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    Ethics
    with T. McConnell, R. J. H. King, and J. Skorupski
    Philosophical Books 46 (1): 87-93. 2005.
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    Competition, contest and the possibility of egalitarian university education
    Journal of Philosophy in Schools 6 (1): 10-25. 2019.
    Competition and contest underpin academic life in many ways, not all of them constructive or valuable. In this paper I make a start on the task of distinguishing valuable academic competition from its opposite and suggest reforms of academic institutions that would diminish the prevalence of destructive competition and approach more nearly the egalitarian goal of treating all members of the academic community—especially, but not only, students—as equally valued and equally deserving of respect. …Read more
  •  22
    Review of Moral realism: A defence by R Shafer-Landau (review)
    Philosophical Books 46 (1): 92-93. 2005.
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    BOOK REVIEW Extract: Integrity, it seems, is a matter of remaining true to oneself, or rather, it is a matter of remaining true to what one reasonably judges to be the best of oneself. In Integrity and the Virtues of Reason, Greg Scherkoske seeks to overturn this piece of conventional wisdom. It is a fine book and I learned a lot from it. Scherkoske elaborates and defends the idea that integrity is an epistemic virtue; that it is not fundamentally a matter of being true to oneself but of being a…Read more
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    Cartesian Questions
    International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2): 241-242. 2001.
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    Academic Virtues: Site Specific and Under Threat
    Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (4): 753-767. 2016.
    Extract: Clearly, academic life takes place at the intersection of many social practices. If MacIntyre is right, the role-specific virtues of academic life should be understood in terms of these practices.2 Academic virtues are those excellences required to obtain the internal goods of the social practices constituting academic life. And the social practices of academic life are sustained, competitive and cooperative attempts to achieve a set of academic goals and realize academic forms of excel…Read more
  •  24
    Truth, value, and consolation
    Journal of Value Inquiry 36 (4): 413-424. 2002.
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    Reflections in a Mirror
    Diametros 41 1-12. 2014.
    In this paper, I develop a solution to the puzzle of mirror perception: why do mirrors appear to reverse the image of an object along a left/right axis and not around other axes, such as the top/bottom axis? I set out the different forms the puzzle takes and argue that one form of it – arguably the key form – has not been satisfactorily solved. I offer a solution in three parts: setting out the conditions in which an apparent left/right reversal of mirror images is generated; explaining why thes…Read more
  •  9
    Le Fils and the Limits of Philosophical Ethics
    Substance 45 (3): 84-97. 2016.
    This paper is a study in contrasts. In the first part, I describe one prominent set of approaches to representing the ethical: those of analytic philosophy and the experimental moral psychology inspired by it. I argue that what is missing in this approach is a perspicuous representation of the ethical. The term “perspicuous representation” is drawn from the work of Wittgenstein, where it means a way of representing phenomena that reveals the inner connections between their parts or aspects and m…Read more
  •  29
    Integrity
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
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    Scepticism and the Interpreter
    Philosophical Papers 29 (2): 61-72. 2000.
    Abstract This paper defends an argument from interpretation against the possibility of massive error. The argument shares many important features with Donald Davidson's famous argument, but also key differences. I defend the argument against claims that it begs the question against scepticism and that it leaves the sceptic with an obvious means of escape
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    Should we strive for integrity?
    with Marguerite LaCaze and M. P. Levine
    Journal of Value Inquiry 33 (4): 519-530. 1999.
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    In this chapter I use a film by the Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Le Fils, to explore the difference between Stoic and Anti-Stoic approaches to overcoming victimhood. The Stoic approach to overcoming victimhood emphasizes the inner-strength and resourcefulness of victims. It sets up an ideal of Stoic independence in which a person responds to becoming a victim by marshalling inner resources to overcome destructive and painful emotions. An Anti-Stoic approach to overcoming vict…Read more
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    Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2): 241-242. 2001.
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    Modelling the Moral Dimension of Decisions
    with Mark Colyvan and Katie Siobhan Steele
    Noûs 44 (3): 503-529. 2010.
    In this paper we explore the connections between ethics and decision theory. In particular, we consider the question of whether decision theory carries with it a bias towards consequentialist ethical theories. We argue that there are plausible versions of the other ethical theories that can be accommodated by “standard” decision theory, but there are also variations of these ethical theories that are less easily accommodated. So while “standard” decision theory is not exclusively consequentialis…Read more
  •  11
    Welcome to Su: the spectral university
    Angelaki 21 (2): 213-226. 2016.
    While some may argue that universities are in a state of crisis, others claim that we are living in a post-university era; a time after universities. If there was a battle for the survival of the institution it is over and done with. The buildings still stand. Students enrol and may attend lectures, though most do not. But virtually nothing real remains. What some mistakenly take to be a university is, in actuality, an “uncanny” spectral presence. The encompassing ethico-philosophical question i…Read more
  •  76
    Metaphysical realism and idealisation
    Philosophia 26 (3-4): 465-487. 1998.
    Hilary Putnam's famous model-theoretic arguments have the virtue of presenting metaphysical realists with a clear challenge. On pain of embracing either an implausible antifallibilism or the radical indeterminacy of reference, metaphysical realists must appeal to metalinguistic levels of interpretation richer than our own in order to fix meaning. And sense must be made of this appeal. In this paper I begin the task of developing a version of metaphysical realism that takes up this challenge.
  •  6
    Integrity and Politics
    Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 8 (2): 31-45. 2000.
  •  22
    7 Avatar: Racism and Prejudice on Pandora
    In Dan Flory & Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo (eds.), Race, Philosophy, and Film, Routledge. pp. 50--117. 2013.
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    Re-Reading: Judith Jarvis Thompson, 'A Defense of Abortion'
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    An introduction to philosophy through film, _Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies_ combines the exploration of fundamental philosophical issues with the experience of viewing films, and provides an engaging reading experience for undergraduate students, philosophy enthusiasts and film buffs alike. An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film-making Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual f…Read more
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    Putnam, Equivalence, Realism
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (2): 155-170. 1997.
  •  34
    Judging Character
    American Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4): 387-398. 2013.
    A lot is at stake in character judgment. How we treat others is influenced by what kinds of persons we take them to be. Our rational plans of life depend upon our insights into our own character and the character of those close to us. Given the importance of the way we judge character, the virtues and vices of character judgment deserve much closer attention than they have received in the philosophical literature. Some philosophers have discussed duties of friendship and how they impact upon the…Read more
  •  7
    Diagnosis without treatment: responding to the War on Terror
    South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1): 19-33. 2014.
    The War on Terror has exposed deep problems within contemporary political practice. It has demonstrated the moral fragility of liberal democracy. Much critical literature on the topic is devoted to uncovering the sources of this fragility. In this paper, we accept the general thrust of much of this literature, but turn our attention to the practical upshot of the criticism. A common feature of the literature is that, when it comes to offering remedies of the problems it identifies, what is offer…Read more
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    While some may argue that universities are in a state of crisis, others claim that we are living in a post-university era; a time after universities. If there was a battle for the survival of the institution it is over and done with. The buildings still stand. Students enrol and may attend lectures, though most do not. But virtually nothing real remains. What some mistakenly take to be a university is, in actuality, an “uncanny” spectral presence. The encompassing ethico-philosophical question i…Read more
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    Review of Jean-Luc Marion, Cartesian Questions (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2): 241-242. 2001.
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    On the value of natural relations
    Environmental Ethics 19 (2): 173-183. 1997.
    In “A Refutation of Environmental Ethics” Janna Thompson argues that by assigning intrinsic value to nonhuman elements of nature either our evaluations become (1) arbitrary, and therefore unjustified, or (2) impractical, or (3) justified and practical, but only by reflecting human interest, thus failing to be truly intrinsic to nonhuman nature. There are a number of possible responses to her argument, some of which have been made explicitly in reply to Thompson and others which are implicit in t…Read more
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    This book examines the centrality of integrity in relation to a variety of philosophical and psychological concerns that impinge upon the ethical life.