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    Objectivity in Science (edited book)
    Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 310. Springer. 2015.
    This highly multidisciplinary collection discusses an increasingly important topic among scholars in science and technology studies: objectivity in science. It features eleven essays on scientific objectivity from a variety of perspectives, including philosophy of science, history of science, and feminist philosophy. Topics addressed in the book include the nature and value of scientific objectivity, the history of objectivity, and objectivity in scientific journals and communities. Taken indivi…Read more
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    Robert Pinto and Laura Pinto advance a non-binary account of reason and emotion in the reasoning process and argue for a naturalistic understanding of objectivity that will allow for the evaluation of emotions as reasonable. Pinto and Pinto’s promising argument generates important and productive lines of inquiry. I suggest a few such lines of inquiry, including the idea that it may be important to support reflexivity and interpretive community with equanimity; that we should further examine the …Read more
  • Immunology and the Indiscrete Self
    Dissertation, The University of Western Ontario (Canada). 1999.
    To date, the attempt to find necessary and sufficient conditions for personal identity has not been successful. Both psychological and physical criteria have failed to capture important intuitions about what it is to be the same self over time: moreover, they yield counter-intuitive and often bizarre results. I argue that the driving force behind these counter-intuitive approaches to the self is what I call the discreteness assumption, an assumption which is generally not explicitly recognized. …Read more
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    In this paper, I argue that adventurous approaches to physical activity can contribute more to well-being than approaches that have been shaped by fitness ideology. To defend this claim, I draw on work in philosophy and psychology concerning internal goods and intrinsic motivation, respectively. This work shows that motivating ourselves intrinsically and cultivating the internal goods of physical activity can contribute significantly to well-being. Unfortunately, the discourse and images associa…Read more
  •  19
    Fitness, Well-Being, and Preparation for Death
    International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 9 (2): 115-140. 2016.
    In this article, I argue that we should revise our understanding of physical fitness to include preparation for challenging physically mediated life experiences—such as aging, disability, illness, reproduction, and death—as an important goal of physical activity. Such a revision is needed because the messages about fitness we encounter through “fitness ideology” can undermine the cultivation of skills and perspectives important for finding meaning, equanimity, and even happiness in light of such…Read more
  •  7
    Book Reviews (review)
    with Carlos Nuñes Silva, John M. Cogan, and William Wyckoff
    Ethics, Place and Environment 10 (3): 351-361. 2007.
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    Feminist critiques of science show that systematic biases strongly influence what scientific communities find salient. Features of reality relevant to women, for instance, may be under-appreciated or disregarded because of bias. Many feminist analyses of values in science identify problems with salience and suggest better epistemologies. But overlooked in such analyses are important discussions about intellectual virtues and the role they play in determining salience. Intellectual virtues influe…Read more
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    At first glance, happiness and objectivity seem to have little in common. I claim, however, that subjective and eudaimonic happiness promotes arguer objectivity. To support my claim, I focus on connections between happiness, social intelligence, and intellectual virtue. After addressing objections concerning unhappy objective and happy unobjective arguers, I conclude that communities should value happiness in argumentative contexts and use happiness as an indicator of their capacity for objectiv…Read more
  •  2
    Objectivity, Intellectual Virtue, and Community
    In Jonathan Y. Tsou, Alan Richardson & Flavia Padovani (eds.), Objectivity in Science, Springer Verlag. pp. 173-188. 2015.
    In this paper, I argue that the objectivity of persons is best understood in terms of intellectual virtue, the telos of which is an enduring commitment to salient and accurate information about reality. On this view, an objective reasoner is one we can trust to manage her perspectives, beliefs, emotions, biases, and responses to evidence in an intellectually virtuous manner. We can be confident that she will exercise intellectual carefulness, openmindedness, fairmindedness, curiosity, and other …Read more
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    The Self of Philosophy and the Self of Immunology
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 42 (1): 118-130. 1998.