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  1. Manuel Vargas & Gideon Yaffe (eds.) (forthcoming). Rational and Social Agency: Essays on the Philosophy of Michael Bratman. Oxford University Press.
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  2. Gideon Yaffe (2014). Intending to Aid. Law and Philosophy 33 (1):1-40.
    Courts and commentators are notoriously puzzled about the mens rea standards for complicity. Accomplices intend to aid, but what attitude need they have towards the crimes that they aid? This paper both criticizes extant accounts of the mens rea of complicity and offers a new account. The paper argues that an intention can commit one to an event’s occurrence without committing one to promoting the event, or making it more likely to take place. Under the proposed account of the mens (...)
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  3. Gideon Yaffe (2013). Trying to Defend Attempts: Replies to Bratman, Brink, Alexander, and Moore. Legal Theory 19 (2):178-215.
    This essay replies to the thoughtful commentaries, by Michael Bratman, David Brink, Larry Alexander, and Michael Moore, on my book Attempts.
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  4. Gideon Yaffe (2012). More Attempts: A Reply to Duff, Husak, Mele and Walen. [REVIEW] Criminal Law and Philosophy 6 (3):429-444.
    In this paper, I reply to the very thoughtful comments on my book by Antony Duff, Doug Husak, Al Mele and Alec Walen.
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  5. Gideon Yaffe (2012). Moore on Causing, Acting, and Complicity. Legal Theory 18 (4):437-458.
    In Michael Moore's important book Causation and Responsibility, he holds that causal contribution matters to responsibility independently of its relevance to action. We are responsible for our actions, according to Moore, because where there is action, we typically also find the kind of causal contribution that is crucial for responsibility. But it is causation, and not action, that bears the normative weight. This paper assesses this claim and argues that Moore's reasons for it are unconvincing. It is suggested that sometimes (...)
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  6. Gideon Yaffe (2012). The Voluntary Act Requirement. In Marmor Andrei (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law. Routledge. 174.
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  7. Gideon Yaffe (2011). Locke on Consciousness, Personal Identity and the Idea of Duration. Noûs 45 (3):387-408.
  8. Gideon Yaffe (2011). Trying to Kill the Dead : De Dicto and De Re Intention in Attempted Crimes. In Andrei Marmor & Scott Soames (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law. Oxford University Press, Usa.
     
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  9. Gideon Yaffe (2010). Attempts: In the Philosophy of Action and the Criminal Law. OUP Oxford.
    Gideon Yaffe presents a ground-breaking work which demonstrates the importance of philosophy of action for the law. Many people are serving sentences not for completing crimes, but for trying to. So the law governing attempted crimes is of practical as well as theoretical importance. Questions arising in the adjudication of attempts intersect with questions in the philosophy of action, such as what intention a person must have, if any, and what a person must do, if anything, to be trying to (...)
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  10. Gideon Yaffe (2010). Comments on John Fischer's My Way. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80 (1):251-258.
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  11. Gideon Yaffe (2010). Comment on Stephen Darwall's the Second Person Standpoint: Morality, Respect and Accountability. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (1):246-252.
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  12. Gideon Yaffe (2009). A Procedural Rationale for the Necessity Defense. Journal of Value Inquiry 43 (3):369-389.
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  13. Gideon Yaffe (2009). Beyond the Brave Officer: Reid on the Unity of the Mind, the Moral Sense, and Locke's Theory of Personal Identity. In Sabine Roeser (ed.), Reid on Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan.
  14. Gideon Yaffe (2009). Excusing Mistakes of Law. Philosophers' Imprint 9 (2):1-22.
    Whether we understand it descriptively or normatively, the slogan that ignorance of the law is no excuse is false. Our legal system sometimes excuses those who are ignorant of the law on those grounds and should. Still, the slogan contains a grain of truth; mistakes of law excuse less readily than mistakes of fact, and ought to. This paper explains the asymmetry by identifying a principle of excuse of the form “If defendant D has a false belief that p and (...)
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  15. Gideon Yaffe (2009). Trying, Acting and Attempted Crimes. Law and Philosophy 28 (2):109 - 162.
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  16. Gideon Yaffe (2009). Thomas Reid on Consciousness and Attention. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (2):pp. 165-194.
  17. Gideon Yaffe & Ryan Nichols, Thomas Reid. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  18. Paul Hoffman, David Owen & Gideon Yaffe (eds.) (2008). Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell. Broadview Press.
    The essays in this collection are all studies in the history of modern philosophy. Together they provide a cross-section of current efforts to reconstruct ...
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  19. Gideon Yaffe (2007). Book Review. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 11 (4):485-497.
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  20. Gideon Yaffe (2007). Locke on Ideas of Identity and Diversity. In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". Cambridge University Press.
  21. Gideon Yaffe (2007). Promises, Social Acts, and Reid's First Argument for Moral Liberty. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (2):267-289.
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  22. Nomi M. Stolzenberg & Gideon Yaffe (2006). Waldron's Locke and Locke's Waldron: A Review of Jeremy Waldron's God, Locke, and Equality. [REVIEW] Inquiry 49 (2):186 – 216.
  23. Marleen Rozemond & Gideon Yaffe (2004). Peach Trees, Gravity and God: Mechanism in Locke. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (3):387 – 412.
    Locke claimed that God superadded various powers to matter, including motion, the perfections of peach trees and elephants, gravity, and that he could superadd thought. Various interpreters have discussed the question whether Locke's claims about superaddition are in tension with his commitment to mechanistic explanation. This literature assumes that for Locke mechanistic explanation involves deducibility. We argue that this is an inaccurate interpretation and that mechanistic explanation involves a different type of intelligibility for Locke.
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  24. Gideon Yaffe (2004). Conditional Intent and Mens Rea. Legal Theory 10 (4):273-310.
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  25. Gideon Yaffe (2004). Locke on Ideas of Substance and the Veil of Perception. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (3):255–272.
  26. Gideon Yaffe (2004). Manifest Activity: Thomas Reid's Theory of Action. Oxford University Press.
    Manifest Activity presents and critically examines the model of human power, the will, our capacities for purposeful conduct, and the place of our agency in the natural world of one of the most important and traditionally under-appreciated philosophers of the 18th century: Thomas Reid. For Reid, contrary to the view of many of his predecessors, it is simply manifest that we are active with respect to our behaviours; it is manifest, he thinks, that our actions are not merely remote products (...)
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  27. Gideon Yaffe (2004). Trying, Intending, and Attempted Crimes. Philosophical Topics 32 (1/2):505-531.
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  28. Gideon Yaffe (2003). Berkeley and the 'Mighty Difficulty'. Philosophical Topics 31 (1/2):485-510.
  29. Gideon Yaffe (2003). Indoctrination, Coercion and Freedom of Will. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (2):335–356.
    Manipulation by another person often undermines freedom. To explain this, a distinction is drawn between two forms of manipulation: indoctrination is defined as causing another person to respond to reasons in a pattern that serves the manipulator’s ends; coercion as supplying another person with reasons that, given the pattern in which he responds to reasons, lead him to act in ways that serve the manipulator’s ends. It is argued that both forms of manipulation undermine freedom because manipulators track the compliance (...)
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  30. Gideon Yaffe (2003). Reid on the Perception of Visible Figure. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 1 (2):103-115.
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  31. Gideon Yaffe (2003). Time in the Movies. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 27 (1):115–138.
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  32. Gideon Yaffe (2003). The Office of an Introspectible Sensation: A Reply to Falkenstein and Grandi. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 1 (2):135-140.
  33. Gideon Yaffe (2002). Reconsidering Reid's Geometry of Visibles. Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):602-620.
    In his 'Inquiry', Reid claims, against Berkeley, that there is a science of the perspectival shapes of objects ('visible figures'): they are geometrically equivalent to shapes projected onto the surfaces of spheres. This claim should be understood as asserting that for every theorem regarding visible figures there is a corresponding theorem regarding spherical projections; the proof of the theorem regarding spherical projections can be used to construct a proof of the theorem regarding visible figures, and vice versa. I reconstruct Reid's (...)
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  34. Gideon Yaffe (2001). Locke on Refraining, Suspending, and the Freedom to Will. History of Philosophy Quarterly 18 (4):373 - 391.
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  35. Gideon Yaffe (2001). Locke on Suspending, Refraining and the Freedom to Will,‖. History of Philosophy Quarterly 18 (4):373-92.
     
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  36. Gideon Yaffe (2001). Recent Work on Addiction and Responsible Agency. Philosophy and Public Affairs 30 (2):178–221.
  37. Gideon Yaffe (2000). Free Will and Agency at its Best. Philosopical Perspectives 14 (s14):203-230.
  38. Gideon Yaffe (2000). Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency. Princeton University Press.
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  39. Gideon Yaffe (2000). Review of John Fischer and Mark Ravizza's Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 53 (3):429-434.
  40. Gideon Yaffe (1999). 'Ought' Implies 'Can' and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities. Analysis 59 (3):218-222.
  41. Gideon Yaffe (1995). Velleman on Intentions as Reasons for Action. Analysis 55 (2):107 - 115.
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