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    The Twin Earth Chronicles: Twenty Years of Reflection on Hilary Putnam's "the Meaning of `Meaning" ".Andrew Pessin & Sanford Goldberg (eds.) - 1996 - M. E. Sharpe.
    This volume will acquaint novice philosophers with one of the most important debates in twentieth-century philosophy, and will provide seasoned readers with a ...
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    Malebranche's Distinction Between General and Particular Volitions.Andrew Pessin - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (1):77-99.
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    Descartes's Nomic Concurrentism: Finite Causation and Divine Concurrence.Andrew Pessin - 2003 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (1):25-49.
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    Does Continuous Creation Entail Occasionalism?: Malebranche (and Descartes).Andrew Pessin - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):413-439.
  5. Descartes On The Divine Eternal Truths.Andrew Pessin - unknown - Yeditepe'de Felsefe (Philosophy at Yeditepe) 5.
     
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    Mentalese Syntax: Between a Rock and Two Hard Places. [REVIEW]Andrew Pessin - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 78 (1):33-53.
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    Leibnizian Chronadology.Andrew Pessin - 2006 - Journal of Philosophical Research 31:185-218.
    I argue that we can learn quite a lot about Leibniz’s metaphysics, in particular about monads and their relationship to time, by viewing Leibniz through a McTaggartian lens. After presenting McTaggart’s highly influential two basic conceptions of time, the A- (or tensed) and B- (or tenseless) conceptions, I distinguish four possible models of the relationship between monads and time: the fi rst two invoke tenses, differing in whether they treat non-present states as “real,” while the latter two are tenseless, differing (...)
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    Malebranche on Ideas.Andrew Pessin - 2004 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (2):241 - 285.
    I sketch a new interpretation of Malebranche's conception of ideas, thus shedding new light on various of his key doctrines, such as the efficacy of ideas, involuntarism concerning the eternal truths, indirect perception, and vision in God. Briefly, I argue that Malebranche's ideas may be construed as "possible divine volitions," where these are conceptually distinguishable aspects of God, primitively possessed of representational content, by whose exercise God manifests His efficacy. I also defend the claim that Malebranche, in fact, does not (...)
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  9. Divine Simplicity and the Eternal Truths: Descartes and the Scholastics.Andrew Pessin - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (1):69-105.
    Descartes famously endorsed the view that (CD) God freely created the eternal truths, such that He could have done otherwise than He did. This controversial doctrine is much discussed in recent secondary literature, yet Descartes’s actual arguments for CD have received very little attention. In this paper I focus on what many take to be a key Cartesian argument for CD: that divine simplicity entails the dependence of the eternal truths on the divine will. What makes this argument both important (...)
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  10. Review: Cartesian Metaphysics: The Scholastic Origins of Modern Philosophy. [REVIEW]Andrew Pessin - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):174-178.
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    Malebranche's Doctrine of Freedom / Consent and the Incompleteness of God's Volitions.Andrew Pessin - 2000 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (1):21 – 53.
    'God needs no instruments to act', Malebranche writes in Search 6.2.3; 'it suffices that He wills in order that a thing be, because it is a contradiction that He should will and that what He wills should not happen. Therefore, His power is His will' (450). After nearly identical language in Treatise 1.12, Malebranche writes that '[God's] wills are necessarily efficacious ... [H]is power differs not at all from [H]is will' (116). God's causal power, here, clearly traces only to His (...)
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    Leibnizian Chronadology: Monads and Time.Andrew Pessin - 2006 - Journal of Philosophical Research 31:185-218.
    I argue that we can learn quite a lot about Leibniz’s metaphysics, in particular about monads and their relationship to time, by viewing Leibniz through a McTaggartian lens. After presenting McTaggart’s highly influential two basic conceptions of time, the A- and B- conceptions, I distinguish four possible models of the relationship between monads and time: the fi rst two invoke tenses, differing in whether they treat non-present states as “real,” while the latter two are tenseless, differing in whether we construe (...)
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    Descartes's Theory of Ideas.Andrew Pessin - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    In Defense of Conceptual Holism: Reply to Fodor and Lepore.Andrew Pessin - 1995 - Journal of Philosophical Research 20:269-280.
    In their recent book Holism, Jerry Fodor & Ernest Lepore (F&L) argue that various species of content holism face insuperable difficulties. In this paper I reply to their claims. After describing the version of holism to which I subscribe, I follow them in addressing, in turn, its implications for these related topics: interpersonal understanding, false beliefs and reference, psychological explanation, content sirnilarity and identity, the analytic-synthetic distinction, and empirical evidence. The most prominent theme in my response to F&L is that (...)
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    Malebranche's Natural Theodicy and the Incompleteness of God's Volitions.Andrew Pessin - 2000 - Religious Studies 36 (1):47-63.
    The causal power of Malebranche's God is a function of the content of His will. Yet despite its significance for Malebranche, little exegetical attention has been paid to his notion of volitional content. In this paper I develop the notion of an 'incomplete' volition, note that Malebranche accepted and used something like it, and then examine Malebranche's natural theodicy in its light. This yields a new interpretation in which, unlike previous interpretations, Malebranche actually succeeds in reconciling his seemingly incompatible beliefs (...)
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  16. Gray Matters an Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind.Sanford Goldberg & Andrew Pessin - 1997
     
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  17. The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche (Review).Andrew Pessin - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (3):442-443.
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    Malebranche's "Vision in God".Andrew Pessin - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (1):36–47.
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    Descartes's Theory of Mind.Andrew Pessin - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 58 (2):430-433.
  20. The New Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and Dynamics of the Homeless Mentally Ill.Andrew Pessin - 1994 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 15 (3):199-222.
     
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    Does Continuous Creation Entail Occasionalism?Andrew Pessin - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):413-439.
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    In Defense of Conceptual Holism: Reply to Fodor & Lepore.Andrew Pessin - 1995 - Journal of Philosophical Research 20:269-280.
    In their recent book Holism, Jerry Fodor & Ernest Lepore argue that various species of content holism face insuperable difficulties. In this paper I reply to their claims. After describing the version of holism to which I subscribe, I follow them in addressing, in turn, its implications for these related topics: interpersonal understanding, false beliefs and reference, psychological explanation, content sirnilarity and identity, the analytic-synthetic distinction, and empirical evidence. The most prominent theme in my response to F&L is that while (...)
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    Cartesian Metaphysics: The Scholastic Origins of Modern Philosophy. [REVIEW]Andrew Pessin - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):174-178.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Andrew Pessin - 1994 - Mind 103 (412):538-541.
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  25. The Study of Philosophy.Andrew Pessin & S. Morris Engel - 1987
    This seventh edition of The Study of Philosophy presents a comprehensive treatment of the major fields and figures of philosophy both historical and contemporary alongside primary readings by seminal thinkers to fuel debate and further study. New features of this edition include a substantive account of philosophical theology, a reorganized treatment of early modern rationalism and empiricism, discussion of the major highlights of twentieth- and twenty-first-century philosophy, and a survey of major contemporary moral problems. From Plato to Plantinga, from Aristotle (...)
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  26. Concepts and Symbols: The Semantics and Syntax of Mental Representation.Andrew W. Pessin - 1993 - Dissertation, Columbia University
    This study focuses on concepts and, ultimately, their possible implementation in brains. Especially salient is analysis of Jerry Fodor's work. The view of concepts found therein is one where many of both are "simple": to be ascribed or to token most concepts doesn't require being ascribed or tokening any other concepts, and most symbols lack "parts" which are themselves symbols. This is, I think, a very popular, and mistaken, view. ;In chapter 1, I argue that Fodor's theory of content is, (...)
     
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  27. Social Content and Psychological Content (1985).Andrew Pessin & Sanford Goldberg (eds.) - 1996 - M. E. Sharpe.
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  28. The Jewish God Question: What Jewish Thinkers Have Said About God, the Book, the People, and the Land.Andrew Pessin - 2018 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This book shares what a diverse array of Jewish thinkers have said about the interrelated questions of God, the Book, the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel. Accessible chapters present fascinating insights from ancient times to today, from Philo to Judith Plaskow. An intriguing and provocative book for readers wrestling with big questions.
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  29. The Study of Philosophy: A Text with Readings.Andrew Pessin & S. Morris Engel - 2015 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    From Plato to Plantinga, from Aristotle to Ayer, and from Socrates to Singer, this text brings the power of both ancient and modern philosophy to students of the twenty-first century! This seventh edition of The Study of Philosophy presents a comprehensive treatment of the major fields and figures of philosophy alongside primary readings to fuel debate and further study. New chapters in this edition feature: ·A substantive account of philosophical theology ·A reorganized treatment of early modern rationalism and empiricism ·A (...)
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  30. Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas From the Smartest Philosophers.Andrew Pessin - 2012 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    In eighteen lively chapters, Andrew Pessin examines the most unusual ideas from the ancient Greeks and contemporary thinkers, how they have influenced the course of Western thought, and why, despite being so odd, they just might be correct. ·Time is an illusion. ·Your thoughts do not exist inside your head. ·There is no physical world ·And more!
     
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