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    DAVID HUME, "ENQUIRY" SECTION X, CLAIMS THAT ALLEGED MIRACLES REPORTED IN CONNECTION WITH DIFFERENT RELIGIONS UNDERMINE EACH OTHERS CREDIBILITY. COMMENTATORS OFTEN ASCRIBE TO HUME’S ARGUMENT THE SUPPRESSED PREMISE THAT MIRACLES OCCUR ONLY IN CONNECTION WITH TRUE RELIGION. I REJECT THIS INTERPRETATION, AND OFFER A DIFFERENT CONJECTURE AS TO WHAT HUME’S INTENDED ARGUMENT IS. I THEN ATTACK BOTH THE ARGUMENT AND ITS CONCLUSION
  •  1
    HOOKER, M. : "Leibniz: Critical and Interpretive Essays" (review)
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 62 (n/a): 319. 1984.
  • Wiggins’ Defence of Essentialism
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 13 (4): 459-469. 1975.
  • SMART, J. J. C.: "Ethics, Persuasion and Truth" (review)
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 65 (n/a): 491. 1987.
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    Eyeballing evil: Some epistemic principles
    Philosophical Papers 25 (2): 127-137. 1996.
    No abstract
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    Reply to Chrzan’s comments
    Sophia 34 (1): 74-78. 1995.
    1 This paper discusses the following works: Alvin Plantinga,The Nature of Necessity, Oxford University Press 1974, Chapter 9 Section 11; Keith Chrzan, ‘Plantinga on Atheistic Induction,’Sophia Vol 27 No. 2 , 10–14; Bruce Langtry, ‘God, Evil and Probability,’,Sophia Vol 28 No. 1 , 32–40; and Keith Chrzan, ‘Comment on Langtry's “God, Evil and Probability”,’Sophia Vol 32 No. 2 , 54–58. The numbering of propositions throughout is the same as in my earlier paper. All page references to Chrzan are to …Read more
  • ORRIS, T. V.: "The Logic of God Incarnate" (review)
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 65 (n/a): 372. 1987.
  •  13
    Guest Editor’s Introduction
    Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 11 (1): 2-2. 2003.
  •  26
    The maximin rule argument for Rawls's principles of justice
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63 (1). 1985.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  • Book Review (review)
    Philosophia Christi 3 (1): 284-286. 2001.
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    Stakeholders and the Moral Responsibilities of Business
    Business Ethics Quarterly 4 (4): 431-443. 1994.
    This paper discusses the normative ethical theory of the business firm advanced principally by William E. Evan and R. Edward Freeman. According to their stakeholder theory, the firm should be managed for the benefit of its stakeholders: indeed, management has a fiduciary obligation to stakeholders to act as their agent. In this paper I seek to clarify the theory by discussing the concept of a stakeholder and by distinguishing stakeholder theory from two varieties of stockholder theory-I call the…Read more
  •  42
    Properly unargued belief in God
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 26 (3). 1989.
  •  19
    Mackie on miracles
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66 (3). 1988.
    J L MACKIE, IN "THE MIRACLE OF THEISM", CHAPTER 1, ARGUES THAT "IT IS PRETTY WELL IMPOSSIBLE THAT REPORTED MIRACLES SHOULD PROVIDE A WORTHWHILE ARGUMENT FOR THEISM ADDRESSED TO THOSE WHO ARE INITIALLY INCLINED TO ATHEISM OR EVEN TO AGNOSTICISM." I ARGUE THAT MACKIE FAILS TO ESTABLISH THIS CONCLUSION. ALL THAT MACKIE CAN SHOW IS THAT THOSE WHO ARE INITIALLY INCLINED TO THEISM OR AGNOSTICISM MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN PREDICTING THAT THE NEXT MIRACLE REPORT THEY EXAMINE WILL NOT BE SUCH AS TO FORM THE BA…Read more
  •  25
    Young on decisions concerning medical aid
    Theory and Decision 8 (4): 377-379. 1977.
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    HUME, "ENQUIRY X" ARGUES: EVERY ALLEGED MIRACLE ’M subscript 1’ , WHOSE OCCURRENCE WOULD BE EVIDENCE IN FAVOR OF A GIVEN RELIGION ’R subscript 1’ IS SUCH THAT ITS OCCURRENCE WOULD BE EVIDENCE AGAINST ANY CONTRARY RELIGION ’R subscript 2’ . MOREOVER, CONSIDER TESTIMONY ’T subscript 1’ IN FAVOR OF THE OCCURRENCE OF ’M subscript 1’ : ’T subscript 1’ IS EVIDENCE AGAINST THE OCCURRENCE OF ANY MIRACLE ’M subscript 2’ WHICH WOULD CONSTITUTE EVIDENCE FOR ’R subscript 2’. ONE SHOULD DISTINGUISH TWO SENSE…Read more
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    God and the Best
    Faith and Philosophy 13 (3): 311-328. 1996.
    The paper reaches two main conclusions: Firstly, even if there are one or more possible worlds than which there are none better, God cannot actualise any of them. Secondly, if there are possible worlds which God can actualise, and than which God can actualise none better, then God must actualise one of them. The paper is neutral between compatibilist and libertarian views of creaturely freedom
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    The main issue in this paper has been whether appeal to greater goods can explain why God, if he exists, is justified in refraining from ensuring that there is little or no evil. I have argued that in principle it can. I have not defended the plausibility of the view that there actually are greater goods for whose sake God’s actions are planned; nor have I attempted to identify candidate goods performing the role envisaged. However those tasks form part of my larger project. Well beyond my reach…Read more
  • ATTS, G. S.: "The Revolution of Ideas" (review)
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 62 (n/a): 318. 1984.
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    This is a response to Richard M. Gale’s review of my book God, the Best, and Evil, Clarendon Press 2008. The review was published on-line in May 2009, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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    Perception and corrigibility
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 48 (3): 369-372. 1970.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  •  51
    Locke and the relativisation of identity
    Philosophical Studies 27 (6). 1975.
    Arc there cases in which an object x is thc same F as an object y but x is not the same G as y, cvcn though x is a G? A11 aihrmativc answer will have drastic repercussions 011 0ne’s account of identity and on one’s quantification theory. For suppose that the expression ‘x is the same F as y’ can be understood as ‘x is an F and y is an F and x is identical with y’, and that ‘x is not the same G as y’ can be understood as ‘it is not the case that x is a G and y is a G and x is identical with y’. T…Read more
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    Guest Editor’s Introduction
    Business and Professional Ethics Journal 21 (3): 2-4. 2002.
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    The Prospects for the Free Will Defence
    Faith and Philosophy 27 (2): 142-152. 2010.
    The main conclusion of the paper is that the prospects for a successful Free Will Defence employing Alvin Plantinga’s basic strategy are poor