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  1. Humanities and the Idea of a Person in the 22nd Century: Kant, Descartes, Sellars.Pedro Amaral - manuscript
    Science starts out with the idea of a person as billions of neurons housed in a body that is a cloud of particles. Common sense starts out with the idea of a person having capacities belonging to a single individual. The common sense person does not have parts. Our objectifying science slowly takes over the person as it tends toward physical materialism. Where will it end? What is being gradually pushed out of the world? If science had already taken over, (...)
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  2. About the Author.Pedro Amaral - manuscript
    Science starts out with the idea of a person as billions of neurons housed in a body that is a cloud of particles. Common sense starts out with the idea of a person having capacities belonging to a single individual. The common sense person does not have parts. Our objectifying science slowly takes over the person as it tends toward physical materialism. Where will it end? What is being gradually pushed out of the world? If science had already taken over, (...)
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  3. The Metaphysics of Epistemology.Wilfred Sellars & Pedro Amaral - 1992 - Noûs 26 (4):517-518.
     
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  4. On Meaning.Pedro Amaral - unknown
    (10) Examples (13) meaning as functional classification (14) meaning as functional classification (14) Introduces dot-quotes (15) “stand for” is a special case of functional classification (19) classical problem of “participation”.
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    The Philosophical Works of Wilfrid Sellars.Pedro Amaral & Jeffrey Sicha - 1991 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 22 (1):187-193.
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    Descartes' Quartum Quid.Pedro Amaral - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:379-409.
    My goal is to illustrate Descartes’ reliance on two quite different and competing interpretations of objective reality by explaining how each is used in defending his causal axioms. The initial criticism comes from Caterus (and is later taken up by Gassendi) who charges that Descartes makes it appear as if the thought in its objective aspect (the intentional entity) is really distinct from the thought qua modification of the mind (i.e., the thought in its formal aspect). This implies that the (...)
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    Harmony in Descartes and the Medical Philosophers.Pedro Amaral - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:499-556.
    Among late Renaissance and early Modern philosophers, the concepts of “sympathy” or “harmony” are a recurring theme. My goal is to show that theories which rely on such concepts, far from being an attempt to avoid the emerging mechanistic or empirical trends, are actually the form which these trends took in the wake of an increasing disenchantment with Aristotelian psychology. Fracastorius, Suarez and Descartes provide the texts: their accounts of the interaction between cognitive faculties exhibit a growing awareness that the (...)
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  8. TOPICS: 150. Foundations of Knowledge.Pedro Amaral - unknown
    Integration Area C. Nature, sources, and limits of human knowledge; roles of perception, reason, testimony, and intuition in acquiring rational beliefs; e.g. science, mathematics, values, the arts, religion, social issues, and psychological states. G.E. Integration IC.
     
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  9. Descartes’ Quartum Quid.Pedro Amaral - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:379-409.
    My goal is to illustrate Descartes’ reliance on two quite different and competing interpretations of objective reality by explaining how each is used in defending his causal axioms. The initial criticism comes from Caterus who charges that Descartes makes it appear as if the thought in its objective aspect is really distinct from the thought qua modification of the mind. This implies that the object-of-the-thought is actually distinct from the thought-of-the-object in which case, Descartes cannot account for the purported relation (...)
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  10. Harmony in Descartes and the Medical Philosophers.Pedro Amaral - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:499-556.
    Among late Renaissance and early Modern philosophers, the concepts of “sympathy” or “harmony” are a recurring theme. My goal is to show that theories which rely on such concepts, far from being an attempt to avoid the emerging mechanistic or empirical trends, are actually the form which these trends took in the wake of an increasing disenchantment with Aristotelian psychology. Fracastorius, Suarez and Descartes provide the texts: their accounts of the interaction between cognitive faculties exhibit a growing awareness that the (...)
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