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    “What skills and capacities do you think the next generation of early modern scholars most need to advance the field?
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    Peter R. Anstey. John Locke and Natural Philosophy. Pp. xii+252. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. $65.00 (review)
    Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2 (2): 382-387. 2012.
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    It has long been recognized that 'idea' was Locke's central epistemological concept. So important was it that most commentators consider it necessary to first fix what that concept was before attempting to interpret Locke's epistemology. However, identifying what it was is only possible by reconstructing how it functioned within the development and defense of his epistemology. Traditionally, in other words, scholars have approached the question the wrong way around. This dissertation is devoted …Read more
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    JHP Announcements
    with Santiago Orrego Sanchez
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (1): 175. 2007.
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    Intuition and demonstration
    In S. J. Savonius-Wroth Paul Schuurman & Jonathen Walmsley (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Locke, Continuum. pp. 169. 2010.
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    Francisco Suárez
    The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62): 63-64. 2013.
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    The European Legacy 23 (5): 583-585. 2018.
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    The Philosophy of Francisco Surez (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2012.
    During the seventeenth century Francisco Surez was considered one of the greatest philosophers of the age: he is now reemerging as a major subject of critical and historical investigation. A leading team of scholars explore his work on ethics, metaphysics, ontology, and theology. This will be the starting-point for future research on Surez
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    Locke's Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality by Nicholas Jolley (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3): 503-504. 2016.
    Jolley’s slim book joins a slew of recent work on Locke’s metaphysics of persons. The two “touchy subjects” of the title were the immortality of an immaterial soul and the resurrection of the same body. Jolley’s interpretive thesis is that Locke propounded a form of weak materialism, that is, property dualism. He set this up as a corrective to the common reading that Locke was agnostic about the metaphysical state of the soul. As Jolley sees it, Locke’s thinking in support of weak materialism is…Read more
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    Reconciling Locke’s Definition of Knowledge with Knowing Reality
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (1): 91-105. 2006.
    A common criticism of Locke’s ideational definition of knowledge is that it contradicts his accounts of knowledge’s reality and sensitive knowledge. Here it is argued that the ideational definiton of knowledge is compatible with knowledge of idea-independent reality. The key is Locke’s notion of the signification. Nominal agreements obtain if and only if the ideas’ descriptive contents are the ground for truth; real agreements obtain only if their total denotation are the grounds for truth. The …Read more
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    Locke’s modes: Ideas as properties
    Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1): 173-182. 2004.
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    Of liberty and necessity: The free will debate in eighteenth-century British philosophy (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4). 2008.
    Early modern historians and philosophers interested in human freedom can profitably read this book, which provides a synoptic view of the eighteenth-century British free will debate from Locke through Dugald Stewart. Scholars have not ignored the debate, but as they have tended to focus on canonical figures , the author’s inclusion of lesser-known yet significant thinkers such as Lord Kames, Jonathan Edwards, and James Beattie is especially welcome. The main thesis of James Harris’s book is that…Read more
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    Hume's skeptical crisis: A textual study (review) (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (4): 530-531. 2010.
    In this book, Robert Fogelin revisits much that was covered in his Hume’s Skepticism in the Treatise of Human Nature . Even so, there is a wealth of new material here, reflecting a number of developments in Fogelin’s thinking about Hume’s THN. I shall highlight three.In the earlier book, Fogelin had pushed a strongly skeptical interpretation of THN. Now, however, he has mitigated his reading somewhat, and is offering “a more balanced account of the relationship between Hume’s naturalism and his …Read more
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    The most pedigreed line of thought about mind is the simplicity argument: that the unity of thinking entails the simplicity, immateriality, and immortality of soul. It is widely taken to be a rationalist argument, as opposed to an empiricist or peripatetic argument (see Mijuskovic, The Achilles of Rationalist Arguments), which was completely destroyed by Kant in the First Critique. In this paper it is argued that there is a conceptual connection between the downfall of the Aristotelian conceptio…Read more
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    Locke, language, and early-modern philosophy (review) (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (1). 2009.
    With the publication of Walter Ott’s Locke’s Philosophy of Language and Michael Losonsky’s Linguistic Turns in Modern Philosophy, serious scholarly attention has returned to Locke’s philosophy of language. In this exhaustively-researched book, Hannah Dawson presents a dark vision of language and the desperate seventeenth-century struggles against it, culminating in Locke’s complete and catastrophic capitulation. She argues that the dominant issue is something called “the problem of language in p…Read more