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    The Ethos of Inquiry: Nietzsche on Experience, Naturalism, and Experimentalism
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (1): 9-29. 2016.
    My particular focus in this article is on getting clearer about what Nietzsche’s experimentalism entails. Some immediate resistance may form in response to this proposal, based on my use of the term experimentalism. As Walter Kaufmann has pointed out in a discussion of experimentalism, Nietzsche himself does not discuss his work using this concept; in the original German, Nietzsche uses the terms “Experiment” and “Versuch.”1 In light of this, two main concerns may be raised about my proposal tha…Read more
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    ABSTRACT This article, invited for presentation to the North American Nietzsche Society at the 2020 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, is a commentary on Mark Alfano's 2019 monograph, Nietzsche's Moral Psychology. It critically discusses Alfano's synoptic digital humanities approach and examines the efficacy of two aspects of his argument about Nietzsche's philosophy developed using this methodology: the connection between life and will to power, and the role of …Read more
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    The Relevance of Existentialism
    The Philosophers' Magazine 84 77-81. 2019.
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    Experimentation, Curiosity, and Forgetting
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 50 (1): 11-32. 2019.
    Bernard Reginster has argued that in "Nietzsche's terminology, 'experimentation [Versuch]' is a paradigmatic exercise of curiosity."1 According to Reginster, the kind of curiosity in question, as far as Nietzsche's concept of the free spirit is concerned, is not the state of knowing or of being certain of the truth of some proposition, but is rather a matter of the activity or process of truth seeking and of inquiry.2 My own view is very similar: I have argued that experimentalism is a form of v…Read more
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    Distributed Survival
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 8 (3): 183-184. 2017.
  • Dawn
    In Paul Katsafanas (ed.), Routledge Philosophical Minds: The Nietzschean Mind, Routledge. pp. 37-52. 2018.
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    Nietzsche's Free Spirit Philosophy (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield International. 2015.
    A major collection of essays by a panel of leading Nietzsche scholars exploring Nietzsche's philosophy of the free spirit
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    Nietzsche's philosophy of religion (review) (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (3). 2008.
    Readers might be forgiven raised eyebrows on first noting the title of Julian Young's book. Young's chief and surprising claim is that, even though Nietzsche "rejects the God of Christianity, he is not anti-religious," and that he is " above all a religious thinker" , whose atheism only applies in the case of the Christian God , and whose early "religious communitarianism" or "Wagnerianism" persist throughout the texts . Young defines Nietzsche's early thought as communitarian by virtue of conce…Read more
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    ‘Moraline-Free’ Virtue: The Case of Free Death
    Journal of Value Inquiry 49 (3): 437-451. 2015.
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    The Virtue of Shame: Defending Nietzsche’s critique of Mitleid
    In Gudrun von Tevenar (ed.), Nietzsche and Ethics, Peter Lang Verlag. 2007.
    I argue that moral intuitions about Nietzsche as an exemplar of practical cruelty can be overturned. My argument is based upon the possibility of abandoning the notion of pure and unmediated passivity as intrinsic to the phenomena of human suffering and of Mitleid, as identified by Nietzsche. I claim that wrongly identifying intrinsic passivity in the phenomenology of Mitleid and of suffering generates the moral sceptical intuition. Once this case of mistaken identity is uncovered, 1 suggest, th…Read more
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    Ecce Homo: Philosophical Autobiography in the Flesh
    In Duncan Large & Nicholas Martin (eds.), Nietzsche’s “Ecce Homo”, De Gruyter. forthcoming.
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    Reconsidering Risk to Women: Oocyte Donation for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    American Journal of Bioethics 11 (9): 37-39. 2011.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 11, Issue 9, Page 37-39, September 2011
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    (2014). Getting Even More Specific About Physicians’ Obligations: Justice, Responsibility, and Professionalism. The American Journal of Bioethics: Vol. 14, No. 9, pp. 46-47
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    Nietzsche, science, and philosophical nihilism
    South African Journal of Philosophy 24 (4): 241-259. 2005.
    Nietzsche offers us a critique of modern culture as threatened by a nihilistic crisis in values. Philosophy is specifically incorporated into Nietzsche's critique, resulting in the claim that modern philosophy, as well as modern culture, is nihilistic. But why should contemporary philosophers give this view credence? In this paper, I put forward some reasons to take Nietzsche's view seriously, focusing on the relationship between science and philosophy. I suggest that modern philosophy still ten…Read more
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    This unique book explores Nietzsche’s philosophy at the time of Dawn’s writing and discusses the modern relevance of themes such as fear, superstition, terror, and moral and religious fanaticism. The authors highlight Dawn’s links with key areas of philosophical inquiry, such as “the art of living well,” skepticism, and naturalism. The book begins by introducing Dawn and discussing how to read Nietzsche, his literary and philosophical influences, his relation to German philosophy, and his effort…Read more
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    A Paradoxical Ethical Framework for Unpredictable Drug Shortages
    with C. D. Brewer, Bayly Bucknell, Heather DeGrote, Loren Fabry, Madeleine E. M. Hammerlund, and Bryan M. Weisbrod
    American Journal of Bioethics 12 (1). 2012.
    The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 12, Issue 1, Page 16-18, January 2012
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    Letter from the Assistant Editor
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 35 (1): 86-87. 2008.
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    Biophysical models of human behavior: Is there a place for logic
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2 (3): 70-72. 2011.
    We present a two-pronged criticism of Ramos's argument. Our main contention is that the logic of the author’s argument is flawed. As we demonstrate, the author conflates probability with necessity, in addition to conflating free will having causal efficacy with the merely illusory conscious experience of free will; such conflations undermine the claim that individual free will should be both exhibited on a social scale and necessarily cause a particular organized pattern to emerge. In addition, …Read more
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    Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (1): 138-140. 2013.
    Jessica Berry provides the first detailed analysis of whether, and in what sense, Nietzsche was a skeptic (5). Exploring the affinity between Nietzsche’s work and Pyrrhonism in six main chapters, Berry differentiates between modern skepticism, understood as epistemological pessimism or nihilism (33), and Pyrrhonian skepticism as a commitment to continuing inquiry, based on the equipollence of arguments, “roughly equal persuasive weight for and against just about any claim,” and epochē, suspensio…Read more
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    Nietzsche and Ubuntu
    South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (1): 85-97. 2007.
    Here I argue that aspects of Nietzsche's thought may be productively compared with the role played by the concept of ubuntu in talk of cultural renaissance in South Africa. I show that Nietzsche respects and writes for humanity conceived of in a vital sense, thereby imagining a sense of authenticity that may prove significant to talk of cultural renaissance in South Africa. I question the view that Nietzsche is an individualist, drawing on debate between Conway (1990) and Gooding-Williams (2001)…Read more
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    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 24 (3): 355-360. 2015.