Monthly Archives: December 2013

Nagel on Intelligibility and Why Things Are as They Are

Thomas Nagel: “one cannot really understand the scientific world view unless one assumes that the intelligibility of the world, as described by the laws that science has uncovered, is itself part of the deepest explanation of why things are as … Continue reading

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The mind-body problem and Plotinus, Enneads IV 7.

Plotinus roots the immortality of the soul in its immaterial nature. Body, he says, is the instrument of the soul, by which it acts, and is perishable. It is the the soul that acts, however, not the body, and so … Continue reading

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Aristotle’s Potentialities and Final Causation

“The core of Aristotle’s teleological theory of natural generation lies thus in the fact that whatever comes to be already possesses that form in potentiality, and that its source already possesses that form in actuality. Empedocles is criticized by Aristotle … Continue reading

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In his remarks on Parmenides in his Critical History of Philosophy, W.T.Stace, considers whether he should be regarded, in the history of philosophy, as an idealist or a materialist. He suggests that the texts from Parmenides suggest both, though, to … Continue reading

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Direct Perception

We have direct perception of our bodies (and other bodies as well) as well as our mental acts and states. . .   I suppose if we begin from observation of what we have identified as direct perception, we should say … Continue reading

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Modern Science and Substances

Why did modern science succeed so well? Perhaps because it really did give up on the action of a substance as the fundamental causal power. (Plato and Aristotle, for instance, seem to suppose that real causal action must involve a … Continue reading

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Family Resemblance

“Nevertheless, an unmistakable family likeness binds together the remotest branches of Greek science. But as the countenances of men and women, old people and children, often resemble one another, though their individual features are not alike, so is it with … Continue reading

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