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  1. John Mizzoni (2014). Darwin and Normative Ethics. Biological Theory 9 (3):275-285.
    This article situates Darwin’s views on evolution and ethics into contemporary normative categories of moral theory by looking at Darwin’s treatment of ethics in The Descent of Man and discussing how Darwin’s approach to evolution and ethics fits with several representative normative ethical theories (virtue ethics, natural law ethics, social contract ethics, utilitarian ethics, deontological ethics, and care ethics). A close study of Darwin’s treatment of ethics that situates it among the ethical concepts and principles of the above normative theories (...)
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  2. John Mizzoni (2010). Evolution and Error Theory. Social Science Information 49 (2):165-194.
    Error theorists argue that there is a fundamental mistake, an error of some kind, at the heart of commonsense morality. They have drawn on evolutionary theory to support some of their claims. This article looks at four different models of evolution and assesses what implications can be drawn from them concerning commonsense morality and the claims of the error theorists Mackie, Ruse and Joyce. The author first spells out the main points of error theory, then discusses how recent proponents of (...)
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  3. John Mizzoni (2010). Ethics: The Basics. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Relative ethics or universal ethics? -- Virtue ethics -- Natural law ethics -- Social contract ethics -- Utilitarian ethics -- Deontological ethics -- Care ethics -- Using the tools of ethics.
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  4. John Mizzoni (2010). Recent Work on Evolution and Social Contract Ethics. Journal of Value Inquiry 44 (3):377-388.
  5. John Mizzoni (2009). " The Social Instincts Naturally Lead to the Golden Rule": The Ethics of Charles Darwin. Teorema: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 28 (2):123-133.
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  6. John Mizzoni (2008). Franciscan Biocentrism and the Franciscan Tradition. Ethics and the Environment 13 (1):pp. 121-134.
    Franciscan biocentrism is the view that Francis of Assisi is a biocentrist who holds that all living things have intrinsic value. Recently, biocentric theorists Sterba and Taylor have modified biocentrism to accommodate holistic entities. I consider thinkers from the broader Franciscan intellectual tradition (Bonaventure and Scotus) to see whether Franciscan biocentrism can be similarly modified. I discuss notions from these medieval philosophers such as the Cosmic Christ and the concept of haecceitas. I also explore whether Franciscan biocentrism can provide a (...)
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  7. John Mizzoni (2008). Introduction to a Philosophy of Music. Teaching Philosophy 31 (1):104-107.
  8. John Mizzoni (2006). Teaching Moral Philosophy with Popular Music. Teaching Ethics 6 (2):15-28.
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  9. John Mizzoni (2005). A Case Study in Environmental Conflict. Environmental Philosophy 2 (2):18-29.
    Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) was a noted forestry expert, a conservationist, and governor of Pennsylvania. Rachel Carson (1907-1964), celebrated for her groundbreaking books that raised awareness of the negative human impact on the natural environment, was born, raised, and educated in Pennsylvania. Although these Pennsylvanians are both environmentalists, they approached the natural environment very differently and embody two main positions in contemporary environmental ethics. After situating their environmental legacies among contemporary environmental ethics, this paper then discusses implications of the irreconcilability of (...)
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  10. John Mizzoni (2005). Darwinian Ethics and Moral Realism. Journal of Philosophical Research 30 (Supplement):199-212.
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  11. John Mizzoni (2004). St. Francis, Paul Taylor, and Franciscan Biocentrism. Environmental Ethics 26 (1):41-56.
    The biocentric outlook on nature affirms our fellowship with other living creatures and portrays human beings as members of the Earth’s community who have equal moral standing with other living members of the community. A comparison of Paul Taylor’s biocentric theory of environmental ethics and the life and writings of St. Francis of Assisi reveals that Francis maintained a biocentric environmental ethic. This individualistc environmental ethic is grounded in biology and is unaffected by the paradigm shift in ecology in which (...)
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  12. John Mizzoni (2003). Environ-Moral Realism. Journal of Philosophical Research 28:191-221.
    In recent metaethics there has been a great deal of discussion regarding moral realism. Moral realism in the tradition of ethical naturalism has been revitalized in the form of a synthetic ethical naturalism. This brand of moral realism has interesting theoretical implications for individualistic and holistic models of environmental ethics. In this paper I argue that most theorists of environmental ethics presuppose an irrealist metaethic out of fear of violating Hume's law and Moore's naturalistic fallacy (e.g., Callicott, Taylor, Elliot, and (...)
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  13. John Mizzoni (2002). Against Rolston's Defense of Eating Animals. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (1):125-131.
    In his critique of a common argument in favor of vegetarianism, Holmes Rolston III does not sufficiently address the nutritional factor. The nutritional factor is the important fact that the eating of animals is not nutritionally required to sustain human life. Also, although Rolston’s criterion for distinguishing when to model human conduct on animal conduct is defensible, he applies it inconsistently. One reason for this inconsistency is that Rolston misplaces the line he attempts to draw between culture and nature. Although (...)
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  14. John Mizzoni (1999). Peter Loptson, Ed., Readings on Human Nature Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (6):430-432.
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  15. John Mizzoni (1998). Evolutionary Ethics: A Crack in the Foundation of Ethics? Theoretical Ethics.
    Michael Ruse has argued that evolutionary ethics discredits the objectivity and foundations of ethics. Ruse must employ dubitable assumptions, however, to reach his conclusion. We can trace these assumptions to G. E. Moore. Also, part of Ruse’s case against the foundations of ethics can support the objectivity and foundations of ethics. Cooperative activity geared toward human flourishing helps point the way to a naturalistic moral realism and not exclusively to ethical skepticism as Ruse supposes.
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  16. John M. Mizzoni & Joseph R. Des Jardins (1996). Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy. Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):558.
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  17. John M. Mizzoni (1995). Moral Realism, Objective Values and JL Mackie. Auslegung 20 (1):11-24.
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