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    Revisionism Gone Awry: Since When Hasn't Hume Been a Sceptic?
    Journal of Scottish Philosophy 18 (2): 133-155. 2020.
    In this paper, we argue that revisionary theories about the nature and extent of Hume's scepticism are mistaken. We claim that the source of Hume's pervasive scepticism is his empiricism. As earlier readings of Hume's Treatise claim, Hume was a sceptic – and a radical one. Our position faces one enormous problem. How is it possible to square Hume's claims about normative reasoning with his radical scepticism? Despite the fact that Hume thinks that causal reasoning is irrational, he explicitly cl…Read more
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    Racism in Mind (edited book)
    with Tamas Pataki
    Cornell University Press. 2019.
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    The authors argue that the 'war on terror' marks the ultimate convergence of war with politics, and the virtual collapse of any meaningful distinction between them. Not only does it signify the breakdown of international relations norms but also the militarization of internal life and political discourse. They explore the 'genealogy' of this situation firstly through the notion of the 'state of exception'—in which sovereign violence becomes indistinct from the law that is supposed to curtail it—…Read more
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    Response to Commentators: ‘Does Comparative Philosophy Have a Fusion Future?’
    Journal of World Philosophies 2 (1): 174-178. 2017.
    Mark Siderits, Michael Nylan and Martin Verhoeven were invited to respond to Michael Levine’s discussion paper ‘Does Comparative Philosophy Have a Fusion Future?’ This paper documents Levine’s reply to their responses.
  • Book reviews (review)
    with Karel Werner, J. Pickering, Oliver Leaman, and Alan Fox
    Asian Philosophy 6 (3): 233-243. 1996.
  • Mediated Memories, The Politics Of The Past
    Annales Philosophici 1 30-50. 2010.
    The age of monumentality, or meaningful memorials and memorialization in the public sphere, is over. The design, execution, and even the meanings of public memorials are subjected to the will of those with the political and economic clout that see to it that their own understanding of events is the one represented literally and symbolically in the media and by the memorial. This paper looks at a range of theoretical and empirical considerations to employ them in order to support the claim that m…Read more
  • Prescriptive principles of problem-solving
    Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 25 (5): 328-328. 1987.
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    Diagnosis without treatment: responding to the War on Terror
    with Damian Cox
    South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1): 19-33. 2014.
    The War on Terror has exposed deep problems within contemporary political practice. It has demonstrated the moral fragility of liberal democracy. Much critical literature on the topic is devoted to uncovering the sources of this fragility. In this paper, we accept the general thrust of much of this literature, but turn our attention to the practical upshot of the criticism. A common feature of the literature is that, when it comes to offering remedies of the problems it identifies, what is offer…Read more
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    This book examines the centrality of integrity in relation to a variety of philosophical and psychological concerns that impinge upon the ethical life.
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    7 Avatar: Racism and Prejudice on Pandora
    with Damian Cox
    In Dan Flory & Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo (eds.), Race, Philosophy, and Film, Routledge. pp. 50--117. 2013.
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    After presenting a paradigm of natural law taken from Cicero and Aquinas, I discuss aspects of Maimonides' ethical theory that appear to conflict with doctrines of natural law. My conclusion will be that Maimonides' adaptation of the Aristotelian metaphysic and doctrine of the "Golden Mean" produced a teleological ethic that is reconcilable with his view that certain moral and legal injunctions are revealed. A doctrine of natural law is compatible with the ethical doctrines that Maimonides held.…Read more
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    V—Mackie's Account of Necessity in Causation
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 87 (1): 75-90. 1987.
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    What Does Ethics Have to do with Leadership?
    Journal of Business Ethics 124 (2): 1-18. 2014.
    Accounts of leadership in relation to ethics can and do go wrong in several ways that may lead us too quickly into thinking there is a tighter relationship between ethics and leadership than we have reason to believe. Firstly, these accounts can be misled by the centrality of values talk in recent discussions of leadership into thinking that values of a particular kind are sufficient for leadership. Secondly, the focus on character in recent leadership accounts can lead to a similar error. The a…Read more
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    Some necessary connection theorists maintain that an analysis of causation requires some kind of sui generis metaphysical modal notion such as physical or nomic necessary. However, among necessary connection theorists there are some who argue that the causal connection is not properly understood as merely “physical” or irreducibly “nomic,” but as one of logical entailment. A cause logically entails its effect. Prominent among these theorists have been idealists such as Brand Blanshard.
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    The Positive Function of Evil?
    Philosophical Papers 41 (1): 149-165. 2012.
    Philosophical Papers, Volume 41, Issue 1, Page 149-165, March 2012
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    Swinburne's heaven: One hell of a place: Michael Levine
    Religious Studies 29 (4): 519-531. 1993.
    Discussions of immortality have tended to focus on the nature of personal identity and, in a related way, the mind/body problem. Who is that is going to survive, and is it possible to survive bodily destruction? There has been far less discussion of what immortality would be like; e.g. the nature of heaven. Richard Swinburne, however, has recently discussed ‘heaven’, and has constructed a novel theodicy fundamentally based on his conception of what heaven is like. I shall criticize both his conc…Read more
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    Racism in Mind: Philosophical Explanations of Racism and Its Implications (edited book)
    with Tamas Pataki
    Cornell UP. 2004.
    Michael P. Levine, Tamas Pataki. the case of racism. If one understands racism to be rooted in some underlying psychological structure, then while what is ordinarily called racist behavior may well be indicative of such an underlying structure, ...
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    Rational Emotion, Emotional Holism, True Love, and Charlie Chaplin
    Journal of Philosophical Research 24 487-504. 1999.
    This paper begins with an examination of Amelie Rorty’s claim that although “emotions cannot be rational in the narrow sense of being logically derived from accepted premises, they can be deemed rational . . . as ‘appropriately formed to serve our thriving.’” This is the background against which (i) I develop a notion of ‘emotional holism’ based on the aetiology of emotion in infantile phantasy; and (ii) introduce a dark corollary about the likelihood that our emotions do not, on the whole, matc…Read more
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    Pantheism
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
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    Miracles
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
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    Mackie's Account of Necessity in Causation
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 87. 1987.
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    Welcome to Su: the spectral university
    with Damian Cox
    Angelaki 21 (2): 213-226
    While some may argue that universities are in a state of crisis, others claim that we are living in a post-university era; a time after universities. If there was a battle for the survival of the institution it is over and done with. The buildings still stand. Students enrol and may attend lectures, though most do not. But virtually nothing real remains. What some mistakenly take to be a university is, in actuality, an “uncanny” spectral presence. The encompassing ethico-philosophical question i…Read more