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  1. Nicholas Joll (ed.) (2012). Philosophy and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Palgrave Macmillan.
    [Adapted from the book's back-cover:] -/- This is the ‘philosophy and. .’ book that really needed to be written – because it is about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For (to paraphrase the great man himself) Hitchhiker’s is not above a little philosophy in the same way that the sea is not above the sky. Moreover: this edited collection tries hard to combine accessibility – and some humour – with rigour. The book contains an introduction, nine chapters (all originally (...)
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  2. A. Pawlak & Nicholas Joll (2012). The Funniest of All Improbable Worlds: Hitchhikers as Philosophical Satire. In Nicholas Joll (ed.), Philosophy and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  3. Nicholas Joll (2011). Review Jürgen Habermas Et Al. An Awareness of What is Missing. Faith and Reason in a Post-Secular Age. Translated by Ciaran Cronin. Polity, Cambridge, 2010. 87 + Viii Pp., £12.99 (Paperback) ISBN 9780745647210. [REVIEW] Philosophy 86 (2):312-317.
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  4. Nicholas Joll, Contemporary Metaphilosophy. Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy.
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  5. Nicholas Joll (2010). Gaps: An Inquiry Into Determination and Deformation in Adorno. Studies in Social and Political Thought 17:12–30.
    This article proposes and explores a hypothesis about some claims made by Adorno. The claims at issue appear to allege, in a way that is hard to understand, that beings in modernity are deformed. The hypothesis is that Adorno’s conception of mediation illuminates that idea. For Adornian mediation seems to bode an account of the determination of beings – of how beings are as they are – that will explicate his claims about beings’ deformation. Acting on that hypothesis, the paper (...)
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  6. Nicholas Joll (2010). Philosophy and Real Politics. By Raymond Geuss. Metaphilosophy 41 (5):722-727.
  7. Nicholas Joll (2010). Theories of Judgment: Psychology, Logic, Phenomenology – Wayne M. Martin. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):658-660.
  8. Nicholas Joll (2009). Adorno's Negative Dialectic: Theme, Point, and Methodological Status. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (2):233–53.
    This paper provides a critical interpretation of the theme, point, and methodological status of Adorno’s so-called negative dialectic. The theme at issue, ‘non-identity’, comes in several varieties; and the point of Adorno’s dialectic, namely reconciliation, is multifaceted. Exploration of those topics shows that negative dialectic seques into substantive doctrines, including a version of transcendentalism and a claim about deformation. The peculiar methodological status of negative dialectic explains that adumbration. In the appraisive register, my principal contentions include these: Adorno’s transcendentalism makes (...)
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  9. Nicholas Joll (2009). Charles Guignon, Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (2):114-117.
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  10. Nicholas Joll (2009). How Should Philosophy Be Clear? Loaded Clarity, Default Clarity, and Adorno. Telos 2009 (146):73–95.
    [First paragraph:] Part of the point of this article is to support the following claim by Adorno: “Rarely has anyone laid out a theory of philosophical clarity; instead, the concept of clarity has been used as though it were self-evident.” In fact, and again with Adorno, I shall argue for what I call the “loadedness thesis”: the thesis that philosophical conceptions of clarity are pervasively, and perhaps inevitably, philosophically partisan (section one). Yet I shall proceed to argue for a conception (...)
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  11. N. Joll (2008). Charles Guignon, Ed., The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger. Philosophy in Review 28 (2):114.
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  12. Nicholas Joll (2008). 'Review of Iaian MacDonald and Krzysztof Ziarek, Eds., Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 28 (5):114-7.
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  13. Nicholas Joll (2007). Adorno Damned by a Devotee?: Alastair Morgan (2007) Adorno's Concept of Life. Film-Philosophy 11 (3).
  14. Nicholas Joll (2007). Review of Alastair Morgan, Adorno's Concept of Life. [REVIEW] Film-Philosophy 11:169-76.
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  15. Nicholas Joll, The Determination and Deformation of Beings: A Critical Interpretation of Adorno and Heidegger.
    This thesis is a critical interpretation of a striking contention I call the Deformation Claim. The Deformation Claim alleges a deep deformation of beings in modernity. I extract such a claim from the work of Theodor W. Adorno and Martin Heidegger. My aim is to interpret and assess, in a more thorough manner than hitherto achieved, the respective elaborations of the Deformation Claim those thinkers provide. To that end, but mindful of challenges of interpretation and of charges even of complicity (...)
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