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    An Introduction to Metaphysics.Richard Schmitt - 1960 - Philosophical Review 69 (4):553.
    Review of Martin Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics.
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    Methods of Democratic Decision-Making.Richard Schmitt - 2018 - Radical Philosophy Review 21 (1):129-151.
    The paper reflects on the methods democratic systems use for arriving at decisions. The most popular ones are elections where the majority rules and deliberative democracy. I argue that both of these do not measure up to the demands of democracy. Whether we use voting with majority rule or deliberative methods, only a portion of the citizenry is allowed to rule itself; minorities are always excluded. Instead of voting with majority ruler or deliberative methods, I suggest that we employ mediation (...)
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    Methods of Democratic Decision-Making in Advance.Richard Schmitt - forthcoming - Radical Philosophy Review.
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  4. Frege’s Letters to Wittgenstein About the Tractatus.Gottlob Frege & Richard Schmitt - 2003 - The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 120.
     
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    But What If We Cannot Agree?Richard Schmitt - 2020 - Radical Philosophy Review 23 (1):71-88.
    A central challenge common to democratic processes is the inability of citizens to reach agreement on any given matter. Most frequently these disagreements are settled by vote, victory going to the majority. But majority rule is a fairly recent technique. Traditionally decisions were made by some form of non-opposition. This paper describes several versions of that decision-making technique and then shows how mediation methods, also known as “ADR”, can replicate these traditional ways of overcoming disagreement. The paper argues that these (...)
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  6. Husserl's Transcendental-Phenomenological Reduction.Richard Schmitt - 1959 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 20 (2):238-245.
    The transcendental phenomenological reduction is described as the transition from thinking to reflection, Which involves a change of attitude. Schmitt elaborates what it means to "bracket the objective world" and to suspend judgement. The traditional distinction between thinking and reflection, Based on the distinction between what is inside and what is outside the mind, Is shown to be inadequate. Reflection really involves critical detachment, A neutral attitude and disinterestedness; it must describe the new facts rather than explain them. Hence, The (...)
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    J.N. Mohanty, Edmund Husserl's Theory of Meaning. [REVIEW]Richard Schmitt - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (3):394-395.
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    Nurturing Fathers: Some Reflections About Caring.Richard Schmitt - 1993 - Journal of Social Philosophy 24 (1):138-151.
  9. Phenomenology.Richard Schmitt - 1967 - In Paul Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Macmillan.
    Written for the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Paul Edwards, this article provides a survey of Phenomenology, beginning with the work of Edmund Husserl and going on to discuss the very different approaches to phenomenology of Heidegger in the period of Sein und Zeit and the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
     
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  10. Marx's Concept of Alienation.Richard Schmitt - 1996 - Topoi 15 (2):163-176.
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    An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy: A Question-Based Approach.Richard Schmitt - 2009 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    How to use this book -- Freedom : possession or process? -- The citizen and the government -- Property and rights -- Democracy -- Why is freedom important?
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    Is the Unexamined Life Not Worth Living?Richard Schmitt - 2004 - Teaching Philosophy 27 (4):307-319.
    This paper examines the merits of the Socratic maxim that the unexamined life is not worth living. First, the maxim is considered in its purely subjective sense, viz., that a particular individual’s life is not worth living due to factors like intense pain or illness. Second, two objective interpretations of the maxim are considered: a “strongly objective sense” where failure to examine one’s life means that one is wasting it and a “moderately objective sense” where it is reasonable to recommend (...)
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    The Lives of Those Who Would Be Immortal [Review of David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk: A Novel].Richard Schmitt - 2007 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 27 (2).
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    Die Normative Wertethik in Ihrer Beziehung Zur Erkenntnis Und Zur Idee der Menschheit.Richard Schmitt - 1959 - Ethics 70 (3):245-246.
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    A New Hypothesis About The Relations of Class, Race and Gender: Capitalism As a Dependent System.Richard Schmitt - 1988 - Social Theory and Practice 14 (3):345-365.
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    The Promise of Mediated Agreements.Richard Schmitt - 2019 - Journal of Social Philosophy 50 (2):232-250.
    Journal of Social Philosophy, EarlyView.
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    Heidegger’s Analysis of ‘Tool’.Richard Schmitt - 1965 - The Monist 49 (1):70-86.
    Calls for a rapprochement between analytic philosophy and phenomenology have lately been issued in England and America. It is not altogether clear what such calls intend. No one, I suspect asks for an attempt to restate, say, Austin’s views on language in Heideggerian jargon. More likely the unspoken hope is that, on the contrary, someone would enable analytic philosophers to understand what Husserl and Heidegger and some of the other phenomenologists have to say. This requires nothing less than a translation (...)
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    Hungarian Studies on Imre Lakatos.Richard Henry Schmitt - 2007 - Tradition and Discovery 34 (2):51-53.
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    Darwin, Kuhn, and Polanyi.Richard Henry Schmitt - 2006 - Tradition and Discovery 33 (2):49-55.
    This article extends Moleski’s discussion (in “Polanyi vs. Kuhn: Worlds Apart”) of the worldviews of Kuhn and Polanyi in two ways: by considering an evolutionary view of science as proposed by Kuhn, and byevaluating Kuhn’s notion of “paradigm change” compared to Polanyi’s work on scientific practice.
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    The Desire for Private Gain Capitalism and the Theory of Motives.Richard Schmitt - 1973 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 16 (1-4):149 – 167.
    Recent writers on economics have conceded that capitalism suffers from serious shortcomings. But they argue that, in spite of that, preference should be given to capitalism over alternative systems, because it alone gives free rein to the universal, human desire for private gain and is therefore best adapted to human nature. I argue against this psychological defense of capitalism that the desire for private gain is not a universal trait of human beings. On the contrary, it is a defining trait (...)
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    Phenomenology and Metaphysics.Richard Schmitt - 1962 - Journal of Philosophy 59 (16):421-428.
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    Persons and Power.Richard Schmitt - 1991 - Social Theory and Practice 17 (1):105-130.
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    Comment on Charles Mills, "Occupy Liberalism!".Richard Schmitt - 2012 - Radical Philosophy Review 15 (2):331-336.
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    When the Day Comes, Will We Be Able to Construct a Socialist Democracy?Richard Schmitt - 2013 - Radical Philosophy Review 16 (3):689-705.
    Many socialists agree that socialism must be democratic, in the political as well as in the economic arena. But socialist democracy is very different from democracy in a capitalist country. Socialist democracy, it is widely believed, will be participatory: everyone will be a full participant in all decisions affecting his or her life. In this paper I argue that this conception of socialist democracy needs a lot more work. Not all decisions can be made by everybody affected by a decision. (...)
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    Phenomenology and Analysis.Richard Schmitt - 1962 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 23 (1):101-110.
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    Maurice Merleau-Ponty, II.Richard Schmitt - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 19 (4):728 - 741.
    This extension of the critique is intimately connected with the problems raised by Structure. Toward the end of that book it appeared that, since materialism is false, nature, considered as a system of physical objects connected causally, in some sense, exists only "for us." But it is immediately obvious that we use "for us" in an unfamiliar sense, when we say that. It is not being claimed that nature exists only for us in the sense in which, for instance, philosophers (...)
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    The Materialist Dialectic.Richard Schmitt - 1988 - Science and Society 52 (4):441 - 456.
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    Methodological Individualism, Psychological Individualism and the Defense of Reason.Richard Schmitt - 1989 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (sup1):231-253.
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    In My Father’s House. [REVIEW]Richard Schmitt - 1993 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 8 (8):18-20.
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    In Search of Phenomenology.Richard Schmitt - 1962 - Review of Metaphysics 15 (3):450 - 479.
    The final two parts of the book survey the state of phenomenology in different parts of the globe today and attempt to characterize the main steps of the phenomenological method. In the back of the book there are two historical charts, a glossary, and an index of terms, as well as an index of names.
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    Radical Philosophy: Tradition, Counter Tradition, Politics. [REVIEW]Richard Schmitt - 1994 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 10 (10):1-6.
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    Democracy and Market Socialism.Richard Schmitt - 1995 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 11 (11):24-30.
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    Book Review:Naturalism and Subjectivism. Marvin Farber. [REVIEW]Richard Schmitt - 1960 - Ethics 71 (1):58-.
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    Socialist Solidarity.Richard Schmitt - 2012 - Radical Philosophy Review 15 (1):259-273.
    The theme is socialist solidarity. Schmitt notes that efforts towards solidarity fail because we do not know how to put our ideals in practice. The example is taken from the early kibbutzim. The founders were clear about their socialist principles but did not know how to put those in practice in such simple situations as the distribution of clothing. Schmitt concludes from that example that efforts to build socialist solidarity are often impeded by our ignorance of concrete techniques and arrangements (...)
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    Comment on Charles Mills.Richard Schmitt - 2012 - Radical Philosophy Review 15 (2):331-336.
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    Two Senses of "Knowing".Richard Schmitt - 1965 - Review of Metaphysics 18 (4):657 - 677.
    I shall call the sense in which we know about galaxies and about the past "theoretical knowledge" and the corresponding beliefs, "theoretical beliefs." It is widely accepted now that not all knowing is theoretical knowing, but what the distinction between theoretical and non-theoretical knowing consists in is not equally clear. It is not even clear that there are not different kinds of non-theoretical knowing. In this paper I shall clarify the distinction between theoretical knowing and at least one kind of (...)
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    Living With Evil.Richard Schmitt - 2003 - Social Theory and Practice 29 (4):665-675.
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    Heidegger’s Analysis of ‘Tool’.Richard Schmitt - 1965 - The Monist 49 (1):70-86.
    Calls for a rapprochement between analytic philosophy and phenomenology have lately been issued in England and America. It is not altogether clear what such calls intend. No one, I suspect asks for an attempt to restate, say, Austin’s views on language in Heideggerian jargon. More likely the unspoken hope is that, on the contrary, someone would enable analytic philosophers to understand what Husserl and Heidegger and some of the other phenomenologists have to say. This requires nothing less than a translation (...)
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    Can the Alienated Make a Socialist Revolution? Reflections About the Prospects for Socialism.Richard Schmitt - 2006 - Radical Philosophy Today 2006:175-194.
    Alienation is the name of the deformations of human personality produced by capitalism and, specifically, by wage labor. The alienated are powerless. That inhibits their self-esteem, and takes from them the direction of their own lives and the choice of their life values. They become passive bystanders to existence, distrustful of their fellows and motivated by the desire for gain. The alienated tend to be timid, morally indifferent, and ready to support great evil. Appearances are all that matters to them. (...)
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    Solidarity in Socialism.Richard Schmitt - 2016 - Radical Philosophy Review 19 (2):429-451.
    Socialism is meant to be democratic. Socialist democracy demands solidarity but it remains unclear what solidarity consists of. Theorists provide a range of different characterizations of solidarity which are adequate in their contexts but will not suffice as the basis for socialist democracy. This paper shows how we should not understand that needed solidarity; it is not merely a solidarity based on commonalities that overlooks difference. On the contrary, it needs to be a kind of solidarity that establishes close but (...)
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    Heidegger: Through Phenomenology to Thought.Richard Schmitt & William J. Richardson - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (4):540.
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    Reply to Torrance.Richard Schmitt - 1974 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 17 (1-4):245 – 248.
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    Teaching Alienation.Richard Schmitt - 2012 - Teaching Philosophy Today:197-206.
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    Martin Heidegger on Being Human.Richard Schmitt - 1969 - New York: Random House.
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    Martin Heidegger on Being Human an Introduction to Sein Und Zeit.Richard Schmitt - 1969 - Random House.
    Sein und Zeit published by Martin Heidegger in 1929, conceals a number of important and interesting thoughts behind cryptic style and many neologisms. My book extracts some key theses from this hermetic text and provides arguments for them. (Heidegger does not argue.) It shows that a good philosopher hides behind this often perplexing text.
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    Radical Philosophy.Richard Schmitt - 1994 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 10 (10):1-6.
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    Book Review:Reconstructing Marxism: Essays on Explanation and the Theory of History. Erik Olin Wright, Andrew Levine, Elliot Sober. [REVIEW]Richard Schmitt - 1994 - Ethics 104 (4):906-.
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    Socialist Solidarity: How Can We Tell Whether It Is Possible?Richard Schmitt - 2012 - Radical Philosophy Review 15 (1):259-273.
    The theme is socialist solidarity. Schmitt notes that efforts towards solidarity fail because we do not know how to put our ideals in practice. The example is taken from the early kibbutzim. The founders were clear about their socialist principles but did not know how to put those in practice in such simple situations as the distribution of clothing. Schmitt concludes from that example that efforts to build socialist solidarity are often impeded by our ignorance of concrete techniques and arrangements (...)
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    The Radical Philosophy Association.Richard Schmitt - 1990 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 1 (1):2-2.
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    Maurice Merleau-Ponty, I.Richard Schmitt - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 19 (3):493-516.
    The author argues that merleau-Ponty's conception of his task as a philosopher changed between "the structure of behavior" (1942) and "the phenomenology of perception" (1945) and that the latter is accordingly written in a nonscientific style susceptible of misinterpretation. Focusing first on the earlier work, He examines terminological confusions and logical difficulties in merleau-Ponty's critique of realism, And argues that the central concept of form is scientifically useless and philosophically unnecessary. He then discusses merleau-Ponty's later views on language before considering (...)
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