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Marcy P. Lascano
California State University, Long Beach
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    Émilie Du Châtelet on Illusions.Marcy P. Lascano - 2021 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 7 (1):1-19.
    In her Discourse on Happiness, Émilie du Châtelet argues susceptibility to illusion is one of the five ‘great machines of happiness,’ and that ‘we owe most of our pleasures to illusions’. However, many who read the Discourse find this aspect of her view puzzling and in tension with her claims that we must always seek truth and obey reason. To understand better her claims in the Discourse on Happiness, this article explores Du Châtelet's discussions of illusions in her Foundations of (...)
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  2. Anne Conway: Bodies in the Spiritual World.Marcy P. Lascano - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (4):327-336.
    Anne Conway argues that all substances are spiritual. Yet, she also claims that all created substance has some type of body. Peter Loptson has argued that Conway didn’t carefully consider her view that all created beings have bodies for it seems God could have created only disembodied spirits. There are several reasons to think Loptson is right. First, Conway holds that God is all‐good and will do the best for his creation. She also holds that spirit is better than body. (...)
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  3. Early Modern Women on the Cosmological Argument: A Case Study in Feminist History of Philosophy.Marcy P. Lascano - 2019 - In Eileen O'Neill & Marcy P. Lascano (eds.), Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought. Springer, NM 87747, USA: pp. 23-47.
    This chapter discusses methodology in feminist history of philosophy and shows that women philosophers made interesting and original contributions to the debates concerning the cosmological argument. I set forth and examine the arguments of Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Catherine Trotter Cockburn, Emilie Du Châtelet, and Mary Shepherd, and discuss their involvement with philosophical issues and debates surrounding the cosmological argument. I argue that their contributions are original, philosophically interesting, and result from participation in the ongoing debates and controversies about the (...)
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  4. "Cavendish and Hobbes on Causation".Marcy P. Lascano - 2021 - In A Companion to Hobbes. Hoboken, NJ, USA: pp. 413-430.
    This chapter examines the connections between Hobbes’s and Cavendish’s accounts of causation. Eileen O’Neill and Marcus Adams have argued that Hobbes and Cavendish share the same notion of entire causes as necessary and sufficient for producing their effects. While this account is well-suited to Hobbes’s mechanical account of causation, O’Neill worries that this claim collapses Cavendish’s account of occasional causation into full on occasionalism. I argue that a close analysis of Cavendish’s views on the role of external objects in perception (...)
     
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    Emilie du Châtelet on the Existence and Nature of God: An Examination of Her Arguments in Light of Their Sources.Marcy P. Lascano - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (4):741 - 758.
    Many commentators have suggested that the metaphysical portions of Emilie du Châtelet's Institutions de physique are a mere retelling of Leibniz's views. I argue that a close reading of the text shows that du Châtelet's cosmological argument and discussion of God's nature contains both Lockean and Leibnizian elements. I discuss where she follows Locke in her arguments, what Leibnizian elements she brings in, and how this enables her to avoid some of the mistakes commonly attributed to Locke's formulation of the (...)
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    ‘Heads Cast in Metaphysical Moulds’ Damaris Masham on the Method and Nature of Metaphysics.Marcy P. Lascano - 2018 - In Emily Thomas (ed.), Early Modern Women on Metaphysics. Cambridge, UK: pp. 9-27.
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    Damaris Masham and “The Law of Reason or Nature”.Marcy P. Lascano - 2011 - Modern Schoolman 88 (3):245-265.
    Emphasis on reason is pervasive in Damaris Masham’s writings. However, her various assertions regarding the use and importance of reason sometimes seem in tension with her emphasis on its limitations and weaknesses. In this paper, I examine Masham’s views concerning the role of reason in knowledge of the existence and nature of God, moral duty, and human happiness. First, I show one way in which Masham uses reason in her works—in her argument for the existence of God. Here, we see (...)
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    The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, by Deborah Boyle.Marcy P. Lascano - 2019 - Mind 128 (509):260-268.
    The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, by BoyleDeborah. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. x + 273.
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    Studies in Leibniz’s Cosmology. [REVIEW]Marcy P. Lascano - 2007 - The Leibniz Review 17:183-191.
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    Women Philosophers and the Cosmological Argument: A Case Study in Feminist History of Philosophy.Marcy P. Lascano - 2019 - In Eileen O’Neill & Marcy P. Lascano (eds.), Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought. Springer. pp. 23-47.
    This chapter discusses methodology in feminist history of philosophy and shows that women philosophers made interesting and original contributions to the debates concerning the cosmological argument. I set forth and examine the arguments of Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Catherine Trotter Cockburn, Emilie Du Châtelet, and Mary Shepherd, and discuss their involvement with philosophical issues and debates surrounding the cosmological argument. I argue that their contributions are original, philosophically interesting, and result from participation in the ongoing debates and controversies about the (...)
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  11. Margaret Cavendish and Early Modern Scientific Experimentalism: ‘Boys That Play with Watery Bubbles or Fling Dust Into Each Other’s Eyes, or Make a Hobbyhorse of Snow’”.Marcy P. Lascano - 2020 - In Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science. New York, NY, USA: pp. 28-40.
    In the seventeenth century the new science was introduced through the works of Bacon, Hooke, Boyle, Power, and others. The advocates of the new science promised to divulge the inner workings of nature and to help man overcome his painful fallen state by means of controlling nature. The new sciences of mechanism and corpuscularism were to be based on objective experiments that would reveal the secret inner natures of minerals, vegetables, animals, the sun, moon, and stars. These experiments were done (...)
     
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  12. The Power of Self-Motion in Cavendish's Nature.Marcy P. Lascano - 2021 - In Julia Jorati (ed.), Powers. New York, NY, USA: pp. 169-188.
    Nature, according to Cavendish, has “an Infinite Natural power, that is, a power to produce infinite effects in her own self, by infinite changes of Motions” (OEP II.XIV: 220). While Cavendish mentions powers with respect to human beings, medicines, occasional causes, and other entities, these powers are really just the power of self-moving matter to cause changes in the world. This paper examines why Cavendish attributes the power self-motion to matter, what this power is, how it arose, how it is (...)
     
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    Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women’s Philosophical Thought.Eileen O’Neill & Marcy P. Lascano (eds.) - 2019 - Springer, NM 87747, USA: Springer.
    Over the course of the past twenty-five years, feminist theory has had a forceful impact upon the history of Western philosophy. The present collection of essays has as its primary aim to evaluate past women’s published philosophical work, and to introduce readers to newly recovered female figures; the collection will also make contributions to the history of the philosophy of gender, and to the history of feminist social and political philosophy, insofar as the collection will discuss women’s views on these (...)
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    Early Modern Philosophy: An Anthology.Lisa Shapiro & Marcy P. Lascano (eds.) - 2021 - Broadview Press.
    This new anthology of early modern philosophy enriches the possibilities for teaching this period by highlighting not only metaphysics and epistemology, but also new themes such as virtue, equality and difference, education, the passions, and love. It contains the works of forty-three philosophers, including traditionally taught figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, as well as less familiar writers such as Lord Shaftesbury, Anton Amo, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, and Denis Diderot. It also highlights the (...)
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  15. Émilie du Châtelet’s Theory of Happiness: Passions and Character.Marcy P. Lascano - forthcoming - Journal of the History of Philosophy.
    The Discourse on Happiness is du Châtelet’s most translated work, but there is no systematic interpretation of her account of the nature and means to happiness in the secondary literature. I argue that the key to understanding her account lies in interpreting the various roles of the “great machines of happiness.” I show that du Châtelet provides a sophisticated hedonistic account of the nature of happiness where passions and tastes are the means to self-perpetuating, increasing, and long-lasting source of pleasure. (...)
     
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    Leibniz and Locke on the Ultimate Origination of Things.Marcy P. Lascano - 2006 - Dissertation,
    This dissertation examines Locke's and Leibniz' explanation of the origin and nature of the world. As Leibniz writes in his "De Rerum Originatione Radicali," which is used as a guide to the issues addressed, this project involves answering two questions: "Why is there a world at all?" and "Why is the world the way it is?" Both Leibniz and Locke answer the first question by way of a cosmological argument for the existence of God as the first cause of the (...)
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