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Five Questions on Political Philosophy
(Automatic Press, 2006)
Peter Vallentyne answers five questions posed by the editor of the text on the nature of political philosophy....
Are all names of the Absolute synonymous?
(University of Hawaii Press, 1983-07)
In one way different names of the Absolute may be synonymous,and in another way not synonymous. Using Frege's terminology, words may have the same reference but different "senses." Just as "Morning Star" and "Evening Star" ...
"Tat tvam asi": An Important Identity Statement or a Mere Tautology
(University of Hawaii Press, 1984-01)
Before one can reasonably investigate the question of whether two things are identical, it stands to reason that one must have a clear understanding not only of what counts as a thing but, even more importantly, of what ...
On Original Appropriation
Libertarianism holds that agents initially fully own themselves. Lockean libertarianism further holds that agents have the moral power to acquire private property in external things as long as a Lockean Proviso—requiring ...
Hurley on Justice and Responsibility
In Justice, Luck, and Knowledge, Susan Hurley defends a reason-responsive account of responsibility, argues that appeals to responsibility cannot provide a justification or non-trivial specification of brute luck egalitarian ...
An analysis of the State
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
What the state is remains far from clear in political philosophy. However, the state is also a key concept at work in many discussions in political philosophy. For example, there is a debate about anarchism, the question of whether or not the state...
Why Left-Libertarianism Isn't Incoherent, Indeterminate, or Irrelevant: A Reply to Fried
Over the past few decades, there has been increasing interest in left-libertarianism, which holds (roughly) that agents fully own themselves and that natural resources (land, minerals, air, etc.) belong to everyone in some ...
Etiological teleosemantics and theories of nonconceptual content
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
Within the philosophy of mind, discourse regarding the relation between human thought and its objects refers to ‘intentional content’, the information conveyed by mental states to a subject. A broad and intuitive distinction has standardly been made...
Answers to Five Questions on Normative Ethics
(Automatic Press, 2007)
This article comprises the author's answers to five questions on Normative Ethics posed by the editors of the collection.
In general, I shall focus on justice as what we morally owe each other. I shall therefore briefly elaborate on this concept of justice. As long as rights are understood very broadly as—perhaps pro tanto and highly ...
Gatekeeping and international datelines in the American newspaper: the decision process
(University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
decisions made? Why do they make the choices they make? And how are these gatekeepers determining the needs of the American public? The gatekeeping process in choosing international stories at three Ohio - The Columbus Dispatch, The Cincinnati Enquirer...
Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia
Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), along with John Rawls's A Theory of Justice (1971), radically changed the landscape in analytic political philosophy. For much of the preceding half-century, under the influence of logical...
Left-Libertarianism as a Promising Form of Liberal Egalitarianism
(Center for Philosophic Exchange SUNY Brockport, 2009)
Left-libertarianism is a theory of justice that is committed to full self-ownership and to an egalitarian sharing of the value of natural resources. It is, I shall suggest, a promising way of capturing the liberal egalitarian ...
Responsibility and Compensation Rights
I address an issue that arises for rights theories that recognize rights to compensation for rights-intrusions. Do individuals who never pose any risk of harm to others have a right, against a rights-intruder, to full ...
Libertarianism and the State
(Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Classical liberalism emphasizes the importance of individual liberty and contemporary (or welfare) liberalism tends to emphasize some kind of material equality. The best known form of libertarianism—right-libertarianism—is ...
How well can one get to know a Strawsonian person?
(International Phenomenological Society, 1974-06)
I shall argue that one cannot get to know a Strawsonian person, to speak in a popular way. To speak more philosophically, Strawson has a metaphysical theory of persons which involves serious epistemological difficulties. ...
Philosophy Looks at Twentieth Century Music
This paper is an attempt to evaluate the most significant trends in the music of the first half of the present century by discovering the aims of each and squaring them with the basic principles defined by philosophy. ...