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    Avempace, Projectile Motion, and Impetus Theory
    Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (4): 521-546. 2003.
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    Descartes' Theory Of (Human and Animal) Passions
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 16 85-105. 2008.
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    The Function and Intentionality of Cartesian Émotions
    Philosophical Papers 44 (3): 277-319. 2015.
    A study of what Descartes calls émotions in his Passions of the Soul suggests that, rather than just a theory of passions—as Descartes himself explicitly claims to be proposing—he was in practice putting forward a more comprehensive theory of passions-émotions, a unified theory which would be closer to what today should properly be called Descartes’ theory of emotions. I try here to make explicit the grounds of this unity by showing that émotions both fit within the functional account Descartes …Read more
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    Cartesian Passions in advance
    Journal of Philosophical Research. forthcoming.
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    I argue in this paper that Descartes's goal with his doctrine of the continuous recreation of the world is to offer a unified and ultimate causal explanation for the possibility of motion and duration in the world, the permanence of created things, and the continuation of their motion and duration. This unified explanation seems to be the only one which, according to Descartes, satisfies the two basic requirements any ultímate cause should meet: the cause must be active and not being in motion i…Read more
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    Our Everyday Aesthetic Evaluations of Architecture
    British Journal of Aesthetics 59 (4): 393-412. 2019.
    I argue that our everyday evaluations of architecture are primarily evaluations of spaces and, in particular, of their inhabitability— that is, whether they serve or can serve to the realization of our individual ideal of life. Inhabitability is not only a functional criterion but an aesthetic one as well. It is aesthetic insofar as the evaluations about inhabitability include evaluations about the quality of the experience of actually doing something in —or simply occupying—a particular space. …Read more
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    Biographies of Scientific Objects by Lorraine Daston (review)
    Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92 773-774. 2001.
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