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  1. Hugh P. McDonald (2014). Environmental Philosophy: A Revaluation of Cosmopolitan Ethics From an Ecocentric Standpoint. Editions Rodopi.
    Environmental Philosophy: A Revaluation of Cosmopolitan Ethics from an Ecocentric Standpoint calls for a new approach to ethics. Starting from the necessity for all life of air, water, and food, the book revalues the relation of ethics and environmentalism. Using insights of the environmental ethicists, environmental ethics becomes the model for ethics as a whole. Humans are part of a larger environment. Cosmopolitanism should be revised in accord with environmental ethics. The book applies a new theory of values to the (...)
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  2. Hugh P. McDonald (2012). Speculative Evaluations: Essays on a Pluralistic Universe. Editions Rodopi.
    This book evaluates competing theories on speculative topics, such as nature, technology, space, time, and the relation of mind and matter. The general thesis is the actuality of principles in the form of laws, norms and other general principles in a plastic world, tying together the actualization of “oughts” and other principles. The result is a pluralistic universe, endorsing the pragmatic view of the world. The book examines nature, being, reality and other traditional issues in this light, critically evaluating many (...)
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  3. Hugh P. McDonald (2008). Can Environmental Ethics Become a First Philosophy? Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 4:75-83.
    I briefly discuss first philosophy (metaphysics), including different “paradigms’ of first philosophy in the history of Western philosophy. I then discuss the rise of environmental ethics as a new field of philosophy and the debate over anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric values. I suggest that ecocentric value theories could constitute a new first philosophy using the “paradigm” of value in first philosophy and why they should constitute a first philosophy.
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  4. Hugh P. McDonald (2008). Does Nature Exist? Towards a Critique of Nature and Naturalism. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 44:63-72.
    To bring our topic within manageable limits, the attempt will be made to approach the philosophy of nature in a systematic manner. Borrowing the quantitative categories of one, some and all, nature will be treated as first as singular, then a whole or totality and finally discussed in terms of various distinctions which set nature apart as a part. Past philosophic treatments will be discussed when germane to this treatment, as an example of a particular view of nature. I will (...)
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  5. Hugh McDonald (2007). Experience and Philosophy. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 35 (106):58-60.
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  6. Hugh G. McDonald (2006). Creative Actualization: A Pluralist Theory of Value. Contemporary Pragmatism 3 (2):117-150.
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  7. Hugh McDonald (2005). On Pragmatism (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy 41 (2):435-439.
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  8. Hugh P. McDonald (2005). The Problem with" Brain". Contemporary Pragmatism 2 (2):93-126.
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  9. Hugh McDonald (2004). Pragmatism and Values. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 32 (99):48-50.
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  10. Hugh P. McDonald (2003). John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy. State University of New York Press.
    A comprehensive look at how John Dewey's ethics can inform environmental issues.
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  11. Hugh P. McDonald (2002). Dewey's Naturalism. Environmental Ethics 24 (2):189-208.
    In the recent literature of environmental ethics, certain criticisms of pragmatism in general and Dewey in particular have been made, specifically, that certain features of pragmatism make it unsuitable as an environmental ethic. Eric Katz asserts that pragmatism is an inherently anthropocentric and subjective philosophy. Bob Pepperman Taylor argues that Dewey’s naturalism in particular is anthropocentric in that it concentrates on human nature. I challenge both of these views in the context of Dewey’s naturalism. I discuss his naturalism, his critique (...)
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  12. Hugh McDonald (2001). Toward a Deontological Environmental Ethics. Environmental Ethics 23 (4):411-430.
    In this paper, I outline both a nonanthropocentric and non-subjective theory of intrinsic value which incorporates pragmatism in environmental ethics in a novel way. The theory, which I call creative actualization, is a non-hierarchical, nonsubjective theory of value which includes the value of nonhuman species and the biosphere. I argue that there are conditions to such values. These limitations include evaluations of actual improvement (meliorism) and reciprocity as conditions. These conditions are necessary limitations upon actions, i.e., duties. I incorporate a (...)
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