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Alison Simmons
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  1. Changing the Cartesian Mind: Leibniz on Sensation, Representation and Consciousness.Alison Simmons - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (1):31-75.
    What did Leibniz have to contribute to the philosophy of mind? To judge from textbooks in the philosophy of mind, and even Leibniz commentaries, the answer is: not much. That may be because Leibniz’s philosophy of mind looks roughly like a Cartesian philosophy of mind. Like Descartes and his followers, Leibniz claims that the mind is immaterial and immortal; that it is a thinking thing ; that it is a different kind of thing from body and obeys its own laws; (...)
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  2. Are Cartesian Sensations Representational?Alison Simmons - 1999 - Noûs 33 (3):347-369.
  3. Cartesian Consciousness Reconsidered.Alison Simmons - 2012 - Philosophers' Imprint 12.
    Descartes revolutionized our conception of the mind by identifying consciousness as the mark of the mental: all and only thoughts are conscious. Today the idea that all thoughts are conscious seems obviously wrong. Worse, however, Descartes himself seems to posit a whole host of unconscious thoughts. Something is not as it seems. Either Descartes is remarkably inconsistent, or his claim that all thought is conscious is more nuanced than it appears. In this paper I argue that while Descartes was indeed (...)
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  4. Pattern of Neuronal Activity Associated with Conscious and Unconscious Processing of Visual Signals.Arash Sahraie, Lawrence Weiskrantz, J. L. Barbur, Alison Simmons & M. Brammer - 1997 - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Usa 94:9406-9411.
  5. Sensible Ends: Latent Teleology in Descartes' Account of Sensation.Alison J. Simmons - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (1):49-75.
  6. Descartes on the Cognitive Structure of Sensory Experience.Alison Simmons - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (3):549–579.
    Descartes is often thought to bifurcate sensory experience into two distinct cognitive components: the sensing of secondary qualities and the more or less intellectual perceiving of primary qualities. A closer examination of his analysis of sensory perception in the Sixth Replies and his treatment of sensory processing in the Dioptrics and Treatise on Man teIls a different story. I argue that Descartes offers a unified cognitive account of sensory experience according to which the senses and intellect operate together to produce (...)
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  7. Re-Humanizing Descartes.Alison Simmons - 2011 - Philosophic Exchange 41 (1).
    Descartes’ mind-body dualism and his quest for objective knowledge can appear de-humanizing. My aim in this paper is to re-humanize Descartes. When we take a closer look at what Descartes actually says about human beings, it casts his entire thought in a much different light.
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  8. Leibnizian Consciousness Reconsidered.Alison Simmons - 2011 - Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2):196-215.
  9. Explaining Sense Perception: A Scholastic Challenge.Alison Simmons - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 73 (2-3):257 - 275.
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    Spatial Perception From a Cartesian Point of View.Alison Simmons - 2003 - Philosophical Topics 31 (1/2):395-423.
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    Shaftesbury's Two Accounts of the Reason to Be Virtuous, MICHAEL B. GILL.Alison Simmons - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (1).
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    Reason, Will, and Sensation: Studies in Descartes’s Metaphysics.Alison Simmons - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (4):536-538.
    This volume of fourteen essays commemorating the 350th anniversary of the publication of Descartes’s Meditations represents several current trends in Descartes scholarship. Among the essays there are close textual analyses, discussions of the scholastic Aristotelian influence on Descartes, and an emphasis on metaphysical topics rather than the epistemological ones that dominated the Anglo-American literature twenty years ago. The volume bears the mark of being a collection of conference papers in its breadth of topics and methodological styles, but it serves well (...)
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  13. Making Sense: The Problem of Phenomenal Qualities in Late Scholastic Aristotelianism and Descartes.Alison J. Simmons - 1994 - Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
    It is no surprise that the phenomenal qualities of our sensory experience pose recalcitrant philosophical problems for a physical materialist metaphysics. The colors of flowers as we experience them by sight, the taste of a ripe peach, and the smell of fresh-cut grass are undeniably part of the experienced world; yet in their phenomenal mode, they do not seem well-placed in the physicist's world of particles and energy fields. It seems, prima facie, that the metaphysical programs found in earlier science (...)
     
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