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    Human nature, reason and morality
    Journal of Philosophy of Education. forthcoming.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, EarlyView.
  • Editorial
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 55 (2): 285-286. 2021.
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    Teaching, Telling and Technology
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 54 (2): 305-318. 2020.
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    Analysis and transcendence in The Sovereignty of Good
    European Journal of Philosophy 28 (1): 214-223. 2020.
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    Practice, Sensibility and Moral Education
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 52 (4): 677-694. 2018.
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    Trouble with Knowledge
    Philosophy 93 (3): 433-453. 2018.
  • Ethics and Epistemology of Education (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. forthcoming.
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    On Lenin’s Materialism and empiriocriticism
    Studies in East European Thought 70 (2-3): 107-119. 2018.
    In May 1909, Lenin published Materialism and empiriocriticism, a polemical assault on forms of positivistic empiricism popular among members of the Bolshevik intelligentsia, especially his political rival Alexander Bogdanov. After expounding the core claims on both sides of the debate, this essay considers the relation of the philosophical issues at stake to the political stances of their proponents. I maintain that Lenin’s use of philosophical argument was not purely opportunistic, and I contes…Read more
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    This article seeks to present Vygotsky's theoretical perspective as an integral whole as an antidote to the desire to plunder his work for isolated insights. The first part of the paper treats Vygotsky's views on method: his critique of the prevailing psychological orthodoxies; his recommendation that the higher mental functions be seen as standing in interfunctional relations of mutual determination; his technique of 'unit analysis'. The second part discusses the method in action: Vygotsky's ge…Read more
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    Thought, speech and the genesis of meaning: On the 50th anniversary of vygotsky's myšlenie I reč' (review)
    Studies in East European Thought 31 (2): 103-129. 1986.
    This article seeks to present Vygotsky's theoretical perspective as an integral whole as an antidote to the desire to plunder his work for isolated insights. The first part of the paper treats Vygotsky's views on method: his critique of the prevailing psychological orthodoxies; his recommendation that the higher mental functions be seen as standing in interfunctional relations of mutual determination; his technique of unit analysis. The second part discusses the method in action: Vygotsky's gene…Read more
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    Sameness and Substance Renewed (review)
    Philosophy 79 (1): 133-141. 2004.
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    Legal Philosophies of Russian Liberalism
    Philosophical Books 30 (2): 115-118. 1989.
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    Political emancipation and the domination of nature: The rise and fall of soviet prometheanism
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 5 (3). 1991.
    Abstract Frolov, I. T. (1990) Man, Science, Humanism: A New Synthesis (Buffalo, NY, Prometheus Books), 342 pp. Graham, L. R. (Ed.) (1990) Science and the Soviet Social Order (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press), ix + 443 pp. Understanding the place of science in Soviet culture is essential if we are to understand the distinctive character of the Soviet Union, its failings and contradictions, and its prospects for the future. This paper examines Soviet conceptions of the role of science i…Read more
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    This 1991 book is a critical study of the philosophical culture of the USSR, and the first substantial treatment of a Soviet philosopher's work by a Western author. The book identifies a tradition within Soviet Marxism that has produced significant theories of the nature of the self and human activity, of the origins of value and meaning, and of the relation of thought and language. The tradition is presented through the work of Evald Ilyenkov, the man who did most to rejuvenate Soviet philosoph…Read more
  •  118
    On lying and deceiving
    Journal of Medical Ethics 18 (2): 63-66. 1992.
    This article challenges Jennifer Jackson's recent defence of doctors' rights to deceive patients. Jackson maintains there is a general moral difference between lying and intentional deception: while doctors have a prima facie duty not to lie, there is no such obligation to avoid deception. This paper argues 1) that an examination of cases shows that lying and deception are often morally equivalent, and 2) that Jackson's position is premised on a species of moral functionalism that misconstrues t…Read more
  • Lynd Forguson, Common Sense (review)
    Philosophy in Review 12 241-243. 1992.
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    Lynd Forguson, Common Sense Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 12 (4): 241-243. 1992.
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    Social Being and the Human Essence: An Unresolved Issue in Soviet Philosophy. A Dialogue with Russian Philosophers Conducted by David Bakhurst
    with F. T. Mikhailov, V. S. Bibler, V. A. Lektorsky, and V. V. Davydov
    Studies in East European Thought 47 (1/2): 3-60. 1995.
    This is a transcription of a debate on the concept of a person conducted in Moscow in 1983. David Bakhurst argues that Evald Ilyenkov's social constructivist conception of personhood, founded on Marx's thesis that the human essence is 'the ensemble of social relations', is either false or trivially true. F. T. Mikhailov, V. S. Bibler, V. A. Lektorsky and V. V. Davydov critically assess Bakhurst's arguments, elucidate and contextualize Ilyenkov's views, and defend, in contrasting ways, the claim …Read more
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    Social being and the human essence: An unresolved issue in soviet philosophy
    Studies in East European Thought 47 (1-2): 3-60. 1995.
    This is a transcription of a debate on the concept of a person conducted in Moscow in 1983. David Bakhurst argues that Evald Ilyenkov's social constructivist conception of personhood, founded on Marx's thesis that the human essence is the ensemble of social relations, is either false or trivially true. F. T. Mikhailov, V. S. Bibler, V. A. Lektorsky and V. V. Davydov critically assess Bakhurst's arguments, elucidate and contextualize Ilyenkov's views, and defend, in contrasting ways, the claim th…Read more
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    The Philosophy of Activity
    Russian Studies in Philosophy 36 (1): 47-56. 1997.
    My subject today is the philosophical significance of the concept of activity. I shall not be talking about philosophical consequences of empirical work done by activity theorists; there are no doubt many such consequences, but they are not my subject. I want to ask whether activity theory incorporates a fundamental philosophical vision. The activity approach obviously represents a certain way of seeing human subjects and their relation to the world. To what extent does this perspective cast lig…Read more
  • Philip Boobbyer, SL Frank. The Life and Work of a Russian Philosopher 1877-1950
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 6 (2): 308-310. 1998.
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    Pragmatism and moral knowledge
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (sup1): 227-252. 1998.