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    A discussion of John Dewey's theory of inquiry and what it does and does not imply concerning good educational practice.
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    Descartes on the material falsity of ideas
    Philosophical Review 102 (3): 309-333. 1993.
    Descartes claims in the Third Meditation that ideas of sense might be materially false. While an accurate interpretation of this claim has the potential of providing some valuable insights into Descartes's theory of ideas in general and his understanding of the epistemic status of sensations in particular, the explanation Descartes provides of the material falsity of ideas is itself obscure and misleading, making accurate interpretation difficult. In this paper an interpretation of material fals…Read more
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    I offer a line of argument that aims at the conclusion that the notion of radically different and incommensurable systems of value is incoherent, which would mean that the presumption of some significant common ground of valuation is rationally required in value inquiry.
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    Language, thought and consciousness (review)
    Southwest Philosophy Review 15 (2): 115-118. 1999.
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    Pragmatic Failure and the Attribution of Belief
    Journal of Philosophical Research 32 133-143. 2007.
    Twentieth-century action theory has concentrated on the relationship of intention to action, and thereby the relationship of belief as an occurrent state of the agent to the agent’s action. This stress on belief appears to be predicated on the view that our actions are primarily guided by our understanding of the relevant conditions of action, a view encouraged by the fact that we can and do attribute beliefs to ourselves and others to explain instances of the failure of an action toachieve a de…Read more
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    Review of Hilary Putnam's Ethics without Ontology (review)
    Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (2): 111-115. 2007.
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    St. Louis Hegelians
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2001.
    Harris and Brokmeyer met in 1858 at the St. Louis Mercantile Library, where Harris was offering a public lecture. Brokmeyer convinced Harris of the significance of Hegel’s system, and its relevance to the historical trends of American society. They immediately joined forces, attracting a number of other youthful followers with intellectual ambitions, many of whom were, like Harris, teachers in the public schools. The nascent Hegelian movement was temporarily stalled when Brokmeyer went off to se…Read more
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    Dewey: A Beginner's Guide (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 33 (4): 415-417. 2010.
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    St. Thomas Aquinas on Properties and the Powers of the Soul
    Laval Théologique et Philosophique 40 (2): 203-215. 1984.
    For Aquinas the vegetative powers of the soul (viz. nutrition, growth, and reproduction) are properties of living organisms: that is, they are characteristics of living organisms which, while not being essential characteristics, can nevertheless be predicated necessarily and convertibly of living organisms. Furthermore, they are active powers in the sense that they are capacities to perform certain actions which can have effects. But such and interpretation of Aquinas leads to the conceptual d…Read more
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    William James and The Epochal Theory of Time
    Process Studies 13 (4): 260-274. 1983.
    There are close affinities between James' theory of time as discussed in A Pluralistic Universe and the so-called epochal theory of time offered by Alfred North Whitehead. In this paper I examine James' theory and compare it with the views of Henri Bergson.
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    Descartes' proof of the existence of matter
    Mind 94 (374): 244-249. 1985.
    The primary purpose of this paper is to offer an interpretation of Descartes' proof of the existence of matter as found in Meditation VI--an interpretation that is, I believe, the only one consistent with the relevant texts. The one guiding principle I use in offering this interpretation is the principle of charity, that is, when one interprets any philosopher's argument, and unsound argument should not be accepted as his unless there is no alternative interpretive argument that is both sound a…Read more
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    Letters to the Editor
    with Leemon McHenry, Frank B. Dilley, Saul Fisher, Richard Field, Michael Huemer, and Bruce Wilshire
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 73 (5). 2000.
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    Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism (review)
    Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2): 155-158. 2006.
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    A new stoicism (review)
    Southwest Philosophy Review 18 (2): 169-171. 2002.
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    John Dewey
    In Philip B. Dematteis & Leemon B. McHenry (eds.), Dictionary of Literary Biography, Bruccoli-clark. pp. 56-88. 2003.
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    John Dewey
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2001.
    This is a general overview of the career and thought of the American philosopher John Dewey.
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    Experience and Value: Essays on John Dewey & Pragmatic Naturalism (edited book)
    with S. Morris Eames and Elizabeth Ramsden Eames
    Southern Illinois University Press. 2002.
    _Experience and Value: Essays on John Dewey and Pragmatic Naturalism _brings together twelve philosophical essays spanning the career of noted Dewey scholar, S. Morris Eames. The volume includes both critiques and interpretations of important issues in John Dewey’s value theory as well as the application of Eames’s pragmatic naturalism in addressing contemporary problems in social theory, education, and religion. The collection begins with a discussion of the underlying principles of Dewey’s pra…Read more
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    Experience and Value: A Contextualist Approach to Axiology
    Dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 1986.
    In this dissertation I offer a theory of intrinsic value based on contextualist principles drawn from the value theories of John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead. The point of departure for the argument is the contextualist view that the qualitative patters representing in experience objects of states of affairs to which we attribute values provide necessary, but not sufficient, conditions to elicit particular valuations, and ground the evaluative judgments we make. The sufficient conditions f…Read more
  • Historically one of the recurring problems which philosophers have faced when trying to come to some understanding of causation is the temporal relationship of the cause to the effect. Philosophers have as yet not achieved any consensus on this issue. Indeed one is able to appeal to the literature on this subject and fine some support for every position which is logically possible. The goal of this paper is to reduce the number of positions concerning the temporal relationship of cause to eff…Read more