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    The Argumentative Significance of Relative Purposiveness.Michael Barker - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):139-155.
    In the Critique of the Teleological Power of Judgment Kant argues that organisms have inner purposiveness. He introduces inner purposiveness in contrast to relative purposiveness. I examine Kant’s discussion of relative purposiveness in §63. I then argue that Kant establishes three theses in §63 that he subsequently modifies in §64 and further refines in §65. In my view, his discussion of relative purposiveness serves a broader purpose than just to present a contrast from which to consider inner purposiveness. The discussion (...)
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    The Most Complete Activity.Silvia Carli - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):191-208.
    This paper provides an interpretation of Aristotle’s claim that activities such as seeing, which are complete in form, can nevertheless be more or less complete depending on the condition of the faculty and the character of the object on which the faculty acts. After reviewing and criticizing current interpretations, it argues that activities that are complete in form are more or less complete in that they can attain their end to a lesser or greater degree. The notion of degrees of (...)
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    Aquinas and Contemporary Epistemology.Joseph Gamache - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):157-173.
    Whether and how truth is a norm of belief is a contentious issue in contemporary epistemology. In this paper I retrieve Aquinas’s conception of truth in order to advance a new answer to the question of what grounds the truth-norm. I begin by contrasting the two dominant contemporary accounts of this grounding, showing ways in which each succeeds and fails. Unlike the currently dominant accounts, my account seeks to ground the truth-norm in the nature of truth, as opposed to the (...)
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    In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation. By Merold Westphal.Brian Gregor - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):227-229.
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    The Immediate Realism of Léon Noël.Gaven Kerr - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):175-189.
    After the emergence of the neo-Thomist movement in the early twentieth century, the question of how best to present Aquinas’s latent epistemological realism came to the fore. Léon Noël was an important contributor to this area of neo-Thomism, but his work has unfortunately been eclipsed by that of other more recognizable authors such as Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain. Noël argued that Aquinas’s realism is a form of immediate realism that recognizes the challenge of modern representationalist epistemologies but does not (...)
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    "The Crisis of Modernity"; and "The Age of Secularization." Both by Augusto Del Noce. Edited and Translated by Carlo Lancellotti.Joseph W. Koterski - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):235-236.
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    Divine Conservation, Concurrence, and Occasionalism.Edward Ryan Moad - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):209-225.
    Occasionalism is the doctrine that relegates all real causal efficacy exclusively to God. This paper will aim to elucidate in some detail the metaphysical considerations that, together with certain common medieval theological axioms, constitute the philosophical steps leading to this doctrine. First, I will explain how the doctrine of divine conservation implies that we should attribute to divine power causal immediacy in every natural event and that it rules out mere conservationism as a model of the causal relation between God (...)
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    John Senior and the Restoration of Realism. By Francis Bethel, O.S.B.Christopher H. Owen - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):229-232.
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    Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary. By Brian Davies.Brendan Sweetman - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):232-234.
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    The Nature of Horror Reconsidered.Lorraine Yeung - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2):125-138.
    There is a growing interest in the role of non-cognitive affective responses in the philosophical literature on fiction and emotion. This flurry of scholarly interest is partly a reaction to cognitivist accounts of fiction and emotion that have been found to be inadequate. The inadequacy is particularly salient when this approach is employed to account for narrative horror. Cognitivist conceptions of the emotion engendered by narrative horror prove to be too restrictive. Cognitivist accounts also fail to give the formal devices (...)
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    Nature, Science, and Critical Explicitation.Louis Caruana - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):93-105.
    Science has uncovered many mistakes that had been hidden for centuries among implicit everyday assumptions. When we make explicit what lies implicit within language, there is no guarantee that we will arrive at truth about the world. Many therefore assume that only science delivers truth. Recent debates on this issue often refer to Wilfred Sellars’s arguments against the pre-conceptual given but conclude that his additional insistence on the exclusivity of the scientific image of the world is unfounded. In this paper (...)
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    Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy. By Thomas S. Hibbs.John J. Conley - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):107-108.
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    Norris and the Soul’s Immortality.Michael Futch - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):43-60.
    John Norris’s novel and compelling theory on the soul’s immortality is both a central element of his overall philosophical vision and a vital engagement with his contemporaries on the topic. Even so, it has been mostly neglected in the secondary literature. This article aims to fill this lacuna by providing a detailed analysis of how Norris arrives at two seemingly inconsistent theses: the soul is naturally immortal in the sense of being incorruptible but naturally mortal in the sense of being (...)
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    Bringing Morality to Justice.Gary B. Herbert - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):61-78.
    Kant suggests that moral metaphysics can be shown to be politically applicable by thinking of the analogically similar applicability of the principles of speculative reason to the external world of sense experience. Just as the categories of understanding, e.g., causality, substance, and so on must be schematized, i.e., given a temporal representation in order to be made applicable to the forms of sensuous intuitions, so also the principles of morality—most especially the idea of the autonomous will—must be schematized to be (...)
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    Not Yet the Twilight: An Autobiography 1945–1964. By Josef Pieper.Joseph W. Koterski - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):111-113.
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    Socrates and Alcibiades: Plato’s Drama of Political Ambition and Philosophy. By Ariel Helfer.Thornton C. Lockwood - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):109-110.
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    Possible-Worlds Metaphysics and the Logical Problem of Evil.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):19-29.
    Alvin Plantinga’s solution to J. L. Mackie’s logical problem of evil invokes possible-worlds metaphysics. There are reasons for thinking that the solution is, at least, problematic. Difficulties emerge in the attempts to answer four related questions. Can God’s necessary existence, understood in terms of possible-world metaphysics, make God’s actual existence impossible to explain? Can an omniscient being with knowledge of the contents of every possible world prove ignorant of the consequences of his creative acts? Can an immoral action performed by (...)
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    Shame and the Confucian Idea of Yi.Yinghua Lu - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):5-18.
    This paper analyzes the relation between shame and a Confucian notion of yi, especially through discussions from Confucius and Mencius. Section one clarifies Mencius’s position that righteousness is both external and internal. Although this idea includes rules, it is primarily something intended by our innate moral feelings. Section two illustrates the point that if one’s action is not right, the feeling of shame spontaneously arises and motivates a self-correction. This section also clarifies the difference between the idea of shame in (...)
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    Ordinary Meaningful Lives.Lucas Scripter - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):79-91.
    Neil Levy has argued that “superlative meaning” can be attained only through “inherently open-ended” projects. This implies a two-tier system of meaning: one for elites, the other for ordinary people. It sets lives characterized by “open-ended” work over and against those that find meaning in commonplace sources, e.g., personal relationships. I argue that Levy’s argument rests on two mistakes. First, it confuses two senses of “superlative meaning”—superlative abundance and superlative safety. Even if his argument succeeds, it merely shows that certain (...)
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    Time Without Measure.Michael F. Wagner - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):31-42.
    This paper compares Plotinus’s neoplatonic conception and account of time with Bergson’s and Husserl’s phenomenologic conceptions and accounts of it. I argue that despite fundamental differences owing to their respective approaches, their conceptions and accounts are remarkably comparable, especially in considering time to play a fundamental role in the organic unity of our physical environment—in what I characterize also as the continuously and intrinsically connected sequentiality of its events, processes, and constituents—in Plotinus’s case, of our physical environment as such; in (...)
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    Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion Within the Bounds of Bare Reason. By Stephen R. Palmquist.Reed Winegar - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):113-115.
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