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  1. Sami Pihlström (2014). Academic Publishing and Interdisciplinarity: Finnish Experiences. Human Affairs 24 (1):40-47.
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  2. Sami Pihlström (2013). Conversations on Peirce: Reals and Ideals by Douglas R. Anderson and Carl R. Hausman (Review). The Pluralist 8 (2):130-134.
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  3. Sami Pihlström (2013). Review Conversations on Peirce: Reals and Ideals Anderson Douglas R. Hausman Carl R. Fordham UP New York. The Pluralist 8 (2):130-134.
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  4. Sami Pihlström (2013). Stoic Pragmatism by John Lachs (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (4):569-571.
    Pragmatists have maintained, at least since William James and John Dewey, that philosophy should be relevant to life. Yet pragmatists themselves have often been stuck in debating matters whose practical relevance is limited, including the question who has a right to be called “a pragmatist”. John Lachs, for decades an original voice in American philosophy, has repeatedly argued that philosophy ought to be reconnected with life, and in his new book he forcefully continues this line of argument. The volume seems (...)
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  5. Sami Pihlström (2013). Toward Pragmatically Naturalized Transcendental Philosophy of Scientific Inquiry And Pragmatic Scientific Realism. Studia Philosophica Estonica 5 (2):79-94.
    This paper seeks to show that the turn toward local scientific practices in the philosophy of science is not a turn away from transcendental investigations. On the contrary, a pragmatist approach can very well be (re)connected with Kantian transcendental examination of the necessary conditions for the possibility of scientific representation and cognition, insofar as the a priori conditions that transcendental philosophy of science examines are understood as historically relative and thus potentially changing. The issue of scientific realism will be considered (...)
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  6. Joseph Urbas, Adam Glover, Jorge Je Gracia, Justin Bell, José Jorge Mendoza, David W. Rodick & Sami Pihlström (2013). 5. 'Bi-Polar' Emerson: 'Nominalist and Realist' (Pp. 78-105). The Pluralist 8 (2):78-105.
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  7. Sami Pihlström (2012). Levinas and James: Toward a Pragmatic Phenomenology By Megan Craig. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (1):108-111.
  8. Sami Pihlström (2012). Levinas and James: Toward a Pragmatic Phenomenology (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 48 (1):108-111.
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  9. Sami Pihlstrom (2012). Peircean Modal (and Moral?) Realism (S). In Cornelis De Waal & Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński (eds.), The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce. Fordham University Press. 231.
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  10. Sami Pihlstrom (2012). Transcendental Philosophy as Ontology. In Lila Haaparanta & Heikki Koskinen (eds.), Categories of Being: Essays on Metaphysics and Logic. Oxford University Press, Usa. 453.
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  11. Sami Pihlström (2012). The Problem of Evil and the Limits of Philosophy. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 33 (1):159-184.
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  12. Sorin Baiasu, Howard Williams & Sami Pihlstrom (eds.) (2011). Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. University of Wales Press.
    The past three decades have witnessed the emergence, at the forefront of political thought, of several Kantian theories. Both the critical reaction to consequentialism inspired by Rawlsian constructivism and the universalism of more recent theories informed by Habermasian discourse ethics trace their main sources of inspiration back to Kant's writings. Yet much of what is Kantian in contemporary theory is formulated with more or less strict caveats concerning Kant's metaphysics. These range from radical claims that theories of justice must be (...)
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  13. Sami Pihlström (2011). Die Kontextualität der Schema(un)abhängigkeit in der pragmatischen Metaphysik. Synthesis Philosophica 26 (1):161-173.
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  14. Sami Pihlström (2011). Eino Kaila on Pragmatism and Religion: An Introduction to Kaila's 1912 Essay on William James. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (2):146-157.
    American pragmatism was, in the beginning of the twentieth century, a major movement not only in its home country but also in other parts of the globe as well, largely (but not exclusively) thanks to William James’s (1842–1910) international activity. In Europe, Italian and French philosophers, in particular, established their own pragmatist “schools,” and pragmatism also spread to the northern parts of the continent, including Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Even in the relatively remote Finland, Jamesian pragmatism rapidly became well (...)
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  15. Sami Pihlstrom (2011). Guilt: Facing the Problem of Ethical Solipsism. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 7 (2):114-135.
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  16. Sami Pihlström (2011). Kontekstualnost shematske (ne)uvjetovanosti u pragmatičkoj metafizici. Synthesis Philosophica 26 (1):161-173.
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  17. Sami Pihlström (2011). La contextualité de l'(in)dépendance schématique dans la métaphysique pragmatique. Synthesis Philosophica 26 (1):161-173.
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  18. Sami Pihlström (2011). Morton White's Philosophy of Culture: Holistic Pragmatism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Human Affairs 21 (2):140-156.
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  19. Sami Pihlström (2011). Studies/Studien/Études. Synthesis Philosophica 51 (1):161-173.
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  20. Sami Pihlström (2011). The Contextuality of Scheme-(In)Dependence in Pragmatist Metaphysics. Synthesis Philosophica 26 (1):161-173.
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  21. Sami Pihlström (2011). Transcendental Guilt: Reflections on Ethical Finitude. Lexington Books.
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  22. Sami Pihlström (2011). Of Literature and Knowledge: Explorations in Narrative Thought Experiments, Evolution and Game Theory_, And: _Literature, Analytically Speaking: Explorations in the Theory of Interpretation, Analytic Aesthetics, and Evolution (Review). Philosophy and Literature 35 (2):404-410.
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  23. Aaron Wilson, Eino Kaila, Heikki A. Kovailanen, Sami Pihlström, Zach VanderVeen, Charles A. Hobbs, Sor-Hoon Tan, Jeff Kasser, Michael Brodrick & Sami Paavola (2011). 1. Peirce Versus Davidson on Metaphorical Meaning Peirce Versus Davidson on Metaphorical Meaning (Pp. 117-135). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (2).
     
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  24. John Kaag, Beth Eddy, Tommy J. Curry, Jane Duran, Steffen Dix, Seyed Hassan Hosseini & Sami Pihlström (2010). 1. Front Matter Front Matter (Pp. I-Vii). The Pluralist 5 (1).
     
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  25. Sami Pihlström (2010). Dewey and Pragmatic Religious Naturalism. In Molly Cochran (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Dewey. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  26. Sami Pihlström (2010). Pragmatic Aspects of Kantian Theism. The Pluralist 5 (1):279-287.
    Is there a god? What do we, and what should we, mean by this question? How, if at all, might the question, given that its meaning(s) can be clarified, be settled or even rationally discussed? Is there any chance for a reasonable, scientifically minded person to believe in the reality of God, or is atheism the only intellectually responsible option for us today? Is theism inevitably committed to the pseudoscientific absurdities of creationism, the "intelligent design theory," and other unfortunately increasingly (...)
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  27. Sami Pihlström (2010). Toward a Pragmatically Naturalist Metaphysics of the Fact-Value Entanglement. Journal of Philosophical Research 35:323-352.
    This paper examines the metaphysical status of the fact-value entanglement. According to Hilary Putnam, among others, this is a major theme in both classical and recent pragmatism, but its relevance obviously extends beyond pragmatism scholarship. The pragmatic naturalist must make sense of the entanglement thesis within a broadly non-reductively naturalist account of reality. Two rival options for such metaphysics are discussed: values may be claimed to emerge from facts (or normativity from factuality), or fact and value may be considered continuous. (...)
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  28. Sami Pihlström (2010). The Ethics of Energy: William James's Moral Philosophy in Focus (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):646-650.
    Although William James wrote little directly on ethics, commentators have increasingly recognized that a central current—perhaps even the main underlying orientation—of his philosophical work is ethical. The famous 1891 essay, "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life,"1 is thus only the tip of an iceberg. It is his only article explicitly dealing with moral philosophy; yet, arguably, ethical considerations are built into the fabric of his pragmatism, especially its leading idea that theories and worldviews ought to be examined in terms (...)
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  29. Sami Pihlström (2010). The Ethics of Energy: William James's Moral Philosophy in Focus By Sergio Franzese. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):646-650.
  30. Sami Pihlström (2010). The Re-Emergence of the Emergence Debate. Principia 6 (1):133-182.
    This essay provides a criticai review of contemporary controversies related to the notion of emergence by discussing, among other recent views, Achim Stephan's defense of the ontological tradition of emergentist thought along the lines of C. D. Broad. Stephan's distinctions between various notions of emergence, different in strength, are useful as they clarify the state of discussion. There are, however, several unsettled problems concerning emergence. Some of these (e. g., downward causation) have been dealt with by Stephan, Kim, and others, (...)
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  31. Sami Pihlström (2010). Uskonto Ja Elämän Merkitys: Näkökulmia Uskonnonfilosofiaan. Suomalainen Teologinen Kirjallisuusseura.
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  32. Sami Pihlström (2009). A Recent Guide to the Study of Pragmatism. Human Affairs 19 (1).
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  33. Sami Pihlström (2009). Elizabeth F. Cooke, Peirce's Pragmatic Theory of Inquiry: Fallibilism and Indeterminacy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (1):10-12.
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  34. Sami Pihlström (2009). Ethical Unthinkabilities and Philosophical Seriousness. Metaphilosophy 40 (5):656-670.
    Abstract: This article defends a controversial metaphilosophical thesis: it is not immediately obvious that "the best argument wins" in philosophy. Certain philosophical views, for example, extremely controversial ethical positions, may be intolerable and impossible to take seriously as contributions to ethical discussion, irrespective of their argumentative merits. As a case study of this metaphilosophical issue, the article discusses David Benatar's recent thesis that it is, for everyone, harmful to exist. It is argued that ethical and cultural "unthinkabilities" set limits to (...)
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  35. Sami Pihlstrom (2009). Pragmatism and Naturalized Transcendental Subjectivity. Contemporary Pragmatism 6 (1):1-13.
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  36. Sami Pihlström (2009). Pragmatist Metaphysics. Continuum.
    Pragmatist Metaphysics proposes a pragmatist re-articulation of the nature, aims and methods of metaphysics. Rather than regarding metaphysics as a ‘first philosophy’, an inquiry into the world independent of human perspectives, the pragmatist views metaphysics as an inquiry into categorizations of reality laden with human practices. Insofar as our categorizations of reality are practice-laden, they are also, inevitably, value-laden. Sami Pihlström argues that metaphysics does not, then, study the world’s ‘own’ categorial structure, but a structure we, through our conceptual and (...)
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  37. Sami Pihlström (2009). The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading , And: Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters. A New Study Edition, with Notes, Philosophical Commentary and Historical Contextualization , And: A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy. A New Philosophical Reading (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (3):pp. 444-449.
    This well-organized editorial material is useful especially for students and general educated readers coming to study these works for the first time, but also for the specialist who wants to check details or keep up with central literature. The editor's notes offer historical contextualization, terminological and etymological clarifications, and information on both the well-known and the relatively unknown authors cited by Emerson.... Callaway has modernized the spelling of the prose, but otherwise the editions follow the originals. ".
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  38. Sami Pihlström (2009). The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading, Ralph Waldo Emerson By H.G. Callaway (Ed.) Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters. A New Study Edition, with Notes, Philosophical Commentary and Historical Contextualization, Ralph Waldo Emerson By H.G. Callaway (Ed.) A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy. A New Philosophical Reading, William James By H.G. Callaway (Ed.). [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (3):444-449.
    This new edition of William James’s 1909 classic, A Pluralistic Universe reproduces the original text, only modernizing the spelling. The books has been annotated throughout to clarify James’s points of reference and discussion. There is a new, fuller index, a brief chronology of James’s life, and a new bibliography—chiefly based on James’s own references. The editor, H.G. Callaway, has included a new Introduction which elucidates the legacy of Jamesian pluralism to survey some related questions of contemporary American society. -/- A (...)
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  39. Sami Pihlström & Henrik Rydenfelt (eds.) (2009). Pragmatist Perspectives. Philosophical Society of Finland.
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  40. Sami Pihlstrom (2008). Armstrong's Metaphysical Realism. Acta Philosophica Fennica 84:71.
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  41. Sami Pihlström (2008). How (Not) to Write the History of Pragmatist Philosophy of Science? Perspectives on Science 16 (1):26-69.
    This survey article discusses the pragmatist tradition in twentieth century philosophy of science. Pragmatism, originating with Charles Peirce's writings on the pragmatic maxim in the 1870s, is a background both for scientific realism and, via the views of William James and John Dewey, for the relativist and/or constructivist forms of neopragmatism that have often been seen as challenging the very ideas of scientific rationality and objectivity. The paper shows how the issue of realism arises in pragmatist philosophy of science and (...)
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  42. Sami Pihlström (2008). Is Jamesian Pragmatism Nominalistic? Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 32:1-7.
    This paper discusses William James’s pragmatism in relation to nominalism. James’s views are often contrasted with Peirce’s realism. There are differences between Jamesian and Peircean pragmatisms, but several scholars argue that it is misleading to simply classify James as a nominalist. Moreover, the nominalism vs. realism issue in these early pragmatists is not purely metaphysical but also ethical, illustrating the pragmatists’ tendency to view metaphysics and ethics as deeply entangled. This challenging theme should be further developed today in attempts to (...)
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  43. Sami Pihlström (2008). Pragmatism and the Ethical Grounds of Metaphysics. Philosophical Topics 36 (1):211-237.
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  44. Sami Pihlström (2007). A Meaningful Life in a Meaningless Cosmos? Two Rival Approaches. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 3 (1):4-17.
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  45. Sami Pihlström (2007). Brandom sobre Pragmatismo. Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia. Issn (Impresso) 1518-7187;(Eletrônico) 2316-5278 8 (2):265-287.
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  46. Sami Pihlström (2007). Mortality as a Philosophical-Anthropological Issue: Thanatology, Normativity, and "Human Nature". Human Affairs 17 (1).
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  47. Sami Pihlström (2007). Metaphysics with a Human Face: William James and the Prospects of Pragmatist Metaphysics. William James Studies 2 (1):1-28.
    This essay contributes to the debate over whether there is, or can be, any place for metaphysics in pragmatism, in William James's pragmatism, in particular. The paper defends the possibility of pragmatist metaphysics, seeking to show how interesting forms of such metaphysics with a grounding in key Jamesian texts can, pragmatically, be put to work. This task is interesting from the perspective of both James scholarship and the ongoing re-evaluation and critical transformation of the pragmatist tradition. Furthermore, we need metaphilosophical (...)
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  48. Sami Pihlström (2007). Panpsychism—a Neglected Jamesian Alternative? Journal of Philosophical Research 32:319-347.
    This essay examines the speculative metaphysical doctrine of panpsychism, which some (though only a few) philosophers regard as a plausible solution to the problem of explaining the possibility of conscious experience. After a survey of some of the main arguments for and against panpsychism, the metaphysically realist background assumption of the doctrine is uncovered and questioned. A pragmatic reinterpretation of panpsychism, drawn from the work of William James,is then proposed. In order to be treated truly pragmatically, panpsychism—like any other metaphysical (...)
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  49. Sami Pihlström (2007). Religion and Pseudo-Religion: An Elusive Boundary. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 62 (1):3 - 32.
    This paper examines the possibility of setting a boundary between religion and “pseudo-religion” (or superstition). Philosophers of religion inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s ideas, in particular, insist that religious language-use can be neither legitimated nor criticized from the perspective of non-religious language-games. Thus, for example, the “theodicist” requirement that the existence of evil should be theoretically reconciled with theism can be argued to be pseudo-religious (superstitious). Another example discussed in the paper is the relation between religion and morality. The paper concludes (...)
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  50. Sami Pihlström (2007). Transcendental Self-Deception. Teorema: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 26 (3):177-189.
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