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    Hume and Ancient Philosophy.Peter Loptson - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):741-772.
    This paper examines Hume’s comments on and claims about ancient philosophy. A clear and consistent picture emerges from doing so. While Hume is a lover of ancient literature, he holds ancient philosophy in very low regard, as passage after passage discloses, with one qualification and one important exception. Hume appropriates the mantle of ‘Academic’ sceptic for himself; but in fact his Academic (or ‘mitigated’) scepticism has only minimal affinity with the ancient school of this name, having more in common with (...)
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    Leibniz’s Body Realism.Peter Loptson - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:1-42.
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    Leibniz’s Body Realism.Peter Loptson - 2006 - The Leibniz Review:1-42.
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    Leibniz’s Body Realism.Peter Loptson - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:1-42.
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    Leibniz’s Body Realism: Two Interpretations.Peter Loptson - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:1-42.
    In this paper we argue for the robustness of Leibniz's commitment to the reality (but not substantiality) of body. We claim that a number of his most important metaphysical doctrines — among them, psychophysical parallelism, the harmony between efficient and final causes, the connection of all things, and the argument for the plurality of substances stemming from his solution to the continuum problem— make no sense if he is interpreted as giving an eliminative reduction of bodies to perceptions.
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  6. Was Leibniz an idealist?Peter Loptson - 1999 - Philosophy 74 (3):361-385.
    This paper raises complication for the standard interpretive view of Liebniz's mature metaphysical system as idealist. Body-realist affirmations are found in his writings up to his death, in bulk and diversity very difficult to accommodate to phenomenalist or idealist construal. Claims of Leibnizian inconsistency and indecisiveness do not seem adequately to account for them. The view that body is real for Liebniz, though not a substance, is explored. Alternative non-idealist interpretations of the system are considered, the most plausible argued to (...)
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  7. Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics.Peter Loptson - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (2):497-500.
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    Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - University of Toronto Press.
    Explores some of the major topics in metaphysics, such as essence, existence, substance, purpose, space, time, mind, causality, God, freedom, and the possibilities of immortality. An excellent companion to metaphysical studies.
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    Anselm, meinong, and the ontological argument.Peter J. Loptson - 1980 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 (3):185 - 194.
  10. Locke, Reid, and personal identity.Peter Loptson - 2004 - Philosophical Forum 35 (1):51–63.
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    A very different kind of rule: Credal rules, argumentation and community.James Bradley & Peter Loptson - unknown
    In mainstream Anglo-American philosophy, the relation between cognition and community has been defined primarily in terms of the generalization of the mathematical function, especially as a model for the nature of rules, which thus come to be under-stood as algorithms. This leads to the elimination of both the reflexive, synthesizing subject, and the intrinsic communal-historical nature of argumentation and belief-formation. Against this approach, I follow R.G. Collingwood’s hitherto unrecognized strategy in his Essay on Metaphysics and argue that the relation of (...)
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    Hellenism, Freedom, and Morality in Hume and Johnson.William R. Connolly, Peter Loptson & Adam Potkay - 2001 - Hume Studies 27 (1):161-172.
    It is a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to Adam Potkay’s interesting and impressive book on two of the most important figures in the eighteenth century. It brings together the philosophical and the literary, the “anatomist” and the “painter” of the passions and the moral life, integrating worlds that, however isolated they may have become in the twentieth century, were not seen as all that distinct in the eighteenth. Having said this, the most remarkable feature of Potkay’s book (...)
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    Letters to the editor.I. Grattan-Guinness, Ben-Ami Scharfstein & Peter Loptson - 1983 - History and Philosophy of Logic 4 (1-2):221-224.
    One of the books submitted for review to this journal was B.?A. Scharfstein's The philosophers: their lives and the nature of their thought (1980, Oxford). Although not explicitly concerned with logic, it raised various questions for history and historiography (possibilities for psycho-history, for example). Thus I sought a review, which was written by P. Loptson and published in volume 3 (1982), 105?107. The ensuing correspondence has been edited for publication by me, with the authors? approval.
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    Acknowledgments.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press.
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  15. Anne Conway, Henry More and their World.Peter Loptson - 1995 - Dialogue 34 (1):139.
    Marjorie Hope Nicolson's The Conway Letters is, simultaneously, a work of so many different kinds, and offers itself to so many distinct cultural and intellectual constituencies, that it is difficult to include them all, and impossible to assign them priority or precedence. It is first of all, though, a delightful and important book. It has been out of print for a great many years, the original edition of 1930 long ago sold out. So its reappearance in a new edition, with (...)
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  16. Andrea Nye, The Princess and the Philosopher: Letters of Elisabeth of the Palatine to René Descartes Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 2000 - Philosophy in Review 20 (1):55-57.
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    Compatibilism.Peter Loptson - 1991 - Cogito 5 (1):24-30.
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    11 Causality.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 156-174.
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    Contents.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press.
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    4 Categories and First Principles.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 45-65.
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    Cartesian Dualism.Peter J. Loptson - 1977 - Idealistic Studies 7 (1):50-60.
    I want to suggest in this essay that there are some problems in the interpretation of Descartes’ views about persons, minds, the mental, and the physical—about so-called “Cartesian dualism” in general—which have not been in any explicit or systematic way noticed or confronted. There are two primary problems I shall explore. They are both at least apparent inconsistencies in Descartes’ views. The first of them may be only a terminological inconsistency, and fairly easily resolved. The second is far more crucial, (...)
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  22. Contra meinong.Peter Loptson - 2008 - In Nicholas Griffin & Dale Jacquette (eds.), Russell Vs. Meinong: The Legacy of "on Denoting". London and New York: Routledge.
     
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    Critical notice.Peter Loptson - 1986 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (1):137-155.
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    Critical Notice.Peter Loptson - 1988 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (4):743-763.
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    Commentary on Finocchiaro.Peter Loptson - unknown
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    Commentary on Pinto.Peter Loptson - unknown
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    Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Writings.Peter Loptson (ed.) - 2012 - Peterborough, CA: Broadview Press.
    This is an edition of what are arguably Leibniz’s three most important presentations of his metaphysical system: the _Discourse on Metaphysics_, from 1686, and _The Principles of Nature and of Grace_ and _The Monadology_, from 1714. Based on the Latta and Montgomery translations and revised by the editor, these texts set out the essentials of Leibniz’s mature metaphysical views. The edition includes an introductory essay and a set of appendices of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century texts, which help illuminate and contextualize Leibniz’s (...)
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    5 Existence.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 66-84.
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    6 Essence and Possible Worlds.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 85-109.
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    Extra-Causalism and the Unity of Being.Peter Loptson - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 10:58-61.
    This paper identifies a thesis held widely in contemporary empiricist and naturalist metaphysics, viz., causalism — the view that to be is to be part of the causal structure of the world. I argue against this thesis, defending what I call extra-causalism. Claims that entities with no obvious causal role, like unexemplified properties and points of space, are unreal, or, if they are accorded reality, that they must have some discoverable — perhaps merely counter-factual — causal significance, are dogmatic and (...)
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    Frontmatter.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press.
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    16 Freedom and Determinism.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 234-262.
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    15 God.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 223-233.
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  34. GW Leibniz and Samuel Clarke, Correspondence Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 2000 - Philosophy in Review 20 (5):363-365.
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    Hume after Three Hundred Years.Peter Loptson - 2013 - The European Legacy 18 (4):398-413.
    Among the great western philosophers, David Hume enjoys at present as high and honoured a position as any, especially with the attention he has drawn in 2011, which marked the three-hundredth anniversary of his birth. The general drift of the accounts of Hume’s philosophical ideas has tended over the past few dozen years and more to be extremely positive and typically celebratory. Admirers of the man—widely regarded as the very model of the philosophical life—and of his philosophical views, are legion. (...)
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    Hume’s Disappointingly Accurate Conclusions: General and Specific.Peter Loptson - 2014 - In Paolo C. Biondi & Louis F. Groarke (eds.), Shifting the Paradigm: Alternative Perspectives on Induction. Boston: De Gruyter. pp. 11-50.
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    Hellenism, Freedom, and Morality in Hume and Johnson.Peter Loptson - 2001 - Hume Studies 27 (1):161-172.
    Professor Adam Potkay’s interesting, wide-ranging, and well-informed book makes a case for close commonalities between two Enlightenment writers and personalities who have been usually regarded as deeply contrary, indeed, oppositional—namely, David Hume and Samuel Johnson. At places Professor Potkay appears to argue that there is essentially a single broad philosophy discernible in Johnson and Hume; in other contexts a range of striking and hitherto unsuspected similarities, only, is proposed. Methodologically, Potkay seeks to denaturalize Hume, and to naturalize Johnson, at least (...)
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  38. Hud Hudson, A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (1):35-39.
     
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    Hume, Multiperspectival Pluralism, and Authorial Voice.Peter Loptson - 1998 - Hume Studies 24 (2):313-334.
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    17 Immortality.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 263-270.
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    Index.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 301-305.
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    Impressions, Ideas, and Ontological Type.Peter Loptson - 2021 - Hume Studies 44 (2):123-157.
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    Lockean ideas and 18th century British philosophy.Peter Loptson - 1990 - Theoria 56 (1-2):85-106.
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  44. Lutz Niethammer (in collaboration with Dirk van Laak), Posthistoire: Has History come to an End? Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (4):176-179.
     
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  45. Leibniz, Sufficient Reason, and Possible Worlds.Peter Loptson - 1985 - Studia Leibnitiana 17 (2):191-203.
    Leibniz' Prinzip des zureichenden Grundes soll hier aufgrund von Russells Begriff des ‛logischen Eigennamens’ untersucht werden. Aus dieser Sicht kann vor der Schöpfung Gottes Begriff von Individuen keine individuelle Diesheit haben, sondern nur eine vollständige Beschreibung der noch nicht existierenden Individuen. Daraus ergibt sich, daß ein und dasselbe Individuum nicht durch mehr als eine Weltbeschreibung identifiziert werden kann, und darin darf man folglich Leibniz' tatsächlichen Beweis für die These des ‛Superessentialismus’ sehen, demzufolge alle Individuen ihre gesamten Eigenschaften mit Ausnahme der (...)
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    14 Mind.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 202-222.
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    2 Metaphysics and Its Critics: Realism, Antirealism, and the Possibility of Metaphysics.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 12-26.
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  48. Margaret Atherton, Berkeley's Revolution in Vision Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (6):379-383.
     
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  49. Margaret Atherton, ed., Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period Reviewed by.Peter Loptson - 1995 - Philosophy in Review 15 (3):153-156.
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    3 Metaphysical Systems.Peter J. Loptson - 2001 - In Reality: Fundamental Topics in Metaphysics. University of Toronto Press. pp. 27-44.
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