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Gurpreet Rattan

— “Disagreement and the First-Person Perspective”, Analytic Philosophy, forthcoming.

— “On the Sense and Reference of the Concept of Truth”, Philosophy 88 (2013), 433-450.

— “Intellect and Concept”, The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5 (2010), 1-61. 

Arthur Ripstein

— Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
“In this masterful work, both an illumination of Kant’s thought and an important contribution to contemporary legal and political theory, Arthur Ripstein gives a comprehensive yet accessible account of Kant’s political philosophy. Ripstein shows that Kant’s thought is organized around two central claims: first, that legal institutions are not simply responses to human limitations or circumstances; indeed the requirements of justice can be articulated without recourse to views about human inclinations and vulnerabilities. Second, Kant argues for a distinctive moral principle, which restricts the legitimate use of force to the creation of a system of equal freedom.”

Ronald Dworkin (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

— Equality, Responsibility, and Law (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999 (paperback 2001).
“This book examines responsibility and luck as these issues arise in tort law, criminal law, and distributive justice. The central question is: whose bad luck is a particular piece of misfortune? Arthur Ripstein argues that there is a general set of principles to be found that clarifies responsibility in those cases where luck is most obviously an issue: accidents, mistakes, emergencies, and failed attempts at crime. In revealing how the problems that arise in tort and criminal law as well as distributive justice invite structurally parallel solutions, the author also shows the deep connection between individual responsibility and social equality.”

Marleen Rozemond

— “Unity in the Multiplicity of Suárez’ Soul”, in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez, ed. by Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 154-172.

— “Leibniz on Final Causation”, in Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, ed. by Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, 279-294.

— Descartes’s Dualism, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998 (paperback 2002).
“Descartes, an acknowledged founder of modern philosophy, is identified particularly with mind-body dualism–the view that the mind is an incorporeal entity. But this view was not entirely original with Descartes, and in fact to a significant extent it was widely accepted by the Aristotelian scholastics who preceded him, although they entertained a different conception of the nature of mind, body, and the relationship between them. In her first book, Marleen Rozemond explicates Descartes’s aim to provide a metaphysics that would accommodate mechanistic science and supplant scholasticism.”

William Seager

— Natural Fabrications: Science, Emergence and Consciousness, Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.
“The spectacular success of the scientific enterprise over the last four hundred years has led to the promise of an all encompassing vision of the natural world. In this elegant picture, everything we observe is based upon just a few fundamental processes and entities. The almost infinite variety and complexity of the world is thus the product of emergence. But the concept of emergence is fraught with controversy and confusion. This book ponders the question of how emergence should be understood within the scientific picture, and whether a complete vision of the world can be attained that includes consciousness.”

— Theories of Consciousness: An Introduction and Assessment, London: Routledge, 1999.
“The most remarkable fact about the universe is that certain parts of it are conscious. Somehow nature has managed to pull the rabbit of experience out of a hat made of mere matter. Making its own contribution to the current, lively debate about the nature of consciousness, Theories of Consciousness introduces variety of approaches to consciousness and explores to what extent scientific understanding of consciousness is possible.”

— Metaphysics of Consciousness, London: Routledge, 1989.
“Metaphysics of Consciousness opens with a development of the physicalist outlook that denies the need for any explanation of the mental. This “inexplicability” is demonstrated not to be sufficient as refutation of physicalism. However, the inescapable particularity of modes of consciousness appears to overpower this minimal physicalism. This book proposes that such an inference requires either a wholly new conception of how consciousness is physical or a deep and disturbing new kind of physical inexplicability.”

Brian Cantwell Smith

— “From E&M to M&E: A Journey through the Landscape of Computing”, in Philosophy of Computing and Information: 5 Questions, ed. by Luciano Floridi, Copenhagen: Automatic Press/VIP, 2008.

— “The Foundations of Computing”, in Computationalism: New Directions, ed. by Matthias Scheutz, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002, 23-58.

— On the Origin of Objects, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996.
On the Origin of Objects is the culmination of Brian Cantwell Smith’s decade-long investigation into the philosophical and metaphysical foundations of computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Based on a sustained critique of the formal tradition that underlies the reigning views, he presents an argument for an embedded, participatory, “irreductionist,” metaphysical alternative. Smith seeks nothing less than to revise our understanding not only of the machines we build but also of the world with which they interact.”

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

— The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment, ed. by Ingrid Leman Stefanovic and Stephen Bede Scharper, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
“A timely and important collection, The Natural City explores how to integrate the natural environment into healthy urban centres from philosophical, religious, socio-political, and planning perspectives. Recognizing the need to better link the humanities with public policy,The Natural City offers unique insights for the development of an alternative vision of urban life.”

— Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000.
“This book examines how a phenomenological approach helps move us closer toward safeguarding our common future by evolving a more originative and informed way of thinking about the foundations of sustainable development. Phenomenology, as conceived by Heidegger, enlarges and deepens our ways of thinking about sustainable development and offers a unique methodology of environmental policy development and planning.”

— The Event of Death: A Phenomenological Enquiry (Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library, vol. 23), Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987.

 

Jonathan Weisberg

— “Knowledge in Action”, Philosophers’ Imprint, forthcoming.

— “Updating, Undermining, & Independence”, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, forthcoming.

— “Bootstrapping in General”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (2010), 525-48.

Jennifer Whiting

— “Psychic Contingency in the Republic”, in Plato and the Divided Self, ed. by Rachel Barney, Tad Brennan, and Charles Brittain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 174-208.

— “Locomotive Soul: the Parts of Soul in Aristotle’s Scientific Works”, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 22 (2002), 141-200.

— “Impersonal Friends”, The Monist 74 (1991), 3-29.

Jessica Wilson

— “Fundamental Determinables”, Philosophers’ Imprint 12.4 (2012).

— “Non-reductive Realization and the Powers-based Subset Strategy”, The Monist 94 (2011), 121-154.

— “What is Hume’s Dictum, and Why Believe it?”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80 (2010), 595-637.


Lambert Zuidervaart

— Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
“This book examines fundamental questions about funding for the arts: Why should governments provide funding for the arts? What do the arts contribute to daily life? Do artists and their publics have a social responsibility? Challenging questionable assumptions about the state, the arts, and a democratic society, Lambert Zuidervaart presents a vigorous case for government funding, based on crucial contributions the arts make to civil society. He argues that the arts contribute to democratic communication and a social economy, fostering the critical and creative dialogue that a democratic society needs.”

— Social Philosophy after Adorno, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
“This book examines what is living and what is dead in the social philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno, the most important philosopher and social critic in Germany after World War II. When he died in 1969, Adorno’s successors abandoned his critical-utopian passions. Habermas, in particular, rejected or ignored Adorno’s central insights on the negative effects of capitalism and new technologies upon nature and human life. In this book, Lambert Zuidervaart reclaims Adorno’s insights from Habermasian neglect, while taking up legitimate Habermasian criticisms.”

— Artistic Truth: Aesthetics, Discourse, and Imaginative Disclosure, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004 (paperback 2008).
“Lambert Zuidervaart challenges current intellectual trends by proposing a new hermeneutic theory of artistic truth, engaging with both analytic and continental philosophies and clarifying the contemporary cultural scene. Although it is unfashionable to talk about artistic truth, its issues have not disappeared. Indeed, questions concerning the role of the artist in society, the relationship between art and knowledge, and the validity of cultural interpretation have actually intensified.”