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    Analytic philosophy: the history of an illusion.Aaron Preston - 2007 - New York: Continuum.
  2. Ayer’s Book or Errors and the Crises of Contemporary Western Culture.Aaron Preston - 2021 - In Adam Tamas Tuboly (ed.), The Historical and Philosophical Significance of Ayer’s Language, Truth and Logic. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave. pp. 333-364.
    This essay takes the position, consistent with Ayer’s own retrospective judgments, that the philosophical significance of Language, Truth and Logic (LTL) was minimal at best, and that its real significance was socio-historical. LTL stands as one of the most influential expressions of an overzealous and simplistic scientism that swept through Western culture in the first half of the twentieth century. This scientism played a crucial role in problematizing the West’s relationship to truth in ways that contributed to the eventual emergence (...)
     
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    Philosophical Foundations of Contemporary Intolerance: Why We No Longer Take Martin Luther King, Jr. Seriously.Aaron Preston - 2022 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 34 (1):99-145.
    ABSTRACT A growing body of research suggests that political polarization in the United States is at a forty-year high, and that it is rooted less in disagreements over policy than in hostile attitudes toward political opponents. Such attitudes explain the manifest increase of intolerant behavior in American culture and politics in recent years. But what explains the attitudes themselves? One significant contributor may have been the rise of scientism in the early twentieth century, which undermined the metaphysical, epistemic, and institutional (...)
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    The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge.Dallas Willard, Steven L. Porter, Aaron Preston & Gregg TenElshof - 2018 - New York: Routledge.
    Based on an unfinished manuscript by the late philosopher Dallas Willard, this book makes the case that the 20th century saw a massive shift in Western beliefs and attitudes concerning the possibility of moral knowledge, such that knowledge of the moral life and of its conduct is no longer routinely available from the social institutions long thought to be responsible for it. In this sense, moral knowledge--as a publicly available resource for living--has disappeared. Via a detailed survey of main developments (...)
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  5. Quality instances and the structure of the concrete particular.Aaron Preston - 2005 - Axiomathes 15 (2):267-292.
    In this paper, I examine a puzzle that emerges from what J. P. Moreland has called the traditional realist view of quality instances. Briefly put, the puzzle is to figure out how quality instances fit into the overall structure of a concrete particular, given that the traditional realist view of quality instances prima facie seems incompatible with what might be called the traditional realist view of concrete particulars. After having discussed the traditional realist views involved and the puzzle that emerges (...)
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    Analytic philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2006 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  7. Persons in 20th and 21st Century Anglophone Philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2019 - In Antonia LoLordo (ed.), Persons: A History. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Usa.
    This chapter surveys the respective influences of Personalism and of analytic philosophy on twentieth-century thought about persons. It shows that personalism promoted a concept of personhood that is supportive of human dignity and conducive to positive moral and social engagement, as exemplified in Personalism’s best-known representative, Martin Luther King, Jr. By contrast, the analytic tradition has exhibited a persistent tendency to undermine personhood as King and the Personalists understood it, while failing to supply a metaphysically and morally adequate alternative. This (...)
     
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    Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History.Aaron Preston (ed.) - 2017 - New York: Routledge.
    The Problem with (i) -- Illustration -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index.
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  9. Implications of Recent Work in the History of Analytic Philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2005 - The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 127.
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  10. Interpreting the Analytic Tradition.Aaron Preston - 2017 - In Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History. New York: Routledge. pp. 1-19.
     
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    The Illusion of Analytic Philosophy and Metaphilosophical Eudaimonism as Personalism (Interview w/ Richard Marshall at 3:16).Aaron Preston - 2023 - 3:16 -- Richard Marshall's Philosophy Interviews After 3:Am.
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  12. Intuition in Analytic Philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2015 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 3 (34):37-55.
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    Conformism in Analytic Philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2005 - The Monist 88 (2):292-319.
    The first of the two epigraphs selected for this paper comes from G. J. Warnock’s book, English Philosophy Since 1900. As one might expect given the title, Warnock’s subject is what has come to be known as analytic philosophy, and the hostility to metaphysics he mentions is that peculiar hostility which, for a time at least, seemed to be part and parcel of the analytic movement. What is important about this quotation in the present context is the pregnant suggestion that (...)
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  14. Prolegomena to any future history of analytic philosophy.Aaron Preston - 2004 - Metaphilosophy 35 (4):445-465.
    The careful historical and metaphilosophical attention recently bestowed upon analytic philosophy has revealed that traditional ways of defining it are inadequate. In the face of this inadequacy, contemporary authors have proposed new definitions that detach analytic philosophy from its turn of the twentieth century origins. I argue that this contemporary trend in defining analytic philosophy is misguided, and that it diminishes the likelihood of our coming to an accurate historical and metaphilosophical understanding of it. This is especially unsatisfactory since such (...)
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  15. Soames on ethics: A new vision for the future of analytic philosophy?Aaron Preston - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (5):1347-1355.
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    Analytic anachronism in The world philosophy made.Aaron Preston - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 179 (6):2109-2118.
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    Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today.Aaron Preston - 2009 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 2 (2):265-272.
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    David Hume’s Treatment of Mind.Aaron Preston - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 35:198-204.
    This paper critically examines Hume’s argument against the knowledge/existence of substantival mind. This denial is rooted in his epistemology which includes a theory of how complex ideas which lack corresponding impressions are manufactured by the imagination, in conjunction with the memory, on the basis of three relations among impressions: resemblance, continuity and constant conjunction. The crux of my critique consists in pointing out that these relations are such that only an enduring, unified agent could interact with them in the way (...)
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  19. External Criticisms of Analytic Philosophy.Aaron Preston - forthcoming - In Marcus Rossberg (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Analytic Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    This chapter aims to give a thematically organized survey of significant criticisms of analytic philosophy that have come from outside the analytic tradition. However, it is not always clear which critics and criticisms should count as “external” to the analytic tradition, nor is it clear how to gauge the significance of such criticisms. Consequently, the survey is prefaced by a discussion of these methodological challenges which, I show, are deeply connected to features of the analytic tradition that have regularly been (...)
     
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  20. G. E. Moore.Aaron Preston - 2005 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
     
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  21. Philosophy and Its Past: a Eudaimonistic Perspective.Aaron Preston - 2023 - In Sandra Lapointe & Erich H. Reck (eds.), Historiography and the Formation of Philosophical Canons. New York, NY: Routledge.
    The aim of this volume is to consider connections among issues in metaphilosophy, historiographical method, and the formation of philosophical canons. Here I consider an ancient metaphilosophical position very different from anything accepted in mainstream academic philosophy today, but which, I believe, merits revival in a form appropriate to our era. I call this position “metaphilosophical eudaimonism” because it takes human flourishing to be the ultimate goal of philosophy. I first explain the position before considering its implications for philosophy’s relationship (...)
     
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    Redeeming Moral Formation: The Unity of Spiritual and Moral Formation in Willardian Thought.Aaron Preston - 2010 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 3 (2):206-229.
    This paper offers an interpretation of Dallas Willard's views on the relation of morality to spirituality by way of a critique of a recent article by John Coe–-or perhaps a critique of Coe by way of an interpretation of Willard. Coe has argued that a certain erroneous view of the relationship between moral and spiritual formation poses a serious threat to the latter by encouraging believers to hide spiritual and moral failures behind their moral successes. In this he is correct, (...)
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  23. Reply to Beaney.Aaron Preston - 2006 - The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 132.
     
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  24. Replies to Hardcastle and Pincock.Aaron Preston - 2007 - The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 136.
     
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  25. The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, the Death of God, and the Contemporary Crisis of Meaning.Aaron Preston - 2023 - In Steven DeLay (ed.), Finding Meaning: Essays on Philosophy, Nihilism and the Death of God. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf&Stock.
    I argue that our present crisis of meaning is grounded in what Dallas Willard called "the disappearance of moral knowledge," and in institutional changes related to this disappearance. Following Frankl, I argue that meaning requires self-transcendence via commitment to "higher" values, but the disappearance of moral knowledge has obscured the reality of such values, and hence has obscured the path to meaningful self-transcendence.
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  26. Two wrongs don't make a right: a response to Glock's" What is analytical philosophy?".Aaron Preston - 2011 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 30 (1):53-64.
     
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  27. Verstehen Redux: ‘Understanding’ in Contemporary Epistemology.Aaron Preston - 2022 - In Adam Tamas Tuboly (ed.), The history of understanding in analytic philosophy: around logical empiricism. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    For most of the 20th century, analytic epistemology has been narrowly focused on the concept of knowledge and on closely-related issues like justification. But decades of work on Gettier problems, lottery paradoxes, and the like, have given mainstream analytic epistemology the appearance of a degenerating research program. In response, some analytic epistemologists have begun to investigate other cognitive states, like wisdom and understanding, that many pre-analytic philosophers valued as much or more than knowledge. In fact, Linda Zagzebski has argued that (...)
     
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    New Companion to Russell Studies [review of Russell Wahl, ed., The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell ]. [REVIEW]Aaron Preston - 2020 - Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 40:75-86.
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    Review of Schwartz, A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: from Russell to Rawls. [REVIEW]Aaron Preston - 2012 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  30. Review of Stehen P. Schwartz, A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls. [REVIEW]Aaron Preston - 2012 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.