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    Hermeneutics Vs. Genealogy: Brandom’s Cloak or Nietzsche’s Quilt?Brian Lightbody - 2020 - The European Legacy 25 (6):635-652.
    This article examines genealogical investigations in an attempt to explain what they are, how they work, and what purpose they serve. It is a critique of Robert Brandom’s view of genealogists as naïve semanticists who believe that normative thinking, as it relates to all forms of epistemic inquiry and language use, is reducible to naturalistic causes. This reduction, Brandom claims, is hopelessly misguided and semantically incoherent since genealogies are not epistemically neutral in that “they count no more and no less,” (...)
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    Socratic Appetites as Plotinian Reflectors: A New Interpretation of Plotinus’s Socratic Intellectualism.Brian Lightbody - 2020 - Journal of Ancient Philosophy 14 (1):91-115.
    Enneads I: 8.14 poses significant problems for scholars working in the Plotinian secondary literature. In that passage, Plotinus gives the impression that the body and not the soul is causally responsible for vice. The difficulty is that in many other sections of the same text, Plotinus makes it abundantly clear that the body, as matter, is a mere privation of being and therefore represents the lowest rung on the proverbial metaphysical ladder. A crucial aspect to Plotinus’s emanationism, however, is that (...)
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    Artificial and Unconscious Selection in Nietzsche's Genealogy: Expectorating the Poisoned Pill of the Lamarckian Reading.Brian Lightbody - 2019 - Genealogy 3:1-23.
    I examine three kinds of criticism directed at philosophical genealogy. I call these substantive, performative, and semantic. I turn my attention to a particular substantive criticism that one may launch against essay two of On the Genealogy of Morals that turns on how Nietzsche answers “the time-crunch problem”. On the surface, there is evidence to suggest that Nietzsche accepts a false scientific theory, namely, Lamarck’s Inheritability Thesis, in order to account for the growth of a new human “organ”—morality. I demonstrate (...)
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    Letting the Truth Out: Children, Naïve Truth, and Deflationism.Brian Lightbody - 2019 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):17-42.
    In their recent paper, “Epistemology for Beginners: Two to Five-Year-Old Children’s Representation of Falsity,” Olivier Mascaro and Olivier Morin study the ontogeny of a naïve understanding of truth in humans. Their paper is fascinating for several reasons, but most striking is their claim (given a rather optimistic reading of epistemology) that toddlers as young as two can, at times, recognize false from true assertions. Their Optimistic Epistemology Hypothesis holds that children seem to have an innate capacity to represent a state (...)
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    Genealogy and Subjectivity: An Incoherent Foucault (A Response to Calvert-Minor).Brian Lightbody - 2010 - Kritike 4 (1):18-27.
    The essay “Archaeology and Humanism: An Incongruent Foucault”argues, among other things, that Foucault “endorses a kind of humanism.” Moreover, Calvert-Minor attempts to show that withoutsuch an endorsement then the curative aspects regarding Foucault’s genealogy of subjectivity would be nonsensical. To be sure, the author seems to demonstrate that there is a clear tension in Foucault’s oeuvre regarding the Frenchman’s changing stance towards, and at times unconscious embracement of, philosophical humanism. Such a claim, if true, would certainly be damaging to Foucault’s (...)
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    The Metaphoric Fallacy to a Deductive Inference.Michael P. Berman & Brian A. Lightbody - 2010 - Informal Logic 30 (2):185-193.
    Our article identifies and describes the metaphoric fallacy to a deductive inference (MFDI) that is an example of incorrect reasoning along the lines of the false analogy fallacy. The MFDI proceeds from informal semantical (metaphorical) claims to a supposedly formally deductive and necessary inference. We charge that such an inference is invalid. We provide three examples of the MFDI to demonstrate the structure of this invalid form of reasoning. Our goal is to contribute to the set of known informal fallacies.
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    Philosophical Genealogy: An Epistemological Reconstruction of Nietzsche and Foucault's Genealogical Method,Volume One.Brian Lightbody - 2010 - Peter Lang.
    INTRODUCTION Genealogy studies values by examining the historical origin of values. As the term is used today, it refers to the method of historical and ...
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  8. Nietzsche, Perspectivism, Anti-Realism: An Inconsistent Triad.Brian Lightbody - 2010 - The European Legacy 15 (4):425-438.
    “Philosophical perspectivism” is surely one of Nietzsche's most important insights regarding the limits of human knowledge. However, the perspectivist thesis combined with a minimal realist metaphysical position produces what Brian Leiter calls the 'Received View': an epistemologically incoherent misinterpretation of Nietzsche which pervades the secondary literature. In order to salvage the thesis of perspectivism, Leiter argues that we must commit Nietzsche to an anti-realist metaphysical position. I argue that Leiter's proposed solution is (1) epistemically weak, and (2) inconsistent with much (...)
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  9. Can We Truly Love That Which is Fleeting? The Problem of Time in Marcuse's Eros and Civilization.Brian Lightbody - 2010 - Florida Philosophical Review (1):25-42.
    In Eros and Civilization, Marcuse claims that the two fundamental drives of civilization, namely, Eros and Thanatos, may eventually be reconciled. Such reconciliation, Marcuse contends, could potentially lead to new, utopian possibilities for humankind. However, Marcuse’s argument is deeply flawed: he equates time with death and therefore only defeats a straw man. Thus, it may be argued that Marcuse’s entire project in Eros and Civilization not only remains incomplete, but indeed fails. In the following paper, I demonstrate—by relying on Heidegger’s (...)
     
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  10. Death and Liberation: A Critical Investigation of Death in Sartre's Being and Nothingness.Brian Lightbody - 2009 - Minerva--An Internet Journal of Philosophy 13 (1):85-98.
    In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre boldly asserts that: “To be dead is to be a prey for theliving.”1 In the following paper, I argue that Sartre’s rather pessimistic understanding of death isunwarranted. In fact, Herbert Marcuse forcefully suggests that Sartre is one of the “betrayers of Utopia”because Sartre’s notion of death stifles efforts towards true liberation. By returning to Eros andCivilization, I explain and further substantiate Marcuse’s critique of Sartrean freedom as originallypresented in Marcuse’s essay, “Existentialism: Remarks on Jean-Paul (...)
     
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  11. Deep Ethical Pluralism in Late Foucault.Brian Lightbody - 2008 - Minerva--An Internet Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):102-118.
    In the essay “What is Enlightenment?” , Foucault espouses a novel and emancipatory“philosophical ethos” which challenges individuals to undertake an ongoing, aesthetic project oftotal self-transformation . By advocating a view of the self---and moreaccurately the relationship one has to oneself --as a free creation on the part of thesubject, Foucault seems to be espousing a pluralistic ethical position. However, I argue that whilethis interpretation is not entirely false, it is not altogether accurate either. Quite simply, it is toobroad in scope. (...)
     
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  12. Deep Ethical Pluralism In Late Foucault.Brian Lightbody - 2008 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 12:102-118.
    In the essay “What is Enlightenment?”, Foucault espouses a novel and emancipatory“philosophical ethos” which challenges individuals to undertake an ongoing, aesthetic project oftotal self-transformation. By advocating a view of the self---and moreaccurately the relationship one has to oneself --as a free creation on the part of thesubject, Foucault seems to be espousing a pluralistic ethical position. However, I argue that whilethis interpretation is not entirely false, it is not altogether accurate either. Quite simply, it is toobroad in scope. Instead, I (...)
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  13. Responding to the Call: Philosophy as Human Wonderment.Brian Lightbody - 2008 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism (A Journal of the American Humanist Association 16 (1):27-37.
  14. Self-Transformation and Foucault.Brian Lightbody - 2010 - In Brian Lightbody & Rohit Dalvi (eds.), Studies in the Philosophy of Michel Foucault. Edwin Mellen.
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    Virtue Foundherentism.Brian Lightbody - 2006 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):14-22.
    Foundherentism is a new and promising theory of epistemic justification that has not received its due in the secondary literature. Accordingly, in this paper, I will examine foundherentism with three principal concerns in mind. First, I explain the epistemic components of foundherentism. Second, I defend foundherentism against the charge of reliabilism. While third and finally, I argue that foundherentism needs to be supplemented with a virtuous component.
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    The Metaphoric Fallacy to a Deductive Inference.Brian Lightbody & Berman Michael - 2010 - Informal Logic: Reasoning and Argumentation in Theory and Practice 30 (2):185-193.
    Our article identifies and describes the metaphoric fallacy to a deductive inference (MFDI) that is an example of incorrect reasoning along the lines of the false analogy fallacy. The MFDI proceeds from informal semantical (metaphorical) claims to a supposedly formally deductive and necessary inference. We charge that such an inference is invalid. We provide three examples of the MFDI to demonstrate the structure of this invalid form of reasoning. Our goal is to contribute to the set of known informal fallacies.
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    Responding to the Call: Philosophy as Human Wonderment.Brian Lightbody - 2008 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 16 (1):39-50.
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    Charting the Course for a Truly Humanistic Science: Husserl, the Epoche, and the Life-World.Brian Lightbody - 2009 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 17 (1):61-70.
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    Leaving the Island of Cyclops : Practicing an Aural Genealogy Within the Surrealist Community of Fellowship.Brian Lightbody - 2009 - In Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons, Corrado Federici & Ernesto Virgulti (eds.), Disguise, Deception, Trompe-L'oeil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Peter Lang. pp. 99--115.
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  20. Indecidability and Undecidability: Does Derrida’s Ethics Depend on Levinas’ Notion of the Third?Brian Lightbody - 2008 - In Neal DeRoo & Brian Lightbody (eds.), The Logic of Incarnation. James K.A. Smith’s Critique of Postmodern Religion.
  21. The Logic of Incarnation: James K. A. Smith’s Critique of Postmodern Religion.Neal DeRoo & Brian Lightbody (eds.) - 2008 - Wipf & Stock.
  22. A Being On Facebook but Not Of Facebook: Using New Social Media Technologies to Promote the Virtues of Jacques Ellul.Brian Lightbody - 2014 - Ellul Forum 55.
     
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  23. Charting the Future Course for a Truly Humanistic Science: Husserl, the Epoche, and the Life-World.Brian Lightbody - 2009 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism (A Journal of the American Humanist Association) 17 (1):61-71.
  24. Death And Liberation: A Critical Investigation Of Death In Sartre’s Being And Nothingness.Brian Lightbody - 2009 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 13:85-98.
    In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre boldly asserts that: “To be dead is to be a prey for theliving.”1 In the following paper, I argue that Sartre’s rather pessimistic understanding of death isunwarranted. In fact, Herbert Marcuse forcefully suggests that Sartre is one of the “betrayers of Utopia”because Sartre’s notion of death stifles efforts towards true liberation. By returning to Eros andCivilization, I explain and further substantiate Marcuse’s critique of Sartrean freedom as originallypresented in Marcuse’s essay, “Existentialism: Remarks on Jean-Paul (...)
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  25. Dispersing the Clouds of Temptation: Turning Away From Weakness of Will and Turning Towards the Sun.Brian Lightbody - 2015 - Wipf & Stock.
    In Romans 7:14-25, Paul declares, "For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want, is what I do" (KJV). St. Paul's statement is a universal truth for all human beings; humans--whether Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or atheists--are prone to committing free actions that are not "good." Furthermore, and irrespective of how we might construe the notion of "good" (whether as acting in accordance with some religious or spiritual precept or simply doing what (...)
     
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  26. Kierkegaard on Upbuilding, Grace and the God Whom Gives Every Good and Perfect Gift.Brian Lightbody - 2005 - Quodlibet 7.
     
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  27. Nietzsche's Will to Power Naturalized: Translating the Human Into Nature and Nature Into the Human.Brian Lightbody - 2017 - Lexington Books.
    This book explains and defends a naturalized reading of Nietzsche’s doctrine of will to power. By providing a new interpretation of the term, Brian Lightbody argues that other aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophy, such as his ontology, epistemology and ethics become clearer and more coherent.
     
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  28. Philosophical Genealogy: An Epistemological Reconstruction of Nietzsche and Foucault's Genealogical Method, Volume 2.Brian Lightbody - 2011 - Peter Lang.
  29. Re-Writing the Script of Power: A Celebration of the Artifactual.Brian Lightbody - 2010 - In Leslie Boldt-Irons, Corrado Federici & Ernesto Virgulti (eds.), Re-Writing, Re-thinking, Re-Inventing in the Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature Series). Peter Lang.
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  30. Studies in the Philosophy of Michel Foucault.Brian Lightbody & Rohit Dalvi (eds.) - 2010 - Edwin Mellen Press.
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    The Problem of Naturalism: Analytic Perspectives, Continental Virtues.Brian Lightbody - 2013 - Lexington Books.
    Naturalism is a popular philosophical position. Indeed, within the past ten years alone, literally hundreds of articles and books have been published on the topic of naturalism, broadly construed. 1 It is all too common to find articles on the ...
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  32. Twice Removed: Foucault's Critique of Nietzsche's Genealogical Method.Brian Lightbody - 2018 - In Joseph James Westfall & Alan Rosenberg (eds.), Foucault and Nietzsche: A Critical Encounter. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 167-182.
  33. Theseus Vs. The Minotaur: Finding the Common Thread in the Chomsky-Foucault Debate.Brian Lightbody - 2003 - Studies in Social and Political Thought 1 (8):67-83.
  34. Winning Is the Only Standard of Excellence Left: Death Race 2000 and the Dissolution of the Virtues.Brian Lightbody - 2011 - In Michael Berman & Rohit Dalvi (eds.), Heroes, Monsters and Values: Philosophy and Sci-Fi Films of the 1970's. Cambridge Scholars Press.
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