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M. Gregory Oakes Oakes
Winthrop University
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    Antinomy of Truth and Reason: Rationalism and Anti-Realism at the Introductory Level.M. Gregory Oakes - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (1):31-43.
    Many students find themselves caught in an antinomy between “Rationalism”, a view of the world as open to objective, complete, and intellectual comprehension, and “Anti-realism”, the view that the Rationalist vision is façade since there is no objective perspective and any “truth” is relative to the individual. This paper offers a description of an introductory course that provides conceptual resources for resolving the Rationalism-Antirealism debate. Such conceptual resources include: the representation/reality distinction, the fact/evidence disparity, the nature of skepticism, Kant’s distinction (...)
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    Understanding Understanding in Advance.M. Gregory Oakes - forthcoming - Teaching Philosophy.
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    Perdurance and Causal Realism.M. Gregory Oakes - 2004 - Erkenntnis 60 (2):205-227.
    While there has been considerable recent criticism of perdurance theory in connection with a Humean understanding of causality, perdurance theory conjoined with causal realism has received relatively little attention. One might, then, form the impression that perdurance theory under the auspices of causal realism is a relatively safe view. I shall argue, however, to the contrary. My general strategy is to show that there is no plausible way of spelling out the perdurance position (of the non-Humean, causal realist sort). I (...)
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    Understanding Understanding.M. Gregory Oakes - 2016 - Teaching Philosophy 39 (3):291-306.
    Drawing on the basic philosophy of mind of the modern period, I offer a means of improving clarity of student written thought. Clarity of thought entails the sort of concept-sensation synthesis central to Kant’s account of human experience: or in more recent terminology, to be clear is to recognize the intention of a concept in a member of its extension. Simple analysis of concepts and of the mental state of understanding reveals structures that can help diagnose and repair conceptual weakness. (...)
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    Can Indirect Causation Be Real?M. Gregory Oakes - 2007 - Metaphysica 8 (2):111-122.
    Causal realists maintain that the causal relation consists in something more than its relata. Specifying this relation in nonreductive terms is however notoriously difficult. Michael Tooley has advanced a plausible account avoiding some of the relation’s most obvious difficulties, particularly where these concern the notion of a cross-temporal connection. His account distinguishes discrete from nondiscrete causation, where the latter is suitable to the continuity of cross-temporal causation. I argue, however, that such accounts face conceptual difficulties dating from Zeno’s time. A (...)
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    The Continuation of Material Being in Seibt's Process Theory.M. Gregory Oakes - 2017 - Process Studies 46 (2):157-185.
    I call "material continuation" the fact of one material thing or event being followed by another in time. In this article, I address the question why material continuation obtains, as it seems to do. Johanna Seibt's theory of dynamism promises to explain material continuation by reference to Aristotle's concept of energeia. I argue that her account fails to explain how one thing at one time might be followed by another at another.
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    What Plato Knew About Enron.Michele Henderson, M. Gregory Oakes & Marilyn Smith - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 86 (4):463-471.
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    Nietzsche on Epistemology and Metaphysics: The World in View (Review).M. Gregory Oakes - 2011 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 41 (1):127-129.
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    Nietzsche on Language, Consciousness, and the Body (Review).M. Gregory Oakes - 2008 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 35 (1):192-194.
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