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  1. Jeff Mitchell (2012). On a Common Misconception of Ruth Benedict's Relativism. Teaching Philosophy 35 (1):29-40.
    In philosophy textbooks for undergraduates the cultural anthropologist Ruth Benedict is often cited as a proponent of moral relativism, and her writings are not infrequently excerpted to illustrate the view that the individual’s moral values are culturally determined. Because Benedict established that significant differences can exist in the underlying cultural patterns of different societies, her work is commonly construed as providing evidence for the arbitrary and non-rational basis of morals. The author of the present essay argues that this popular reading (...)
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  2. Jeff Mitchell (2010). If Contraception is Ethically Permissible, Then so is Early-Term Abortion. Think 9 (25):39-45.
    In the essay I argue that the routine use of contraception is morally tantamount to early-term abortion because it produces the same result: namely, it prevents the creation of a human life that would have otherwise probably taken place. Because it can be shown that contraception is ethically acceptable, it follows that early-term abortion is as well.
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  3. Jeff Mitchell & Mirella Lapata (2010). Composition in Distributional Models of Semantics. Cognitive Science 34 (8):1388-1429.
    Vector-based models of word meaning have become increasingly popular in cognitive science. The appeal of these models lies in their ability to represent meaning simply by using distributional information under the assumption that words occurring within similar contexts are semantically similar. Despite their widespread use, vector-based models are typically directed at representing words in isolation, and methods for constructing representations for phrases or sentences have received little attention in the literature. This is in marked contrast to experimental evidence (e.g., in (...)
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  4. Jeff Mitchell (2005). The Psychology of French Bashing. Think 3 (9):91-99.
    Are the French really ? Jeff Mitchell investigates what motivates such U.S. anti-French sentiments.
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  5. Jeff Mitchell (2004). The Case for Revolutionin School Sports. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 31 (1):64-77.
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  6. Jeff Mitchell (2004). The Philosopher King, the Veil and the Mammoth. Philosophy Now 47:7-9.
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  7. Jeff Mitchell (2003). The Cosmopolitan Self. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 31 (95):54-57.
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  8. Jeff Mitchell (2002). Perspektivismus Und Pragmatismus. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 30 (92):44-47.
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  9. Jeff Mitchell (2001). Peirce, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis. Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 29 (89):52-54.
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  10. Jeff Mitchell (2000). Living a Lie: Self-Deception, Habit, and Social Roles. [REVIEW] Human Studies 23 (2):145-156.
    In this paper I give an account of self-deception by situating it within the theory of human conduct advanced by American pragmatists John Dewey and George Herbert Mead. After examining and rejecting the two most prevalent explanations of self-deception - namely, Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic interpretation and Jean-Paul Sartre's phenomenological one - I provide a brief sketch of some of Dewey's and Mead's fundamental insights into the inherently social nature of mind.I argue that one of the main forms of self-deception involves (...)
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  11. Jeff Mitchell (1998). Neurosis and the Historic Quest for Security: A Social-Role Analysis. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 5 (4):317-328.
  12. Jeff Mitchell (1998). Response to the Commentary. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 5 (4):333-335.
  13. Jeff Mitchell (1996). Reason's Different Tastes. Southern Journal of Philosophy 34 (4):493-505.
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  14. Jeff Mitchell (1995). Book Review: Nietzsche's Case: Philosophy as/and Literature. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Literature 19 (1):164-165.
  15. Jeff Mitchell (1994). Philosophy and the Reconstruction of Culture: Pragmatic Essays After Dewey (Review). Philosophy and Literature 18 (2):403-404.
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  16. Jeff Mitchell (1989). Danto, Dewey and the Historical End of Art. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 25 (4):469 - 501.
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