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Family Trees: Sympathy, Comparison and the Proliferation of the Passions in Hume and his PredecessorsDownload
Hume dubbed his Treatise account of the passions “new and extraordinary” — an assessment echoed by many contemporary scholars, who find his analysis of the social operation of the emotions particularly innovative. But Hume's explanation of how passions and sentiments are transferred, shared,...
It seems natural, even obvious, to distinguish between representations and what they are representations of. A picture of a dog is no more a dog than the word \"dog\" is a furry, tail-wagging mammal. Nor are properties belonging to the object of a representation necessarily properties of the...
Introduction: My topic here is Descartes’ Third Meditation – but not the causal principles and proofs that have probably been the target of more philosophical irk than anything else in Descartes. Rather, I am concerned with the language in which they are couched, where Descartes speaks of an...
Philosophers are fond of wax, and none more famously so than Descartes. The wax passage that appears at the end of the Second of his Meditations on First Philosophy has fascinated and baffled students, scholars and critics alike since the work's first publication. Part of the passage's...
Introduction: Gone are the days when walking off a cliff, living in a bathtub, or inventing a new science would have seemed natural outgrowths of philosophical epistemology. Whether this reflects growing modesty or a lamentable failure of commitment, few contemporary philosophers would undertake...
Introduction: Paul Hoffman's collection Essays on Descartes comes in a plain, not-quite-brown wrapper that camouflages the trailblazing work within. Hoffman is among the very first of recent Anglophone commentators to examine Descartes's anthropology (by which I mean his account of the full,...
[Review of the book Interpretation: Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts, by Pachamer, & Golters]Download
Introduction: This wide-ranging collection of essays emerged from what must have been an enjoyably eclectic 2008 meeting of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, one charged with the double task of honoring Gereon Wolters and of showing off the many arenas where...
Introduction: This is an excellent monograph concerning several central features of Aristotle's physical theory and their various interpretations in the Middle Ages. The first half of this study treats of the definition of nature in book two of the Physics, the problem of the natural motion of...