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  1. David M. Holley (forthcoming). Practical Considerations and Evidence in James's Permission to Believe. Religious Studies:1-19.
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  2. David M. Holley (2013). Religious Disagreements and Epistemic Rationality. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (1):33-48.
    Richard Feldman has argued that in cases of religious disagreement between epistemic peers who have shared all relevant evidence, epistemic rationality requires suspense of judgment. I argue that Feldman’s postulation of completely shared evidence is unrealistic for the kinds of disputes he is considering, since different starting points will typically produce different assessments of what the evidence is and how it should be weighed. Feldman argues that there cannot be equally reasonable starting points, but his extension of the postulate of (...)
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  3. David M. Holley (2011). How Can a Believer Doubt That God Exists? Philosophical Quarterly 61 (245):746-761.
    How can someone confidently believe that God exists, but also have moments of serious doubt about whether the belief is true? A religiously significant belief that God exists is a by-product of adopting a perceptual framing narrative which presupposes God's existence. Using such a narrative is a type of skilled performance that results in an awareness of theistic significance which may at times be disrupted. At such times, doubts may arise about theistic meanings, which can exist in tension with confidence (...)
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  4. David M. Holley (2010). Meaning and Mystery: What It Means to Believe in God. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Introduction: Does anyone actually believe in God? -- Life-orienting stories -- God of the philosophers -- Reasons for believing in God -- Resistance and receptivity -- Belief as a practical issue -- Anthropomorphism and mystery -- Naturalistic stories -- Theistic and naturalistic morality -- Meaning and the limits of meaning -- Conviction, doubt, and humility.
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  5. David M. Holley (2010). Treating God's Existence as an Explanatory Hypothesis. American Philosophical Quarterly 47 (4):377-388.
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  6. David M. Holley (2002). Alternative Approaches to Applied Ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly 12 (1):73-82.
    Tom Carson’s recent paper on “Deception and Withholding Information in Sales” contains a critique of my contribution to sales ethics. In this response I outline the approach I develop in two earlier papers and address the four criticisms Carson makes. These criticisms are largely based on a misunderstanding of my position. I suggest that our fundamentally different approaches to applied ethics may lie at the root of Carson’s misunderstanding. Carson uses what I call a theory-application model in which the search (...)
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  7. David M. Holley (2002). Disengaged Reason and Belief in God. Faith and Philosophy 19 (3):317-330.
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  8. David M. Holley (2002). Self-Interest and Integrity. International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (1):5-22.
    Philosophical discussions of the conflict between morality and self-interest typically proceed on the assumption that we have a relatively unproblematic understanding of self-interest. That assumption can be challenged by asking how to relate acts of self-interest and acts of integrity. I argue that when we are talking about motivations, it is better to keep the motivation of self-interest distinct from the motivation of integrity. But the term “self-interest” can also be used to refer to an end, and acts of integrity (...)
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  9. David M. Holley (2002). Sidgwick's Problem. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (1):45-65.
    <span class='Hi'>Henry</span> Sidgwick regarded his failure to reconcile the claims of rational egoism with those of utilitarianism to reveal a fundamental contradiction within practical reason. However, the conflict that concerns him arises only in relation to a particular kind of agent. While Sidgwick construes his version of the problem to be a systematic formulation of a conflict that arises within the practical reasoning of ordinary people, it is actually an example of a worst-case scenario that reflects the common philosophical tendency (...)
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  10. David M. Holley (2002). The Role of Anthropomorphism in Hume's Critique of Theism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 51 (2):83-99.
  11. David M. Holley (2001). Using Self-Interest to Teach Ethics. Teaching Philosophy 24 (3):219-232.
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  12. David M. Holley (1998). Information Disclosure in Sales. Journal of Business Ethics 17 (6):177-187.
    Moral intuitions vary with regard to how much information a salesperson needs to disclose to a potential buyer. Through an analysis of the social role of salesperson and ethical argument, it is established that there is a general obligation to disclose what a buyer would need to make a reasonable judgment about whether to purchase the product. This rule is interpreted and shown to be superior to alternatives when appropriately qualified.
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  13. David M. Holley (1997). Breaking the Rules When Others Do. Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):159–168.
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  14. David M. Holley (1997). Everyone's Doing It: Common Practice and Moral Judgment. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 31 (3):369-380.
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  15. David M. Holley (1989). Voluntary Death, Property Rights, and the Gift of Life. Journal of Religious Ethics 17 (1):103 - 121.
    Claims that life is God's property or that life is God's gift have been prominent among reasons for rejecting the choice of death as morally legitimate. This essay examines the worth of arguments based upon such claims, considering what assumptions these arguments would require and what implications an approach based on them might have for particular types of cases. The essay concludes with a reflection on the role of significant metaphors in moral judgment.
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  16. David M. Holley (1987). Rhetorical Duties of the Physician. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 3 (4):37-43.
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  17. David M. Holley (1986). A Moral Evaluation of Sales Practices. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 5 (1):3-21.
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  18. David M. Holley (1983). Should Believers Be Interested in Arguments for God's Existence? American Philosophical Quarterly 20 (4):383 - 389.
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  19. David M. Holley (1982). Argument and Rhetoric in Philosophy. Philosophy Today 26 (3):272-281.
    Although philosophic tradition has often drawn a sharp contrast between philosophy and rhetoric, Philosophical argument exhibits a rhetorical dimension. Attempts to eliminate the rhetorical aspect have been unsuccessful. Nevertheless, The nature of philosophy requires the philosopher to seek to transcend particular rhetorical contexts by imagining the possibility of challenging what is not in fact challenged.
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