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    Creatures of habit: The problem and the practice of liberation (review)
    Continental Philosophy Review 38 (1-2): 19-39. 2005.
    This paper begins by reflecting on the concept of habit and discussing its significance in various philosophical and non-philosophical contexts – for this helps to clarify the connections between habit and selfhood. I then attempt to sketch an account of the self as ”nothing but habit,“ and to address the questions this raises about how such a self must be constituted. Finally, I focus on the issue of freedom, or liberation, and consider the possibility of moving beyond habit. I emphasize the bo…Read more
  •  64
    Kierkegaard's repetition: The possibility of motion
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (3). 2005.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  •  63
    Between freedom and necessity: Félix ravaisson on habit and the moral life
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (2). 2010.
    This paper examines Feacutelix Ravaisson's account of habit, as presented in his 1838 essay _Of Habit_, and considers its significance in the context of moral practice. This discussion is set in an historical context by drawing attention to the different evaluations of habit in Aristotelian and Kantian philosophies, and it is argued that Kant's hostility to habit is based on the dichotomy between mind and body, and freedom and necessity, that pervades his thought. Ravaisson argues that the phenomenon …Read more
  •  52
    Becoming and Un-becoming: the theory and practice of Anatta
    Contemporary Buddhism 7 (1): 75-89. 2006.
    No abstract
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    Spinoza On Eternal Life
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 89 (1): 69-96. 2015.
    This article argues that Spinoza’s account of the eternity of the mind in Part V of the Ethics offers a re-interpretation of the Christian doctrine of eternal life. While Spinoza rejects the orthodox Christian teaching belief in personal immortality and the resurrection of the body, he presents an alternative account of human eternity that retains certain key characteristics of the Johannine doctrine of eternal life, especially as this is articulated in the First Letter of John. The article show…Read more
  •  33
    Kierkegaard and Heidegger
    In John Lippitt & George Pattison (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard, Oxford University Press. pp. 421. 2013.
    This chapter examines the relationship between Soren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger. It explains that Heidegger mentioned Kierkegaard in much of his work from the early 1920s until his latest writings, but did not clarify the relationship between his own thought and Kierkegaard's. The chapter analyses Kierkegaard's distinctive contribution to philosophy and evaluates how this was taken up by Heidegger in his writings, particularly in Being and Time. It also evaluates the extent to which contem…Read more
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    Foreword -- A note on the text -- Overview of themes and context -- Reading the text -- Preface -- Tuning up -- A tribute to Abraham -- A preliminary outpouring from the heart -- Problem I -- Problem II -- Problem III -- Epilogue -- Reception and influence.
  •  23
    Living in the Light of Religious Ideals
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 68 245-255. 2011.
    As a ‘poet of the religious’, Søren Kierkegaard sets before his reader a constellation of spiritual ideals, exquisitely painted with words and images that evoke their luminous beauty. Among these poetic icons are ideals of purity of heart; love of the neighbour; radiant self-transparency; truthfulness to oneself, to another person, or to God. Such ideals are what the ‘restless heart’ desires, and in invoking them Kierkegaard refuses to compromise on their purity – while insisting also that they …Read more
  •  23
    Spinoza's Acquiescentia
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (2): 209-236. 2017.
    in part iv of the Ethics, Spinoza writes that "self-esteem [acquiescentia in se ipso] is really the highest thing we can hope for."1 He opposes this affect to both humility and repentance, which are integral to Christian virtue; he describes pride—for Augustine, the root of sin—as a kind of acquiescentia in se ipso. Of course, Spinoza's distinctive views about God were enough to draw the charge of atheism from many of his contemporaries. But one of these critics, Pierre Poiret, took the suggesti…Read more
  •  22
    Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion and Politics
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (6): 1212-1214. 2012.
    No abstract
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    Kierkegaard’s Despair in An Age of Reflection
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 32 (2): 251-279. 2011.
  •  9
    How to be a Human Being in the World: Kierkegaard’s Question of Existence
    In K. Brian Söderquist, René Rosfort & Arne Grøn (eds.), Kierkegaard's Existential Approach, De Gruyter. pp. 113-130. 2017.
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    No Title available: Book reviews (review)
    Religious Studies 46 (2): 270-274. 2010.
  •  5
    On Habit
    Routledge. 2014.
    For Aristotle, excellence is not an act but a habit, and Hume regards habit as ‘the great guide of life’. However, for Proust habit is problematic: ‘if habit is a second nature, it prevents us from knowing our first.’ What is habit? Do habits turn us into machines or free us to do more creative things? Should religious faith be habitual? Does habit help or hinder the practice of philosophy? Why do Luther, Spinoza, Kant, Kierkegaard and Bergson all criticise habit? If habit is both a blessing and…Read more
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    Spiritual desire and religious practice
    Religious Studies 1-18. forthcoming.
  •  4
    I can see myself enjoying that: Using imagery perspective to circumvent bias in self-perceptions of interest
    with Zachary Adolph Niese, Lisa K. Libby, and Richard P. Eibach
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. forthcoming.
  •  3
    The self and the good life
    In Nicholas Adams, George Pattison & Graham Ward (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought, Oxford University Press. pp. 19. 2013.
  • Pt. I. Identity. The self and the good life
    In Nicholas Adams, George Pattison & Graham Ward (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought, Oxford University Press. 2013.
  • Ideals without idealism
    In John Cornwell & Michael McGhee (eds.), Philosophers and God: At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason, Continuum. 2009.
  • Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Becoming: Movements and Positions
    State University of New York Press. 2005.
    An accessible and original exploration of the theological and philosophical significance of Kierkegaard’s religious thought
  • Signs of the Times: Kierkegaard’s Diagnosis and Treatment of Hegelian Thought
    Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 61 45-60. 2010.
  • No Title available: Book reviews (review)
    Religious Studies 44 (4): 485-489. 2008.