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    Love and Death—and Other Somatic Transactions
    Hypatia 17 (4): 163-172. 2002.
    : This paper both elaborates and interrogates the transactional model of human experience at the center of Shannon W. Sullivan's Living Across and Through Skins. In particular, it highlights the need (especially given her concerns and commitments) to supplement her account with a psychoanalytic reading of our gendered subjectivities. Moreover, it stresses the necessity to focus on such humanly important—and irreducibly somatic—phenomena as grief and eros.
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    The speculative reconsidered
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (1): 7-16. 2000.
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    The Vanishing Subject of Contemporary Discourse: A Pragmatic Response
    Journal of Philosophy 87 (11): 644-655. 1990.
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    C. S. Peirce's rhetorical turn
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1): 16-52. 2007.
    : While the work of such expositors as Max H. Fisch, James J. Liszka, Lucia Santaella, Anne Friedman, and Mats Bergman has helped bring into sharp focus why Peirce took the third branch of semiotic (speculative rhetoric) to be "the highest and most living branch of logic," more needs to be done to show the extent to which the least developed branch of his theory of signs is, at once, its potentially most fruitful and important. The author of this paper thus begins to trace out even more fully th…Read more
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    Toward a pragmatic conception of practical identity
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (2): 173-205. 2006.
    : The author of this paper explores a central strand in the complex relationship between Peirce and Kant. He argues, against Kant (especially as reconstructed by Christine Korsgaard), that the practical identity of the self-critical agent who undertakes a Critic of reason (as Peirce insisted upon translating this expression) needs to be conceived in substantive, not purely formal, terms. Thus, insofar as there is a reflexive turn in Peirce, it is quite far from the transcendental turn taken by I…Read more
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    American Evasions of Foucault
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 36 (3): 329-351. 1998.
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    A poet's philosopher
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (4). 2009.
    George Santayana was not only a poet but also a philosopher whose style, concerns, and even positions drew in his own time and continues to draw in ours the attention of poets and, more broadly, literary authors. He was, in short, a poet's philosopher. In so characterizing Santayana, however, there is no slight of his strictly philosophical achievement. The philosophical finesse with which he treated complex topics is, indeed, nowhere more evident than in his rigorous analysis of poetic utteranc…Read more
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    The central preoccupation of Peirce and Polanyi was to undertake an inquiry into inquiry, one in which the defining features of our heuristic practices stood out in bold relief. But both thinkers were also concerned to bring into sharp focus the deep affinities between our theoretical pursuits and other shared practices. They were in effect sketching a portrait of the responsible inquirer and, by implication, that of the responsible agent more generally. This essay is, in structure, a series of …Read more
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    This response affirms the content of the previous two articles but is focused on highlighting some features of Polanyi’s and Langer’s philosophies they do not emphasize. The rise of knowledge and trajectory of meaning Polanyi and Langer describe may be seen as incorporating a complex, innovative process of acknowledgment – of tradition, social norms, previous experience, and personal commitments of which one may not even be aware – for which one is responsible.
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    A. N. WHITEHEAD SUGGESTS philosophy is akin to poetry. Let me count the ways or, more exactly, identify four facets of this kinship. After touching upon these facets, I will in the second part of this paper focus directly on the relationship between being and articulation, regardless of the form in which being comes to expression. Then, in the third section, I offer Charles S. Peirce’s categoreal scheme as a compelling articulation of what are, arguably, the most ubiquitous and indeed basic feat…Read more
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    One criticism of pragmatism, forcefully articulated by Stanley Cavell, is that pragmatism fails to deal with mourning, understood in the psychoanalytic sense as grief-work (Trauerarbeit). Such work would seemingly be as pertinent to philosophical investigations (especially ones conducted by pragmatists) as to psychoanalytic explorations. Finding such themes as mourning and loss in R. W. Emerson's writings, Cavell warns against assimilating Emerson's voice to that of American pragmatism, especial…Read more
  •  60
    Reason, Experience, and God: John E. Smith in Dialogue (edited book)
    with John Edwin Smith
    Fordham University Press. 1997.
    John E. Smith has contributed to contemporary philosophy in primarily four distinct capacities; first, as a philosopher of religion and God; second, as an indefatigable defender of philosophical reflection in its classical sense ( a sense inclusive of, but not limited to, metaphysics); third, as a participant in the reconstruction of experience and reason so boldly inaugurated by Hegel then redically transformed by the classical American pragmatists, and significantly augmented by such thinkers …Read more
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    Present at the end?: Who will be there when the last stone is thrown?
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (1): 9-20. 2010.
    From time to time, Peter H. Hare emphatically reminded me he was drawn to William James as a philosopher, not just a stylist. While Peter1 was throughout his life appreciative of James's efforts to articulate an ethics of belief (see, e.g., Hare 2003), he was skeptical of them in the context of religion. He felt compelled to hound the gods and their defenders (Hare and Madden 1969). Even so, the ethics of belief outlined and partly filled in by James provided Peter with crucial insights for deve…Read more
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    Purpose, Power, and Agency
    The Monist 75 (4): 423-444. 1992.
    There are various reasons for taking a second look at anything at all. One reason is to discern aspects which have been overlooked; another frequently related reason is to reappraise the value or relevance of whatever is being reconsidered. A thing might be deemed worthless or negligible because some feature or set of features has been overlooked. And this way of conceiving the thing might become so familiar, so entrenched, that it powerfully, because subtly, works against alternative conception…Read more
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    The Pragmatic Turn
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 7 (3): 19-31. 2004.
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    Testing Our Traditional “Intuitions”: Pragmatic Reflections on a Complex Inheritance
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 73 265-274. 1999.
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    William James’s Pragmatic Commitment To Absolute Truth
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (2): 189-200. 1986.
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    Charles Peirce’s Pragmatic Pluralism (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 30 (4): 140-141. 1998.
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    The task of the interpreter: Text, meaning, and negotiation
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (4): 694-699. 2007.
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    Human agency: The habits of our being
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 26 (2): 153-168. 1988.
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    The Continuity of Peirce’s Thought
    The Personalist Forum 15 (2): 432-437. 1999.
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    Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited (review)
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (1): 156-160. 2007.
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    This paper focuses upon "bebop" as a distinctively urban movement for the purpose of contributing to the articulation of a distinctively urban aesthetics. The author examines both how the music was taken up in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago, and in turn how an urban sensibility was expressed in this particular movement.
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    Reply to Anderson: Interpreting the Guess of a Physicist
    International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (3): 377-384. 1992.