Laramie, Wyoming, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
17th/18th Century Philosophy
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    Leibniz: Determinist, Theist, Idealist (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 50 (1): 143-143. 1996.
    Working under the structure of his three main topics of determinism, theism, and idealism, Adams has produced a work on Leibniz of outstanding significance. Adams deftly handles the massive historical resources now available to Leibniz scholars, producing a major philosophical work which is a joy to read. Discussions are rich with references to heretofore little known documents, correspondence, and revisions, and Adams uses these texts to full advantage. He argues for a Leibniz deeply engaged wi…Read more
  • Locke's Scepticism Concerning Natural Science
    Dissertation, Rice University. 1990.
    Locke was a sceptic about the possibility of scientific knowledge of corporeal substance. Scientific knowledge is knowledge which is certain, universal, and instructive. According to Locke, to have certain and instructive knowledge of natural kinds requires knowledge of the real essence of natural kinds. Since a real essence is the foundation for the properties a thing has, it must be known before a deduction of the properties can be done. Locke did not believe that it was possible for humans to…Read more
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    An analysis of us disinvestment from south Africa: Unity, rights, and justice
    with Malone David
    Journal of Business Ethics 16 (16): 1687-1703. 1997.
    This study examines the issues associated with the disinvestment of U.S. interests from South Africa that took place in the mid-80s from the perspective of three dominant moral theories: utility, rights, and justice. By examining the issues in light of these three theories, the paper attempts to establish a decision framework from which managers and investors can evaluate similar decisions they are facing around the world today. Similarly, the reading may prove useful to educators who incorporat…Read more
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    An analysis of U.s. Disinvestment from south Africa: Unity, rights, and justice (review)
    with David Malone and Susanna Goodin
    Journal of Business Ethics 16 (16): 1687-1703. 1997.
    This study examines the issues associated with the disinvestment of U.S. interests from South Africa that took place in the mid-80s from the perspective of three dominant moral theories: utility, rights, and justice. By examining the issues in light of these three theories, the paper attempts to establish a decision framework from which managers and investors can evaluate similar decisions they are facing around the world today. Similarly, the reading may prove useful to educators who incorporat…Read more
  • Monadic hierarchies and the great chain of being
    with Candice Goad
    Studia Leibnitiana 29 (2): 129-145. 1997.
    Nach Leibniz ist der Schliissel zu metaphysischer Wahrheit Gottes ontologische und moralische Perfektion. In Übereinstimmung mit seiner unendlichen Güte erschafft Gott eine maximal perfekte Welt. Diese maximale Perfektion beinhaltet, daß alle Aspekte der Erschaffungen Gottes einem Gesetz der Kontinuität gehorchen – "die Natur macht keine Sprünge", und daher beinhaltet jeder Übergang Kontinuität. Die unendliche Güte Gottes beinhaltet auch unendliche Gerechtigkeit. Für Leibniz verlangt die Gerecht…Read more
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    Leibniz's Universal Jurisprudence: Justice as the Charity of the Wise (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (3): 470-471. 1998.
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    Debate over Species
    In Gennaro Rocco & Huenemann Charles (eds.), New Essays on the Rationalists, Oxford University Press. pp. 163. 1999.