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  1. Robert Piercey (2013). Aquino, Frederick., An Integrative Habit of Mind: John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom. Review of Metaphysics 66 (4):823-824.
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  2. Robert Piercey (2013). Philip Kitcher , Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (6):472-475.
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  3. Robert Piercey (2012). Kant and the Problem of Hermeneutics. Idealistic Studies 41 (3):187-202.
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  4. Robert Piercey (2012). Learning to Swim with Hegel and Kierkegaard. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):583-603.
    In two of their major works, Hegel and Kierkegaard seek philosophical instruction in the very same example: that of trying to learn to swim before one has entered the water. But they reach diametrically opposed conclusions about what this example shows. It might seem troubling that an example can teach two incompatible lessons. I argue that we will be troubled only if we make an implausible assumption about examples: that the lessons they teach are theory-neutral facts equally available to all. (...)
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  5. Robert Piercey (2012). Michael Bacon , Pragmatism: An Introduction . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (5):342-344.
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  6. Robert Piercey (2012). Martin Woessner , Heidegger in America . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (1):69-72.
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  7. Robert Piercey (2011). Colin Davis , Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (6):393-396.
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  8. Robert Piercey (2011). Historical Consciousness and the Identity of Philosophy. Journal of the Philosophy of History 4 (3-4):411-434.
    It is now widely accepted that philosophers should be historically self-conscious. But what does this mean in practice? How does historical consciousness change the way we philosophize? To answer this question, I examine two philosophers who put historical consciousness at the heart of their projects: Richard Rorty and Paul Ricoeur. Rorty and Ricoeur both argue that historical consciousness leads us to see philosophy as fragmented. It leads us to view our thinking from multiple perspectives at once, perspectives that are often (...)
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  9. Robert Piercey (2011). Reading as a Philosophical Problem. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (1):1-10.
    Reading for enjoyment is a mysterious activity. This article surveys several paradoxes displayed by this activity, paying particular attention to a handful of paradoxes connected with subjectivity. It argues that responding to these paradoxes is a distinctively philosophical task, one that cannot be farmed out to other disciplines. Some suggestions are made about how philosophers can begin tackling these problems, with a special focus on the phenomenology of Wolfgang Iser. While not offering a developed theory of reading, the paper draws (...)
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  10. Robert Piercey (2011). W. G. Runciman , Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (5):379-381.
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  11. Robert Piercey (2010). Alison Scott-Baumann, Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (5):376-378.
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  12. Robert Piercey (2010). Christopher Norris, Fiction, Philosophy and Literary Theory: Will the Real Saul Kripke Please Stand Up? Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 29 (1):57-59.
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  13. Robert Piercey (2010). John McCumber, Reshaping Reason: Toward a New Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (4):284-287.
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  14. Robert Piercey (2010). Metaphilosophy as First Philosophy. International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (3):335-349.
    This paper describes and evaluates two different ways of doing philosophy: a “reflexive” approach that sees metaphilosophical inquiry as fundamental, and a “nonreflexive” approach that sees metaphilosophy as dispensable. It examines arguments that have been advanced for these approaches by Gilbert Ryle, Jerry Fodor, and Richard Rorty, and claims that none of these arguments are convincing. Finally, the paper draws on Alasdair MacIntyre’s work to propose a different way of choosing between the approaches, one that asks which approach is more (...)
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  15. Robert Piercey (2010). Paul Ricoeur on the Ethical Significance of Reading. Philosophy Today 54 (3):279-288.
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  16. Robert Piercey (2009). Aaron Preston, Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (2):141-143.
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  17. Robert Piercey (2009). Christopher Norris, Fiction, Philosophy and Literary Theory: Will the Real Saul Kripke Please Stand Up? Philosophy in Review 29 (1):57.
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  18. Robert Piercey (2009). David Wood, Time After Time. Philosophy in Review 29 (2):150.
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  19. Robert Piercey (2009). Stephen Mulhall, The Wounded Animal: JM Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy. Philosophy in Review 29 (3):205.
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  20. Robert Piercey (2009). The Uses of the Past From Heidegger to Rorty: Doing Philosophy Historically. Cambridge University Press.
    In this book Robert Piercey asks how it is possible to do philosophy by studying the thinkers of the past. He develops his answer through readings of Martin Heidegger, Richard Rorty, Paul Ricoeur, Alasdair MacIntyre, and other historically-minded philosophers. Piercey shows that what is distinctive about these figures is a concern with philosophical pictures - extremely general conceptions of what the world is like - rather than specific theories. He offers a comprehensive and illuminating exploration of the way in which (...)
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  21. Robert Piercey (2008). How Paul Ricoeur Changed the World. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (3):463-479.
    Like Husserl and Heidegger, Ricoeur offers a powerful and original account of what the “world” is and how it conditions our thinking. But it is difficult to recognize Ricoeur’s contributions unless we view them in relation to another aspect of his work: his post-Hegelian Kantianism. Ricoeur tries to steer a middle course between Kant’s and Hegel’s views on this topic. He thinks the idea of the world plays a crucial role in regulating experience, but he tries to understand this idea (...)
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  22. Robert Piercey (2007). What is a Post-Hegelian Kantian? Philosophy Today 51 (1):26-38.
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  23. Robert Piercey (2006). Jacques Derrida, Paper Machine Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (5):337-338.
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  24. Robert Piercey (2006). Joshua Kates, Essential History: Jacques Derrida and the Development of Deconstruction Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 26 (4):265-267.
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  25. Robert Piercey (2006). Review of Yvonne Sherratt, Continental Philosophy of Social Science: Hermeneutics, Genealogy, and Critical Theory From Greece to the Twenty-First Century. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (9).
  26. Robert Piercey (2005). Gadamer on the Relation Between Philosophy and Its History. Idealistic Studies 35 (1):21-33.
    This article asks what Gadamerian hermeneutics can contribute to recent debates about how philosophy is related to its history. First, I explain how Gadamer understands this relation, paying particular attention to his debts to Heidegger and to the role of tradition in the human sciences. Next, I argue that Gadamer’s view raises serious difficulties—difficulties connected with what he calls historicalconsciousness. Finally, I try to respond to these difficulties by distinguishing two different ways of understanding what historians of philosophy do. While (...)
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  27. Robert Piercey (2005). The Role of Greek Tragedy in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. Philosophy Today 49 (1):3-13.
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  28. Robert Piercey (2004). Hegel, Novelty, and Philosophical Novelty. International Studies in Philosophy 36 (1):143-159.
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  29. Robert Piercey (2004). Lost Souls. Review of Metaphysics 58 (2):475-476.
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  30. Robert Piercey (2004). Ricoeur's Account of Tradition and the Gadamer–Habermas Debate. Human Studies 27 (3):259-280.
    While it is clear that the Gadamer–Habermas debate has had a major influence on Paul Ricoeur, his commentators have had little to say about the nature of this influence. I try to remedy this silence by showing that Ricoeur''s account of tradition is a direct response to the Gadamer–Habermas debate. First, I briefly explain the debate''s importance and describe Ricoeur''s reaction to it. Next, I show how his discussion of tradition in Time and Narrative steers a middle course between Gadamerian (...)
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  31. Robert Piercey (2003). Active Mimesis and the Art of History of Philosophy. International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (1):29-42.
    It is often argued that a study of the history of philosophy is not itself philosophical. Philosophy, it is claimed, is an active, productive enterprise, whereas history is taken to be imitative and therefore passive. My aim in this paper is to argue against this view of the history of philosophy. First, I describe a famous criticism of historians of philosophy—Kant’s critique of the “spirit of imitation.” I claim that the source of this criticism is the received view of mimesis. (...)
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  32. Robert Piercey (2003). Doing Philosophy Historically. Review of Metaphysics 56 (4):779 - 800.
    Some philosophers claim to "do philosophy historically." They study philosophers of the past not just to discover what they thought, but as a way of advancing their own philosophical agendas. In this paper, I offer an account of what it means to do philosophy historically. First, I examine a number of current views of the matter, and explain why I find them inadequate. Next, I ask what kind of understanding can be gained from a study of history. I do so (...)
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  33. Robert Piercey (2001). Not Choosing Between Morality and Ethics. Philosophical Forum 32 (1):53–72.
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  34. Robert Piercey (2000). Dan Zahavi, Self-Awareness and Alterity: A Phenomenological Investigation Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 20 (3):231-233.
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  35. Robert Piercey (1997). Jean-Paul Sartre and Benny Lévy, Hope Now: The 1980 Interviews Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (2):132-133.
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  36. Robert Piercey (1996). Louis Dupre, Passage to Modernity Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 16 (4):253-254.
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  37. Robert Piercey (1996). The Spinoza-Intoxicated Man: Deleuze on Expression. [REVIEW] Man and World 29 (3):269-281.
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