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  1. Michael S. Pardo & Dennis Patterson (forthcoming). Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation. Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-16.
    Stephen Morse’s illuminating scholarship on law and neuroscience relies on a “folk psychological” account of human behavior in order to defend the law’s foundations for ascribing legal responsibility. The heart of Morse’s account is the notion of “mental state causation,” in which mental states (e.g., beliefs, desires, and intentions) cause behavior. Morse argues that causation of this sort is necessary to support legal responsibility. We challenge this claim. First, we discuss problems with the conception of mental causation on which Morse (...)
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  2. Dennis Patterson (2012). Alexy on Necessity in Law and Morals. Ratio Juris 25 (1):47-58.
    Robert Alexy has built his original theory of law upon pervasive claims for “necessary” features of law. In this article, I show that Alexy's claims suffer from two difficulties. First, Alexy is never clear about what he means by “necessity.” Second, Alexy writes as if there have been no challenges to claims of conceptual necessity. There have been such challenges and Alexy needs to answer them if his project is to succeed.
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  3. Michael S. Pardo & Dennis Patterson (2011). More on the Conceptual and the Empirical: Misunderstandings, Clarifications, and Replies. [REVIEW] Neuroethics 4 (3):215-222.
    At the invitation of the Editors, we wrote an article (entitled, “Minds, Brains, and Norms”) detailing our views on a variety of claims by those arguing for the explanatory power of neuroscience in matters of law and ethics. The Editors invited comments on our article from four distinguished academics (Walter Glannon, Carl Craver, Sarah Robins, and Thomas Nadelhoffer) and invited our reply to their critique of our views. In this reply to our commentators, we correct some potential misunderstandings of our (...)
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  4. Michael Pardo & Dennis Patterson (2011). Minds, Brains, and Norms. Neuroethics 4 (3):179-190.
    Arguments for the importance of neuroscience reach across many disciplines. Advocates of neuroscience have made wide-ranging claims for neuroscience in the realms of ethics, value, and law. In law, for example, many scholars have argued for an increased role for neuroscientific evidence in the assessment of criminal responsibility. In this article, we take up claims for the explanatory role of neuroscience in matters of morals and law. Drawing on our previous work together, we assess the cogency of neuroscientific explanations of (...)
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  5. Dennis Patterson (2011). Minds, Brains, and Norms. Neuroethics 4 (3):179-190.
    Arguments for the importance of neuroscience reach across many disciplines. Advocates of neuroscience have made wide-ranging claims for neuroscience in the realms of ethics, value, and law. In law, for example, many scholars have argued for an increased role for neuroscientific evidence in the assessment of criminal responsibility. In this article, we take up claims for the explanatory role of neuroscience in matters of morals and law. Drawing on our previous work together, we assess the cogency of neuroscientific explanations of (...)
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  6. Dennis Patterson (2009). 26 Recent and Future Concepts of Law: From Conceptual Analysis to a Practice Theory of Law. In Francis J. Mootz (ed.), On Philosophy in American Law. Cambridge University Press. 223.
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  7. Ralph Christensen, Friedrich Müller, Dennis Patterson & Michael Sokolowski (2007). Einige probleme der gegenwärtigen Rechtstheorie - ein deutschamerikanisches Gespräch. Rechtstheorie 38 (1):123-156.
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  8. John Oberdiek & Dennis Patterson (2007). Moral Evaluation and Conceptual Analysis in Jurisprudential Methodology. In Michael D. A. Freeman & Ross Harrison (eds.), Law and Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
  9. Dennis Patterson (2007). Does Legal Theory Matter to the Practice of Law? In Josep J. Moreso (ed.), Legal Theory: Legal Positivism and Conceptual Analysis: Proceedings of the 22nd Ivr World Congress, Granada 2005, Volume I = Teoría Del Derecho: Positivismo Jurídico y Análisis Conceptual. Franz Steiner Verlag.
     
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  10. Dennis Patterson (2006). Wittgenstein on Understanding and Interpretation (Comments on the Work of Thomas Morawetz). Philosophical Investigations 29 (2):129–139.
    Wittgenstein's distinction between understanding and interpretation is fundamental to the account of meaning in _Philosophical Investigations. In his discussion of rule-following, Wittgenstein explicitly rejects the idea that understanding or grasping a rule is a matter of interpretation. Wittgenstein explains meaning and rule-following in terms of action, rejecting both realist and Cartesian accounts of the mental. I argue that in his effort to employ Wittgenstein's views on meaning and rule-following, Professor Morawetz embraces the position Wittgenstein rejects. In the course of making (...)
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  11. Dennis M. Patterson (2006). Dworkin on the Semantics of Legal and Political Concepts. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 26 (3):545-557.
    In a recent comment on H.L.A. Hart’s ‘Postscript’ to The Concept of Law, Ronald Dworkin claims that the meaning of legal and political concepts may be understood by analogy to the meaning of natural kind concepts like ‘tiger’, ‘gold’ and ‘water’. This article questions the efficacy of Dworkin’s claims by challenging the use of natural kinds as the basis for a semantic theory of legal and political concepts. Additionally, in matters of value there is no methodological equivalent to the scientific (...)
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  12. Dennis Patterson (2005). 12 Prolegomenon to Any Future Legal Theory: Wittgenstein and Jurisprudence. In Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.), Law and Social Justice. Mit Press. 3--231.
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  13. Dennis Patterson (2003). Review of M.R. Bennett, P.M.S. Hacker, Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (9).
  14. Dennis M. Patterson (ed.) (2003). Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory: An Anthology. Blackwell Pub..
     
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  15. Dennis Patterson (2000). On Rhetoric and Truth: A Reply to Neil Duxbury. Ratio Juris 13 (2):216-218.
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  16. Dennis Patterson (1997). Gracia, Jorge J. E. A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology. Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):894-896.
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  17. Dennis Patterson (1996). A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second Edition. In Dennis M. Patterson (ed.), A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Blackwell Publishers.
     
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  18. Dennis M. Patterson (ed.) (1996). A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Blackwell Publishers.
    The articles in this new edition of A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory have been updated throughout, and the addition of ten new articles ensures ...
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  19. Dennis M. Patterson (1996). Law and Truth. Oxford University Press.
    Are propositions of law true or false? If so, what does it mean to say that propositions of law are true and false? This book takes up these questions in the context of the wider philosophical debate over realism and anti-realism. Despite surface differences, Patterson argues that the leading contemporary jurisprudential theories all embrace a flawed conception of the nature of truth in law. Instead of locating that in virtue of which propositions of law are true, Patterson argues that lawyers (...)
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  20. Dennis M. Patterson (ed.) (1994). Postmodernism and Law. New York University Press.
    In this cutting edge volume. Dennis Patterson has put together a collection of essays on the topic of law and justice in postmodern society. While trying to avoid a singular point of view for this compilation, Patterson has carefully chosen articles which highlight common themes, problems, and questions.
     
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  21. Dennis M. Patterson (1992). The Value of a Promise. Law and Philosophy 11 (4):385 - 402.
    The question What makes a promise binding? has received much attention both from philosophers and lawyers. One argument is that promises are binding because the act of making a promise creates expectations in the promisee, which expectations it would be morally wrong to disappoint. Another argument is grounded in the effects engendered by the making of a promise, specifically actions taken in reliance upon the promise. These two positions, the so-called expectation and reliance theories, have traditionally been thought to be (...)
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  22. Dennis M. Patterson (ed.) (1992). Wittgenstein and Legal Theory. Westview Press.
  23. Dennis M. Patterson (1991). Toward a Narrative Conception of Legal Discourse. Social Epistemology 5 (1):61 – 69.
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  24. Dennis M. Patterson (1991). The Importance of Asking the Right Questions. Social Epistemology 5 (1):75 – 77.
    (1991). The importance of asking the right questions. Social Epistemology: Vol. 5, Social epistemology of the law, pp. 75-77. doi: 10.1080/02691729108578600.
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  25. Dennis Goldford Hariman, John Brigham, Christine Harrington, Barry Matsumoto, Ira Strauber, James O'brien, Dennis Patterson & Steve Fuller (1990). Coming Attractions. Social Epistemology 4 (3):323.
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