Richard Brook Bloomsburg University
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professor emeritus philosophy Bloomsburg university Bloomsburg pa.17815 Interests, early modern (Berkeley), moral philosophy, philosophy of science, particualrly causation.
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  1. Richard Brook, Berkeley and the Causality of Ideas; a Look at PHK 25.
    I argue that Berkeley's distinctive idealism/immaterialism can't support his view that objects of sense, immediately or mediately perceived, are causally inert. (The Passivity of Ideas thesis or PI) Neither appeal to ordinary perception, nor traditional arguments, for example, that causal connections are necessary, and we can't perceive such connections, are helpful. More likely it is theological concerns,e.g., how to have second causes if God upholds by continuously creating the world, that's in the background. This puts Berkeley closer to Malebranche than (...)
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  2. Richard Brook & Bertil Belfrage (eds.) (forthcoming). The Continuum Companion to Berkeley. Continuum.
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  3. Richard Brook (2007). Deontology, Paradox, and Moral Evil. Social Theory and Practice 33 (3):431-440.
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  4. Richard Brook (2005). Berkeley, Bundles, and Immediate Perception. Dialogue 44 (3):493-504.
    I argue in this article that, contrary to some recent views, Berkeley’s bundle theory of physical objects is incompatible with the thinking that we immediately perceive such objects. Those who argue the contrary view rightly stress that immediate perception of ideas or objects must be non-conceptual for Berkeley, that is, the concept of the object cannot be made use of in the perception, otherwise it would be mediate perception. After a brief look at the texts, I contrast how a direct (...)
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  5. richard Brook (2004). Statistical and Identifiable Deaths. In John Haldane (ed.), Philosophy and its Public Role.
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  6. Richard Brook (2003). Berkeley's Theory of Vision: Transparency and Signification. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (4):691 – 699.
    By "transparency" with respect to Berkeley's theory of signs, I mean the notion that because of the often close association between signs and what they signify, we mistakenly think we sense what is signified by the sense that accesses the sign. I argue that although this makes sense for some examples, for a variety of reasons it's not really applicable to Berkeley's claim that we mistakenly think we immediately see distance ('outness') when we, in fact, immediately see only light and (...)
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  7. Richard Brook (2002). Mary Anne Warren, Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things:Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things. Ethics 112 (3):644-646.
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  8. R. Brook (1999). Clarke, SRL-Animals and Their Moral Standing. Philosophical Books 40:56-57.
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  9. Richard Brook (1997). Is Smith Obligated That(She)Not Kill the Innocent or That She(Not Kill the Innocent): Expressions and Rationales for Deontological Constraints. Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):451-461.
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  10. Richard Brook (1997). Is Smith Obligated That (She) Not Kill the Innocent or That She (Not Kill the Innocent). Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):451-461.
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  11. Richard Brook (1995). Berkeley, Causality, and Signification. International Studies in Philosophy 27 (2):15-31.
  12. Richard Brook (1994). Moral Questions. An Introduction to Ethics. Philosophical Books 35 (1):77-78.
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  13. Richard Brook (1992). Valuing Life. Philosophical Books 33 (4):243-245.
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  14. Richard Brook (1991). Agency and Morality. Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):190-212.
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  15. Richard Brook (1988). Threats and Punishment. Philosophy and Public Affairs 17 (3):235-239.
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  16. Richard Brook (1987). Justice and the Golden Rule: A Commentary on Some Recent Work of Lawrence Kohlberg. Ethics 97 (2):363-373.
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  17. Richard Brook (1987). Seymour Schwimmer 1924 - 1986. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 60 (5):862 -.
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  18. Richard Brook & Seymour Schwimmer (1981). On Adding the Good. Social Theory and Practice 7 (3):325-335.
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  19. Richard Brook (1979). Dischargeability, Optionality, and the Duty to Save Lives. Philosophy and Public Affairs 8 (2):194-200.
  20. Richard Brook (1976). Un‐“Natural” Death. Hastings Center Report 6 (6):4-40.
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