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    Spinoza's PSR as a Principle of Clear and Distinct Representation
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95 (1): 109-129. 2014.
    It is argued first, that Spinoza's Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) is best seen as an auxiliary premise and not as an axiom of the Ethics; second, that Spinoza held the PSR to be a self-evident truth that indicates a necessary condition for clearly and distinctly representing the existence or non-existence of a thing; and third, that this interpretation of Spinoza's PSR explains the near absence of the PSR within the demonstrations of the Ethics as well as the importance of the principle in…Read more
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    Spinoza's Epistemological Methodism
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (4): 573-599. 2016.
    in his second letter to spinoza, William van Blyenbergh expresses his dissatisfaction with Spinoza’s approach to philosophical inquiry. He writes,Before I proceed to ask you to resolve certain other difficulties, you should know that I have two general rules according to which I always try to philosophize: the clear and distinct conception of my intellect and the revealed word, or will, of God.1Spinoza does not share Blyenbergh’s concern that the intellect may lead us astray from the divine trut…Read more
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    This book is a collection of essays that relate in some way to the notion of a principle as it appears in early modern thought. Essays by James Franklin, J. C. Campbell, Alberto Vanzo, Anstey, and William R. Newman provide a survey of the usage of principles within particular subjects: the principles of early modern mathematics, equity law, corpuscularism, and chemistry or alchemy, respectively. Other essays, by Kristen Walsh and Michael LeBuffe, clarify a particular early modern thinker's under…Read more
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    The clustering of galaxies in the sdss-iii baryon oscillation spectroscopic survey: The low-redshift sample
    with J. K. Parejko, T. Sunayama, N. Padmanabhan, A. A. da WakeBerlind, D. Bizyaev, M. Blanton, A. S. Bolton, F. van den Bosch, J. Brinkmann, Brownstein Jr, L. A. N. Da Costa, D. J. Eisenstein, H. Guo, E. Kazin, M. Maia, E. Malanushenko, C. Maraston, C. K. McBride, R. C. Nichol, D. J. Oravetz, K. Pan, W. J. Percival, F. Prada, A. J. Ross, N. P. Ross, D. J. Schlegel, A. E. Simmons, R. Skibba, J. Tinker, R. Tojeiro, B. A. Weaver, A. Wetzel, M. White, D. H. Weinberg, D. Thomas, I. Zehavi, and Z. Zheng
    We report on the small-scale (0.5 13 h - 1M, a large-scale bias of ~2.0 and a satellite fraction of 12 ± 2 per cent. Thus, these galaxies occupy haloes with average masses in between those of the higher redshift BOSS CMASS sample and the original SDSS I/II luminous red galaxy sample © 2012 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society © doi:10.1093/mnras/sts314.