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Abstract : The Stoics offer us a very puzzling conception of causation and an equally puzzling ontology. The aim of the present paper is to show that these two elements of their system elucidate each other. The Stoic conception of causation, I contend, holds the key to understanding the...
Abstract : Descartes is commonly described as a doxastic voluntarist, although his approach differs from modern ones to direct doxastic voluntarism. Descartes embraced both indirect voluntarism as well as direct voluntarism of passing or withholding judgment. This paper shows that Descartes’...
Abstract : This paper analyzes Immanuel Kant’s views on mechanical explanation on the basis of Christian Wolff’s idea of scientific demonstration. Kant takes mechanical explanations to explain properties of wholes in terms of their parts. I reconstruct the nature of such explanations by showing...
Abstract : Structure is the connecting link between the early epistemologies of Cassirer, Schlick, and Carnap. However, there are important programmatic differences among Cassirer’s, Schlick’s, and Carnap’s articulations of the structuralistic point of view. Whereas Cassirer hoped to argue in...
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