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Tyler Huismann
University of Oklahoma
  1. Aristotle on How Efficient Causation Works.Tyler Huismann - forthcoming - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
    I argue that, in light of his critique of rival theories of efficient causation, there is a puzzle latent in Aristotle’s own account. To show this, I consider one of his preferred examples of such causation, the activity of experts. Solving the puzzle yields a novel reading of Aristotle, one according to which experts, but not their characteristic arts or skills, are efficient causes.
     
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    Aristotle on Accidental Causation.Tyler Huismann - 2016 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (4):561-575.
    I offer a new analysis of Aristotle's concept of an accidental cause. Using passages fromMetaphysics Δ and Ε, as well as Physics II, I argue that accidental causes are causally inert. After defending this reading against some objections, I draw some conclusions about Aristotle's basic understanding of causation.
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    John Buridan's Metaphysics of Persistence.Tyler Huismann - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3):373-394.
    John Buridan’s theory of persistence is based on a metaphysical foundation that has been misrepresented by contemporary scholars. I argue that this fact is both (i) suggested by his treatment of persistence itself, and (ii) explicit in his clearest exposition of the foundations of persistence. I also argue that while this fact has historical interest, its primary interest is philosophical in nature: it shows Buridan developing a distinction that contemporary philosophers find useful in elaborating a metaphysical basis for theories of (...)
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    A New Puzzle About Aristotelian Accidents.Tyler Huismann - 2021 - Metaphysics 4 (1):1-17.
    Aristotle gives a surprisingly broad menu of examples of something being accidental to something else. But the breadth of these examples seems to threaten a basic feature of accidentality, namely its asymmetry. ‘Accident’ has different senses, and one might think that that fact offers a way out, but some examples resist such an understanding. The best way forward, I argue, is to take accidentality to be contextual: relative to some context or condition, something might be accidental to something else; relative (...)
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    A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides. [REVIEW]Tyler Huismann - 2017 - Ancient Philosophy 37 (1):201-204.
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    Questiones super Physicam by Nicole Oresme. [REVIEW]Tyler Huismann & Robert Pasnau - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):610-611.
    A review of the Latin text of Oresme's important work.
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  7. The Texture of Aristotle's Ontology.Tyler Huismann - forthcoming - Apeiron.
    The place of accidental unities in Aristotle’s ontology is often understood in terms of our concept of identity, with such unities held to be either identical with substances or not. I argue that this approach is misleading: Aristotle characterizes how they stand to one another using a different relation altogether, namely sameness. Once we take him at his word, a philosophically satisfying middle-path emerges.
     
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