•  16
    The Ethics of Homicide
    with R. A. Duff
    Philosophical Quarterly 30 (120): 273. 1980.
  •  13
    The Evidential Force of Religious Experience
    Review of Metaphysics 44 (2): 419-420. 1990.
    Caroline Franks Davis here undertakes an assessment of the value of religious experiences as evidence for religious beliefs. She distinguishes this question from that of the veridical character of particular experiences or their value for the person undergoing them or his community. She attends both to the phenomenological variety of religious experiences and the variety of cultural settings in which they take place. She concludes that religious experience can form an important part of the case …Read more
  •  12
    Birth, Copulation, and Death
    New Scholasticism 59 (3): 276-295. 1985.
  •  11
    On Slippery Slopes
    Philosophy 93 (3): 375-393. 2018.
  •  11
    The Religious Significance of the Ontological Argument
    Religious Studies 11 (1). 1975.
    I discuss the religious implications of accepting the ontological argument as sound. in particular, i attempt to show in detail how the argument fails to validate religious belief
  •  11
    What’s Wrong with Torture?
    International Philosophical Quarterly 49 (3): 317-332. 2009.
    Many of us want to say that there is an absolute—or at least a virtually absolute—prohibition on torturing people. But we live in a world in which firm moral restraints of all sorts are hard to defend. Neither contemporary conventional morality, nor any of the available moral theories, provides adequate support for the deliverances of the “wisdom of repugnance” in this area. Nor do they support casuistry capable of distinguishing torture from forms of rough treatment. I here make some suggestion…Read more
  •  9
    Current periodical articles 161
    American Philosophical Quarterly 12 (3). 1975.
  •  9
    A fallacious argument against moral absolutes
    Argumentation 9 (4): 611-616. 1995.
    The denial of moral absolutes rests, I think, on a seductive but fallacious argument, which I shall attempt both to expound and to refute here. Human beings are highly complex creatures living in a highly complex world. Every human being is different from every other, every interaction or relationship between or among human beings is unique. Hence also every occasion for moral choice is also unique, and all those action kinds - be theyadultery, murder, rape, theft, ortorture on which moralists a…Read more
  •  8
    Comparable Worth
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 3 (3): 11-19. 1987.
  •  8
    A Gross Abuse of Judicial Power?
    Hastings Center Report 14 (1): 47-47. 1984.
  •  8
    Ideologues Or Scholars?
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 6 (2): 69-78. 1991.
  •  7
    Sex and Gender a Spectrum of Views
    with Celia Wolf-Devine
    Wadsworth Publishing Company. 2002.
    SEX AND GENDER: A SPECTRUM OF VIEWS provides a medium for discussion and debate about today's most provocative issues concerning human sexuality and the relationships between masculinity and femininity. Including a spectrum of views that ranges from the stridently conservative to the progressively feminist, this anthology engages students in these subjects using a wider range of standpoints than is typical of such readers.
  •  7
    Intrinsic Value: Concept and Warrant
    Philosophical Books 37 (3): 202-204. 1996.
  •  7
    Ideologues or scholars?
    International Journal of Applied Philosophy 6 (2): 69-78. 1991.
  •  6
    It seems clear that the ontological argument can no longer be dismissed as a silly fallacy. The dogma of the impossibility of necessary existence is seriously threatened by the case of necessary existential truths in mathematics, and as for the claim that the ontological argument must beg the question, since by mentioning God in the premise his existence is presupposed, it is undermined by the fact that we often refer to things—Hamlet for instance— we do not for a moment think exist. The doctrin…Read more
  •  6
    Does St Anselm Beg the Question?: Philip E. Devine
    Philosophy 50 (193): 271-281. 1975.
    The following objection to the ‘ontological’ argument of St Anselm has a continuing importance. The argument begs the question by introducing into the first premise the name ‘God’. In order for something to be truly talked about, to have properties truly attributed to it—it has been said—it must exist; a statement containing a vacuous name must either be false, meaningless, or lacking in truth-value, if it is not a misleading formulation to be explained by paraphrase into other terms. In any cas…Read more
  •  5
    Letters to the Editor
    with Reuben Abel
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 64 (1). 1990.
  •  4
    Raising the war on political correctness to a new and higher intellectual level, Philip Devine sheds fresh light on the whole question of cultural standards and the fashionable notion of multiculturalism. While acknowledging the diversity of ways of life and the differing belief systems that arise from and justify those ways of life, the author attacks the current exploitation of diversity to justify a militantly intolerant relativism. His wide-ranging and erudite work connects cultural issues t…Read more
  •  4
    Aids and the L-Word
    Public Affairs Quarterly 5 (2): 137-147. 1991.
  •  1
    Natural Law Ethics
    Greenwood Press. 1999.
    Presents a contemporary version of the natural law tradition as a valid approach to ethical problems.
  •  1
    Against Interrogational Torture: Upholding a Troubled Taboo
    In David Boonin, Katrina L. Sifferd, Tyler K. Fagan, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Michael Huemer, Daniel Wodak, Derk Pereboom, Stephen J. Morse, Sarah Tyson, Mark Zelcer, Garrett VanPelt, Devin Casey, Philip E. Devine, David K. Chan, Maarten Boudry, Christopher Freiman, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shelley Wilcox, Jason Brennan, Eric Wiland, Ryan Muldoon, Mark Alfano, Philip Robichaud, Kevin Timpe, David Livingstone Smith, Francis J. Beckwith, Dan Hooley, Russell Blackford, John Corvino, Corey McCall, Dan Demetriou, Ajume Wingo, Michael Shermer, Ole Martin Moen, Aksel Braanen Sterri, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Jeppe von Platz, John Thrasher, Mary Hawkesworth, William MacAskill, Daniel Halliday, Janine O’Flynn, Yoaav Isaacs, Jason Iuliano, Claire Pickard, Arvin M. Gouw, Tina Rulli, Justin Caouette, Allen Habib, Brian D. Earp, Andrew Vierra, Subrena E. Smith, Danielle M. Wenner, Lisa Diependaele, Sigrid Sterckx, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus K. Labude, Harisan Unais Nasir, Udo Schuklenk, Benjamin Zolf & Woolwine (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, Springer Verlag. pp. 123-133. 2018.
    Until recently, torture was regarded as an unthinkable act. But in the dark years following September 11, 2001, many people have defended it openly as they have many other kinds of action previously considered taboo. And the underlying issues are complicated. Yet at least a virtually absolute prohibition on interrogational torture can be rationally defended.
  •  1
    No Title available: New Books (review)
    Philosophy 59 (230): 545-547. 1984.
  •  1
    This book presents a defense of the reality of God in the sense in which Nietzsche proclaimed His death. It explores various contemporary versions of Nietzsche's maxim God is dead and proposes an alternative to them. Philip E.Devine critically examines three views that, in one way or another, accept the death of God and take it as central to the intellectual life: pragmatism, which asserts that the only end of the intellectual life is the pursuit of worldly goods other than truth; relativism', w…Read more
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  • TOOLEY, MICHAEL Abortion and Infanticide (review)
    Philosophy 59 (n/a): 545. 1984.
  • FRENCH, P.-The Virtues of Vengeance
    Philosophical Books 44 (3): 282-282. 2003.
  • Academic freedom in the postmodern world
    Public Affairs Quarterly 10 (3): 185-201. 1996.