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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 (3):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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    Small Worlds with Cosmic Powers.William M. R. Simpson - 2023 - Journal of Philosophy 120 (8):401-420.
    The wave function of quantum mechanics can be understood in terms of the dispositional role it plays in the dynamics of a distribution of matter in three-dimensional space (or four-dimensional spacetime). There is more than one way, however, of specifying its dispositional role. This paper considers Suárez’s theory of ‘Bohmian dispositionalism’, in which the particles are endowed with their own ‘Bohmian dispositions’, and Simpson’s theory of ‘Cosmic Hylomorphism’, in which the particle configuration comprises a hylomorphic substance which has an intrinsic (...)
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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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    Half-Baked Humeanism.William Simpson - 2017 - In William M. R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons & Nicholas J. Teh (eds.), Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science. Routledge. 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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    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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    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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    Prime Matter and Modern Physics.William M. R. Simpson - 2024 - Ancient Philosophy Today 6 (1):1-5.
    Medieval interpretations of hylomorphism, in which substances are conceived as metaphysical composites of prime matter and substantial form, are receiving attention in contemporary philosophy. It has even been suggested that a recovery of Aquinas's conception of prime matter as a ‘pure potentiality’, lacking any actuality apart from substantial form, may be expedient in hylomorphic interpretations of quantum mechanics. In this paper, we consider a recent hylomorphic interpretation of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the theory of Cosmic Hylomorphism, which does not explicitly invoke (...)
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  9. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    When History Meets Politics.Elizabeth Heineman & William J. Simpson - 2018 - Common Knowledge 24 (3):405-414.
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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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    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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    Corporate criminal intent.William A. Simpson - unknown
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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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    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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  21. 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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    Psychophysical judgments of probabilistic stimulus sequencies.William Simpson & James F. Voss - 1961 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 62 (4):416.
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    Philosophy of a concerned academic: within and beyond the ivory tower.William Brand Simpson - 1995 - Huntington, W. Va.: University Editions.
    Philosophy of a Concerned Academic interweaves three scenarios so as to develop insights of particular interest to college-age youth and to faculty and administrators in college and universities - (1) vignettes from a career in academic and public service; (2) discussion of the criteria for intelligent choice for a range of personal, academic and public policy decisions; and (3) evolvement of a philosophy of choice in which those criteria that could be regarded as ethical in nature are either constraints on (...)
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  24. 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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    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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    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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    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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  28. Book Review. [REVIEW]William Simpson - 1970 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 90 (2):314-315.
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    Companions to Ancient Thought 2. [REVIEW]William A. Simpson - 1993 - Teaching Philosophy 16 (1):82-84.
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    L’origine et l’evolution du concept grec de phusis. [REVIEW]William A. Simpson - 1995 - Ancient Philosophy 15 (1):220-222.