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    The continuous and the discrete: ancient physical theories from a contemporary perspective.Michael J. White - 1992 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    This book presents a detailed analysis of three ancient models of spatial magnitude, time, and local motion. The Aristotelian model is presented as an application of the ancient, geometrically orthodox conception of extension to the physical world. The other two models, which represent departures from mathematical orthodoxy, are a "quantum" model of spatial magnitude, and a Stoic model, according to which limit entities such as points, edges, and surfaces do not exist in (physical) reality. The book is unique in its (...)
  2. Stoic natural philosophy (physics and cosmology).Michael J. White - 2003 - In Brad Inwood (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 142.
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    Agency and Integrality: Philosophical Themes in the Ancient Discussions of Determinism and Responsibility.Michael J. White - 1985 - Springer.
    It is not very surprising that it was no less true in antiquity than it is today that adult human beings are held to be responsible for most of their actions. Indeed, virtually all cultures in all historical periods seem to have had some conception of human agency which, in the absence of certain responsibility-defeating conditions, entails such responsibility. Few philosophers have had the temerity to maintain that this entailment is trivial because such responsibility-defeating conditions are always present. Another not (...)
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    Fatalism and causal determinism: An aristotelian essay.Michael J. White - 1981 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (124):231-241.
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    Zeno's A rrow, Divisible Infinitesimals, and Chrysippus.Michael J. White - 1982 - Phronesis 27 (3):239-254.
  6. On Continuity: Aristotle versus Topology?Michael J. White - 1988 - History and Philosophy of Logic 9 (1):1-12.
    This paper begins by pointing out that the Aristotelian conception of continuity (synecheia) and the contemporary topological account share the same intuitive, proto-topological basis: the conception of a ?natural whole? or unity without joints or seams. An argument of Aristotle to the effect that what is continuous cannot be constituted of ?indivisibles? (e.g., points) is examined from a topological perspective. From that perspective, the argument fails because Aristotle does not recognize a collective as well as a distributive concept of a (...)
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    Zeno's A rrow, Divisible Infinitesimals, and Chrysippus.Michael J. White - 1982 - Phronesis 27 (3):239 - 254.
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    Can Unequal Quantities of Stuffs Be Totally Blended?Michael J. White - 1986 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (4):379 - 389.
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    Time and Determinism in the Hellenistic Philosophical Schools.Michael J. White - 1983 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 65 (1):40-62.
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    Aristotle on the Infinite, Space, and Time.Michael J. White - 2009 - In Georgios Anagnostopoulos (ed.), A Companion to Aristotle. Oxford, UK: Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 260–276.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Aristotle on the Infinite (to apeiron): From Cosmological Principle to Mathematical Operation Aristotle on Space: Magnitude (megethos) and Place (topos) Aristotle on Time: The “Number of Motion” and “Ever‐rolling Stream” Bibliography.
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  11. Vague objects for those who want them.David W. Cowles & Michael J. White - 1991 - Philosophical Studies 63 (2):203 - 216.
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    The necessity of the past and modal-tense logic incompleteness.Michael J. White - 1984 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 25 (1):59-71.
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    The Fourth Account of Conditionals in Sextus Empiricus.Michael J. White - 1986 - History and Philosophy of Logic 7 (1):1-14.
    This paper develops an interpretation of the fourth account of conditionals in Sextus Empiricus's Outlines of Pyrrhonism that conceptually links it with contemporary ?relevance? interpretations of entailment. It is argued that the third account of conditionals, which analyzes the truth of a conditional in terms of the joint impossibility of antecedent and denial of consequent, should not be interpreted in terms of a relative incompatibility of antecedent and denial of consequent because of Stoic acceptance of the truth of some conditionals (...)
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    Partisan or Neutral?: The Futility of Public Political Theory.Michael J. White - 1997 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Partisan or Neutral? critically examines the Rawlsian ideal of a public, supposedly neutral, political theory meant to justify contemporary constitutional democracies. Placing this ideal-appealed to by neo-natural law theorists and advocates of "public theology" as well as by political theorists-against the background of the history of political liberalism, White shows its contradictory nature. He argues that any such legitimating theory will be 'partisan,' in the sense of appealing to convictions concerning the human good that will not be universally accepted. He (...)
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    Aristotle's Concept of "Teoría" [Greek] and the "Enérgeia-Kínesis" [Greek] Distinction.Michael J. White - 1980 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 18 (3):253.
  16. Aristotle on 'Time' and 'A Time'.Michael J. White - 1989 - Apeiron 22 (3):207 - 224.
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    Causes as Necessary Conditions: Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias, and J.L. Mackie.Michael J. White - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (sup1):157-189.
    There is what might be called a ‘majority position’ in the history of Western philosophy according to which causes are sufficient for or ‘necessitate’ their effects. However, there is also a singificant ‘minority position’ according to which causes are necessary relative to their effects. The second/third century A.D. Peripatetic Alexander of Aphrodisias is an ancient representative of the minority position. He attributes his own view — with some justification, I shall suggest – to Aristotle. This paper has two, somewhat loosely (...)
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    Could Rossini actually have written Don Giovanni?Michael J. White - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (3):337 - 347.
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  19. The First Person Pronoun: A Reply to Anscombe and Clarke.Michael J. White - 1979 - Analysis 39 (3):120 - 123.
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    The Problem of Aristotle’s Nous Poiêtikos.Michael J. White - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (4):725-739.
    DESPITE THE WELL-KNOWN historical significance of Aristotle’s doctrine of the productive or active intellect it is not unusual to find contemporary discussions treating the doctrine as an excrescence on the text of the De anima, a work, it is frequently nowadays supposed, in which an otherwise securely naturalistic epistemology and rational psychology are developed. Although the doctrine of the intellectus agens is found only in one place in Aristotle’s extant texts, the third book of the De anima, I shall nonetheless (...)
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    The Spatial Arrow Paradox.Michael J. White - 1987 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1):71-77.
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    What Worried the Crows?Michael J. White - 1986 - Classical Quarterly 36 (02):534-.
    A well-known epigram by Callimachus on the philosopher Diodorus Cronus reads as follows:The question of the third line, while perhaps recondite from a contemporary perspective, was clear in antiquity. The crows are asking ‘What follows ?’, in allusion to the Hellenistic disputes concerning the truth conditions of conditional propositions , disputes in which the views of Diodorus figured prominently.I agree with Sedley that the question of the last line is ‘much more problematic’. The common interpretation has been to read the (...)
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    The Foundations of the Calculus and the Conceptual Analysis of Motion: The Case of the Early Leibniz (1670–1676).Michael J. White - 1992 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 73 (3):283-313.
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    Plato and Mathematics.Michael J. White - 2006 - In Hugh H. Benson (ed.), A Companion to Plato. Malden, MA, USA: Blackwell. pp. 228–243.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction: Mathematics and Philosophers – Plato, in Particular Mathematics and the Training of the Soul To Pythagoreanize or Not To Pythagoreanize Pythagoreanized Meta‐Mathematics and Ancient Mathematical Practice Mathematical Ontology Conclusion.
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    Darwinian Evolution and Classical Liberalism: Theories in Tension.Logan Paul Gage, Bruce L. Gordon, Shawn E. Klein, Peter Lawler, Roger Masters, Angus Menuge, Michael J. White, Jay W. Richards, Timothy Sandefur, Richard Weikart, John West & Benjamin Wiker (eds.) - 2013 - Lanham: Lexington Books.
    Darwinian Evolution and Classical Liberalism brings together a collection of new essays that examine the multifaceted ferment between Darwinian biology and classical liberalism.
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    Philosophy, history of philosophy, logic, etc.Michael J. White - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (4):355-362.
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    Certainty and Surface in Epistemology and Philosophical Method: Essays in Honor of Avrum Stroll.Aloysius Martinich & Michael J. White - 1991 - Edwin Mellen Press.
    This is a collection of articles on two central topics in epistemology: certainty and surfaces. Of the ten articles, four discuss Avrum Stroll's Surfaces. The topics explored have been the subject of intense philosophical debate since ancient times.
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    An "almost classical" period-based tense logic.Michael J. White - 1988 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 29 (3):438-453.
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    Brill Online Books and Journals.Theodore Scaltsas, Michael V. Wedin, Michael J. White, Anna Ioppolo, Christopher Rowe, Bob Sharples & Anne Sheppard - 1993 - Phronesis 38 (2):137-165.
  30. Agency and Integrality. Philosophical Themes in the Ancient Discussions of Determinism and Responsability, « Philosophical Studies. Series in Philosophy, 32 ».Michael J. White - 1988 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 178 (2):237-238.
     
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    Aristotle and Temporally Relative Modalities.Michael J. White - 1979 - Analysis 39 (2):88 - 93.
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    Aristotle's concept of θεωρία and the ένέργια-κίνησις distinction.Michael J. White - 1980 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 18 (3):253-263.
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    Aristotle on the Non-Supervenience of Local Motion.Michael J. White - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (1):143-155.
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    Aristotle's Physics and the Hegemony of His Prior Commitment.Michael J. White - 1999 - Apeiron 32 (2):140 - 152.
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    A Puzzle from Leibniz's "Zettel".Michael J. White - 1995 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 12 (4):405 - 409.
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    A Suggestion Regarding the Semantical Analysis of Performatives.Michael J. White - 1976 - Dialectica 30 (2‐3):117-134.
    SummaryThis paper develops a semantical account of sentences containing performative principal verbs in which these verbs are analyzed as indexical expressions: the proposition picked out by a sentence containing a performative verb depends on aspects of the context of use of the sentence; and these same aspects of context of use also determine the truth value of the proposition picked out. A two‐dimensional modal operator is utilized in analyzing non‐ performative sentences that contain principal verb which, in other contexts, have (...)
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    Causes as Necessary Conditions: Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias, and J.L. Mackie.Michael J. White - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 10:157-189.
    There is what might be called a ‘majority position’ in the history of Western philosophy according to which causes are sufficient for or ‘necessitate’ their effects. However, there is also a singificant ‘minority position’ according to which causes are necessary relative to their effects. The second/third century A.D. Peripatetic Alexander of Aphrodisias is an ancient representative of the minority position. He attributes his own view — with some justification, I shall suggest – to Aristotle. This paper has two, somewhat loosely (...)
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    Concepts of Space in Greek Thought.Michael J. White - 1996 - Apeiron 29 (2):183 - 198.
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    Davidson and non-trivial t-sentences.Michael J. White - 1976 - Erkenntnis 10 (1):87 - 97.
  40. David Charles, Aristotle's Philosophy of Action Reviewed by.Michael J. White - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5 (7):283-286.
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    Diodorus' “Master” argument: A semantic interpretation.Michael J. White - 1980 - Erkenntnis 15 (1):65-72.
    This paper discusses the 'master argument' of diodorus cronos from a semantic perspective. An argument is developed which suggests that proposition (1), 'every proposition true about the past is necessary', May have provided the principal motivation for diodorus denial of proposition (3), I.E., His equation of possibility with present-Or-Future truth. It is noted that (1) and (3) are jointly inconsistent only given the assumption of a linear ordering of time. It is further noted that diodorus' fatalism "could" be employed to (...)
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    Functionalism and the Moral Virtues in Aristotle’s Ethics.Michael J. White - 1979 - International Studies in Philosophy 11:49-57.
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    Functionalism and the Moral Virtues in Aristotle’s Ethics.Michael J. White - 1979 - International Studies in Philosophy 11:49-57.
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    Facets of Megarian Fatalism: Aristotelian Criticisms and the Stoic Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence.Michael J. White - 1980 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):189 - 206.
    The Megarians, as well as their Stoic heirs, are known to have been fatalists or logical determinists in the following, very broad sense of these terms: with respect to at least certain classes or kinds of nontautologous propositions, they held that the mere truth of a proposition entails its necessity. This paper explores, in a very tentative fashion, the relation between several versions of logical determinism and two passages in the Aristotelian corpus, one of which is specifically directed against Megarian (...)
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    Genus as Matter in Aristotle?Michael J. White - 1975 - International Studies in Philosophy 7:41-56.
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    Genus as Matter in Aristotle?Michael J. White - 1975 - International Studies in Philosophy 7:41-56.
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    Harmless actualism.Michael J. White - 1985 - Philosophical Studies 47 (2):183 - 190.
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    Indifference Arguments.Michael J. White - 1995 - Philosophical Books 36 (4):254-256.
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    Locke on Newton's principia: Mathematics or natural philosophy?Michael J. White - unknown
    In his Essay concerning Human Understanding, John Locke explicitly refers to Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica in laudatory but restrained terms: “Mr. Newton, in his never enough to be admired Book, has demonstrated several Propositions, which are so many new Truths, before unknown to the World, and are farther Advances in Mathematical Knowledge” (Essay, 4.7.3). The mathematica of the Principia are thus acknowledged. But what of philosophia naturalis? Locke maintains that natural philosophy, conceived as natural science (as opposed to natural (...)
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    Necessity and unactualized possibilities in Aristotle.Michael J. White - 1980 - Philosophical Studies 38 (3):287 - 298.
    THIS PAPER PRESENTS THE SEMANTIC THEORY FOR A TEMPORAL-MODAL LOGIC WITH RIGIDLY REFERENTIAL TEMPORAL OPERATORS ('dtomorrow' AND 'dnow') IN WHICH THE 'TRADITIONAL' INDETERMINIST INTERPRETATION OF ARISTOTLE'S _DE INTERPRETATIONE 9 CAN BE MODELED. THIS LOGIC HAS, I BELIEVE, SOME INTRINSIC PHILOSOPHICAL INTEREST AND PLAUSIBILITY. HOWEVER, THE PRESENT PAPER IS PRINCIPALLY DEVOTED TO AN INITIAL EXAMINATION OF THE RELATION BETWEEN THE LOGIC AND SUCH TOPICS IN THE ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY OF THE TIME AND OF THE MODALITIES AS THE NECESSITY OF THE PAST, ABSOLUTE (...)
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