•  13
    Causation: A Realist Approach
    Philosophical Review 99 (4): 661. 1990.
  •  9
    Is Abortion Murder?
    In Robert L. Perkins (ed.), Abortion: Pro and Con, Schenkman. 1974.
  •  36
    Abortion and Infanticide
    Philosophical Review 94 (3): 436. 1985.
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    Kant answered this question affirmatively. I shall attempt to show that his insight was sound, although the argument that he offered in support of it was not.
  •  3
    Value and Reality: The Philosophical Case for Theism
    with A. C. Ewing
    Philosophical Review 85 (1): 115. 1976.
  •  191
    The nature of laws
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 7 (4): 667-98. 1977.
    This paper is concerned with the question of the truth conditions of nomological statements. My fundamental thesis is that it is possible to set out an acceptable, noncircular account of the truth conditions of laws and nomological statements if and only if relations among universals - that is, among properties and relations, construed realistically - are taken as the truth-makers for such statements. My discussion will be restricted…Read more
  • Book Reviews (review)
    Mind 100 (399): 385-388. 1991.
  •  13
    Abortion and Infanticide
    Noûs 23 (5): 690-696. 1989.
  •  45
    Laws of Nature, Causation, and Supervenience (edited book)
    Garland. 1999.
    condition T. Moreover, such a characterization would be perfectly compatible with the possibility of there being events that were causally related, ...
  •  52
    Laws and Causal Relations
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1): 93-112. 1984.
    How are causal relations between particular states of affairs related to causal laws? There appear to be three main answers to this question, and the choice among those three alternatives would seem to be crucial for any account of causation. In spite of this fact, the question of which view is correct has been all but totally neglected in present-day discussions. Indeed, since the time of Hume, one answer has more or less dominated philosophical thinking about causation. In this paper I shall a…Read more
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    The term "positivism" is generally used to refer to philosophical approaches that involve the acceptance of a verifiability principle. In this book, however, Richard Miller uses the term with a somewhat different sense, according to which "positivism is the assumption that the most important methodological notions--for example, explanation, confirmation and the identification of one entity with another--can each be applied according to rules that are the same for all sciences and historical peri…Read more
  •  293
    Causation: A Realist Approach
    Oxford University Press. 1987.
    Tooley here sets out and defends realist accounts of traditional empiricist explanations of causation and laws of nature, arguing that since reductionist accounts of causation are exposed to decisive objections, empiricists must break with that tradition.
  •  116
    The argument from evil
    Philosophical Perspectives 5 89-134. 1991.
  •  56
    Abortion: Three Perspectives
    with Celia Wolf-Devine, Philip E. Devine, and Alison M. Jaggar
    Oup Usa. 2009.
    The newest addition to the Point/Counterpoint Series, Abortion: Three Perspectives features a debate between four noted philosophers - Michael Tooley, Celia Wolf-Devine, Philip E. Devine, and Alison M. Jaggar - presenting different perspectives on one of the most socially and politically argued issues of the past 30 years. The three main arguments include the "liberal" pro-choice approach, the "communitarian" pro-life approach, and the "gender justice" approach. Divided into two parts, the text …Read more
  •  8
    Particulars, Actuality, and Identity Over Time (edited book)
    Garland. 1999.
    First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
  •  31
    Time, Tense and Causation
    with Quentin Smith
    Philosophical Review 108 (1): 123. 1999.
    The main goal of Michael Tooley’s groundbreaking book is to establish a position intermediate between the tenseless theory of time and the standard tensed theory of time. Tooley argues for a novel version of the tensed theory of time, namely, that the future is unreal and the present and past real, and yet that reality consists only of tenseless facts. The question that naturally arises for the reader concerns an apparent paradox: how could the tensed theory of time be true if reality consists o…Read more
  •  85
    In defense of the existence of states of motion
    Philosophical Topics 16 (1): 225-254. 1988.
  •  25
    Essays in Quasi-Realism (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 48 (3): 643-645. 1995.
    Issues surrounding the choice between realism and antirealism have recently been the focus of intense discussion in a number of areas of philosophy, including ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. One of the more interesting contributors to these discussions has been Simon Blackburn, and the present book is a collection of his essays in this area.
  •  3
    Voluntary euthanasia: active versus passive, and the question of consistency
    Revue Internationale de Philosophie 49 (193): 305-322. 1995.
  •  1
    Causes, Laws, and Ontology
    In Helen Beebee, Peter Menzies & Christopher Hitchcock (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation, Oxford University Press. pp. 368--86. 2009.
    Different approaches to causation often diverge very significantly on ontological issues, in the case of both causal laws, and causal relations between states of affairs. This article sets out the main alternatives with regard to each. Causal concepts have surely been present from the time that language began, since the vast majority of action verbs involve the idea of causally affecting something. Thus, in the case of transitive verbs describing physical actions, there is the idea of causally a…Read more
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  • Basic Tensed Sentences and Their Analysis
    In Aleksandar Jokić & Quentin Smith (eds.), Time, Tense, and Reference, Mit Press. pp. 409-448. 2003.
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    Plantinga’s New Argument against Materialism
    Philosophia Christi 14 (1): 29-48. 2012.
    In this paper, I have attempted to do two main things. First, I argue that Alvin Plantinga’s new argument against materialism, though interesting, shares the fate of his earlier arguments in that it is, in the end, unsuccessful. Secondly, I then argue, contrary to Plantinga’s view that there is no strong argument for materialism, that there is in fact very strong scientific support that can be offered against the hypothesis that the human mind is an immaterial substance, and hence in support of …Read more
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    P. M. S. Hacker's basic goal in this book is to defend a realist view of secondary qualities, according to which, for example, the greenness of an external object is to be identified neither with a disposition to give rise, in normal human observers, under normal conditions, to experiences that have the sensuous quality of greenness, nor with the categorical property of the surface of the object which is the basis of that disposition.
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    Laws of Nature (review)
    Philosophical Review 106 (1): 119. 1997.
    In this book, John Carroll argues for the following two anti-reductionist theses