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  1. Evan Simpson (2013). Practical Reasonableness: Some Epistemic Issues. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (1-2):135-145.
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  2. Evan Simpson (2013). Practical Reasonableness: Some Metaethical Issues. [REVIEW] Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (4):425-437.
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  3. Evan Simpson (2013). Reasonable Trust. European Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):402-423.
    : Establishing trust among individual agents has defined a central issue of practical reasoning since the dawning of liberal individualism. Hobbes was convinced that foolish self-interest always threatens to defeat uncompelled cooperation when one can gain by abandoning a joint effort. Against this philosophical background, scientific studies of human beings display a surprisingly cooperative species. It would seem to follow that biologically inherited characteristics impair our reason. The response proposed here distinguishes rationality and reasonableness as two forms of good reasoning. (...)
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  4. Evan Simpson (2007). The Right to Life After Death. Dialogue 46 (3):531-551.
    Imagining a future world in which people no longer die provides a helplul tool for understanding our present ethical views. It becomes evident that the cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, and courage are options for reasonable people rather than rational requirements. On the assumption that the medical means to immortality are not universally available, even justice becomes detached from theories that tie the supposed virtue to the protection of human rights. Several stratagems are available for defending a categorical right to (...)
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  5. Evan Simpson (2006). Dennis F. Thompson, Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (1):68-71.
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  6. Evan Simpson (2006). Responsibilities for Hateful Speech. Legal Theory 12 (2):157-177.
    This essay consolidates some fragments of the contemporary theory of expressive freedoms, bringing together scattered conceptual distinctions (e.g., hurting and harming, tolerating and legitimating) and moves (e.g., the need to rectify hateful speech and to constrain harmful actions legally) into an account that is sensitive to the needs of abused groups but faithful to the libertarian tradition associated with Mill's harm principle. Accepting this principle as the fundamental condition warranting legal control of action, we explore legislative responsibilities for protecting expressive (...)
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  7. Evan Simpson & Karen Wendling (2005). Equality and Merit: A Merit-Based Argument for Equity Policies in Higher Education. Educational Theory 55 (4):385-398.
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  8. Evan Simpson (2004). Harms to Dignity, Bioethics, and the Scope of Biolaw. Journal of Palliative Care 20:185-192.
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  9. Evan Simpson (2004). The Leadership of Service. Journal of Academic Ethics 2 (3):199-207.
    Using experiences at Memorial University of Newfoundland as a basis, this essay suggests that leadership should be an expectation of professional academics in all the categories of their work, namely teaching, research and service. The desirability of developing the leadership of service in particular is advanced as an appropriate expectation for faculty members career progress. Developing a general leadership ethos is both philosophically appropriate and practically advantageous in collegial organisations.
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  10. Evan Simpson (2003). Raymond A. Morrow and Carlos Alberto Torres, Eds., Reading Freire and Habermas: Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Social Change Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 23 (4):267-268.
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  11. Evan Simpson (2003). The Faculty of the Future. Journal of Academic Ethics 1 (1):49-58.
    This paper examines some implications of predicted demographic changes in Canadian universities that may make them unable to replace retiring faculty members in numbers permitting academic business as usual. If the predictions prove correct, it will be desirable to reinterpret received verities about the relationship between professor/student ratios and effective education, the dual roles of teaching and research, and democratic governance in communities of higher education. Possibilities for restructuring inquiry and instruction in ways consistent with the responsibilities of educators are (...)
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  12. Evan Simpson (2000). Knowledge in the Postmodern University. Educational Theory 50 (2):157-177.
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  13. Evan Simpson (1999). Between Internalism and Externalism in Ethics. Philosophical Quarterly 50 (195):201-214.
    If internalism in ethics is correct, then moral beliefs necessarily motivate. Externalism rejects this thesis, holding that the relationship between beliefs and motives is only contingent. The position I develop is that both views are false. By defining a logical relationship between moral beliefs and motives that is weaker than logical necessitation, it is possible to maintain (contrary to internalism) that beliefs may occur without motives, but (contrary to externalism) that they cannot always do so. The logical point is explicated (...)
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  14. Evan Simpson (1999). Donald RC Reed, Following Kohlberg: Liberalism and the Practice of Democratic Community Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (4):279-281.
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  15. Evan Simpson (1998). Prudence and Anti-Prudence. American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1):73 - 86.
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  16. Evan Simpson (1997). Rights Thinking. Philosophy 72 (279):29 - 58.
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  17. Evan Simpson (1996). Simone Chambers, Reasonable Democracy: Jurgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 16 (5):325-327.
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  18. Evan Simpson (1994). Stephen Mulhall and Adam Swift, Liberals and Communitarians Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (2):115-117.
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  19. Evan Simpson & Mark Williams (1994). The Ideal of Social Disillusionment. Philosophical Forum 26 (1):63-77.
    In this paper we argue that individuals in modern societies can share a general appreciation of the contingency of moral and political engagement without endangering these purposeful attachments. Depending upon the acceptance of various cognitive conventions, social practices and institutions cannot be sustained by appeals to advantage alone, but these conventions do not demand ontological commitment. Transparent fictions rather than ideological illusions can suffice to sustain valued forms of life. In contrast to Rorty's ironic society in which "only the intellectuals (...)
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  20. Evan Simpson (1993). Principles and Customs in Moral Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 24 (1-2):14-32.
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  21. Evan Simpson (1992). Liberty, Democracy, Community. Public Affairs Quarterly 6 (3):327-344.
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  22. Evan Simpson (1991). Owen Flanagan, Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (5):314-316.
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  23. Evan Simpson (1990). Marxism and Moralism. Dialogue 29 (04):583-.
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  24. Stanley G. Clarke & Evan Simpson (eds.) (1989). Anti-Theory in Ethics and Moral Conservatism. State University of New York Press.
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  25. Evan Simpson (1989). Patterns of Moral Complexity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):309-324.
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  26. Evan Simpson (1987). John Ibberson, The Language of Decision Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 7 (12):498-500.
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  27. Evan Simpson (1986). A Values-Clarification Retrospective. Educational Theory 36 (3):271-287.
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  28. Evan Simpson (1986). SC Brown, Ed., Objectivity and Cultural Divergence Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 6 (4):139-141.
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  29. Evan Simpson (1982). The Priority of Needs Over Wants. Social Theory and Practice 8 (1):95-112.
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  30. Evan Simpson (1980). The Subjects of Justice. Ethics 90 (4):490-501.
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  31. Evan Simpson (1979). Objective Reason and Respect for Persons. The Monist 62 (4):457-469.
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  32. Evan Simpson (1979). Reason Over Passion: The Social Basis of Evaluation and Appraisal. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
    Outline of the Argument REASON IS NOT passion's slave. In his famous statement to the contrary Hume supposed that reason labours only to satisfy our wants, ...
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  33. Evan Simpson (1977). Modal Thinking. International Studies in Philosophy 9:173-175.
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  34. Evan Simpson (1976). An Analysis of Certainty. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):403 - 416.
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  35. Evan Simpson (1976). Socialist Justice. Ethics 87 (1):1-17.
  36. Evan Simpson (1975). Aesthetic Appraisal. Philosophy 50 (192):189 - 204.
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  37. Evan Simpson (1971). On the Assertion of Philosophical Doubt. Dialogue 10 (01):82-91.
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  38. Evan Simpson (1970). Actions and Extensions. American Philosophical Quarterly 7 (4):349 - 356.
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  39. Evan Simpson (1970). Bertrand Russell's Theory of Knowledge. By Elizabeth Ramsden Eames, New York: George Braziller, 1969. 240 Pages. $6.00.Bertrand Russell's Philosophy of Language. By Robert J. Clack, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1969. 100 Pages. Guilders 14.40. [REVIEW] Dialogue 9 (01):103-106.
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  40. Evan Simpson (1970). Social Norms and Aberrations: Violence and Some Related Social Facts. Ethics 81 (1):22-35.
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  41. Evan Simpson (1969). Political Theory and the Rights of Man. Edited by D. D. Raphael. Toronto: Macmillan Company, 1967. Pp. 151. $6.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue 7 (04):689-690.
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  42. Evan Simpson (1969). The Philosophy of Action. Edited by Alan R. White. Oxford Readings in Philosophy Series. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967. Pp. 172. $1.30. [REVIEW] Dialogue 7 (04):687-688.
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  43. Evan Simpson (1968). Mention and Designation. Analysis 29 (1):1 - 4.
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