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  1. John Cottingham, Donald Davidson, Dan Dennett, Hanjo Glock, Chris Hookway, Wv Orman, John Searle Quine, Larry Weiskrantz, Kathy Wilkes & Andrew Woodfield (forthcoming). Philosophy News. Cogito.
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  2. John Cottingham (ed.) (2015). René Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections From the Objections and Replies. Cambridge University Press.
    Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy, published in Latin in 1641, is one of the most widely studied philosophical texts of all time, and inaugurates many of the key themes that have remained central to philosophy ever since. In his original Latin text Descartes expresses himself with great lucidity and elegance, and there is enormous interest, even for those who are not fluent in Latin, in seeing how the famous concepts and arguments of his great masterpiece unfold in the original language. (...)
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  3. John Cottingham (2015). Robert MacSwain: Solved by Sacrifice: Austin Farrer, Fideism, and the Evidence of Faith. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 77 (1):75-77.
    The book opens with an informative picture of the theological-cum-philosophical climate of Oxford in the period immediately after the Second World War. The Anglican theologian Austin Farrer was a leading figure in an informal discussion group known as “The Metaphysicals,” formed out of dissatisfaction with the then prevailing positivist orthodoxy, which outlawed the grand ‘ultimate’ questions of philosophy as nonsensical. In many ways, MacSwain explains, Farrer was a kind of model for younger members of the group such as Basil Mitchell, (...)
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  4. John Cottingham (2014). Adrian Moore, The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Xxi + 668 Pp., £73.00 (Hb); £29.99 (Pb); £25.20 (Eb). [REVIEW] Ratio 27 (3):362-367.
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  5. John Cottingham (2013). Conscience, Guilt, and Shame. In Roger Crisp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics. Oxford University Press
     
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  6. John Cottingham (2013). Descartes and Darwin: Reflections on the Sixth Meditation. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 87 (1):259-277.
    The best way to understand the Meditations is through the lens of Descartes's theistic metaphysics rather than via his programme for physical science. This applies to his use of the concept of ‘nature’ in the Sixth Meditation, which serves Descartes's goal of theodicy. In working this out, Descartes reaches a conclusion about the functional role of sensory perception that is, paradoxically, not far from that offered by Darwinian naturalism. So far from being inherently geared to tracking the truth, the role (...)
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  7. John Cottingham (ed.) (2013). Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections From the Objections and Replies. Cambridge University Press.
    The Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, is the most widely studied of all Descartes' writings. This authoritative translation by John Cottingham, taken from the much acclaimed three-volume Cambridge edition of the Philosophical Writings of Descartes, is based upon the best available texts and presents Descartes' central metaphysical writings in clear, readable modern English. As well as the complete text of the Meditations, the reader will find a thematic abridgement of the Objections and Replies containing Descartes' replies (...)
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  8. John Cottingham (2013). James Kellenberger Dying to Self and Detachment. (Farnham: Ashgate 2013). Pp. 181. £50.00 (Hbk). ISBN 978 1 4094 4390 2. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 49 (4):595-598.
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  9. John Cottingham (2013). The Philosopher and the Gospels: Jesus Through the Lens of Philosophy. By Keith Ward. (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2011. Pp.192. Price £10.99.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (251):403-405.
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  10. John Cottingham (2013). The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and the First-Person Stance. By Jonardon Ganeri. Oxford University Press, 2012. Xii + 374 Pp, Hb. £40.00 ISBN 978-0-19-965236-5. [REVIEW] Philosophy:1-4.
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  11. John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch & Anthony Kenny (eds.) (2013). Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings. Cambridge University Press.
    Based on the new and much acclaimed two-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes by Cottingham, Stoothoff and Murdoch, this anthology of essential texts contains the most important and widely studied of those writings, including the Discourse and Meditations and substantial extracts from the Regulae, Optics, Principles, Objectives and Replies, Comments on a Broadsheet, and Passions of the Soul. In clear, readable, modern English, with a full text and running references to the standard Franco-Latin edition of Descartes, this (...)
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  12. J. Cottingham (2012). Faith and Place: An Essay in Embodied Religious Epistemology, by Mark R. Wynn. Mind 121 (482):552-555.
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  13. J. Cottingham (2012). The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World * by Owen Flanagan. Analysis 72 (1):196-198.
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  14. John Cottingham (2012). Floreat Ratio. Ratio 25 (3):365-367.
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  15. John Cottingham (2012). Human Nature and the Transcendent. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 70:233-254.
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  16. John Cottingham (2012). Thomism Out of the Ghetto. The Chesterton Review 38 (1-2):289-291.
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  17. John Cottingham (2012). The Question of Ageing. Philosophical Papers 41 (3):371-396.
    Abstract For humans, as for other animal species, old age is a good, provided that the disease and decrepitude that often accompany it are not so severe as to swamp further flourishing. This accords with Aristotle's holistic account of flourishing, which embraces the entire biological lifespan. However, Aristotle's stress on rational activity as the key to human fulfilment suggests flourishing may be eroded in proportion as the intellectual faculties deteriorate. The Judeo-Christian tradition, by contrast, construes human flourishing primarily in terms (...)
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  18. John Cottingham (2012). Wesley J. Wildman Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry: Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2010). Pp. Xx+376. £20.75 (Hbk). ISBN 978 1 4384 3235 9. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 48 (1):124-127.
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  19. John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch (eds.) (2012). The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 1. Cambridge University Press.
    These two 1985 volumes provide a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably comprehensive selection of his works in English, by Haldane and Ross, first published in 1911. All the works included in that edition are translated here, together with a number of additional texts crucial for an understanding of Cartesian philosophy, including important material from Descartes' scientific writings. The result should meet the (...)
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  20. John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch (eds.) (2012). The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 2. Cambridge University Press.
    These two volumes provide a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably comprehensive selection of his works in English, by Haldane and Ross, first published in 1911. All the works included in that edition are translated here, together with a number of additional texts crucial for an understanding of Cartesian philosophy, including important material from Descartes' scientific writings. The result should meet the widespread (...)
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  21. David McPherson & John Cottingham (2012). Philosophy, Spirituality, and the Good Life: An Interview with John Cottingham. Philosophy and Theology 24 (1):85-111.
    This interview with John Cottingham explores some major themes in his recent work in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion. It begins by discussing his views on the task of philosophy and focuses particularly on philosophy’s role in achieving an overall view of the world and for understanding and achieving the good life. It also discusses some ‘limits of philosophy’ with respect to understanding and achieving the good life; i.e., some ways in which philosophical reflection on the good life (...)
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  22. Thaddeus Metz, John G. Cottingham, Garrett Thomson, Ericj Wielenberg & John Martin Fischer (2012). Exploring the Meaning of Life. John Wiley & Sons.
     
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  23. Isis Brook, Mark Whitehead, Katie Mcshane, Clive L. Spash, Robin Attfield, Daniel Baskind, Robert Heath French, Kerry Walker, John Cottingham & Alan Holland (2011). Index to Environmental Values Volume 20, 2011. Environmental Values 20:573-576.
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  24. John Cottingham (2011). Confronting the Cosmos. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:27-42.
    A long tradition maintains that knowledge of God is naturally available to any human being, without the aid of special divine grace or revelation. St Paul declares that those who fail to recognize the divine authorship of the world are “without excuse.” But the universe as scrutinized by an impartial and rational spectator can seem blank or inscrutable, and those who do not see it as the work of a divine creator do not seem guilty of any error of logic (...)
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  25. John Cottingham (2011). Metaphysics and the Good: Themes From the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams – Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgenson (Eds). Philosophical Quarterly 61 (243):422-424.
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  26. John Cottingham (2011). Reply to Holland... The Meaning of Life and Darwinism. Environmental Values 20 (3):299 - 308.
    While finding no fault with Darwinism as a scientific theory, this paper argues that there are serious problems for the scientistic construal of Darwinism that interprets the universe as nothing but a purely random and contingent flow of events. Life in a godless impersonal universe is beset by contingency, alienation, despair, failure and fragility. Notwithstanding Alan Holland's claim that we can evade these problems though self-affirmation, I argue that human beings can achieve meaningful lives only by acknowledging our dependency and (...)
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  27. John Cottingham (2011). Reviews Wandering in Darkness. Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. By Eleonore Stump. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2010. Xix + 668pp. ISBN 978-0-19-927742-1. Hb. £55. [REVIEW] Philosophy 86 (04):623-627.
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  28. John Cottingham (2011). Sceptical Detachment or Loving Submission to the Good? Reason, Faith, and the Passions in Descartes. Faith and Philosophy 28 (1):44-53.
    The paper begins by challenging a received view of Descartes as preoccupied with scepticism and setting out entirely on his own to build up everything from scratch. In reality, his procedure in the Meditations presupposes trust in the mind’s reliable powers of rational intuition. God, the source of those powers, is never fully eclipsed by the darkness of doubt. The second section establishes some common links between the approach taken by Descartes in the Meditations and the ‘faith seeking understanding’ tradition. (...)
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  29. John Cottingham (2011). Science, Reason, and Religion. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:27-42.
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  30. J. Cottingham (2010). Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations, by John Carriero. Mind 119 (475):786-789.
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  31. John Cottingham (2010). Atheists Without Knowing It? Hume's Critique of Mysticism. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 72 (3):461-479.
     
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  32. John Cottingham (2010). Atheïsten zonder het te weten? Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 72 (3):461.
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  33. John Cottingham (2010). Cartesian Autonomy. In John Cottingham & Peter Hacker (eds.), Mind, Method, and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny. OUP Oxford
     
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  34. John Cottingham (2010). Descartes's Changing Mind. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 101:649-650.
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  35. John Cottingham (2010). Empathy and Ethics. Abstracta 6 (2):13-19.
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  36. John Cottingham (2010). Impartiality and Ethical Formation. In Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.), Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World. OUP Oxford
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  37. John Cottingham (2010). Integrity and Fragmentation. Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (1):2-14.
    The virtue of integrity does not appear explicitly in either the Aristotelian or the Judaeo- Christian list of virtues, but elements of both ethical systems implicitly acknowledge the importance of a unified and integrated life. This paper argues that integrity is indispensible for a good human life; the fragmented or compartmentalized life is always subject to instability, in so far as unresolved psychological conflicts and tensions may threaten to derail our ethical plans and projects. Achieving a stable and integrated life (...)
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  38. John Cottingham (2010). Meaning and Value. The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (50):34-35.
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  39. John Cottingham (2010). Partiality and Impartiality. In John Skorupski (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Ethics. Routledge
    Issues of impartiality and partiality are a major focus of debate in moral theory. Should our personal relationships and commitments have a special place in our moral deliberations? Ten specially written essays by experts in the field offer a variety of perspectives, which will interest readers in both theoretical and practical ethics.
     
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  40. John Cottingham & Peter Hacker (eds.) (2010). Mind, Method and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny. Oxford Univ Pr.
    16 philosophers offer specially written essays on the themes of mind, method and morality in the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein.
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  41. Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.) (2010). Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World. Oxford University Press.
    A central theme of the volume is whether impartiality and partiality are really opposed dimensions or if they can be harmoniously reconciled in one picture of ...
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  42. Anthony Kenny, John Cottingham & P. M. S. Hacker (eds.) (2010). Mind, Method, and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny. Oxford University Press.
    Aristotle -- Aquinas -- Descartes -- Wittgenstein.
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  43. John Cottingham (2009). Descartes on Causation (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4):pp. 625-626.
    How does Descartes think causation operates? His definition of matter as mere geometrical extension, along with his rejection of the scholastic apparatus of substantial forms and real qualities, does not make it easy to see how there can be dynamic causal interactions in the universe. According to an influential reading, championed, for example, by Dan Garber in his Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics , Descartes “rejected the tiny souls of the schools only to replace them with one great soul, God, who . (...)
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  44. John Cottingham (2009). Happiness, Temporality, Meaning. In Lisa Bortolotti (ed.), Philosophy and Happiness. Palgrave Macmillan 21.
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  45. John Cottingham (2009). The Fine, the Good and the Meaningful. The Philosophers' Magazine 45 (45):31-39.
    The vicious person may have considerable enjoyment – much of their life may be, to use a notion that Don Giovanni draws on in one of his arias, diverting. But happiness has to be assessed not in terms of particular pleasurable episodes, but in more holistic terms, over a life taken as a whole. And many moral philosophers, including the atheist Scottish philosopher David Hume in the eighteenth century, have argued that vice can’t make you happy in the long run.
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  46. John Cottingham (2009). The Lessons of Life : Wittgenstein, Religion, and Analytic Philosophy. In P. M. S. Hacker, Hans-Johann Glock & John Hyman (eds.), Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P.M.S. Hacker. Oxford University Press
     
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  47. John Cottingham (2009). Why Believe? Continuum.
    Belief and its benefits -- Belief, reason, goodness -- Belief and the unknown -- Obstacles to belief -- Belief and meaning -- Learning to believe -- Believing and living.
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  48. John Cottingham (2009). What is Humane Philosophy and Why is It At Risk? Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 84 (65):233-.
    Let me begin with what may seem a very minor point, but one which I think reveals something about how many philosophers today conceive of their subject. During the past few decades, there has been an increasing tendency for references in philosophy books and articles to be formatted in the ‘author and date’ style (‘see Fodor (1996)’, ‘see Smith (2001)’.) A neat and economical reference system, you may think; and it certainly saves space, albeit inconveniencing readers by forcing them to (...)
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  49. Jussi Suikkanen & John Cottingham (eds.) (2009). Essays on Derek Parfit's on What Matters. Wiley-Blackwell.
  50. John Cottingham (2008). Book Reviews:Bernard Williams. [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (1):208-211.
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