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41. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Michael F. Wagner Time without Measure: Plotinus, Bergson, and Husserl
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This paper compares Plotinus’s neoplatonic conception and account of time with Bergson’s and Husserl’s phenomenologic conceptions and accounts of it. I argue that despite fundamental differences owing to their respective approaches, their conceptions and accounts are remarkably comparable, especially in considering time to play a fundamental role in the organic unity of our physical environment—in what I characterize also as the continuously and intrinsically connected sequentiality of its events, processes, and constituents—in Plotinus’s case, of our physical environment as such; in Bergson’s and Husserl’s case, as it manifests itself to us in experience and our reflective awareness of that experience.
42. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Michael Futch Norris and the Soul’s Immortality
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John Norris’s novel and compelling theory on the soul’s immortality is both a central element of his overall philosophical vision and a vital engagement with his contemporaries on the topic. Even so, it has been mostly neglected in the secondary literature. This article aims to fill this lacuna by providing a detailed analysis of how Norris arrives at two seemingly inconsistent theses: the soul is naturally immortal in the sense of being incorruptible but naturally mortal in the sense of being perishable. I focus particularly on how Norris articulates this position in dialogue with a number of Scholastic philosophers whose views he rejects. I conclude by suggesting that Norris’s arguments against these thinkers are less than fully successful.
43. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Gary B. Herbert Bringing Morality to Justice: The Juridical Applicability of the Supreme Principle of Kantian Morality
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Kant suggests that moral metaphysics can be shown to be politically applicable by thinking of the analogically similar applicability of the principles of speculative reason to the external world of sense experience. Just as the categories of understanding, e.g., causality, substance, and so on must be schematized, i.e., given a temporal representation in order to be made applicable to the forms of sensuous intuitions, so also the principles of morality—most especially the idea of the autonomous will—must be schematized to be made politically applicable. The paper shows how Kant employs his schematism in metaphysics to make the principles of morality applicable to political experience and concludes with observations on the moral and political implications of a politics that pays homage to Kantian morality.
44. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Lucas Scripter Ordinary Meaningful Lives
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Neil Levy has argued that “superlative meaning” can be attained only through “inherently open-ended” projects. This implies a two-tier system of meaning: one for elites, the other for ordinary people. It sets lives characterized by “open-ended” work over and against those that find meaning in commonplace sources, e.g., personal relationships. I argue that Levy’s argument rests on two mistakes. First, it confuses two senses of “superlative meaning”—superlative abundance and superlative safety. Even if his argument succeeds, it merely shows that certain sorts of work produce the most reliably meaningful lives rather than the most abundantly meaningful. Second, contra Levy, who assumes that only work can generate superlative meaning, I build on Thaddeus Metz’s argument that loving relationships can count as superlatively meaningful. I argue that recognition of this point undermines the philosophical basis for Levy’s two-tier system of meaning. Ordinary lives are not doomed to be second-class meaningful lives.
45. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Louis Caruana, S.J. Nature, Science, and Critical Explicitation: Does Conceptual Structure Reflect How Things Are?
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Science has uncovered many mistakes that had been hidden for centuries among implicit everyday assumptions. When we make explicit what lies implicit within language, there is no guarantee that we will arrive at truth about the world. Many therefore assume that only science delivers truth. Recent debates on this issue often refer to Wilfred Sellars’s arguments against the pre-conceptual given but conclude that his additional insistence on the exclusivity of the scientific image of the world is unfounded. In this paper I resort to Robert Brandom’s development of these arguments to show that saying a word, understanding a concept and engaging in some practices go together. Both laws of nature and social norms regulate these practices and determine the identity conditions of objects. I argue therefore that the conceptual scheme indeed reflects the nature of things because it results from our successful engagement with the world during the long sweep of evolutionary time.
book reviews
46. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
John J. Conley, S.J. Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy. By Thomas S. Hibbs
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47. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Thornton C. Lockwood, Jr. Socrates and Alcibiades: Plato’s Drama of Political Ambition and Philosophy. By Ariel Helfer
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48. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. Not Yet the Twilight: An Autobiography 1945–1964. By Josef Pieper
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49. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
Reed Winegar Comprehensive Commentary on Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason. By Stephen R. Palmquist
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50. International Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 58 > Issue: 1
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