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  1.  8
    The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History From Antiquity to Today: By David Stasavage, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 2020, Xii + 424 Pp., $35.00.John M. Bublic - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):506-507.
    The continued global economic success of authoritarian China seems to underscore the need to review the reasons why democracy occurs in different societies. For decades, many believed that a growin...
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    Betwixt and Between: Suicide, Sociology, and the Problem of Meaning.Scott Doidge - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):435-455.
    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, rising rates of suicide were widely held to be indicative of a pervasive crisis of meaning. This article examines the response to the problem of...
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    A New Continent of Liberty: Eunomia in Native American Literature From Occom to Erdrich: By Geoff Hamilton, Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 2019, 220 Pp., $55.00.Andre Furlani - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):512-514.
    “It is the spirit of humanity, that which animates both so-called savages and civilized nations, working through a man, and not the man expressing himself, that interests us most,” writes Henry Dav...
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    Nietzsche and the Principle of Charity.Jeffrey Metzger - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):474-489.
    Nietzsche’s ambiguous and allusive style of writing creates special problems for the principle of charity, the idea that we should work to understand philosophic statements in the way that will yie...
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    Imagining Leviathan: Hobbes’s Aristotelian Notion of Fiction and the Problem of Representation.Alessandro Mulieri - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):456-473.
    Hobbes is often portrayed as a thinker who anticipated modern constructivist ideas of fiction and representation according to which reality is simply a social construction. This article questions t...
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    Against Nature: By Lorraine Daston, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 2019, 104 Pp., $13.95T/£10.99.Hans J. Rindisbacher - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):516-518.
    This short book by Lorraine Daston is a classic essay: she identifies an intellectual conundrum—why do humans across cultures and history look to nature for models for cultural norms and orders?—an...
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    Transatlantic Speculations: Globalization and the Panics of 1873: By Hannah Catherine Davies, New York, Columbia University Press, 2018, Xx + 226 Pp., $65/£54.Jonathan Warner - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (5):526-528.
    The aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse led to a revival of interest in earlier crises. Although the major focus of attention was on the 1929 bank failures that ultimately led to the Great Dep...
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    A Metaphysical Element in Descartes and the First Cartesians: Non-Univocal Predication.Roger Ariew - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):227-238.
    Descartes’ physics is dependent on his metaphysics, which is to say, on knowledge of the nature of God and of the human soul. This is clear throughout Descartes’ work, but it is especially so in th...
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    “A Necessary Preparative to the Study of Philosophy”: A Positive Appraisal of Descartes’ Universal Doubt.Miguel A. Badía Cabrera - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):239-250.
    My main concern in this article is to arrive at a clear view of the nature, extent, and value of Descartes’ universal doubt, not to determine whether Hume’s critique of Cartesian doubt is compellin...
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    Descartes’ Flash of Insight: Freedom, the Objective World, and the Reality of the Self.Andrea Christofidou - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):251-268.
    This re-examination of the cogito is prompted by a substantive question which has not previously been identified: the distinguishability of the I or self. Consequently, its force has not been addre...
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    “Cogito, Ergo Sum”: Proof or Petitio?Georges Dicker - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):269-282.
    ABSTRACT E. M. Curley has said that Descartes’ cogito, ergo sum “is as obscure on examination as it is compelling at first glance.” Why should that be? Maybe because the cogito raises so many textual and interpretive questions. Is it an argument or an intuition? If it is an argument, does it require an additional premise? Is it best interpreted as a “performance?” Is it best seen as the discovery that any reason proposed for doubting its success entails the meditator’s (...)
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    Descartes’ Ontological Argument in Meditation V.Daniel E. Flage - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):335-347.
    This article shows that Descartes’ ontological argument in Meditation V is needed to ground essential distinctions, particularly the mind/body distinction. It does this by tracing out Descartes’ di...
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    Knowing and Knowing in Descartes.Michael Moriarty - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):283-299.
    This article explores the vocabulary of knowing in Descartes’ Meditations. It offers a detailed and in part sequential examination of his use of cognitio and scien...
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    Science Contra the Meditations: The Existence of Material Things.Emanuela Scribano - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):348-360.
    In the Sixth Meditation, Descartes intends to prove that material things exist. His proof, which centers on the origin of the ideas of material things, has frequently been judged weak. But there is...
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    The Uses of Thought and Will: Descartes’ Practical Philosophy of Freedom.Mark C. R. Smith - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):310-320.
    I offer a reading of the role of freedom in Descartes’ Meditations and other writings that sees freedom’s role in “assenting to ideas” as a matter of psychological possibility, and its role in acti...
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    The Moral Formation of Descartes’ Meditations.Samuel A. Stoner - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):321-334.
    Although Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy seems to be an especially theoretical work, this essay argues that reading the Meditations as a work of pure theory conceals an important dimensi...
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    Descartes’ Meditations: New Approaches – Introduction.Stanley Tweyman - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):219-226.
    This Special Issue of The European Legacy focuses on Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, first published in Latin as Meditationes de Prima Philosophia in Paris, in 1641. The ten articles ap...
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    Reasoning and Meditation in Descartes’ Third Meditation.Stanley Tweyman - 2022 - The European Legacy 27 (3-4):300-309.
    My article focuses on Descartes’ Third Meditation, in which he seeks to gain a knowledge of God as his creator. While Descartes offers two proofs of God’s existence in this meditation—the first to...
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