• `Modern' philosophy in the West is said to have begun with Bacon and Descartes. Their methodological and metaphysical writings, in conjunction with the discoveries that marked the seventeenth-century scientific revolution, are supposed to have interred both Aristotelian and scholastic science and the philosophy that supported it. But did the new or `modern' philosophy effect a complete break with what preceded it? Were Bacon and Descartes untainted by scholastic influences? The theme of this boo…Read more
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    Experimental philosophy and the history of philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (5): 829-849. 2018.
    Contemporary experimental philosophers sometimes use versions of an argument from the history of philosophy to defend the claim that what they do is philosophy. Although experimental philosophers conduct surveys and carry out what appear to be experiments in psychology, making them methodologically different from most analytic philosophers working today, techniques like theirs were not out of the ordinary in the philosophy of the past, early modern philosophy in particular. Or so some of them ar…Read more
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    Thomas Hobbes might seem an unlikely source for a theory of emergency powers applicable to liberal democracies in our own day. He advocated the concentration of political, judicial, economic and military authority, and was in favour of great latitude for a monarch or assembly in the choice of means to security. His theory demands absolute submission to law on the part of citizens, with no constitutional limitations on what laws can require. 1 The same theory demands preventive measures against s…Read more
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    Experimental philosophy and the history of philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (5): 829-849. 2018.
    Contemporary experimental philosophers sometimes use versions of an argument from the history of philosophy to defend the claim that what they do is philosophy. Although experimental philosophers conduct surveys and carry out what appear to be experiments in psychology, making them methodologically different from most analytic philosophers working today, techniques like theirs were not out of the ordinary in the philosophy of the past, early modern philosophy in particular. Or so some of them ar…Read more
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    Insight and Inference (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (1): 122. 2000.
  • Formal Logic a Workbook
    with Rosalind Hursthouse, Janet Radcliffe Richards, and Wilfrid Hodges
    . 1980.
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    Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Critical Essays (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield. 1997.
    This collection of essays, the first of its kind in nearly thirty years, introduces the reader to some of the most important studies of the book from the past ...
  • Book review (review)
    with Alexander Broadie, Desmond M. Clarke, Steven Nadler, Stephen Gaukroger, Sylvana Tomaselli, François Tricaud, Reinhardt Brandt, G. H. R. Parkinson, Leon Pompa, Onora O'Neill, Ralph C. S. Walker, Andrew Belsey, Michael Walsh, and Andy Hamilton
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 1 (1): 127-175. 1993.
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    Experimental philosophy and the history of philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (5): 829-849. 2018.
    Contemporary experimental philosophers sometimes use versions of an argument from the history of philosophy to defend the claim that what they do is philosophy. Although experimental philosophers conduct surveys and carry out what appear to be experiments in psychology, making them methodologically different from most analytic philosophers working today, techniques like theirs were not out of the ordinary in the philosophy of the past, early modern philosophy in particular. Or so some of them ar…Read more
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    Experimental philosophy and the history of philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (5): 829-849. 2018.
    Contemporary experimental philosophers sometimes use versions of an argument from the history of philosophy to defend the claim that what they do is philosophy. Although experimental philosophers conduct surveys and carry out what appear to be experiments in psychology, making them methodologically different from most analytic philosophers working today, techniques like theirs were not out of the ordinary in the philosophy of the past, early modern philosophy in particular. Or so some of them ar…Read more
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    Introduction
    with James Dempsey
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 42 (1): 7-19. 2018.
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    Responsibility in the Financial Crisis
    Midwest Studies in Philosophy 42 (1): 20-36. 2018.
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    Aggravated Murder and Capital Punishment
    Journal of Applied Philosophy 10 (2): 201-213. 1993.
    It is possible to defend the death penalty for aggravated murder in more than one way, and not every defence is equally compelling. The paper takes up arguments put forward by two very distinguished advocates of the death penalty, Mill and Kant. After reviewing Mill's argument and some weaknesses in it, I shall sketch another line of reasoning that combines his conclusion with premisses to be found in Kant. The hybrid argument provides at least the basis for a sound defence of execution for the …Read more
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    "Modern" philosophy in the West is said to have begun with Bacon and Descartes. Their methodological and metaphysical writings, in conjunction with the discoveries that marked the seventeenth-century scientific revolution, are supposed to have interred both Aristotelian and scholastic science and the philosophy that supported it. But did the new or "modern" philosophy effect a complete break with what preceded it? Were Bacon and Descartes untainted by scholastic influences? The theme of this boo…Read more
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    Two ideals and the death penalty
    Criminal Justice Ethics 21 (2): 27-35. 2002.
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    Insight and Inference: Descartes's Founding Principle and Modern Philosophy (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (1): 122-123. 2000.
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    Telecare, Surveillance, and the Welfare State
    with Heather Draper
    American Journal of Bioethics 12 (9): 36-44. 2012.
    In Europe, telecare is the use of remote monitoring technology to enable vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes. The technology includes electronic tags and sensors that transmit information about the user's location and patterns of behavior in the user's home to an external hub, where it can trigger an intervention in an emergency. Telecare users in the United Kingdom sometimes report their unease about being monitored by a ?Big Brother,? and the same kind of electronic tags…Read more
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    On special protections for rescuers and helpers
    Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (2): 215-222. 2007.
    There is something intuitively correct about singling out emergency workers for legal protection, and for criminalizing not just assault, but obstruction. Moreover, at least one sophisticated theory of right and wrong – Scanlon’s—indicates some deep reasons for endorsing these intuitions. After applying Scanlon’s theory in the relevant way, I want to argue that the same grounds it provides for recent Scottish legislation and UK sentencing guidelines can also be given for punishing more s…Read more
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    The Dogma of the Priority of Private Morality
    American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (1): 89-101. 2015.
    This article considers the relation between public and private morality as a stumbling block to a unified moral theory, and therefore as a source of skepticism about moral theory. It aims to show that some of the difficulties for theory in this area are a product of assuming that private morality has a certain priority over the public, and that moral life is unitary. These assumptions are questionable and perhaps question-begging. If they are dropped, the strength of the requirements of public m…Read more
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