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    Philosophy, in a Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 82 18-19. 2018.
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    Throughout his work Hegel distinguishes between the notion of an act from the standpoint of the agent and that of all other standpoints. He terms the formerHandlung and the latterTat. This distinction should not be confused with the contemporary one between action andmerebodily movement. For one, bothHandlungandTatare aspects of conduct that results from the will,viz. Tun. Moreover, Hegel's taxonomy is motivated purely by concerns relating to modes of perception. So whereas theorists such as Don…Read more
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    Philosophy, in a Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 81 19-21. 2018.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 80 18-19. 2018.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense: Robot Reasons
    The Philosophers' Magazine 79 22-23. 2017.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 78 17-19. 2017.
  • Stephen Mulhall, Philosophical Myths of the Fall
    Philosophy in Review 27 (1): 60. 2007.
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    The Doing and the Deed: Action in Normative Ethics
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 80 105-126. 2017.
    This essay is motivated by the thought that the things we do are to be distinguished from our acts of doing them. I defend a particular way of drawing this distinction before proceeding to demonstrate its relevance for normative ethics. Central to my argument is the conviction that certain ongoing debates in ethical theory begin to dissolve once we disambiguate the two concepts of action in question. If this is right, then the study of action should be accorded a far more prominent place within …Read more
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    Wittgenstein and Communication Technology – A Conversation between Richard Harper and Constantine Sandis
    with Richard Harper
    Philosophical Investigations 41 (2): 241-262. 2018.
    This paper documents a conversation between a philosopher and a human computer interaction researcher whose research has been enormously influenced by Wittgenstein. In particular, the in vivo use of categories in the design of communications and AI technologies are discussed, and how this meaning needs to evolve to allow creative design to flourish. The paper will be of interest to anyone concerned with philosophical tools in everyday action.
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    Philosophy of Action from Suarez to Anscombe
    Philosophical Explorations 21 (1): 1-2. 2018.
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    Period and Place: Collingwood and Wittgenstein on Understanding Others
    Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 22 (1): 167-193. 2016.
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    New Essays on the Explanation of Action (review)
    Analysis 70 (1): 193-196. 2010.
    The anthology contains twenty-two essays and is divided into two parts. The essays are, in the main, critical responses to aspects of what has come to be known in action theory as the ‘Standard View’ – the view that traces back to Donald Davidson's contribution to twentieth-century philosophy of action. The view under criticism treats actions as bodily movements caused in a non-deviant way by belief–desire pairs, construes these belief–desire pairs as the primary reasons for the actions that the…Read more
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    Are There Answers to the Big Questions?
    The Philosophers' Magazine 77 14-15. 2017.
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    The silver rule of acting under uncertainty
    The Philosophers' Magazine 66 84-88. 2014.
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    Hitchcock's Conscious Use of Freud's Unconscious
    Europe's Journal of Psychology 3 56-81. 2009.
    This paper argues that Hitchcock's so-called 'Freudian' films (esp. Spellbound, Psycho, and Marnie) pay tribute to the cultural magnetism of Freud's ideas whist being critical of the tehories themselves.
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    The Explanation of Action in History
    Essays in Philosophy 7 (2): 12. 2006.
    This paper focuses on two conflations which frequently appear within the philosophy of history and other fields concerned with action explanation. The first of these, which I call the Conflating View of Reasons, states that the reasons for which we perform actions are reasons why (those events which are) our actions occur. The second, more general conflation, which I call the Conflating View of Action Explanation, states that whatever explains why an agent performed a certain action explains why…Read more
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    Dretske on the Causation of Behavior
    Behavior and Philosophy 36 71-86. 2008.
    In two recent articles and an earlier book Fred Dretske appeals to a distinction between triggering and structuring causes with the aim of establishing that psychological explanations of behavior differ from non-psychological ones. He concludes that intentional human behavior is triggered by electro-chemical events but structured by representational facts. In this paper I argue that while this underrated causalist position is considerably more persuasive than the standard causalist alternative, …Read more
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    Animal Ethics
    In Richard Corrigan (ed.), Ethics: A University Guide, Progressive Frontiers Pubs.. pp. 21. 2010.
  • Julian Baggini, Philosophy: Key Themes (review)
    Philosophy in Review 23 373-375. 2003.
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    Philosophy for younger people: A polemic
    Philosophical Pathways. 2004.
    Recent years have seen a high increase in the teaching of Philosophy in schools. Programs such as Pathways Schools in Australia International Society for Philosophers, since 2003), 'Philosophy in Schools' in the UK (Royal Institute of Philosophy, since 1999), and 'Philosophy for Children' in the USA, Australia, and the UK (International Council for Philosophical Inquiry since 1985 & Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education since 1993) are spreading around the world…Read more
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    NassimTaleb in conversation with Constantine Sandis
    Philosophy Now (Sep/Oct): 24. 2008.
    COnstantien Sandis speaks to Nassim Taleb about inductive knowledge,black swans, Hume, Popper, and Wittgenstein.
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    "Review of" Philosophy of History: A Guide for Students" (review)
    Essays in Philosophy 8 (2): 10. 2007.
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    This paper uses analogies between Socratic and Wittgenseinian dialogues to argue that analytic philosophy of history should not be abandoned. In their responses to my paper ‘In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines’ James Warren and John Shand raised a number of important methodological objections, relating to the study of the history of philosophy. I here respond by questioning the supremacy of contextualist history of philosophy over the so-called ‘analytic’ approach. I conclude that the history…Read more