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Michael Losonsky
Colorado State University
  1. The Preoccupation and Crisis of Analytic Philosophy.Michael Losonsky - 2014 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 10 (1):5-20.
    I propose to reconsider Gilbert Ryle’s thesis in 1956 in his introduction to The Revolution of Philosophy that “the story of twentieth-century philosophy is very largely the story of this notion of sense or meaning” and, as he writes elsewhere, the “preoccupation with the theory of meaning is the occupational disease of twentieth-century Anglo-Saxon and Austrian philoso- phy.” Ryle maintains that this preoccupation demar- cates analytic philosophy from its predecessors and that it gave philosophy a set of academic credentials as (...)
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    Self-Deceivers' Intentions and Possessions.Michael Losonsky - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):121-122.
    Although Mele's four sufficient conditions for self-deception are on track insofar as they avoid the requirement that self-deception involves contradictory beliefs, they are too weak, because they are broad enough to include cases of bias or prejudice that are not typical cases of self-deception. I discuss what distinguishes self-deception from other forms of bias.
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  3. Frege's 'Bedeutung' and Mill's 'Denotatlon'.Michael Losonsky - 2004 - Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1):139-145.
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  4. Language, Meaning, and Mind in Locke's Essay.Michael Losonsky - 2007 - In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's Essay. Cambridge University Press.
    This paper reconsiders and defends the view that Locke's theory of signification is a theory of meaning.
     
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    Individual Essences.Michael Losonsky - 1987 - American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (3):253 - 260.
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    The Completeness of Kant's Table of Judgments. [REVIEW]Klaus Reich, Jane Kneller & Michael Losonsky - 1992 - Philosophical Review 103 (2):373-375.
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    Emdedded Systems Vs. Individualism.Michael Losonsky - 1995 - Minds and Machines 5 (3):357-71.
    The dispute between individualism and anti-individualism is about the individuation of psychological states, and individualism, on some accounts, is committed to the claim that psychological subjects together with their environments do not constitute integrated computational systems. Hence on this view the computational states that explain psychological states in computational accounts of mind will not involve the subject''s natural and social environment. Moreover, the explanation of a system''s interaction with the environment is, on this view, not the primary goal of computational (...)
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    The Nature of Artifacts.Michael Losonsky - 1990 - Philosophy 65 (251):81 - 88.
    In Book II, Chapter 1 of the Physics Aristotle attempts to distinguish natural objects from artifacts. He begins by stating that a natural object ‘has in itself a source of change and staying unchanged, whether in respect of place, or growth and decay, or alteration’. But this is not sufficient to distinguish natural objects from artifacts. As he points out later, a wooden bed, for example, can rot or burn, and this is surely a change whose source is, in part, (...)
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    What God Could Have Made.Michael Losonsky & Heimir Geirsson - 2005 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):355-376.
    Plantinga grants that there are possible worlds with freedom and no moral evil, but he argues that it is possible that although God is omnipotent, it is not within God’s power to actualize a world containing freedom and no moral evil. Plantinga believes that the atheologian assumes that it is necessary that it is within an omnipotent God’s power to actualize these better worlds, but in fact, Plantinga argues, this is demonstrably not the case. Since so many philosophers have regarded (...)
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    Leibniz's Adamic Language of Thought.Michael Losonsky - 1992 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (4):523-643.
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    John Locke on Passion, Will and Belief.Michael Losonsky - 1996 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 4 (2):267 – 283.
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    Individuation and the Bundle Theory.Michael Losonsky - 1987 - Philosophical Studies 52 (2):191 - 198.
    It has been suggested that distinct individuals can have exactly the same properties; thus individuals cannot be individuated by their properties, And so the bundle theory appears to be false. One way to shore up the bundle theory is to introduce impure properties, And I defend this move against some objections by d m armstrong, M loux, And j van cleve.
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    Passionate Thought: Computation, Thought and Action in Hobbes.Michael Losonsky - 1993 - Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 1 (2):245-266.
    According to a computational view of mind, thinking is identified with the manipulation of internal mental representations and intelligent behavior is the output of these computations. Although Thomas Hobbes's philosophy of mind is taken by many to be a precursor of this brand of cognitivism, this is not the case. For Hobbes, not all thinking is the manipulation of language-like symbols, and intelligent behavior is partly constitutive of cognition. Cognition requires a 'passionate thought', and this Hobbsian synthesis of inner thought (...)
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    Reference and Rorty's Veil.Michael Losonsky - 1985 - Philosophical Studies 47 (2):291 - 294.
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    Locke and Leibniz on Religious Faith.Michael Losonsky - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):703 - 721.
    In the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke maintains that ?Reason must be our last Judge and Guide in every Thing,? including matters of religious faith, and this commitment to the primacy of reason is not abandoned in his later religious writings. This essay argues that with regard to the relation between reason and religious faith, Locke is primarily concerned not with evidence, but with consistency, meaning, and how human beings ought to respond to their inclinations, including their inclinations to believe. (...)
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  16. Locke on Meaning and Signification.Michael Losonsky - 1994 - In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Oxford University Press.
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    God, Property and Morality.Michael Losonsky - 1979 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):131 - 139.
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    Locke: A Biography (Review).Michael Losonsky - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (1):175-176.
    Michael Losonsky - Locke: A Biography - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 46.1 175-176 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Michael Losonsky Colorado State University Roger Woolhouse. Locke: A Biography. Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xviii + 528. Cloth, $39.99. "A man of versatile mind"—a remark from a letter to Locke by a life-long friend—is the subtitle of the first chapter of this biography. It could also be the (...)
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    An Ontological Argument for Modal Realism.Michael Losonsky - 1988 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 31:165-177.
    I argue for modal realism from the following principles:(R1) p just in case there are truth-makers for the proposition that p.(R2) If there are truth-makers for the proposition that p and the proposition that p relevantly entails the proposition that q, then there are truthrmakers for the proposition that q.(M) The proposition that p relevantly entails the proposition that possibly p.(R3) I f there are truth-makers for the proposition that q, then necessarily, if q, there are truth-makers for the proposition (...)
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    Andrew Brook,(Ed). The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. [REVIEW]Michael Losonsky - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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    No Problem for Actualism.Michael Losonsky - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (1):95-97.
    Alan mcmichaels has argued that actualism, The view that there are no non-Actual entities, Has a problem with iterated modalities. This paper argues that this is not the case.
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    Reasoned Freedom.Michael Losonsky - 1995 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):293-314.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Beth Preston, Matthew Elton, Michael Losonsky, Saul Traiger, Randall R. Dipert & Jerome A. Shaffer - 1994 - Minds and Machines 4 (3):353-376.
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    Philosophy and the Ecological Problem, a Special Issue of Filozoficky Casopis.Michael Losonsky - 1991 - Environmental Ethics 13 (1):87-93.
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    Beyond Methodological Solipsism?Michael Losonsky - 1994 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):723.
  26. Patricia S. Churchland and Terrence J. Sejnowski, The Computational Brain Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Michael Losonsky - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (4):142-144.
     
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    Abstraction, Covariance, and Representation.Michael Losonsky - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 70 (2):225 - 234.
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    The Prehistory of Cognitive Science.Michael Losonsky - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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    Critical Notice.Michael Losonsky - 1995 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):293-314.
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    Zeit der Ernte.Michael Losonsky - 1986 - Idealistic Studies 16 (1):94-95.
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    Idealism, Cataclysms, and the Facts of Reference.Michael Losonsky - 1983 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (1):68 – 77.
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    Andrew Brook, . The Prehistory of Cognitive Science. [REVIEW]Michael Losonsky - 2008 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 16 (1):185-189.
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    Frege’s ‘Bedeutung’ and Mill’s ‘Denotatlon’.Michael Losonsky - 2004 - Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1):139-145.
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    Review of Allen W. Wood, Kant[REVIEW]Michael Losonsky - 2006 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (4).
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    Beginning Metaphysics: An Introductory Text with Readings.Michael Losonsky & Heimir Geirsson (eds.) - 1998 - Blackwell.
    This flexible textbook is both an introduction and a reader in metaphysics combining original discussion with selections from primary sources.
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    Readings in Language and Mind.Michael Losonsky & Heimir Geirsson (eds.) - 1996 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This is an anthology of landmark essays in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and cognitive science since 1950. It includes essays that aim to reflect the fact that philosophy and the science of mind and language have close historical and conceptual ties. Each section begins with a brief and simple overview highlighting the issues and recommending other readings. The combination of this editorial material with a selection of classic essays makes this anthology a very flexible tool for introductory (...)
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  37. Andrew Brook, .The Prehistory of Cognitive Science.Michael Losonsky - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):185-189.
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  38. A Defense of an Idealist Theory of Reference for Proper Names.Michael Losonsky - 1982 - Dissertation, The University of Rochester
    According to an idealist theory of reference for proper names the reference of proper names is fixed by what name users express in their beliefs, intentions, thoughts, and so forth. My task is to show that an idealist can defend himself against the proponent of the causal theory of reference, who claims that reference cannot be fixed solely by what is expressed in name users' minds. An idealist can handle certain facts of reference the causal theorist believes idealists cannot handle. (...)
     
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  39. Books in Review.Michael Losonsky - 1979 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):141.
     
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  40. Beginning Metaphysics.Michael Losonsky (ed.) - 1991 - Wiley.
    This flexible textbook is both an introduction and a reader in metaphysics combining original discussion with selections from primary sources.
     
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    Enlightenment and Action From Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought.Michael Losonsky - 2001 - Cambridge University Press.
    Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This book systematicaaly traces the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views of seventeenth-century philosophy and (...)
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  42. Locke on Meaning and Significance.Michael Losonsky - 1996 - In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Clarendon Press.
    The author argues that Locke's theory of signification in the Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a theory of meaning and defends it against criticisms.
     
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    Linguistic Turns in Modern Philosophy.Michael Losonsky - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book traces the linguistic turns in the history of modern philosophy and the development of the philosophy of language from Locke to Wittgenstein. It examines the contributions of canonical figures such as Leibniz, Mill, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, and Davidson, as well as those of Condillac, Humboldt, Chomsky, and Derrida. Michael Losonsky argues that the philosophy of language begins with Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. He shows how the history of the philosophy of language in the modern period (...)
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  44. Philosophy and the Ecological Problem, a Special Issue of Filozoficky Casopis.Michael Losonsky - 1991 - Environmental Ethics 13 (1):87-93.
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  45. Wilhelm von Humboldt on Language : On the Diversity of Human Language Construction and its Influence on the Mental Development of the Human Species.Michael Losonsky (ed.) - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    Wilhelm von Humboldt's classic study of human language was first published in 1836, as a general introduction to his three-volume treatise on the Kawi language of Java. It is the final statement of his lifelong study of the nature of language, exploring its universal structures and its relation to mind and culture. Empirically wide-ranging - Humboldt goes far beyond the Indo-European family of languages - it remains one of the most interesting and important attempts to draw philosophical conclusions from comparative (...)
     
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  46. Zeit der Ernte: Studien Zum Stand der Schopenhauer-Forschung. [REVIEW]Michael Losonsky - 1986 - Idealistic Studies 16 (1):94-95.
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  47. The completeness of Kant's table of judgements.Klaus Reich, Jane Kneller, Michael Losonsky & Lewis White Beck - 1994 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 184 (4):450-451.
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