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  1. Douglas J. Den Uyl & Douglas B. Rasmussen (forthcoming). Reply to Peter E. Vedder," Self-Directedness and the Human Good"(Fall 2007): Defending Norms of Liberty. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.
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  2. Douglas B. Rasmussen (forthcoming). Wittgenstein and the Search for Meanings. Semiotics:577-590.
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  3. Douglas J. Den Uyl & Douglas B. Rasmussen (2013). The Perfectionist Turn. Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):69-94.
    This essay asks whether what is good for someone is distinct from her self-perfection, and whether it makes sense to understand either her good or her self-perfection in terms of the other. The essay adopts a traditional naturalistic understanding of perfection. It argues, however, that the conception of human nature that underlies the perfectionist view must be more individualistic than it is often taken to be. It goes on to distinguish individuative from generic features of human nature; because the account (...)
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  4. Douglas B. Rasmussen & Douglas J. Den Uyl (2012). Perfectionism, Immanence, and Transcendence. In Jonathan Jacobs (ed.), Reason, Religion, and Natural Law: From Plato to Spinoza. Oxford University Press.
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  5. Douglas B. Rasmussen & Douglas J. den Uyl (2011). Commentary on Sterba. Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (4):416-427.
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  6. Douglas B. Rasmussen, Aeon J. Skoble & Douglas J. Den Uyl (eds.) (2011). Reality, Reason, and Rights: Essays in Honor of Tibor R. Machan. Lexington Books.
    Tibor R. Machan, one of the most prolific and wide ranging philosophers of our time, has been known internationally for decades through his public speaking, opinion columns, and of course his scholarly writing. This collection of essays seeks to explore Machan’s philosophical ideas by considering some of the basic issues with which he has been concerned throughout his long and highly productive career. The essays range from those concerned with the nature of reality and knowledge to those dealing with the (...)
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  7. George Allan, Antoon Braeckman, Douglas J. Den Uyl, Douglas B. Rasmussen, Jason T. Eberl, Terry F. Godlove Jr, Eric Goodfield & Lenn E. Goodman (2009). Volume Lxii. Review of Metaphysics 62:1009-1010.
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  8. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2009). Liberalism in Retreat. Review of Metaphysics 62 (4):875-908.
    This essay presents a brief summary of the Sen/Nussbaum conception of liberalism, offers some main points of criticism, and contrasts their conception of human flourishing and politics with an alternative one. The ultimate aim will be to show that they do not advance the cause of liberalism properly understood but actually retreat from it. The “human capabilities argument,” “public reasoning,” “internalist essentialism,” and other key concepts are discussed. The paper concludes that Sen and Nussbaum fail to adequately defend the premises (...)
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  9. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2008). The Importance of Metaphysical Realism for Ethical Knowledge. Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):56-99.
    In this essay, I consider whether the alleged demise of metaphysical realism does actually provide a better way for defending the cognitive status of ethical judgments. I argue that the rejection of a realist ontology and epistemology does not help to establish the claim that ethical knowledge is possible. More specifically, I argue that Hilary Putnam's argument does not succeed in making a case for ethical knowledge. In fact, his account of the procedures by which our valuations are warrantedultimately begs (...)
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  10. Douglas B. Rasmussen & Douglas J. Den Uyl (2008). Norms of Liberty : Challenges and Prospects. In Aeon J. Skoble (ed.), Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty. Lexington Books.
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  11. Douglas J. Den Uyl & Douglas B. Rasmussen (2008). Reply to Peter E. Vedder, "Self-Directedness and the Human Good" (Fall 2007): Defending Norms of Liberty. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 10 (1):235 - 238.
    This essay is a response to Peter E. Vedder's Fall 2007 review of the authors' book, Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics. Vedder argues that the authors 1) have a Kantian notion of self-directedness, and 2) are inconsistent in the application of their philosophical anthropology to their view of political liberty. In denying both claims, the authors assert that Vedder both fails to define certain terms and holds them to positions they do not accept.
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  12. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2007). Rand's Metaethics. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 8 (2).
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  13. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2007). Rejoinder to Robert Hartford, "Objectivity and the Proof of Egoism" (Spring 2007): Rand's Metaethics. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 8 (2):307 - 316.
    In response to Robert Hartford's criticisms of his Spring 2006 Journal of Ayn Rand Studies essay, "Regarding Choice and the Foundations of Morality," Rasmussen argues against "the official" interpretation of Rand's ethics as resting on a basic "choice to live." Drawing from his work with Douglas Den Uyl, Rasmussen argues that Rand's metaethics is best understood in "biocentric," neo-Aristotelian terms: that human choice does not set the context in which it operates and that "man's life qua man" is the natural (...)
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  14. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2006). Metaphysics. Review of Metaphysics 59:841-868.
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  15. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2006). Rejoinder to Tibor R. Machan, "Rand and Choice" (Spring 2006): Regarding Choice and the Foundation of Morality: Reflections on Rand's Ethics. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 7 (2):309 - 328.
    This essay examines the relationship between human choice and Rand's ethical standard for moral goodness and obligation. It shows that the neo-Aristotclian interpretation of Rand's ethics—an interpretation that does not accept the doctrine of "premoral choice" but instead claims that flourishing as a rational animal is the telos of human life and choice—is crucial to the viability of her ethical theory. The defenders of premoral choice confuse the conceptual order with the real and, despite their intentions, make Rand's ethics into (...)
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  16. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2006). The Myth of Atomism. Review of Metaphysics 59 (4):841 - 868.
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  17. Walter Block, Samuel Bostaph, Ricardo F. Crespo, Jeffrey M. Herbener, Richard C. B. Johnsson, Tibor R. Machan, Douglas B. Rasmussen, Murray N. Rothbard, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, Larry J. Sechrest, Barry Smith & Gloria Zúñiga (2005). Philosophers of Capitalism: Menger, Mises, Rand, and Beyond. Lexington Books.
     
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  18. Douglas B. Rasmussen & Douglas J. Den Uyl (2005). Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics. Penn State University Press.
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  19. Douglas B. Rasmussen (2002). Rand on Obligation and Value. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 4 (1):69 - 86.
    Douglas B. Rasmussen examines, in this revised and extended version of his 1990 address to the Ayn Rand Society, whether Rand's ethics are best interpreted as dependent on a "pre-moral" choice. He argues that such an interpretation undercuts Rand's claim to provide a rational foundation for ethics. He suggests an alternative, neo-Aristotelian interpretation of Rand's ethics, which treats "man's survival qua man" as the telos of human choice and takes the obligation to achieve this ultimate end as the result of (...)
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  20. Randy E. Barnett & Douglas B. Rasmussen, The Right to Liberty in a Good Society.
    We have been asked to consider how a "Constitution of Civic Virtue" might contribute to a "good society." To answer this question, we need to have some idea of what a good society might be, and we need to be able to articulate that idea. Certainly, we think we know a good movie when we see it, a good book when we read it, a good argument when we hear it, and a good idea when we have one, but we (...)
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  21. Douglas J. den Uyl & Douglas B. Rasmussen (2001). Ethical Individualism, Natural Law, and the Primacy of Natural Rights. Social Philosophy and Policy 18 (1):34-69.
    Whether or not Strauss's observation is historically accurate, it does suggest two sets of questions for philosophical examination. (1) Is Strauss correct to view natural duties and natural rights as the same type of ethical concept? Do they serve the same function? Do they work on the same level, and are they necessarily in competition with each other? (2) Does saying that the individual human being is the center of the moral world require that one reject the idea of a (...)
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  22. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1999). Henry Babcock Veatch (1911-1999). Review of Metaphysics 53 (1):271-272.
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  23. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1999). Human Flourishing and the Appeal to Human Nature. Social Philosophy and Policy 16 (01):1-.
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  24. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1999). In Memoriam: Henry Babcock Veatch (1911-1999). Review of Metaphysics 53 (1):271 - 272.
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  25. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1994). The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (4):557-561.
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  26. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1994). The Significance for Cognitive Realism of the Thought of John Poinsot. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (3):409-424.
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  27. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1992). Political Legitimacy and Discourse Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (1):17-34.
  28. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1992). Realism, Intentionality, and the Nature of Logical Relations. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 66:267-277.
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  29. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1990). Liberalism and Natural End Ethics. American Philosophical Quarterly 27 (2):153 - 161.
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  30. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1989). Individual Rights and Human Flourishing. Public Affairs Quarterly 3 (1):89-103.
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  31. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1988). Mangerial Ethics. In Tibor R. Machan (ed.), Commerce and Morality. Rowman & Littlefield. 23.
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  32. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1985). Liberalism, Contractarianism, and the Choice of Liberties. Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 7:26-36.
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  33. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1984). Quine and Aristotelian Essentialism. New Scholasticism 58 (3):316-335.
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  34. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1983). Rorty, Wittgenstein, and the Nature of Intentionality. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 57:152-162.
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  35. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1982). The Open-Question Argument and the Issue of Conceivability. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 56:162-172.
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  36. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1982). The Role and Responsibility of the Moral Philosopher. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 56:162-172.
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  37. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1980). A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End. Journal of Libertarian Studies 4 (1):65-76.
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  38. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1980). Deely, Wittgenstein, and Mental Events. New Scholasticism 54 (1):60-67.
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  39. Douglas B. Rasmussen (1977). Logical Possibility, Iron Bars, and Necessary Truth. New Scholasticism 51 (1):117-122.
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