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    Analogy in Aquinas.Joshua Lee Harris - 2017 - Faith and Philosophy 34 (1):33-56.
    In the last decade there arose a debate between William P. Alston and Nicholas Wolterstorff on the subject of Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of analogia—that is, the position that perfection terms, when properly predicated of God and of creatures, are distinct, yet related in meaning. Whereas Alston interprets Aquinas to hold this well-known position before criticizing it, Wolterstorff argues that Aquinas actually did not hold the position as it is usually presented. In this paper, I show why Alston’s “orthodox” interpretation is (...)
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    Who’s Truth?Joshua Lee Harris - 2014 - Philosophia Christi 16 (1):165-174.
    This paper is a response to an article in Philosophia Christi by W. Paul Franks and Richard B. Davis entitled “Against a Postmodern Epistemology.” In this article, the authors offer a critique of James K. A. Smith. I respond to three of their particular criticisms in the following manner: by explaining the motivations behind rejecting a modern “correspondence theory of truth”; revealing what I take to be an invalid inference on the topic of scripture and interpretation; and offering an alternative (...)
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    Ontological Pluralism and Divine Naming: Insights from Avicenna.Joshua Lee Harris - 2021 - Res Philosophica 98 (2):205-231.
    In this article, I defend a version of ontological pluralism, specifically with an eye toward laying metaphysical groundwork for an account of divine naming inspired by Avicenna. I try to show (1) that Avicenna’s pluralism is well-motivated as a metaphysical thesis and (2) that it offers substantive philosophical support for a correlatively pluralist approach to divine naming. My argument proceeds by identifying two influential objections to ontological pluralism, and then offering replies to these objections with the help of Avicenna. The (...)
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    Epistemic Paternalism, Averroes, and Religious Knowledge.Kirk Lougheed & Joshua Lee Harris - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (4):960–972.
    Abstract:Epistemic paternalism occurs when evidence is withheld or shaped in particular ways in order to help an agent arrive at the truth, but this is done without their consent (and sometimes without their knowledge). While general defenses of epistemic paternalism are garnering more attention in the recent literature, little has been said regarding the practice in religious contexts. We explore a defense of epistemic paternalism in religious settings inspired by the work of the medieval Islamic philosopher Averroes. According to Averroes, (...)
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    Does Aquinas Hold a Correspondence Theory of Truth in De Veritate?Joshua Lee Harris - 2014 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 88:285-300.
    At least since Martin Heidegger’s influential reading of Thomas Aquinas’s account of truth as a precursor to modern philosophy’s unfortunate “forgetfulness of being,” it has been popular to classify the Angelic Doctor as one of the fore­runners of the modern “correspondence theory” of truth. In what follows, I attempt to answer the question of whether or not this is a correct assessment. I want to suggest that Aquinas’s account of truth has superficial concord but deep conflict with modern correspondence theories. (...)
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    Philosophical Perspectives on Existential Gratitude.Joshua Lee Harris, Kirk Lougheed & Neal DeRoo (eds.) - 2023 - Bloomsbury Publishing.
    Existential gratitude-gratitude for one's very existence or life as a whole-is pervasive across the most influential human, cultural and religious traditions. Weaving together analytic and continental, as well as non-western and historical philosophical perspectives, this volume explores the nexus of gratitude, existence and God as an inter-subjective phenomenon for the first time. A team of leading scholars introduce existential gratitude as a perennially and characteristically human phenomenon, central to the distinctive life of our species. Attention is given to the conditions (...)
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    Some Prolegomena to Any Future Truth Theory in Christian Philosophy.Joshua Lee Harris - 2015 - Philosophia Christi 17 (1):71-87.
    I argue that the many disparate meanings of truth in John’s Gospel ought to be con­sidered “prolegomena” for any Christian truth theory. That is to say, insofar as any theory of truth in Christian philosophy fails to accommodate the multifaceted character of truth evidenced in John, it fails as a theory. After demonstrating some of the most important meanings of truth in John, I argue that the “correspondence” theory advocated by many contemporary Christian analytic philosophers is a reductionism when considered (...)
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    Transcendental Multitude in Thomas Aquinas.Joshua Lee Harris - 2015 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 89:109-118.
    In this study, I consider the viability of what is perhaps one of the more “obscure” transcendentals in Aquinas’s work—that is, the concept of multitudo transcendens. This strange notion is mentioned explicitly (as a member of the transcendentia, that is) on four occasions in Aquinas’s oeuvre. Despite its apparent difficulties, i.e., the clear difficulties associated with claiming that ens is really convertible with both unum and multitudo, I suggest that Aquinas’s affirmation of multitudo as a transcendental is a conceptually coherent (...)
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    Transcendental Multitude in Thomas Aquinas in advance.Joshua Lee Harris - forthcoming - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
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    Things within Things? Toward an Ontology of the Firm.Joshua Lee Harris - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:225-236.
    The burgeoning analytic literature on “social ontology”—that is, the properly ontological status of “social” phenomena, such asinstitutions, firms and nation-states—has yielded some promising avenues of research for economists interested in the economic agency of groups as opposed to individual persons. Following M. D. Ryall, in this paper I offer a preliminary sketch of an ontology of social entities inspired by the work of Bernard Lonergan and the Aristotelian metaphysical tradition.
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    Being, essence and substance in Plato and Aristotle Paul Ricoeur malden, ma: Polity press, 2013; 266 pp.; $24.95. [REVIEW]Joshua Lee Harris - 2015 - Dialogue 54 (4):805-807.
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