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    Steven Tester (2016). Julian Wuerth, Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 36 (1):39-41.
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    Steven Tester (2016). Mental Powers and the Soul in Kant’s Subjective Deduction and the Second Paralogism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (3):426-452.
    Kant’s claim in the Subjective Deduction that we have multiple fundamental mental powers appears to be susceptible to some a priori metaphysical arguments made against multiple fundamental mental powers by Christian Wolff who held that these powers would violate the unity of thought and entail that the soul is an extended composite. I argue, however, that in the Second Paralogism and his lectures on metaphysics, Kant provides arguments that overcome these objections by showing that it is possible that a composite (...)
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    Steven Tester (2014). Kant and Rational Psychology. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (1):205-207.
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    Steven Tester (2014). Some Early‐Modern Discussions of Vagueness: Locke, Leibniz, Kant. Philosophy Compass 9 (1):33-44.
    There has recently been a growing interest in the topic of vagueness and indeterminacy in contemporary metaphysics, with two views taking center stage. The semantic view holds that indeterminacy is due to vagueness in the extension of concepts, while the ontological view holds that indeterminacy is due to the vagueness of certain objects. There has, however, been little research on discussions of vagueness and indeterminacy in early-modern philosophy despite the relevance of vagueness and indeterminacy for issues such as real and (...)
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    Steven Tester (2013). G.C. Lichtenberg on Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 95 (3):336-359.
    This paper investigates the philosophy of the eighteenth-century German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), situating his views in the context of early-modern views of the self, and providing an interpretation and assessment of his remarks on self-consciousness and personal identity in his Waste Books. In these remarks, which include his famous observation that we are warranted only in saying “it thinks” rather than “I think,” Lichtenberg criticizes the rationalist metaphysics of the soul for confusing conceivability with cognizability and argues that (...)
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    Steven Tester (2012). Kant und die Bewußtseinstheorien des 18. Jahrhunderts – By Falk Wunderlich. [REVIEW] Philosophical Forum 43 (3):357-358.
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    Steven Tester (2012). Kant and the Theories of Consciousness of the 18th Century. Philosophical Forum 43 (3).
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    Steven Tester (2011). Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics § 68. [REVIEW] Philosophical Forum 42 (33):315–315.
    Review of §68 of Terence Irwin's "The Development of Ethics.".
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    Steven Tester (ed.) (2012). Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: Philosophical Writings. State University of New York Press.
    The definitive scholarly edition of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms. -/- Admired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical views of his time, and interested in uncovering the philosophical commitments that underlie our common beliefs. In his notebooks (which he called his Waste Books) he often reflects on, challenges, and critiques (...)
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  10. Steven Tester (2016). Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Idealism. Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):283-306.
    georg christoph lichtenberg is perhaps best known among English-speaking philosophers for his famous remark in which he suggests that on the basis of introspection we are warranted only in saying “it thinks,” or “thinking happens” instead of “I think.” In this and surrounding remarks, Lichtenberg criticizes rationalist metaphysics for positing a soul as a ground of our thoughts, perceptions, and representations and for claiming that personal identity consists in the persistence of this soul after the death of the body. In (...)
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  11. Steven Tester (2011). Kant: Some Objections and Replies. Philosophical Forum 42 (3):314-315.