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Steven Tester
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
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    G.C. Lichtenberg on Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity.Steven Tester - 2013 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 95 (3):336-359.
    This paper investigates the philosophy of the eighteenth-century German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), situating his views in the context of early-modern views of the self, and providing an interpretation and assessment of his remarks on self-consciousness and personal identity in his Waste Books. In these remarks, which include his famous observation that we are warranted only in saying “it thinks” rather than “I think,” Lichtenberg criticizes the rationalist metaphysics of the soul for confusing conceivability with cognizability and argues that (...)
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    The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. [REVIEW]Steven Tester - 2011 - Philosophical Forum 42 (3):315–315.
    Review of §68 of Terence Irwin's "The Development of Ethics.".
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    Kant and Rational Psychology. [REVIEW]Steven Tester - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (1):205-207.
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    Some Early‐Modern Discussions of Vagueness: Locke, Leibniz, Kant.Steven Tester - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (1):33-44.
    There has recently been a growing interest in the topic of vagueness and indeterminacy in contemporary metaphysics, with two views taking center stage. The semantic view holds that indeterminacy is due to vagueness in the extension of concepts, while the ontological view holds that indeterminacy is due to the vagueness of certain objects. There has, however, been little research on discussions of vagueness and indeterminacy in early-modern philosophy despite the relevance of vagueness and indeterminacy for issues such as real and (...)
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    Mental Powers and the Soul in Kant’s Subjective Deduction and the Second Paralogism.Steven Tester - 2016 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (3):426-452.
    Kant’s claim in the Subjective Deduction that we have multiple fundamental mental powers appears to be susceptible to some a priori metaphysical arguments made against multiple fundamental mental powers by Christian Wolff who held that these powers would violate the unity of thought and entail that the soul is an extended composite. I argue, however, that in the Second Paralogism and his lectures on metaphysics, Kant provides arguments that overcome these objections by showing that it is possible that a composite (...)
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    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg's Idealism.Steven Tester - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):283-306.
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg is perhaps best known among English-speaking philosophers for his famous remark in which he suggests that on the basis of introspection we are warranted only in saying “it thinks,” or “thinking happens” instead of “I think.” In this and surrounding remarks, Lichtenberg criticizes rationalist metaphysics for positing a soul as a ground of our thoughts, perceptions, and representations and for claiming that personal identity consists in the persistence of this soul after the death of the body. In (...)
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    Julian Wuerth, Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics. Reviewed By.Steven Tester - 2016 - Philosophy in Review 36 (1):39-41.
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    Nature, Knowledge, and Scientific Theories in G. C. Lichtenberg’s Reflections on Physics.Steven Tester - 2016 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 6 (2):185-211.
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–99) is perhaps best known for his aphoristic writings collected in his Sudelbücher (Waste Books) and his critique of the substantial view of the self in which he argues that we should say “it thinks,” that is, “thinking is happening” rather than “I think.” However, Lichtenberg also reflects in the Waste Books and his lectures on physics on a wide range of issues in epistemology and metaphysics concerning realism and idealism that inform his thoughts on the natural (...)
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    Kant und die Bewußtseinstheorien des 18. Jahrhunderts – By Falk Wunderlich. [REVIEW]Steven Tester - 2012 - Philosophical Forum 43 (3):357-358.
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    Kant and the Theories of Consciousness of the 18th Century.Steven Tester - 2012 - Philosophical Forum 43 (3).
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    Kant: Some Objections and Replies.Steven Tester - 2011 - Philosophical Forum 42 (3):314-315.
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    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: Philosophical Writings.Steven Tester (ed.) - 2012 - State University of New York Press.
    The definitive scholarly edition of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms. -/- Admired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical views of his time, and interested in uncovering the philosophical commitments that underlie our common beliefs. In his notebooks (which he called his Waste Books) he often reflects on, challenges, and critiques (...)
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