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  1. Steven F. Geisz (2009). Turning Representation Inside Out: An Adverbial Approach to the Metaphysics of Language and Mind. Philosophical Forum 40 (4):437-471.
    In order to resolve problems about the normative aspects of representation without having to (1) provide a naturalized theory of intentional/semantic properties, (2) accept non-natural intentional/semantic properties into our worldview, or (3) eliminate intentionality, this article questions a basic assumption about the metaphysics of representation: that representation involves representation-objects. An alternative, nonreifying approach to the metaphysics of representation is introduced and developed in detail. The argumentative strategy is as follows. First, an adverbial view of linguistic representation is introduced. Two potential (...)
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  2. Steven F. Geisz (2008). Mou, Bo, Davidson's Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (4):457-460.
  3. Steven F. Geisz (2008). Mengzi, Strategic Language, and the Shaping of Behavior. Philosophy East and West 58 (2):190-222.
    : This essay introduces a way of reading the Mengzi (Mencius) that complicates how we understand what Mengzi is recorded as saying. A pragmatic-strategic reading of the Mengzi is developed here, according to which Mengzi attends to and operates under important pragmatic constraints on speech. Based on a close reading of key passages, it is argued that truth-telling and descriptive accuracy are less important to Mengzi than guiding people along the Confucian path. This reading has implications for our understanding of (...)
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  4. Steven F. Geisz (2006). An Indirect Argument for Strategic Voting. Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (4):433–444.