• This innovative approach to freedom starts from an account of what we mean by describing someone, in a psychological vein, as a free subject. Pettit develops an argument as to what it is that makes someone free in that basic sense; and then goes on to derive the implications of the approach for issues of freedom in political theory. Freedom in the subject is equated with the person's being fit to be held responsible and to be authorized as a partner in interaction. This book is unique among cont…Read more
  • Freedom in Belief and Desire
    In Gary Watson (ed.), Free Will, Oxford University Press. 2003.
  • Global Consequentialism
    In Brad Hooker, Elinor Mason & Dale E. Miller (eds.), Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader, Edinburgh University Press. pp. 121--133. 2000.
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    Program explanation: A general perspective
    Analysis 50 (2): 107-17. 1990.
    Some properties are causally relevant for a certain effect, others are not. In this paper we describe a problem for our understanding of this notion and then offer a solution in terms of the notion of a program explanation
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    Freud and Philosophy
    Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 21 236-243. 1972.
  •  5
    Causal Relevance and Event Identity
    Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 33 131-141. 1991.
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    A hard choice for Tomasello
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43. 2020.
    Michael Tomasello explains the human sense of obligation by the role it plays in negotiating practices of acting jointly and the commitments they underwrite. He draws in his work on two models of joint action, one from Michael Bratman, the other from Margaret Gilbert. But Bratman's makes the explanation too difficult to succeed, and Gilbert's makes it too easy.
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    Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice
    Philosophical Quarterly 41 (164): 374. 1991.
    A new approach to sentencing Not Just Deserts inaugurates a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology. The authors attack currently fashionable retributivist theories of punishment, arguing that the criminal justice system is so integrated that sentencing policy has to be considered in the system-wide context. They offer a comprehensive theory of criminal justice which draws on a philosophical view of the good and the right, and which points the way to practical intervention in the rea…Read more
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    Desire Beyond Belief
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (1): 77. 2004.
    David Lewis [1988; 1996] canvases an anti-Humean thesis about mental states: that the rational agent desires something to the extent that he or she believes it to be good. Lewis offers and refutes a decision-theoretic formulation of it, the 'Desire-as-Belief Thesis'. Other authors have since added further negative results in the spirit of Lewis's. We explore ways of being anti-Humean that evade all these negative results. We begin by providing background on evidential decision theory and on Lewi…Read more
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    Habermas on Truth and Justice
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 14 207-228. 1982.
    The problem which motivates this paper bears on the relationship between Marxism and morality. It is not the well-established question of whether the Marxist's commitments undermine an attachment to ethical standards, but the more neglected query as to whether they allow the espousal of political ideals. The study and assessment of political ideals is pursued nowadays under the title of theory of justice, the aim of such theory being to provide a criterion for distinguishing just patterns of soc…Read more
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    Rationality, Reasoning and Group Agency
    In Cynthia Macdonald & Graham Macdonald (eds.), Emergence in Mind, Oxford University Press. 2010.
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    Causal Relevance and Event Identity
    Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 33 131-141. 1991.
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    Preserving Republican Freedom: A Reply to Simpson
    with Frank Lovett
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (4): 363-383. 2018.
    Philosophy &Public Affairs, Volume 46, Issue 4, Page 363-383, Fall 2018.
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    Naturalizing Tomasello’s history of morality
    Philosophical Psychology 31 (5): 722-735. 2018.
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    Husserl and Phenomenology, by Edo Pivčević
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 2 (1): 95-97. 1971.
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    Readings in Existential Phenomenology, edited by Nathaniel Lawrence and Daniel O'Connor
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 1 (1): 95-96. 1970.
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    Explanation in the Behavioural Sciences: Confrontations.Edited by Robert Borger and Frank Cioffi
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 4 (3): 278-281. 1973.
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    Defending The Robust Demands of the Good
    Moral Philosophy and Politics 5 (1): 103-126. 2018.
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    The Republican Law of Peoples: A Restatement
    In Barbara Buckinx, Jonathan Trejo-Mathys & Timothy Waligore (eds.), Domination and Global Political Justice, Routledge. 2015.
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    The dustjacket of The Common Mind bears a photograph of the traffic at a Sydney intersection on a wet winter’s evening in 1938. It is rush hour, and the homeward traffic conveys a fine sense of common purpose. The scene has a special resonance for me, for I stood at that very spot with my parents and brothers one similar evening in 1966, on the day we first arrived in Australia. There was a marked pedestrian crossing there then, which we set out to negotiate, taking it for granted that the relev…Read more
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    Consciousness Incorporated
    Journal of Social Philosophy 49 (1): 12-37. 2018.
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    Democracy’s Discontent
    with Michael Sandel
    Journal of Philosophy 95 (2): 73. 1998.
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    Three Mistakes about Doing Good (And Bad)
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (1): 1-25. 2018.
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    Democracy Before, In, and After Schumpeter
    Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 29 (4): 492-504. 2017.
    The classical model of democracy that Schumpeter criticizes is manufactured out of a variety of earlier ideas, not those of any one thinker or even one school of thought. His critique of the central ideals by which he defines the model--those of the common will and the common good--remains persuasive. People's preferences are too messy and too manipulable to allow us to think that mass democracy can promote those ideals, as he defines them. Should we endorse his purely electoral model of democra…Read more
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    L'economia nascosta della stima
    Società Degli Individui 58 99-123. 2017.