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Michael J. Olson
Marquette University
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    On the Significance of the Copernican Revolution: Transcendental Philosophy and the Object of Metaphysics.Michael J. Olson - 2018 - Con-Textos Kantianos 7:89-127.
    This paper argues that the famous passage that compares Kant’s efforts to reform metaphysics with his transcendental idealism to the earlier Copernican revolution in astronomy has a more systematic significance than many recognize. By examining the totality of Kant’s references to Copernicus, one can see that Kant’s analogy points to more than just a similar reversal of perspective. By situating Kant’s comments about Copernicus in relation to his understanding of the logic implicit in the great revolutions in mathematics and natural (...)
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    Kant on the Unity of the Act of Thinking.Michael J. Olson - 2018 - In Violetta L. Waibel, Margit Ruffing & David Wagner (eds.), Natur Und Freiheit. Akten des Xii. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses. De Gruyter. pp. 1099-1106.
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    Locke's Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality, by Nicholas Jolley: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, Pp. 142, £30. [REVIEW]Michael J. Olson - 2016 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (4):838-839.
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    The Intuition of Simultaneity: Zugleichsein and the Constitution of Extensive Magnitudes.Michael J. Olson - 2010 - Kant-Studien 101 (4):429-444.
    Kant's response to ‘Hume's problem’ in his analysis of the a priori structure of causality as law-governed succession in the Second Analogy of Experience has unquestionably overshadowed the account of simultaneity, which follows in the Third Analogy. The analysis of simultaneity in the first Critique relies entirely upon that of succession and is ultimately no more than a more complicated variant of the causal dependence of substances: two objects are experienced as simultaneous only when each of those objects grounds some (...)
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    The Work of Art in the Age of its Digital Distribution.Jean-Philippe Deranty & Michael J. Olson - 2019 - Angelaki 24 (5):104-123.
    This paper argues that Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility” provides a rich analytic framework for understanding how the many dimensions of aesthe...
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  6. Senses, Early Modern Theories of The.Michael J. Olson - 2020 - Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences.
     
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    The Camera Obscura and the Nature of the Soul: On a Tension Between the Mechanics of Sensation and the Metaphysics of the Soul.Michael J. Olson - 2015 - Intellectual History Review 25 (3):279-291.
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    A Materialist Transcendental: On the Onto-Logy of Logics of Worlds.Michael J. Olson - 2013 - Angelaki 18 (2):143 - 159.
    (2013). A MATERIALIST TRANSCENDENTAL: on the onto-logy of logics of worlds. Angelaki: Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 143-159.
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    The Metaphysics of the Epigenesis of Reason.Michael J. Olson - 2017 - Philosophy Today 61 (3):793-799.
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    Philosophy, Non-Philosophy, and the Axiomatization of Matter.Michael J. Olson - 2009 - Philosophy Today 53 (Supplement):257-262.
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    Critical Idealism and Transcendal Materialism: A Speculative Analysis of the Second Paralogism.Michael J. Olson - 2011 - Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 7 (1):49-61.
    This paper argues that the critical doctrine of the necessary unity of the thinking subject propounded in Kant’s Second Paralogism contains an idealist commitment to the metaphysically exceptional nature of the unifying activity of thought. Rather than rejecting Kant’s transcendental framework as necessarily idealist and antagonistic to the current projects of speculative materialism, it is argued that transcendental philosophy should remain an important ingredient of any contemporary metaphysics. The implicit metaphysical idealism of Kantian critical idealism, it is claimed, in the (...)
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    Critical Idealism and Transcendental Materialism: A Speculative Analysis of the Second Paralogism.Michael J. Olson - 2011 - Cosmos and History 7 (1):49-61.
    his paper argues that the critical doctrine of the necessary unity of the thinking subject propounded in Kant’s Second Paralogism contains an idealist commitment to the metaphysically exceptional nature of the unifying activity of thought. Rather than rejecting Kant’s transcendental framework as necessarily idealist and antagonistic to the current projects of speculative materialism, it is argued that transcendental philosophy should remain an important ingredient of any contemporary metaphysics. The implicit metaphysical idealism of Kantian critical idealism, it is claimed, in the (...)
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    Literature in the German Science of the Soul: Johann Gottlob Krüger’s Dreams.Michael J. Olson - 2018 - History of European Ideas 44 (5):528-542.
    ABSTRACTThe early history of anthropology in eighteenth-century Germany wove together contributions from medicine, metaphysics, and a host of other disciplines in an attempt to develop a holistic ‘science of man.’ This paper examines a literary text written by prominent figure in that movement, Johann Gottlob Krüger’s Dreams. The collection of parables staged as dreams in this book presents specifically literary cases against the sufficiency of either philosophy or physiology for the study of human life as a whole. Through close readings (...)
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    Kant on Anatomy and the Status of the Life Sciences.Michael J. Olson - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 58:77-84.