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  1. William Wilkerson (2013). Merleau-Ponty the Metaphysician: The Living Body as a Plurality of Forces. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (3):297-307.
    This essay pushes the ontological implications of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception to their limit. While everybody knows he used Gestaltist notions to displace atomistic ontologies,1 I completely subordinate the phenomenological to the ontological, so that his deployment of Form from The Structure of Behavior becomes the fundamental maneuver of the Phenomenology. The more traditional concerns with subject/object and mind/body dualities are then both secondary to and solved by this use of Form, and the book becomes not so much a phenomenology (...)
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  2. Shannon M. Mussett & William S. Wilkerson (eds.) (2012). Beauvoir and Western Thought From Plato to Butler. State University of New York Press.
    Essays on Beauvoir’s influences, contemporary engagements, and legacy in the philosophical tradition.
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  3. William S. Wilkerson & Penelope Deutscher (2012). A Different Kind of Universality. In Shannon M. Mussett & William S. Wilkerson (eds.), Beauvoir and Western Thought From Plato to Butler. 55.
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  4. William Wilkerson (2010). Neoliberalism, Biodiscipline, and Cultural Critique. Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (s1):64-73.
    Responds to a paper delivered by Ladelle McWhorter at the Spindel Conference. Argues that we must be more careful in distinguishing Foucault's thought from feminist criticism.
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  5. William Wilkerson (2010). Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy. Philosophy 6 (1).
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  6. William Wilkerson (2010). Time and Ambiguity: Reassessing Merleau-Ponty on Sartrean Freedom. Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2):pp. 207-234.
    Argues that standard interpretations of Merleau-Ponty's criticisms of Sartrean freedom fail and presents an alternative interpretation that argues that the fundamental issue concerns their different theories of time.
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  7. William Wilkerson (2010). The Paradox of Time and the Will in Kant, Existentialism, and Derrida. Philosophy Today 54 (Supplement):222-226.
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  8. William S. Wilkerson (2009). Is It a Choice? Sexual Orientation as Interpretation. Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (1):97-116.
    Argues that choice, as a form of interpretation, is completely intertwined with the development of both sexual orientation and sexual identity. Sexual orientation is not simply a given, or determined aspect of personality.
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  9. William S. Wilkerson (2009). In the World but Not Of the World. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1):113-129.
    Kant’s and Sartre’s theories of freedom are both famous and controversial. Kant requires the subject to be both in time and not in time in order to be fully free, while Sartre seemingly requires that the subject continually reinvent itself each moment. I argue that these peculiarities stem from the similar way each thinker conceives of the relationship between freedom and time. A full and meaningful account of human freedom requires both continuity and rupture in the flow of time, and (...)
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  10. Raja Halwani, Gary Jaeger, James S. Stramel, Richard Nunan, William S. Wilkerson & Timothy F. Murphy (2008). What is Gay and Lesbian Philosophy? Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5):433-471.
    Abstract: This essay explores recent trends and major issues related to gay and lesbian philosophy in ethics (including issues concerning the morality of homosexuality, the natural function of sex, and outing and coming out); religion (covering past and present debates about the status of homosexuality and how biblical and qur'anic passages have been interpreted by both sides of the debate); the law (especially a discussion of the debates surrounding sodomy laws, same-sex marriage and its impact on transsexuals, and whether the (...)
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  11. William S. Wilkerson (2001). Simulation, Theory, and the Frame Problem: The Interpretive Moment. Philosophical Psychology 14 (2):141-153.
    The theory-theory claims that the explanation and prediction of behavior works via the application of a theory, while the simulation theory claims that explanation works by putting ourselves in others' places and noting what we would do. On either account, in order to develop a prediction or explanation of another person's behavior, one first needs to have a characterization of that person's current or recent actions. Simulation requires that I have some grasp of the other person's behavior to project myself (...)
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  12. William S. Wilkerson & Jeffrey Paris (2001). New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  13. William S. Wilkerson (2000). Knowledge of Self, Knowledge of Others, Error, and the Place of Consciousness. Continental Philosophy Review 33:27-42.
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  14. William S. Wilkerson (2000). Objectivity From Subjectivity: A Review of Jan Patocka's Introduction to Husserl's Phenomenology. [REVIEW] Human Studies 23 (1):91-97.
  15. William/fnms> Wilkerson (2000). Knowledge of Self, Knowledge of Others, Error; and the Place of Consciousness. Continental Philosophy Review 33 (1):27-42.
    "Knowledge of self, knowledge of others, error and the place of consciousness" examines texts and problems from the phenomenological tradition to show that the other does not present her/himself as a consciousness enclosed in a merely material body. I discuss Merleau-Ponty''s attempt to supplant this view with the view that the other is always seen as an "incarnate consciousness" - a unity of mind and body in activity. This view faces a difficulty in that it seems to collapse the distinction (...)
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  16. William S. Wilkerson (1999). From Bodily Motions to Bodily Intentions: The Perception of Bodily Activity. Philosophical Psychology 12 (1):61-77.
    This paper argues that one's perception of another person's bodily activity is not the perception of the mere flexing and bending of that person's limbs, but rather of that person's intentions. It makes its case in three parts. First, it examines what conditions are necessary for children to begin to imitate and assimilate the behavior of other adults and argues that these conditions include the perception of intention. These conditions generalize to adult perception as well. Second, changing methodologies, the paper (...)
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  17. William S. Wilkerson (1997). Real Patterns and Real Problems: Making Dennett Respectable on Patterns and Beliefs. Southern Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):557-70.
    Argues that Dennett's apparent inability to commit ontologically on the being of intentionality can be resolved by regarding intentionality as realized at the ontological level of a pattern of social behavior.
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