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Christopher V. Mirus
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    A Person as a Lifetime: An Aristotelian Account of Persons. [REVIEW]Christopher V. Mirus - 2017 - Review of Metaphysics 71 (1).
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    Order and the Determinate.Christopher V. Mirus - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 65 (3):499-523.
    Aristotle twice affirms that being is better than nonbeing. Throughout the corpus—in both practical and theoretical works—he explicates this claim in terms of three main concepts, each of which serves to link being with goodness. These include completeness and self-sufficiency, which are well-known from Aristotle’s ethics and politics. Even more fundamental, however, are the closely related concepts of order and determinacy, which the present essay explores. Beginning with the causal role of the good in Aristotle’s accounts of nature and human (...)
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    The Metaphysical Roots of Aristotle’s Teleology.Christopher V. Mirus - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (4):699 - 724.
    IN GENERATION AND CORRUPTION 2.9, Aristotle sets out to give an account of “how many and what are the principles of all coming to be are like.” In doing so, he situates the cause “for the sake of which,” τὸ οὗ ἕρεκα, within a causal nexus familiar to readers of Physics 2. It is constituted by the end—that is, the form produced—by the matter in which it is produced, and by the agent that produces it. In Meteorology 4.12, moreover, he (...)
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  4. Aristotle on Beauty and Goodness in Nature.Christopher V. Mirus - 2012 - International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (1):79-97.
    In this article I provide a philosophical exposition of Aristotle’s claim that natural beings—precisely as beings—are intrinsically good and beautiful. The discussionattends to both living and non-living beings, and also explores the relation between Aristotle’s account of natural beauty, his teleology, and his ethics. I conclude by exploring three objections to Aristotle’s view: that many existing things are clearly bad; that the concepts “good” and “bad” apply only in relation to living things, being relevant to these not as beings but (...)
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    Aristotle’s Agathon.Christopher V. Mirus - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (3):515 - 536.
    THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF REASONS for wanting to know what Aristotle means by “good”. For students of Aristotle, understanding his conception of goodness would provide an authentic Nicomachean metaethics, so to speak, a clearer view of his natural teleology, and a great deal of help in making sense of his cosmology and his metaphysics, especially the theological bits. For the less historically minded, the rebirth of virtue ethics makes the relation between nature and norm an important problem, with implications (...)
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    Homonymy and the Matter of a Living Body.Christopher V. Mirus - 2001 - Ancient Philosophy 21 (2):357-373.
    Starting with Ackrill's problem of homonymous parts and the responses of Williams, Cohen and Whiting, I examine Aristotle's account of the matter of living bodies, focusing on the homogeneous parts. I conclude that the dual nature of these parts (material and formal) underlies the homonymy principle in its biological application, and contributes to a coherent theory of body and soul as matter and form.
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    The Homogeneous Bodies in Meteorology Iv 12.Christopher V. Mirus - 2006 - Ancient Philosophy 26 (1):45-64.
    In 'Meteorology' IV.12, Aristotle explains that homogeneous bodies are defined in terms of their functiony "function" he does nos not mean, as Gill has argued, a functional role in some living thing or artifact, but rather a power of acting or being affected that each homogeneous body has in its own right. This points toward a teleology in Aristotle that is less dependent on his biology than has recently been argued.
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    Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought by Michael T. Ferejohn. [REVIEW]Christopher V. Mirus - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 69 (1):132-134.
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    Excellence As Completion in Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics.Christopher V. Mirus - 2013 - Review of Metaphysics 66 (4):663-690.
    This essay explores Aristotle’s description of virtue or excellence as a completion through a contextual reading of two texts: the entry on “the complete” in his philosophical lexicon and the brief discussion of excellence in Physics 7.3. In both Aristotle explores conceptual and ontological issues germane to a general concept of excellence; in both, the key premise is that excellence is best thought of as a completion. His development of this claim draws on two larger themes. In Metaphysics 5, the (...)
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    Timothy McGrew, Marc Alspector-Kelly, and Fritz Allhoff, Eds. Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Pp. Xx+680. $104.95 ; $57.95. [REVIEW]Christopher V. Mirus - 2011 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):132-135.
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    Cognitive Harmony: The Role of Systemic Harmony in the Constitution of Knowledge; Realism and Pragmatic Epistemology; Epistemic Logic: A Survey of the Logic of Knowledge, by Nicholas Rescher. [REVIEW]Christopher V. Mirus - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):878-882.
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    Review of Jacob Klapwijk, Purpose in the Living World? Creation and Emergent Evolution[REVIEW]Christopher V. Mirus - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (11).