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  • Is the Soul the Form of the Body?

    Is the Soul the Form of the Body?

    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Volume 87, Issue 3, Summer 2013 Abstract: The idea of the soul, though once common in discussions of human nature, is rarely considered in contemporary philosophy. This reflects a general physicalist […]

     
  • Scientism and its Challenge to Humanism

    Scientism and its Challenge to Humanism

    NEW BLACKFRIARS forthcoming Abstract Viewed from the perspective of the 19th century there is little in the details of contemporary political life that would seem special. Social life in the West is a continuation of […]

     
  • Identifying Privative Causes

    Identifying Privative Causes

    ANALYSIS 71 (4) October 2011 Abstract Causation by and of absences, omissions or privations, seems to be implied by common styles of description and explanation. Allowing that absences are actuality-dependent, one may yet maintain that […]

     
  • Is Every Action Morally Significant?

    Is Every Action Morally Significant?

    PHILOSOPHY 86 July 2011 Abstract One form of scepticism about the possibility of moral theory does not deny that there is something describable as ‘the conduct of life’, but it argues that there is no […]

     
  • Practical Philosophy: A Historical Introduction

    Practical Philosophy: A Historical Introduction

    The Greek historian Herodotus recounts that the great Athenian statesman, legislator and poet, Solon arrived in Sardis the capital of Lydia where he was engaged in conversation by King Croesus. The subject of the exchange […]

     
  • Gravitas, Moral Efficacy and Social Causes

    Gravitas, Moral Efficacy and Social Causes

    ANALYSIS 68 (1) January 2008 Abstract Contemporary discussions of causality range over the relative merits of nominalist as against realist accounts, of conceptual as against empirical approaches, and of regularity, power-based and singularist understandings. What […]

     
  • Privative causality

    Privative causality

    ANALYSIS 67 (3) July 2007 Abstract Among the kinds of explanation given for the occurrence or non-occurrence of events and processes, the obtaining or non-obtaining of states and conditions, and the existence or non-existence of […]