Lichtenberg's Point (abstract, pdf)pdf

Not all versions of Lichtenberg's Point affect all versions of Descartes' cogito argument.

Instance is the Converse of Aspect (abstract)pdf

According to Donald Baxter's Aspect Theory of Instantiation, a particular instantiates a universal when an aspect of the particular is also an aspect of the universal. According to an improved version of this account, this happens when the universal itself is an aspect of the particular.
AJP best paper of the year 2015.

The Four Causes (abstract)pdf

The Aristotelian doctrine of four causes naturally arises from the combination of the two distinctions (a) between things and changes, and (b) between that which potentially is a certain thing or change and what it potentially is.

The Man Without Properties (abstract)pdf

Aristotle's essences are not properties, and certain passages in Aristotle make sense only if we do not take accidents to be properties either.

Plato's Ingredient Principle (abstract)pdf

We can accept Plato's "ingredient principle" when we replace the distinction between things and properties with a slightly different one.

The Inner Man as Substantial Formpdf

When Descartes calls the soul of a human being an immaterial substance, he does not contradict the Aristotelian doctrine according to which the soul of a person is the substantial form of her body.

Cartesian Conscientiapdf

Descartes uses 'conscientia' in the traditional sense, roughly meaning 'moral conscience'.


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