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  1. David McPherson (2015). Cosmic Outlooks and Neo-Aristotelian Virtue Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2):197-215.
    I examine Bernard Williams’s forceful challenge that evolutionary science has done away with the sort of teleological worldview that is needed in order to make sense of an Aristotelian virtue ethic perspective. I also consider Rosalind Hursthouse’s response to Williams and argue that it is not sufficient. My main task is to show what is needed in order to meet Williams’s challenge. First, I argue that we need a deeper exploration of the first-personal evaluative standpoint from within our human form (...)
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  2. David McPherson (2015). John Cottingham, Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 51 (1):135-139.
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  3. David McPherson, Public Debate. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics.
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  4. David McPherson (2013). Vocational Virtue Ethics: Prospects for a Virtue Ethic Approach to Business. Journal of Business Ethics 116 (2):283-296.
    In this essay, I explore the prospects for a virtue ethic approach to business. First, I delineate two fundamental criteria that I believe must be met for any such approach to be viable: viz., the virtues must be exercised for the sake of the good of one’s life as a unitary whole (contra role-morality approaches) and for the common good of the communities of which one is a part as well as the individual good of their members (contra egoist approaches). (...)
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  5. David McPherson (2012). To What Extent Must We Go Beyond Neo-Aristotelian Ethical Naturalism? American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):627-654.
    In this essay I discuss the limits of recent attempts to develop a neo-Aristotelian virtue ethic on the basis of a commitment to ‘ethical naturalism.’ By ‘ethical naturalism’ I mean the view that ethics can be founded on claims about what it is for human beings to flourish qua member of the human species, which is analogous to what it is for plants and other animals to flourish qua member of their particular species. Drawing on Charles Taylor’s account of ‘strong (...)
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  6. David McPherson & John Cottingham (2012). Philosophy, Spirituality, and the Good Life: An Interview with John Cottingham. Philosophy and Theology 24 (1):85-111.
    This interview with John Cottingham explores some major themes in his recent work in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion. It begins by discussing his views on the task of philosophy and focuses particularly on philosophy’s role in achieving an overall view of the world and for understanding and achieving the good life. It also discusses some ‘limits of philosophy’ with respect to understanding and achieving the good life; i.e., some ways in which philosophical reflection on the good life (...)
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  7. David McPherson & Charles Taylor (2012). Re-Enchanting the World: An Interview with Charles Taylor. Philosophy and Theology 24 (2):275-294.
    This interview with Charles Taylor explores a central concern throughout his work, viz., his concern to confront the challenges presented by the process of ‘disenchantment’ in the modern world. It focuses especially on what is involved in seeking a kind of ‘re-enchantment.' A key issue that is discussed is the relationship of Taylor’s theism to his effort of seeking re-enchantment. Some other related issues that are explored pertain to questions surrounding Taylor’s argument against the standard secularization thesis that views secularization (...)
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  8. David McPherson (2011). Michah Gottlieb, Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 65 (2):421-423.