• Although some philosophers are still influenced by Hume's atomistic view of sense impressions, most acknowledge that we are aware not merely of isolated disparate sense data, but of concrete individual sensible things, which on the sensible plane are wholes composed of many sensible aspects. One of many philosophical problems faced by philosophers is to explain precisely how these diverse simultaneously presented sensible aspects are objectively and subjectively cognized as belonging to the same…Read more
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    The Sensus Communis Reconsidered
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (3): 429-443. 2008.
    Although some philosophers accept an atomistic view of sense impressions, most acknowledge that we are aware not merely of isolated disparate sense data, but of concrete sensible wholes. One of many philosophical problems faced by these philosophers, however, is to explain how these distinct simultaneously presented sensible aspects are subjectively and objectively cognized as belonging to the same particular object. The traditional Thomistic solution is the sensus communis. Recently, however, t…Read more
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    Playing to win vs. playing for meaningful victories
    with Peter A. Laumakis and Paul J. Laumakis
    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 44 (2): 174-182. 2017.
    John Laumakis has offered a thought-provoking, but ultimately unpersuasive argument in favor of playing to your opponent’s strength instead of playing to their weakness. In the course of this reply, we hope to show that the idea of PTS not only undermines the real goal of athletic competition, but it also rests upon a confusion between matters of morality and the aims of sports, as well as equivocations on the kind of ‘excellence’ one pursues, and the nature of the ‘challenge’ involved in sport.…Read more
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    An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
    Cambridge University Press. 2008.
    In this clearly written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers specific details of the Dharma with special attention to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the dev…Read more
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    Reading seneca: Stoic philosophy at Rome
    Review of Metaphysics 60 (2): 408-409. 2006.
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    Eastern and Western contributions to «contemplative science»
    Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofía 47 93-104. 2011.