It deals with the question of what a moral judgment is. On the one hand, a satisfactory theory of moral judgments must take into account the descriptive character of moral judgments and the realistic language of morals. On the other hand, it must also meet the non-descriptive character (...)
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  19. Rafael Ferber (1994). Philosophische Grundbegriffe Eine Einfürung.
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  20. Rafael Ferber (1991). Die Unwissenheit des Philosophen, Oder, Warum Hat Plato Die "Ungeschriebene Lehre" Nicht Geschrieben?
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  21. Rafael Ferber (1991). II Symposium Platonicum. Grüdung der Internationalen Platon-Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 45 (1):138 - 141.
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  22. Rafael Ferber (1991). Sokrates: Tugend ist Wissen. Elenchos 12:39-66.
    The article examines the Socratic principle that (1) virtue is knowledge and its corollary that (2) nobody errs voluntarily (nemo sua sponte peccat). It tries to show (I) that both principles are paradoxa, i.e. from a phenomenological point of view, they seem to be false; (II) that nevertheless the platonic Socrates accepts both principles as true; and finally (III) that these principles are analytical truths a priori which can only be understood if a person (soul) finds them in him- or (...)
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  23. Rafael Ferber (1991). Wittgenstein Und Spengler. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 73 (2):188-207.
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  24. Rafael Ferber (1989). "M. Hossenfelder:" Die Philosophie der Antike 3. Stoa, Epikureismus und Skepsis. [REVIEW] Studia Philosophica 48:200.
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  25. Rafael Ferber (1988). Das Normative "Ist". Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 42 (3):371 - 396.
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  26. Rafael Ferber (1986). Der Ursprung der Wissenschaft bei Anaximander von Milet. Theologie Und Philosophie 61 (4):551-561.
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  27. Rafael Ferber (1984). Der Grundgedanke des Tractatus als Metamorphose des obersten Grundsatzes der Kritik der reinen Vernunft. Kant-Studien 75 (1-4):460-468.
  28. Rafael Ferber (1981). Notizen zu Platos Höhlengleichnis. Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie Und Theologie 28:393-433.
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