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    Review of Sylvia Walsh, Kierkegaard and Religion: Personality, Character, and Virtue (review)
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 (3): 230-236. 2019.
  • Chris M. Sciabarra, Marx, Hayek, and Utopia Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 16 (2): 141-143. 1996.
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    Four Moral Grounds for the Wide Distribution of Capital Endowment Goods
    Quaestiones Disputatae 8 (1): 21-56. 2017.
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    Piety, MacIntyre, and Kierkegaardian Choice: A Reply to Professor Ballard
    Faith and Philosophy 15 (3): 352-365. 1998.
    This paper concerns a debate between two previous articles in Faith and Philosophy. In 1995, Bruce Ballard criticized Marilyn Piety’s argument that the Kierkegaardian “choice” between the ‘aesthetic’ and ‘ethical’ modes of existence is not an irrational or criterionless leap. Instead, Ballard defended MacIntyre’s view that Kierkegaard’s position succumbs to the tensions inherited from its opposing enlightenment sources. I argue in response that Ballard sets up a false dilemma for Kierkegaard and…Read more
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    Augustine on Liberty of the Higher-Order Will: Answers to Hunt and Stump
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81 67-89. 2007.
    I have argued that like Harry Frankfurt, Augustine implicitly distinguishes between first-order desires and higher-order volitions; yet unlike Frankfurt, Augustineheld that the liberty to form different possible volitional identifications is essential to responsibility for our character. Like Frankfurt, Augustine recognizes that we can sometimes be responsible for the desires on which we act without being able to do or desire otherwise; but for Augustine, this is true only because such responsib…Read more
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    In the last two decades, interest in narrative conceptions of identity has grown exponentially, though there is little agreement about what a "life-narrative" might be. In connecting Kierkegaard with virtue ethics, several scholars have recently argued that narrative models of selves and MacIntyre's concept of the unity of a life help make sense of Kierkegaard's existential stages and, in particular, explain the transition from "aesthetic" to "ethical" modes of life. But others have recently rai…Read more
  • Chris M. Sciabarra, Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (review)
    Philosophy in Review 16 141-143. 1996.
  • This dissertation develops a new account of the will as a motivational power of commitment or resolve, which contrasts with volition in the 'thin' sense as a mere decision to form an intention. After tracing the historical background of these concepts in Chapter I, Chapter II argues that will involves the capacity to motivate oneself "projectively" in devotion to causes and purposes for which one did not necessarily have an antecedent "desire." "Projective motivation" differs from three types of…Read more
  • The essence of eschatology: A modal interpretation
    Ultimate Reality and Meaning 19 (3): 206-239. 1996.
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    Virtue Epistemology
    International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (3): 401-404. 2002.
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    Comparison of the preliminary objection to Haskar's and Adams's critiques of Molinism. The difficulty with Haskar's 'Power Inference Principle;' Adams's "New Anti-Molinist Argument;" William Lane Craig's recent response to Adams; Craig's defense of the 'emphemeral' Molinist logical possibility of doing otherwise; the two stages of the Existentialist's alternative strategy against Molinism
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    I will argue that there is a better position which is more religiously inclusive than "political liberalism" as conceived by Rawls or Audi, but which maintains a principled distance from Quinn's radical inclusivism. (2) In section I, I analyze Quinn's argument for radical inclusivism and pose an initial objection to it. In section II, I turn to the question of how democratic legitimation is to be conceived. After outlining the `civic virtue' or `deliberative' interpretation of democratic institu…Read more
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    A Critical Review of Natural Law and Practical Rationality
    International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (2): 229-239. 2003.
    This essay argues that Mark C. Murphy's original contribution to natural law ethics succeeds in finding a way between older metaphysical and newer purely practical approaches in this genre. Murphy's reconstruction of the function argument, critique of subjectivist theories of well-being, and rigorous formulation of a flexible welfarist theory of value deserve careful attention. I defend Kant against Murphy's critique and argue that Murphy faces the problem of showing that all his basic goods are…Read more
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    Tradition(s)
    The Owl of Minerva 32 (1): 65-82. 2000.
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    A Phenomenology Of The Profane: Heidegger, Blumenberg and the structure of the chthonic
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 30 (2): 182-206. 1999.
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    Tradition: Refiguring Community and Virtue in Classical German Thought (review)
    The Owl of Minerva 32 (1): 65-82. 2000.
    Tradition must rank as one of the ten most important works within the hermeneutic tradition to be published in the 1990s, alongside recent books by Jean-Luc Nancy, Drucilla Cornell, Simon Critchley, John Caputo, Paul Ricoeur, and Jacques Derrida. In Tradition, Stephen Watson, who is influenced by Heidegger, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, and Alasdair MacIntyre, works out a historical hermeneutics with obvious connections to their views, but that also stakes out a different position "between" t…Read more
  • Eschatological ultimacy and the best possible hereafter
    Ultimate Reality and Meaning 25 (1): 36-67. 2002.
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    Responsibility and Control
    Faith and Philosophy 17 (3): 384-395. 2000.