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    Descartes’s First Meditation.Avery Fouts - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):223-238.
    Based on an earlier analysis that tries to show that existence is a real predicate, I now argue that Descartes’s dream and malicious demon arguments are fallacious. An object that stands external to me (i.e., that exists) is the one thing that I cannot produce by my dreams, and, on phenomenological grounds, I am immediately experiencing an existing object right now. Therefore, in accepting that it is a logical possibility that I am dreaming, either I illicitly conflate an existing object (...)
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    Descartes’s First Meditation.Avery Fouts - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):223-238.
    Based on an earlier analysis that tries to show that existence is a real predicate, I now argue that Descartes’s dream and malicious demon arguments are fallacious. An object that stands external to me (i.e., that exists) is the one thing that I cannot produce by my dreams, and, on phenomenological grounds, I am immediately experiencing an existing object right now. Therefore, in accepting that it is a logical possibility that I am dreaming, either I illicitly conflate an existing object (...)
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    Divine Self-Limitation in Swinburne's Doctrine of Omniscience.Avery Fouts - 1993 - Religious Studies 29 (1):21-26.
    In his book, The Coherence of Theism, Richard Swinburne seeks to construct a coherent doctrine of God. As a part of this endeavour he examines the idea of omniscience in chapter 10. One of Swinburne's conclusions is that God as an omniscient being must engage in cognitive self- limitation in order to preserve the freedom of both divine and human future actions. In this paper, I want to look at his argument as it is presented in this chapter. I will (...)
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    Existence as a Real Predicate.Avery M. Fouts - 2001 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 75 (1):83-99.
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    Modernity and Postmodernity: A False Dichotomy.Avery Fouts - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (3):377-394.
    This article is the third in a series. In the first, I argue that existence is a property. In the second, based on the fact that existence is a property, I contend that Descartes’s dream and malicious demon arguments are constituted by a fallacy with the result that he createsan illicit rift between thought and the external world that characterizes modernity. In this essay, I show that postmodernists overlook this fallacy and are forced to operate within the parameters set by (...)
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    Satori: Toward A Conceptual Analysis.Avery M. Fouts - 2004 - Buddhist-Christian Studies 24 (1):101-116.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Satori:Toward a Conceptual AnalysisAvery M. FoutsOne of the significant points of division between Zen Buddhism and Western thought is the status of the law of noncontradiction.1 In the West, no matter what our ontology, we have overwhelmingly regarded this law as indubitable. For example, Aristotle insists in his Metaphysics that the law of noncontradiction is the most certain of all first principles, the fabric of any significant assertion since (...)
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  7. The Primacy of Existence: An Existential Natural Theology.Avery M. Fouts - 1996 - Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University
    This dissertation examines the source and structure of twentieth-century existential despair and the implications for the existence of God that come with its resolution. ;I argue that a despairing consciousness is defined by giving epistemological primacy to thought over being. Although this dialectic defines despair generally, it is peculiar to the contemporary Western consciousness given that the latter has been defined by modern philosophy whose essential characteristic is the epistemological primacy of thought. ;Modern philosophy has taken offense in the face (...)
     
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