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    The Poetics of Meaningful Work: An Analogy to Speech Acts.Todd Mei - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (1):1-21.
    Meaningful work refers to the idea that human work is an integral part of the way we think of our lives as going well. The concept is prevalent in sociology and business studies. In philosophy, its discussion tends to revolve around matters of justice and whether the State should take steps to eradicate meaningless work. However, despite the breadth of the recent, general literature, there is little to no discussion about how it is in fact the case that work is (...)
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    Heidegger, Work, and Being.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Continuum.
    This book provides a novel interpretation of the Aristotelian understanding of work in light of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. In a world of changing work patterns and the global displacement of working lifestyles, the nature of human identity and work is put under great strain. Modern conceptions of work have been restricted to issues of utility and necessity, where aims and purposes of work are reducible to the satisfaction of immediate technical and economic needs. Left unaddressed is the larger (...)
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    Deleuze and Ricoeur: Disavowed Affinities and the Narrative Self. By Declan Sheerin. (London: Continuum, 2009. Pp. Xix + 240. Price £65.00.).Todd Mei - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252):612-614.
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    Are Reasons Enough? Sen and Ricoeur on the Idea of Impartiality.Todd S. Mei - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (2):243-270.
    Amartya Sen argues that a conception of impartiality built upon “trans-positional objectivity” provides a potential remedy to conflicts of distributive justice by securing the most “reasonable reasons” in a debate. This article undertakes a critical analysis of Sen’s theory by contrasting it with Paul Ricoeur’s claim that impartiality is a normative concept and therefore that the demand faced within the arena of competing distributive claims is not one of providing the most reasonable reasons but of exposing and understanding the role (...)
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    An Economic Turn: A Hermeneutical Reinterpretation of Political Economy with Respect to the Question of Land.Todd S. Mei - 2011 - Research in Phenomenology 41 (3):297-326.
    The philosophy of economics has been largely guided by analytic philosophy. Even Marx has been appropriated without much scandal by economists who separate his scientific contributions from his politics. In this article, I place philosophical hermeneutics (i.e., Heidegger and Ricoeur) in dialogue with the conventional understanding of land as a factor of production. The history of political economy misunderstands land as an entity classifiable as property and capital. I argue instead that land's ontological role, deriving from Heidegger's concept of earth, (...)
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  6. Heidegger in the Machine: The Difference Between Techne and Mechane.Todd Mei - 2016 - Continental Philosophy Review 49 (3):267-292.
    Machines are often employed in Heidegger’s philosophy as instances to illustrate specific features of modern technology. But what is it about machines that allows them to fulfill this role? This essay argues there is a unique ontological force to the machine that can be understood when looking at distinctions between techne and mechane in ancient Greek sources and applying these distinctions to a reading of Heidegger’s early thought on equipment and later thought on poiesis. Especially with respect to Heidegger’s appropriation (...)
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  7. The Preeminence of Use: Reevaluating the Relation Between Use and Exchange in Aristotle's Economic Thought.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4):pp. 523-548.
    Aristotle’s economic thinking in the Nicomachean Ethics 5.5 and Politics 1 provides one of the earliest analyses of the economic nature exchange. Establishing the significance of Aristotle in this area has often led modern commentators to equate Aristotle’s descriptive analysis of use and exchange to the definitions of use-value and exchange-value as it is found in Karl Marx. In this article, I show that Aristotle’s understanding of use and exchange is qualitatively different from this interpretation, focusing in particular on the (...)
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    Justice and the Banning of the Poets: The Way of Hermeneutics in Plato's Republic.Todd S. Mei - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 60 (4):755-778.
    Interpretations of Plato’s consideration of poetry often see his position either as a rejection or an admittance of only a certain kind. This article offers a more complex analysis: questions concerning the nature of justice and poetry should be taken as mutually illuminating inquiries. This constitutes Plato’s hermeneutics which shows how understanding poetry ideally effects a metanoia (new understanding) that requires the harmony between ethical deliberation and narrative self-understanding. The dialogue is a mimesis of this process, and the conclusion in (...)
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    Ricoeur Economicus: Can Market Exchange Involve Mutual Recognition?Todd Mei - 2012 - In Greg Johnson Dan Stiver (ed.), Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy. pp. 65-84.
    Poststructural criticisms of classical and neoclassical economic conceptions of human motivation and agency often include rejections of how market exchange is conceived to involve only the desires and rationality of a solitary human agent. While many of these criticisms are illuminating, they also tend not to offer a positive, constructive alternative. In this chapter, I discuss the contributions of Paul Ricoeur's understanding of mutual recognition and how it can be used--albeit perhaps despite Ricoeur's own intention and critical assessment of economics--to (...)
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    Heidegger and the Appropriation of Metaphysics.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Heythrop Journal 50 (2):257-270.
    Heidegger’s deconstruction of the history of Western metaphysics has been a major influence behind poststructural critiques of modernity as well as more apologetic attempts to maintain a dialogue with historical sources, such as Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics. This bifurcation has intensified the ambiguity of Heidegger’s project: was it an attempt to relinquish philosophical ties to the past or a call for a fundamental reinterpretation of them? In this article I argue the latter,focusing my analysis on Heidegger’s notions of appropriation and historicity. (...)
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    Economy of the Gift: Rethinking the Role of Land Enclosure in Political Economy.Todd S. Mei - 2009 - Modern Theology 25 (3):441-468.
    The theological revivification of the concept of gift and gift exchange in the last two decades has provoked questions on how notions of divine superabundance can be translated into economics. In this article, I relate the thinking of Paul Ricoeur, John Milbank, Philip Goodchild and Albino Barrera to a specific economic reform that entails seeing land enclosure as inimical to the stability and fairness of an economy. I refer to the political economy of Henry George which takes land value taxation (...)
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    Boyd Blundell , Paul Ricoeur Between Theology and Philosophy: Detour and Return. Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Todd Mei - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (3):389-392.
    A book review of Blundell's _Paul Ricoeur between Theology and Philosophy_.
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    Incorporating Virtues: A Speech Act Approach to Understanding How Virtues Can Work in Business.Todd Mei - 2022 - Philosophy of Management 21 (1):15-29.
    One of the key debates about applying virtue ethics to business is whether or not the aims and values of a business actually prevent the exercise of virtues. Some of the more interesting disagreement in this debate has arisen amongst proponents of virtue ethics. This article analyzes the central issues of this debate in order to advance an alternative way of thinking about how a business can be a form of virtuous practice. Instead of relying on the paired concepts of (...)
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  14. Review of Debating God’s Economy: Social Justice in America on the Eve of Vatican II. [REVIEW]Todd S. Mei - 2011 - Research in Phenomenology 41 (3):367-368.
     
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    Till Düppe , The Making of the Economy: A Phenomenology of Economic Science . Reviewed By.Todd Mei - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (6):462-464.
    A review of Düppe's book on a Husserlian critique of economics.
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    Form and Figure: Paul Ricoeur and the Rehabilitation of Human Work.Todd S. Mei - 2006 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 16 (1-2):57-70.
    This article examines the way in which Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of metaphor can help to rehabilitate the traditional reduction of work to an activity of mere necessity.
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    Heidegger & the Measure of Truth.Todd Mei - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):193-195.
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    Review of Mortal Subjects: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought. [REVIEW]Todd Mei - 2012 - Dissertation,
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    Heidegger and Teilhard de Chardin: The Convergence of History and Future.Todd S. Mei - 2008 - Modern Theology 24 (1):75-101.
    This article explores the significant theoretical links between the two thinkers and how each can help to correct some misunderstandings about the other.
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    Review of Heidegger and the Measure of Truth.Todd Mei - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):193-195.
    A review of D. McManus' Heidegger and the Measure of Truth.
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    The Relevance of an Existential Conception of Nature.Todd Mei - 2014 - Cosmos and History 10 (2):138-157.
    It is often assumed that science provides the most accurate knowledge about nature. This view not only collapses distinctions between different forms of knowing but also results in a paradox whereby understanding what it means to exist in the world is dictated by practioners of science. In this essay I argue for the relevance of an existential conception of nature via the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, and how his notions of thrownness and phusis enable us to recognize a certain ethical (...)
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    Ricoeur and the Symbolism of Sainthood: From Imitation to Innovation.Todd Mei - 2013 - In Colby Dickinson (ed.), Post Modern Saints of France: Refiguring 'the Holy' in Contemporary French Philosophy.
    Despite the way we think of saints as belonging to a certain historical period and confronting specific historical obstacles, we tend to see their acts as being universally meaningful, and therefore, that these acts are practices which should be imitated in some manner. However this understanding carries with it a significant difficulty: namely, there is a risk of interpreting the lives and actions of saints as providing rules of conduct to be followed, as if their enactment was an end in-itself. (...)
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    From Ricoeur to Action: The Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur’s Thinking.Todd S. Mei & David Lewin (eds.) - 2012 - Continuum.
    From Ricoeur to Action engages with the thinking of the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur in order to propose innovative responses to 21st-century problems actively contributing to global conflict. Ricoeur's ability to draw from a diverse field of philosophers and theologians and to provide mediation to seemingly irreconcilable views often has both explicit and implicit practical application to socio-political questions. Here an international team of leading Ricoeur scholars develop critical yet productive responses through the development of Ricoeur's thought with respect to (...)
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  24. Commitment and Communication: The Aesthetics of Receptivity and Historicity.Todd S. Mei - 2006 - Contemporary Aesthetics 4:30-30.
    A general tension in contemporary aesthetics can be described as existing between objective truth claims and historical relativity. The former is generally represented by the Enlightenment approaches and its descendants that ground aesthetic judgment in rationality. The latter characterizes the postmodern appeal to historicity and the exposure of historical prejudice. Following mostly the hermeneutical philosophy of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Dupré, this paper argues how aesthetic theory, defined by either pole, inadequately accounts for historicity. In response to this critique, this (...)
     
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    Review of The Metaphysics of Capitalism in Marx and Philosophy. [REVIEW]Todd Mei - unknown - Journal of European Studies 42 (3):7-9.
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    Heidegger and the Appropriation of Metaphysics.Todd S. Mei - 2007 - Heythrop Journal:070526091654001-???.
    The article examines Heidegger's understanding of metaphysics, arguing that he never intended its obsolescence.
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