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  1. Kevin Meeker (2013). Ethics and Epistemology in Hume. The European Legacy 18 (4):457-466.
    This essay addresses the relationship between Hume?s moral theory and his epistemological project. More specifically, it focuses on one particular aspect of the relationship between Hume?s moral theory and his general scepticism with regard to reason. Several philosophers, such as David Owen and Annette Baier, have suggested that Hume?s moral theory provides significant support for his appeal to reason/reasoning. To uncover some of the main obstacles that any future attempts to rest Humean reason on ethics will probably face, this essay (...)
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  2. Kevin Meeker (2011). Quine on Hume and the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction. Philosophia 39 (2):369-373.
    W. V. O. Quine’s assault on the analytic/synthetic distinction is one of the most celebrated events in the history of twentieth century philosophy. This paper shines a light on Quine’s own understanding of the history of this distinction. More specifically, this paper argues, contrary to what seems to be the received view, that Quine explicitly recognized a kindred subversive spirit in David Hume.
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  3. Kevin Meeker (2010). Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. Faith and Philosophy 27 (3):348-352.
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  4. Kevin Meeker (2010). Hume. Hume Studies 24 (1):31-52.
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  5. Kevin Meeker & Ted Poston (2010). Skeptics Without Borders. American Philosophical Quarterly 47 (3):223.
    Timothy Williamson’s anti luminosity argument has received considerable attention. Escaping unnoticed, though, is a strikingly similar argument from David Hume. This paper highlights some of the arresting parallels between Williamson’s reasoning and Hume’s that will allow us to appreciate more deeply the plausibility of Williamson’s reasoning and to understand how, following Hume, we can extend this reasoning to undermine the “luminosity” of simple necessary truths. More broadly the parallels help us to identify a common skeptical predicament underlying both arguments, which (...)
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  6. Kevin Meeker (2009). Review of Fred Wilson, The External World and Our Knowledge of It: Hume's Critical Realism, an Exposition and Defence. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (9).
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  7. Kevin Meeker (2007). Hume on Knowledge, Certainty and Probability: Anticipating the Disintegration of the Analytic/Synthetic Divide? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):226–242.
    This paper contends that the first argument of Hume's "Of scepticism with regard to reason" entails that humans have no knowledge as Hume understands knowledge. In defending this claim, we also see how Hume's argument anticipates an important aspect of an extremely influential 20th century development: the collapse of the analytic/synthetic distinction.
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  8. Kevin Meeker (2006). Pluralism, Exclusivism, and the Theoretical Virtues. Religious Studies 42 (2):193-206.
    This paper argues that John Hick's commitment to the moral principle of altruism undermines his pluralistic claim that all of the major world religions are equally efficacious from a soteriological perspective. This argument is placed in a context of a discussion evaluating the theoretical virtues of various hypotheses about religious diversity. (Published Online April 7 2006).
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  9. Kevin Meeker (2006). Was Hume a Proper Functionalist? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (1):120–136.
    Nicholas Wolterstorff has claimed that David Hume hinted at a proper functionalist account that anticipates the epistemology of Alvin Plantinga. In this paper, I shall argue that we should refrain from attributing a proper functionalist epistemology to Hume. I shall first raise doubts as to how one could fit a notion of proper functioning into Hume's descriptive project. Next, I shall argue that adopting a proper functionalist epistemology would undermine some of Hume's most famous claims about causal inferences.
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  10. Kevin Meeker (2004). Justification and the Social Nature of Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (1):156–172.
    In this paper I shall closely examine some of Gilbert Harman's cases that purport to show that one can have a justified true belief that does not constitute knowledge because of the social environment. I shall provide an account of these cases that helps us not only understand why the people in these situations lack knowledge, but also why philosophers have a difficult time evaluating these cases. More specifically, I shall argue that in these cases we should conclude that the (...)
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  11. Kevin Meeker (2003). Truth, Justification, and the Epistemic Way. Journal of Philosophical Research 28:287-310.
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  12. Kevin Meeker (2002). Faith with Reason. International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (1):126-128.
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  13. Kevin Meeker (2001). Is Hume's Epistemology Internalist or Externalist? Dialogue 40 (01):125-.
  14. Kevin Meeker (2000). Hume's Iterative Probability Argument: A Pernicious. Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (2):221-238.
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  15. Kevin Meeker (2000). Hume's Iterative Probability Argument: A Pernicious Reductio. Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (2):221-238.
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  16. Philip L. Quinn & Kevin Meeker (eds.) (2000). The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity. Oxford University Press.
    This unique volume collects some of the best recent work on the philosophical challenge that religious diversity poses for religious belief. Featuring contributors from philosophy, religious studies, and theology, it is unified by the way in which many of the authors engage in sustained critical examination of one another's positions. John Hick's pluralism provides one focal point of the collection. Hick argues that all the major religious traditions make contact with the same ultimate reality, each encountering it through a variety (...)
     
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  17. Kevin Meeker (1999). Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics. Hume Studies 25 (1/2):250-255.
  18. Kevin Meeker (1999). Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Introduction (Review). Hume Studies 25 (1):250-255.
  19. Kevin Meeker (1999). Knowledge From Gossip? Philosophia 27 (3-4):537-539.
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  20. Kevin Meeker & Philip Quinn (eds.) (1999). The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity. New York: Oxford University Press.
     
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  21. Kevin Meeker (1998). Chisholming Away at Plantinga's Critique of Epistemic Deontology. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (1):90 – 96.
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  22. Kevin Meeker (1998). Hume: Radical Sceptic or Naturalized Epistemologist? Hume Studies 24 (1):31-52.
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  23. Kevin Meeker (1998). The Evidential Argument From Evil. Faith and Philosophy 15 (1):117-123.
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  24. Kevin Meeker (1997). Should We Abandon Epistemic Justification? Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (1):129-136.
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  25. Kevin Meeker (1994). William Alston's Epistemology of Religious Experience. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 35 (2):89 - 110.
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