•  56
    Some Reflections upon the Supposed Moral Distinction between Terrorism and the Legitimate Use of Military Force
    The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1 207-211. 2007.
    Defining "terrorism" as the intentional targeting of non-combatant civilians, the paper argues that, other things being equal, it is not possible to effectively distinguish morally between "terrorism" and use of military power against combatant targets which might reasonably be expected to produce some guesstimable quantity of "collateral" or non-combatant civilian casualties; that it is upon the expected likely consequences of actions rather than upon the intentions underlying them, that actors…Read more
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    I argue that meaning or significanceper se, along with the capacity to be conscious thereof, and the values, motives and aspirations, etc. central to the constitution of our intrinsic personal identities, arise, as indeed do our extrinsic social identities, and our very self-consciousness as such, from socio-cultural structures and relations to others. However, so far from our identities and behavior therefore being determined, I argue that the capacity for critical reflection and evaluation eme…Read more
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    The freedom of the deconstructed postmodern subject
    Continental Philosophy Review 35 (1): 61-76. 2002.
    Poststructuralists have tried to deconstruct the subject, that is, demonstrate that it is constituted by the system of cultural and linguistic relations in which it is found. The result is that just at the moment when self-actualization seems for the first time to be politically possible for many hitherto marginalized subjects, they, and subjects more generally, appear to have been denatured – reduced to the cultural systems which are the condition of their possibility and consequently deprived …Read more
  •  47
    From the Delusion to the Dissolution of the Ego
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 18 35-48. 2008.
    Certainly many in “Western” philosophy and psychology have conceived of the human subject in the Cartesian or neo-Cartesian tradition, as a self subsisting, self identical, monadic consciousness or Ego, which is to say as an essentially unchanging, substantial subject, initially isolated or separate from the world and others. On the other hand Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu and other “non-Western” traditions, adopting a more holistic approach, have argued that such a reified,atomistic and hypostatized …Read more
  •  45
    Deconstructing terrorism
    Philosophical Forum 36 (1). 2005.
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    This paper argues that even the most extensively refined comparative cost/benefit analysis must be supplemented by other factors, irreducible to it, if we are to develop an adequate framework to guide policy decisions affecting technological design and innovation.
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    At a time when global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions pose a present and clear threat to the environment, the Nuclear Energy Industry is gearing up to provide a solution to this problem, trading upon a number of fallacies to argue that it neither makes, nor will in future make, any significant contribution to these or to other radiation-linked diseases. This paper exposes these fallacies and argues, to the contrary, that even should the industry be able to avoid all accidents, routine ra…Read more
  •  31
    The Logos Mythos Deconstructed
    Dialogue and Universalism 15 (3-4): 59-76. 2005.
    One implication of Godel’s Proof is that, as Barry Barnes has observed, “For people to operate...rationally they need to have internalized some non-rational commitment to rationality”. In which case “The customary Enlightenment formula, according to which the process of demagification of the world leads necessarily from mythos to logos, seems . . .” Gadamer suggests, “. . . to be a modern prejudice”, or myth. Yet some myths are more useful than others, and therefore it may be on pragmatic ground…Read more
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    Long debated has been whether or not the “objectivistic” epistemologies, quantitative methods and causal explanations, developed by the natural sciences for the study of physical objects, their actions and interactions, might also be applied to the study of human subjects, their experiences, actions and social interactions. Pointing out that such supposedly objective approaches would be singularly inappropriate to the study of the significance or meanings, qualitative values and freedom of choic…Read more
  •  20
    Liberal Democracy and Torture
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50 195-203. 2008.
    Of the many ideological blind spots that have afflicted US and, to a lesser extent, European, perceptions and analysis of the economic, political and social milieu, none have been more debilitating than the equation of democracy with political liberalism. Thus those who attempt to derive propaganda value from such an equation are vulnerable, as the US government has found, to the rhetorical counter attack that in opposing democratically elected governments, such as that of Hamas or Hugo Chavez, …Read more
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    The de-con-struction of reason
    Man and World 24 (3): 311-320. 1991.
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    Ways of Knowing: The Creative Process and the Design of Technology
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 10 (2): 155-163. 1993.
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    Georg Lukács
    Philosophical Books 27 (4): 222-225. 1986.
  •  10
    Models of the Self, eds. Shaun Gallagher and Jonathan Shear
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 33 (1): 101-102. 2002.
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    Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy, Bruce Wilshire
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 36 (3): 334-335. 2005.
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    Reply to Wil Coleman
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 26 (1): 96-98. 1995.
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    Towards a unified epistemology of the human and natural sciences
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 24 (2): 173-189. 1993.
  •  9
    Some Reflections upon the Supposed Moral Distinction between Terrorism and the Legitimate Use of Military Force
    The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1 207-211. 2007.
    Defining "terrorism" as the intentional targeting of non-combatant civilians, the paper argues that, other things being equal, it is not possible to effectively distinguish morally between "terrorism" and use of military power against combatant targets which might reasonably be expected to produce some guesstimable quantity of "collateral" or non-combatant civilian casualties; that it is upon the expected likely consequences of actions rather than upon the intentions underlying them, that actors…Read more
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    Taking its point of departure from Husserl’s recognition that consciousness is intentional, and Sartre’s concomitant non-reificatory notion of consciousness, understood therefore as not a thing, or as nothingness, definitive of human identity, the article proceeds by asking how, if this is so, is it possible to become conscious of consciousness, which is to say reflectively self-conscious. Explicating the relationship between the reflective mirroring of the Self to the Self, as reflected in “the…Read more
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    The Self after Postmodernity, by Calvin O. Schrag
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 31 (1): 109-111. 2000.
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    Sartre and Flaubert, by Hazel Barnes
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 15 (1): 92-94. 1984.
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    The Hermeneutical Human and Social Sciences
    In Babette Babich (ed.), Hermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science, De Gruyter. pp. 315-340. 2017.
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    The Philosophy of Time: Time Before Times, Roger McIure
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 39 (1): 109-111. 2008.
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    The Ethics of the Global Environment (review)
    Environmental Ethics 23 (1): 107-108. 2001.