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  1. Christopher W. Gowans (2014). Buddhist Moral Philosophy: An Introduction. Routledge.
    The first book of its kind, Buddhist Moral Philosophy: An Introduction introduces the reader to contemporary philosophical interpretations and analyses of Buddhist ethics. It begins with a survey of traditional Buddhist ethical thought and practice, mainly in the Pali Canon and early Mahāyāna schools, and an account of the emergence of Buddhist moral philosophy as a distinct discipline in the modern world. It then examines recent debates about karma, rebirth and nirvana, well-being, normative ethics, moral objectivity, moral psychology, and the (...)
     
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  2. Christopher W. Gowans (2013). Universalizability. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  3. Christopher W. Gowans (2012). Review of Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom by Robert Kane. [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (2):425-430.
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  4. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). Review: Uleman, An Introduction to Kant's Moral Philosophy. [REVIEW] International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):513-518.
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  5. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). An Introduction to Kant's Moral Philosophy. International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):513-518.
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  6. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide—Ed. Jens Timmermann. International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):513.
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  7. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). Medical Analogies in Buddhist and Hellenistic Thought: Tranquillity and Anger. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 85 (66):11-.
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  8. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). Moral Virtue and the Epistemology of Disagreement. Philosophical Topics 38 (2):39-57.
    The paper is a defense of the thesis that there are situations in which morally virtuous persons who are epistemic peers may disagree about what to do without either person being rationally required to change his or her judgment (a version of the Steadfast position in the epistemology of disagreement debate). The argument is based in part on similarities between decisions of virtuous agents and other practical decisions such as a baseball manager’s decision to change pitchers during a game. In (...)
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  9. Christopher W. Gowans (2010). The Constitution of Agency. International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (1):117-129.
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  10. Christopher W. Gowans (2009). An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy. International Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):124-126.
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  11. Christopher W. Gowans (2008). The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory—Richard Dean. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):107-109.
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  12. Christopher W. Gowans (2008). Virtue and Nature. Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):28-55.
    The Neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism of Philippa Foot and Rosalind Hursthouse purports to establish a naturalistic criterion for the virtues. Specifically, by developing a parallel between the natural ends of nonhuman animals and the natural ends of human beings, they argue that character traits are justified as virtues by the extent to which they promote and do not inhibit natural ends such as self-preservation, reproduction, and the well-being of one’s social group. I argue that the approach of Foot and Hursthouse cannot (...)
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  13. Christopher W. Gowans (2007). Review of David B. Wong, Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (4).
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  14. Zain Ali, Max Charlesworth, Hans-Georg Moeller, Christopher W. Gowans, Shalom Goldman, Dmitry A. Olshansky, Sor-hoon Tan & Patrick Hutchings (2005). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Sophia 44 (2):71-87.
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  15. Christopher W. Gowans (2005). The Realm of Reason. International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (4):554-556.
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  17. Christopher W. Gowans (2004). Philippa Foot, Moral Dilemmas and Other Topics in Moral Philosophy:Moral Dilemmas and Other Topics in Moral Philosophy. Ethics 115 (1):142-145.
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  18. Christopher W. Gowans (2004). A Priori Refutations of Disagreement Arguments Against Moral Objectivity: Why Experience Matters. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 38 (2):141-157.
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  19. Christopher W. Gowans (2004). Should Fred Elicit Our Derision or Our Compassion? Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (1):14–15.
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  20. Christopher W. Gowans (2003). Philosophy of the Buddha. Routledge.
    Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical introduction to the teaching of the Buddha. It carefully guides readers through the basic ideas and practices of the Buddha, including kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the Four <span class='Hi'>Noble</span> Truths, the Eightfold Path, ethics, meditation, nonattachment, and Nibbâna (Nirvana). The book includes an account of the life of the Buddha as well as comparisons of his teaching with practical and theoretical aspects of some Western philosophical outlooks, both ancient and modern. Most (...)
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  21. Christopher W. Gowans (2002). Tom Sorell, Moral Theory and Anomaly:Moral Theory and Anomaly. Ethics 112 (3):641-644.
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  22. Christopher W. Gowans (2002). Buddhism. International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):554-556.
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  23. Christopher W. Gowans (2002). Practical Identities and Autonomy: Korsgaard's Reformation of Kant's Moral Philosophy. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):546-570.
  24. Christopher W. Gowans (2001). Kant's Impure Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (3):363-369.
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  25. Robert Baird, Reagan Ramsower, Stuart E. Rosenbaum, Victoria Davion, Clark Wolf, John Martin Fischer, S. J. Mark Ravizza, Margaret Gilbert, Christopher W. Gowans & Jorge J. Gracia (2000). Almeder, Robert, Human Happiness and Morality: A Brief Introduction to Ethics (Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2000), 211 Pages. Audi, Robert, Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (London: Routledge, 1998), 340 Pages. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 4:419-422.
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  26. Christopher W. Gowans (ed.) (2000). Moral Disagreements: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Routledge.
    Should we tolerate or interfere with those with whom we disagree? Can those with profound moral differences find a way to live cooperatively together? Whether the issue is homosexuality, abortion, suicide, free speech, or female circumcision, moral disagreements within and among societies are a pervasive feature of the modern world. This anthology is the first to bring together classic and contemporary readings on this central problem in moral thinking. Bringing recent and historical philosophers--from Aquinas, Hume and Nietzsche to Nussbaum and (...)
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  27. Christopher W. Gowans (1999). Ethics and Practical Reason. International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1):109-110.
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  28. Christopher W. Gowans (1998). Practical Guilt. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (3):730-732.
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  29. Christopher W. Gowans (1997). Reason in Action. International Philosophical Quarterly 37 (2):235-236.
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  30. Christopher W. Gowans (1996). After Kant: Ventures in Morality Without Respect for Persons. Social Theory and Practice 22 (1):105-129.
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  31. Christopher W. Gowans (1996). Foundations of Cartesian Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 36 (1):118-120.
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  32. Christopher W. Gowans (1996). Intimacy, Freedom, and Unique Value: A "Kantian" Account of the Irreplaceable and Incomparable Value of Persons. American Philosophical Quarterly 33 (1):75 - 89.
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  33. Christopher W. Gowans (1994). Innocence Lost: An Examination of Inescapable Moral Wrongdoing. Oxford University Press.
    Our lives are such that moral wrongdoing is sometimes inescapable for us. We have moral responsibilities to persons which may conflict and which it is wrong to violate even when they do conflict. Christopher W. Gowans argues that we must accept this conclusion if we are to make sense of our moral experience and the way in which persons are valuable to us. In defending this position, he critically examines the recent moral dilemmas debate. He maintains that what is important (...)
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  34. Christopher W. Gowans (1994). Morality and Moral Theory. International Philosophical Quarterly 34 (3):380-382.
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  35. Christopher W. Gowans (1994). Responsibility. Philosophical Books 35 (3):203-206.
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  36. Christopher W. Gowans (1994). Wittgenstein, Ethics and Aesthetics. International Philosophical Quarterly 34 (1):128-129.
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  37. Christopher W. Gowans (1992). The Realm of Rights. Philosophical Books 33 (2):105-108.
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  38. Christopher W. Gowans (1991). Moral Relevance and Moral Conflict, by James D. Wallace. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (2):478-481.
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  39. Christopher W. Gowans (1989). Moral Dilemmas and Prescriptivism. American Philosophical Quarterly 26 (3):187 - 197.
    The purpose of this paper is to establish that, For an important class of moral judgments, The claim that there are moral dilemmas is false. The judgments are the judgments an agent committed to morality makes as the conclusion of deliberation about what, All things considered, He or she morally ought to do in some situation. The argument is that these judgments are prescriptive, In the sense of implying an intention to act, And that it is implausible to think there (...)
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  40. Christopher W. Gowans (1989). Two Concepts of the Given in C. I. Lewis: Realism and Foundationalism. Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (4):573-590.
    It is usually assumed that what Lewis says about the given in Mind and the World-Order (MWO) and An Analysis of Knowledge and Valuation (AKV) is essentially the same, and that both works are defenses of foundationalism. However, this assumption faces two problems: first, it is difficult to bring Lewis's diverse remarks on the given into coherence, especially when those in MWO are compared with those in AKV; and second, though AKV is a defense of foundationalism, there is much in (...)
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  41. Christopher W. Gowans (1989). Values: A Symposium. Philosophical Books 30 (4):232-233.
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  42. Christopher W. Gowans (ed.) (1987). Moral Dilemmas. Oxford Uiversity Press.
    The essays in this volume illuminate a central topic in ethical theory: moral dilemmas. Some contemporary philosophers dispute the traditional view that a true moral dilemma -- a situation in which a person has two irreconcilable moral duties -- cannot exist. This collection provides the historical background to the ongoing debate with selections from Kant, Mill, Bradley, and Ross. The best recent work on the question is represented in essays by Donagan, Foot, Hare, Marcus, Nagel, van Fraassen, Williams, and (...)
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  43. Christopher W. Gowans (1985). Beyond Objectivism and Relativism. International Philosophical Quarterly 25 (2):207-211.
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  44. Christopher W. Gowans (1985). Objectivism and Realism in the Sciences and Morality. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 59:308-318.
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  45. Christopher W. Gowans (1984). C. I. Lewis's Critique of Foundationalism in Mind and the World-Order. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 20 (3):241 - 252.
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  46. Christopher W. Gowans (1984). Intuition and Argument in Philosophy. International Philosophical Quarterly 24 (2):125-140.
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  47. Christopher W. Gowans (1984). Integrity in the Corporation: The Plight of Corporate Product Advocates. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 3 (1):21 - 28.
    The integrity of corporate product advocates (advertisers and salespersons) is questionable for the same reason the integrity of lawyers is questionable. In both cases the requirements of a professional role inevitably lead to forms of deception. However, the integrity of lawyers has been taken to be a more serious issue than the integrity of product advocates. I consider why this is so, and I conclude that we should pay more attention to the integrity issue in the corporate case. In addition, (...)
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  48. Christopher W. Gowans (1983). Frege. International Philosophical Quarterly 23 (1):99-101.
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  49. Christopher W. Gowans (1982). After Virtue. International Philosophical Quarterly 22 (3):215-218.
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  50. Christopher W. Gowans (1982). Friendship, Altruism, and Morality. International Philosophical Quarterly 22 (1):101-104.
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