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Yiftach J. H. Fehige
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
  1. Thought Experiments.Yiftach J. H. Fehige & James R. Brown - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 25 (1):135-142.
  2. Thought Experimenting with God. Revisiting the Ontological Argument.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 51 (3):249-267.
    The ontological argument is one of the most intriguing lines of reasoning in Western thought. Leaving behind debates over the proper relation between science and religion, it makes a simple move from conceptual analysis to existence in order to prove the existence of god. The ontological argument will be reviewed against the background of the contemporary debate on thought experiments. Assuming that the ontological argument fails as a philosophical proof, I will argue that its move from concept to existence might (...)
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    The Relativized a Priori and the Laboratory of the Mind: Towards a Neo-Kantian Account of Thought Experiments in Science.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2013 - Epistemologia 36 (1):55-73.
    Building on a previously published contextualization of Marco Buzzoni’s Neo- Kantian account of scientific thought-experiments, this paper examines the explanatory power of this account. It is argued that Buzzoni’s account suffers from a number of shortcomings. Einstein’s clock-in-the-box thought experiment facilitates the demonstration of these deficits. In the light of both the identified inadequacies of Buzzoni’s account and the long-standing history of Kantian approaches to thought experiments, this paper finally sketches an alternative Neo-Kantian account. This alternative utilizes Michael Friedman’s reading (...)
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  4. The Body, Thought Experiments, and Phenomenology.Yiftach J. H. Fehige & Harald Wiltsche - 2012 - In Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts.
    An explorative contribution to the ongoing discussion of thought experiments. While endorsing the majority view that skepticism about thought experiments is not well justified, in what follows we attempt to show that there is a kind of “bodiliness” missing from current accounts of thought experiments. That is, we suggest a phenomenological addition to the literature. First, we contextualize our claim that the importance of the body in thought experiments has been widely underestimated. Then we discuss David Gooding's work, which contains (...)
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  5. Sexualized Brains. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Isis: 100 (4):887-888.
  6. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments.Michael T. Stuart, Yiftach J. H. Fehige & James Robert Brown (eds.) - 2018 - London: Routledge.
    Thought experiments are a means of imaginative reasoning that lie at the heart of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the modern era, and they also play central roles in a range of fields, from physics to politics. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments is an invaluable guide and reference source to this multifaceted subject. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion covers the following important areas: -/- · the history of thought experiments, from antiquity to (...)
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  7. Thought Experiments. [REVIEW]James Robert Brown & Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 1995 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (1):135-142.
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    'Experiments of Pure Reason': Kantianism and Thought Experiments in Science.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2012 - Epistemologia 35 (1):141-160.
    Marco Buzzoni has presented a Kantian account of thought experiments in science as a serious rival to the current empiricist and Platonic accounts. This paper takes the first steps of a comprehensive assessment of this account in order to further the more general discussion of the feasibility of a Kantian theory of scientific thought experiments. Such a discussion is overdue. To this effect the broader question is addressed as to what motivates a Kantian approach. Buzzoni's account and the assessment developed (...)
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    Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2010 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (1):186-188.
  10. Die Autonomie der Person. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Theologie Und Philosophie 77 (1):154-156.
  11. The Meaning of the World’s Meaning. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2007 - EMBO 8 (5).
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  12. Gottesbeweis oder Gedankenexperiment christlicher Theologie? Zu Dombrowskis Verteidigung des Ontologischen Arguments.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Jahrbuch für Religionsphilosophie 8:69-91.
    In this paper I argue that Daniel A. Dombrowski's defence of a version of Anselm's ontological argument fails.
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    The "Art of Dialogue" and the Christian-Jewish Encounter. A First Approach.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2010 - Jahrbuch für Religionsphilosophie 9:67-93.
    In this paper I raise awareness of a crucial blind spot in scholarship on the Christian-Jewish dialogue. The main argument of the paper is that a closer examination of the dialogue form is necessary in order to assess the tenability of Christian-Jewish dialogue. Despite the widespread talk and intensive scholarship about the Jewish-Christian dialogue two things remain unclear: what concept of dialogue is presupposed; what makes the dialogue form appropriate for the Christian-Jewish encounter. This paper discusses the possibility that the (...)
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  14. Wessen Wille Geschehe? Fremdnützige Forschung an Nichteinwilligungsfähigen. Die Argumente in der Philosophischen Kritik.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2004 - Zeitschrift Fur Philosophie Forschung 58 (3):397-427.
    This paper critically examines the predominant arguments that have been proposed either in favour or against non-benefit medical research with human subjects incapable of informed consent. It is argued that none of the arguments succeeds, while acknowledging that such research is necessary.
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    The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83 (4):636-639.
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    Quantum Physics and Theology: John Polkinghorne on Thought Experiments.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2012 - Zygon 47 (2):256-288.
    Abstract Thought experimentation is part of accepted scientific practice, and this makes it surprising that philosophers of science did not seriously engage with it for a very long time. The situation changed in the 1990s, resulting in a highly intriguing debate over thought experiments. Initially, the discussion focused mostly on thought experiments in physics, philosophy, and mathematics. Other disciplines have since become the subject of interest. Yet, nothing substantial has been said about the role of thought experiments in nonphilosophical theology. (...)
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    Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2007 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (4):674-677.
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    ‘Sein, Das Verstanden Werden Kann, Ist Sprache’. Hommage an Hans-Georg Gadamer. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Theologie Und Philosophie 77 (3):460-462.
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    The Negation of Nonsense is Nonsense: Hilary Putnam on Science and Religion.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2010 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 52 (4):350-376.
    While the influential analytical philosopher Hilary Putnam has made significant contributions to philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and philosophy of science, he isn't generally regarded as a philosopher of religion or a theologian. Nonetheless, I argue that his work should be of great interest to philosophers of religion and theologians. Focusing on the relationship between science and religion, this paper explores the importance of Putnam's attempt to reconcile his anti-metaphysical stance and his commitment to a religious form of life (...)
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  20. Miracles and Science: Mora Than a Miraculous Relationship.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2012 - Toronto Journal of Theology 28 (1):159-163.
    A solicited response to Robert Larmer's defence of the supernaturalist model of miracles. I show why Larmer fails to make his claim plausible that there aren't any good theological reasons to turn away from the supernaturalist model of miracles.
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  21. Review Of: O. Gingerich: God’s Universe. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2008 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 11:232-234.
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    Transsexuality: Reconciling Christianity and Science.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2011 - Toronto Journal of Theology 27 (1):51-71.
    Furthering the dialogue with J. Wentzel van Huyssteen over his way of reconciling Christianity and science while reflecting on human uniqueness, I offer a philosophical analysis of the phenomenon of transsexuality. The focus of my analysis is the implications of transsexuality for the metaphysics of reductive naturalism. Envisioning a pluralistic ontology of the sexed human body, I propose to account for human sexuality within the general framework of normative pragmatism. The context of my reflections is a theology of sexual diversity, (...)
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    Putnams Semi-Fideismus.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2007 - Theologische Quartalschrift 185 (3):215-234.
    In this paper I argue that Hilary Putnam is a semi-fideist.
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  24. Gedankenexperimente. Die Genese Einer Wissenschaftsphilosophischen Forschungstradition Nach Ulrich Kühne.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2007 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (1):149-157.
    This is a review essay of what is probably the best contribution to the history of the philosophical investigation into thought experiments.
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    Die Frage Nach Gott Und Eine Kritik der Überzogenen Antwort von Norbert Hoerster.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2006 - Theologie Und Philosophie 81 (4):93-103.
    In this paper I show why Norbert Hoerster's plea for atheism is rather unconvincing.
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    Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (2):139-143.
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    Das Leibliche Selbst. Vorlesungen Zur Phänomenologie des Leibes. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2001 - Theologie Und Philosophie 76 (3):472-475.
  28. Transsexualität Zwischen Genetik Und Sozialer Praxis.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57 (5):757-780.
    Transsexuality has been subject to careful reflections in many disciplines outside philosophy. I first contextualize my philosophical approach by relating to the existing scholarship on transsexuality. Focusing on matters of sexual identity, I then propose a characterization of what might be considered the philosophical dimension of transsexual identity. Paying particular attention to the propositional consciousness of transsexuals, I develop the main thesis that transsexuality helps philosophers of sex to forcefully establish the contingency of sexual identity in terms of the underlying (...)
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    Feministische Theorien. Zur Einführung. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Theologie Und Philosophie 77 (3):474-476.
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    Giving an Account of Oneself. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2004 - Theologie Und Philosophie 79 (1):146-149.
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    Über Menschliche Freiheit. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2005 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger (58):230-239.
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    Gender. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2003 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 56 (3).
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    Medien der Vernunft. Eine Theorie des Geistes Und der Rationalität Auf der Grundlage Einer Theorie der Medien. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 55 (4):361-365.
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    Nicole C. Karafyllis;, Gotlind Ulshöfer . Sexualized Brains: Scientific Modeling of Emotional Intelligence From a Cultural Perspective. Xvii + 429 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Cambridge, Mass./London: MIT Press, 2008. $50. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Isis 100 (4):887-888.
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    Judith Butler. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2003 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 56 (1):75-77.
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    Wissenschaftstheorie. Eine Philosophische Einführung. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 55 (1):70-74.
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    Judith Butler. Zur Einführung. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2002 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 55 (4):347-350.
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    Der Mentale Zugang Zur Welt. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2004 - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 8 (1):231-238.
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    Erkenntnistheorie. [REVIEW]Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2003 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 56 (2):128-133.
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  40. Wie Wirklich Ist der Gott der Theologen? Eine Entgegnung Auf Peter Byrnes Plädoyer Für den Theologischen Agnostizismus.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2004 - Theologie Und Philosophie 79 (4):562-572.
    In this paper I critically examine Peter Byrne's arguments against theological realism.
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    Die Geschlechtererosion des Semantischen Realismus.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2006 - mentis.
    This work is a contribution to analytic philosophy of sex. It deals with the scientific concept of the sexed human body by focusing in particular on the logical and the semantic implications of such a concept.
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  42. Gedankenexperimente in der Offenbarungstheologie?Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2011 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 59 (1).
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  43. Kreativität Im Denken. Eine Kritik des Reliabilitätsarguments von John D. Norton Gegen Rationalistische Epistemologien Zur Methode des Gedankenexperiments.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2005 - In Günter Abel (ed.), Kreativität. Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.
    In this paper I argue that Norton's case against Brown's rationalism about thought experiments suffers from serious shortcomings, which relate to the nature of induction.
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    Sexualphilosophie.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2007 - LIT.
    This book is an introduction to philosophy of sex. The history of philosophy of sex is depicted (from Plato to Herman Schmitz) to set up the background against which the philosophy of sex by Herman Schmitz is analyzed. This leads to the discussion of topics like masturbation, the ontology of the sexed human body, and same-sex marriage.
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  45. Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts.Yiftach J. H. Fehige & Harald Wiltsche - 2012
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