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    Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith - 2015 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    People have always been xenophobic, but an explicit philosophical and scientific view of human racial difference only began to emerge during the modern period. Why and how did this happen? Surveying a range of philosophical and natural-scientific texts, dating from the Spanish Renaissance to the German Enlightenment, Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference charts the evolution of the modern concept of race and shows that natural philosophy, particularly efforts to taxonomize and to order nature, played a crucial role. Smith demonstrates (...)
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    Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
    Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the work of G. W. Leibniz. In Divine Machines, Justin Smith offers the first in-depth examination of Leibniz's deep and complex engagement with the empirical life sciences of his day, in areas as diverse as medicine, physiology, taxonomy, generation theory, and paleontology. He shows how these (...)
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    The Internet is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning.Justin E. H. Smith - 2022 - Princeton University Press.
    An original deep history of the internet that tells the story of the centuries-old utopian dreams behind it—and explains why they have died today Many think of the internet as an unprecedented and overwhelmingly positive achievement of modern human technology. But is it? In The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is, Justin Smith offers an original deep history of the internet, from the ancient to the modern world—uncovering its surprising origins in nature and centuries-old dreams of radically improving (...)
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    Anton Wilhelm Amo's Philosophical Dissertations on Mind and Body.Stephen Philip Menn & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2020 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    "Anton Wilhelm Amo is the first modern African philosopher to study and teach in a European university and write in the European philosophical tradition. We give an extensive historical and philosophical introduction to Amo's life and work, and provide Latin texts, with facing translations and explanatory notes, of Amo's two philosophical dissertations, On the Impassivity of the Human Mind and the Philosophical Disputation containing a Distinct Idea of those Things that Pertain either to the Mind or to our Living and (...)
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    The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith (ed.) - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this volume Smith examines the early modern science of generation, which included the study of animal conception, heredity, and fetal development. Analyzing how it influenced the contemporary treatment of traditional philosophical questions, it also demonstrates how philosophical pre-suppositions about mechanism, substance, and cause informed the interpretations offered by those conducting empirical research on animal reproduction. Composed of essays written by an international team of leading scholars, the book offers a fresh perspective on some of the basic problems in early (...)
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  6. The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith - 2008 - Journal of the History of Biology 41 (3):575-577.
     
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    Appendix 3. The Human Body, Like that of Any Animal, is a Sort of Machine.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 290-296.
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    Contents.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press.
  9. Introduction.Justin E. H. Smith, Mogens Lærke & Eric Schliesser - 2013 - In Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith & Eric Schliesser (eds.), Philosophy and its History: Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press USA.
    The introduction explain the need for how an international, inclusive discussion about the range of different methodological approaches from different traditions of philosophy can be read alongside each other and be seen in sometimes very critical conversation with each other. In addition, the introduction identifies four broad themes in the volume: the largest group of chapters advocate methods that promote history of philosophy as an unapologetic, autonomous enterprise with its own criteria within philosophy. Second, three chapters can be seen as (...)
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    Tradition, Culture, and the Problem of Inclusion in Philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith - unknown
    Many today agree that philosophy, as an academic discipline, must, for the sake of its very survival, become more inclusive of a wider range of perspectives, coming from a more diverse pool of philosophers. Yet there has been little serious reflection on how our very idea of what philosophy is might be preventing this change from taking place. In this essay I would like to consider the ways in which our ideas about philosophy's relation to tradition, and its relation to (...)
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  11. Imagination and the problem of heredity in mechanist embryology.Justin E. H. Smith - 2006 - In The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
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    Chapter Two. The “Hydraulico-Pneumaticopyrotechnical Machine of Quasi-Perpetual Motion”.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 59-94.
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    Introduction.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 1-22.
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    The Leibniz-Stahl Controversy.François Duchesneau & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2016 - Yale University Press.
    _The first unabridged English translation of the correspondence between Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Georg Ernst Stahl detailing their opposing philosophies_ The correspondence between the eighteenth-century mathematician and philosopher G. W. Leibniz and G. E. Stahl, a chemist and physician at the court of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, known as the Leibniz-Stahl Controversy, is one of the most important intellectual contributions on theoretical issues concerning pre-biological thinking. Editors François Duchesneau and Justin E. H. Smith offer readers the first fully (...)
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    Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason.Justin E. H. Smith - 2019 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the “rational animal.” But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from (...)
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    Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason.Justin E. H. Smith - 2019 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    From sex and music to religion and politics, a history of irrationality and the ways in which it has always been with us—and always will be In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump, Justin Smith argues that irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. Ranging across philosophy, politics, and current events, he shows that, throughout history, every triumph of reason has been temporary and (...)
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    Preface.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press.
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    Notes.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 311-356.
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    The Philosopher: A History in Six Types.Justin E. H. Smith - 2016 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    What would the global history of philosophy look like if it were told not as a story of ideas but as a series of job descriptions—ones that might have been used to fill the position of philosopher at different times and places over the past 2,500 years? The Philosopher does just that, providing a new way of looking at the history of philosophy by bringing to life six kinds of figures who have occupied the role of philosopher in a wide (...)
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    Introduction: Thinking Attention.D. Graham Burnett & Justin E. H. Smith - 2023 - In D. Graham Burnett & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.), Scenes of Attention: Essays on Mind, Time, and the Senses. Columbia University Press. pp. 1-20.
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    The Body-Machine in Leibniz’s Early Physiological and Medical Writings.Justin E. H. Smith - 2007 - The Leibniz Review 17:141-179.
    Other than the historical writings, the edition of which has yet to begin, Series VIII of the Academy Edition of Leibniz’s writings, presenting his “natural-scientific, medical, and technical” contributions, has been, since the project began in 1923, consistently deemed to be of low priority, and it is only very recently that the project has got fully underway. Coming, as it does, nearer to the end of the edition of the complete works, Series VIII has the advantage of accumulating some of (...)
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    Leibniz and the Cambridge Platonists The Debate over Plastic Natures.Justin E. H. Smith & Pauline Phemister - 2007 - In Pauline Phemister & Stuart Brown (eds.), Leibniz and the English-Speaking World. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 95–110.
    By his own account, Leibniz first encountered the True Intellectual System of the Universe of the Cambridge Platonist Ralph Cudworth during his visit to Rome in the spring of 1689, although the work itself had been published just over a decade earlier in 1678. Leibniz would later report to Cudworth’s daughter, Damaris Masham, that he had been delighted to see the wisdom of the ancients “accompanied by solid reflections”. He had certainly taken the book seriously, devoting sufficient attention to make (...)
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    In search of the third bird: exemplary essays from the proceedings of ESTAR(SER), 2001-2021.D. Graham Burnett, Catherine L. Hansen & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2021 - London: Strange Attractor Press.
    The real history of the covey of attention-artists who call themselves "The Birds." A great deal of uncertainty--and even some genuine confusion--surrounds the origin, evolution, and activities of the so-called Avis Tertia or "Order of the Third Bird." Sensational accounts of this "attentional cult" emphasize histrionic rituals, tragic trance-addictions, and the covert dissemination of obscurantist ontologies of the art object. Hieratic, ecstatic, and endlessly evasive, the Order attracts sensual misfits and cabalistic aesthetes--both to its ranks, and to its scholarship. In (...)
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    Scenes of Attention: Essays on Mind, Time, and the Senses.D. Graham Burnett & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2023 - Columbia University Press.
    Are we paying enough attention? At least since the nineteenth century, critics have alleged a widespread and profound failure of attentiveness—to others, to ourselves, to the world around us, to what is truly worthy of focus. Why is there such great anxiety over attention? What is at stake in understanding attention and the challenges it faces? This book investigates attention from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, history, anthropology, art history, and comparative literature. Each chapter begins with a concrete (...)
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    The Rationalists: Between Tradition and Innovation.Carlos Fraenkel, Dario Perinetti & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2010 - Springer.
    This volume draws a balanced picture of the Rationalists by bringing their intellectual contexts, sources and full range of interests into sharper focus, without neglecting their core commitment to the epistemological doctrine that earned ...
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    The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy.Ohad Nachtomy & Justin E. H. Smith (eds.) - 2014 - New York, NY: Oup Usa.
    This volume explores the intersection between early modern philosophy and the life sciences by presenting the contributions of important but often neglected figures such as Cudworth, Grew, Glisson, Hieronymus Fabricius, Stahl, Gallego, Hartsoeker, and More, as well as familiar figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, and Kant.
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    Abbreviations.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press.
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    Appendix 1. Directions Pertaining to the Institution of Medicine.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 275-287.
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    Appendix 4. On Writing the New Elements of Medicine.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 297-302.
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    Appendix 5. On Botanical Method.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 303-310.
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    Appendix 2. The Animal Machine.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 288-289.
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    Bibliography.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 357-374.
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    Chapter Four. Organic Bodies, Part II: Context and Legacy.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 137-162.
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    Chapter Five. The Divine Preformation Of Organic Bodies.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 165-196.
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    “Curious Kinks of the Human Mind”: Cognition, Natural History, and the Concept of Race.Justin E. H. Smith - 2012 - Perspectives on Science 20 (4):504-529.
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    Chapter One. “Que Les Philosophes Medicinassent”.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 25-58.
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    Confused Perception and Corporeal Substance in Leibniz.Justin E. H. Smith - 2003 - The Leibniz Review 13:45-64.
    I argue against the view that Leibniz’s construction of reality out of perceiving substances must be seen as the first of the modern idealist philosophies. I locate this central feature of Leibniz’s thought instead in a decidedly premodern tradition. This tradition sees bodiliness as a consequence of the confused perception of finite substances, and equates God’s uniquely disembodied being with his maximally distinct perceptions. But unlike modern idealism, the premodern view takes confusion as the very feature of any created substance (...)
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    Confused Perception and Corporeal Substance in Leibniz.Justin E. H. Smith - 2003 - The Leibniz Review 13:45-64.
    I argue against the view that Leibniz’s construction of reality out of perceiving substances must be seen as the first of the modern idealist philosophies. I locate this central feature of Leibniz’s thought instead in a decidedly premodern tradition. This tradition sees bodiliness as a consequence of the confused perception of finite substances, and equates God’s uniquely disembodied being with his maximally distinct perceptions. But unlike modern idealism, the premodern view takes confusion as the very feature of any created substance (...)
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    Chapter Six. Games of Nature, the Emergence of Organic Form, and the Problem of Spontaneity.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 197-232.
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    Chapter Seven. The Nature And Boundaries Of Biological Species.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 235-274.
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    Chapter Three. Organic Bodies, Part I. Nature and Structure.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 97-136.
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    Diet, embodiment, and virtue in the mechanical philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (2):338-348.
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    Embodiment (Oxford Philosophical Concepts).Justin E. H. Smith (ed.) - 2017 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Embodiment—defined as having, being in, or being associated with a body—is a feature of the existence of many entities, perhaps even of all entities. Why entities should find themselves in this condition is the central concern of the present volume. The problem includes, but also goes beyond, the philosophical problem of body: that is, what the essence of a body is, and how, if at all, it differs from matter. On some understandings there may exist bodies, such as stones or (...)
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  44. Embodiment, Oxford Philosophical Concepts.Justin E. H. Smith (ed.) - forthcoming - Oxford University Press.
  45. Gabriel Daniel : Descartes through the mirror of fiction.Justin E. H. Smith - 2019 - In Steven Nadler, Tad M. Schmaltz & Delphine Antoine-Mahut (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
     
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    Hegel, China, and The 19th Century Europeanization Of Philosophy.Justin E. H. Smith - 2018 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 45 (1-2):18-37.
    I clarify Hegel’s role in the Europeanization of philosophy over the course of the 19th century. I begin with an investigation of the way non-Western philosophy was conceptualized in Europe before, and after, I move on to a consideration of the debates about philosophy that emerged in late 19th century China because of European attempts, such as that of Hegel, to circumscribe the geographical and civilizational scope of this discipline. How may we see the emergence of a distinctly modern, generally (...)
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    Index.Justin E. H. Smith - 2011 - In Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton University Press. pp. 375-380.
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    Introduction.Justin E. H. Smith - 2017 - In Embodiment (Oxford Philosophical Concepts). Oxford University Press.
    This Introduction takes a broadly focused, global, and comparative view of the concept of embodiment, focusing particularly on some of the ways it has been interpreted outside of the history of European thought. It also provides a general overview of the central concerns and questions of the volume as a whole, such as: What is the historical and conceptual relationship between the idea of embodiment and the idea of subjecthood? Am I who I am principally in virtue of the fact (...)
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    In Memoriam Heinrich Schepers.Justin E. H. Smith - 2019 - The Leibniz Review 29:201-203.
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    Leibniz and the Natural World.Justin E. H. Smith - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:73-84.
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