•  8
    Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3): 599-606. 2002.
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    On Perceiving God: Prospects for a Cognitive Science of Religious Experience
    with Mark Baker
    In Alvin Goldman & Brian P. McLaughlin (eds.), Metaphysics and Cognitive Science, Oxford University Press. pp. 125-154. 2019.
  • Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 9 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2019.
    Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion is an annual volume offering a regular snapshot of state-of-the-art work in this longstanding area of philosophy that has seen an explosive growth of interest over the past half century.
  • Philosophical Perspectives Volume 17, Language and Philosophical Linguistics, contains over 20 articles from leading philosophers of language and linguists
  •  2
    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 11 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is the forum for the best new work in this flourishing field. Much of the most interesting work in philosophy today is metaphysical in character: this series is a much-needed focus for it.
  •  11
    Ever Better Situations and the Failure of Expression Principles
    Faith and Philosophy 35 (4): 408-416. 2018.
    William Rowe argues that if an omnipotent, omniscient being were faced with an infinite hierarchy of better and better worlds to create, that being could not also be unsurpassably morally excellent. His argument assumes that, at least in ideal circumstances, degree of moral goodness must be perfectly expressed in the degree of goodness of the outcomes chosen. Reflection upon the application of analogous expression principles for certainty and desire shows that such principles can be expected to …Read more
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    The paper has two parts: First, I describe a relatively popular thesis in the philosophy of propositional attitudes, worthy of the name ‘taking tense seriously’; and I distinguish it from a family of views in the metaphysics of time, namely, the A‐theories. Once the distinction is in focus, a skeptical worry arises. Some A‐theorists maintain that the difference between past, present, and future, is to be drawn in terms of what exists: growing‐block theorists eschew ontological commitment to futu…Read more
  • Persons: Human and Divine
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (1): 59-64. 2009.
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    Coincident Objects: Could a Stuff Ontology Help
    Analysis 57 (1): 19-27. 1997.
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    An Argument for Mereological Essentialism
    Dissertation, Brown University. 1992.
    If extended objects were just sums of unextended parts, no satisfactory theory of contact would be possible. So extended objects are not decomposable into sets of simples. The fact that extended things do not possess a single decomposition into a set of smallest, indivisible parts places important constraints upon the analysis of propositions involving mass terms. In particular, it rules out those which construe masses of matter as set-theoretical constructions out of the parts of things. Conseq…Read more
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    Dispatches from the Zombie Wars
    The Times Literary Supplement (April 28). forthcoming.
    Review of Daniel Dennett's *Sweet Dreams* and Gregg Rosenberg's *A Place for Consciousness*
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    Theology and tense
    with Roderick M. Chisholm
    Noûs 31 (2): 262-265. 1997.
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    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2008.
    ... dedicated to the timely publication of new work in metaphysics, broadly construed.
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    Yet another anti-molinist argument
    In Samuel Newlands & Larry M. Jorgensen (eds.), Metaphysics and the Good: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, Oxford University Press. 2009.
    ‘Molinism’, in contemporary usage, is the name for a theory about the workings of divine providence. Its defenders include some of the most prominent contemporary Protestant and Catholic philosophical theologians.¹ Molinism is often said to be the only way to steer a middle..
  • Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 9 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press UK. 2015.
    Much of the most interesting work in philosophy today is metaphysical in character. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is a forum for the best new work in this flourishing field. OSM offers a broad view of the subject, featuring not only the traditionally central topics such as existence, identity, modality, time, and causation, but also the rich clusters of metaphysical questions in neighbouring fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. Besides independent essays, volumes will of…Read more
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    Physical boundaries and the earliest topologists. Topology has a relatively short history; but its 19th century roots are embedded in philosophical problems about the nature of extended substances and their boundaries which go back to Zeno and Aristotle. Although it seems that there have always been philosophers interested in these matters, questions about the boundaries of three-dimensional objects were closest to center stage during the later medieval and modern periods. Are the boundaries of …Read more
  •  18
    Substance: Its Nature and Existence
    with Joshua Hoffman and Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    Philosophical Review 108 (1): 118. 1999.
    This book addresses two basic questions: What is the proper philosophical analysis of the concept of substance? and What kinds of compound substances are there? The second question is mainly addressed by asking what relations among objects are necessary and sufficient for their coming to compose a larger whole. The first 72 pages of the book contain a short history of attempts to answer the first question, and a brief presentation of the analysis the authors defend at length in their earlier boo…Read more
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    Could extended objects be made out of simple parts? An argument for "atomless gunk"
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (1): 1-29. 1996.
    Let us say that an extended object is “composed wholly of simples” just in case it is an aggregate of absolutely unextended parts spread throughout an extended region—that is, just in case there is a set S such that: every member is a point-sized part of the object, and for every x, x is part of the object if and only if it has a part in common with some member of S. Could a truly extended substance be composed entirely of unextended parts? Reflection upon the fact that it must be at least possi…Read more
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    Problems for Animalism
    Abstracta 4 (S1): 23-31. 2008.
    My comments have two parts. I begin by laying out the argument that seems to me to be at the core of Olson’s thinking about human persons; and I suggest a problem with his reasons for accepting one of its premises. The premise is warranted by its platitudinous or commonsensical status; but Olson’s arguments lead him to conclusions that undermine the family of platitudes to which it belongs. Then I’ll raise a question about how Olson should construe the vagueness that would seem to infect the bou…Read more
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    God in an Open Universe (edited book)
    with William Hasker Thomas Jay Oord
    . 2011.
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    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics I (edited book)
    Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.
    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is a major new series dedicated to the timely publication of new work in this highly fertile field of philosophy.
  •  2
    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 8 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2013.
    Oxford Studies in Metaphysics is dedicated to the timely publication of new work in metaphysics, broadly construed. These volumes provide a forum for the best new work in this flourishing field. They offer a broad view of the subject, featuring not only the traditionally central topics such as existence, identity, modality, time, and causation, but also the rich clusters of metaphysical questions in neighbouring fields, such as philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. This book is the eight…Read more
  •  4
    Material people
    In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 491-526. 2003.
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    Theories of masses and problems of constitution
    Philosophical Review 104 (1): 53-110. 1995.
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