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  1. Richard Schmitt (unknown). Review of David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk. [REVIEW] Russell 27 (2).
     
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  2. Richard Schmitt (2013). When the Day Comes, Will We Be Able to Construct a Socialist Democracy? Radical Philosophy Review 16 (3):689-705.
    Many socialists agree that socialism must be democratic, in the political as well as in the economic arena. But socialist democracy is very different from democracy in a capitalist country. Socialist democracy, it is widely believed, will be participatory: everyone will be a full participant in all decisions affecting his or her life. In this paper I argue that this conception of socialist democracy needs a lot more work. Not all decisions can be made by everybody affected by a decision. (...)
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  3. Anatole Anton Anton & Richard Schmitt (eds.) (2012). Taking Socialism Seriously. Lexington Books.
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  4. Richard Schmitt (2012). Comment on Charles Mills, "Occupy Liberalism!". Radical Philosophy Review 15 (2):331-336.
  5. Richard Schmitt (2012). Comment on Charles Mills. Radical Philosophy Review 15 (2):331-336.
  6. Richard Schmitt (2012). Socialist Solidarity. Radical Philosophy Review 15 (1):259-273.
    The theme is socialist solidarity. Schmitt notes that efforts towards solidarity fail because we do not know how to put our ideals in practice. The example is taken from the early kibbutzim. The founders were clear about their socialist principles but did not know how to put those in practice in such simple situations as the distribution of clothing. Schmitt concludes from that example that efforts to build socialist solidarity are often impeded by our ignorance of concrete techniques and arrangements (...)
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  7. Richard Schmitt (2012). Teaching Alienation. Teaching Philosophy Today:197-206.
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  8. Richard Schmitt (2009). An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy: A Question-Based Approach. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc..
    How to use this book -- Freedom : possession or process? -- The citizen and the government -- Property and rights -- Democracy -- Why is freedom important?
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  9. Richard Schmitt (2009). Review of Alexander Waugh, The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War. [REVIEW] Russell 29 (1).
     
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  10. Richard Henry Schmitt (2007). Hungarian Studies on Imre Lakatos. Tradition and Discovery 34 (2):51-53.
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  11. Anatole Anton & Richard Schmitt (eds.) (2006). Toward a New Socialism. Lexington Books.
    Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle.
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  12. Matt Bakker, Frank Bardacke, Johanna Brenner, Harry Brighouse, Chris Dixon, Barbara Epstein, Fred Evans, Ann Ferguson, Milton Fisk, Michael Hames-Garcia, Nancy Holmstrom, Michael W. Howard, Serenella Iovino, Stephanie Luce, Barbara McCloskey, Eduardo Mendieta, Charles W. Mills, Mechthild Nagel, Kathy Russell, Cheyney Ryan, Richard Schmitt, David Schweickart, Richard Smith, Jim Syfers, Maurizio Valsania & Victor Wallis (2006). Toward a New Socialism. Lexington Books.
    Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle.
     
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  13. Richard Schmitt (2006). Can the Alienated Make a Socialist Revolution? Reflections About the Prospects for Socialism. Radical Philosophy Today 2006:175-194.
    Alienation is the name of the deformations of human personality produced by capitalism and, specifically, by wage labor. The alienated are powerless. That inhibits their self-esteem, and takes from them the direction of their own lives and the choice of their life values. They become passive bystanders to existence, distrustful of their fellows and motivated by the desire for gain. The alienated tend to be timid, morally indifferent, and ready to support great evil. Appearances are all that matters to them. (...)
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  14. Richard Henry Schmitt (2006). Darwin, Kuhn, and Polanyi. Tradition and Discovery 33 (2):49-55.
    This article extends Moleski’s discussion (in “Polanyi vs. Kuhn: Worlds Apart”) of the worldviews of Kuhn and Polanyi in two ways: by considering an evolutionary view of science as proposed by Kuhn, and byevaluating Kuhn’s notion of “paradigm change” compared to Polanyi’s work on scientific practice.
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  15. Richard Schmitt (2004). Is the Unexamined Life Not Worth Living? Teaching Philosophy 27 (4):307-319.
    This paper examines the merits of the Socratic maxim that the unexamined life is not worth living. First, the maxim is considered in its purely subjective sense, viz., that a particular individual’s life is not worth living due to factors like intense pain or illness. Second, two objective interpretations of the maxim are considered: a “strongly objective sense” where failure to examine one’s life means that one is wasting it and a “moderately objective sense” where it is reasonable to recommend (...)
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  16. Gottlob Frege & Richard Schmitt (2003). Frege’s Letters to Wittgenstein About the Tractatus. The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 120.
     
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  17. Richard Schmitt (2003). Alienation and Freedom. Westview Press.
    Drawing from existentialism, feminism, the thought of Karl Marx and novelists like Dostoevsky, Richard Schmitt looks at modern capitalist societies to understand what it is that might be wrong for individuals. His concern focuses specifically on those who are alienated-- those persons who have difficulty finding meaning in their lives, who lack confidence in themselves and trust in others and, finally, who are constantly distracted by consumer society. He explores how and why alienation occurs. From friendship, love, and work, Alienation (...)
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  18. Richard Schmitt (2003). Living With Evil. Social Theory and Practice 29 (4):665-675.
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  19. Richard Henry Schmitt (2000). The Evolution of Psychoanalysis. Tradition and Discovery 27 (3):41-42.
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  20. Richard Schmitt (1998). Beyond Separateness: The Social Nature of Human Beings-Their Autonomy, Knowledge, and Power. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (4):989-992.
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  21. Richard Schmitt (1996). Marx's Concept of Alienation. Topoi 15 (2):163-176.
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  22. Richard Schmitt (1995). Democracy and Market Socialism. Radical Philosophy Review of Books 1995 (11-12):24-30.
  23. Richard Schmitt (1994). Book Review:Reconstructing Marxism: Essays on Explanation and the Theory of History. Erik Olin Wright, Andrew Levine, Elliot Sober. [REVIEW] Ethics 104 (4):906-.
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  24. Richard Schmitt (1994). Radical Philosophy. Radical Philosophy Review of Books 10 (10):1-6.
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  25. Richard Schmitt (1993). Nurturing Fathers: Some Reflections About Caring. Journal of Social Philosophy 24 (1):138-151.
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  26. Richard Schmitt (1993). In My Father's House. Radical Philosophy Review of Books 8 (8):18-20.
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  27. Richard Schmitt (1991). Identifying Ideology: Let No One Cast the First Stone . . Social Epistemology 5 (3):197 – 205.
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  28. Richard Schmitt (1991). Persons and Power. Social Theory and Practice 17 (1):105-130.
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  29. Richard Schmitt (1990). The Radical Philosophy Association. Radical Philosophy Review of Books 1 (1):2-2.
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  30. Richard Schmitt (1989). Methodological Individualism, Psychological Individualism and the Defense of Reason. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (sup1):231-253.
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  31. Richard Schmitt (1988). Alienation and Class. Science and Society 52 (3):360-362.
     
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  32. Richard Schmitt (1988). A New Hypothesis About The Relations of Class, Race and Gender. Social Theory and Practice 14 (3):345-365.
  33. Richard Schmitt (1988). The Materialist Dialectic. Science and Society 52 (4):441 - 456.
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  34. Richard Schmitt (1984). Reply to Professor Van de Pitte. Metaphilosophy 15 (3-4):256-258.
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  35. Richard Schmitt (1974). Reply to Torrance. Inquiry 17 (1-4):245 – 248.
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  36. Richard Schmitt (1973). The Desire for Private Gain Capitalism and the Theory of Motives. Inquiry 16 (1-4):149 – 167.
    Recent writers on economics have conceded that capitalism suffers from serious shortcomings. But they argue that, in spite of that, preference should be given to capitalism over alternative systems, because it alone gives free rein to the universal, human desire for private gain and is therefore best adapted to human nature. I argue against this psychological defense of capitalism that the desire for private gain is not a universal trait of human beings. On the contrary, it is a defining trait (...)
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  37. Richard Schmitt (1971). On Knowing One's Own Body. Analecta Husserliana 1:152.
     
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  38. Richard Schmitt (1971). Transcendental Phenomenology-Muddle or Mystery. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 2 (1):19-27.
     
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  39. Richard Schmitt (1969). Martin Heidegger on Being Human. New York, Random House.
  40. Richard Schmitt (1969). Martin Heidegger on Being Human an Introduction to Sein Und Zeit. Random House.
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  41. Richard Schmitt (1967). Can Heidegger Be Understood? Inquiry 10 (1-4):53 – 73.
    Heidegger's writings are by many thought to be irretrievably obscure. This is not true of Sein und Zeit. In order to show this, I explain what Heidegger means by ?ontology?, ?preontological knowledge? and ?preontological mistake?. These explanations show that there is nothing in Heidegger's conception of his enterprise which makes it impossible that Sein und Zeit should be clear. Since the explanations require discussion of specific theses, I also show that Sein und Zeit is, at least in part, clear as (...)
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  42. Richard Schmitt (1967). Phenomenology. In Paul Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York, Macmillan 6--135.
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  43. Richard Schmitt (1966). Maurice Merleau-Ponty, II. Review of Metaphysics 19 (4):728 - 741.
  44. Richard Schmitt (1966). Maurice Merleau-Ponty, I. Review of Metaphysics 19 (3):493-516.
    The author argues that merleau-Ponty's conception of his task as a philosopher changed between "the structure of behavior" (1942) and "the phenomenology of perception" (1945) and that the latter is accordingly written in a nonscientific style susceptible of misinterpretation. Focusing first on the earlier work, He examines terminological confusions and logical difficulties in merleau-Ponty's critique of realism, And argues that the central concept of form is scientifically useless and philosophically unnecessary. He then discusses merleau-Ponty's later views on language before considering (...)
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  45. Richard Schmitt (1965). Heidegger's Analysis of 'Tool'. The Monist 49 (1):70-86.
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  46. Richard Schmitt (1965). The Paradox in Kierkegaard's Religiousness A. Inquiry 8 (1-4):118 – 135.
    To be religious in the sense which Kierkegaard calls ?religiousness A? involves one, according to him, in a paradox. If we take the terms in which he describes this paradox in ordinary senses, it is not clear what this paradox consists of. If we take the terms in a technical sense, the description of being religious involves a paradox. But the paradox is of such a nature that it is now logically impossible that anyone should be religious. If we attach (...)
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  47. Richard Schmitt (1965). Two Senses of "Knowing". Review of Metaphysics 18 (4):657 - 677.
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  48. Richard Schmitt (1965). Two Senses Of. Review of Metaphysics 18 (4):657-677.
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  49. Richard Schmitt (1962). In Search of Phenomenology. Review of Metaphysics 15 (3):450 - 479.
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  50. Richard Schmitt (1962). Phenomenology and Analysis. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 23 (1):101-110.
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