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    Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition.Barry Allen - 2015 - Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    Barry Allen explores the concept of knowledge in Chinese thought over two millennia and compares the different philosophical imperatives that have driven Chinese and Western thought. Challenging the hyperspecialized epistemology of modern Western philosophy, he urges his readers toward an ethical appreciation of why knowledge is worth pursuing.
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    Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts.Barry Allen - 2015 - Columbia University Press.
    The first book to focus on the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, _Striking Beauty_ comparatively studies the historical and philosophical traditions of martial arts practice and their ethical value in the modern world. Expanding Western philosophy's global outlook, the book forces a theoretical reckoning with the concerns of Chinese philosophy and the aesthetic and technical dimensions of martial arts practice. _Striking Beauty_ explains the relationship between Asian martial arts and the Chinese philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, (...)
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    Knowledge and Civilization.Barry Allen - 2003 - Westview Press.
    Knowledge and Civilization advances detailed criticism of philosophy's usual approach to knowledge and describes a redirection, away from textbook problems of epistemology, toward an ecological philosophy of technology and civilization. Rejecting theories that confine knowledge to language or discourse, Allen situates knowledge in the greater field of artifacts, technical performance, and human evolution. His wide ranging considerations draw on ideas from evolutionary biology, archaeology, anthropology, and the history of cities, art, and technology.
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  4. Truth in Philosophy.Barry Allen - 1993 - Harvard University Press.
    " Barry Allen shows what truth has come to mean in the philosophical tradition, what is wrong with many of the ways of conceiving truth, and why philosophers ...
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    Games of Sport, Works of Art, and the Striking Beauty of Asian Martial Arts.Barry Allen - 2013 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 40 (2):241 - 254.
    Martial-arts practice is not quite anything else: it is like sport, but is not sport; it constantly refers to and as it were cohabits with violence, but is not violent; it is dance-like but not dance. It shares a common athleticism with sports and dance, yet stands apart from both, especially through its paradoxical commitment to the external value of being an instrument of violence. My discussion seeks to illuminate martial arts practice by systematic contrast to games of sport and (...)
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  6. Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience.Barry Allen - 2008 - Cornell University Press.
    The book concludes that it is a mistake to think of Art as something subjective, or as an arbitrary social representation, and of Technology as an instrumental ..
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  7. A Dao of Technology?Barry Allen - 2010 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (2):151-160.
    Scholars have detected hostility to technology in Daoist thought. But is this a problem with any machine or only some applications of some machines by some people? I show that the problem is not with machines per se but with the people who introduce them, or more exactly with their knowledge. It is not knowledge as such that causes the disorder Laozi and Zhuangzi associate with machines; it is confused, disordered knowledge—superficial, inadequate, unsubtle, and artless. In other words the problem (...)
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  8. Daoism and Chinese Martial Arts.Barry Allen - 2014 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (2):251-266.
    The now-global phenomenon of Asian martial arts traces back to something that began in China. The idea the Chinese communicated was the dual cultivation of the spiritual and the martial, each perfected in the other, with the proof of perfection being an effortless mastery of violence. I look at one phase of the interaction between Asian martial arts and Chinese thought, with a reading of the Zhuangzi 莊子 and the Daodejing 道德經 from a martial arts perspective. I do not claim (...)
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    Are There Rationally Undecidable Arguments?Manfred Frank & Barry Allen - 2019 - Common Knowledge 25 (1-3):63-75.
    Frank in this article treats the disagreement between François Lyotard and Jürgen Habermas over whether there are arguments that cannot be decided rationally. Lyotard identifies rational undecidability as the “postmodern condition.” Habermas objects that reasonable procedures do exist that are adequate for the resolution of any argument among reasonable participants. Frank judges Lyotard’s argument as unpersuasive yet blames Habermas for dismissing altogether the idea of rationally undecidable disagreements. Frank then turns from contemporary philosophy to early German Romantic hermeneutics and literary (...)
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    Government in Foucault.Barry Allen - 1991 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (4):421-439.
    The forms and specific situations of the government of men by one another in a given society are multiple; they are superimposed, they cross, impose their own limits, sometimes cancel one another out, sometimes reinforce one another. According to a commonplace in the critical discussion of Foucault's later work, he is supposed to have decided to take up Nietzsche's interpretation of power as Wille zur Macht, ‘will to power.’ For instance, Habermas believes he has criticized Foucault when he says, ‘Nietzsche’s (...)
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  11. What Was Epistemology?Barry Allen - 2000 - In Robert Brandom (ed.), Rorty and His Critics. Blackwell.
     
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    INDIGENOUS EPISTEMOLOGIES OF NORTH AMERICA.Barry Allen - forthcoming - Episteme (doi:10.1017/epi.2021.37).
    Indigenous cultures of North America confronted a problem of knowledge different from that of canonical European philosophy. The European problem is to identify and overcome obstacles to the perfection of knowledge as science, while the Indigenous problem is to conserve a legacy of practice fused with a territory. Complicating the difference is that one of these traditions violently colonized the other, and with colonization the Indigenous problem changes. The old problem of inter-generational stability cannot be separated from the post-colonial problem (...)
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    The Use of Useless Knowledge: Bergson Against the Pragmatists.Barry Allen - 2013 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (1):37-59.
    Henri Bergson and William James were great admirers of each other, and James seemed to think he got valuable ideas from Bergson. But early critics were right to see in Bergson the antithesis of pragmatism. Unfolding this antithesis is a convenient way to study important concepts and innovations in Bergson's philosophy. I concentrate on his ideas of duration and intuition, and show how they prove the necessity of going beyond pragmatism. The reason is because knowledge itself goes beyond the utilitarian (...)
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  14. The Chimpanzee's Tool.Barry Allen - 1997 - Common Knowledge 6:34-51.
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    Another New Nietzsche. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2003 - History and Theory 42 (3):363–377.
  16. Foucault's Nominalism.Barry Allen - 2005 - In Shelley Tremain (ed.), Foucault and the Government of Disability. University of Michigan Press. pp. 93--107.
     
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    Forbidding Knowledge.Barry Allen - 1996 - The Monist 79 (2):294-310.
    Are there matters we should exclude from inquiry? Personal privacy apart, it seems difficult to justify. By what higher, better knowledge than the results of inquiry itself could one know what inquiry ought not know? Is such knowledge a metaphysical intuition whose authority cannot be questioned? Isn't that a fairy-tale? But what about ethics? What about ethical limitations on knowledge? Can they not concern more than simply what to do with knowledge we have, concerning instead the very dynamic of knowledge, (...)
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    Turning Back the Linguistic Turn in the Theory of Knowledge.Barry Allen - 2007 - Thesis Eleven 89 (1):6-22.
    The so-called linguistic turn in philosophy intensified (rather than overcame) the rationalism that has haunted Western ideas about knowledge since antiquity. Orthodox accounts continue to present knowledge as a linguistic, logical quality, expressed in statements or theories that are well justified by evidence and actually true. Restating themes from the author's Knowledge and Civilization (2004a), I introduce an alternative conception of knowledge designed to overcome these propositional, discursive, logocentric presumptions. I interpret knowledge as a quality of artifacts. A surgical operation (...)
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    Thinking and Being by Irad Kimhi. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2021 - Common Knowledge 27 (1):108-108.
    A negative judgment (“S is not p”) says what is not the case, but since what is not the case is nothing and does not exist, a negative judgment says nothing, and is not a judgement at all. Wittgenstein called this “the mystery of negation.” By negation I can be right in what I say even though I say nothing at all. No less fastidious a logician than Rudolf Carnap sneered at philosophers who take such trifles seriously. Parmenides, the first (...)
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    Experiments In Democracy.Barry Allen - 2012 - Contemporary Pragmatism 9 (2):75-92.
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    Banal Utopia or Tragic Recompense?: Positivism, Ecology, and the ‘Problem of Science’ for Nietzsche.Barry Allen - 2002 - New Nietzsche Studies 5 (1/2):26-41.
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    To Really See the Little Things: Sage Knowledge in Action.Barry Allen - 2015 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 42 (3-4):359-370.
    Sage knowledge knows the evolution of circumstances from an early point, when tendencies may be inconspicuously, “effortlessly” diverted. This knowledge is expressed, not “represented,” being an intensive quality of action rather than of belief, proposition, or theory, and its effortlessness is not a matter of effort versus no effort, but of the intensity with which effort tends to vanish. The value of such knowledge and the explanation of its accomplishment in terms of perceiving incipience or “really seeing the little things” (...)
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    War as a Problem of Knowledge: Theory of Knowledge in China’s Military Philosophy.Barry Allen - 2015 - Philosophy East and West 65 (1):1-17.
    A singularity of the famous Art of War《孫子兵法》 attributed to Sunzi is the way this work conceives of knowledge as a resource for the military strategist. The idea is new in Chinese tradition, and new in the worldwide context of thinking about strategy, where Sunzi’s ideas about the value of knowledge are far in advance of the thinking of Western theorists like Machiavelli or especially Clausewitz. In this paper I analyze the role of knowledge in the Sunzi theory of strategy, (...)
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  24. Are There Rationally Undecidable Arguments?Manfred Frank, PhD Morris Ruth & Barry Allen - 2003 - Common Knowledge 9 (1):119-131.
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    Gruesome Arithmetic: Kripke's Sceptic Replies.Barry Allen - 1989 - Dialogue 28 (2):257-264.
  26. The Virtual and the Vacant—Emptiness and Knowledge in Chan and Daoism.Barry Allen - 2010 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37 (3):457-471.
    Similarities between Daoism and Chan (Zen) are often merely verbal, a skillful appropriation by Chan authors of a vocabulary that seems Daoist only to a point, and then departs in a predictable way. What makes the departure predictable is the completely different understanding of emptiness in Chan and Daoism, supporting a no less different understanding of the value of knowledge. Daoism remains optimistic about knowledge in a way Chan is not. Buddhist wisdom exhausts life, extinguishes it, does not nourish it, (...)
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    The Philosopher As Man of Letters: A memoir of Richard Rorty.Barry Allen - 2017 - Philosophy Today 61 (2):315-318.
    A memoir of Richard Rorty as a teacher, a philosopher, an intellectual, and a man of letters, by a former student.
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    John Dewey and Continental Philosophy.Paul Fairfield, James Scott Johnston, Tom Rockmore, James A. Good, Jim Garrison, Barry Allen, Joseph Margolis, Sandra B. Rosenthal, Richard J. Bernstein, David Vessey, C. G. Prado, Colin Koopman, Antonio Calcagno & Inna Semetsky (eds.) - 2010 - Southern Illinois University Press.
    _John Dewey and Continental Philosophy_ provides a rich sampling of exchanges that could have taken place long ago between the traditions of American pragmatism and continental philosophy had the lines of communication been more open between Dewey and his European contemporaries. Since they were not, Paul Fairfield and thirteen of his colleagues seek to remedy the situation by bringing the philosophy of Dewey into conversation with several currents in continental philosophical thought, from post-Kantian idealism and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche (...)
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    Three Kinds of Movement.Barry Allen - 2019 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 44 (1):231-238.
    Midwest Studies In Philosophy, Volume 44, Issue 1, Page 231-238, December 2019.
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    In Memoriam Richard Rorty.Barry Allen - 2007 - Symposium 11 (2):409-414.
  31. Knowledge and Adaptation.Barry Allen - 1997 - Biology and Philosophy 12 (2):233-241.
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    Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2020 - Common Knowledge 26 (2):354-355.
    This book tries to do two things that do not have much to do with each other. One is to excoriate the White Privilege that dominates academic philosophy in leading US university departments, and disallows the study of non-canonical philosophy, works from Chinese, Indian, Indigenous, or African traditions. “It is not real philosophy,” they say, with no apprehension about exposing blank ignorance of material they dismiss as unfit for their curricula. The other thing the book does is answer the blockheads (...)
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    Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (1):221-222.
    This is a book in the series Re-Reading the Canon from the Pennsylvania State University Press. The general editor explains that the series offers "feminist interpretations of the writings of major figures in the Western philosophical tradition," with attention to the ways in which philosophers' assumptions about gender figure in their work. Volumes have already appeared on Plato, Hegel, Wollstonecraft, De Beauvoir, and Arendt. Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault collects twelve articles, four previously published. Reprinted authors include Nancy Fraser and (...)
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    Aristotle on the Nature of Truth. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):135-136.
    The drive of this book, without ever quite saying so, is to recommend Aristotle’s teaching on truth for contemporary thought. The book is more about concepts and arguments around truth than about truth per se. The explanation of the famous definition of truth, as saying of what is that it is, occupies a few pages. The rest of the book elucidates the vast subtext of this limpid passage. What must intellect be, what must speech be, what must beings be, for (...)
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    Postmodern Pragmatism: Richard Rorty’s Transformation of American Philosophy.Barry Allen - 2008 - Philosophical Topics 36 (1):1-15.
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    A Cool Experiment.Barry Allen - 2018 - Common Knowledge 24 (1):1-7.
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    Foucault's Theory of Knowledge.Barry Allen - 2010 - In Timothy O'Leary & Christopher Falzon (eds.), Foucault and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 143--162.
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    Dirk R. Johnson, Nietzsche’s Anti-Darwinism. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2011 - New Nietzsche Studies 8 (3/4):165-170.
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    Fuzzy Studies a Symposium on the Consequence of Blur Part 1.Jeffrey M. Perl, Natalie Zemon Davis & Barry Allen - 2011 - Common Knowledge 17 (3):441-449.
    In this introduction to Part 1 of the Common Knowledge symposium, “Fuzzy Studies,” the journal's editor discusses four essays from the 1980s by Richard Rorty, in which Rorty chose to associate himself with various neopragmatists, Continental thinkers, and “left-wing Kuhnians” under the rubric of the “new fuzziness.” The term had been introduced as an insult by a philosopher of science with positivist leanings, but Rorty took it up as an “endearing” compliment, arguing that “to be less fuzzy” was also to (...)
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    A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2009 - Common Knowledge 15 (3):517-517.
    Craft work (for example, ceramics and furniture) poses a dilemma for modern thinking about beauty and the arts. Because of its beauty, craft has more than mere functionality, yet because of its functionality it cannot be fine art. What should craftmakers do? Claim their work to be fine art and forget about functionality? Or remain loyal to functionality (you can eat noodles from the finest ceramic bowl) and face extinction competing with machine-made products of industrial design? Apparently, the tendency is (...)
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    Nietzsche’s Genealogy: Nihilism and the Will to Knowledge. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 1999 - International Studies in Philosophy 31 (2):140-141.
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    Review of Neil Gross, Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher[REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (10).
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    Worrying About China: The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2009 - Common Knowledge 15 (2):219-220.
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    Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy (Review). [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2002 - Common Knowledge 8 (1):208-208.
    According to Davidson, Quine, by overcoming the distinction between analytic and synthetic truth, made the philosophy of language a serious subject. According to Rorty, Davidson, in concluding that "there is no such thing as a language," attains its most advanced position. How impoverished philosophy has become! It even becomes a kind of accomplishment to show that work which seemed new and different (deconstruction) is really the same old thing. Wheeler's book domesticates deconstruction for Analytic philosophers, with their snuffy ideas about (...)
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    The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 2010 - Common Knowledge 16 (3):559-559.
    Darwin had a hypothesis about descent with modification, and a Spencerian view of the evolution as selfish conflict. Biology remains marked by the dualism today. Many, inside the discipline and out, suppose that taking an evolutionary perspective just is to seek the secret selfishness that “explains” a successful form of life. Nowhere is this view of evolution more entrenched than in the theory specialists call Sexual Selection, a theory on the evolution of everything that differentiates the sexes. Darwin thought the (...)
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    The Cultural Politics of Nonhuman Things.Barry Allen - 2011 - Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (1):3-19.
    This article confronts Richard Rorty's idea of cultural politics with Bruno Latour's argument for extending democracy to nonhuman things. Why does Latour make this argument? How many of his assumptions might Rorty share? Quite a few, it turns out. Additionally, ethical integration with nonhumans promises to advance the cosmopolitan politics we require for an effective response to ecological crisis.
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    Is Locke’s Semiotic Inconsistent?Barry Allen - 1994 - American Journal of Semiotics 11 (3/4):23-31.
  48. A. Phillips Griffiths, Ed., The Impulse To Philosophise. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 1993 - Philosophy in Review 13 (4):158-160.
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  49. David Ingram, Critical Theory and Philosophy. [REVIEW]Barry Allen - 1991 - Philosophy in Review 11 (3):200-201.
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    Empiricisms: Experience and Experiment From Antiquity to the Anthropocene.Barry Allen - 2021 - New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
    In this sweeping volume of comparative philosophy and intellectual history, Barry Allen reassesses the values of experience and experiment in European and world traditions. His work traces the history of empirical philosophy from its birth in Greek medicine to its emergence as a philosophy of modern science. He surveys medical empiricism, Aristotlean and Epicurean empiricism, the empiricism of Gassendi and Locke, logical empiricism, radical empiricism, transcendental empiricism, and varieties of anti-empiricism from Parmenides to Wilfrid Sellars. Throughout this extensive intellectual history, (...)
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