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in Abysmal

March 2007; p ublished online March 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 4675 words.

While old Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz held the logical principle of identity to be absolutely indemonstrable, and in that sense not primarily a logical but a metaphysical thesis, Bertrand...

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 A Coherent Common Sense View

Amie L. Thomasson.

in Ordinary Objects

October 2007; p ublished online September 2007 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 4933 words.

This chapter begins by bringing out three common mistakes that lie behind the various arguments against ordinary objects discussed in this book. It goes on to suggest that all of these...

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 A Daring Soft Libertarian Response to Present Luck

Alfred R. Mele.

in Free Will and Luck

February 2006; p ublished online February 2006 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 14436 words.

This chapter constructs a libertarian view that grants the main moral of Frankfurt-style cases, and offers a resolution of the problem of present luck. Attention to how human beings may...

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‘A Dead Cadaverous Thing’

Walter Ott.

in Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

September 2009; p ublished online September 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 2230 words.

In England, ontological mechanism comes under fire. Figures such as Ralph Cudworth and Henry More argue that this ontology is too impoverished to explain such phenomena as cohesion,...

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“A Pale, Incomplete, Strange, Artificial Man”

Rahel Jaeggi.

in Alienation

August 2014; p ublished online November 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 13275 words.

This chapter examines behavior in social roles as a form of inauthenticity and under what conditions being immersed in certain social relations manifests itself as self-alienation. More...

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 A Posteriori Entailment

Daniel Stoljar.

in Ignorance and Imagination

July 2006; p ublished online September 2006 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 11368 words.

This chapter presents the view that the supervenience of the experiential on the non-experiential is irreducibly a posteriori — the a posteriori entailment view. The main problem for this...

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“A Pragmatic History of the Human Mind”

Daniel Breazeale.

in Thinking Through the Wissenschaftslehre

November 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 15522 words.

In describing the Wissenschaftslehre as a “pragmatic history of the human mind” Fichte was directly influenced by the work of Kant and Platner, as well as by discussions concerning the...

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An a Priori Argument for Realism

Colin McGinn.

in Knowledge and Reality

February 2002; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 10014 words.

McGinn presents an indirect, a priori argument for the conjunction of realism about the external world and realism about the mind. The argument is indirect because McGinn's principal...

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 A Priori Entailment

Daniel Stoljar.

in Ignorance and Imagination

July 2006; p ublished online September 2006 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 9653 words.

In this chapter, an analogous argument in the case of the a priori entailment view is advanced. On the one hand, the mere idea of priori entailment will not answer the argument — further...

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The A Priori in Philosophy

Edited by Albert Casullo and Joshua C. Thurow.

September 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Metaphysics. 320 pages.

The chapters in this volume aim to advance the discussion of the role of the a priori in philosophy by addressing four sets of issues. The first is whether intuitions provide evidence for...

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