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    Who's Afraid of Feminism? (review)
    Dialogue 35 (2): 327-342. 1996.
    Philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers's target in Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women is “gender feminism.” Her aim is to convince us that gender feminists are anti-intellectual opportunists who deliberately spread lies about the incidence of date rape, domestic battery and about the general state of male-female relations in America, thereby generating fear and resentment of men, all so that they may secure vast amounts of government funding and high-paying jobs in the academy. Becaus…Read more
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    Free Speech
    SATS 2 (2): 80-97. 2001.
  • Gerald Dworkin, ed., Morality, Harm and the Law (review)
    Philosophy in Review 15 29-32. 1995.
  • Robert V. Hannaford, Moral Anatomy and Moral Reasoning (review)
    Philosophy in Review 15 246-249. 1995.
  • Robert V. Hannaford, Moral Anatomy and Moral Reasoning Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 15 (4): 246-249. 1995.
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    Gerald Dworkin, ed., Morality, Harm and the Law Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 15 (1): 29-32. 1995.
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    Moral competence
    In Kumiko Murasugi & Robert Stainton (eds.), Philosophy and Linguistics, Westview Press. pp. 169--190. 1999.
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    So far as we know, we are the only species capable of introspection, and thus, sometimes, of insight into our own individual and collective nature. Arguably, the entire discipline of philosophy and, much more recently, of psychology, is premised on this simply stated but complicated fact. We are also a social species, each of us desiring – perhaps, even needing – to live as one among others. Taken together, these perfectly trite observations invite a number of questions regarding the nature of t…Read more
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    Reconciliation for realists
    Ethics and International Affairs 13. 1999.
    The rhetoric of reconciliation is common in situations where traditional judicial responses to past wrongdoing are unavailable because of corruption, large numbers of offenders, or anxiety about the political consequences. But what constitutes reconciliation?
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    The manifest dissociation between our capacity to make moral judgments and our ability to provide justifications for them, a phenomenon labeled Moral Dumbfounding, has important implications for the theory and practice of moral psychology. I articulate and develop the Linguistic Analogy as a robust alternative to existing sentimentalist models of moral judgment inspired by this phenomenon. The Linguistic Analogy motivates a crucial distinction between moral acceptability and moral permissibility…Read more
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    The Linguistic Analogy: Motivations, Results, and Speculations
    with Bryce Huebner and Marc D. Hauser
    Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (3): 486-510. 2010.
    Inspired by the success of generative linguistics and transformational grammar, proponents of the linguistic analogy (LA) in moral psychology hypothesize that careful attention to folk-moral judgments is likely to reveal a small set of implicit rules and structures responsible for the ubiquitous and apparently unbounded capacity for making moral judgments. As a theoretical hypothesis, LA thus requires a rich description of the computational structures that underlie mature moral judgments, an acc…Read more
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    The many faces of autonomy
    The Philosophers' Magazine 13 40-41. 2001.
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    Depending on how one looks at it, we have been enjoying or suffering a significant empirical turn in moral psychology during this first decade of the 21st century. While philosophers have, from time to time, considered empirical matters with respect to morality, those who took an interest in actual (rather than ideal) moral agents were primarily concerned with whether particular moral theories were ‘too demanding’ for creatures like us (Flanagan, 1991; Williams, 1976; Wolf, 1982). Faithful adher…Read more
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    Why care where moral intuitions come from?
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (1): 14-15. 1994.
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    Moral Development and Moral Responsibility
    The Monist 86 (2): 181-199. 2003.
    At the end of Section III of “Freedom and Resentment,” just after he has drawn our attention to the reactive attitudes, P. F. Strawson remarks, “The object of these commonplaces is to try to keep before our minds something it is easy to forget when we are engaged in philosophy, especially in our cool, contemporary style, viz., what it is actually like to be involved in ordinary inter-personal relationships, ranging from the most intimate to the most casual.” It is striking, then, that the propon…Read more
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    Critical Notice (review)
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 27 (4): 545-569. 1997.
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    Morality is so steeped in the quotidian details of praise and blame, of do’s and don’t’s, and of questions about the justifiability of certain practices it is no wonder that philosophers and psychologists have devoted relatively little effort to investigating what makes moral life possible in the first place. In making this claim, I neither ignore Kant and his intellectual descendants, nor the large literature in developmental moral psychology from Piaget on. My charge has to do with this fact: …Read more
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    What psychopaths can teach us
    The Philosophers' Magazine 9 32-33. 2000.
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    What psychopaths can teach us
    The Philosophers' Magazine 9 (9): 32-33. 2000.
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    How good is the linguistic analogy?
    In Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence & Stephen P. Stich (eds.), The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents, Oxford University Press. pp. 145--167. 2006.
    A nativist moral psychology, modeled on the successes of theoretical linguistics, provides the best framework for explaining the acquisition of moral capacities and the diversity of moral judgment across the species. After a brief presentation of a poverty of the moral stimulus argument, this chapter sketches a view according to which a so-called Universal Moral Grammar provides a set of parameterizable principles whose specific values are set by the child's environment, resulting in the acquisi…Read more