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    _Bringing Biology to Life _is a guided tour of the philosophy of biology, canvassing three broad areas: the early history of biology, from Aristotle to Darwin; traditional debates regarding species, function, and units of selection; and recent efforts to better understand the human condition in light of evolutionary biology. Topics are addressed using no more technical jargon than necessary, and without presupposing any advanced knowledge of biology or the philosophy of science on the part of th…Read more
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    Clinical Decision-Making: The Case against the New Casuistry
    Issues in Law and Medicine 32 (2): 143-171. 2017.
    Albert Jonsen and Stephen Toulmin have argued that the best way to resolve complex “moral” issues in clinical settings is to focus on the details of specific cases. This approach to medical decision-making, labeled ‘casuistry’, has met with much criticism in recent years. In response to this criticism, Carson Strong has attempted to salvage much of Jonsen’s and Toulmin’s version of casuistry. He concludes that much of their analysis, including Jonsen’s further elaboration about the casuistic …Read more
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    Global Warming
    In Roger Chapman (ed.), Culture Wars, M.e. Sharpe. pp. 218-220. 2010.
    Overview of the global warming/climate change debate
  •  158
    Social Brain Matters (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 32 (3): 305-312. 2009.
    Book Review
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    A Cognitive Interpretation of Aristotle’s Concepts of Catharsis and Tragic Pleasure
    International Journal of Art and Art History 2 (2). 2014.
    Jonathan Lear argues that the established purgation, purification, and cognitive stimulation interpretations of Aristotle’s concepts of catharsis and tragic pleasure are off the mark. In response, Lear defends an anti-cognitivist account, arguing that it is the pleasure associated with imaginatively “living life to the full” and yet hazarding nothing of importance that captures Aristotle’s understanding of catharsis and tragic pleasure. This analysis reveals that Aristotle’s account of imaginati…Read more
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    Book review-Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science (review)
    Philosophia 28 (1-4): 539-555. 2001.
    Book Review of Brian Fay's Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science
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    The Scientific Study of Consciousness: Searle’s Radical Request
    PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 16 (2): 59-89. 2010.
    John Searle offers what he thinks to be a reasonable scientific approach to the understanding of consciousness. I argue that Searle is demanding nothing less than a Kuhnian-type revolution with respect to how scientists should study consciousness given his rejection of the subject-object distinction and affirmation of mental causation. As part of my analysis, I reveal that Searle embraces a version of emergentism that is in tension, not only with his own account, but also with some of the theore…Read more
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    Exempting All Minimal-Risk Research from IRB Review: Pruning or Poisoning the Regulatory Tree?
    with Mike Scheessele
    IRB: Ethics & Human Research 34 (2): 9-14. 2012.
    In a recent commentary, Kim and colleagues argued that minimal-risk research should be deregulated so that such studies do not require review by an institutional review board. They claim that regulation of minimal-risk studies provides no adequate counterbalancing good and instead leads to a costly human subjects oversight system. We argue that the counterbalancing good of regulating minimal-risk studies is that oversight exists to ensure that respect for persons and justice requirements are sat…Read more
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    Defenders of evolutionary medicine claim that medical professionals and public health officials would do well to consider the role of evolutionary biology with respect to the teaching, research, and judgments pertaining to medical theory and practice. An integral part of their argument is that the human body should be understood as a bundle of evolutionary compromises. Such an appreciation, which includes a proper understanding of biological function and physiological homeostasis, would provide …Read more
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    This paper defends the position that the supposed gap between biological altruism and psychological altruism is not nearly as wide as some scholars (e.g., Elliott Sober) insist. Crucial to this defense is the use of James Mark Baldwin's concepts of “organic selection”and “social heredity” to assist in revealing that the gap between biological and psychological altruism is more of a small lacuna. Specifically, this paper argues that ontogenetic behavioral adjustments, which are crucial to individ…Read more
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    In responding to this debate, Ananth both surveys the existing literature, with special focus on the work of Christopher Boorse, and argues that a naturalistic ...