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    James Wilberding (2009). Plato's Two Forms of Second-Best Morality. Philosophical Review 118 (3):351-374.
    Plato presents a hierarchy of five cities, each representing a structural arrangement of the soul. The timocratic soul, characterized by its governance by spirit and its consequent desire for esteem and aversion to shame, is ranked as the second-best kind of soul, though this should strike us as surprising since the timocratic figure would seem to be duplicitous, intellectually passive, and at the mercy of the fortuitous opinions of others. This timocrat's position thus raises problems concerning the intrinsic value of (...)
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    James Wilberding (2008). Porphyry and Plotinus on the Seed. Phronesis 53 (s 4-5):406-432.
    Porphyry's account of the nature of seeds can shed light on some less appreciated details of Neoplatonic psychology, in particular on the interaction between individual souls. The process of producing the seed and the conception of the seed offer a physical instantiation of procession and reversion, activities that are central to Neoplatonic metaphysics. In an act analogous to procession, the seed is produced by the father's nature, and as such it is ontologically inferior to the father's nature. Thus, the seed (...)
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    James Wilberding (forthcoming). David Foster Wallace on Dumb Jocks and Athletic Genius. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport:1-15.
    David Foster Wallace was genuinely troubled by what he perceived to be a serious incongruity in the mental lives of elite athletes. To perform with grace and beauty, elite athletes must be ‘geniuses,’ yet in conversation and prose these same athletes often exhibit such vapidity and banality that he was tempted to simply write them off as unintelligent or worse. In response to this puzzle, Wallace developed different philosophical conceptions of the elite athlete aimed at bridging the gap between genius (...)
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  4. James Wilberding (2012). Curbing One's Appetites in Plato's Republic'. In Rachel Barney, Tad Brennan & Charles Brittain (eds.), Plato and the Divided Self. Cambridge University Press 128--149.
     
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    James Wilberding (2016). Plato’s Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution_ _, Written by Susan B. Levin. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 10 (1):116-118.
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    James Wilberding (2014). Teratology in Neoplatonism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (5):1021-1042.
    Teratogenesis poses a real problem for all those who wish to see the natural world as a success story, and this includes the Neoplatonists. On their view even ordinary biological reproduction is governed by principles ultimately derived from intelligible Forms. Thus, the generation of terata would seem to call into question the very efficacy of these intelligible principles in the sensible world, since these would seem to be cases in which matter has gotten the upper hand over the intelligible. Although (...)
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    James Wilberding (2004). Prisoners and Puppeteers in the Cave. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 27:117-39.
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    James Wilberding (2008). Automatic Action in Plotinus. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 34:443-77.
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    James Wilberding (2009). Plotinus and the Presocratics: A Philosophical Study of Presocratic Influences in Plotinus' “Enneads”. Philosophical Review 118 (4):543-546.
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    James Wilberding (2012). Curbing One's Appetites in the Republic. In Rachel Barney, Tad Brennan & Charles Brittain (eds.), Plato and the Divided Self. Cambridge UP
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    James Wilberding (2007). Karamanolis (G.E.) Plato and Aristotle in Agreement? Platonists on Aristotle From Antiochus to Porphyry. Pp. X + 419. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006. Cased, £50. ISBN: 978-0-19-926456-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 57 (02):317-319.
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    James Wilberding (2015). Plato’s Embryology. Early Science and Medicine 20 (2):150-168.
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    James Wilberding (2012). Neoplatonists on 'Spontaneous' Generation. In James Wilberding & Christoph Horn (eds.), Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature. Oxford UP
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    James Wilberding (2006). The Philosophy of the Commentators, 200-600 AD: A Sourcebook. Vol. I, Psychology (with Ethics and Religion). Vol. II, Physics. Vol. III, Logic and Metaphysics (Review). [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):470-471.
    James Wilberding - The Philosophy of the Commentators, 200-600 AD: A Sourcebook. Vol. I, Psychology . Vol. II, Physics. Vol. III, Logic and Metaphysics - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44:3 Journal of the History of Philosophy 44.3 470-471 Richard Sorabji. The Philosophy of the Commentators, 200–600 AD: A Sourcebook. Vol. I, Psychology . Pp. xv + 430. Vol. II, Physics. Pp. xix + 401. Vol. III, Logic and Metaphysics. Pp. xvii + 394. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, (...)
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    James Wilberding (2009). Review of Pauliina Remes, Plotinus on Self: The Philosophy of the 'We'. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (6).
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    James Wilberding (2011). Intelligible Kinds and Natural Kinds in Plotinus. Études Platoniciennes 8:53-73.
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  17. Timothy J. Crowley, Malcolm Heath, Gwenaëlle Aubry, Serge Mouraviev, Ofra Magidor, Karen M. Nielsen & James Wilberding (2008). Markus Kohl Substancehood and Subjecthood in Aristotle's Categories......... 152 Sean Kelsey The Place of I 7 in the Argument of Physics I.......................... 180. [REVIEW] Phronesis 53:449-450.
     
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    James Wilberding & Christoph Horn (eds.) (2012). Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature. Oxford UP.
    This volume dispels the idea that Platonism was an otherworldly enterprise which neglected the study of the natural world. Leading scholars examine how the Platonists of late antiquity sought to understand and explain natural phenomena: their essays offer a new understanding of the metaphysics of Platonism, and its place in the history of science.
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  19. James Wilberding (2006). Philoponus. Against Proclus on the Eternity of the World (Books 12-18). Duckworth.
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    James Wilberding (2006). Plotinus' Cosmology: A Study of Ennead Ii.1 (40): Text, Translation, and Commentary. Oxford University Press.
    In Ennead II.1 (40) Plotinus is primarily concerned to argue for the everlastingness of the universe, the heavens, and the heavenly bodies as individual substances. Here he must grapple both with the philosophical issue of personal identity through time and with the rich tradition of cosmology which pitted the Platonists against the Aristotelians and Stoics. What results is a historically informed cosmological sketch explaining the constitution of the heavens as well as sublunar and celestial motion. This book contains an extensive (...)
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  21. James Wilberding (2006). Plotinus' Cosmology: A Study of Ennead Ii. Oxford University Press.
    In Ennead II.1 (40) Plotinus is primarily concerned to argue for the everlastingness of the universe, the heavens, and the heavenly bodies as individual substances. Here he must grapple both with the philosophical issue of personal identity through time and with the rich tradition of cosmology which pitted the Platonists against the Aristotelians and Stoics. What results is a historically informed cosmological sketch explaining the constitution of the heavens as well as sublunar and celestial motion. This book contains an extensive (...)
     
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  22. James Wilberding (2003). Plotinus' Cosmology: A Study of "Ennead" Ii.1. Dissertation, The University of Chicago
    At the start of his treatise On the Universe, Plotinus announces his interest in the everlastingness of the universe. Yet, Plotinus never questions that the universe is in fact everlasting. Rather, his examination is limited to the cause of this everlastingness.In my dissertation, I offer a slightly revised text as well as completely new translation of this examination. In addition, an introductory essay and a lengthy commentary serve both to illuminate Plotinus' thought and to set the discussion into the larger (...)
     
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  23. James Wilberding (2011). Porphyry. To Gaurus on How Embryos Are Ensouled and on What is in Our Power. Bristol Classical Press.
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