William F. Vallicella


William F. Vallicella

William F. Vallicella is an American philosopher. He has a Ph.D. and held a tenured position in philosophy, but currently has no academic affiliation, and contributes to philosophy mainly online. He lives in Gold Canyon, Arizona. [ [http://maverickphilosopher.powerblogs.com sketchy bio-details here] ]

Publications

Books

* "A Paradigm Theory of Existence: Onto-Theology Vindicated " Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002, ISBN 1402008872. According to Forbes this book may be summarised as follows [ [http://www.forbesbookclub.com/BookPage.asp?prod_cd=IANFA Forbes book summary] ] : "What is it for any contingent thing to exist? Why does any contingent thing exist? For some time now, the preferred style in addressing such questions has been deflationary when it has not been eliminativist. In its critical half, this book thoroughly analyzes and demolishes the main deflationary and eliminativist accounts of existence, including those of Brentano, Frege, Russell, and Quine, thereby restoring existence to its rightful place as one of the deep topics in philosophy, if not the deepest. In its constructive half, the book defends the thesis that the two questions admit of a unified answer, and that this answer takes the form of what the author calls a paradigm theory of existence. The central idea of the paradigm theory is that existence itself is a paradigmatically existent concrete individual. In this way the author vindicates onto-theology and puts paid to the Heideggerian conceit that Being cannot itself be a being. This work will be of interest to all serious students and teachers of philosophy, especially those interested in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion."

Articles

he has published at least 18 scholarly articles [ [http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&sa=G&oi=qs&q=William+f+vallicella+author:w-vallicella Google Scholar Search] ] including:
* The [http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/divine-simplicity/ article on "Divine Simplicity"] in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
* Three Conceptions of States of Affairs Nous 34 (2), 237–259.
* Relations, Monism, and the Vindication of Bradley's Regress dialectica 56 (1), 3–35.
* [http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Reli/ReliVall.htm Classical Theism and Global Supervenience Physicalism]

Notes & References

External links

* [http://maverickphilosopher.powerblogs.com/ Vallicella's philosophical blog]


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