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Gregory Johnson
Mississippi State University
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    Mechanisms and Functional Brain Areas.Gregory Johnson - 2009 - Minds and Machines 19 (2):255-271.
    Explanations of how psychological capacities are carried out often invoke functional brain areas. I argue that such explanations cannot succeed. Psychological capacities are carried out by identifiable entities and their activities in the brain, but functional brain areas are not the relevant entities. I proceed by assuming that if functional brain areas did carry out psychological capacities, then these brain areas could be included in descriptions of mechanisms. And if functional brain areas participate in mechanisms, then they must engage in (...)
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    Liberty and Nature: The Missing Link.Gregory R. Johnson - 1999 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 1 (1):135 - 166.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON examines the link between Ayn Rand's ethics, which can be broadly characterized as Aristotelian, and her political philosophy, which can be broadly characterized as classical liberalism of the Lockean, natural rights variety. He maintains that Rand's argument for classical liberalism on the basis of the objectivity of values fails because of a reductionistic and excessively intellectualistic conception of human nature. In addition to discussing Rand's arguments, he surveys the Rand-influenced work of Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. (...)
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  3. The Relationship Between Psychological Capacities and Neurobiological Activities.Gregory Johnson - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):453-480.
    This paper addresses the relationship between psychological capacities, as they are understood within cognitive psychology, and neurobiological activities. First, Lycan’s (1987) account of this relationship is examined and certain problems with his account are explained. According to Lycan, psychological capacities occupy a higher level than neurobiological activities in a hierarchy of levels of nature, and psychological entities can be decomposed into neurobiological entities. After discussing some problems with Lycan’s account, a similar, more recent account built around levels of mechanisms is (...)
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    LeDoux's Fear Circuit and the Status of Emotion as a Non-Cognitive Process.Gregory Johnson - 2008 - Philosophical Psychology 21 (6):739 - 757.
    LeDoux (1996) has identified a sub-cortical neural circuit that mediates fear responses in rats. The existence of this neural circuit has been used to support the claim that emotion is a non-cognitive process. In this paper I argue that this sub-cortical circuit cannot have a role in the explanation of emotions in humans. This worry is raised by looking at the properties of this neural pathway, which does not have the capacity to respond to the types of stimuli that are (...)
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    Hermeneutics: A Protreptic.Gregory R. Johnson - 1990 - Critical Review 4 (1-2):173-211.
    An argument is made for the relevance of phenomenological hermeneutics to economics, with special attention to recent debates on hermeneutics among economists of the Austrian school of Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek. Hermeneutics is explicated in the context of Husserlian phenomenology, with special attention to phenomenology's Aristotelian roots. Naive and methodological forms of ?objectivism?; are contrasted with hermeneutics, which recovers the horizons of scientific knowledge: the whole, and the activities of the human knower. Finally, the charges that hermeneutics (...)
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    Rand on Abortion: A Critique.Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen - 2000 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 1 (2):245 - 261.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON and DAVID RASMUSSEN argue that Rand's defense of abortion on demand is inconsistent with her own fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and moral principles, namely that everything that exists has a determinate identity, that the concept of man refers to all of man's characteristics, not just his essential characteristics, and that there is no gap between what an organism truly is and what it ought to be.
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    Ayn Rand and the Mastery of Nature.Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (1):229-240.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON argues, contra Barry Vacker, that reductionist thinking and nonlinear aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and that the passages in The Fountainhead cited by Vacker actually support the mastery of nature thesis. Johnson also addresses some miscellaneous criticisms offered by William Thomas, who wrote a review of Johnson's "Liberty and Nature" that appeared in Navigator.
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    Rand on Abortion, Revisited.Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen - 2001 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (2):469-485.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON and DAVID RASMUSSEN defend their critique of Ayn Rand's views on abortion, arguing that their critics miss its main points. Tibor Machan and Alexander Tabarrok actually depart from Rand's own position under the guise of defending it; they introduce a non-Randian distinction between being a human organism and being a moral person.
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    Heidegger's Confrontation with Modernity: Technology, Politics, Art.Gregory R. Johnson - 1993 - Review of Metaphysics 47 (2):402-403.
    In this book the author lays bare and illuminates the systematic connections between Heidegger's philosophy, his accounts of modernity and technology, and his political views. This is by far the best of the more than a dozen books and anthologies washed up by the latest wave of the Heidegger-Nazism controversy.
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    Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises From Socrates to Foucault. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - New Vico Studies 18:135-138.
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    Rejoinder to Machan and Tabarrok: Rand on Abortion, Revisited.Gregory R. Johnson & David Rasmussen - 2001 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (2):469 - 485.
    Gregory R. Johnson and David Rasmussen defend their critique of Ayn Rand's views on abortion, arguing that their critics miss its main points. Tibor Machan and Alexander Tabarrok actually depart from Rand's own position under the guise of defending it; they introduce a non-Randian distinction between being a human organism and being a moral person.
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    Rethinking Political Theory.Gregory R. Johnson - 1998 - New Vico Studies 16:125-127.
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    Berlin on Liberalism and Objective Value.Gregory Johnson & Glenn Magee - 2000 - Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (4):397-408.
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    Methodological Functionalism and the Description of Natural Systems.Gregory Johnson - 2016 - Philosophical Psychology 29 (3):374-389.
    The primary way that explanations are constructed in cognitive psychology is by methodological functionalism: in short, functionally defined components are proposed in order to explain how inputs are turned into behavior. But despite its close association with cognitive psychology, methodological functionalism is a technique that can be used to describe any natural system. I look at how methodological functionalism has fared when used by other special sciences and what lessons can be learned from these cases. Three explanations of chemical and (...)
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    Ayn Rand in the Scholarly Literature. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson & Chris Matthew Sciabarra - 2001 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 3 (1):165 - 169.
    Gregory R. Johnson and Chris Matthew Sciabarra discuss references to Ayn Rand in the works of Paul Feyerabend and Slovaj Žižek.
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    Myth and the Limits of Reason.Gregory R. Johnson - 1998 - New Vico Studies 16:123-125.
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  17. Ayn Rand And The Mastery Of Nature.Gregory Johnson - 2000 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 1 (3):229-240.
    GREGORY R. JOHNSON argues, contra Barry Vacker, that reductionist thinking and nonlinear aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and that the passages in The Fountainhead cited by Vacker actually support the mastery of nature thesis. Johnson also addresses some miscellaneous criticisms offered by William Thomas, who wrote a review of Johnson's "Liberty and Nature" that appeared in Navigator.
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    The Role of Religion in History. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1999 - New Vico Studies 17:138-140.
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    Sullivan, Roger J. An Introduction to Kant's Ethics.Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):926-927.
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    Recasting Conservatism: Oakeshott, Strauss, and the Response to Postmodernism.Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):876-878.
    This book's subtitle, as well as its inclusion in Yale University Press's philosophy catalog, creates the expectation of a philosophical match between, in one corner, the ideas of Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss and, in the other, the ideas of such "postmodernist" thinkers as Michel Foucault, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty, and behind them such gray eminences as Heidegger and Kojève. One soon discovers, however, that Devigne deals not with philosophical responses to postmodernism, but with political responses to (...)
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    Plato the Myth Maker.Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - New Vico Studies 18:145-147.
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    Rejoinder to Thomas and Vacker: Ayn Rand and the Mastery of Nature.Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (1):229 - 240.
    Gregory R. Johnson argues, contra Barry Vacker, that reductionist thinking and nonlinear aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, and that the passages in The Fountainhead cited by Vacker actually support the mastery of nature thesis. Johnson also addresses some miscellaneous criticisms offered by William Thomas, who wrote a review of Johnson's "Liberty and Nature" (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Fall 1999) that appeared in Navigator.
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    Shell, Susan Meld. The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation, and Community.Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):918-920.
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    Philosophy as a Way of Life.Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - New Vico Studies 18:135-138.
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    An Introduction to Kant's Ethics. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):926-926.
    Roger Sullivan's earlier book, Immanuel Kant's Moral Theory, has done for Kant's moral philosophy what Henry Allison's Kant's Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense has done for Kant's metaphysics: it offers a comprehensive and plausible account of Kant's thought and defends it from common objections and misunderstandings. Sullivan's new book draws upon his earlier one, distilling its insights into an ideal introduction to Kant's ethics that will be both useful to undergraduate and graduate students and also interesting to Kant specialists.
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    The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation, and Community. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):918-919.
    This is a book that should cause Kant scholars to miss their daily walks. It is remarkable on at least four counts. First, Shell displays the unity of Kant's thought through both his "critical" and "pre-critical" writings. Second, with a deft deployment of biographical data, she demonstrates the unity of Kant's life and thought. Third, Shell demonstrates the importance of Kantian texts that are ignored by most commentators: the pre-critical corpus, the correspondence, unpublished notes and reflections, book reviews, student notes, (...)
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    A Friend of Reason: José Guilherme Merquior.Gregory R. Johnson - 1991 - Critical Review 5 (3):421-446.
    This essay surveys and assesses J. G. Merquior's principal English?language contributions to liberal social and political theory. The greatest strength of Merquior's work is his recognition that one can neither understand nor defend liberalism without first understanding and defending modernity. The greatest weakness of Merquior's work is his overly oppositional conception of the relationship between modernity and its postmodern critics, particularly his failure to recognize that both the positive and negative features of postmodernism are simply radicalizations of the positive and (...)
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    Plato the Myth Maker. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 2000 - New Vico Studies 18:145-147.
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    Rethinking Political Theory: Essays in Phenomenology and the Study of Politics. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1998 - New Vico Studies 16:125-127.
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    Page, Carl R. Philosophical Historicism and the Betrayal of First Philosophy.Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):912-915.
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    The Role of Religion in History.Gregory R. Johnson - 1999 - New Vico Studies 17:138-140.
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    Update: Publications Through 1997.Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - New Vico Studies 15:90-94.
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    Abstract Elementary Classes with Löwenheim-Skolem Number Cofinal with Ω.Gregory M. Johnson - 2010 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 51 (3):361-371.
    In this paper we study abstract elementary classes with Löwenheim-Skolem number $\kappa$ , where $\kappa$ is cofinal with $\omega$ , which have finite character. We generalize results obtained by Kueker for $\kappa=\omega$ . In particular, we show that $\mathbb{K}$ is closed under $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -elementary equivalence and obtain sufficient conditions for $\mathbb{K}$ to be $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -axiomatizable. In addition, we provide an example to illustrate that if $\kappa$ is uncountable regular then $\mathbb{K}$ is not closed under $L_{\infty,\kappa}$ -elementary equivalence.
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    Myth and the Limits of Reason. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1998 - New Vico Studies 16:123-125.
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    Philosophical Historicism and the Betrayal of First Philosophy. [REVIEW]Gregory R. Johnson - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):912-914.
    According to Carl Page, the ambition of first philosophy is "to get to the bottom of things," to render lucid the ultimate principles of self and world by means of reason. Philosophical historicism is the thesis that human reason is constituted by historically contingent and mutable horizons. These horizons comprehend reason and are therefore incomprehensible to it. History lies behind reason, thus reason cannot get behind history. Therefore, if historicism is true, reason cannot get to the bottom of things. Page (...)
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  36. Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today.Michelle E. Brady, Paul A. Cantor, Thomas Darby, Henry T. Edmondson Iii, Stephen L. Gardner, Marc D. Guerra, Gregory R. Johnson, Joseph M. Knippenberg, Peter Augustine Lawler, Daniel J. Mahoney, James F. Pontuso, Paul Seaton & Ashley Woodiwiss - 2001 - Lexington Books.
    This rich and varied collection of essays addresses some of the most fundamental human questions through the lenses of philosophy, literature, religion, politics, and theology. Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale McConkey have fashioned an interdisciplinary consideration of such perennial and enduring issues as the relationship between nature and history, nature and grace, reason and revelation, classical philosophy and Christianity, modernity and postmodernity, repentance and self-limitation, and philosophy and politics.
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  37. The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics.J. Patrick Dobel, Henry T. Edmondson Iii, Gregory R. Johnson, Peter Kalkavage, Judith Lee Kissell, Peter Augustine Lawler, Alan Levine, Daniel J. Mahoney, Will Morrisey, Pádraig Ó Gormaile, Paul C. Peterson, Michael Platt, Robert M. Schaefer, James Seaton & Juan José Sendín Vinagre - 2000 - Lexington Books.
    The contributors to The Moral of the Story, all preeminent political theorists, are unified by their concern with the instructive power of great literature. This thought-provoking combination of essays explores the polyvalent moral and political impact of classic world literatures on public ethics through the study of some of its major figures-including Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, Jane Austen, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Robert Penn Warren, and Dostoevsky. Positing the uniqueness of literature's ability to promote dialogue on salient moral and intellectual virtues, (...)
     
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  38. Are We in Time?: And Other Essays on Time and Temporality.Gregory R. Johnson (ed.) - 2004 - Northwestern University Press.
    The summa of a distinguished philosopher's career, and full treatment of the temporal in philosophical terms, this volume shows us that by taking time seriously we can discover something essential to almost every question of human concern. Are we IN time? Charles Sherover asks, and in pursuing this question he considers time in conjunction with cognition, morality, action, physical nature, being, God, freedom, and politics. His essays, while drawing upon Royce, Heidegger, Kant, Leibniz, and even Hartshorne and Bergson, defy categorization (...)
     
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  39. Heraclitus Seminar by Martin Heidegger & Eugen Fink. [REVIEW]Gregory Johnson - 1994 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 88:58-59.
  40. Kant on Swedenborg: Dreams of a Spirit-Seer & Other Writings.Gregory R. Johnson & Glenn Alexander Magee (eds.) - 2003 - Swedenborg Foundation Publishers.
    _Dreams of a Spirit-Seer_, Immanuel Kant's book on Emanuel Swedenborg, has mystified readers since its publication in 1766 during Swedenborg's lifetime. The unusual style and content of _Dreams_ have given rise to two opposing interpretations. Most Kant scholars regard the work as a skeptical attack on Swedenborg's mysticism. Other critics, however, believe that Kant regarded Swedenborg as a serious philosopher and visionary, and that _Dreams_ both reveals Kant's profound debt to Swedenborg and coneals that debt behind the mask of irony. (...)
     
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  41. Luttwak Takes a Bath. [REVIEW]Gregory Johnson - 1995 - Reason Papers 20:121-124.
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  42. Preface.Gregory Johnson & Glenn Magee - 1991 - Reason Papers 16:2-2.
     
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  43. Strange New World. [REVIEW]Gregory Johnson - 1997 - Reason Papers 22:140-143.
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  44. The Non-Sequitur of Value-Relativism: A Critique of John Gray's "Post-Liberalism".Gregory Johnson - 1994 - Reason Papers 19:99-108.
     
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  45. Without Sense or Reference: J. G. Merquior's From Prague to Paris: A Critique of Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Thought. [REVIEW]Gregory Johnson - 1992 - Reason Papers 17:153-160.