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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.
  •  5
    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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    Death
    In John Lippitt & George Pattison (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard, Oxford University Press. pp. 365. 2013.
    This chapter analyses the views of Soren Kierkegaard about the concept of death. It examines the historical reasons why death might have featured with especial prominence in the work of a writer concerned with the parlous state of post-Hegelian Christianity and explains that Kierkegaard saw more of death before his thirtieth birthday than most people see in a lifetime. The chapter also explains the meaning of death in the mention of death in some of his works, including Either/Or, For Self-Exami…Read more
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    Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self (edited book)
    with John Lippitt
    Edinburgh University Press. 2015.
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    Uniting the perspectival subject: Two approaches
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10 (1): 23-44. 2011.
    Visual forms of episodic memory and anticipatory imagination involve images that, by virtue of their perspectival organization, imply a notional subject of experience. But they contain no inbuilt reference to the actual subject, the person actually doing the remembering or imagining. This poses the problem of what (if anything) connects these two perspectival subjects and what differentiates cases of genuine memory and anticipation from mere imagined seeing. I consider two approaches to this pro…Read more
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    Science deniers reject authority and facts
    Australian Humanist, The 121 16. 2016.
    Stokes, Patrick Many people who choose to ignore accepted scientific conclusions are making emotional rather than rational decisions.
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    Kierkegaard and Levinas: The Subjunctive Mood (review)
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 32 (2): 456-459. 2011.
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    Deletion as second death: the moral status of digital remains
    Ethics and Information Technology 17 (4): 237-248. 2015.
    There has been increasing attention in sociology and internet studies to the topic of ‘digital remains’: the artefacts users of social network services and other online services leave behind when they die. But these artefacts also pose philosophical questions regarding what impact, if any, these artefacts have on the ontological and ethical status of the dead. One increasingly pertinent question concerns whether these artefacts should be preserved, and whether deletion counts as a harm to the de…Read more
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    The problem of spontaneous goodness: from Kierkegaard to Løgstrup
    Continental Philosophy Review 49 (2): 139-159. 2016.
    Historically, Western philosophy has struggled to accommodate, or has simply denied, the moral value of spontaneous, non-reflective action. One important exception is in the work of K.E. Løgstrup, whose phenomenological ethics involves a claim that the ‘ethical demand’ of care for the other can only be realized through spontaneous assent to ‘sovereign expressions of life’ such as trust and mercy. Løgstrup attacks Kierkegaard for devaluing spontaneous moral action, but as I argue, Kierkegaard too…Read more
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    Naked Subjectivity: Minimal vs. Narrative Selves in Kierkegaard
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (4): 356-382. 2010.
    In recent years a significant debate has arisen as to whether Kierkegaard offers a version of the “narrative approach” to issues of personal identity and self-constitution. In this paper I do not directly take sides in this debate, but consider instead the applicability of a recent development in the broader literature on narrative identity—the distinction between the temporally-extended “narrative self” and the non-extended “minimal self—to Kierkegaard's work. I argue that such a distinction is…Read more
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    “Interest” in Kierkegaard’s Structure of Consciousness
    International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (4): 437-458. 2008.
    Kierkegaard’s identification of “consciousness” with “interest” in his unfinished work Johannes Climacus adds a distinctive dimension to his phenomenology of subjectivity. Commentators, however, have largely identified interesse with lidenskab, a conflation I argue to be mistaken, or have otherwise failed to note the structural implications of interesse for Kierkegaard’s account of cognition. I draw out these implications and argue that the Climacan account of interest as the experience of findi…Read more
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    Anti-Climacus and Neo-Lockeanism
    Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2009 (1): 529-558. 2009.