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Michael M. Shaw
Utah Valley University
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    Aither and the Four Roots in Empedocles.Michael M. Shaw - 2014 - Research in Phenomenology 44 (2):170-193.
    This paper surveys the meaning of aither in Empedocles. Since Aristotle, Empedoclean aither has been generally considered synonymous with air and understood anachronistically in terms of its Aristotelian conception as hot and wet. In critiquing this interpretation, the paper first examines the meaning of “air” in Empedocles, revealing scant and insignificant use of the term. Next, the ancient controversy of Empedocles’ “four roots” is recast from the perspective that aither, rather than air, designates the fourth root. Finally, the nineteen instances (...)
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    Parataxis in Anaxagoras.Michael M. Shaw - 2017 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2):273-288.
    This paper examines parataxis and ring composition in Anaxagoras Fragment B4a, arguing that this ostensibly prose philosopher employs these poetic techniques to capture his thought. Comparing the fragment with Homeric similes and his description of Achilles’s Shield from Ililad XVIII reveals an immanent poetics within the Anaxagorean text. Lying between two instances of "πολλά τε καὶ παντοῖα" most of fragment constitutes a single sentence. Such ring composition advises that no part of the paratactic clause should be read independently from any (...)
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    The Problem of Motion in Plato's "Phaedo".Michael M. Shaw - 2013 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):275-300.
    This paper examines the relationship between participation and motion with respect to the natural philosophy of the "Phaedo". Aristotle’s criticism of participation and its failure to account for motion shows the relevance of the dialogue to this problem. Challenging Aristotle’s critique, I interpret the "Phaedo" as offering a possible solution to the question of how forms cause motion in material beings. The verb ὀρέγεσθαι at 65c8, 75a2, and 75b1, together with the active ὀρέγειν at 117b2, ground an account of ontological (...)
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    Madness, Art, and the End of History: Epistemic Transformation in Nietzsche and Foucault.Michael M. Shaw - 2008 - Philosophy Today 52 (Supplement):158-167.
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    Colloquium 3 Unqualified Generation in Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy.Michael M. Shaw - 2014 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 29 (1):77-106.
    This paper examines the divergent accounts of generation in Physics I and On Generation and Corruption. While the former concerns an unqualified and absolute generation of substance from not-substance, the latter describes the unqualified and simple generation of the elements from each other. In each of these texts, an unusual instance of ὀρέγεσθαι appears in Aristotle’s analysis, regarding the unqualified generation of substance at Phys. I 9, 192a18 and 19, and the cyclical transformation of the elements at GC II 10, (...)
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    Madness and Politeia: Aesthetic Disruption in Foucault and Plato.Michael Marx Shaw - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (Supplement):12-21.
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    Madness and Politeia: Aesthetic Disruption in Foucault and Plato.Michael Marx Shaw - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (Supplement):12-21.
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