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Justus Lipsius

[Revised entry by Jan Papy on March 1, 2019. Changes to: Bibliography] The humanist and classical scholar Justus Lipsius (Joost Lips) (1547 - 1606), described by his admiring correspondent Michel de Montaigne as one of the most learned men of his day (Essays II.12), was the founding father of Neostoicism, a key component of European thought in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His famous and widely read Stoic dialogue De constantia [More]

Professeur(e) en philosophie moderne

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  Faculté de philosophie - Université Laval Town:  Québec Country:  Canada Job Description:  Appel de candidatures : Professeur ou professeure en philosophie moderne La Faculté de philosophie de l’Université Laval souhaite combler un poste de professeur(e) régulier au rang d’adjoint en philosophie moderne. Les auteurs visés par ce concours sont, notamment : Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz et Locke, avec une compétence complémentaire éventuelle dans l’un des courants suivants : les penseurs des Lumières, de l’Aufklärung et de l’Enlightenment, et l’empirisme anglais. Description du [More]

Teleological Notions in Biology

[Revised entry by Colin Allen and Jacob Neal on February 28, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The manifest appearance of function and purpose in living systems is responsible for the prevalence of apparently teleological explanations of organismic structure and behavior in biology. Although the attribution of function and purpose to living systems is an ancient practice, teleological notions are largely considered ineliminable from modern biological sciences, such as evolutionary biology, genetics, medicine, ethology, and psychiatry, because they play an important explanatory [More]