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  1. James Giles (2013). The Metaphysics of Awareness in the Philosophy of Laozi. International Philosophical Quarterly 53 (4):435-451.
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  2. James Giles (2012). Adult Baby Syndrome and Age Identity Disorder: Comment on Kise and Nguyen (2011). Archives of Sexual Behavior 41 (2):321-322.
    In Kise and Ngyuen’s “Adult Baby Syndrome and Gender Identity Disorder” (2011), the authors refer to their male subject as “Ms B” because he prefers to identify with being a female. But they do not refer to her as being a baby, even though the subject also prefers to identify with being a baby. This shows that although they respect the subject’s gender identity preferences, they do not respect the subject’s age identity preferences. One reason for this might be that (...)
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  3. James Giles (2011). Review of 'Kierkegaard on Faith and Love' by Sharon Krishek. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (5):1004-1008.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 5, Page 1004-1008, September 2011.
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  4. James Giles (2011). Kierkegaard on Faith and Love. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (5):1004-1008.
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  5. James Giles (2010). Naked Love: The Evolution of Human Hairlessness. Biological Theory 5 (4):326-336.
    All primates except human beings have thick coats of body hair. This suggests the primate ancestors of human beings likewise had such body hair and that, for some evolutionary reason, lost their body hair. Various theories have been put forward but none is fully adequate. This article presents the “naked love theory.” This theory locates the origin of human hairlessness in the ancestral mother—infant relationship. In this view, hairlessness is ultimately the adaptive consequence of bipedalism. Because of bipedalism, ancestral infants (...)
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  6. James Giles (ed.) (2008). Kierkegaard and Japanese Thought. Palgrave Macmillan.
    The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is an enigmatic thinker whose works call out for interpretation. One of the most fascinating strands of this interpretation is in terms of Japanese thought. Kierkegaard himself knew nothing of Japanese philosophy, yet the links between his own ideas and Japanese philosophers are remarkable.. This book examines Kierkegaard in terms of Shinto, Pure Land Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, the Samurai, the famous Kyoto school of Japanese philosophers, and in terms of pivotal Japanese thinkers who were influenced (...)
     
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  7. James Giles (2008). Sex Hormones and Sexual Desire. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 38 (1):45–66.
    Some scholars attempt to explain sexual desire biologically by claiming that sex hormones play a necessary causal role in sexual desire. This can be claimed even if sexual desire is seen to be an experience. Yet the evidence for such biological essentialism is inadequate. With males the loss of sexual desire following hormonal changes can easily be explained in terms of social stigmas that are attached to the physiological situation. Concerning females, the relevance of sex hormones here is even more (...)
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  8. James Giles (2008). The Nature of Sexual Desire. University Press of America.
    The Nature of Sexual Desire takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of this most urgent of human desires. Examining both ancient writings and modern research, both Eastern and Western thought, the author argues that sexual desire is a continuous element in awareness and can only be understood in terms of our experience. The experience of sexual desire is explored and its relation to sexual interaction, erotic pleasure, the experience of gender, and romantic love, (...)
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  9. Maurice Friedman, James Giles, Jacob Golomb, Charles Guignon & Terry Keefe (2006). General Works on Existentialism and Ethics. In Christine Daigle (ed.), Existentialist Thinkers and Ethics. Mcgill/Queen's University Press.
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  10. James Giles (2006). Social Constructionism and Sexual Desire. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 36 (3):225–238.
    Various scholars argue that sexual desire is socially constructed. There is, however, little agreement surrounding the nature of social constructionism. Vance contrasts social constructionism here with a cultural influence model and distinguishes between degrees of social constructionism. There are, however, problems with this classification. These problems can similarly be found with Foucault whose arguments fail to support his claim that sexual desire is a social construction. Difficulties also appear in Simon and Gagnon's scripting theory of sexual desire, a theory that (...)
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  11. James Giles (2002). Electroconvulsive Therapy and the Fear of Deviance. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 32 (1):61–87.
    After reaching the verge of obsolescence, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is once again on the increase. There remains, however, no sound theoretical basis for its use. By 1948 at least 50 different theories had been proposed to account for the workings of ECT. Today there are numerous more. Further, there is no good evidence for its therapeutic effectiveness. Although some studies show what are claimed to be positive results, others show significant amount of relapse, even with severe depression (the disorder against (...)
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  12. James Giles (2001). From Inwardness to Emptiness: Kierkegaard and Yogacara Buddhism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (2):311 – 340.
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  13. James Giles (ed.) (2000). Kierkegaard and Freedom. Palgrave.
    Kierkegaard and Freedom is a critical exploration of the ideas of Kierkegaard on the various problems surrounding the issue of human freedom. Kierkegaard's views here have been largely ignored by modern English-speaking philosophers. Through the combined efforts of eleven philosophers and scholars this book enndeavours to fill the gap by giving a clear presentation of Kierkegaard's position on such things as radical choice, autonomy, freedom and anxiety, necessity and fate, and self-deception, all the while critically assessing his contributions to one (...)
     
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  14. James Giles (ed.) (1999). French Existentialism: Consciousness, Ethics, and Relations with Others. Rodopi.
    This book is a critical appraisal of the distinctive modern school of thought known as French existentialism. It philosophically engages the ideas of the major French existentialists, namely, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Marcel, Camus, and, because of his central role in the movement, especially Sartre, in a fresh attempt to elucidate their contributions to contemporary philosophy.
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  15. James Giles (1997). No Self to Be Found: The Search for Personal Identity. University Press of America.
    This book is a exploration of the notion of personal identity. Here it is shown how the various attempts to give an account of personal identity are all based on false assumptions and so inevitably run aground. One of the first Western thinkers to realize this was David Hume, the 18th century empiricist philosopher who argued that self was a fiction. A new interpretation of Hume's no-self theory is put forward by arguing for an eliminative rather than a reductive point (...)
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  16. James Giles (1994). A Study in Phenomenalism. Aalborg University.
    Phenomenalism is a philosophical theory of perception involving the idea that statements about material objects can be explained in terms of statements about actual and possible sense experiences. In this study James Giles explores the development of phenomenalism through the works of Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and others. He shows how problems occur for phenomenalists precisely at the point where they abandon their empiricism. Holding to empiricism, Giles then presents his own version of phenomenalism as a metaphysical thesis in which the (...)
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  17. James Giles (1994). A Theory of Love and Sexual Desire. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 24 (4):339–357.
    The experience of being in love involves a longing for union with the other, where an important part of this longing is sexual desire. But what is the relation between being in love and sexual desire? To answer this it must first be seen that the expression ‘in love’ normally refers to a personal relationship. This is because to be ‘in love’ is to want to be loved back. This much would be predicted by equity and social exchange theories of (...)
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  18. James Giles (1994). A Reply to Antony Flew. Philosophy 69 (267):97 - 99.
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  19. James E. Giles (1994). Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Issues: First Course, Christian Ethics. Carib Baptist Publications.
     
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  20. James Giles (1993). The No-Self Theory: Hume, Buddhism, and Personal Identity. Philosophy East and West 43 (2):175-200.
    The problem of personal identity is often said to be one of accounting for what it is that gives persons their identity over time. However, once the problem has been construed in these terms, it is plain that too much has already been assumed. For what has been assumed is just that persons do have an identity. A new interpretation of Hume's no-self theory is put forward by arguing for an eliminative rather than a reductive view of personal identity, and (...)
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  21. James Giles (1991). Bodily Theory and Theory of the Body. Philosophy 66 (257):339 - 347.
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  22. Bob Brier & James Giles (1975). Philosophy, Psychical Research and Parapsychology: A Survey. Southern Journal of Philosophy 13 (3):393-405.
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  23. James E. Giles (1972). Survival and Disembodied Existence. Philosophia 2 (3):257-260.
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