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    Truth, Fiction and Narrative Understanding.Stephen Chamberlain - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):201-219.
    This paper defends the cognitive value of literary fiction by showing how Paul Ricoeur’s account of narrative understanding emphasizes the productive and creative elements of fictional discourse and defends its referential capacity insofar as fiction reshapes reality according to some universal aspect. Central to this analysis is Ricoeur’s retrieval of Aristotelian mimesis and mythos and their convergence in the notion of emplotment. This paper also supplements and specifies further Ricoeur’s account by retrieving an Aristotelian concept disregarded by Riceour, namely, synesis. (...)
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    “For the Most Part” Generalizations and Practical Wisdom.Shane Drefcinski - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):139-151.
    My objective in this paper is to contribute to our understanding of Aristotle’s science of ethics by defending two claims. There is a way in which generalizations hold only for the most part that is unlike any of the types of generalizations in the natural sciences that hold only for the most part. These ethical generalizations depict ideals that, although grounded in and perfective of our human nature, are only rarely realized. Aristotle’s account of practical wisdom provides all the resources (...)
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    Self-Knowledge and a Refutation of the Immateriality of Human Nature: On an Epistemological Argument Reported by Razi.Pirooz Fatoorchi - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):189-199.
    The paper deals with an argument reported by Razi (d. 1210) that was used to attempt to refute the immateriality of human nature. This argument is based on an epistemic asymmetry between our self-knowledge and our knowledge of immaterial things. After some preliminary remarks, the paper analyzes the structure of the argument in four steps. From a methodological point of view, the argument is similar to a family of epistemological arguments (notably, the Cartesian argument from doubt) and is vulnerable to (...)
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  4. Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of Religion: Rebirth of the Capable Self. By Brian Gregor.Christina M. Gschwandtner - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):237-240.
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  5. Erich Przywara and Postmodern Natural Law: A History of the Metaphysics of Morals. By Graham James McAleer.Joseph W. Koterski - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):243-245.
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    Robust Evolution in Historical Time.Jerome A. Miller - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):153-172.
    The normalized, deterministic conception of evolution espoused by Dennett is increasingly being challenged by theorists who, following Gould, emphasize the role that historical contingencies play in it. I explore the conflict between these views and argue that correcting our understanding of the relationship between nature’s systematic necessities and historical temporality can resolve it. The mathematically precise laws science formulates describe the systematic patterns of nature abstractly and, as abstractions, these laws do not preclude but allow for the contingencies of historical (...)
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    Defeated Ambivalence.Hili Razinsky - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):173-188.
    Ambivalence is often presented through cases of defeated ambivalence and multivalence, in which opposed attitudes suggest mutual isolation and defeat each other. Properly understood, however, ambivalence implies the existence of poles that are conflictually yet rationally interlinked and are open to non-defeated joint conduct. This paper considers cases that range from indecisiveness and easy adoption of conflicting attitudes, to tragically conflicted deliberation and to cases of shifting between self-deceptively serious attitudes. Analyzing such cases as variants of defeated ambivalence, I argue (...)
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    Ethics in the Zhuangzi.Frank P. Saunders - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):221-235.
    Philosophers in China during the Warring States period generally saw themselves as investigators into the Dao—the uniquely authoritative Way to live and to flourish. Certain voices found in the Zhuangzi, however, offer a radical response to this project by rejecting the premise that there exists such a uniquely authoritative Dao. Instead, they argue that there exist myriad, diverse dao, none of which has absolute moral authority. Yet the very texts that undermine the idea of an authoritative Dao simultaneously make positive (...)
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    Emergence: Towards a New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science. By Mariusz Tabaczek.Glenn Statile - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):240-243.
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    A Spirit of Trust: A Reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology. By Robert Brandom.James Swindal - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (2):245-248.
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    Desiring and Practical Reasoning.Patrick H. Byrne - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):75-96.
    In his most recent book Alasdair MacIntyre criticizes the dominant moral system of advanced societies, which “presents itself as morality as such.” Yet, he argues, its primary function is to channel human desires into patterns that will minimize conflict amid distinctively modern economic and political arrangements. Although he appreciates how what he calls “expressionism” has unmasked this ideological function of modern morality, he points out that expressionism is also impotent to provide adequate moral guidance amidst the “conflicts of modernity.” He (...)
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  12. Pascal’s Wager. Edited by Paul Bertha and Lawrence Pasternack. [REVIEW]Stephen Chamberlain - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):125-127.
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    Carving Up Virtue: The Stoics on Wisdom’s Scope and the Multiplicity of Virtues.Dimitrios Dentsoras - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):5-21.
    This essay examines the early Stoic debates concerning the number of virtues and the differentiation among them. It begins with the defense of virtue’s unity offered by the heterodox Stoic Aristo of Chios and with a comparison between the definitions that Aristo and Zeno offered for the four primary virtues. Aristo maintained that virtue consists exclusively in the knowledge of good and bad. Zeno and his successors presented the virtues as epistemic dispositions whose scopes differ. I conclude that by adding (...)
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    Lovable and Love and Love of Himself.Alexander Earl - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):37-55.
    Current trends in scholarship—epitomized in the works of, inter alia, Lewis Ayres, Adrian Pabst, and Rowan Williams—argue for a metaphysics of relationality at the heart of Christian thought that is at its root Platonic. This metaphysic is in turn typified by its commitment to divine simplicity and its corresponding apophatic grammar, which serve as useful points of contact with Plotinus’s own thought. Examination of key texts in Plotinus’s Enneads demonstrates a shared trinitarian grammar when speaking about the first principle. These (...)
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    Response to Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.Francesca Ferrando - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):128-129.
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  16. The Artworks in Heidegger’s “Origin of the Work of Art”.Steven Haug - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):57-74.
    Three artworks are discussed in detail by Heidegger in his lecture “Origin of the Work of Art.” Prioritizing one work above the others affects what is understood to be the overall project of the lecture. Because of this, we need to attend closely to the debate in the literature about the most important work of art in Heidegger’s “Origin of the Work of Art.” This article explores the debate by looking at three positions. I examine each of these positions independently. (...)
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    Pursuing the Honorable: Reawakening Honor in the Modern Military. By Justin M. Anderson and Kenneth W. McDonald. [REVIEW]Joseph W. Koterski - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):117-118.
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    A Strong Emergence Hypothesis of Conscious Integration and Neural Rewiring.Eric LaRock, Jeffrey Schwartz, Iliyan Ivanov & David Carreon - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):97-115.
    In this paper we discuss the two-system framework, examine its strengths, point out a fundamental weakness concerning the unity of conscious experience, and then propose a new hypothesis that avoids that weakness and other related concerns. According to our strong emergence hypothesis, what emerges are not merely mental properties in specialized, distributed neural areas, but also a new, irreducibly singular entity that functions in a recurrent manner to integrate its mental properties and to rewire its brain. We argue that the (...)
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  19. Intentional Directedness and Immanent Content.Hao Liu - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):23-36.
    This paper will investigate the roots of intentionality in Aristotle’s theory of perception and assess the accuracy of Brentano’s proposed location of intentionality in Aristotle. When introducing intentionality into contemporary philosophy, Brentano attributed it to Aristotle, whose theory of psychology he believed to reveal the characteristics of intentional inexistence. After setting up a working definition of intentionality that stresses such features as immanent content and intentional directedness, I will then clarify Aristotle’s theory of perception with regard to these two characteristics. (...)
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  20. Reimagining the Analogia Entis: The Future of Erich Przywara’s Christian Vision. By Philip John Paul Gonzales. [REVIEW]Aaron Pidel - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):119-122.
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  21. The Political Morality of the Late Scholastics: Civic Life, War and Conscience. By Daniel Schwartz. [REVIEW]Victor Salas - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (1):122-124.
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