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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Essays on Ethics and Normativity

Essays on Ethics and Normativity

The following collection of twenty-three essays summarizes my views on ethics and normativity, after a thirty year career in philosophy and in the wake of my recent retirement from teaching at Missouri State University. [1] Some Questions about Obligation [2] On a...

Essays on Ethics and Normativity

The following collection of twenty-three essays summarizes my views on ethics and normativity, after a thirty year career in philosophy and in the wake of my recent retirement from teaching at Missouri State University. [1] Some Questions about Obligation [2] On a...

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Reasons, Causes and Social Science

Reasons, Causes and Social Science

This is a much-discussed topic in philosophy, and a number of classics inform my views here, including: Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (1949); Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953); Peter Winch, The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to...

Normativity / Objectivity/ Obligation / Value

Normativity / Objectivity/ Obligation / Value

My early work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art was devoted to the question of artistic value and whether there was a way one could construe it as objective. The dominant view in aesthetics, greatly influenced by the work of Hume and Kant, has been that artistic...

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

The Dirty Little Game of Academic Philosophy

Years ago, over at the Daily Nous, a much read insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: Philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate...