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  1. Tony Beavers, Descartes Beyond Transcendental Phenomenology.
    Most students of philosophy, at one time or another, have worked through Descartes' Meditations and witnessed this reduction of the world to the res cogitans and consequent attempt to recover the real, or extra-mental, world through proofs for God's existence and divine veracity. Whatever our final assessment of the validity and soundness of these proofs may be, there can be no doubt that the judgment of history is that they fail, leaving Descartes' conception of the self forever confined to the (...)
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  2. Tony Beavers, Emmanuel Levinas and the Prophetic Voice of Postmodernity.
    Without a doubt, Levinas' principal concern in philosophy is how the self meets the Other. His magnum opus, Totality and Infinity, bears the subtitle, An Essay on Exterior- ity. Exteriority refers to a region beyond the horizons of the self, that which "is" beyond transcendental subjectivity. If there are such "beings" as other selves, that is, other subjects, they exist out there in the exterior. But if knowledge is confined to the interior—as Levinas says it must be—then the Other cannot (...)
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  3. Tony Beavers, Introducing Levinas to Undergraduate Philosophers.
    The question of the source of the moral "ought" is no small question, nor is it unimportant. Our own philosophical tradition has dealt with the question in several ways producing a variety of answers. Some of these include locating the "ought" in the structure of reason (Kant), in the human being's desire for pleasure (Utilitarianism), or in the will of God (Aquinas). The reason why the question is so important is because different conceptions of the source of the moral (...)
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  4. Colin Allen & Tony Beavers (2011). Erratum To: Synthese Special Issue: Representing Philosophy. Synthese 183 (2):277-277.
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  5. Colin Allen & Tony Beavers (2011). Synthese Special Issue: Representing Philosophy. Synthese 182 (2):181-183.
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