Wes DeMarco (Ph.D., Vanderbilt 1991) has engaged European and Asian traditions in over a dozen publications and nearly sixty national and international presentations. He argues for a 'Neosocratic' philosophy in which the primitive varieties of questioning and qualification pivotal to philosophical activity embody basic dimensions of being. His general theory of signification provides a unifying account of symbols of all kinds—from logical to rhetorical, musical to mathematical—as it links perception and conception with feeling and imagination. Our primitive symbol-making activities are, he argues, human employments of ‘elementary acts of nature’ that exemplify metaphysical ‘forms of activity.’ This philosophical hypothesis explains the partiality and fallibility of all empirical knowledge, and accounts for the ways nature in itself is significant and can be signified. Novel accounts of modality, temporality, and singularity come in train. Wes was awarded the Aristotle prize by the Metaphysical Society of America for “Modality and Mental Illness.” He was awarded the Frank Thompson award for excellence in sleight of hand. Wes is a published poet and amateur composer and guitarist. He lives in Leicester with his wife May and sons Aris and Ambrose.
“Righting the Names of Change” Journal of Chinese Philosophy v. 36 (1) March, 2009.
“Spheres of Power, Spheres of Freedom” The Pluralist vol. 2, no. 1 (Sp. 2006).
“Great Teacher and Great Soul: Ueshiba and Gandhi on Personal Violence” in Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror. Ed. Allen, D. Lanham: Lexington, 2006.
“The Generation and Destruction of Categories” in Categories: Historical and Systematic Essays. Ed. Gorman, M. and J. Sanford. Catholic University of America Press, 2004.
“How Does Descartes Derive His Knowledge of Body By Reflecting on Himself?” Southwest Phil. Rev.18 (1), 2002.
“Knee Deep in Technique: The Ethics of Monopoly Capital.” Journal of Business Ethics 31 (2) 2001, 151 – 164.
“On the Impossibility of Placebo Effects in Psychotherapy.” Philosophical Psychology 11 (2), 1998 pp. 207-227.
“The Greening of Aristotle” in The Greeks and the Environment, ed. Westra, L. and T. Robinson. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997.
“Plato's Ghost: Consequences of Aristotelian Dialectic” in The Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics. Ed. Sim, M. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 1995.
Selected work in metaphysics:
“A Continuum of World-Negating Acts” (2010 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Boston University).
“Reason, Imagination, and Reality” (2009 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Emory University, Atlanta.).
“The Time Field” (2009 Meeting of the International Institute for Field-Being at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association).
“The Emergence of Normativities in General Attractor Theory” (2008 Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, University of Southern Maine, Portland).
“A Zero-Method for the Ultimate Why-Question” (2006 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.).
“The Unexpected Utility of Neo-Socratic Metaphysics” (2004 Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, University of Georgia, Athens).
“Life With Questioning” (2004 Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association).
“Nature’s Turn: Reflexivity as the Crux of the Psyche” (2003 Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Penn State University).
“Creativity: A Telling Transition” (2003 Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Asilomar, CA).
“Fields, Environments, Contexts” (invited paper for the International Institute for Field-Being at the 2002 meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association).
“Platonism in the Means of Construction” (1998 Meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association and 1998 Meeting of the World Congress of Philosophy).
“Modality and Mental Illness” (1997 Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.).
“Being and the New Dialectic” (1995 Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland).
“The Becoming of Possible Musics” (1994 Meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association).
Selected work in ethics:
“Ethics Through Pragmaticism” (2003 Conference on Pragmatism and Moral Theory, O.S.U.).
“Nasty Imperatives” (2001 Value Inquiry Conference, Tulsa, OK).
“Relativism and Moral Power” (1998 Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophical Society).
“Descartes’ Ethic of Self-Esteem” (1997 Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophical Society).
“The Sefirotics of Power: Spheres of Freedom” (1996 National Conference on Liberty of the Academy for Jewish Philosophy, Nashville, TN).
“Aristotle on the Economic Determination of Family Values” (1993 Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science).
“Rights and Virtues: a Common Measure” (1992 Symposium of the International Center of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research,Zacharo/Olympia, Greece).
“The Separation of Moral Powers” (1992 Meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association).