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    In this paper I provide support for the view that at least some forms of adversariality in argumentation are legitimate. The support comes from Aristotle’s theory of illegitimate adversarial argumentation in dialectical contexts: his theory of eristic in his work On Sophistical Refutations. Here Aristotle develops non-epistemic standards for evaluating the legitimacy of dialectical procedures, standards which I propose can be understood in terms of the pragmatic notion of context as common groun…Read more
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    with Christof Rapp and Gerald Hartung
    In Christof Rapp, Colin G. King & Gerald Hartung (eds.), Aristotelian Studies in 19th Century Philosophy, De Gruyter. 2018.
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    Introduction: Contours of Aristotelian Studies in the 19th Century
    with Christof Rapp and Gerald Hartung
    In Christof Rapp, Colin G. King & Gerald Hartung (eds.), Aristotelian Studies in 19th Century Philosophy, De Gruyter. pp. 1-10. 2018.
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    Aristotelian Studies in 19th Century Philosophy (edited book)
    with Christof Rapp and Gerald Hartung
    De Gruyter. 2018.
    Aristotelian philosophy played an important part in the history of 19th century philosophy and science but has been largely neglected by researchers. A key element in the newly emerging historiography of ancient philosophy, Aristotelian philosophy served at the same time as a corrective guide in a wide range of projects in philosophy. This volume examines both aspects of this reception history.
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    On the Parts of Animals (review)
    Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 99 (2): 188-189. 2006.
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    False ἔvδοα and fallacious argumentation
    History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 15 (1): 185-199. 2012.
    Aristotle determines eristic argument as argument which either operates upon the basis of acceptable premisses and merely give the impression of being deductive, or argument which truly is deductive but operates upon the basis of premisses which seem to be acceptable, but are not. I attempt to understand what Aristotle has in mind when he says that someone is deceived into accepting premisses which seem to be acceptable but which are really not, and how this disqualifies such arguments from bein…Read more
  • Nicomachean Ethics. Translation, Introduction, and Commentary (review)
    Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 60 (3). 2006.
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    Colloquium 5 Commentary on Szaif
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 34 (1): 179-186. 2019.
    In this response I consider the implications of Jan Szaif’s suggestion that there is a tight “conceptual affinity” between Books I and X of the Nicomachean Ethics. I argue against one view which could claim such a thesis as an ally: the view which maintains that the Nicomachean Ethics is based upon the kind of conceptual cohesion supplied by a supposed metaphysical foundation for claims about happiness.
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    Aristotle on Earlier Greek Psychology: The Science of the Soul by Jason W. Carter
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 58 (2): 400-401. 2020.
    Once upon a time in the twentieth century, it was considered good sense by some to think that Aristotle began his De anima with a series of very Aristotelian theories about the soul, and that the function of its first book was to eristically taunt his predecessors for failing to appreciate hylomorphism, or patronizingly praise them for getting the odd bit right. Jason Carter deserves our thanks for showing how wrong-headed this reading of Aristotle is. His book begins with the much more sensible…Read more
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    Heat, Pneuma, and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science (edited book)
    with Hynek Bartoš
    Cambridge University Press. 2020.
    The conceptualization of the vital force of living beings as a kind of breath and heat is at least as old as Homer. The assumptions that life and living things were somehow causally related to 'heat' and 'breath' would go on to inform much of ancient medicine and philosophy. This is the first volume to consider the relationship of the notions of heat, breath, and soul in ancient Greek philosophy and science from the Presocratics to Aristotle. Bringing together specialists both on early Greek phi…Read more
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    Aristotle’s Categories in the 19th Century
    In Christof Rapp, Colin G. King & Gerald Hartung (eds.), Aristotelian Studies in 19th Century Philosophy, De Gruyter. pp. 11-36. 2018.