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    Democracy and ignorance: Reply to Friedman
    Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 18 (4): 453-466. 2006.
    Several distinct epistemic states may be properly characterized as states of ?ignorance.? It is not clear that the ?public ignorance? on which Jeffrey Friedman bases his critique of social democracy is objectionable, because it is not evident which of these epistemic states is at issue. Moreover, few extant theories of democracy defend it on the grounds that it produces good outcomes, rather than because its procedures are just. And even the subcategory of democratic theories that focus on epist…Read more
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    Email and ethics -- Causation and laws of nature -- Internalism and epistemology -- Einstein, relativity, and absolute simultaneity -- Epistemology modalized -- Truth and speech acts -- Fiction, narrative, and knowledge -- A pragmatist philosophy of democracy.
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    In recent years there has been a renewed interest in American pragmatism. In political philosophy, the revival of pragmatism has led to a new appreciation for the democratic theory of John Dewey. In this book, Robert B. Talisse advances a series of pragmatic arguments against Deweyan democracy. Particularly, Talisse argues that Deweyan democracy cannot adequately recognize pluralism , the fact that intelligent, sincere, and well-intentioned persons can disagree sharply and reasonably over moral …Read more
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    Charles S. Peirce’s Philosophy of Signs: Essays in Comparative Semiotics (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 55 (3): 624-625. 2002.
    Gérard Deldalle is among the world’s most important students of American philosophy, and one of the very best Peirce scholars writing today. Charles S. Peirce’s Philosophy of Signs collects seventeen of Deledalle’s essays on the theory and application of Peirce’s semeiotic. Many of these essays appear for the first time in English, and span the author’s work over fifty years. The book is organized in four parts: “Semeiotic as Philosophy,” “Semeiotic as Semiotics,” “Comparative Semiotics,” and “C…Read more
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    Clarifying Cohen: A Response to Jubb and Hall
    Res Publica 19 (4): 371-379. 2013.
    In this brief essay, we clarify Cohen’s ‘Facts and Principles’ argument, and then argue that the objections posed by two recent critiques of Cohen—Robert Jubb (Res Publica 15:337–353, 2009) and Edward Hall (Res Publica 19:173–181, 2013)—look especially vulnerable to the charge of being self-defeating. It may still be that Cohen’s view concerning facts and principles is false. Our aim here is merely to show that two recent attempts to demonstrate its falsity are unlikely to succeed
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    Abortion activism and civil discourse: Reply to Shields
    with Steven Maloney
    Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 20 (1-2): 167-179. 2008.
    Jon Shields's finding—that certain evangelical pro‐life activist groups are more interested in deliberative discussions about abortion than are pro‐choice activists—is wrong on methodological, normative, and philosophical grounds. He generalizes about pro‐life civility from a small, trained sample group, and ignores possibly important variables that would explain pro‐choicers' incivility. Further, politeness is not necessarily a requirement of democratic deliberation—which entails not forcing on…Read more
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    Debate: Pragmatist Epistemology and Democratic Theory: A Reply to Eric MacGilvray
    with Cheryl Misak
    Journal of Political Philosophy 22 (3): 366-376. 2014.
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    Nagel on Public Education and Intelligent Design
    with Scott F. Aikin and Michael Harbour
    Journal of Philosophical Research 35 209-219. 2010.
    In a recent article, Thomas Nagel argues against the court’s decision to strike down the Dover school district’s requirement that biology teachers in Dover public schools inform their students about Intelligent Design. Nagel contends that this ruling relies on questionable demarcation between science and nonscience and consequently misapplies the Establishment Clause of the constitution. Instead, he argues in favor of making room for an open discussion of these issues rather than an outright pro…Read more
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    Luck Libertarianism? A Critique of Tan’s Institutional View
    Southwest Philosophy Review 31 (1): 187-196. 2015.
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    A Critique of Deweyan Democracy
    Southwest Philosophy Review 24 (1): 181-190. 2008.
  • John Dewey's Essays in Experimental Logic (edited book)
    with D. Micah Hester
    Southern Illinois University Press. 2007.
    _Offering a new edition of Dewey’s 1916 collection of essays_ This critical edition of John Dewey’s 1916 collection of writings on logic, _Essays in Experimental Logic—_in which Dewey presents his concept of logic as the theory of inquiry and his unique and innovative development of the relationship of inquiry to experience—is the first scholarly reprint of the work in one volume since 1954. _Essays in Experimental Logic, _edited by D. Micah Hester and Robert B. Talisse, uses the authoritative t…Read more
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    An epistemological defense of democracy
    Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 22 (2-3): 281-291. 2010.
    Folk epistemology?the idea that one can't help believing that one's beliefs are true?provides an alternative to political theorists' inadequate defenses of democracy. It implicitly suggests a dialectical, truth-seeking norm for dealing with people who do not share one's own beliefs. Folk epistemology takes us beyond Mill's consequentialist claim for democracy (that the free array of opinions in a deliberative democracy leads us to the truth); instead, the epistemic freedom of the democratic proc…Read more
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    Encyclopedia of American Philosophy (edited book)
    with John Lachs
    Routledge. 2007.
  • Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century: Essential Essays (edited book)
    with Steven M. Cahn
    Westview Press. 2012.
    Moving beyond the work of Rawls and his critics, this concise collection contains critical essays in contemporary political philosophy. All have been chosen for their importance and accessibility, and some have been edited by their authors for inclusion in this work. Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century covers five main topics: equality, justice, liberty, democracy, and human rights. To assist readers, the editors have also provided section introduction and study questions as well as…Read more
  • Aristotle's Politics Today (edited book)
    with Lenn E. Goodman
    State University of New York Press. 2007.
    _Examines the implications of Aristotle’s political thought for contemporary political theory._
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    A farewell to Deweyan democracy: Towards a new pragmatist politics
    Political Studies 59 (3): 509-526. 2011.
    The revival of pragmatism has brought renewed enthusiasm for John Dewey's conception of democracy. Drawing upon Rawlsian concerns regarding the fact of reasonable pluralism, the author argues that Deweyan democracy is unworthy of resurrection. A modified version of Deweyan democracy recently proposed by Elizabeth Anderson is then taken up and also found to be lacking. Then the author proposes a model of democracy that draws upon Peirce's social epistemology. The result is a non-Deweyan but nonet…Read more
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    American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (edited book)
    with John Lachs
    Routledge. 2004.
    The _Encyclopedia of American Philosophy_ provides coverage of the major figures, concepts, historical periods and traditions in American philosophical thought. Containing over 600 entries written by scholars who are experts in the field, this _Encyclopedia_ is the first of its kind. It is a scholarly reference work that is accessible to the ordinary reader by explaining complex ideas in simple terms and providing ample cross-references to facilitate further study. The _Encyclopedia of American …Read more
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    Belief and the Error Theory
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (4): 849-856. 2016.
    A new kind of debate about the normative error theory has emerged. Whereas longstanding debates have fixed on the error theory’s plausibility, this new debate concerns the theory’s believability. Bart Streumer is the chief proponent of the error theory’s unbelievability. In this brief essay, we argue that Streumer’s argument prevails against extant critiques, and then press a criticism of our own.
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    Reply to Festenstein
    Contemporary Political Theory 9 (1): 45-49. 2010.
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    Physician Deception and Patient Autonomy
    with D. Micah Hester
    American Journal of Bioethics 9 (12): 22-23. 2009.
    No abstract
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    An Epistemological Defense Of Democracy
    Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 22 (2): 281-291. 2010.
    Folk epistemology—the idea that one can't help believing that one's beliefs are true—provides an alternative to political theorists' inadequate defenses of democracy. It implicitly suggests a dialectical, truth-seeking norm for dealing with people who do not share one's own beliefs. Folk epistemology takes us beyond Mill's consequentialist claim for democracy ; instead, the epistemic freedom of the democratic process itself makes citizens confident that evidence for one's beliefs have not been d…Read more
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    Evolution, Intelligent Design and Public Education: A Comment on Thomas Nagel
    with Scott Aikin and Michael Harbour
    Spontaneous Generations 3 (1): 35-40. 2009.
    Thomas Nagel recently proposed that the exclusion of Intelligent Design from science classrooms is inappropriate and that there needs to be room for “noncommittal discussion.” It is shown that Nagel’s policy proposals do not ?t the conclusions of his arguments
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    Why We Argue : A Guide to Political Disagreement presents an accessible and engaging introduction to the theory of argument, with special emphasis on the way argument works in public political debate. The authors develop a view according to which proper argument is necessary for one’s individual cognitive health; this insight is then expanded to the collective health of one’s society. Proper argumentation, then, is seen to play a central role in a well-functioning democracy. Written in a lively …Read more
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    Rockmore on analytic pragmatism
    Metaphilosophy 39 (2): 155-162. 2008.
    Aikin and Talisse reply to Rockmore's case against the 'analytic pragmatist' tradition.
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    Why We Argue: A Sketch of an Epistemic-Democratic Program
    Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 29 (2): 60-67. 2014.
    This essay summarizes the research program developed in our new book, Why We Argue : A Guide to Political Disagreement. Humans naturally want to know and to take themselves as having reason on their side. Additionally, many people take democracy to be a uniquely proper mode of political arrangement. There is an old tension between reason and democracy, however, and it was first articulated by Plato. Plato’s concern about democracy was that it detached political decision from reason. Epistemic de…Read more
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    On Epistemic Abstemiousness and Diachronic Norms: A Reply to Bundy
    with Scott Aikin, Michael Harbour, and Jonathan Neufeld
    Logos and Episteme 3 (1): 125-130. 2012.
    In “On Epistemic Abstemiousness,” Alex Bundy has advanced his criticism of our view that the Principle of Suspension yields serious diachronic irrationality. Here, we defend the diachronic perspective on epistemic norms and clarify how we think the diachronic consequences follow.