Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

A peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. It serves those who see philosophy's vocation in questioning and challenging prevailing assumptions about ourselves and our place in the world, developing new ways of thinking about physical existence, life, humanity and society, so helping to create the future insofar as thought affects the issue.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, January

All That We Are: Philosophical Anthropology and Ecophilosophy
We are, like other things, physico-chemical systems; we live, like other animals, bodily lives dependent on bodily needs and functions; but we exist as human beings on the edge between nature and art, reality and its denial. (1) 1. ECOPHILOSOPHY...
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Designing Journeys to the Social World: Hegel's Theory of Property and His Noble Dreams Revisited
CONTENTS Introduction I. The Conventional Interpretations of Hegel's Property Theory II. Shaping Individuality: Private Property and the Freedom of Being a Person A. Externalization and Internalization of Free Will B. Mutual Recognition...
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Maximum Power and Maximum Entropy Production: Finalities in Nature
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this paper is to locate energy gradient dissipation as a fundamental conceptual node for a natural philosophy. Mathematical formulations are avoided, and can be found in the various cited works. Central to this paper...
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Models Learning Change: Connecting Theoretical Models to the Natural World of Complex Systems
INTRODUCTION Because natural environmental systems can reorganize and change their behavior over time we need to watch them to see when to respond and update our expectations, but is problematic. The internal workings of a complex natural systems,...
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Naturphilosophie Redivivus: On Bruno Latour's 'Political Ecology'
HEGEL IN KYOTO In the Preface to his Philosophy of Right Hegel famously urges against those who see philosophy's task as giving instruction as to how the world ought to be that, on the contrary, philosophy 'always comes on the scene too late to...
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The Normative Sciences, the Sign Universe, Self-Control and Rationality-According to Peirce
It is somehow more than a mere figure of speech to say that nature fecundates the mind of man with ideas which, when these ideas grow up, will resemble their father, Nature (Charles S. Peirce, 1898). INTRODUCTION Around 1890, the American polyhistor...
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The Ontology of Modern Terrorism: Hegel, Terrorism Studies, and Dynamics of Violence
I. INTRODUCTION While the terrorism studies literature speaks of a shape of terrorism unique to modernity, the exact nature of modern terrorism, let alone the nature of modernity or its starting point, remain much in dispute. In this article we...
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Time, Space, Essence, and Eidos: A New Theory of Causation
The title of this article might sound presumptuous or strange. The presumptuous part would stem from the adjective 'new'. For some people this word implies absolute novelty, a new theory summoned from nowhere like a genie from a bottle. But such pristine...
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