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  1.  98 DLs
    John Skorupski (2010). Sentimentalism: Its Scope and Limits. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (2):125 - 136.
    The subject of this paper is sentimentalism. In broad terms this is the view that value concepts, moral concepts, practical reasons—some or all of these—can be analysed in terms of feeling, sentiment or emotion. More specifically, the paper discusses the following theses: (i) there are reasons to feel (‘evaluative’ reasons) that are not reducible to practical or epistemic reasons (ii) value is analysable in terms of these reasons to feel. (iii) all practical reasons are in one way or another grounded (...)
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    John Skorupski (2007). What is Normativity? Disputatio 2 (23):1 - 23.
    The thesis that the concept of a reason is the fundamental normative concept is in the air. In this paper I examine what it amounts to, how to formulate it, and how ambitious it should be. I distinguish a semantic version, according to which any normative predicate is definitionally reducible to a reason predicate, and a conceptual version, according to which the sole normative ingredient in any normative concept is the concept of a reason. Although I reject the semantic version (...)
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    John Skorupski (2010). Moral Obligation, Blame, and Self-Governance. Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (2):158-180.
    This paper shows how moral concepts are definable in terms of reasons for the blame sentiment. It then shows how, given that definition, the categoricity of moral obligation follows from some plausible principles about reasons for blame. The nature of moral agency is further considered in this light. In particular, in what sense is it self-governing agency? Self-governing actors must be at least self-determining: that is, they must be able to think about what reasons they have, in order in order (...)
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    John Skorupski (2007). The Philosophy of John Stuart Mill. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (1):181 – 197.
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    John Skorupski (2002). Review: Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (443):704-706.
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    John Skorupski (2006). Propositions About Reasons. European Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):26–48.
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    John Skorupski (2002). The Ontology of Reasons. Topoi 21 (1-2):113-124.
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    John Skorupski (2012). Précis of The Domain of Reasons. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):174-184.
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    John Skorupski (2010). The Domain of Reasons. Oxford University Press.
    This book is about normativity and reasons.
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    John Skorupski (1999). Irrealist Cognitivism. Ratio 12 (4):436–459.
    This paper argues that normative claims are truth‐apt contents of cognition – propositions about what there is reason to believe, to do or to feel – but that their truth is not a matter of correspondence or representation. We do not have to choose between realism about the normative and non‐cognitivism about it. The universality of reasons, combined with the spontaneity of normative responses, suffices to give normative claims the distinctive link to a ‘convergence commitment’ which characterises any genuine judgement; (...)
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    John Skorupski (2012). The Triplism of Practical Reason. Ratio 25 (2):127-147.
    There can be reasons for belief, for action, and for feeling. In each case, knowledge of such reasons requires non-empirical knowledge of some truths about them: these will be truths about what there is reason to believe, to feel, or to do – either outright or on condition of certain facts obtaining. Call these a priori truths about reasons, ‘norms’. Norms are a priori true propositions about reasons.It's an epistemic norm that if something's a good explanation that's a reason to (...)
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    John Skorupski (2008). Review of Peter Railton, Facts, Values and Norms: Essays Toward a Morality of Consequence. [REVIEW] Utilitas 20 (2):217-229.
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    John Skorupski (2007). Buck-Passing About Goodness. In J. Josefsson D. Egonsson (ed.), Hommage à Wlodek. Philosophical Papers Dedicated to Wlodek Rabinowicz.
    Defends the buck-passing account of value from the wrong kind of reason objection by arguing that in the cases proposed there are no reasons to value the intuitively worthless object, but there are practical reasons to bring it about that one values it. Also extends the account to other evaluative concepts.
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    John Skorupski (2006). Welfare and Self-Governance. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (3):289 - 309.
    Two ideas have dominated ethical thought since the time of Bentham and Kant. One is utilitarianism, the other is an idea of moral agency as self-governance. Utilitarianism says that morality must somehow subserve welfare, self-governance says that it must be graspable directly by individual moral insight. But these ideas seem to war with one another. Can we eliminate the apparent conflict by a careful review of what is plausible in the two ideas? In seeking an answer to this question I (...)
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    John Skorupski (1995). Agent-Neutrality, Consequentialism, Utilitarianism … A Terminological Note. Utilitas 7 (01):49-.
    It seems common at the moment to make agent-neutrality a necessary condition of ‘consequentialism” and to hold that deontological ethics are agent-relative. This note argues that both these tendencies regrettably obscure useful terms and distinctions. It concludes by considering what it would be best, now, to mean by ‘utilitarianism” and making a proposal.
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    John Skorupski (2004). Externalism and Self-Governance. Utilitas 16 (1):12-21.
    What outcomes are good, and what there is reason for one to do, is not generally determined by what one thinks or even what one has reason to think. But is a similarly ‘externalist’ account of the distinctively moral concepts, the concepts of moral duty or obligation, of moral wrongness, blameworthiness and guilt, appropriate? I argue not; and on that basis I suggest that an externalist account is not appropriate for the concept of a virtue either.
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    John Skorupski (2008). Equality and Bureaucracy. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):161-178.
    Elizabeth Anderson argues for civic as against distributive egalitarianism. I agree with civic egalitarianism understood as a public ideal, and welcome her interest in the sociological conditions under which it may best flourish. But I argue that she is mistaken in opposing what she calls 'hierarchies of esteem' and proposing that where the egalitarian ideal has insufficient hold on civil society it should be implemented by an efficient bureaucracy. We should learn a different lesson from Max Weber. What the ideal (...)
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    John Skorupski (2006). Why Read Mill Today. Routledge.
    John Stuart Mill is one of the greatest thinkers of the nineteenth century. But does he have anything to teach us today? His deep concern for freedom of the individual is thought by some to be outdated and inadequate to the cultural and religious complexities of twenty-first century life. In this succinct and shrewd book, John Skorupski argues that Mill is a profound and inspiring social and political thinker from whom we still have much to learn. He reflects on Mill's (...)
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    John Skorupski (2005). Blame, Respect and Recognition: A Reply to Theo Van Willigenburg. Utilitas 17 (3):333-347.
    In an article in Utilitas Theo van Willigenburg has argued that moral valuation is distinguished from other forms of valuation by the Kantian concept of respect. He criticizes, from that standpoint, an account I put forward, which builds on the connections between moral wrongdoing, blame and withdrawal of recognition. I examine the difference between these two approaches and defend my own.
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    John Skorupski (1998). Rescuing Moral Obligation. European Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):335–355.
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    John Skorupski (2009). Free Your Mind. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):59-64.
    Dialogue, unconstrained truth-seeking discussion, is nothing but the social expression of free thought. Given the distortions and manipulations to which free thought is subject, only continued full exposure to free discussion can give us continued rational warrant for our beliefs. Socially possessed truth and disinterested, rational qualities of mind among citizens are public goods.
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    John Skorupski (2004). Morality as Self-Governance: Has It a Future? Utilitas 16 (2):133-145.
    In The Invention of Autonomy, Schneewind argues that a main development in early modern ethical thought is the transition from a conception of morality as obedience to a conception of morality as self-governance. I consider the presuppositions implicit in the latter conception and ask whether they can be maintained. Correspondence:c1 jms2@st-andrews.ac.uk.
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    John Skorupski (2012). Aristotelianism and Modernity: Terence Irwin on the Development of Ethics. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (2):312-337.
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    John Skorupski (1999). Ethical Explorations. Oxford University Press.
    In these essays, John Skorupski develops a distinctive and systematic moral philosophy. He examines the central ethical concepts of reasons, the good, and morality, and applies the results to issues of culture and politics. Ethical Explorations firmly connects liberal politics to its ethical ideal, and links that ideal to modern morality and modern ideas of the good.
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    John Skorupski (2001). The Future of Ideals. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 48:193-208.
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    John Skorupski (1996). Neutral Versus Relative: A Reply to Broome, and McNaughton and Rawling. Utilitas 8 (02):235-.
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    John Skorupski (ed.) (1998). The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge University Press.
    John Stuart Mill (1806-73) ranks among the very greatest thinkers of the nineteenth century. His impact through his books, journalism, correspondence, and political activity on modern culture and thought has been immense, and his continuing importance for contemporary philosophy and social thought is widely recognised. This Companion furnishes the reader with a systematic and fully up-to-date account of the many facets of Mill's thought and influence. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Mill currently available. (...)
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    John Skorupski (2012). Reply to Cassam, Olson, and Railton. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):210-221.
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    John Skorupski (1997). Logical Grammar, Transcendentalism, and Normativity. Philosophical Topics 25 (2):189-211.
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    John Skorupski (1989/1999). John Stuart Mill. Routledge.
    This book is available either individually, or as part of the specially-priced Arguments of the Philosphers Collection.
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    John Skorupski (2000). Desire and Will in Sidgwick and Green. Utilitas 12 (03):307-.
    This paper examines T. H. Green's and Henry Sidgwick's differing views of desireand the will, and connectedly, their differing views of an individual's good and freedom. It is argued that Sidgwick makes effective criticisms of Green, but that important elements in Green's idealist view of an individual's good and freedom survive the criticism and remain significant today. It is also suggested that Sidgwick's own account of an individual's good is unclear in an important way.
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    John Skorupski (2009). Back to Kant? Polish Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):97-110.
    Can we develop a Critical Philosophy without resorting either to transcendental idealism or to linguistic conventionalism; that is, without resorting to either of these accounts of the a priori? I argue that we can, by focusing on the notion of a reason: the basic normative concept, which provides the ‘interface’ between self and thought about an objective world.
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    Hidé Ishiguro & John Skorupski (1980). Possibility. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 54:73 - 104.
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    John Skorupski (2008). Utilitarianism and the Arrogance Objection. Rivista di Filosofia 99 (3):531-552.
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    John Skorupski (1973). Science and Traditional Religious Thought I & II. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 3 (1):97-115.
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    John Skorupski (2013). Understanding Moral Obligation: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard. By Robert Stern. (Cambridge UP, 2011. Pp. 292. Price AUD$110.00 Hardback.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 63 (252):603-607.
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    John Skorupski (1996). Why Did Language Matter to Analytic Philosophy? Ratio 9 (3):269-283.
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    John Skorupski (1993). The Definition of Morality. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 35:121-144.
    We use such terms as good, bad, right, wrong, should, ought , in many ways other than moral: good evidence and bad argument, right answers and wrong notes, novels which should be read and policies which ought not to be adopted. The moral is a sphere of the practical and the practical itself only a sphere or the normative. Norms guide us in all we believe, feel and do. Do these normative words then have a specifically moral sense? If so (...)
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    John Skorupski (2002). Reply to Darwall. Utilitas 14 (01):124-.
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    John Skorupski (1997). World, Mind and Ethics, Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams. Philosophical Review 106 (4):579-582.
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    John Skorupski (2000). Liberty's Hollow Triumph. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 45:51-72.
    The history of liberalism is the history of an ethical ideal as well as a set of political and social arrangements. In the latter sense liberalism entrenches the juridical equality of all citizens, their equal civil and political rights – including among those rights a set of liberties strong enough to restrict the authority of society over the individual in a fundamental way. How to express in institutions this politically fundamental restriction is an important matter of debate, but that debate (...)
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    John Skorupski, Amartya Sen, Bernard Williams, Harlan B. Miller & William H. Williams (1984). Utilitarianism and Beyond.The Limits of Utilitarianism. Philosophical Quarterly 34 (135):165.
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    John Skorupski (1990). The Presidential Address: The Legacy of Modernism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 91:1 - 19.
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    John Skorupski (2014). Ethics 1890–1915. Ethics 125 (1):182-185,.
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    John Skorupski (1985). Objectivity and Convergence. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 86:235 - 250.
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    John Skorupski (1975). Comment on Professor Horton's 'Paradox and Explanation'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 (1):63-70.
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    John Skorupski (forthcoming). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. Viii+ 300. $105.00 (Cloth); $24.95 (Paper). Ethics.
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    John Skorupski, Martin Hollis & Edward Nell (1977). Rational Economic Man. A Philosophical Critique of Neo-Classical Economics. Philosophical Quarterly 27 (108):282.
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    John Skorupski (1985). Relativity, Realism and Consensus. Philosophy 60 (233):341 - 358.
    1. Relativism has always seemed in some way to flow from, and yet in some way to undermine, a naturalistic attitude towards mind and society. That is true whether one goes back to the modern roots of relativism, in the historical and anthropological perspectives which began to flourish in the eighteenth century; or even further back, to the rather similar development from prehypenSocratic anthropological speculation to the Sophistic discussions which took place in fifthhypencentury Athens. Neither implication—from a purely naturalistic conception (...)
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