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James Wakefield
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    Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism: A Study of Actual Idealist Moral Theory.James Wakefield - 2015 - Imprint Academic.
    Recent moral philosophers have had little to say about Giovanni Gentile's 'actual idealism’, which is widely dismissed as a kind of obscurantist Hegelianism used to conceal flimsy justifications for the state’s total impunity over questions of morality and truth. While Gentile is increasingly recognised as a major figure in twentieth-century Italian culture, actual idealism itself has yet to be given a full and impartial philosophical appraisal. Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism represents the first book-length treatment of actual (...)
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    Review of Cheshire Calhoun, Doing Valuable Time. [REVIEW]James Wakefield - 2020 - Philosophy Now: A Magazine of Ideas 140:42–43.
    A review of Cheshire Calhoun, Doing Valuable Time: The Present, The Future, and Meaningful Living (Oxford University Press, 2018).
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    Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile.Bruce Haddock & James Wakefield - 2015 - Imprint Academic.
    The Italian author Giovanni Gentile occupied a radical position among philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. He tried in earnest to revolutionize idealist theory, developing a doctrine that retained the idealist conception of the thinking subject as the centre and source of any intelligible reality, while eschewing many of the unwarranted abstractions that had pervaded earlier varieties of idealism and led their adherents astray. Given his great prominence during his lifetime, it is perhaps remarkable that Gentile is (...)
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  4. L'attualismo e il suo autore. Prospettive per la ricerca futura su Gentile.James Wakefield - 2017 - Il Pensiero Italiano. Rivista di Studi Filosofici 1 (2):47-68.
    This article describes the recent reception of Giovanni Gentile and his doctrine of actualism, describing the philosopher's rehabilitation as a major Italian thinker and actualism as a provocative account of socially situated consciousness. The discussion then turns to the future of Gentile studies, focusing on ways in which the ahistorical methods of analytic philosophy might help restore actualism and its author to their proper place in the philosophical canon.
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  5. Actualism and Its Author: Prospects for the Future of Gentile Studies.James Wakefield - 2017 - Il Pensiero Italiano. Rivista di Studi Filosofici 1 (2):27-45.
    This article describes the recent reception of Giovanni Gentile and his doctrine of actualism, describing the philosopher's rehabilitation as a major Italian thinker and actualism as a provocative account of socially situated consciousness. The discussion then turns to the future of Gentile studies, focusing on ways in which the ahistorical methods of analytic philosophy might help restore actualism and its author to their proper place in the philosophical canon.
     
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  6. Review of Etica, Politica, Storia Universale. Atti Del Congresso Internazionale (Urbino, 24–27 Ottobre 2018). [REVIEW]James Wakefield - 2020 - Il Pensiero Storico. Rivista Internazionale di Storia Delle Idee 8:351-355.
    A review of Etica, Politica, Storia universale. Atti del Congresso Internazionale (Urbino, 24–27 ottobre 2018), edited by Giacomo Cerretani and Giacomo Rinaldi.
     
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  7. The Idea of God in the Actualist Tradition.James Wakefield - 2020 - Il Pensiero Storico. Rivista Internazionale di Storia Delle Idee 8:125-150.
    This paper traces the development of the idea of God that appears in the ‘actualist tradition’, represented by the works of Giovanni Gentile, as well as his predecessor Bertrando Spaventa and his students Guido De Ruggiero and Ugo Spirito. It is shown that the actualists’ idea of God is rooted in an intellectual genealogy extending back to the Scholastics and developed through successive attempts to make sense of a Christian God in a scheme of pure immanence, culminating in a humanistic (...)
     
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  8. Talking Their Way Out of Relativism: Collingwood and Gentile on the Nature of Inquiry.James Wakefield - 2013 - Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 19 (2):139-168.
    This article asks to what extent R.G. Collingwood's 'logic of question and answer' is compatible with the central tenets of Giovanni Gentile's 'actualism'. It is argued that, interpreted as an actualist device, Collingwood's 'logic' offers useful insights into the mechanisms underlying Gentile's theory. Both must confront what I call the 'Actualist Dilemma,' which holds that if there is no reality independent of actual thinking, truth becomes entirely relative to whatever beliefs a thinker happens to have, including those regarding the structures (...)
     
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    Review of A. Amato, L'etica Oltre Lo Stato. Filosofia E Politica in Giovanni Gentile. [REVIEW]James Wakefield - 2012 - Intellectual History Review 22 (4):548-551.
    A review of Alessandro Amato, L'etica oltre lo Stato. Filosofia e politica in Giovanni Gentile (Milan, Mimesis, 2011).
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