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  1. Dwight Furrow & Mark Wheeler, Autonomy, Self-Appraisal, and the Motive of Care.
    Despite receiving considerable philosophical attention, the concept of autonomy remains contested. In this paper, we diagnose one source of the continuing problem—an excessive emphasis on reflective self-appraisal in the dominant procedural models of autonomy—and suggest a solution. We argue that minimalist conceptions of rational self-appraisal are subject to fatal counterexamples. Yet, attempts to provide a more robust account of rational self-appraisal are too demanding to capture our intuitions about who counts as an autonomous agent. We argue that no procedure of (...)
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  2. Dwight Furrow & Mark Wheeler (2013). Blunting the Blind Impress. Social Theory and Practice 39 (3):477-500.
    Contrary to hierarchical/procedural (HP) models of autonomous action, according to which reflective self-appraisal is essential to autonomous action, we argue that autonomous action essentially involves the way agents take up and respond to the normative demands of objects of care. To be autonomous, an action must track the genuine needs of some object the agent cares about. Thus, autonomous action is essentially teleological, governed by both an agent’s concerns and the object of care. It is not dependent only on the (...)
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  3. Dwight Furrow (2009). Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America. Prometheus.
    A work of popular philosophy that articulates a new way of understanding th moral foundations of liberalism in terms of an ethic of care and responsibility rather than social contract theory. Reviving the Left defends "rootstock liberalism", a cultural liberalism that develops the moral basis of society from the ground up, propagating relationships of social trust that provide the moral foundation of society. All intact human relationships depend on an ethical commitment that commands us to be responsible. Rootstock liberalism names (...)
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  4. Dwight Furrow (2005). Ethics: Key Concepts in Philosophy. Continuum.
    This book is the ideal introduction to ethics.
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  5. Dwight Furrow (2000). Moral Agency in Postmodernity. International Studies in Philosophy 32 (1):61-79.
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  6. Dwight Furrow (1998). Schindler's Compulsion: An Essay on Practical Necessity. American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (3):209 - 229.
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  7. Dwight Furrow (1997). Ronald Bontekoe, Dimensions of the Hermeneutic Circle Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (4):239-241.
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  8. Dwight Furrow (1995). Against Theory: Continental and Analytic Challenges in Moral Philosophy. Routledge.
    Against Theory is unique in that it puts disparate thinkers from both the analytic and continental traditions into conversation on a central topic in moral philosophy. It also addresses the issue of the impact of postmodernism on ethics, unlike most of the literature on postmodernism which tends to deal with social and political issues rather than ethics. Dwight Furrow's Against Theory is a spirited assessment of two main alternatives to the theoretical approach. One approach, Furrow argues, posits moral life has (...)
     
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  9. Dwight Furrow (1995). Richard A. Cohen, Elevations: The Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (3):163-165.
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