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  1. David Owen, Scepticism with Regard to Reason.
    Until recently, philosophical scholarship has not been kind to Hume’s arguments in “Of scepticism with regard to reason” (A Treatise of Human Nature, 1.4.1). [1] Reid gives the negative arguments a pretty rough ride, though in the end he agrees with Hume’s conclusion that reason cannot be defended by reason.[2] Stove’s comment that the argument is “not merely defective, but one of the worst arguments ever to impose itself on a man of genius” (Stove 1973), while extreme, is not untypical. (...)
     
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  2. Keith Ansell-Pearson & David Owen (forthcoming). Noticeboard: Recent Books and Articles on Nietzsche. Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
     
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  3. David Owen (forthcoming). H. Aram Veeser (Ed.), The New Historicism, London: Routledge, 1989.£ 30.00, Paper£ 10.95, Xvi+ 318 Pp. Hayden White, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, $18.80, Xiii+ 244 Pp. [REVIEW] History of the Human Sciences.
     
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  4. David I. Owen (forthcoming). Random Notes on a Recent Ur III Volume. Journal of the American Oriental Society.
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  5. Mathew Humphrey, David Owen, Joe Hoover, Clare Woodford, Alan Finlayson, Marc Stears & Bonnie Honig (2014). Humanism From an Agonistic Perspective: Themes From the Work of Bonnie Honig. Contemporary Political Theory 13 (2):168-217.
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  6. David Owen (2014). Republicanism and the Constitution of Migrant Statuses. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (1):90-110.
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  7. David Owen (2013). Activist Political Theory and the Question of Power. Ethics and Global Politics 6 (2).
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  8. David Owen (2013). Citizenship and the Marginalities of Migrants. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (3):326-343.
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  9. Simon Robertson & David Owen (2013). Historical Relations: Nietzsche and the Greeks / Jessica N. Berry ; Nietzsche and Romanticism : Goethe, Holderlin, and Wagner / Adrian Del Caro ; Nietzsche the Kantian? / Tom Bailey ; Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's "Great Teacher" and "Antipode" / Ivan Soll ; Influence on Analytic Philosophy. In Ken Gemes & John Richardson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche. Oup Oxford.
     
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  10. Simon Robertson & David Owen, Nietzsche's Influence on Analytic Philosophy.
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  11. David Owen (2012). Constituting the Polity, Constituting the Demos: On the Place of the All Affected Interests Principle in Democratic Theory and in Resolving the Democratic Boundary Problem. Ethics and Global Politics 5 (3).
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  12. David Owen (2012). Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World by Nancy Fraser. Constellations 19 (1):135-139.
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  13. David Owen (2012). Symposium on Ripstein's Force and Freedom: Introduction. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):447-449.
    This introduction provides a very brief sketch of the fundamental claims of Arthur Ripstein's Force and Freedom before locating the criticisms of his interlocutors in relation to those claims. Valentini and Sangiovanni are situated as critics of the Kantian frame, while Ronzoni and Williams are critics situated within that frame.
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  14. David Owen (2012). Tully, Foucault and Agnostic Struggles Over Recognition. In Miriam Bankovsky & Alice Le Goff (eds.), Recognition Theory and Contemporary French Moral and Political Philosophy: Reopening the Dialogue. Distributed Exclusively in the Usa by Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  15. David Owen & Clare Woodford (2012). Foucault, Cavell and the Government of Self and Others. On Truth-Telling, Friendship and an Ethics of Democracy. Iride 25 (2):299-316.
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  16. David Owen (2011). Must the Tolerant Person Have a Sense of Humour? On the Structure of Tolerance as a Virtue. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (3):385-403.
    This article addresses the relationship of toleration and humour as virtues. It argues that our understanding of toleration as a virtue has been captured and shaped by the conception of tolerance as a duty and, through a critique of John Horton?s classic article on toleration as a virtue, seeks to show what a view freed from such captivity would look like. It then turns to argue that humour plays a fundamental role in relation to living a virtuous life. Finally, it (...)
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  17. David Owen (2011). Transnational Citizenship and the Democratic State: Modes of Membership and Voting Rights. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (5):641-663.
    This article addresses two central topics in normative debates on transnational citizenship: the inclusion of resident non-citizens and of non-resident citizens within the demos. Through a critical review of the social membership (Carens, Rubio-Marin) and stakeholder (Baubock) principles, it identifies two problems within these debates. The first is the antinomy of incorporation, namely, the point that there are compelling arguments both for the mandatory naturalization of permanent residents and for making naturalization a voluntary process. The second is the arbitrary demos (...)
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  18. David Owen (2010). Die verlorene und die wiedergefundene Wirklichkeit. Ethik, Politik und Imagination bei Raymond Geuss. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 58 (3):431-443.
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  19. David Owen (2010). Review of Axel Honneth, Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (10).
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  20. David Owen (2009). Bernard Reginster, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism (Pp. 598-602). In Ethics.
     
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  21. David Owen (2009). Autonomy, Self-Respect, and Self-Love: Nietzsche on Ethical Agency. In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press. 197.
  22. David Owen (2009). Book Reviews:The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism. [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (3):598-602.
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  23. David Owen (2009). Hume and the Mechanics of Mind : Impressions, Ideas, and Association. In David Fate Norton & Jacqueline Anne Taylor (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hume. Cambridge University Press.
    Hume introduced important innovations concerning the theory of ideas. The two most important are the distinction between impressions and ideas, and the use he made of the principles of association in explaining mental phenomena. Hume divided the perceptions of the mind into two classes. The members of one class, impressions, he held to have a greater degree of force and vivacity than the members of the other class, ideas. He also supposed that ideas are causally dependent copies of impressions. And, (...)
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  24. David Owen (2009). Raymond Geuss, Philosophy and Real Politics. Radical Philosophy 154:59.
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  25. Paul Hoffman, David Owen & Gideon Yaffe (eds.) (2008). Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell. Broadview Press.
    The essays in this collection are all studies in the history of modern philosophy. Together they provide a cross-section of current efforts to reconstruct ...
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  26. David Owen (2008). Nietzsche's Genealogy Revisited. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 35 (1):141-154.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a preview of the article: This essay begins by reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the developmental strategy adopted in my Nietzsche’s “Genealogy of Morality” in relation to the contrasting approaches of Conway, Hatab, and Janaway in their studies of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals. It then turns to take up a topic that, in the light of the readings of Conway, Hatab, Janaway, and myself, I now take to be much more (...)
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  27. David Owen (2008). Recognition, Reification and Value. Constellations 15 (4):576-586.
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  28. David Owen (2008). The Expressive Agon : On Political Agency in a Constitutional Democracy. In Andrew Schaap (ed.), Law and Agonistic Politics. Ashgate Pub. Company.
     
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  29. David Owen (2007). Locke on Judgment. In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". Cambridge University Press.
    Locke usually uses the term “judgment” in a rather narrow but not unusual sense, as referring to the faculty that produces probable opinion or assent.2 His account is explicitly developed in analogy with knowledge, and like knowledge, it is developed in terms of the relation various ideas bear to one another. Whereas knowledge is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of any of our ideas, judgment is the presumption of their agreement or disagreement. Intuitive knowledge is the immediate perception (...)
     
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  30. David Owen, Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality.
    Combining philosophical acuity, psychological insight and a remarkably powerful prose style, On the Genealogy of Morality is a dazzling and brilliantly incisive attack on European morality. David Owen situates the Genealogy in the context of the development of Nietzsche's philosophy and offers readers a sophisticated and nuanced analysis of this great text. He provides a lucid account of Nietzsche’s reasons for adopting a “genealogical” investigation of our moral values as well as a detailed analysis of the Genealogy itself. Highlighting the (...)
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  31. David S. Owen (2007). Towards a Critical Theory of Whiteness. Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (2):203-222.
    In this article I argue that a critical theory of whiteness is necessary, though not sufficient, to the formulation of an adequate explanatory account of the mechanisms of racial oppression in the modern world. In order to explain how whiteness underwrites systems of racial oppression and how it is reproduced, the central functional properties of whiteness are identified. I propose that understanding whiteness as a structuring property of racialized social systems best explains these functional properties. Given the variety of conceptions (...)
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  32. David S. Owen (2007). Whiteness in DuBois's-The Souls of Black Folk. Philosophia Africana 10 (2):107-126.
  33. Bert van den Brink & David Owen (eds.) (2007). Recognition and Power: Axel Honneth and the Tradition of Critical Social Theory. Cambridge University Press.
    The topic of recognition has come to occupy a central place in contemporary debates in social and political theory. Rooted in Hegel's work, developed by George Herbert Mead and Charles Taylor, it has been given renewed expression in the recent program for Critical Theory developed by Axel Honneth in his book The Struggle for Recognition. Honneth's research program offers an empirically insightful way of reflecting on emancipatory struggles for greater justice and a powerful theoretical tool for generating a conception of (...)
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  34. David Owen (2006). Perfectionism, Parrhesia, and the Care of the Self : Foucault and Cavell on Ethics and Politics. In Andrew John Norris (ed.), The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell and Political Philosophy. Stanford University Press.
  35. Keith Ansell Pearson, Babette Babich, Eric Blondel, Daniel Conway, Ken Gemes, Jürgen Habermas, Salim Kemal, Paul S. Loeb, Mark Migotti, Wolfgang Müller-Lauter, Alexander Nehamas, David Owen, Robert Pippin, Aaron Ridley, Gary Shapiro, Alan Schrift, Tracy Strong, Christine Swanton & Yirmiyahu Yovel (2006). Nietzsche's on the Genealogy of Morals: Critical Essays. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  36. David Owen (2005). On Failing to Be Agents: Freedom, Servitude, and the Concept of “the Weak” in Nietzsche's Practical Philosophy. Philosophical Topics 33 (2):139-159.
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  37. David Owen (2005). Review: On Genealogy and Political Theory. [REVIEW] Political Theory 33 (1):110 - 120.
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  38. David S. Owen (2005). Critical Theory and Learning From History. Radical Philosophy Review 8 (2):187-195.
    In this paper I utilize Martin Beck Matuštík’s intellectual biography of Habermas as a means for reflecting on the meaning that criticaltheory has for us in the wake of September 11. I argue that the significant contribution of Matuštík’s book is that it fruitfully continues theconversation about the meaning of critical theory by underscoring the sociohistorical contexts that frame Habermas’s intellectual engagements. Matuštík’s figure of the critical theorist as witness refocuses attention on the critical theorist in context, nevertheless as critical (...)
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  39. David Owen (2004). Democracy and the Foreigner. Theory and Event 7 (3).
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  40. David Owen (2004). Stability and Justification in Hume's Treatise. International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):271-273.
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  41. David Owen (2003). Editorial Foreword. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 26 (1):3-3.
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  42. David Owen, Genealogy as Perspicuous Representation.
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  43. David Owen (2003). Locke and Hume on Belief, Judgment and Assent. Topoi 22 (1):15-28.
    Hume's account of belief has been much reviled, especially considered as an account of what it is to assent to or judge a proposition to be true. In fact, given that he thinks that thoughts about existence can be composed of a single idea, and that relations are just complex ideas, it might be wondered whether he has an account of judgment at all. Nonetheless, Hume was extremely proud of his account of belief, discussing it at length in the Abstract, (...)
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  44. David Owen (2003). Nietzsche's Event: Genealogy and the Death of God. Theory and Event 6 (3).
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  45. David Owen (2003). Nietzsche, Re-Evaluation and the Turn to Genealogy. European Journal of Philosophy 11 (3):249–272.
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  46. David Owen (2003). The Contest of Enlightenment: An Essay on Critique and Genealogy. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 25 (1):35-57.
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  47. David Owen & Aaron Ridley (2003). On Fate. International Studies in Philosophy 35 (3):63-78.
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  48. David Owen (2002). Criticism and Captivity: On Genealogy and Critical Theory. European Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):216–230.
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  49. David Owen (2002). Equality, Democracy, and Self-Respect: Reflections on Nietzsche's Agonal Perfectionism. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 24 (1):113-131.
  50. David Owen, Equality, Democracy and Self-Respect: Nietzsche's Agonic Perfectionism.
    'One who makes himself a worm cannot complain if people step on him.' —Immanuel Kant Kant's remark may sound harsh to our modern sensibility but it raises an issue that is central to an understanding of Nietzsche's critique of "the democratic movement of our times" (BGE 203) and, thus, to an understanding of Nietzsche's salience for contemporary democratic theory. This issue is self-respect—and, more generally, the topic of duties to oneself. The relationship between this issue and democratic theory may not (...)
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