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  1. Albert Mosley, Music, Modernity, And Pragmatism.
    This paper explores the continued reliance of the music of the Black Atlantic on oral rather than literate forms, and elaborates the thesis that African music in modern culture exemplifies an alternative to the culture of modern industrial society. A critical reappraisal of the work of Alaine Locke, Paul Gilroy, and John Dewey is used to extend our appreciation of pragmatism from its usual focus on science and technology to a more inclusive focus on art and the social value of (...)
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  2. Albert Mosley, Racial Differences in Sports: What's Ethics Got to Do with It?
    This paper is a critical review of Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It by Jon Entine. It critically assesses the evidence that blacks do in fact dominate sports and attempts to show that this is an overgeneralization that perpetuates racist stereotypes. The tendency for both blacks and whites to accept such views creates expectations and beliefs that channel efforts in directions which reinforce historical stereotypes and limit opportunities for blacks to a limited (...)
     
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  3. Albert Mosley, Science and Technology in Contemporary African Philosophy.
    The complex problems facing developing countries have often been attributed to the tendency of their people to maintain traditional beliefs and practices. Many contemporary philosophers have criticized traditional thought for failing to match the levels of efficiency and effectiveness achieved by modern science. However, other contemporary philosophers have suggested that modern science embodies tendencies that are as likely to exacerbate as relieve the problems of the developing world. I conclude that philosophers must be as wary of modern practices and beliefs (...)
     
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  4. Albert Mosley, Should the Racial Contract Replace the Social Contract?
    For Charles Mills, the "Racial Contract" is a set of meta-agreements between whites to categorize nonwhites as subpersons of inferior moral and legal status relative to whites. This "contract" gives whites the right to exploit non-whites and deny them opportunities provided to whites. It portrays non-whites as designated to serve whites much as non-humans were designated by God to serve the benefit of humans. Mills argument helps make clear how, for most of the modern era, whites have had as little (...)
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  5. Albert Mosley, African Philosophy at the Turn of the Century: Ethnophilosophy Revisited.
    This paper reviews the major approaches taken to African philosophy during the 20th century: etnophilosophical, universalist, and hermeneutical. It elaborates and evaluates criticisms of ethnophilosophy by universalists (Hountoundji, Wiredu, Appiah) and hermeneuticists (Serequeberhan) and proposes an orientation for African philosophy in the new millennium that incorporates a revised version of the ethnophilosophical program. This paper also elucidates the connection between ethnophilosophy in African philosophy and similar developments in African-American and feminist philosophy.
     
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  6. Albert Mosley, Expanding the Moral Circle: From Racism to Speciesism.
    This paper reviews the argument by Peter Singer that speciesism, the exploitation of other species without regard for their interests, is as morally objectionable as racism and sexism. Objections to this argument by philosophers such as Peter Carruthers, Mary Midgley, and Cora Diamond as well as conventional wisdom about notions of species differences are presented and critically examined. I conclude that Alaine Locke would have supported Singer's expansion of the moral circle.
     
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  7. Albert Mosley, Review of Wonders of the African World. [REVIEW]
    Wonders of The African World , narrated and hosted by Henry Louis Gates, was presented in three installments on October 25, 26, and 27. When I realized that the series would begin at exactly the time I had scheduled an audition, I frantically made arrangements to have the segment taped so I could view it later.
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  8. Peter O. Bodunrin & Albert G. Mosley (forthcoming). Magic, Witchcraft, and ESP: A Defence of Scientific and Philosophical Skepticism. African Philosophy: Selected Readings.
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  9. Albert Mosley (forthcoming). On the Aesthetics of Black Music. Journal of Aesthetic Education.
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  10. Albert Mosley (2008). Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices – Edited by Adriana Petryna, Andrew Lakoff and Arthur Kleinman. Developing World Bioethics 8 (2):162-164.
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  11. Albert G. Mosley (2007). The Moral Significance of the Music of the Black Atlantic. Philosophy East and West 57 (3):345-356.
    : It is argued here that part of the attraction of African music in the Atlantic Diaspora is its roots in an oral tradition in which agency is often more important than words. This makes it possible for the music to have a moral significance, not merely with respect to the verbal content of the words of songs but also with respect to the manner in which it is composed and performed. As such, a performance may be liberating, even when (...)
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  12. Albert Mosley (2004). Does Hiv or Poverty Cause Aids? Biomedical and Epidemiological Perspectives. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 25 (5-6):399-421.
    This paper contrasts biomedical and epidemiological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and uses Collingwoods principle of the relativity of causes to show how different approaches focus on different causal factors reflecting different interests. By distinguishing between the etiology of a disease and an epidemic, the paper argues that, from an epidemiological perspective, poverty is an important causal factor in the African AIDS epidemic and that emphasizing this should not be considered incompatible with recognizing the causal necessity of (...)
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  13. Albert Mosley (2003). Music in the Black Atlantic. Philosophia Africana 6 (1):23-30.
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  14. Albert G. Mosley (2003). African Philosophy at the Turn of the Century. In Tommy Lee Lott & John P. Pittman (eds.), A Companion to African-American Philosophy. Blackwell Pub..
     
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  15. Louise Antony, Owen McLeod, Paul Benson, Diane T. Meyers, Lawrence Blum, Albert Mosley, John P. Christman, Jerome Neu, John Doris & Marina Oshana (2002). Manuscript Referees for The Journal of Ethics Volume 6: November 2001–August 2002. Journal of Ethics 6 (411).
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  16. Albert Mosley (2001). Witchcraft, Science and the Skeptical Inquirer: Conversations with the Late Prof. Peter Bodunrin. Philosophical Papers 30 (3):289-306.
    Abstract This paper reviews the connection claimed to exist between magic, witchcraft, and parapsychology. Special attention is given to issues raised by the late Prof. Peter Bodunrin of Nigeria, including the demand that knowledge gained by psychic means be grounded in beliefs justified by good reasons and convincing experimental evidence. In contrast, I argue for a more inclusive view of both knowledge and the scientific enterprise that recognizes the importance of non-experimental evidence and the influence of social trends on the (...)
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  17. Albert Mosley (2000). Science, Technology and Tradition in Contemporary African Philosophy. African Philosophy 13 (1):25-32.
  18. Albert Mosley (1999). An Introduction to African Philosophy. Teaching Philosophy 22 (4):399-402.
    Samuel Imbo has written a short, concise introduction to some of the major issues addressed over the last century by scholars and activists concerned with African philosophy. The book is divided into five chapters, the first of which surveys answers to the question "What is African philosophy?". Because of a legacy of intellectual denigration that portrays Africans as incapable of abstract thought, this question is often the first raised by those outside the field. This legacy is reinforced by the assumption (...)
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  19. Albert Mosley (1998). Policies of Straw or Policies of Inclusion? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):161-168.
    In this article, I review some of the arguments presented by Louis Pojman in “The Case Against Affirmative Action,” and attempt to show that Pojman’s main objections only hold against the strawmen Pojman has erected to represent the case for affirmative action. Affirmative action was designed to correct for state-enforced restrictions against blacks, and has been extended to protect a number of other groups, including women. Its principal justification has been that these groups have in the past been the target (...)
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  20. Albert G. Mosley (1990). Preferential Treatment and Social Justice. Social Philosophy Today 4:275-287.
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