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    Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science.William M. R. Simpson, Robert Charles Koons & Nicholas Teh (eds.) - 2017 - New York: Routledge.
    The last two decades have seen two significant trends emerging within the philosophy of science: the rapid development and focus on the philosophy of the specialised sciences, and a resurgence of Aristotelian metaphysics, much of which is concerned with the possibility of emergence, as well as the ontological status and indispensability of dispositions and powers in science. Despite these recent trends, few Aristotelian metaphysicians have engaged directly with the philosophy of the specialised sciences. Additionally, the relationship between fundamental Aristotelian concepts—such (...)
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    What’s the Matter with Super-Humeanism?William M. R. Simpson - 2021 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 72:893-911.
    Esfeld has proposed a minimalist ontology of nature called ‘super-Humeanism’ that purports to accommodate quantum phenomena and avoid standard objections to neo-Humean metaphysics. I argue that Esfeld’s sparse ontology has counterintuitive consequences and generates two self-undermining dilemmas concerning the nature of time and space. Contrary to Esfeld, I deny that super-Humeanism supports an ontology of microscopic particles that follow continuous trajectories through space.
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    Cosmic hylomorphism: A powerist ontology of quantum mechanics.William M. R. Simpson - 2021 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11 (1):1-25.
    The primitive ontology approach to quantum mechanics seeks to account for quantum phenomena in terms of a distribution of matter in three-dimensional space and a law of nature that describes its temporal development. This approach to explaining quantum phenomena is compatible with either a Humean or powerist account of laws. In this paper, I offer a powerist ontology in which the law is specified by Bohmian mechanics for a global configuration of particles. Unlike in other powerist ontologies, however, this law (...)
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    Introduction.Caroline Walker Bynum, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, William P. Caferro, Linda Safran, Adam S. Cohen, Kathryn Kremnitzer, Siddhartha V. Shah, Wenrui Zhao, Lynn Hunt, Elizabeth Heineman, William J. Simpson & Youval Rotman - 2018 - Common Knowledge 24 (3):353-355.
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    Half-Baked Humeanism.William Simpson - 2017 - In William Simpson, Robert C. Koons & Nicholas J. Teh (eds.), Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science. pp. 123-145.
    Toby Handfield has advanced a subtle form of dispositionalism that purports to reconcile the concept of causal powers with broadly Humean convictions by dissolving the requirement for objectively modal relations between powers and their manifestations. He suggests we should identify manifestations with certain types of causal processes, and identify powers with properties that are parts of their structures. The modal features of causal powers can then be explained in terms of internal relations between a power and the property of being (...)
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  6. The mystical stance: The experience of self‐loss and Daniel Dennett's “center of narrative gravity”.William Simpson - 2014 - Zygon 49 (2):458-475.
    For centuries, mystically inclined practitioners from various religious traditions have articulated anomalous and mystical experiences. One common aspect of these experiences is the feeling of the loss of the sense of self, referred to as “self-loss.” The occurrence of “self-loss” can be understood as the feeling of losing the subject/object distinction in one's phenomenal experience. In this article, the author attempts to incorporate these anomalous experiences into modern understandings of the mind and “self” from philosophy and psychology. Accounts of self-loss (...)
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    Emergence: Towards a New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science by Mariusz Tabaczek (review). [REVIEW]William Simpson - 2021 - The Thomist 85:159-163.
    A review of "Emergence: Towards a New Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science" By MARIUSZ TABACZEK.
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    From Quantum Physics to Classical Metaphysics.William Simpson - 2021 - In William Simpson, Robert C. Koons & James Orr (eds.), Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature. pp. 21-65.
    In this chapter, I argue that Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism, which conceived the natural world as consisting of substances which are metaphysically composed of matter and form, is ripe for rehabilitation in the light of quantum physics. I begin by discussing Aristotle’s conception of matter and form, as it was understood by Aquinas, and how Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism was ‘physicalised’ and eventually abandoned with the rise of microphysicalism. I argue that the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, and the emergence of (...)
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    Reconsidering causal powers: historical and conceptual perspectives: edited by Benjamin Hill, Henrik Lagerlund, and Stathis Psillos, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 306, £65.00 (hb), ISBN: 9780198869528. [REVIEW]William M. R. Simpson - 2021 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29 (5):958-960.
    The concept of ‘causal powers’ as principles of necessary change, once derided by mainstream philosophers in the thrall of David Hume, has made a dramatic comeback and seems to be here to stay. The...
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    L’origine et l’evolution du concept grec de phusis. [REVIEW]William A. Simpson - 1995 - Ancient Philosophy 15 (1):220.
  11. Book Review. [REVIEW]William Simpson - 1970 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 90 (2):314-315.
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    Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature.William Simpson, Koons Robert & James Orr (eds.) - 2021 - New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
    Despite the growing interest in Aristotelian approaches to contemporary philosophy of science, few metaphysicians have engaged directly with the question of how a neo-Aristotelian metaphysics of nature might change the landscape for theological discussion concerning theology and naturalism, the place of human beings within nature, or the problem of divine causality. The chapters in this volume are collected into three thematic sections: Naturalism and Nature, Mind and Nature, and God and Nature. By pushing the current boundaries of neo-Aristotelian metaphysics to (...)
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  13. Perception and Thought in Aristotle's "de Anima".William A. Simpson - 1995 - Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder
    In De Anima III.8 Aristole asserts that "the soul is in a sense all things" because it becomes whatever is thought or perceived. Yet the relationship between the soul and an object of perception or thought is most likely not one of numerical identity. As Aristotle says, "The stone is not in the soul but, rather, form" . Now if soul-object relations cannot be explained solely in terms of numerical identity, it is incumbent upon Aristotle to state what other sense (...)
     
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  14. Toppling the Pyramids: physics without physical state monism.William Simpson & Simon Horsley - 2022 - In Christopher J. Austin, Anna Marmodoro & Andrea Roselli (eds.), Powers, Time and Free Will. pp. 17–50.
    In this paper, we challenge a wide-spread assumption among philosophers that contemporary physics supports physical state monism. This is the claim that the causal powers of a system supervene upon the ‘lower-level’ laws and the lower-level state of the cosmos (as represented by our ‘best physics’). On this view, it makes sense to ignore a macroscopic system’s higher-level properties in determining its causal powers, since any higher-level powers are merely artifacts of our special interests. We argue that this assumption is (...)
     
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    The Terrace of the Great God at Abydos: The Offering Chapels of Dynasties 12 and 13.Carl E. DeVries & William Kelly Simpson - 1977 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 97 (4):588.
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    Papyrus Reisner III. The Records of a Building Project in the Early Twelfth Dynasty. Transcription and Commentary.Leonard H. Lesko & William Kelly Simpson - 1973 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 93 (4):587.
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    Ontological aspects of the Casimir Effect.William M. R. Simpson - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 48 (1):84-88.
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    History and Chronology of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt: Seven Studies.William K. Simpson & Donald B. Redford - 1970 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 90 (2):314.
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    Simultaneous practice, number, and locus of identical items in acquisition of two serial lists.Douglas L. Nelson, William E. Simpson & W. J. Brogden - 1966 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 72 (5):714.
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    Companions to Ancient Thought 2: Psychology. [REVIEW]William A. Simpson - 1993 - Teaching Philosophy 16 (1):82-84.
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    Psychophysical judgments of probabilistic stimulus sequencies.William Simpson & James F. Voss - 1961 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 62 (4):416.
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    The Ancient near East: A History.A. K. Grayson, D. B. Redford, William W. Hallo & William Kelly Simpson - 1973 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 93 (4):575.
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    The Mastaba of Queen Mersyankh III.Carl E. DeVries, Dows Dunham & William Kelly Simpson - 1977 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 97 (4):589.
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    Papyrus Reisner II. Accounts of the Dockyard Workshop at This in the Reign of Sesostris I. Transcription and Commentary.John A. Wilson & William Kelly Simpson - 1967 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 87 (1):68.
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    When History Meets Politics.Elizabeth Heineman & William J. Simpson - 2018 - Common Knowledge 24 (3):405-414.
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    The Literature of Ancient Egypt.Mordechai Gilula, William Kelly Simpson, R. O. Faulkner, E. F. Wente & W. K. Simpson - 1975 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 95 (1):102.
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    Corporate criminal intent.William A. Simpson - unknown
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    What’s the Matter with Super-Humeanism?William M. R. Simpson - 2020 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 72 (3):axz028.
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    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science | Vol 73, No 3.William M. R. Simpson - 2020 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axz028.
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