• The Very Idea of a Naturalized Semantics
    Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara. 1996.
    "Naturalized semantics" is the attempt to define semantic notions like meaning and representation in terms of purely non-semantic properties. It is widely accepted that mental states like beliefs have essentially a semantical aspect, which has led many to wonder how such states can be accommodated by a natural science of the mind. A reductive account of meaning is supposed to contribute to a dissolution of such worries. This work is a critical examination of the very idea of a naturalized semant…Read more
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    This book examines recent attempts by liberal theorists to defend parental authority and the paradoxes that it poses. Dennis Arjo explores various topics within the philosophy of parenting such as education, discipline, and the right of parents to teach their own religious beliefs to their children.
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    Public Reason and Child Rearing: What's a Liberal Parent to Do?
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 48 (3): 370-384. 2014.
    The ways in we raise and educate children can appear to be at odds with basic liberal values. Relationships between parents and children are unequal, parents routinely control children's behaviour in various ways, and they use their authority to shape children's beliefs and values. Whether and how such practices can be made to accord with liberal values presents a significant puzzle. In what follows I will look at a recent and sophisticated attempt to resolve these tensions offered by Matthew Cl…Read more