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Dec 13th 2018 GMT
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  1. Mind and Matter. Panpsychism, Dual-Aspect Monism, and the Combination Problem.Jiri Benovsky - 2019 - Springer.
    In this book, Jiri Benovsky takes a stand for a variant of panpsychism as being the best solution available to the mind-body problem. More exactly, he defends a view that can be labelled 'dual-aspect-pan-proto-psychism'. Panpsychism claims that mentality is ubiquitous to reality, and in combination with dual-aspect monism it claims that anything, from fundamental particles to rocks, trees, and human animals, has two aspects: a physical aspect and a mental aspect. In short, the view is that the nature of reality (...)
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  2. Monadologies.Pauline Phemister & Jeremy William Dunham (eds.) - 2018 - London: Routledge.
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  1. Moral Understanding and Cooperative Testimony.Kenneth Boyd
    It is has been argued that there is a problem with moral testimony: testimony is deferential, and basing judgments and actions on deferentially acquired knowledge prevents them from having moral worth. What morality perhaps requires of us, then, is that we understand why a proposition is true, but this is something that cannot be acquired through testimony. I argue here that testimony can be both deferential as well as cooperative, and that one can acquire moral understanding through cooperative testimony. The (...)
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  1. Augustine and William James on the Rationality of Faith.Mark Boone
    Augustine and William James both argue that religious faith can be both practical and rational even in the absence of knowledge. Augustine argues that religious faith is trust and that trust is a normal, proper, and even necessary way of believing. Beginning with faith, we then work towards knowledge by means of philosophical contemplation. James’ “The Will to Believe” makes pragmatic arguments for the rationality of faith. Although we do not know (yet) whether God exists, faith is a choice between (...)
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  1. Is Understanding Reducible?Lewis D. Ross
    Despite playing an important role in epistemology, philosophy of science, and more recently in moral philosophy and aesthetics, the nature of understanding is still much contested. One attractive framework attempts to reduce understanding to other familiar epistemic states. This paper explores and develops a methodology for testing such reductionist theories before offering a counterexample to a recently defended variant on which understanding reduces to what an agent knows.
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volume 1, issue 43, 2019
  1. Assessing the Realism of Police Series: Audience Responses to the Russian Television Series Glukhar’.Arsenii Khitrov
    This study builds upon and expands existing research on the perceived realism of media texts. I study debates that took place across several online forums about Russia’s most famous police series Glukhar’ at a time during which police legitimacy in many countries, including Russia, was in crisis. I address the questions of how media users assess the realism of Glukhar’ online. I outline 13 means of realism evaluation that media users employ, offering a more systematic and detailed model than those (...)
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  1. Virtues for the Imperfect.Katharina Nieswandt & Ulf Hlobil
    We suggest a new neo-Aristotelian account of right action: An action A is right for an agent S in a situation C just in case it is possible for A in C to result from a good practical inference. A practical inference is good if people must have a disposition to make such practical inferences where a society is to flourish. One advantage of this account is that it applies to non-ideal agents. It thus blocks the right-but-not-virtuous objection to virtue (...)
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  1. Metaphysical and Absolute Possibility.Justin Clarke-Doane
    It is widely alleged that metaphysical possibility is “absolute” possibility (Kripke [1980], Lewis [1986], Rosen [2006, 16], Stalnaker [2005, 203], Williamson [2016, 460]). Indeed, this is arguably its metaphysical significance. Kripke calls metaphysical necessity “necessity in the highest degree” ([1980, 99]). Williamson calls metaphysical possibility the “maximal objective modality” [2016, 459]. Rosen says that “metaphysical possibility is the [most inclusive] sort of real possibility” ([2006, 16]). And Stalnaker writes, “we can agree with Frank Jackson, David Chalmers, Saul Kripke, David Lewis, (...)
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  1. Consciousness is Acquaintance and Acquaintance is Consciousness.Joseph Levine - forthcoming - In Thomas Raleigh (ed.), Acquaintance: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
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  2. Bruteness and Supervenience: Mind Vs. Morality.Joseph Levine - forthcoming - In Constantinos Mekios & Elly Vintiadis (eds.), Brute Facts. Oxford University Press.
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  3. Normativity: A Unit Of.Andrew Reisner - forthcoming - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwells.
    This entry discusses the notion of a unit of normativity. This notion may be understood in two distinct ways. One way to understand a unit of normativity is as some particular type of assignment of normative status, e.g., a requirement, an ought, a reason, or a permission. A second way to understand a unit of normativity is as a measure of a quantity of normativity, perhaps associated with the numerical assignment given to the strength of reasons. This entry outlines some (...)
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  4. Leibniz's Monadological Positive Aesthetics.Pauline Phemister & Lloyd Strickland - 2018 - In Pauline Phemister & Jeremy William Dunham (eds.), Monadologies. London: Routledge.
     
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  5. A Posteriori Physicalism and the Explanatory Gap.Joseph Levine - forthcoming - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
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  6. Phenomenal Access.Joseph Levine - forthcoming - In Adam Pautz & Daniel Stoljar (eds.), Themes From Block. MIT Press.
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  7. Leibniz's Mirrors: Reflecting the Past.Pauline Phemister - 2017 - In Wenchao Li (ed.), Vortrage des X. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongress, vol. 6. Hannover: Olms. pp. 93-108.
     
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Dec 12th 2018 GMT
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  1. Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio.Beth Lord (ed.) - 2018 - Edinburgh University Press.
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  2. Logic and Philosophy of Logic. Recent Trends From Latin America and Spain.Marco Ruffino, Max Freund & Max Fernández de Castro (eds.) - 2018 - College Publications.
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  3. Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials: Philosophical Perspectives on Artifact and Memory.Carolyn Korsmeyer, Jeanette Bicknell & Jennifer Judkins (eds.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
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  4. The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz.Maria Rosa Antognazza (ed.) - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
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  1. The Conditions of Ethical Application of Restraints.Parker Crutchfield, Tyler Gibb, Michael Redinger, Dan Ferman & John Livingstone
    Despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness, the use of physical restraints for patients is widespread. The best ethical justification for restraining patients is that it prevents them from harming themselves. We argue that even if the empirical evidence supported their effectiveness in achieving this aim, their use would nevertheless be unethical, so long as well known exceptions to informed consent fail to apply. Specifically, we argue that ethically justifiable restraint use demands certain necessary and sufficient conditions. These conditions (...)
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volume 10, issue 2, 2018
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    Following the Wrong Example: The Exclusiveness of Heroism and Sanctity.Simone Grigoletto
    Are ordinary moral agents able to follow the moral lead of heroes and saints? In her Exemplarist Moral Theory Linda Zagzebski provided an exemplarist account to morality grounded on admiration. She focused her research on three possible kinds of exemplar: the saint, the hero and the sage. In this paper, I hold that there are at least two possible ways of following an exemplar (inference and strict emulation). Furthermore, I will try to show that when we take morally exceptional agents (...)
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  1. How Belief-Credence Dualism Explains Away Pragmatic Encroachment.Elizabeth Jackson
    Belief-credence dualism is the view that we have both beliefs and credences and neither attitude is reducible to the other. Pragmatic encroachment is the view that stakes alone can affect the epistemic rationality of states like knowledge or justified belief. In this paper, I argue that dualism offers a unique explanation of pragmatic encroachment cases. First, I explain pragmatic encroachment and what motivates it. Then, I explain dualism and outline a particular argument for dualism. Finally, I show how dualism can (...)
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  1. Cultural Appropriation and Oppression.Erich Hatala Matthes
    In this paper, I present an outline of the oppression account of cultural appropriation and argue that it offers the best explanation for the wrongfulness of the varied and complex cases of appropriation to which people often object. I then compare the oppression account with the intimacy account defended by C. Thi Nguyen and Matt Strohl. Though I believe that Nguyen and Strohl’s account offers important insight into an essential dimension of the cultural appropriation debate, I argue that justified objections (...)
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volume 7, issue 12, 2018
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    Suppressed Subjectivity and Truncated Tradition: A Reply to Pablo Schyfter.Jeff Kochan
    Author's response to: Pablo Schyfter, 'Inaccurate Ambitions and Missing Methodologies: Thoughts on Jeff Kochan and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge,' Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7, no. 8 (2018): 8-14. -- Part of a book-review symposium on: Jeff Kochan (2017), Science as Social Existence: Heidegger and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (Cambridge UK: Open Book Publishers).
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    A Philosopher Looks at Non-Commutative Geometry.Nick Huggett - manuscript
    This paper introduces some basic ideas and formalism of physics in non-commutative geometry. My goals are three-fold: first to introduce the basic formal and conceptual ideas of non-commutative geometry, and second to raise and address some philosophical questions about it. Third, more generally to illuminate the point that deriving spacetime from a more fundamental theory requires discovering new modes of `physically salient' derivation.
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  2. What Can We Learn From Stringy Black Holes.Nick Huggett - manuscript
    This paper aims to address conceptual issues concerning black holes in the context of string theory, with the aim of illuminating the ontological unification of gravity and matter, and the interpretation of cosmological models. §1 describes the central concepts of the theory: the fungibility of matter and geometry, and the reduction of gravity and supergravity. The ‘standard’ interpretation presented draws on that implicit in the thinking of many (but not all) string theorists, though made more explicit and systematic than usual. (...)
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  1. Why Leibniz Was Not an Eclectic Philosopher?Ursula Goldenbaum - 2017 - In Wenchao Li (ed.), Für unser Glück oder das Glück anderer (=Keynotes of the Xth International Leibniz-Congress). Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Olms. pp. 153-174.
     
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  2. “Die Zweisprachigkeit der Deutschen Öffentlichen Debatte Über den Jugement de L’Académie Royale des Sciences Et Belles Lettres Sur Une Lettre Prétendue de M. De Leibnitz Gegen Samuel König 1752-53.Ursula Goldenbaum - 2017 - In Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer (ed.), Gallotropismus und Zivilisationsmodelle im deutschsprachigen Raum (1660–1789)/Gallotropisme et modèles civilisationnels dans l`espace germanophone (1660–1789) / Band 3: Gallotropismus aus helvetischer Sicht/Le gallotropisme dans une perspective helvétique. Heidelberg: Winter. pp. 321-347.
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    Material Composition.David M. Cornell
    A material composite object is an object composed of two or more material parts. The world, it seems, is simply awash with such things. The Eiffel Tower, for instance, is composed of iron girders, nuts and bolts, and so on. You and I, as human beings, are composed of flesh and bone, and various organs. Moreover, these parts themselves are composed of further parts, such as molecules, which themselves are composed of atoms, which are composed of sub-atomic particles. Material composite (...)
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    Explanation, Understanding, and Belief Revision.Andrés Páez
  2. Environmental Heritage and the Ruins of the Future.Erich Hatala Matthes
    We now have good reason to worry that many coastal cities will be flooded by the end of the century. How should we confront this possibility (or inevitability)? What attitudes should we adopt to impending inundation of such magnitude? In the case of place-loss due to anthropogenic climate change, I argue that there may ultimately be something fitting about letting go, both thinking prospectively, when the likelihood of preservation is bleak, and retrospectively, when we reflect on our inability to prevent (...)
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  3. Proportion as a Barometer of the Affective Life in Spinoza.Simon B. Duffy
    In this paper, two different ways of thinking about individuality in Spinoza are presented to draw out what is at stake in trying to make sense of what could be described as a double point of view of the degree of the power to act of a singular thing in Spinoza’s Ethics: sometimes it seems to be fixed to a precisely determined degree; sometimes it seems to admit a certain degree of variation. The problem of resolving this apparent contradiction has (...)
     
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Dec 11th 2018 GMT
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    The Dual Nature of Causation : Two Necessary and Jointly Sufficient Conditions.Caroline Torpe Touborg - 2018 - Dissertation, St. Andrews
    In this dissertation, I propose a reductive account of causation. This account may be stated as follows: Causation:.
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    The Points of Concepts: Their Types, Tensions, and Connections.Matthieu Queloz
    In the literature seeking to explain concepts in terms of their point, talk of ‘the point’ of concepts remains under-theorised. I propose a typology of points which distinguishes practical, evaluative, animating, and inferential points. This allows us to resolve tensions such as that between the ambition of explanations in terms of the points of concepts to be informative and the claim that mastering concepts requires grasping their point; and it allows us to exploit connections between types of points to understand (...)
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volume 1, issue 8, 2018
  1. The Anti-Inflammatory Basis of Equality.Grant J. Rozeboom
    We are moral equals, but in virtue of what? The most plausible answers to this question have pointed to our higher agential capacities, but we vary in the degrees to which we possess those capacities. How could they ground our equal moral standing, then? This chapter argues that they do so only indirectly. Our moral equality is most directly grounded in a social practice of equality, a practice that serves the purpose of mitigating our tendencies toward control and domination that (...)
     
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