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  1. On Wilhelm Windelband’s History and Natural Science.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
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  2. Moral Impartialism and Moral Internalism.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    A. Moral impartialism is a theory in normative ethics. Moral internalism is a theory in meta-ethics. One’s manner of twining normative ethics and meta-ethics varies according to his or her position on the relations of normative ethics and metaphysics, as to in what ways ethics needs analysis, or ontology, or metaphysics, if it needs any of these at all. This large question is the deeper background of this paper. Here I will show why impartialism and internalism both need each other (...)
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    Early Carthusian Script and Silence.Bennett Gilbert - 2014 - Cistercian Studies Quarterly 49 (3):367-397.
  4. Freshest Advices on What To Do With the Historical Method in Philosophy When Using It to Study a Little Bit of Philosophy That Has Been Lost to History.Bennett Gilbert - 2012 - Essays in Philosophy 13 (1):pdf.
    The paper explores the question of the relationship between the practice of original philosophical inquiry and the study of the history of philosophy. It is written from my point of view as someone starting a research project in the history of philosophy that calls this issue into question, in order to review my starting positions. I argue: first, that any philosopher is sufficiently embedded in culture that her practice is necessarily historical; second, that original work is in fact in part (...)
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    Ideas, Persons, and Objects in the History of Ideas.Bennett Gilbert - 2017 - New Content is Available for Journal of the Philosophy of History 11.
    _ Source: _Page Count 22 The history of ideas is most prominently understood as a highly specialized group of methods for the study of abstract ideas, with both diachronic and synchronic aspects. While theorizing the field has focused on the methods of study, defining the object of study – ideas – has been neglected. But the development of the theories behind material culture studies poses a sharp challenge to this narrow approaches. It both challenges the integrity of the notion of (...)
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  6. The Bishop Berkeley Endowment.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    On Berkeley’s anti-materialism as an existential problem, the foundation of cultural studies on philosophical idealism, and the question of personhood. (2009).
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  7. Two and A Half Arguments for Idealism.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    Two of the major arguments for idealism in the last century, one from analytic metaphysics and one from American personalism, are examined and evaluated.
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  8. Certeau: The Question of the Subject.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    A reading of two essays by Certeau against spatialized critical theory and in support of a critical rhetorical approach to dialectic. (Draft.). (2010).
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    Ideas, Persons, and Objects in the History of Ideas.Bennett Gilbert - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of History.
    _ Source: _Page Count 22 The history of ideas is most prominently understood as a highly specialized group of methods for the study of abstract ideas, with both diachronic and synchronic aspects. While theorizing the field has focused on the methods of study, defining the object of study – ideas – has been neglected. But the development of the theories behind material culture studies poses a sharp challenge to this narrow approaches. It both challenges the integrity of the notion of (...)
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    Ideas, Persons, and Objects in the History of Ideas.Bennett Gilbert - forthcoming - Brill.
    _ Source: _Page Count 22 The history of ideas is most prominently understood as a highly specialized group of methods for the study of abstract ideas, with both diachronic and synchronic aspects. While theorizing the field has focused on the methods of study, defining the object of study – ideas – has been neglected. But the development of the theories behind material culture studies poses a sharp challenge to this narrow approaches. It both challenges the integrity of the notion of (...)
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  11. Towards Personalism.Gilbert Bennett - manuscript
    Critique of the concepts of the self in Nietzsche and Foucault, pointing to personhood as a basis for normative moral philosophy. This is a draft. (2009).
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  12. Charles Taylor's Obstinacy.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    An essay on Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. (2010).
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  13. Super-Hum(E)an Supervenience.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    Argument that David Lewis's concept of supervenience does not support physicalism, from the viewpoint of an idealistic ontology. (Draft.) (2010).
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  14. How To Talk Like a Donkey.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    Neo-Platonic ideas of necessity and chance in Apuleius's The Golden Ass. (Draft.) (2010).
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  15. Is What She Says True?Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    On Simone Weil’s ideas of philosophical method in relation to different kinds of truth and on her idea of the most important kind of truth and philosophy. (2008).
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  16. If I Were to Find a Photograph of Kierkegaard.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
    Kierkegaard, subjectivity, practice of philosophy and the history of philosophy.
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    Simone Weil’s Philosophy of History.Bennett Gilbert - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of History.
    _ Source: _Page Count 20 The philosophical and religious ideas of Simone Weil bear on theory of history and historiography in ways not previously explored. They amount to a view of history as a consequence of the original creation, but they also generally exclude theodicy. By examining these ideas we see some of the ways in which to develop a theory history centered on a conception of moral understanding that is impartialist and universal. For Weil such understanding is both inside (...)
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    The Case of Meiwes Ate Brandes.Bennett Gilbert - manuscript
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    Jakob Leupold’s Imaginary Automatic Anamorphic Devices of 1713.Bennett Gilbert - 2016 - Media History:1-18.
    In 1713 the scientific instrument-maker Jakob Leupold published designs for three machines were the first attempt to design machinery with internal moving parts that replaced human agency in creating original images. This paper first analyzes his text and engravings in order to explain how he proposed to do this, given contemporary materials and command of physical forces. Next, it characterizes the devices as a transition from concepts of incision to concepts of mirroring, taken as models of the history of mechanical (...)
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    On Breaking Up Time, or, Perennialism as Philosophy of History.Bennett Gilbert - forthcoming - Journal of the History of Philosophy.
    _ Source: _Page Count 22 Current and recent philosophy of history contemplates a deep change in fundamental notions of the presence of the past. This is called breaking up time. The chief value for this change is enhancing the moral reach of historical research and writing. However, the materialist view of reality that most historians hold cannot support this approach. The origin of the notion in the thought of Walter Benjamin is suggested. I propose a neo-idealist approach called perennialism, centered (...)
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    Freshest Advices on What To Do With the Historical Method in Philosophy When Using It to Study a Little Bit of Philosophy That Has Been Lost to History.Bennett Gilbert - 2012 - Essays in Philosophy 13 (1):7.
    The paper explores the question of the relationship between the practice of original philosophical inquiry and the study of the history of philosophy. It is written from my point of view as someone starting a research project in the history of philosophy that calls this issue into question, in order to review my starting positions. I argue: first, that any philosopher is sufficiently embedded in culture that her practice is necessarily historical; second, that original work is in fact in part (...)
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    On Breaking Up Time, or, Perennialism as Philosophy of History.Bennett Gilbert - 2016 - Joirnal of the Philosophy of History 10.
    Current and recent philosophy of history contemplates a deep change in fundamental notions of the presence of the past. This is called breaking up time. The chief value for this change is enhancing the moral reach of historical research and writing. However, the materialist view of reality that most historians hold cannot support this approach. The origin of the notion in the thought of Walter Benjamin is suggested. I propose a neo-idealist approach called perennialism, centered on recurrent moral dilemmas and (...)
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    Johannes Fontana’s Drawing for a Castellus Umbrarum, Udine or Padua, C. 1415–20.Bennett Gilbert - 2014 - Mediaevalia 35 (1):255-277.
    A finished sketch for a light-and-shadow projection device by the Paduan mechanical artisan Johannes de Fontana (c.1395–1455), in his manuscript book of drawings now known as Liber Bellicorum Instrumentorum, depicts a machine for communicating ideas or information through spectacle. The manuscript is fairly well known, and this sketch is just one of many interesting images worthy of study in its 70 leaves. A couple dozen manuscripts of the mechanical arts from this period survive, the best-studied of which fall into the (...)
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  24. Plato's Lost Lecture.Bennett Gilbert - 2012 - Dissertation, Reed College
    Plato is known to have given only one public lecture, called "On the Good." We have one highly reliable quotation from Plato himself, stating his doctrine that "the Good is one." The lecture was a set of ideas that existed as an historical event but is now lost--and it dealt with ideas of supreme importance, in brief form, by the greatest of philosophers. Any reading of the lecture is speculative. My approach is philosophical rather than historiographic. The liminal existence of (...)
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  25. Some Neglected Aspects of the Rococo. Berkeley, Vico, and Rococo Style.Bennett Gilbert - 2012 - Dissertation, Portland State University
    The Rococo period in the arts, flourishing mainly from about 1710 to about 1750, was stylistically unified, but nevertheless its tremendous productivity and appeal throughout Occidental culture has proven difficult to explain. Having no contemporary theoretical literature, the Rococo is commonly taken to have been a final and degenerate form of the Baroque era or an extravagance arising from the supposed careless frivolity of the elites, including the intellectuals of the Enlightenment. Neither approach adequately accounts for Rococo style. Naming the (...)
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