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    Some Queries about Theological Ethics
    Studies in Christian Ethics 25 (2): 199-205. 2012.
    In this paper I ask whether either theology or religious practice actually contribute to ethical theory or ethical practice. I rehearse well-known Humean arguments that they do not. I then reflect on the idea from Professor O’Donovan’s paper that it is virtuous for us to entertain hopes for redemption or for fulfilment and suggest that a careful weighing of these words may indicate otherwise
  •  20
    Some reflections on naturalism
    Think 19 (56): 75-84. 2020.
    In this article I argue that we do not need a strict definition of naturalism, but can satisfactorily describe the naturalistic stance or attitude in terms of hostility to seeing human beings as subject to powers or forces or laws of nature that go beyond those governing the rest of the empirical world. We are to be explained as the evolutionary products of natural processes. I argue that we should see our concepts as well in this light, and explore some examples of the way this attitude can ill…Read more
  •  15
    Thinking How to Live
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (3): 729-744. 2006.
  • Truth, Beauty and Goodness
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics 5. 2010.
  •  5
    Russell
    Philosophical Quarterly 30 (121): 359-360. 1980.
  •  7
    Meaning, Reference and Necessity
    Philosophical Review 86 (1): 105. 1977.
  •  1
    Moral Relativism and Moral Objectivity
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 58 (1): 199-206. 1998.
  •  31
    On Reading Scruton: Art, Truth, and Temperament
    Philosophy 94 (3): 367-381. 2019.
    Art is the one corner of human life in which we may take our ease. To justify our presence there the only thing that is demanded of us is a passion for representation. In other places our passions are conditional and embarrassed; we are allowed to have only so many as are consistent with those of our neighbours; with their convenience and well-being, with their convictions and prejudices, rules and regulations. Art means an escape from all this. Wherever her brilliant standard floats the need fo…Read more
  •  1
    Dictionary of Philosophy
    Oxford University Press UK. 2008.
    This best-selling dictionary is written by one of the most famous philosophers of our time, and it is widely recognized as the best dictionary of its kind. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. With clear and concise definitions, it provides lively and accessible coverage of not only Western philosophical traditions, but also themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy. Entries include over 500 biographies of famous and influ…Read more
  •  22
    Coherence
    The Philosophers' Magazine 82 39-40. 2018.
  •  17
    Rediscovering the Past
    The Philosophers' Magazine 80 72-73. 2018.
  •  7
    XIII—How to Refer to Private Experience
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 75 (1): 201-214. 1975.
  •  4
    Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?
    Philosophic Exchange 31 (1). 2001.
    Postmodernism is a celebration of relativism. It is a movement that has actively embraced the collapse of standards that it takes this to imply. This paper examines the debate between postmodernists and their opponents, approaching it through the debate over Alan Sokal’s famous hoax.
  •  16
    Pragmatism in Philosophy: The Hidden Alternative
    Philosophic Exchange 41 (1). 2011.
    This paper contrasts two ways of understanding the function of human thought and language. According to representationalism, the function of thought and language is to refer to entities in the world and assert truths about them. By contrast, pragmatism seeks to understand the function of thought and language without any such appeal, at the most fundamental level, to the concepts of truth or reference.
  •  9
    Gibbard on Normative Logic
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (4): 947-952. 1992.
  •  10
    Ruling Passions
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1): 157-163. 2002.
  •  45
    Geach again
    Analysis 39 (3): 160-160. 1979.
  • Meaning, Reference and Necessity
    Philosophy 52 (200): 236-239. 1977.
  •  3
    Realism: Deconstructing the Debate
    Ratio 15 (2): 111-133. 2002.
  •  89
    Reply to Geach
    with Alonso Church
    Analysis 38 (4): 206. 1978.
  • Spreading the Word: Groundings in the Philosophy of Language
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (2): 211-215. 1985.
  •  4
    Think. A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy
    Mind 110 (438): 430-432. 2001.
  • Meaning, Reference and Necessity
    Mind 87 (345): 146-148. 1978.
  •  1
    Essays in Quasi-Realism
    Noûs 32 (3): 386-405. 1998.
  • Reviews (review)
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 21 (4): 385-386. 1970.
  • Notes
    In Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, Princeton University Press. pp. 191-202. 2014.
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