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1. The Review of Metaphysics: Volume > 63 > Issue: 4
Kai Hauser Cantor’s Concept of Set in the Light of Plato’s Philebus
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In explaining his concept of set Cantor intimates a connection with the metaphysical scheme put forward in Plato’s Philebus to determine the place of pleasure. We argue that these determinations capture key ideas of Cantorian set theory and, moreover, extend to intuitions which continue to play a central role in the modern mathematics of infinity.
2. The Review of Metaphysics: Volume > 63 > Issue: 4
David Atkinson, Jeanne Peijnenburg Crosswords and Coherence
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A common objection to coherentism is that it cannot account for truth: it gives us no reason to prefer a true theory over a false one, if both theories are equally coherent.  By extending Susan Haack's crossword metaphor, the authors argue that there could be circumstances under which this objection is untenable. Although these circumstances are remote, they are in full accordance with the most ambitious modern theories in physics. Coherence may perhaps be truth conducive.
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Abraham P. Bos Aristotle on the Difference Between Plants, Animals, and Human Beings and on the Elements as Instruments of the Soul (De Anima 2.4.415b18)
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Why do all animals possess sense perception while plants don’t? And should the difference in quality of life between human beings and wolves be explained by supposing that wolves have degenerated souls? This paper argues that for Aristotle differences in quality of life among living beings are based on differences in the quality of their soul-principle together with the body that receives the soul.  The paper proposes a new interpretation of On the Soul 2.4.415b18: “For all the natural bodies are instruments of the soul,” against all current interpretations. Aristotle there means that each of the four sublunary elements can be a part of the instrumental body of a soul. The paper continues with discussing the way in which Aristotle connects the several sublunar elements with different levels of life activity, and the troublesome passage in Generation of Animals 3.11.761b22, where Aristotle speaks about a fourth category of living creatures related to the fourth sublunary element, Fire, and the region of the Moon.
4. The Review of Metaphysics: Volume > 63 > Issue: 4
Mark K. Spencer A Reexamination of the Hylomorphic Theory of Death
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H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. Kant, Hegel, and Habermas: Reflections on “Glauben und Wissen”
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Kenneth J. Rolling, Staff Summaries and Comments
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