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Steven Burgess
Benedictine University
Steven Burgess
Benedictine University
Steven Burgess
University of South Florida (PhD)
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    Descartes’ Atomism of Thought: A Solution to the Puzzle About True and Immutable Natures.Steven Burgess - 2018 - Res Cogitans 13 (2):1-30.
    Central to Descartes’ philosophy is a view about immutable essences and eternal truths. After mentioning a Platonist account of recollection in Meditation V, Descartes declares that the ideas we have of mathematical notions “are not my invention but have their own true and immutable natures” (AT VII, 64/CSM II, 44).Descartes claims that other important philosophical notions, such as God, mind, body, and human free will (AT VII, 68; AT VIII-2, 348; AT III, 383; AT VII, 433, respectively), also have immutable (...)
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    Nietzsche and Heidegger on the Cartesian Atomism of Thought.Steven Burgess - 2013 - Dissertation,
    My dissertation has two main parts. In the first half, I draw out an underlying presupposition of Descartes' philosophy: what I term "atomism of thought." Descartes employs a radical procedure of doubt in order to show that the first principle of his philosophy, the cogito, is an unshakeable foundation of knowledge. In the dialogue that follows his dissemination of the Meditations, Descartes reveals that a whole set of concepts and rational principles innate in our minds are never doubted. These fundamental (...)
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    Nietzsche on Language and Logic.Steven Burgess - 2019 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1):155-180.
    Recent commentators on Nietzsche’s philosophy have paid careful attention to his reflections on truth. While this issue has generated significant dispute, one prominent school of thought is in tacit agreement about the view of language that underlies Nietzschean truth. This view holds that certain linguistic entities can capture precise, distinct units of propositional content and static, rigidly designated conceptual meanings. A closer look at Nietzsche’s various analyses of language and logic reveals not only that he does not subscribe to such (...)
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  4. Resolving the Question of Doubt: Geometrical Demonstration in the Meditations.Steven Burgess - 2012 - Society and Politics 6 (2):43-62.
    The question of what Descartes did and did not doubt in the Meditations has received a significant amount of scholarly attention in recent years. The process of doubt in Meditation I gives one the impression of a rather extreme form of skepticism, while the responses Descartes offers in the Objections and Replies make it clear that there is in fact a whole background of presuppositions that are never doubted, including many that are never even entertained as possible candidates of doubt. (...)
     
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    Knowing Thyself in a Contemporary Context.Casey Rentmeester & Steven Burgess - 2015 - In Hans Pedersen & Megan Altman (eds.), Horizons of Authenticity in Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology. Springer.
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