•  13
    Collective action
    The Philosophers' Magazine 72 101-102. 2016.
  •  18
    An Honest Display of Fakery: Replicas and the Role of Museums
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 79 241-259. 2016.
    This essay brings together questions from aesthetic theory and museum management. In particular, I relate a contextualist account of the value of copies to a pluralistic understanding of the purpose of museums. I begin by offering a new defence of the no longer fashionable view that the aesthetic value of artworks may be detached from questions regarding their provenance. My argument is partly based on a distinction between the process of creating a work of art and the artwork in question.Next, …Read more
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    To mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Davidson's 'Actions, reasons and causes', eight philosophers with distinctive and contrasting views revisit and update the reasons/causes debate. Their essays are preceded by a historical introduction which traces current debates to their roots in the philosophy of history and social science, linking the rise of causalism to a metaphysical backlash against the linguistic turn. Both historically grounded and topical, this volume will be of great interest to …Read more
  •  196
    The objects of action explanation
    Ratio 25 (3): 326-344. 2012.
    This paper distinguishes between various different conceptions of behaviour and action before exploring an accompanying variety of distinct things that ‘action explanation’ may plausibly amount to viz. different objectives of action explanation. I argue that a large majority of philosophers are guilty of conflating many of these, consequently offering inadequate accounts of the relation between actions and our reasons for performing them. The paper ends with the suggestion that we would do well …Read more
  •  569
    Hume and the Debate on 'Motivating Reasons'
    In Charles Pigden (ed.), Hume on Motivation and Virtue, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.
    This paper argues for a novel interpretation of Hume's account of motivation, according to which beliefs can (alone) motivate action though not by standing as reasons which normatively favour it. It si then suggested that a number of contemporary debates about concerning the nature of reasons for action could benefit from such an approach.
  •  74
    "Review of" The Literary Wittgenstein" (review)
    Essays in Philosophy 7 (1): 13. 2006.
  •  138
    I here respond to James Warren and John Shand's replies to my paper ‘In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines’ by questioning the supremacy of contextualist history of philosophy over the so-called ‘analytic’ approach.
  •  90
    with M. J. Cain
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 70. 2012.
  • Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom, eds., What Philosophers Think (review)
    Philosophy in Review 23 373-375. 2003.
  •  137
    A Companion to the Philosophy of Action (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2010.
    A Companion to the Philosophy of Action offers a comprehensive overview of the issues and problems central to the philosophy of action. The first volume to survey the entire field of philosophy of action (the central issues and processes relating to human actions). Brings together specially commissioned chapters from international experts. Discusses a range of ideas and doctrines, including rationality, free will and determinism, virtuous action, criminal responsibility, Attribution Theory, and …Read more
  •  151
    Verbal Reports and ‘Real’ Reasons: Confabulation and Conflation
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2): 267-280. 2015.
    This paper examines the relation between the various forces which underlie human action and verbal reports about our reasons for acting as we did. I maintain that much of the psychological literature on confabulations rests on a dangerous conflation of the reasons for which people act with a variety of distinct motivational factors. In particular, I argue that subjects frequently give correct answers to questions about the considerations they acted upon while remaining largely unaware of why the…Read more
  •  81
    The Immortalization Commission
    Philosophy Now 86 42-42. 2011.
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    In the first ever book-length treatment of David Hume’s philosophy of action, Constantine Sandis brings together seemingly disparate aspects of Hume’s work to present an understanding of human action that is much richer than previously assumed. Sandis showcases Hume’s interconnected views on action and its causes by situating them within a wider vision of our human understanding of personal identity, causation, freedom, historical explanation, and morality. In so doing, he also relates key aspec…Read more
  •  115
    Nietzsche’s Dance With Zarathustra
    Philosophy Now 93 13-15. 2012.
  •  113
    A Just Medium: Empathy and Detachment in Historical Understanding
    Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (2): 179-200. 2011.
    This paper explores the role of empathy and detachment in historical explanation by comparing Collingwood and Hume's philosophies of history to Brecht and Stanislavki's theories of theatre. I argue that Collingwood's notion of re-enactment shares much more with Hume and Brecht than it does with Stanislavski. This enables a just medium between rationalistic and empathetic accounts of historical understanding, as recently put forth by Mark Bevir and Karsten Stueber respectively