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  1. Constantine Sandis (forthcoming). The Meaning of Hume's Necessary Connexions. In Keith Allen & Tom Stoneham (eds.), Causation and Modern Philosophy.
  2. Constantine Sandis (ed.) (2015). Philosophy of Action. Wiley.
    The Philosophy of Action: An Anthology is an authoritative collection of key work by top scholars, arranged thematically and accompanied by expert introductions written by the editors. This unique collection brings together a selection of the most influential essays from the 1960s to the present day. An invaluable collection that brings together a selection of the most important classic and contemporary articles in philosophy of action, from the 1960’s to the present day No other broad-ranging and detailed coverage of this (...)
     
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  3. Constantine Sandis (2015). Verbal Reports and ‘Real’ Reasons: Confabulation and Conflation. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2):267-280.
    This paper examines the relation between the various forces which underlie human action and verbal reports about our reasons for acting as we did. I maintain that much of the psychological literature on confabulations rests on a dangerous conflation of the reasons for which people act with a variety of distinct motivational factors. In particular, I argue that subjects frequently give correct answers to questions about the considerations they acted upon while remaining largely unaware of why they take themselves to (...)
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  4. Constantine Sandis & Nassim N. Taleb (2014). The Silver Rule of Acting Under Uncertainty. The Philosophers' Magazine 66:84-88.
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  5. Giuseppina D'Oro & Constantine Sandis (eds.) (2013). Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Non-Causalism in the Philosophy of Action. Palgrave Macmillan.
    To mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Davidson's 'Actions, reasons and causes', eight philosophers with distinctive and contrasting views revisit and update the reasons/causes debate.Their essays are preceded by a historical introduction which traces current debates to their roots in the philosophy of history and social science, linking the rise of causalism to a metaphysical backlash against the linguistic turn. Both historically grounded and topical, this volume will be of great interest to both students and scholars in the philosophy of (...)
     
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  6. Constantine Sandis (2013). Be Non—Factive? In David Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little & Brad Hooker (eds.), Thinking About Reasons: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press 29.
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  7. Constantine Sandis (2013). Can Action Explanations Ever Be Non-Factive? In David Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little & Brad Hooker (eds.), Thinking About Reasons: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy. Oxford University Press 29.
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  8. Constantine Sandis & Giuseppina D'Oro (2013). Reasons and Causes. Palgrave Macmillan.
  9. Christopher Bennett, Edgar Maraguat, J. M. Pérez Bermejo, Antony Duff, J. L. Martí, Sergi Rosell & Constantine Sandis (2012). Symposium. The Apology Ritual. Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2).
    Symposium on Christopher Bennet's The Apology Ritual. A Philosophical Theory of Punishment [Cambridge University Press, 2008].
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  10. Constantine Sandis (2012). Action, Reason, and the Passions. In Alan Bailey & Dan O'Brien (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Hume. Continuum 199--213.
     
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  11. Constantine Sandis (2012). Book: Philosophers-by Steve Pyke. Philosophy Now 92:46.
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  12. Constantine Sandis (2012). Nietzsche's Dance With Zarathustra. Philosophy Now 93:13-15.
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  13. Constantine Sandis (2012). The Limits of Ignorance. Metascience 21 (2):483-484.
    The limits of ignorance Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9571-z Authors Constantine Sandis, Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford, OX2 9AT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  14. Constantine Sandis (2012). The Objects of Action Explanation. Ratio 25 (3):326-344.
    This paper distinguishes between various different conceptions of behaviour and action before exploring an accompanying variety of distinct things that ‘action explanation’ may plausibly amount to viz. different objectives of action explanation. I argue that a large majority of philosophers are guilty of conflating many of these, consequently offering inadequate accounts of the relation between actions and our reasons for performing them. The paper ends with the suggestion that we would do well to opt for a pluralistic understanding of action (...)
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  15. Constantine Sandis (2012). The Public Expression of Penitence. Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):141-152.
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  16. Constantine Sandis (2012). The Things We Do and Why We Do Them. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Machine generated contents note: -- Doing the Things We Do * The Reasons for which We Act * The Objects of Action Explanation * Things That Move Us to Act * Various Explananda, Various Explanantia * Agents and Their Actions * Causation in Action Individuation.
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  17. Constantine Sandis & M. J. Cain (2012). Preface. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 70:ix-x.
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  18. Constantine Sandis & Mark J. Cain (eds.) (2012). Human Nature: Volume 70. Cambridge University Press.
    An understanding of human nature has been central to the work of some of the greatest philosophical thinkers including Plato, Descartes, Hume, Hobbes, Rousseau, Freud and Marx. Questions such as 'what is human nature?', 'is there such a thing as an exclusively human nature?', 'through what methods might we best discover more about our nature?', and 'to what extent are our actions and beliefs constrained by it?' are of central importance not only to philosophy, but to our general understanding of (...)
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  19. Fred Evans, Allan Gotthelf, James G. Lennox, Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Michael W. Austin, Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis, Graham Oppy, Michael Scott & Roland Pierik (2011). Chalmers, David J. The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2010, 624 Pp. Cliteur, Paul. The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 328 Pp. Cochran, Molly. The Cambridge Companion to Dewey, Cambridge Uni. [REVIEW] Metaphilosophy 42 (3):0026-1068.
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  20. Constantine Sandis (2011). A Just Medium: Empathy and Detachment in Historical Understanding. Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (2):179-200.
    This paper explores the role of empathy and detachment in historical explanation by comparing Collingwood and Hume's philosophies of history to Brecht and Stanislavki's theories of theatre. I argue that Collingwood's notion of re-enactment shares much more with Hume and Brecht than it does with Stanislavski. This enables a just medium between rationalistic and empathetic accounts of historical understanding, as recently put forth by Mark Bevir and Karsten Stueber respectively.
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  21. Constantine Sandis (2011). Gilbert Ryle , The Concept of Mind - 60th Anniversary Edition . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (6):455-457.
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  22. Constantine Sandis (2011). Gilbert Ryle , Collected Papers Volume II: Collected Essays 1929-1968 . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (6):455-457.
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  23. Constantine Sandis (2011). Gilbert Ryle , Collected Papers Volume I: Critical Essays . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (6):455-457.
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  24. Constantine Sandis (2011). Issue Introduction. Essays in Philosophy 12 (1):1.
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  25. Constantine Sandis (2011). Kinds of Reasons: An Essay in the Philosophy of Action – By Maria Alvarez. Ratio 24 (2):222-226.
  26. Constantine Sandis (2011). The Immortalization Commission. Philosophy Now 86:42-42.
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  27. Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.) (2010). Hegel on Action. Palgrave Macmillan.
    This volume focuses on Hegel's philosophy of action in connection to current concerns. Including key papers by Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, and John McDowell, as well as eleven especially commissioned contributions by leading scholars in the field, it aims to readdress the dialogue between Hegel and contemporary philosophy of action. Topics include: the nature of action, reasons and causes; explanation and justification of action; social and narrative aspects of agency; the inner and the outer; the relation between intention, planning, and (...)
     
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  28. Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (2010). Introduction : Hegel and Contemporary Philosophy of Action. In Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Hegel on Action. Palgrave Macmillan
    The aim of this book is to provide an in-depth account of Hegel’s writings on human action as they relate to contemporary concerns in the hope that it will encourage fruitful dialogue between Hegel scholars and those working in the philosophy of action. During the past two decades, preliminary steps towards such a dialogue were taken, but many paths remain uncharted. The book thus serves as both a summative document of past interaction and a promissory note of things to come. (...)
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  29. Arto Laitinenen & Constantine Sandis (eds.) (2010). Hegel on Action. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  30. Timothy O'Connor & Constantine Sandis (eds.) (2010). A Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Wiley-Blackwell.
  31. Timothy O'Connor & Constantine Sandis (eds.) (2010). The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell.
    A Companion to the Philosophy of Action offers a comprehensive overview of the issues and problems central to the philosophy of action. -/- * The first volume to survey the entire field of philosophy of action (the central issues and processes relating to human actions) * Brings together specially commissioned chapters from international experts * Discusses a range of ideas and doctrines, including rationality, free will and determinism, virtuous action, criminal responsibility, Attribution Theory, and rational agency in evolutionary perspective * (...)
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  32. C. Sandis (ed.) (2010). Blackwell Companion to Action. Blackwell.
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  33. T. Sandis, C., O'Connor (ed.) (2010). A Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell.
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  34. Constantine Sandis (2010). Animal Ethics. In Richard Corrigan (ed.), Ethics: A University Guide. Progressive Frontiers Pubs. 21.
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  35. Constantine Sandis (2010). Stephen Mulhall, Philosophical Myths of the Fall Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 27 (1):60-62.
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  36. Constantine Sandis (2010). The Experimental Turn and Ordinary Language. Essays in Philosophy 11 (2):181-96.
  37. Constantine Sandis & Timothy O'Connor (eds.) (2010). A Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell.
  38. Constantine Sandis (2009). Alasdair MacIntyre, Ethics of Politics: Selected Essays (Vol. 2) Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (1):49-51.
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  39. Constantine Sandis (2009). Contextualist Vs. Analytic History of Philosophy. Think 8 (22):1-5.
    This paper uses analogies between Socratic and Wittgenseinian dialogues to argue that analytic philosophy of history should not be abandoned. -/- In their responses to my paper ‘In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines’ James Warren and John Shand raised a number of important methodological objections, relating to the study of the history of philosophy. I here respond by questioning the supremacy of contextualist history of philosophy over the so-called ‘analytic’ approach. I conclude that the history of ideas had better leave (...)
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  40. Constantine Sandis (2009). Contextualist Vs. Analytic History of Philosophy: A Study in Socrates. Think 8 (22):101-105.
    I here respond to James Warren and John Shand's replies to my paper ‘In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines’ by questioning the supremacy of contextualist history of philosophy over the so-called ‘analytic’ approach.
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  41. Constantine Sandis (2009). Gods and Mental States : The Causation of Action in Ancient Tragedy and Modern Philosophy of Mind. In New Essays on the Explanation of Action. Palgrave Macmillan 358--385.
    This paper argues that contemporary philosophy of mind and action could learn much from the structure of action explanation manifested in ancient Greek tragedy, which is less deterministic than typically supposed and which does not conflate the motivation of action with its causal production.
     
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  42. Constantine Sandis (2009). Hume and the Debate on 'Motivating Reasons'. In Charles Pigden (ed.), Hume on Motivation and Virtue. Palgrave Macmillan
    This paper argues for a novel interpretation of Hume's account of motivation, according to which beliefs can (alone) motivate action though not by standing as reasons which normatively favour it. It si then suggested that a number of contemporary debates about concerning the nature of reasons for action could benefit from such an approach.
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  43. Constantine Sandis (2009). Hitchcock's Conscious Use of Freud's Unconscious. Europe's Journal of Psychology 3:56-81.
    This paper argues that Hitchcock's so-called 'Freudian' films (esp. Spellbound, Psycho, and Marnie) pay tribute to the cultural magnetism of Freud's ideas whist being critical of the tehories themselves.
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  44. Constantine Sandis (2009). Hume's Scepticism and Realism. Hume Studies 35 (1/2):240-242.
  45. Constantine Sandis (2009). Hume's Scepticism and Realism: His Two Profound Arguments Against the Senses in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Review). Hume Studies 35 (1):240-242.
  46. Constantine Sandis (ed.) (2009). New Essays on the Explanation of Action. Palgrave Macmillan.
    A solid cast of contributors present the first collection of essays on the Philosophy of Action.
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  47. C. Sandis (2008). Alasdair MacIntyre, Ethics and Politics: Selected Essays (Vol. 2). Philosophy in Review 28 (1):49.
     
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  48. C. Sandis (2008). Alasdair MacIntyre, The Tasks of Philosophy: Selected Essays (Vol. 1). Philosophy in Review 28 (1):49.
     
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  49. Constantine Sandis (2008). A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Philosophy Now 69:26-28.
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  50. Constantine Sandis (2008). Dretske on the Causation of Behavior. Behavior and Philosophy 36:71-86.
    In two recent articles and an earlier book Fred Dretske appeals to a distinction between triggering and structuring causes with the aim of establishing that psychological explanations of behavior differ from non-psychological ones. He concludes that intentional human behavior is triggered by electro-chemical events but structured by representational facts. In this paper I argue that while this underrated causalist position is considerably more persuasive than the standard causalist alternative, Dretske’s account fails to provide us with a coherent analysis of intentional (...)
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  51. Constantine Sandis (2008). How to Act Against Your Better Judgement. Philosophical Frontiers 3 (2):111-123.
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  52. Constantine Sandis (2008). In Defence of Four Socratic Doctrines. Think 6 (17-18):85-98.
    In this article, Sandis defends four of the most notorious doctrines which Plato attributes to Socrates. The first is the ‘theory’ of forms, the second is the doctrine of recollection, the third Socrates'contention that philosophers ought to be the guardian-kings of the ideal state, and the fourth his rejection of rhetoric. Sandis does not claim that his interpretation is correct, but only that it renders the doctrines both relevant and plausible.
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  53. Constantine Sandis (2008). Jessica Brown, Anti-Individualism and Knowledge. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 18 (1):145-146.
  54. Constantine Sandis & Nassim Taleb (2008). NassimTaleb in Conversation with Constantine Sandis. Philosophy Now (Sep/Oct):24.
    COnstantien Sandis speaks to Nassim Taleb about inductive knowledge,black swans, Hume, Popper, and Wittgenstein.
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  55. C. Sandis (2007). Stephen Mulhall, Philosophical Myths of the Fall. Philosophy in Review 27 (1):60.
     
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  56. Constantine Sandis (2007). Review of" Philosophy of History: A Guide for Students". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 8 (2):10.
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  57. Constantine Sandis (2006). On Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz:Reason and Value: Themes From the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. [REVIEW] Ethics 116 (2):435-440.
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  58. Constantine Sandis (2006). Dancy Cartwright: Particularism in the Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 21 (2):30-40.
    This paper aims to explore the space of possible particularistic approaches to Philosophy of Science by examining the differences and similarities between Jonathan Dancy’s moral particularism—as expressed in both his earlier writings (e.g., Moral Reasons , 1993), and, more explicitly defended in his book Ethics without Principles (2004)—and Nancy Cartwright’s particularism in the philosophy of science, as defended in her early collection of essays, How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983), and her later book, The Dappled World: A Study of (...)
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  59. Constantine Sandis (2006). Review of" The Literary Wittgenstein". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 7 (1):13.
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  60. Constantine Sandis (2006). The Explanation of Action in History. Essays in Philosophy 7 (2):12.
    This paper focuses on two conflations which frequently appear within the philosophy of history and other fields concerned with action explanation. The first of these, which I call the Conflating View of Reasons, states that the reasons for which we perform actions are reasons why (those events which are) our actions occur. The second, more general conflation, which I call the Conflating View of Action Explanation, states that whatever explains why an agent performed a certain action explains why (that event (...)
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  61. Constantine Sandis (2006). When Did the Killing Occur? Daimon: Revista de Filosofia 37:179-186.
  62. Constantine Sandis (2005). On Berent Enc's 'How We Act'. [REVIEW] Philosophical Books 46 (2):170-174.
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  63. Constantine Sandis (2005). Anthony SR Manstead, Nico Frijda, and Agneta Fischer, Eds., Feelings and Emotions: The Amsterdam Symposium Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 25 (2):123-125.
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  64. Constantine Sandis & Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (2005). Philosophy of Mind. Philosophical Books 46 (2):170-174.
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  65. Constantine Sandis (2004). Book Review: Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action. [REVIEW] Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2):223-225.
  66. Constantine Sandis (2004). Philosophy for Younger People: A Polemic. Philosophical Pathways.
    Recent years have seen a high increase in the teaching of Philosophy in schools. Programs such as Pathways Schools in Australia International Society for Philosophers, since 2003), 'Philosophy in Schools' in the UK (Royal Institute of Philosophy, since 1999), and 'Philosophy for Children' in the USA, Australia, and the UK (International Council for Philosophical Inquiry since 1985 & Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education since 1993) are spreading around the world. Within a decade of its introduction Philosophy (...)
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  67. Constantine Sandis (2003). Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom, Eds., What Philosophers Think. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 23:373-375.
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  68. Constantine Sandis (2003). Julian Baggini, Philosophy: Key Themes Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (6):373-375.
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  69. Constantine Sandis (2003). Julian Baggini, Philosophy: Key Themes. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 23:373-375.
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  70. Constantine Sandis (2003). Review of Adam Morton, The Importance of Being Understood: Folk Psychology As Ethics. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (9).
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