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  1. Jeffrey Bell, Nick Crossley, William O. Stephens, Shannon Sullivan, David Leary, Margaret Watkins, Robert Miner, Thornton Lockwood, Terrance MacMullan, Peter Fosl, Dennis Des Chene, Clare Carlisle & Edward Casey (2013). A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu. Lexington Books.
    A History of Habitat: From Aristotle to Bourdieu is the first of its kind to trace the history of the concept of habit in the Western philosophical tradition, including its classical, modern, and contemporary expressions. Each essay is written by a specialist and conveys the historical continuity between its central figure and those who came before, so it will be of value to anyone interested in how habit figures into the conceptual histories of philosophy, psychology, sociology, political theory, and literature.
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    Margaret Watkins (2013). A Cruel but Ancient Subjugation?: Understanding Hume’s Attack on Slavery. Hume Studies 39 (1):103-121.
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    Margaret Watkins (2014). A Cruel but Ancient Subjugation?: Understanding Hume's Attack on Slavery. Hume Studies 39 (1):103-121.
    The inhuman sports exhibited at Rome, may justly be considered too as an effect of the people’s contempt for slaves, and was also a great cause of the general inhumanity of their princes and rulers. Who can read the accounts of the ampitheatrical entertainments without horror? Or who is surprised, that the emperors should treat that people in the same way the people treated their inferiors? One’s humanity is apt to renew the barbarous wish of Caligula, that the people had (...)
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    Margaret Watkins (2008). Persuasion and Pedagogy. Teaching Philosophy 31 (4):311-331.
    Recent moral philosophy emphasizes both the particularity of ethical contexts and the complexity of human character, but the usual abstract examples make it difficult to communicate to students the importance of this particularity and complexity. Extended study of a literary text in ethics classes can help overcome this obstacle and enrich our students’ understanding and practice of mature ethical reflection. Jane Austen’s Persuasion is an ideal text for this kind of effort. Persuasion augments the resources for ethical reflection that students (...)
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    Margaret Watkins (2009). Delicate Magnanimity: Hume on the Advantages of Taste. History of Philosophy Quarterly 26 (4):389 - 408.
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    Margaret Watkins (2008). Humean Moral Knowledge. Inquiry 51 (6):581 – 602.
    I develop resources from Hume to account for moral knowledge in the qualified sense developed by Bernard Williams, according to which the proper application of thick ethical terms constitutes moral knowledge. By applying to moral discernment the criteria of the good aesthetic critic, as explained in Hume's “ Of the Standard of Taste ”, we can see how Humean moral knowledge might be possible. For each of these criteria, an analogous trait would contribute to moral discernment. These traits would enable (...)
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