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  1. Moral Psychology: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory.Sandra Lee Bartky, Paul Benson, Sue Campbell, Claudia Card, Robin S. Dillon, Jean Harvey, Karen Jones, Charles W. Mills, James Lindemann Nelson, Margaret Urban Walker, Rebecca Whisnant & Catherine Wilson - 2004 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Moral psychology studies the features of cognition, judgement, perception and emotion that make human beings capable of moral action. Perspectives from feminist and race theory immensely enrich moral psychology. Writers who take these perspectives ask questions about mind, feeling, and action in contexts of social difference and unequal power and opportunity. These essays by a distinguished international cast of philosophers explore moral psychology as it connects to social life, scientific studies, and literature.
     
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    Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity.Catherine Wilson - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    This landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, more broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy. The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical criticism by Cicero, and of opprobrium by the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its unflinching commitment to the absence of divine supervision and the (...)
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  3. On Some Alledged Limitations to Moral Endeavor.Catherine Wilson - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (6):275-289.
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  4. The Invisible World Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope.Catherine Wilson - 1995 - Princeton University Press.
     
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  5. Kontinuitaet und Mechanismus.Richard Arthur, Christia Mercer, Justin Smith & Catherine Wilson - 1997 - The Leibniz Review 7:25-64.
  6. Moral Progress Without Moral Realism.Catherine Wilson - 2010 - Philosophical Papers 39 (1):97-116.
    This paper argues that we can acknowledge the existence of moral truths and moral progress without being committed to moral realism. Rather than defending this claim through the more familiar route of the attempted analysis of the ontological commitments of moral claims, I show how moral belief change for the better shares certain features with theoretical progress in the natural sciences. Proponents of the better theory are able to convince their peers that it is formally and empirically superior to its (...)
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    Managing Expectations: Locke on the Material Mind and Moral Mediocrity.Catherine Wilson - 2016 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 78:127-146.
    Locke's insistence on the limits of knowledge and the of our epistemological equipment is well understood; it is rightly seen as integrated with his causal theory of ideas and his theory of judgment. Less attention has been paid to the mediocrity theme as it arises in his theory of moral agency. Locke sees definite limits to human willpower. This is in keeping with post-Puritan theology with its new emphasis on divine mercy as opposed to divine justice and recrimination. It also (...)
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    The Doors of Perception and the Artist Within.Catherine Wilson - 2015 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 89 (1):1-20.
    This paper discusses the significance for the philosophy of perception and aesthetics of certain productions of the ‘offline brain’. These are experienced in hypnagogic and other trance states, and in disease- or drug-induced hallucination. They bear a similarity to other visual patterns in nature, and reappear in human artistry, especially of the craft type. The reasons behind these resonances are explored, along with the question why we are disposed to find geometrical complexity and ‘supercolouration’ beautiful. The paper concludes with a (...)
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  9. Leibniz's Metaphysics.Catherine Wilson - 1989 - Princeton Up.
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    Two Opponents of Material Atomism.Catherine Wilson - 2007 - In P. Phemister & S. Brown (eds.), Leibniz and the English-Speaking World. Springer. pp. 35--50.
  11. The Moral Epistemology of Locke's Essay.Catherine Wilson - 2007 - In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". Cambridge University Press.
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    Love of God and Love of Creatures: The Masham-Astell Debate.Catherine Wilson - 2004 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 21 (3):281 - 298.
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    Plenitude and Compossibility in Leibniz.Catherine Wilson - 2000 - The Leibniz Review 10:1-20.
    Leibniz entertained the idea that, as a set of “striving possibles” competes for existence, the largest and most perfect world comes into being. The paper proposes 8 criteria for a Leibniz-world. It argues that a) there is no algorithm e.g., one involving pairwise compossibility-testing that can produce even possible Leibniz-worlds; b) individual substances presuppose completed worlds; c) the uniqueness of the actual world is a matter of theological preference, not an outcome of the assembly-process; and d) Goedel’s theorem implies that (...)
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    Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon.Catherine Wilson - 2018 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 25:71-87.
    Reversing centuries of methodological caution and skepticism, philosophers have begun to explore the possibility that experience in some form is widely distributed in the universe. It has been proposed that consciousness may pertain to machines, rocks, elementary particles, and perhaps the universe itself. This paper shows why philosophers have good reason to suppose that experiences are widely distributed in living nature, including worms and insects, but why panpsychism extending to non-living nature is an implausible doctrine.
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    The Fold.Catherine Wilson - 1993 - The Leibniz Review 3:1-2.
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    Epicureanism in the Early Modern Period.Catherine Wilson - 2009 - In James Warren (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism. Cambridge University Press. pp. 266.
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    Report on the 2004 Montreal Nouveaux Essais Conference.Catherine Wilson - 2004 - The Leibniz Review 14:173-174.
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    Prospects for Non-Cognitivism.Catherine Wilson - 2001 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 44 (3):291 – 314.
    This essay offers a defence of the non-cognitivist approach to the interpretation of moral judgments as disguised imperatives corresponding to social rules. It addresses the body of criticism that faced R. M. Hare, and that currently faces moral anti-realists, on two levels, by providing a full semantic analysis of evaluative judgments and by arguing that anti-realism is compatible with moral aspiration despite the non-existence of obligations as the externalist imagines them. A moral judgment consists of separate descriptive and prescriptive components (...)
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    Darwin and Nietzsche.Catherine Wilson - 2013 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (2):354-370.
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    Margaret Dauler Wilson.Catherine Wilson - 1999 - The Leibniz Review 9:1-15.
  21. Lucretius and the History of Science.Monte Ransome Johnson & Catherine Wilson - 2007 - In Stuart Gillespie & Philip R. Hardie (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius. Cambridge University Press.
    An overview of the influence of Lucretius poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) on the renaissance and scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, and an examination of its continuing influence over physical atomism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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    Literature and Knowledge.Catherine Wilson - 1983 - Philosophy 58 (226):489 - 496.
    There is probably no subject in the philosophy of art which has prompted more impassioned theorizing than the question of the ‘cognitive value’ of works of art. ‘In the end’, one influential critic has stated, ‘I do not distinguish between science and art except as regards method. Both provide us with a view of reality and both are indispensable to a complete understanding of the universe.’ If a man is not prepared to distinguish between science and art one may well (...)
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  23. Descartes and the Corporeal Mind: Some Implications of the Regius Affair.Catherine Wilson - 2000 - In John Schuster, Stephen Gaukroger & John Sutton (eds.), Descartes' Natural Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 659--79.
     
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  24. Is the History of Philosophy Good for Philosophy?Catherine Wilson - 2005 - In Tom Sorell & G. A. J. Rogers (eds.), Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
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    Reply to Cover’s 1993 Review of Leibniz’s Metaphysics.Catherine Wilson - 1994 - The Leibniz Review 4:5-8.
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  26. Leibnizian Optimism.Catherine Wilson - 1983 - Journal of Philosophy 80 (11):765-783.
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    Leibniz's Metaphysics: A Historical and Comparative Study.Catherine Wilson - 1989 - Philosophical Review 101 (4):853-855.
  28. De Ipsa Natura: Leibniz on Substance, Force and Activity.Catherine Wilson - 1987 - Studia Leibnitiana 19:148.
     
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    Les Modèles du Vivant de Descartes À Leibniz.Catherine Wilson - 2002 - The Leibniz Review 12:123-127.
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    Moral Truth: Observational or Theoretical?Catherine Wilson - 2011 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):97-114.
    Moral properties are widely held to be response-dependent properties of actions, situations, events and persons. There is controversy as to whether the putative response-dependence of these properties nullifies any truth-claims for moral judgements, or rather supports them. The present paper argues that moral judgements are more profitably compared with theoretical judgements in the natural sciences than with the judgements of immediate sense-perception. The notion of moral truth is dependent on the notion of moral knowledge, which in turn is best understood (...)
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  31. The Invisible World: Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope.Catherine Wilson - 1996 - Journal of the History of Biology 29 (3):466-468.
     
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    Response to Ohad Nachtomy’s “Individuals, Worlds, and Relations.Catherine Wilson - 2001 - The Leibniz Review 11:125-129.
  33. Causation in Early Modern Philosophy.Catherine Wilson - 1993 - University Park: Penn St University Press.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche.Catherine Wilson & Steven Nadler - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (1):108.
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    Savagery and the Supersensible: Kant's Universalism in Historical Context.Catherine Wilson - 1998 - History of European Ideas 24 (4-5):315-330.
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    Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory.Catherine Wilson - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
    In Moral Animals, Catherine Wilson develops a theory of morality based on two fundamental premises: first that moral progress implies the evolution of moral ideals involving restraint and sacrifice; second that human beings are outfitted by nature with selfish motivations, intentions, and ambitions that place constraints on what morality can demand of them. Normative claims, she goes on to show, can be understood as projective hypotheses concerning the conduct of realistically-described nonideal agents in preferred fictional worlds. Such claims differ from (...)
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  37. Michael R. Matthews, Ed., The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy Reviewed By.Catherine Wilson - 1990 - Philosophy in Review 10 (6):243-244.
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    Berkeley and the Microworld.Catherine Wilson - 1994 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 76 (1):37-64.
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    Motion, Sensation, and the Infinite: The Lasting Impression of Hobbes on Leibniz.Catherine Wilson - 1997 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 5 (2):339 – 351.
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    What is the Importance of Descartes’s Meditation Six?Catherine Wilson - 2005 - Philosophica 76.
    In this essay, I argu e that Descartes considered his theory that the body is an inn ervated machine – in which the soul is situated – to be his most original contribution to philosophy. His ambition to prove the immortality of the soul was very poorly realized, a predictable outcome, insofar as his aims were ethical, not theological. His dualism accordingly requires reassessment.
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  41. Peter Loptson, Ed., Anne Conway: The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy Reviewed By.Catherine Wilson - 1983 - Philosophy in Review 3 (6):292-296.
     
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    Mach, Musil, and Modernism.Catherine Wilson - 2014 - The Monist 97 (1):138-155.
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    Introduction.Catherine Wilson - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (Supplement):1-30.
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    13 The Reception of Leibniz in the Eighteenth Century.Catherine Wilson - 1995 - In Nicholas Jolley (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz. Cambridge University Press. pp. 442.
  45. Margaret Cavendish, Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy Reviewed By.Catherine Wilson - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (5):325-327.
     
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    Visual Surface and Visual Symbol: The Microscope and the Occult in Early Modern Science.Catherine Wilson - 1988 - Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (1):85.
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    The Biological Basis and Ideational Superstructure of Morality.Catherine Wilson - 2000 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (Supplement):211-244.
    (2000). The Biological Basis and Ideational Superstructure of Morality. Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 30, Supplementary Volume 26: Moral Epistemology Naturalized, pp. 210-244.
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    A Humean Argument for Benevolence to Strangers.Catherine Wilson - 2003 - The Monist 86 (3):454-468.
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  49. Constancy, Emergence, and Illusions: Obstacles to a Naturalistic Theory of Vision.Catherine Wilson - 1993 - In Causation in Early Modern Philosophy. University Park: Penn St University Press.
     
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    Leibniz and Atomism.Catherine Wilson - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (3):175-199.
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