Florida Philosophical Review

Vol. IV.1, Summer 2004

Volume IV, Number 1

Summer 2004

Copyright 2004 by The University of Central Florida: ISSN 1535-3656

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Table of Contents

  1. Editors' Introduction by Shelley Park and Nancy Stanlick1
  2. "Philosophy: Any Defensible Province of Its Own? Presidential Address to the 49th Annual Meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association" by Robert D'Amico4
  3. "The Supervenience Argument: Winner of the 2003 FPA Graduate Essay" by Jason Turner12
  4. "Bergman's Persona and the Mystery of Plot Winner of the 2003 Gerrit and Edith Schipper Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper" by Dave Monroe28

Book Symposium I: Margaret McLaren, Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity (SUNY Press, 2002)

  1. "Author's Opening Remarks" by Margaret McLaren36
  2. "Relativism and Particularity: A Commentary on McLaren's Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity" by Suzanne Jaeger 41
  3. "Foucault, Feminism, and the Care of the Self: Lessons from Antiquity" by Joanne Waugh 49

Book Symposium II: Michael Ruse, Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? (Harvard UP, 2003)

  1. "Author's Opening Remarks" by Michael Ruse61
  2. "Purposiveness is not Paradoxical: All Living Organisms are Teleological and That's the Origin of All "Value" from Amoebas to Humans" by Ronnie Hawkins64
  3. "Where Does Teleological Thinking Stand Today? Reinterpreting Ruse's Darwin and Design" by Paul Draper68
  4. "Response by Author and Discussion"76

In Memorium

  1. "Rob R. Brady, 1941-2004"80
  2. "Stephen B. Levensohn, 1931-2004"82
  3. Notes on Contributors84
Abstract: The Supervenience Argument

The Consequence Argument has long been a staple in the defense of libertarianism, the view that free will is incompatible with causal determinism and that humans have free will. It is generally (but not universally) held that libertarianism is consistent with a certain naturalistic view of the world—that is, that (given quantum indeterminacy) libertarian free will can be accommodated without the postulation of entities or events which neither are identical to nor supervene on something physical. In this paper, I argue that libertarians who support their view with the Consequence Argument are forced to reject this naturalistic worldview, since the Consequence Argument has a sister argument, which I call the Supervenience Argument, that cannot be rejected without threatening either the Consequence Argument or the naturalistic worldview in question.

Abstract: Contextualism and Confusability

The Ingmar Bergman film Persona has been interpreted in a broad range of ways. Various thematic currents that run throughout the film make it difficult to offer one all-encompassing interpretation. The difficulty has led some to maintain that it is impossible to discern a single, unified plot for the film. This paper argues that one can discover such a plot and attempts to demonstrate how it is possible.

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