Articles tagged 'ontology'

Attaining Objectivity: Phenomenological Reduction and the Private Language Argument

Article (Philosophy)

Twentieth Century philosophical thought has expressed itself for the most part through two great Movements: the phenomenological and the analytical. Each movement originated in reaction against idealistic—or at least anti-realistic—views of "the world". And each...

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Comments on Smith and Talmy

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In a certain traditional and obvious sense, the human being is a substance, with observable properties and deeper-lying characteristics (properties and dispositions). That is, it has properties but is not a property, endures through time and space, and stands in...

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Critical Study of Husserl and Intentionality (A)

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I This remarkable book is one of the most significant studies in Husserl's philosophy to appear in recent decades. It is a major expression of a tendency in Husserl interpretation that has been developing for some time, rooted primarily...

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How Concepts Relate the Mind to its Objects:  The ‘God’s Eye View’ Vindicated

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I What is it for an object to be "before" the mind in thought, or in consciousness generally? And how, exactly, are "concepts" necessarily involved in such a case? Everyone seems to agree that they are involved. There must in...

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Intentionality and the Substance of the Self

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When I was first contacted about contributing to this session, the thought expressed to me was that it might be good to do something to promote dialogue between Continental and Analytic temperaments within the Society of Christian Philosophers. That was...

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Is Derrida’s View of Ideal Being Rationally Defensible?

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"Certainly, there be that delight in giddiness; and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting freewill in thinking as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain...

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Knowledge and Naturalism

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There is an objective difference between one who has knowledge of something and one who does not. This is true in both the occurrent and the dispositional senses of "knowledge" and "knows." That is, whether or not X has knowledge...

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Non-Reductive and Non-Eliminative Physicalism?

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John Searle has argued that there is a simple solution to the age-old problem of the relationship between the mind and the body. It has been available to "any educated person" for about a century, ever "since serious work began...

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Phenomenology and Metaphysics

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I Under the heading of "Husserl's Ontology" I have chosen to discuss the troubled relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. Like oil and water, they are not supposed to mix except as subjects of thought and discourse. Doing phenomenology is...

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Reductionism: A Response to Professor Ellis

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I agree with so much of what professor Ellis says that I am, no doubt, less than the ideal commentator in this case. Nevertheless, I found his presentation to be highly interesting and instructive—and highly important in this...

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Theory of Wholes and Parts and Husserl’s Explication of the Possibility of Knowledge in the Logical Investigations (The)

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My proximate aim in this paper is to clarify the vital role of the IIIrd "Investigation" in Husserl's project for his Logical Investigations (LI).1 My ultimate aim is to show how the LI opened the way to--indeed, constituted--a realist...

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Wholes, Parts and the Objectivity of Knowledge

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§ 1. Ontology Presupposed in Epistemology Ontology has frequently been understood as the theory of the ultimate classes of existents or entities and of characteristics of and structures that belong to all entities merely as such.1 Understood in this way acts...

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Why Semantic Ascent Fails

Article (Philosophy)

1. Introduction. Linguistic philosophy is rumored to be dead and gone, its passing unnoticed until long after the fact, and largely unmourned. Gilbert Harman, for one, places its demise well into the past, referring to ". . . the arguments that undermined [note the...

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