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  1. David Palmer (forthcoming). Nature’s Challenge to Free Will, by Bernard Berofsky. Mind:fzu135.
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  2. David Palmer (2014). Deterministic Frankfurt Cases. Synthese 191 (16):3847-3864.
    According to the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP), people are morally responsible for what they do only if they could have done otherwise. Over the last few decades, this principle has dominated discussions of free will and moral responsibility. One important strand of this discussion concerns the Frankfurt-type cases or Frankfurt cases, originally developed by Frankfurt (J Philos 66:829–839, 1969), which are alleged counterexamples to PAP. One way in which proponents of PAP have responded to these purported counterexamples is by (...)
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  3. David Palmer (ed.) (2014). Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates. Oxford University Press.
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  4. David Palmer (2013). Capes on the W-Defense. Philosophia 41 (2):555-566.
    According to the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP), a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. Widerker (Philosophical Perspectives 14: 181-201, 2000) offers an intriguing argument for PAP as it applies to moral blameworthiness. His argument is known as the “What-should-he-have-done defense” of PAP or the “W-defense” for short. In a recent article, Capes (Philosophical Studies 150: 61-77, 2010) attacks Widerker’s argument by rejecting the central premise on which it rests, namely, (...)
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  5. David Palmer (2013). The Timing Objection to the Frankfurt Cases. Erkenntnis 78 (5):1011-1023.
    According to the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP), a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. Pereboom (Living without free will, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29:228–247, 2005) has developed an influential version of a Frankfurt case, known as “Tax Evasion,” which he believes is a counterexample to PAP. Ginet (Journal of Ethics 6:305–309, 2002) raises a key objection against Pereboom’s case, known as “the timing objection.” The (...)
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  6. David Palmer & Trevor Hedberg (2013). The Ethics of Marketing to Vulnerable Populations. Journal of Business Ethics 116 (2):403-413.
    An orthodox view in marketing ethics is that it is morally impermissible to market goods to specially vulnerable populations in ways that take advantage of their vulnerabilities. In his signature article “Marketing and the Vulnerable,” Brenkert (Bus Ethics Q Ruffin Ser 1:7–20, 1998) provided the first substantive defense of this position, one which has become a well-established view in marketing ethics. In what follows, we throw new light on marketing to the vulnerable by critically evaluating key components of Brenkert’s general (...)
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  7. David Palmer (2011). Pereboom on the Frankfurt Cases. Philosophical Studies 153 (2):261 - 272.
    According to the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP), a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. In what follows, I want to defend this principle against an apparent counterexample offered recently by Derk Pereboom (Living without free will, 2001; Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 29: 228-247, 2005). Pereboom's case, a variant of what are known as Trankfurt cases,' is important for it attempts to overcome a dilemma posed for earlier alleged counterexamples to (...)
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  8. Carl Ginet & David Palmer (2010). On Mele and Robb's Indeterministic Frankfurt-Style Case. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80 (2):440-446.
    Alfred Mele and David Robb (1998, 2003) offer what they claim is a counter-example to the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP), the principle that a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. In their example, a person makes a decision by his own indeterministic causal process though antecedent circumstances ensure he could not have done otherwise. Specifically, a simultaneously occurring process in him would deterministically cause the decision at the precise time (...)
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  9. David C. Palmer (2009). How Shall We Account for Variance? Behavior and Philosophy 37:151 - 155.
    Field and Hineline have shown how pervasive and insidious is the tendency to make dispositional attributions, even among those who criticize the practice, and they identify a bias for models of contiguous causation as one reason for this tendency. They argue that order can be found at multiple scales of analysis and that in some cases a translation to a model of contiguous causation is impossible. I suggest that pragmatic considerations are sufficient to justify a particular scale of analysis and (...)
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  10. David C. Palmer (2009). The Role of Private Events in the Interpretation of Complex Behavior. Behavior and Philosophy 37:3 - 19.
    Like most other sciences, behavior analysis adopts an assumption of uniformity, namely that principles discovered under controlled conditions apply outside the laboratory as well. Since the boundary between public and private depends on the vantage point of the observer, observability is not an inherent property of behavior. From this perspective, private events are assumed to enter into the same orderly relations as public behavior, and the distinction between public and private events is merely a practical one. Private events play no (...)
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  11. David Palmer (2006). Moral Responsibility, Alternative Possibilities and Determinism: Begging the Question in the Frankfurt Cases. Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (1):79-86.
  12. David Palmer (2005). Common Morality. Review of Metaphysics 59 (1):178-179.
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  13. David Palmer (2005). New Distinctions, Same Troubles: A Reply to Haji and McKenna. Journal of Philosophy 102 (9):474-482.
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  14. David Palmer (2004). Two Roads to Wisdom? Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2):221-224.
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  15. David C. Palmer (2003). David C. Palmer. In Kennon A. Lattal (ed.), Behavior Theory and Philosophy. Springer. 167.
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  16. David H. Palmer (2003). Investigating the Relationship Between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change. Science Education 87 (5):663-684.
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  17. David H. Palmer (2002). Factors Contributing to Attitude Exchange Amongst Preservice Elementary Teachers. Science Education 86 (1):122-138.
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  18. David H. Palmer (1999). Exploring the Link Between Students' Scientific and Nonscientific Conceptions. Science Education 83 (6):639-653.
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  19. David H. Palmer & Ross B. Flanagan (1997). Readiness to Change the Conception That “Motion‐Implies‐Force”: A Comparison of 12‐Year‐Old and 16‐Year‐Old Students. Science Education 81 (3):317-331.
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  20. David C. Palmer (1996). Operationaling “Correspondence”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (2):206.
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  21. Jeanne M. Logsdon & David R. Palmer (1988). Issues Management and Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 7 (3):191 - 198.
    Issues management (IM) is becoming widely accepted in the business-and-society literature as a policy tool to enhance the social performance of corporations. Its acceptance is based on the presumption that firms have incorporated ethical norms into their decision-making process. This paper argues that IM is simply a technique to identify, analyze, and respond to social issues. It can be used either to improve or forestall corporate social performance. Different values will steer IM practitioners in different policy directions.If IM is to (...)
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  22. David R. Palmer (1988). Schumpeter and Reconciling Divisive Responses to the Bishops' Letter. Journal of Business Ethics 7 (6):433 - 436.
    Idealogically motivated responses to the Bishops' Letter have heightened the divisiveness of subsequent dialogue at the expense of its rigor. Schumpeter's metaphor of creative destruction provides a vehicle for reconciliation between advocates of politics and markets. His most distinguishing characteristic of capitalism extols its productive and dynamic properties. It underscores its relentless and unmanageable side that transforms institutional structures as well. The capitalist engine is driven by a perennial gale that creates and destroys at the same time; thus there is (...)
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  23. David Palmer & Morton Schagrin (1978). Moral Revolutions. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 39 (2):262-273.
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  24. David Palmer (1977). Democracy and Disobedience. International Philosophical Quarterly 17 (1):107-109.
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  25. David Palmer (1976). Boyle's Corpuscular Hypothesis and Locke's Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction. Philosophical Studies 29 (3):181 - 189.
    Locke denied that ideas of secondary qualities resemble their causes. It has been suggested that Locke denied this because he accepted a mechanical corpuscular hypothesis about the constitution of objects. This paper shows that this and other usual explanations of Locke's denial are mistaken. Further, it suggests an alternative relationship between the scientific account and Locke's philosophical views, and finally it provides Locke's real justification for his claim that ideas of secondary qualities do not resemble their causes.
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  26. David Palmer (1975). Unfelt Pains. American Philosophical Quarterly 12 (October):289-298.
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  27. David Palmer (1973). Freedom is a Clockwork Orange. Southern Journal of Philosophy 11 (4):299-308.
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  28. David Palmer (1972). What the Tortoise Said to Aristotle (About the Practical Syllogism). New Scholasticism 46 (4):449-460.
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