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Hume's emotivist theory of moral judgements (2019)
Journal Article
Chamberlain, J. (in press). Hume's emotivist theory of moral judgements. European Journal of Philosophy,

Hume is believed by many to hold an emotivist thesis, according to which all expressions of moral judgements are expressions of moral sentiments. However, most specialist scholars of Hume either deny that this is Hume's position or believe that he ha... Read More

Perception, mind-independence and Berkeley (2019)
Journal Article
Mackie, P. (2019). Perception, mind-independence and Berkeley. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, doi:10.1080/00048402.2019.1648532

I discuss a thesis that I call 'The Appearance of Mind-Independence', to the effect that, to the subject of an ordinary perceptual experience, it seems that the experience involves the awareness of a mind-independent world. Although this thesis appea... Read More

An ontological justification for contextual authenticity (2019)
Journal Article
Morizzi, C. (2019). An ontological justification for contextual authenticity. British Journal of Aesthetics, doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayz020

In this paper I defend a contextualist interpretation of authenticity in musical performance: we judge a performance as authentic not in respect to a stable set of requirements but according to contextually determined factors. This solution is the na... Read More

Empathetic Understanding and Deliberative Democracy (2019)
Journal Article
Hannon, M. (2019). Empathetic Understanding and Deliberative Democracy. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, doi:10.1111/phpr.12624

Epistemic democracy is standardly characterized in terms of “aiming at truth”. This presupposes a veritistic conception of epistemic value, according to which truth is the fundamental epistemic goal. I will raise an objection to the standard (veritis... Read More

Justice and the tendency towards good: the role of custom in Hume's theory of moral motivation (2019)
Journal Article
Chamberlain, J. (in press). Justice and the tendency towards good: the role of custom in Hume's theory of moral motivation. Hume Studies,

Given the importance of sympathetic pleasures within Hume's account of approval and moral motivation, why does Hume think we feel obliged to act justly on those occasions when we know that doing so will benefit nobody? I argue that Hume uses the case... Read More

Temporal Fiction for a Timeless World (2019)
Journal Article
Baron, S., Miller, K., & Tallant, J. (in press). Temporal Fiction for a Timeless World. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research,

Current debate in the metaphysics of time ordinarily assumes that we should be realists about time. Recently, however, a number of physicists and philosophers of physics have proposed that time will play no role in a completed theory of quantum gravi... Read More

Analysing Aseity (2019)
Journal Article
Adams, S., & Robson, J. (in press). Analysing Aseity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy,

The doctrine of divine aseity has played a significant role in the development of classical theism. However, very little attention has been paid in recent years to the question of how precisely aseity should be characterised. We argue that this negle... Read More

Four Dthats (2019)
Journal Article
Predelli, S. (2019). Four Dthats. Synthese, doi:10.1007/s11229-019-02257-y

The distinction between a merely ‘rigidifying’ dthat and a directly-referential take on dthat-terms is well known, and is explicitly highlighted by Kaplan in Afterthoughts, his 1989 commentary on Demonstratives. What is not equally widely recognized... Read More

Presentism and the spans of time (2019)
Journal Article
Tallant, J., & Ingram, D. (2019). Presentism and the spans of time. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, doi:10.1111/phpr.12590

Race and the responsibility to abide by the norms of unchosen and unjust social roles (2019)
Journal Article
Kisolo-Ssonko, J. (2019). Race and the responsibility to abide by the norms of unchosen and unjust social roles. Monist, 102(2), 172–186. doi:10.1093/monist/onz004

Charles Mills claims that there are specific 'civic and political duties' which individuals have a responsibility to fulfil because of the racial social roles they occupy. However, even those generally sympathetic to Role Ethics resist the idea that... Read More

The challenge to nihilism (2019)
Journal Article
Noonan, H. (2019). The challenge to nihilism. Analytic Philosophy, doi:10.1111/phib.12142

What's the point of knowledge?: a function-first epistemology (2019)
Book
Hannon, M. (2019). What's the point of knowledge?: a function-first epistemology. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190914721.001.0001

This book is about knowledge and its value. At its heart is a straightforward idea: we can answer many interesting and difficult questions in epistemology by reflecting on the role of epistemic evaluation in human life. Michael Hannon calls this appr... Read More

Logic for exact entailment (2019)
Journal Article
Fine, K., & Jago, M. (2019). Logic for exact entailment. Review of Symbolic Logic, 1-21. doi:10.1017/s1755020318000151

An exact truthmaker for A is a state which, as well as guaranteeing A's truth, is wholly relevant to it. States with parts irrelevant to whether A is true do not count as exact truthmakers for A. Giving semantics in this way produces a very unusual c... Read More

You can trust the ladder, but you shouldn’t (2019)
Journal Article
Tallant, J. (2019). You can trust the ladder, but you shouldn’t. Theoria, 85(2), 102-118. doi:10.1111/theo.12177

My claim in this paper is that, contra what I take to be the orthodoxy in the wider literature, we do trust inanimate objects—per the example in the title, there are cases where people really do trust a ladder (to hold their weight, for instance), an... Read More

Why purists should be infallibilists (2018)
Journal Article
Hannon, M. (2018). Why purists should be infallibilists. Philosophical Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1007/s11098-018-1200-x

Two of the most orthodox ideas in epistemology are fallibilism and purism. According to the fallibilist, one can know that a particular claim is true even though one’s justification for that claim is less than fully conclusive. According to the puris... Read More

It's one thing to rule them all and another thing to bind them (2018)
Journal Article
Tallant, J., & Baron, S. (2018). It's one thing to rule them all and another thing to bind them. Synthese, doi:10.1007/s11229-018-01983-z

In this paper we offer a response to one argument in favour of Priority Monism, what Jonathan Schaffer calls the nomic argument for monism. We proceed in three stages. We begin by introducing Jonathan Schaffer’s Priority Monism and the nomic argument... Read More

How naive realism can explain both the particularity and the generality of experience (2018)
Journal Article
French, C., & Gomes, A. (2019). How naive realism can explain both the particularity and the generality of experience. Philosophical Quarterly, 69(274), 41–63. doi:10.1093/pq/pqy047

Visual experiences seem to exhibit phenomenological particularity: when you look at some object, it–that particular object –looks some way to you. But experiences exhibit generality too: when you look at a distinct but qualitatively identical object,... Read More

The invalidity of the argument from illusion (2018)
Journal Article
French, C., & Walters, L. (2018). The invalidity of the argument from illusion. American Philosophical Quarterly, 55(4), 357-364

The argument from illusion attempts to establish the bold claim that we are never perceptually aware of ordinary material objects. The argument has rightly received a great deal critical of scrutiny. But here we develop a criticism that, to our knowl... Read More