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    Sylvia Walsh Perkins (editor): Truth is subjectivity: kierkegaard and political theology
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 89 (1): 99-103. 2021.
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    7. Kierkegaard’s Critique of the Internet
    In Mélissa Fox-Muraton (ed.), Kierkegaard and Issues in Contemporary Ethics, De Gruyter. pp. 125-146. 2020.
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Knud Ejler Løgstrup were WWII contemporaries: Lutheran theologians and religious figures in their respective German and Danish communities; both active in the anti-Nazi resistance. Being involved in the resistance, Bonhoeffer and Løgstrup were required to rethink what it meant to be ethical, in particular in relation to disclosure and the telling of truth, in a situation of war. In this paper, we consider the grounds on which both Løgstrup and Bonhoeffer acted, their beli…Read more
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    Despite their many similarities, one apparent difference between the ethics of K.E. Løgstrup and Emmanuel Levinas concerns trust: Levinas does not analyse trust as a morally significant phenomenon, whereas Løgstrup makes it a central component of his moral phenomenology. This paper argues that an analysis of Løgstrupian trust nonetheless reveals at least three important commonalities between Levinas and Løgstrup’s moral projects: an understanding of war and ethics as metaphysical opposites; an e…Read more
  • The Kierkegaardian Mind (edited book)
    with Adam Buben and Eleanor Helms
    Routledge. 2019.
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    The Kierkegaardian Mind (edited book)
    with Eleanor Helms and Adam Buben
    Routledge. 2019.
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    Phenomenology, Naturalism and Non-reductive Cognitive Science
    Australasian Philosophical Review 2 (2): 119-124. 2018.
    Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2018, Page 119-124.
  • On Some Moral Costs of Conspiracy Theorizing
    In M. R. X. Dentith (ed.), Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously, Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 189-202. 2018.
    Stokes’ earlier chapter in this volume argued that, given the role ethical considerations play in our judgments of what to believe, ethical factors will put limits on the extent to which we can embrace particularism about conspiracy theories. However, that will only be the case if there are ethical problems with conspiracy theory as a practice (rather than simply as a formal class of explanation). Utilising the Lakatosian framework for analysing conspiracy theories developed by Steve Clarke, thi…Read more
  • Conspiracy Theory and the Perils of Pure Particularism
    In M. R. X. Dentith (ed.), Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously, Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 25-37. 2018.
    The epistemological literature on conspiracy theory has established that strict generalism about conspiracy theories is untenable. This chapter argues, however, that this does not license a move to naive or strict particularism. Rather, any consideration of specific conspiracy claims needs to address conspiracy theory not simply as a formal category of explanation, but as a distinctive social practice, with a history and explanatory repertoire that can give us important, if defeasible, reasons f…Read more
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    A Moral Education
    Philosophy Now 130 38-39. 2019.
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Knud Ejler Løgstrup were WWII contemporaries: Lutheran theologians and religious figures in their respective German and Danish communities; both active in the anti-Nazi resistance. Being involved in the resistance, Bonhoeffer and Løgstrup were required to rethink what it meant to be ethical, in particular in relation to disclosure and the telling of truth, in a situation of war. In this paper, we consider the grounds on which both Løgstrup and Bonhoeffer acted, their beli…Read more
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    Existentialist Methodology and Perspective: Writing the First-person
    In Soren Overgaard & Giuseppina D'Oro (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology, Cambridge Up. pp. 344-65. 2017.
    Without proposing anything quite so grandiose as a return to existentialism, in this paper we aim to articulate and minimally defend certain core existentialist insights concerning the first-person perspective, the relationship between theory and practice, and the mode of philosophical presentation conducive to best making those points. We will do this by considering some of the central methodological objections that have been posed around the role of the first-person perspective and “lived expe…Read more
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    Are there dead persons?
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49 (6): 755-775. 2019.
    Schechtman’s ‘Person Life View’ offers an account of personal identity whereby persons are the unified loci of our practical and ethical judgment. PLV also recognises infants and permanent vegetative state patients as being persons. I argue that the way PLV handles these cases yields an unexpected result: the dead also remain persons, contrary to the widely-accepted ‘Termination Thesis.’ Even more surprisingly, this actually counts in PLV’s favor: in light of our social and ethical practices whi…Read more
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    Is Narrative Identity Four‐Dimensionalist?
    European Journal of Philosophy 20 (S1). 2012.
    The claim that selves are narratively constituted has attained considerable currency in both analytic and continental philosophy. However, a set of increasingly standard objections to narrative identity are also emerging. In this paper, I focus on metaphysically realist versions of narrative identity theory, showing how they both build on and differ from their neo‐Lockean counterparts. But I also argue that narrative realism is implicitly committed to a four‐dimensionalist, temporal‐parts ontolo…Read more
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    Suspicious minds
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 62-67. 2014.
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    The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity
    Oxford University Press UK. 2015.
    The Naked Self explores Søren Kierkegaard's understanding of selfhood by situating his work in relation to central problems in contemporary philosophy of personal identity: the role of memory in selfhood, the relationship between the notional and actual subjects of memory and anticipation, the phenomenology of diachronic self-experience, affective alienation from our past and future, psychological continuity, practical and narrative approaches to identity, and the intelligibility of posthumous s…Read more
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    Stokes, Patrick The announcement that Woolworths will phase out the selling of cage eggs seems like pretty good news
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    Duties to the Dead?: Earnest Imagination and Remembrance
    In Patrick Stokes & Adam Buben (eds.), Kierkegaard and Death, Indiana University Press. 2011.
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    The Soul of a Philosopher: Reply to Turnbull
    with Anthony Rudd
    Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2013 (1). 2013.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook Jahrgang: 2013 Heft: 1 Seiten: 475-494.
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    Kierkegaard’s Dual Individual: Reconciling Selfhood in the Existentialist and Analytic Traditions
    In K. Brian Söderquist, René Rosfort & Arne Grøn (eds.), Kierkegaard's Existential Approach, De Gruyter. pp. 261-280. 2017.
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    Towards a new epistemology of moral progress
    European Journal of Philosophy 25 (4): 1824-1843. 2017.
    Awareness that moral beliefs and practices have changed across time threatens our confidence in our current moral beliefs: if past moral beliefs turned out to be wrong, how can we be sure ours aren't likewise mistaken? In this paper, I set up four desiderata for a successful theory of moral progress: it must allow us to judge that progress has occurred, avoid the image of increasing correspondence towards ahistorical truthmakers, allow for revision in belief, and yet not be disobligating. Rorty'…Read more
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    Whats Missing in Episodic Self-Experience? A Kierkegaardian Response to Galen Strawson
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (1-2): 1-2. 2010.
    In a series of important papers, Galen Strawson has articulated a spectrum of “temporal temperaments,” populated at one end by “Diachronics”, who experience their selves (understood as the “mental entity” they are at this moment) as something that existed in the past and will exist in the future, and at the other end by “Episodics”, who lack any such sense of temporal extension. As a self-declared Episodic, Strawson provides lucid descriptions of what episodicity is like, but cannot furnish a co…Read more
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    Suspicious minds
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 62-67. 2014.
  • Kierkegaard's Uncanny Encounter with Schopenhauer, 1854
    In Roman Kralik & Peter Sajda (eds.), Kierkegaard and Great Philosophers (Acta Kierkegaardiana Vol.2), Sociedad Iberoamericana De Estudios Kierkegaardianos. 2007.
    This paper explores Kierkegaard's encounter with the work of Arthur Schopenhauer, as recorded in a series of journal entries from mid-1854. Kierkegaard finds in Schopenhauer both an uncannily similar authorial voice to his own, and a cautionary picture of the failure of authorial integrity. By critiquing Schopenhauer's failure to inhabit his own philosophical categories, Kierkegaard reflexively sharpens his own conception of what his authorial project demands.
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    Ghosts in the Machine: Do the Dead Live on in Facebook?
    Philosophy and Technology 25 (3): 363-379. 2012.
    Abstract   Of the many ways in which identity is constructed and performed online, few are as strongly ‘anchored’ to existing offline relationships as in online social networks like Facebook and Myspace. These networks utilise profiles that extend our practical, psychological and even corporeal identity in ways that give them considerable phenomenal presence in the lives of spatially distant people. This raises interesting questions about the persistence of identity when these online profiles su…Read more
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    The Untameable Logic of Sacrifice
    Critical Horizons 16 (3): 299-304. 2015.
    Paolo Diego Bubbio's Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition offers a valuable and insightful discussion of the place of sacrifice plays in nineteenth century European philosophy, setting the stage for its emergence as a central theme in subsequent continental thought. Bubbio offers a strong case for the claim that the foundational move of the post-Kantian tradition is a fundamentally kenotic one. Bubbio is also critical of certain excesses in the way sacrifice is discussed in more recent work. …Read more
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    Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics (review)
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (4). 2011.
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 619-624, October 2011