•  7
    Colloquium 6
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 6 (1): 228-239. 1990.
  •  1
    Omissions and Other Acts
    Dissertation, Princeton University. 1985.
    Philosophical discussion of the topic of intentional agency has often focused on questions about the nature of the events which are intentional actions. This event-oriented approach cannot yield an adequate account of human agency because it cannot accommodate negative acts, or acts of omission. Agents may act intentionally by omitting to act, but many such acts of omission cannot be identified with any event consisting of a bodily movement. This dissertation is an attempt to develop an account …Read more
  •  23
    Familiarity with the doctrines presented in Richard Allestree’s devotional work The Whole Duty of Man, which Hume reported having read as a boy, can illuminate the strategy of argument Hume employs in Treatise 2.1.6–2.1.8 to undermine views he attributes to “the vulgar systems of ethicks.” Hume’s explicit critique of the view that pride is a sin and humility a virtue in Treatise 2.1.7 relies on assumptions that are already present in Allestree’s account of pride and humility and are described us…Read more
  •  42
    John Fischer and Mark Ravizza defend in this book a painstakingly constructed analysis of what they take to be a core condition of moral responsibility: the notion of guidance control. The volume usefully collects in one place ideas and arguments the authors have previously published in singly or jointly authored works on this and related topics, as well as various refinements to those views and some suggestive discussions that aim to show how their account of guidance control might fit into a m…Read more
  •  5
    Commentary on Robert Heinaman’s “Aristotle on Praxis and Activity”
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 6 (1): 228-239. 1990.
  •  419
    The double life of double effect
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 25 (1): 61-74. 2004.
    The U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion in Vacco v. Quill assumes that the principle of double effect explains the permissibility of hastening death in the context of ordinary palliative care and in extraordinary cases in which painkilling drugs have failed to relieve especially intractable suffering and terminal sedation has been adopted as a last resort. The traditional doctrine of double effect, understood as providing a prohibition on instrumental harming as opposed to incidental harming o…Read more
  •  9
    Commentary on Heinaman
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 12 (1): 112-123. 1996.
  •  31
    Responsibility and control: A theory of moral responsibility
    Philosophical Review 109 (2): 267-270. 2000.
    John Fischer and Mark Ravizza defend in this book a painstakingly constructed analysis of what they take to be a core condition of moral responsibility: the notion of guidance control. The volume usefully collects in one place ideas and arguments the authors have previously published in singly or jointly authored works on this and related topics, as well as various refinements to those views and some suggestive discussions that aim to show how their account of guidance control might fit into a m…Read more
  •  35
    The Possibility of Weakness of Will, by Robert Dunn (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (2): 451-455. 1991.
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    Doing away with double effect
    Ethics 111 (2): 219-255. 2001.
    I will introduce six constraints that should guide the formulation and use of DE. One goal in listing them is to engage in dialectical fair play by ruling out criticisms of the doctrine that are directed at misformulations of DE or that result from misapplications of it. Each of these constraints should be acceptable to any proponent of DE. Yet when these constraints on the application of DE are respected, it becomes clear that many of the examples provided as illustrations of DE actually illust…Read more