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James E. Davies
University of Toronto at Mississauga
James Davies
University of Toronto at Mississauga
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Dundee University
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  1. On the Varieties of Abstract Objects.James E. Davies - 2019 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):809-823.
    I reconcile the spatiotemporal location of repeatable artworks and impure sets with the non-location of natural numbers despite all three being varieties of abstract objects. This is possible because, while the identity conditions for all three can be given by abstraction principles, in the former two cases spatiotemporal location is a congruence for the equivalence relation featuring in the relevant principle, whereas in the latter it is not. I then generalize this to other ‘physical’ properties like shape, mass, and causal (...)
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    Positive and Negative Models of Suffering: An Anthropology of Our Shifting Cultural Consciousness of Emotional Discontent.James Davies - 2011 - Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (2):188-208.
    I explore how many within modern industrial societies currently understand, manage, and respond to their emotional suffering. I argue that this understanding and management of suffering has radically altered in the last 30 years, creating a new model of suffering, “the negative model” (suffering is purposeless), which has largely replaced the “positive model” (suffering is purposeful) that prevailed in the 18th and 19th centuries. This shift has been hastened by what I call the “rationalization of suffering”—namely, the process by which (...)
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    Towards a Theory of Singular Thought About Abstract Mathematical Objects.James Davies - 2019 - Synthese 196 (10):4113-4136.
    This essay uses a mental files theory of singular thought—a theory saying that singular thought about and reference to a particular object requires possession of a mental store of information taken to be about that object—to explain how we could have such thoughts about abstract mathematical objects. After showing why we should want an explanation of this I argue that none of three main contemporary mental files theories of singular thought—acquaintance theory, semantic instrumentalism, and semantic cognitivism—can give it. I argue (...)
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  4. Wealth and Economic Inequality.James B. Davies - 2009 - In Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan & Timothy M. Smeeding (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality. Oxford University Press.
    This article surveys the distribution of wealth and its relationship to economic inequality more broadly. It shows that wealth inequality is high and contributes significantly to inequality in income and consumption, although higher wealth inequality is not always an indicator of greater inequality in well-being. In particular, welfare state policies can improve the well-being of low income groups while at the same time reducing their incentive to save. This may lead to high observed wealth inequality in places where it would (...)
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  5. Grounding Concepts: An Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge – C.S. Jenkins.James Robert Brown & James Davies - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):208-211.
  6. Empire of the Gods: The Liberation of Eros.James Davies - 1996 - Peter Lang.
    "Empire of the Gods" makes a major and original contribution to the literature on love. The history of Eros is its attempted liberation into wholeness and individuality. Its modern expression as a flesh-monism requires expansion to include reason and spirit (including Agape), the classical, to include affect and flesh. The illicit character of the Romantic Love of the Twelfth Century (seen as two versions: Utopian and Historical) provides a radical key not only to synthesis but also to surmounting oppressive enculturation, (...)
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    Do We See Numbers?: James Franklin: An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 320pp, $110 HB.James Davies - 2015 - Metascience 24 (3):483-486.
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    A Response to the Task Force on Supportive Care.Jane D. Hoyt & James M. Davies - 1984 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 12 (3):103-105.
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    Foreword: Pathways of Affective Scholarship.James Davies & Thomas Stodulka - 2019 - In Thomas Stodulka, Samia Dinkelaker & Ferdiansyah Thajib (eds.), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography. Springer Verlag. pp. 1-6.
    This book is the result of considerable struggle, within the social sciences and beyond, to both acknowledge and determine the enabling role of affect and emotion in social science research. Drawing together a group of relatively young scholars in the realm of affective research, this volume offers powerful examples of how the affective dimensions of fieldwork have empirical and methodological worth.
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    A Response to the Task Force on Supportive Care.Jane D. Hoyt & James M. Davies - 1984 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 12 (3):103-105.
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