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Bernard Katz

— (with Doris Olin) “A Tale of Two Envelopes”, Mind 116 (2007), 903-26.

— “On a Supposed Counterexample to Modus Ponens”, The Journal of Philosophy 96 (1999), 404-15.

— “Making Comparisons”, Mind 104 (1995), 369-92.

Peter King

— Augustine: On the Free Choice of the Will, On Grace and Free Choice, and Other Writings, ed. and trans. by Peter King, Cambridge: Cambridge University  Press, 2010.
“The works translated here deal with two major themes in the thinking of St Augustine (354–430): free will and divine grace. On the one hand, free will enables human beings to make their own choices; on the other hand, God’s grace is required for these choices to be efficacious. ‘On the Free Choice of the Will’, ‘On Grace and Free Choice’, ‘On Reprimand and Grace’ and ‘On the Gift of Perseverance’ set out Augustine’s theory of human responsibility, and sketch a subtle reconciliation of will and grace.”

— “Boethius’ Anti-Realist Arguments”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 40 (2011), 381-401.

— “Scotus’s Rejection of Anselm: The Two-Wills Theory”, in Johannes Duns Scotus 1308-2008: Die philosophischen Perspektiven seines Werkes/Investigations into his Philosophy. Proceedings of the ‘Quadruple Congress’ on John Duns Scotus. Part 3, ed. by Ludger Honnefelder, Hannes Möhle, Andreas Speer, Theo Kobusch, and Susana Bullido del Barrio, Münster: Aschendorff, 2010, 359-378.

Mark Kingwell

— Unruly Voices: Essays on Democracy, Civility, and the Human Imagination, Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2012.
“Since the publication of A Civil Tongue (1995), philosopher Mark Kingwell has been urging us to consider how monstrous, self-serving public behaviour can make it harder to imagine and achieve the society we want. Now, with Unruly Voices, Kingwell returns to the subjects of democracy, civility, and political action, in an attempt to revitalize an intellectual culture too-often deadened by its assumptions of personal advantage and economic value. These 17 new essays, where zombies share pages with cultural theorists, poets, and presidents, together argue for a return to the imagination—and from their own unruly voices rises a sympathetic democracy to counter the strangeness of the postmodern political landscape.”

— Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City, Toronto: Viking, 2008.
“In Concrete Reveries, acclaimed philosopher and cultural critic Mark Kingwell offers a thoughtful answer to Socrates’ injunction about the life worth living, using the urban experience to illustrate the dynamic between concreteness and abstraction that operates within us.Witty and authoritative, the book is an exhilarating journey through unexpected terrain.”

— Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.
“This elegantly written appreciation of the Empire State Building opens up the building’s richness and importance as an icon of America. The book leads us through the facts surrounding the skyscraper’s conception and construction, then enters into a provocative theoretical discussion of its function as an icon, its representation in pictures, literature, and film, and the implications of its iconic status as New York’s most important architectural monument to ambition and optimism.”

Elmar Kremer

— Analysis of Existing: Barry Miller’s Approach to God, London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
“Miller’s metaphysics, including his approach to God, is broad, deep, and original, with the potential to make a fruitful contribution to contemporary philosophy. Yet it has not received the critical attention it deserves. Miller’s work deserves critical attention because of its thorough and original defense of three highly controversial positions: that existence is a real property of concrete individuals; that it is possible to prove, without assuming any principle of sufficient reason, that there is an uncaused cause of the universe; and that the uncaused cause is the simple God of classical theism. … Analysis of Existing: Barry Miller’s Approach to God is the first clear, systematic interpretation of Miller’s theistic philosophy.”

Mohan Matthen

— Color Ontology and Color Science, ed. by Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.
“Philosophers and scientists have long speculated about the nature of color. Atomists such as Democritus thought color to be “conventional,” not real; Galileo and other key figures of the Scientific Revolution thought that it was an erroneous projection of our own sensations onto external objects. More recently, philosophers have enriched the debate about color by aligning the most advanced color science with the most sophisticated methods of analytical philosophy.”

— Philosophy of Biology, ed. by Mohan Matthen and Christopher Stephens, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2007.
“Philosophy of Biology is a rapidly expanding field. It is concerned with explanatory concepts in evolution, genetics, and ecology. This collection of 25 essays by leading researchers provides an overview of the state of the field. These essays are wholly new; none of them could have been written even ten years ago. They demonstrate how philosophical analysis has been able to contribute to sometimes contested areas of scientific theory making.”

— Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005 (paperback 2007).
“Seeing, Doing, and Knowing is an original and comprehensive philosophical treatment of sense perception as it is currently investigated by cognitive neuroscientists. Its central theme is the task-oriented specialization of sensory systems across the biological domain.”

Margaret Morrison

— “Emergent Physics and Micro-Ontology”, Philosophy of Science 79 (2012), 141-166.

— “Models, Measurements, and Computer Simulation: the Changing Face of Experimentation”, Philosophical Studies 143 (2009), 33-57.

— Unifying Scientific Theories: Physical Concepts and Mathematical Structures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
“This book is about the methods used for unifying different scientific theories under one all-embracing theory. The process has characterized much of the history of science and is prominent in contemporary physics; the search for a “theory of everything” involves the same attempt at unification. Margaret Morrison argues that, contrary to popular philosophical views, unification and explanation often have little to do with each other. The mechanisms that facilitate unification are not those that enable us to explain how or why phenomena behave as they do.”

Jennifer Nagel

— Knowledge: A very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“What is knowledge? How does it differ from mere belief? Do you need to be able to justify a claim in order to count as knowing it? How can we know that the outer world is real and not a dream?Questions like these are ancient ones, and the branch of philosophy dedicated to answering them – epistemology – has been active for thousands of years. In this thought-provoking Very Short Introduction, Jennifer Nagel considers these classic questions alongside new puzzles arising from recent discoveries about humanity, language, and the mind. Nagel explains the formation of major historical theories of knowledge, and shows how contemporary philosophers have developed new ways of understanding knowledge, using ideas from logic, linguistics, and psychology. Covering topics ranging from relativism and the problem of scepticism to the trustworthiness of internet sources, Nagel examines how progress has been made in understanding knowledge, using everyday examples to explain the key issues and debates.”Nagel

–“Intuition, Reflection, and the Command of Knowledge.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 88 (2014), 217-39.

— (with Valerie San Juan and Raymond A. Mar) “Lay Denial of Knowledge for Justified True Beliefs”, Cognition (2013), 652-661.

— “Knowledge as a Mental State”, Oxford Studies in Epistemology 4 (2013), 275-310.

— “Intuitions and Experiments: a Defense of the Case Method in Epistemology”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85:3 (2012), 495-527.

Julia Nefsky

— “Consequentialism and the Problem of Collective Harm: A Reply to Kagan”, Philosophy & Public Affairs 39 (2011), 364-395.

Martin Pickavé

— Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, ed. by Martin Pickavé and Lisa Shapiro, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
“This volume offers a much needed shift of focus in the study of emotion in the history of philosophy. Discussion has tended to focus on the moral relevance of emotions, and (except in ancient philosophy) the role of emotions in cognitive life has received little attention. Thirteen new essays investigate the continuities between medieval and early modern thinking about the emotions, and open up a contemporary debate on the relationship between emotions, cognition, and reason, and the way emotions figure in our own cognitive lives.”

— Heinrich von Gent über Metaphysik als erste Wissenschaft: Studien zu einem Metaphysikentwurf aus dem letzten Viertel des 13. Jahrhunderts (Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, vol. 91), Leiden: Brill, 2007.
“The last 30 years have seen a revived interest in Henry of Ghent, one of the leading theologians at the University of Paris in the last quarter of the 13th century. This volume offers a new and comprehensive study of a central aspect of Henry’s philosophical thought: his understanding of metaphysics.”