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    Matthew Simpson (2016). MacBride on Truth in Truthmaking. Analysis 76 (1):19-26.
    Fraser MacBride has argued that deflationism about truth makes the truthmaker principle, that every truth has a truthmaker, implausible. This is because on a deflationary view, the truthmaker principle is a mere abbreviation of a conjunction of claims which have no independent motivation. In this article, I argue that this claim is false: deflationism does not entail that the truthmaker principle is a mere abbreviation of such a conjunction, because the claims MacBride focuses on are in fact irrelevant to the (...)
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  2. Matthew Simpson (2006). A Paradox of Sovereignty in Rousseau's Social Contract. Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):45-56.
    One unique part of Rousseau's Social Contract is his argument that a just society must have a specific constitutional arrangement of powers centred around what he calls the Sovereign and the Prince. This makes his philosophy different from other contractualists, such as Hobbes and Locke, who think that the principles of good government are compatible with any number of institutional structures. Rousseau's constitutional theory is thus significant in a way that has no parallel in Hobbes or Locke. More to the (...)
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    Matthew Simpson (2014). Defending Truthmaker Non‐Maximalism. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):288-291.
    Jago argues that truthmaker non-maximalism, the view that some but not all truths require truthmakers, is vulnerable to a challenge from truths which ascribe knowledge of propositions about things which don't exist. Such truths, Jago argues, can only be dealt with using maximalist resources. I argue that Jago's point relies on the claim that the relevant truths require truthmakers, a point that non-maximalists can coherently and plausibly deny. Moreover, I argue that by making use of a safety account of knowledge, (...)
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    Matthew Simpson (2004). Brian Skyrms, The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure:The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure. Ethics 115 (1):166-169.
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    Matthew Simpson (2008). Russell Hardin, David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist. [REVIEW] Ethics 118 (3):549-553.
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    Matthew Simpson (2008). Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 332-333.
    From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s the most influential American philosopher of the twentieth century treated the students of Harvard University to a course on the history of modern political philosophy stretching roughly from Hobbes to Marx. John Rawls’ lectures and lecture notes have now been carefully edited by Samuel Freeman into a magnificently odd book.As in the earlier collection of his class material, Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy , Rawls’ approach to the history of political thought is (...)
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    Matthew Simpson (2005). Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (3):364-364.
    Matthew Simpson - Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43:3 Journal of the History of Philosophy 43.3 364 Christopher Bertram. Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract. London: Routledge, 2004. Pp. ix + 214. Paper, $15.95. The main problem with the interpretation of Rousseau's political thought today is that his theories rarely fit into the categories that define contemporary philosophy. He was neither a liberal nor a communitarian, (...)
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    Matthew Simpson (2005). Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty:Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. Ethics 116 (1):214-216.
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    Matthew Simpson (2009). Book Reviews Neuhouser, Frederick . Rousseau's Theodicy of Self‐Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition . New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 279. $70.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (4):777-782.
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    Matthew Simpson (2004). Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Friend of Virtue (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (4):497-498.
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    Matthew Simpson (2008). Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (Review). [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):332-333.
    From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s the most influential American philosopher of the twentieth century treated the students of Harvard University to a course on the history of modern political philosophy stretching roughly from Hobbes to Marx. John Rawls’ lectures and lecture notes have now been carefully edited by Samuel Freeman into a magnificently odd book.As in the earlier collection of his class material, Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy , Rawls’ approach to the history of political thought is (...)
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  12. Matthew Simpson (2006). A Paradox of Sovereignty in the Social Contract.". Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (1):47-58.
     
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