Table of Contents

I. Circles: Cartesian and Hegelian

I.1. “The Cartesian Circle: Hegelian Logic to the Rescue”
I.2. “‘Who’s That in Your Saddle?’ — A Hegelian Interpretation of Wagner’s

II. Pathways to and from Hegel

II.1. “Five Undergraduate-Level Introductions to Hegel: A Comparative Review”
II.2. “An Early Interpretation of Hegel’s
Phenomenology of Spirit
II.3. “Travelling in Denmark with a Small Map of Europe: The Importance of Subjectivity in Hegel’s Thought”
II.4. “Commentary on ‘The Historical Dialectic of Spirit: Jacob Boehme’s Influence on Hegel’ by David Walsh”
II.5. “A Letter Concerning Kenley Dove’s ‘Hegel and Creativity’”

III. Hegel and Religion

III.1. “The Theological Significance of Hegel’s Four World-Historical Realms”
III.2. “The Place of the ‘Hinrichs Foreword’ Within the System of Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion”
III.3. “Review Article: The Unfolding of Hegel’s Berlin Philosophy of Religion, 1821-1831”
III.4. “Hegel and Judaism: A Reassessment”
III.5. “Review: Yirmiyahu Yovel,
Dark Riddle: Hegel, Nietzsche, and the Jews
III.6. “Would Hegel Have Liked to Burn Down All the Churches and Replace Them with Philosophical Academies?”

IV. Philosophy of Religion

IV.1. “The Empirical Version of the Ontological Argument and the
A Priori Version of the Cosmological Argument”
IV.2. “Toward a Definition of Religion as Philosophy”
IV.3. “Reason Judging Religion: Hume or Hegel?”
IV.4. “What is Living and What is Dead in (the Spirit of) Christianity”
IV.5. “Review: James C.S. Wernham,
James’s Will-to-Believe Doctrine: A Heretical View
IV.6. “The Nonsense of Atheism: A Reply to Professor Davis”

V. A Debate about Hartshorne

V.1. “Review: Donald Wayne Viney,
Charles Hartshorne and the Existence of God
V.2. “In Defense of the Global Argument: A Reply to Professor Luft” (by Donald Wayne Viney)
V.3. “On the Nature of Multiple Arguments for the Reality of God: A Counterreply to Professor Viney”

VI. “Cool Reflexion” on Hume

VI.1. “Hume’s Epistemological Purpose in ‘Of Miracles’”
VI.2. “Toward a Hum(e)an Bioethics”
VI.3. “Simplicity and Complexity in Hume’s Theory of Perception”
VI.4. “Hegel’s Inadequate Reading of Hume”

VII. Heidegger and Hegel, Heidegger and Gadamer, Heidegger and Nietzsche

VII.1. “Commentary on ‘Hegel and Heidegger’ by Robert R. Williams”
VII.2. “Review: Karin de Boer,
Thinking in the Light of Time: Heidegger’s Encounter with Hegel
VII.3. “Commentary on ‘Heidegger’s Hermeneutic Path’ by Lawrence K. Schmidt”
VII.4. “Sources of Nietzsche’s ‘God is Dead!’ and its Meaning for Heidegger”

VIII. Philosophy of Philosophy

VIII.1. “Disputes and Quarrels as Philosophical Devices: Conceits, Contrivances, or Concepts?”
VIII.2. “Review: Paul S. Miklowitz,
Metaphysics and Metafictions: Hegel, Nietzsche, and the End of Philosophy
VIII.3. “Review: Aristotle,
Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Terence Irwin”
VIII.4. “Schopenhauer as Self-Critic”

IX. Cassirer’s Symbolic World

IX.1. “Cassirer’s Dialectic of the Mythical Consciousness”
IX.2. “Review: Thora Ilin Bayer,
Cassirer’s Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms: A Philosophical Commentary, with an Introductory Essay by Donald Phillip Verene”
IX.3. “Review: S.G. Lofts,
Ernst Cassirer: A ‘Repetition’ of Modernity, foreword by John Michael Krois”

X. Medieval Iceland,
Amor Fati, and Visions of the Future

X.1. “Dialectics and Destiny: A Look at Predetermination in
Njál’s Saga
X.2. “Dostoevskii’s Specific Influence on Nietzsche’s Preface to
Daybreak” (with Douglas G. Stenberg)
X.3. “Review: Friedrich Nietzsche,
Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, translated by R.J. Hollingdale, with an introduction by Michael Tanner”

XI. Philosophy of Art

XI.1. “Toward a Unified Concept of Art”
XI.2. “Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Art: Aestheticist or Contextualist?”
XI.3. “Commentary on ‘Francis Bacon: Plan and Accident’ by Thalia Welsh”
XI.4. “The Church of the Ascension, New York City: Environment, Ritual, and the Philosophy of Art” (with Lucy L. Bowditch)
XI.5. “Physiognomy, Phrenology, and the Origins of Racial Classification: The Artistic Anatomy of Sir Charles Bell”

XII. Philosophy of Medicine

XII.1. “Stuffing up the Cracks or Falling Through Them: How a Philosopher Does History of Medicine”
XII.2. “Conflict of Interest in Right-to-Die Cases”
XII.3. “Philosophical and Religious Aspects of the Medicalization of Assisted Suicide and Capital Punishment” (with Kathy Faber-Langendoen)
XII.4. “Nomenclature as the Legitimation of Complaint: The Terminological History of Fibromyalgia” (with Diane Davis Luft)

XIII. Hegel and Medicine

XIII.1. “The Birth of Spirit for Hegel out of the Travesty of Medicine”
XIII.2. “Hegel’s Philosophy of Medicine”

XIV. Women as Doctors, Women as Patients

XIV.1. “Elizabeth Blackwell (1832-1910): The Modern World’s First Woman Physician”
XIV.2. “Sarah Loguen Fraser (1850-1933): An Early African-American Woman Physician”
XIV.3. “Physicians’ Attitudes Toward Women Patients in the Nineteenth Century”

XV. History of Medicine

XV.1. “Arthur Ecker’s Contributions to Pain Management”
XV.2. “Medical Curriculum in Upstate New York, 1809-2000”
XV.3. “The Search for Miracle Cures in the Nineteenth Century”
XV.4. “Edward Cutbush, M.D. (1772-1843), Founder of the SUNY Upstate College of Medicine”
XV.5. “Commentary on ‘Cullen, Hume and the Philadelphia Medical School’ by Nina Reid-Maroney and on ‘Who Made Up the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Medical World?’ by Roger Emerson”
XV.6. “Benjamin Smith Barton’s
Elements of Botany (1803): A Retrospective Book Review”
XV.7. “The First Ovariotomy”

XVI. Libraries: Repositories of Civilization; Librarians: Guardians of Culture

XVI.1. “Surviving the Danger Period: Collection Development in Medical Special Collections”
XVI.2. “Rare Book Catalogers and the Internet”
XVI.3. “Financing North American Medical Libraries in the Nineteenth Century” (with Godfrey S. Belleh)
XVI.4. “Two Bibliographical Notes”

XVII. Social and Political Ethics

XVII.1. “Edgar Bauer and the Origins of the Theory of Terrorism”
XVII.2. “Some Ethical Aspects of the Meaninglessness of Genealogy”
XVII.3. “The Dynamics of Forgiveness”
XVII.4. “The Mutual Influence of Rock Music and Antiwar Politics in 1968”

XVIII. Two Poems

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XVIII.2. “
Iliados A, 49”
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