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  1. Adam Bales, Daniel Cohen & Toby Handfield (2014). Decision Theory for Agents with Incomplete Preferences. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (3):453-70.
    (2014). Decision Theory for Agents with Incomplete Preferences. Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 92, No. 3, pp. 453-470. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2013.843576.
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  2. Daniel Cohen (2013). Finocchiaro, Maurice., Meta-Argumentation: An Approach to Logic and Argumentation Theory. Review of Metaphysics 67 (2):428-430.
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  3. Daniel B. Cohen & Lauren L. Saling (2013). Maximising Utility Does Not Promote Survival. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (6):685-685.
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  4. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary On: Katharina von Radziewsky's "The Virtuous Arguer: One Person, Four Characters.
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  5. Daniel H. Cohen (2013). Virtue, In Context. Informal Logic 33 (4):471-485.
    Virtue argumentation theory provides the best framework for accommodating the notion of an argument that is “fully satisfying” in a robust and integrated sense. The process of explicating the notion of fully satisfying arguments requires expanding the concept of arguers to include all of an argument’s participants, including judges, juries, and interested spectators. And that, in turn, requires expanding the concept of an argument itself to include its entire context.
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  6. Daniel Cohen (2011). Le capitalisme est-il moral ? Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4:33-36.
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  7. Daniel Cohen & George Thomas Goodnight, Academic Arguments.
    Calling an argument “merely academic” impugns its seriousness, belittles its substance, dis-misses its importance, and deflates hope of resolution, while ruling out negotiation and compromise. How-ever, “purely academic” argumentation, as an idealized limit case, is a valuable analytical tool for argumen-tation theorists because while the telos of academic argumentation may be cognitive, it is cognitive in the service of a community, which, in turn, is a community in the service of the cognitive.
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  8. Daniel Cohen & Toby Handfield (2011). Rational Capacities, Resolve, and Weakness of Will: Articles. Mind 119 (476):907-932.
    In this paper we present an account of practical rationality and weakness of will in terms of rational capacities. We show how our account rectifies various shortcomings in Michael Smith’s related theory. In particular, our account is capable of accommodating cases of weak-willed behaviour that are not ‘akratic’, or otherwise contrary to the agent’s better judgement. Our account differs from Smith’s primarily by incorporating resolve: a third rational capacity for resolute maintenance of one’s intentions. We discuss further two ways to (...)
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  9. Marcelo Dascal, Amnon Knoll & Daniel Cohen, Cognitive Systemic Dichotomization’ in Public Argumentation and Controversies.
    We describe and analyze an important cognitive obstacle in inter- and intra-community ar-gumentation processes, which we propose to call 'Cognitive Systemic Dichotomization' . This social phenomenon consists in the collective use of shared cognitive patterns based upon dichotomous schemati-zation of knowledge, values, and affection. We discuss the formative role of CSD on a community’s collec-tive cognition, identity, and public discourse, as well as the challenges it raises to reasoned argumentation, and how different approaches to argumentation undertake to face this obstacle (...)
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  10. Hans V. Hansen & Daniel H. Cohen, Are There Methods of Informal Logic?
    This presentation seeks to understand informal logic as a set of methods for the logical evaluation of natural language arguments. Some of the methods identified are the fallacies method, deductivism, warrantism and argument schemes. A framework for comparing the adequacy of the methods is outlined consisting of the following categories: learner- and user-efficiency, subjective and objective reliability, and scope. Within this framework, it is also possible to compare informal and formal logic.
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  11. Daniel Cohen (2010). L'assimilation par la connaissance dans le De Principiis de Damascius. Laval Théologique et Philosophique 66 (1):61-83.
    Dans son De Principiis, Damascius propose une définition originale de la «connaissance» . Les développements doctrinaux qui y sont exposés semblent rompre avec la conception plotinienne, principalement issue de l’exégèse du De Anima d’Aristote, lequel envisageait la connaissance, du moins dans sa modalité supérieure qu’est l’intellection , comme une «identité» du connaissant et du connu. Cette étude se propose de clarifier la gnoséologie de Damascius et de montrer que la connaissance y est envisagée comme une altérité surmontée sans pour autant (...)
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  12. Daniel Cohen (2010). Real Materialism and Other Essays. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):758-759.
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  13. Daniel Cohen & Toby Handfield (2010). Rational Capacities, Resolve, and Weakness of Will. Mind 119 (476):907 - 932.
    In this paper we present an account of practical rationality and weakness of will in terms of rational capacities. We show how our account rectifies various shortcomings in Michael Smith's related theory. In particular, our account is capable of accommodating cases of weak-willed behaviour that are not `akratic', or otherwise contrary to the agent's better judgement. Our account differs from Smith's primarily by incorporating resolve: a third rational capacity for resolute maintenance of one's intentions. We discuss further two ways to (...)
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  14. Daniel Cohen (2009). Creating the Best Possible World: Some Problems From Parfit. Sophia 48 (2):143-150.
    It is sometimes argued that if God were to exist, then the actual world would be the best possible world. However, given that the actual world is clearly not the best possible world, then God doesn’t exist. In response, some have argued that the world could always be improved with the creation of new people and that there is thus no best possible world. I argue that this reasoning gives rise to an instance of Parfit’s mere addition paradox and should (...)
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  15. Daniel H. Cohen, Reply to My Commentator - Cohen.
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  16. Daniel H. Cohen, Sincerity, Santa Claus Arguments and Dissensus in Coalitions.
    It is a virtue of virtue theory approaches to argumentation that they integrate many of the different factors that make arguments good arguments. The insights of virtue argumentation are brought to bear on a variety of versions of the requirement that good arguments must have good premises, concluding that a sincerity condition serves better than truth or assertability conditions, despite apparently counterintuitive consequences for arguments involving heterogeneous coalitions.
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  17. Daniel Cohen & Morgan Luck (2009). Why a Victim's Age is Irrelevant When Assessing the Wrongness of Killing. Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (4):396-401.
    abstract Intuitively, all killings are equally wrong, no matter how old one's victim. In this paper we defend this claim — The Equal Wrongness of Killings Thesis — against a challenge presented by Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen. Lippert-Rasmussen shows The Equal Wrongness of Killings Thesis to be incompatible with two further theses: The Unequal Wrongness of Renderings Unconscious Thesis and The Equivalence Thesis. Lippert-Rasmussen argues that, of the three, The Equal Wrongness of Killings Thesis is the least defensible. He suggests that the (...)
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  18. Nick Trakakis & Daniel Cohen (eds.) (2008). Essays on Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Cambridge Scholars.
  19. Daniel Cohen (2007). Aperçu de la réception de la doctrine stoïcienne du mélange total dans le Néoplatonisme après Plotin. Revue de Philosophie Ancienne 25 (2):67-100.
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  20. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Finocchiaro.
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  21. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Rose.
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  22. Daniel H. Cohen (2007). Paul Boghossian - Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. Informal Logic 27 (2):229-232.
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  23. Daniel H. Cohen, Virtue Epistemology and Argumentation Theory.
    Virtue epistemology was modeled on virtue ethics theories to transfer their ethical insights to epistemology. VE has had great success: broadening our perspective, providing new answers to traditional questions, and raising exciting new questions. I offer a new argument for VE based on the concept of cognitive achievements, a broader notion than purely epistemic achievements. The argument is then extended to cognitive transformations, especially the cognitive transformations brought about by argumentation.
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  24. Daniel Cohen & Toby Handfield (2007). Finking Frankfurt. Philosophical Studies 135 (3):363--74.
    Michael Smith has resisted Harry Frankfurt's claim that moral responsibility does not require the ability to have done otherwise. He does this by claiming that, in Frankfurt cases, the ability to do otherwise is indeed present, but is a disposition that has been `finked' or masked by other factors. We suggest that, while Smith's account appears to work for some classic Frankfurt cases, it does not work for all. In particular, Smith cannot explain cases, such as the Willing Addict, where (...)
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  25. Nicolette Brout, Michèle Broze, Daniel Cohen, Bernard Collette, Lambros Couloubaritsis, Sylvain Delcomminette, Sabrina Inowlocki, Joachim Lacrosse, Mihaïl Nasta & Annick Stevens (2006). Traduction des Textes Sur la Doctrine Stoïcienne du Mélange Total. Revue de Philosophie Ancienne 24 (2):61-92.
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  26. Daniel Cohen (2006). Openness, Accidentality and Responsibility. Philosophical Studies 127 (3):581 - 597.
    In this paper, I present a novel argument for scepticism about moral responsibility. Unlike traditional arguments, this argument doesn’t depend on contingent empirical claims about the truth or falsity of causal determinism. Rather, it is argued that the conceptual conditions of responsibility are jointly incompatible. In short, when an agent is responsible for an action, it must be true both that the action was non-accidental, and that it was open to the agent not to perform that action. However, as I (...)
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  27. Daniel H. Cohen, Arguments That Backfire.
    One result of successful argumentation – able arguers presenting cogent arguments to competent audiences – is a transfer of credibility from premises to conclusions. From a purely logical perspective, neither dubious premises nor fallacious inference should lower the credibility of the target conclusion. Nevertheless, some arguments do backfire this way. Dialectical and rhetorical considerations come into play. Three inter-related conclusions emerge from a catalogue of hapless arguers and backfiring arguments. First, there are advantages to paying attention to arguers and their (...)
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  28. Daniel H. Cohen (2005). Rescher's Epistemic Logic, Cognitive Harmony & Realism and Pragmatic Epistemology. Informal Logic 25 (2):179-184.
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  29. Daniel Cohen (2004). Arguments and Metaphors in Philosophy. Upa.
    In this book, Daniel Cohen explores the connections between arguments and metaphors, most pronounced in philosophy because philosophical discourse is both thoroughly metaphorical and replete with argumentation. Cohen covers the nature of arguments, their modes and structures, and the principles of their evaluation, and addresses the nature of metaphors, their place in language and thought, and their connections to arguments, identifying and reconciling arguments' and metaphors' respective roles in philosophy.
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  30. Daniel H. Cohen (2004). Fogelin's Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal by Robert Fogelin. Informal Logic 23 (1).
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  31. Jeremy D. Bendik‐Keymer, Thom Brooks, Daniel B. Cohen, Michael Davis, Sara Goering, Barbara V. Nunn, Michael J. Stephens, James C. Taggart, Roy T. Tsao & Lori Watson (2003). 10. Martin L. Hoffman, Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice Martin L. Hoffman, Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice (Pp. 417-419). [REVIEW] Ethics 113 (2).
     
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  32. Jeremy D. Bendik‐Keymer, Thom Brooks, Daniel B. Cohen, Michael Davis, Sara Goering, Barbara V. Nunn, Michael J. Stephens, James C. Taggart, Roy T. Tsao & Lori Watson (2003). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Ethics 113 (2):456-462.
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  33. Daniel Cohen (2003). Review of Agency and Responsibility: A Common-Sense Moral Psychology. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (3):444 – 445.
    Review: Agency and Responsibility: A Common-Sense Moral Psychology. Agency and Responsibility: A Common-Sense Moral Psychology Jeanette Kennett New York Oxford University Press 2001 viii + 229 Hardback US$45 By Jeanette Kennett. Oxford University Press. New York. Pp. viii + 229. Hardback:US$45.
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  34. Daniel Cohen (2003). Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal by Robert Fogelin. [REVIEW] Informal Logic 23 (1).
     
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  35. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Kalef.
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  36. Daniel H. Cohen, Just and Unjust Wars - and Just and Unjust Arguments.
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  37. Daniel H. Cohen (2002). Informal Logic and the Surprise Exam. Informal Logic 22 (2).
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  38. Jeffrey L. Kasser & Daniel Cohen (2002). Putnam, Truth and Informal Logic. Philosophica 70:85-108.
  39. Daniel H. Cohen, Arguing With God.
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  40. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Schwed.
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  41. Daniel H. Cohen (2001). Evaluating Arguments and Making Meta-Arguments. Informal Logic 21 (2).
    This paper explores the outlines of a framework for evaluating arguments. Among the factors to take into account are the strength of the arguers' inferences, the level of their engagement with objections raised by other interlocutors, and their effectiveness in rationally persuading their target audiences. Some connections among these can be understood only in the context of meta-argumentation and meta-rationality. The Principle of Meta-Rationality (PMR)--that reasoning rationally includes reasoning about rationality-is used to explain why it can be rational to resist (...)
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  42. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Kagan.
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  43. Daniel H. Cohen & John Rosenwald, Once Upon an Argument: Being the Account of a Dialogue Between a Poet and a Philosopher, Both Ancient.
    A complex network of reciprocal relations connect arguments and stories. Arguments can occur in stories and stories can be parts of arguments. Further, stories can themselves be arguments. Whether a text or exchange serves as an argument partly depe nds on how we read it, i.e., on the story we tell about it and how well we argue for that story, but the circle is not as vicious as it appears. Or at least, that is the story we present and (...)
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  44. Daniel H. Cohen (1998). Schoolhouses, Jailhouses and the House of Being: The Tragedy of Philosophy's Metaphors. Metaphilosophy 29 (1‐2):6-19.
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  45. Daniel Cohen (1997). Justice Publique Et Justice Privée. Archives de Philosophie du Droit 41:149-162.
    Notion de justice. Définitions justice publique, justice privée. Place et diversité de la justice privée. Dualisme ou unité de la justice publique et de la justice privée ? I. Dissemblances. A. - Rapports d'antagonisme. B. - Raisons historiques. C. - Origines différentes de la fonction juridictionnelle exercée. II. - Convergences. A. - Influence du privé sur la justice publique. B. - Influence du public sur la justice privée. C. - Perspectives communes. Juridicité. Finalité poursuivie.
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  46. Daniel Cohen, The Argument Against Rhetoric.
    The rhetoric of logic reveals, we claim, that arguments are about force, ending only when one side submits. Rhetoricians, it is countered, are content to persuade, settling for agreement when truth is wanted—and all is fair in pursuit of consent. The choice between conceptual rape and seduction is a false choice. It is time to cut against the grain. We are distracted by the rhetoric of logic and gloss the logic of rhetoric. Rhetorical models for pluralistic discourses are vital, but (...)
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  47. Daniel H. Cohen, Commentary on Souder.
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  48. Daniel Cohen (1995). Art, Public Et Marché. Archives de Philosophie du Droit 40:220-233.
    L'expression marché de l'art, couramment employée, le plus souvent au singulier, soulève une foule de questions, qui vont de l'opposition que l'on établit instinctivement et sans doute un peu vite entre l'art et l'économie marchande, à l'existence d'une multitude de disciplines artistiques différentes, s'adressant des publics , en passant par le caractère de bien public de l'oeuvre, par les formes très particulières que peut revêtir sa consommation et par la présence sous-jacente, anticipée, des générations futures, notamment dans les règles juridiques (...)
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  49. Daniel H. Cohen (1995). TArgument is War...And War is Hell: Philosophy, Education, and Metaphors for Argumentation. Informal Logic 17 (2).
    The claim that argumentation has no proper role in either philosophy or education, and especially not in philosophical education, flies in the face of both conventional wisdom and traditional pedagogy. There is, however, something to be said for it because it is really only provocative against a certain philosophical backdrop. Our understanding of the concept "argument" is both reflected by and molded by the specific metaphor that argument-is-war, something with winners and losers, offensive and defensive moments, and an essentially adversarial (...)
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  50. Daniel I. A. Cohen (1994). The Hate That Dare Not Speak its Name: Pornography Qua Semi-Political Speech. [REVIEW] Law and Philosophy 13 (2):195 - 239.
    In this essay we shall examine the contemporary jurisprudential thinking and legal precedents surrounding the issue of the sanctionability of pornography. We shall catalogue them by their logical presumptions, such as whether they view pornography as speech or act, whether they view pornography as obscenity, political hate-speech or anomalous other, whether they would scrutinize legislation governing pornography by a balancing of the harm of repression against the harm of permission, and who exactly they view as the victims.We shall take a (...)
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