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Consciousness in Early Modern Philosophy
Remarks on Udo Thiel’s Account
This commentary on Udo Thiel’s rich and inspiring book The Early Modern Subject consists of three parts. The first part expresses agreement with Thiel’s claim that the early modern philosophers use terms such as “conscientia”, ...
Was ist eine Person?
Überlegungen zu Leibniz
Leibniz holds that we cannot give an account of the synchronic and diachronic identity of a person without appealing to a substance. This paper analyses his reasons for this anti-Lockean thesis. It first looks at his theory ...
Gibt es Individuen?
Überlegungen zu Spinozas Monismus
Does Spinoza accept finite individuals as really existing things? Or does he endorse the thesis that the substance is the only thing with real existence? This paper argues that his monism does not rule out the existence ...
Is there another people? Populism, radical democracy and immanent critique
This article explores the possibility of a notion of left-wing populism that is conceptually opposedto the identitarian logic of embodiment that characterises right-populist interpellations of ‘thepeople’. In the first ...
Enacting Media. An Embodied Account of Enculturation Between Neuromediality and New Cognitive Media Theory
This paper argues that the still-emerging paradigm of situated cognition requires a more systematic perspective on media to capture the enculturation of the human mind. By virtue of being media, cultural artifacts present ...
How Do Reasons Transmit to Non-Necessary Means?
Which principles govern the transmission of reasons from ends to means? Some philosophers have suggested a liberal transmission principle, according to which agents have an instrumental reason for an action whenever this ...
The Possibility Proof is Not What Remains from Kant's Beweisgrund
The so-called ‘possibility proof’ in Kant's pre-Critical Beweisgrund has been widely discussed in the literature, and it is a common view that he never really abandoned it. As I shall argue, this reading is mistaken. I aim ...
Can We Know Substances? Suárez on a Sceptical Puzzle
It has often been said that the knowability of substances became a problem in the early modern period, when anti-Aristotelians doubted that we could know anything more than the sensory qualities that are present to us. ...