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  1. Andrew Johnson (2013). An Apology for the “New Atheism”. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73 (1):5-28.
    In recent years, a series of bestselling atheist manifestos by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens has thrust the topic of the rationality of religion into the public discourse. Christian moderates of an intellectual bent and even some agnostics and atheists have taken umbrage and lashed back. In this paper I defend the New Atheists against three common charges: that their critiques of religion commit basic logical fallacies (such as straw man, false dichotomy, or hasty generalization), that their own (...)
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  2. Andrew B. Johnson & Pam R. Sailors (2013). Don't Bring It On: The Case Against Cheerleading as a Collegiate Sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 40 (2):255 - 277.
    The 2010 Quinnipiac cheerleading case raises interesting questions about the nature of both cheerleading and sport, as well as about the moral character of each. In this paper we explore some of those questions, and argue that no form of college cheerleading currently in existence deserves, from a moral point of view, to be recognized as a sport for Title IX purposes. To reach that conclusion, we evaluate cheerleading using a quasi-legal argument based on the NCAA?s definition of sport and (...)
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  3. Andrew Johnson (2010). A New Take on Deceptive Advertising. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 29 (1/4):5-32.
    The publication of Harry Frankfurt’s 1986 essay “On Bullshit,” and especially its republication as a book in 2005, have sparked a great deal of interest in the philosophical analysis of the concept of bullshit. The present essay seeks to contribute to the ever-widening discussion of the concept by applying it to the realm of advertising. First, it is argued that Frankfurt’s definition of bullshit is too narrow, and an alternative definition is defended that accommodates both Frankfurt’s truth-indifferent bullshit and what (...)
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  4. Andrew Johnson (2010). The Agnostic Reader. Teaching Philosophy 33 (1):85-89.
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  5. Andrew Johnson, Viral Politics: Jacques Derrida's Account of the Auto-Immune Logic of Carl Schmitt's Political Philosophy.
    pseudo-Master's thesis Since Jacques Derrida’s 1989 essay “Force of Law: the Mystical Foundations of Authority,” Carl Schmitt has been a perennial subject of Derrida’s political critique. I will argue that Derrida’s concept of auto-immunity is uniquely applicable to Derrida’s interpretation of Schmitt’s political philosophy. Therefore, my argument will consist of two interrelated but equally divergent parts; the digressive structure will attempt to mimic Derrida’s complex style of weaving opposed concepts into a coherent whole. First, I will demonstrate the many forms (...)
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  6. Andrew Johnson & Alison Johnson (2006). Divide et impera? Environmental Values 15 (2):143 - 144.
    Instead of an editorial, in this issue of Environmental Values the publishers have been invited to comment on a local environmental issue that currently looms large in our Scottish island backyard. Divided from mainland Scotland by fifty miles of sea, the Outer Hebrides are a peripheral part of the already peripheral Scottish Highlands - a region of low production, and high demands on thinly spread national services. Fifteen years ago our economic salvation was to be the creation of the largest (...)
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  7. Andrew Johnson (2005). How Not to Argue for Abortion Rights. Free Inquiry 25.
     
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  8. Andrew B. Johnson (2005). Kant's Empirical Hedonism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):50–63.
    : According to the long orthodox interpretation of Kant's theory of motivation, Kant recognized only two fundamental types of motives: moral motives and egoistic, hedonistic motives. Seeking to defend Kant against the ensuing charges of psychological simplism, Andrews Reath formulated a forceful and seminal repudiation of this interpretation in his 1989 essay “Hedonism, Heteronomy and Kant's Principle of Happiness.” The current paper aims to show that Reath's popular exegetical alternative is untenable. His arguments against the traditional view miss the mark, (...)
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  9. Andrew Johnson (2004). The Default Country: A Lexical Cartography of Twentieth-Century Australia. [REVIEW] Colloquy 8.
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  10. Andrew Johnson (2003). Les Murray. [REVIEW] Colloquy 7.
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  11. Andrew Johnson (2001). Robert Adamson's Mulberry Leaves: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2001. [REVIEW] Colloquy 5.
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  12. Andrew Johnson (2001). That Fatal Song: A Tribute to Judith Wright and A.D. Hope, Southerly, Volume 61, Halstead Press 2001. [REVIEW] Colloquy 5.
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  13. Andrew Burkitt Johnson (2001). Insufficient Reason: An Interpretation and Critique of Kant's Categorical Imperative. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Kant's moral theory, along with Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics, is one of the three leading moral theories in contemporary Western moral philosophy. I argue in this dissertation, however, that Kant's moral theory suffers from deeper flaws than its proponents have acknowledged---flaws that render it untenable. But a great deal of interpretative argument must be done before this critique can be compelling, since every critique rests on interpretative presuppositions that are liable to be questioned. Hence the dissertation also spends significant time (...)
     
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  14. Gail A. Eisnitz, Moira Ferguson, Elizabeth Hess, Barbara Hodgson, Alan Holland, Andrew Johnson, James M. Jasper, Joanne Elizabeth Lauck, Randall Lockwood & Frank Ascione (1997). Cleveland Amory Ranch of Dreams Middlesex, UK: Viking Penguin, 1997, 288 Pp. Susan G. Davis Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience. [REVIEW] Ethics and Behavior 7:2.
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  15. Andrew Johnson (1996). Points: Interviews 1974-1994. [REVIEW] Colloquy 1.
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  16. Andrew Johnson (1994). Love of Life The Biophilia Hypothesis Stephen R. Kellert Edward O. Wilson. BioScience 44 (5):363-364.
  17. Andrew Johnson (1994). Love of Life. BioScience 44 (5):363-364.
  18. Andrew Johnson (1989). A Blind Eye to Animal Rights? Philosophy 64 (248):255 - 260.
  19. Andrew Johnson (1989). Sociobiology and Concern for the Future. Journal of Applied Philosophy 6 (2):141-148.
    ABSTRACT Despite its excesses, sociobiology can make a useful contribution to ethics, if it is recognised that it need not impinge on free‐will, and if the ‘naturalistic fallacy’ can be avoided. This contribution is the central concept of evolutionary stability, and the implication which can be drawn from it, that concern for the future is a basic part of human nature. In stable societies, such concern is manifested as fear of change, or strict adherence to tradition, but modern ideas of (...)
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