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  1. It Must Be True – But How Can It Be? Some Remarks on Panpsychism and Mental Composition: Pierfrancesco Basile.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 67:93-112.
    Although panpsychism has had a very long history, one that goes back to the very origin of western philosophy, its force has only recently been appreciated by analytic philosophers of mind. And even if many still reject the theory as utterly absurd, others have argued that it is the only genuine form of physicalism. This paper examines the case for panpsychism and argues that there are at least good prima facie reasons for taking it seriously. In a second step, the (...)
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    Leibniz, Whitehead and the Metaphysics of Causation.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2009 - London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This book introduces the reader to Whitehead’s complex and often misunderstood metaphysics by showing that it deals with questions about the nature of causation originally raised by the philosophy of Leibniz. Whitehead’s philosophy is an attempt at rehabilitating Leibniz’s theory of monads by recasting it in terms of novel ontological categories.
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    The Metaphysics of Consciousness.Pierfrancesco Basile, Julian Kiverstein & Pauline Phemister (eds.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    What is consciousness? What is the place of consciousness in nature? These and related questions occupy a prominent place in contemporary studies in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, often involving complex interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, biology and cognitive neuroscience. At the same time, these questions play a fundamental role in the philosophies of great thinkers of the past such as, among others, Plotinus, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, William James and Edmund Husserl. This new collection of essays by leading (...)
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  4. Back to Whitehead? Galen Strawson and the Rediscovery of Panpsychism.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2009 - In David Skrbina (ed.), Mind that Abides. Panpsychism in the new millennium. John Benjamins.
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  5. Russell on Spinoza’s Substance Monism.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2012 - Metaphysica 13 (1):27-41.
    Russell’s critique of substance monism is an ideal starting point from which to understand some main concepts in Spinoza’s difficult metaphysics. This paper provides an in-depth examination of Spinoza’s proof that only one substance exists. On this basis, it rejects Russell’s interpretation of Spinoza’s theory of reality as founded upon the logical doctrine that all propositions consist of a predicate and a subject. An alternative interpretation is offered: Spinoza’s substance is not a bearer of properties, as Russell implied, but an (...)
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  6. The Compounding of Consciousness.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - In Pierfrancesco Basile & Leemon B. McHenry (eds.), Consciousness, Reality and Value: Philosophical Essays in Honour of T. L. S. Sprigge. Ontos.
     
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    Kant, Spinoza, and the Metaphysics of the Ontological Proof.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Metaphysica 11 (1):17-37.
    This paper provides an interpretation and evaluation of Spinoza's highly original version of the ontological proof in terms of the concept of substance instead of the concept of perfection in the first book of his Ethics. Taking the lead from Kant'€™s critique of ontological arguments in the Critique of Pure Reason, the paper explores the underlying ontological and epistemological presuppositions of Spinoza'€™s proof. The main topics of consideration are the nature of Spinoza's definitions, the way he conceives of the relation (...)
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    The Idealist Hydra.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (5):989-999.
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    Self and World.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2003 - Bradley Studies 9 (2):93-100.
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    Why Did Bradley Matter to Whitehead?: Some Questions Concerning Bradley’s Doctrine of Finite Centres.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2004 - Bradley Studies 10 (1/2):15-32.
    Notwithstanding these and many other differences, in Process and Reality Whitehead recognises his debt towards Bradley. He emphasises the importance of the doctrine of feeling and goes so far as to qualify his whole cosmological system as an approximation to Bradley.
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    Mind-Body Problem and Panpsychism.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2008 - In Michel Weber (ed.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. De Gruyter. pp. 383-394.
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    Fringes of Religious Experience: Cross-Perspectives on William James’s “The Varieties of Religious Experience. [REVIEW]Pierfrancesco Basile - 2009 - Process Studies 38 (1):149-153.
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    Process and Reality in Bradley’s Metaphysics of Experience.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2002 - Bradley Studies 8 (1):83-106.
    Bradley believes that the metaphysician’s dream of contemplating reality sub specie aeternitatis cannot be fulfilled. The theory of thought put forward in The Principles of Logic provides him with a basis for arguing that human understanding is inadequate to the task of grasping the ultimate truth about what there is. His position is far from being a sceptical one, however, and he argues that we can rise up to an imperfect knowledge of the nature of reality. ‘I am so bold (...)
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    Is Mental Composition Impossible in Principle?Pierfrancesco Basile - 2008 - Chromatikon 4:21-25.
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    Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel. [REVIEW]Pierfrancesco Basile - 2014 - Process Studies 43 (1):111-114.
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    Learning From Leibniz: Whitehead (and Russell) on Mind, Matter and Monads.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (6):1128-1149.
    Whitehead's system may be interpreted as a majestic attempt at recasting Leibniz's theory of monads in terms of sounder ontological categories. After a brief introductory section on the sources of Whitehead's knowledge of Leibniz's philosophy, the paper explains why Whitehead turned to Leibniz for metaphysical inspiration. Attention then shifts to Whitehead's understanding of the problems involved with Leibniz's theory of monads and his alternative explanation of monadic causation. Whitehead's endeavour to install windows in Leibniz's monads may not be entirely convincing, (...)
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    Materialist Vs. Panexperientialist Physicalism: Where Do We Stand?Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Process Studies 39 (2):264-284.
    This paper provides a brief critique of Jaegwon Kim’s evaluation of the achievements of materialist physicalism and then goes on to examine the case for panpsychism and the main objection that has been raised against it, i.e., the composition problem. The object of this examination is to lay bare the fundamental assumptions underlying both the main argument in support of the theory and the objection against it. Whitehead’s panexperientialism has a fair claim to be regarded as the most elaborate version (...)
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    Perception Reconsidered: The Process Point of View. [REVIEW]Pierfrancesco Basile - 2009 - Process Studies 38 (1):163-167.
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    Whitehead’s Ontology and Davidson’s Anomalous Monism.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2005 - Process Studies 34 (1):3-9.
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    Consciousness, Reality and Value: Philosophical Essays in Honour of T. L. S. Sprigge.Leemon McHenry & Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Frankfurt, Germany: Ontos Verlag.
    In this Festschrift honoring the work of Timothy L. S. Sprigge, Sprigge summarizes his philosophy (a synthesis of absolute idealism, panpsychism, and utilitarianism), defends his position against criticism raised by philosophers in the preceding chapters of this volume, and offers in an addendum a proof for the existence of the Absolute, namely, a final and all-embracing Consciousness akin in many ways to Spinoza’s God. This defense of his philosophy consists mainly of responses to various points of criticism raised about his (...)
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  21. Chromatikon Iii: Annuaire de la Philosophie En ProcãƒÂ¨s (Yearbook of Philosophy in Process).Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Presses Univ de Louvain.
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    Subjectivity, Process, and Rationality (Process Thought, Volume 14).Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Heusenstamm Bei Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.
    PROCESS THOUGHT Edited by Nicholas Rescher • Johanna Seibt • Michel Weber Advisory Board Mark Bickhard • Jaime Nubiola • Roberto Poli Volume 14 ...
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  23. The Metaphysics of Consciousness: Volume 67.Pierfrancesco Basile, Julian Kiverstein & Pauline Phemister (eds.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    What is consciousness? What is the place of consciousness in nature? These and related questions occupy a prominent place in contemporary studies in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, often involving complex interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, biology and cognitive neuroscience. At the same time, these questions play a fundamental role in the philosophies of great thinkers of the past such as, among others, Plotinus, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, William James and Edmund Husserl. This new collection of essays by leading (...)
     
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  24. Whitehead, Hume and the Phenomenology of Causation.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - In Subjectivity, Process, and Rationality (Process Thought, Volume 14). Heusenstamm Bei Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.
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    Whitehead's Metaphysics of Power: Reconstructing Modern Philosophy.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2017 - Edinburgh University Press.
    Shows how Whiteheads metaphysics developed from his reading of early modern philosophyAt the beginning of his magnum opus, Process and Reality, Whitehead lists a series of beliefs which he thinks are widely held by contemporary philosophers. They are all condemned as dangerously mistaken.What are these myths?Why are they rejected?In the works of which modern thinker did they arise?What precisely went wrong?At what stage in the development of Western thought did this happen?By tackling these questions, Pierfrancesco Basile makes it possible to (...)
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    Bradley’s Absolute and Process Philosophy.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Chromatikon 6:79-87.
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    Materialist Vs. Panexperientialist Physicalism: Where Do We Stand?Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Process Studies 39 (2):264-284.
    This paper provides a brief critique of Jaegwon Kim’s evaluation of the achievements of materialist physicalism and then goes on to examine the case for panpsychism and the main objection that has been raised against it, i.e., the composition problem. The object of this examination is to lay bare the fundamental assumptions underlying both the main argument in support of the theory and the objection against it. Whitehead’s panexperientialism has a fair claim to be regarded as the most elaborate version (...)
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    British Idealism and the Concept of the Self Ed. By William J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (3):564-565.
    According to the editors of this book, “The history of philosophy as taught today is a highly selective activity. In its determination to tell a particular story, it passes over in silence large swathes of otherwise interesting philosophical work”. This claim would have been worthy of serious consideration had it been made a few decades ago—that is to say, at a time when analytic philosophy was a clearly recognizable philosophical movement. The “particular story” according to which the works of the (...)
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    Creativity, Philosophy, and the Good: Dewey’s Critique of Whitehead’s Metaphysics.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2013 - Process Studies 42 (1):5-19.
    Whitehead and Dewey called for a deep reform of philosophy. Although they respected one another, Dewey can be read as criticizing Whitehead for hisadherence to a traditional, and unfortunately conservative, way of conceiving of the discipline. This article provides an in-depth reconstruction as well as a qualified defense of Dewey’s charge.
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    James Ward.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    William James on Ethics and Faith.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (5):1008-1011.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 5, Page 1008-1011, September 2011.
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    The Reality of Forms: On a Leibnizian Argument for the Existence of God in Whitehead's Metaphysics.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - In Chromatikon: Annales de la Philosophie En Procès / Yearbook of Philosophy in Process. Presses Univ de Louvain. pp. 27-43.
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    Should (Analytic) Philosophy Leave Its History Behind? On A Recent Reappraisal of the Russell / Bradley Debate.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Chromatikon 6:217-224.
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    Foreword.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2008 - Chromatikon 4:5-6.
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    Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein (Eds): The American Philosophers (Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVIII).Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (4):726-730.
    (2010). Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein (eds): The American Philosophers (Midwest Studies in Philosophy, vol. XXVIII) British Journal for the History of Philosophy: Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 726-730.
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    The Reality of Forms.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2012 - Chromatikon: Annales de la Philosophie En Procès/Yearbook of Philosophy in Process 3:27-43.
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    Adventures in Unfashionable Philosophy.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Process Studies 39 (2):359-361.
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    Self and World: The Radical Empiricism of Hume, Bradley and James.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2003 - Bradley Studies 9 (2):93-100.
    It may not be easy to see what Hume, Bradley and James have in common. It is usually recognised that they are empiricist, insofar as they believed that it is experience which furnishes us with all the materials for thinking. Nonetheless, there are many other philosophers which are empiricist in this sense, and Hume is commonly referred to as a ‘sceptic’, Bradley as an ‘idealist’, and only James as a ‘radical empiricist’. Hence I need to provide some justification for putting (...)
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    The One and the Many.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2006 - Chromatikon 2:123-136.
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    Consciousness and its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism?Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Process Studies 36 (1):150-153.
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    Il Realismo Assoluto di G.E. Moore E la Critica di F.H. Bradley.Pierfrancesco Basile - 1997 - Rivista di Filosofia 88 (2):253-268.
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    Processualita’ E Definitivita’: La Teologia a Confronto Con Whitehead.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2006 - Process Studies 35 (2):367-368.
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    Rethinking Leibniz: Whitehead, Ward, and the Idealistic Legacy.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2006 - Process Studies 35 (2):207-229.
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    Leibniz and the English-Speaking World.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (3):524-528.
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    Should (Analytic) Philosophy Leave Its History Behind? On A Recent Reappraisal of the Russell / Bradley Debate.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2010 - Chromatikon 6:217-224.
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    Consciousness and its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? [REVIEW]Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Process Studies 36 (1):150-153.
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    Foreword: Whitehead After Whitehead.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2008 - Chromatikon 4:5-6.
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    The One and the Many.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2006 - Chromatikon 2:123-136.
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    The Reality of Forms: On a Leibnizian Argument for the Existence of God in Whitehead’s Metaphysics.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2007 - Chromatikon 3:27-43.
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    Rethinking Leibniz: Whitehead, Ward, and the Idealistic Legacy.Pierfrancesco Basile - 2006 - Process Studies 35 (2):207-229.
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